Virgin Mobile Launches No-Contract Data Sharing

Sprint's Virgin Mobile USA division is doing what no wireless carrier has ever done. The company is rolling out the industryEUs first-ever no-contract data sharing plans. The only catch, if you can call it a catch, is you have to go through Walmart to get it.

The new plans are available now on four 4G LTE smartphones: the HTC Desire, LG Tribute, LG Volt and Samsung Galaxy Core. All four devices come pre-loaded with a Virgin Mobile data-sharing application that lets you pick data buy-ups and international add-ons.

EUAt Virgin Mobile we are committed to offering prepaid customers innovative new wireless options,EU said Angela Rittgers, vice president of Sprint Prepaid. EUWe were the first prepaid carrier to offer texting keyboards and texting-only plans, first to help customers pay less for talk they werenEUt using, the first to feature a totally customized plan, and now the first data sharing plans. The new data sharing plans bring some of the most aggressive shared-line plans ever launched to Walmart.EU

Consumers Win Again

Rittgers is not just blowing smoke. Virgin Mobile USA is getting ultra-aggressive as the wireless industry competition continues heating up, especially on the pricing front. Last week, T-Mobile rolled out a $40 pre-paid wireless plan with unlimited data, talk and text with 4G LTE data buckets.

LetEUs drill into the particulars of Virgin MobileEUs EUData Done RightEU data share plan. Beyond the pre-loaded data-sharing application that lets you buy data in increments of 1 GB for $10 a month, every multi-line plan will also come with a free mobile hotspot feature so you can share data across Wi-Fi enabled devices.

Virgin Mobile is promising no additional monthly line fees and the company is also letting you use popular social media and music streaming apps, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pandora, without data charges when you opt...

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