The Verdict on Virgin

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His reality show may have sucked serious ass, but The Rebel Billionaire is all the rage in Canada right now—if you want a mobile phone, at least.

Virgin Mobile not-so-quietly launched in Alberta, BC, Ontario and Québec yesterday, and though it’s basically a repurposed signal from Bell Canada (and the same hideously ugly phones), I think it’ll do quite well. Here’s why:

Bell’s own prepaid plans charge 30¢ for the first 2 minutes of a given call, and 5¢/minute for any additional airtime on top of that. Virgin charges 25¢ for the first 5 minutes of each day, and 15¢/minute for everything after that.

Here’s how a day of light cell phone usage would break down:

Bell

5 min. = 2 x 30¢ + 3 x 5¢ = 75¢

3 min. = 2 x 30¢ + 1 x 5¢ = 65¢

2 min. = 2 x 30¢ = 60¢

Total for the day = $2.00

Virgin

5 min. = 2 x 25¢ + 3 x 15¢ = 95¢

3 min. = 3 x 15¢ = 45¢

2 min. = 2 x 15¢ = 30¢

Total for the day = $1.70

So after only 10 minutes of airtime, the Virgin Mobile client has already realized a savings of 15%, for the exact same service as Bell, but with no contract!

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2 Responses to The Verdict on Virgin

  1. prepaid says:

    You wrote:

    Virgin :
    5 min. = 2 x 25¢ + 3 x 15¢ = 95¢
    3 min. = 3 x 15¢ = 45¢
    2 min. = 2 x 15¢ = 30¢
    Total for the day = $1.70

    Actually, that should be:
    5 min. = 5 x 25¢ = $1.25

    Thus:
    Total for the day = $2.00

    which is the same as Bell’s.

  2. Right you are. I thought maybe the rates had changed, but I checked my souvenir Virgin flyer from the launch and the prices are exactly the same.

    I guess Virgin’s handsets are cheaper, at least—though all CDMA phones are butt-ugly IMHO.

    😛

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