Looks like Virgin Mobile is on a mission to sign up as many iPhone users as it can. The carrier has just announced that you can now bring your own iPhone and enjoy its $ 1-a-year subscription offer. When the company began exclusively catering to iPhone users in June, it only offered that deal to a limited number of people buying their devices from the carrier itself. According to Virgin CEO Dow Draper, though, the carrier has expanded the offer’s scope, because it understands that “many love their current phones or don’t want to upgrade yet.”
Virgin’s $ 1 plan comes with unlimited talk, text and data, though your connection may slow down after you’ve used 23GB within a month. What happens to your plan after a year? Well, you’ll have to start paying a more standard amount — $ 50 a month — though you can get six more months of service for a buck if you get a new phone.
If you’re on the fence, don’t wait too long to decide: the sub-Sprint carrier is only offering the deal for “a short period of time.” Take note, however, that Virgin Mobile’s “Inner Circle” SIM for the iPhone only works for the 5s and newer models. You can check your device’s eligibility on Virgin Mobile’s website, though you’ll most likely have to buy a new one if you have an older model. Once you’ve confirmed that your model is compatible with the plan, you can order Virgin’s Inner Circle SIM. As a nice bonus, you can get the SIM for free until September 29th, after which one will cost you $ 25.
Source: Virgin Mobile
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If you have insurance on your phone and smash the ever-loving tar out of the screen, you normally have to file a claim, pay a deductible and wait for a replacement device. Bleh. AT&T and its insurance provider Asurion, however, are trying something a little different. As of November 15, people paying to insure their phones can shell out $ 89 to — schedule permitting — have a technician repair that display that very day.
Same-day repairs definitely aren’t guaranteed, but the plan could work well for people who can’t go without their phones or don’t have the time for the traditional trade-in process. You stand to save a little money, too: the usual deductible for a high-end smartphone fluctuates between $ 150 and $ 225 depending on what it is, so just under $ 90 doesn’t sound like a bad deal for potentially speedy service.
There are a couple caveats you should know about, though — for one, the new plan only applies to certain smartphones. If you have an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus or SE, you’re in luck. Ditto if you own Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S6. You might notice some very popular omissions from that list, namely the most recent iPhone and Galaxy S devices, but that’s probably because the requisite parts are more pricey or tougher to come by. Beyond that, the screen replacement plan is only set to launch in 14 markets come November 15; you can check out the full list (plus markets launching down the road) below.
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