: I'm a 43 Year old Virgin........subscriber


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hugh
2006-09-25, 01:04 PM
That's right!

I became a Virgin subscriber this weekend. Purchased a new Samsung SPH-A60 wireless phone for $169 (came with $10 airtimes). I could have bought a cheaper phone but this one just seemed much nicer than the inexpensive models.

I bought $25 in airtime and I figure I will puchase $100 top ups in the future, provided it all works in the next few days!

I am a light wireless phone user so I figure this should save me a ton of cash over my old low level wireless plan.

I figure my monthly airtime usage won't be much more than Bell's soon to be implemented $8.95 system access fee.

Picture below is the Samsung phone which also has a camera, I doubt I'll ever use.

otown47
2006-09-25, 01:22 PM
Whats the per minute rate Hugh???

hugh
2006-09-25, 01:56 PM
It varies depending on which 'plan' you go on. I went on the most expensive (25 cents per minute) because its a true per minute usage.

You can get 10 cents per minute if you commit to 40 cents per day.

otown47
2006-09-25, 02:27 PM
Thats a good deal, my Rogers pay as you go plan is $.33 per min. However I got the phone for free when I bought the first $100 worth of minutes....at Costco...

Jake
2006-09-25, 02:47 PM
Hugh, I just topped up with the $100/365 day expiry option. Glad now I don't have to think about top-up till September 2007. :D I registered my CC so now top-ups only require going into My Account, picking the amount, enter PIN and Bob's your uncle.

I was a bit peeved that they eliminated the $15/120 day expiry cards but there was no better option.

pjreid
2006-09-25, 02:56 PM
Hugh, I just topped up with the $100/365 day expiry option. Glad now I don't have to think about top-up till September 2007. :D

You use less than 400 minutes in a year? Wow...I use over 400 minutes in a month on my cell..

eljay
2006-09-25, 03:45 PM
A colleague of mine just picked up the LG3300 and he's going with the 40/day plan. With a few short calls per day - which is what he tends to make - his average per-minute fee (including the 40) will be pretty low.

I was looking at the A640 on the weekend. Nice phone. I'd buy one today...if only my current phone (with Bell) would die!! :p

wysiwyg
2006-09-25, 07:02 PM
It is just sad that Virgin Mobile didn't choose to roam on Rogers/Fido in Canada. Virgin is from the UK, where GSM is king....

I have a French Virgin SIM and ironically, it roams on Rogers, here..

Also too bad they don't offer the same prices and services, like per second billing, from the very first second, like it is offered over there.

Paolo
2006-09-25, 08:39 PM
It is just sad that Virgin Mobile didn't choose to roam on Rogers/Fido in Canada. Virgin is from the UK, where GSM is king....

I have a French Virgin SIM and ironically, it roams on Rogers, here..

Also too bad they don't offer the same prices and services, like per second billing, from the very first second, like it is offered over there.


woo hoo french virgin is teh pro!!

mark
2006-09-25, 08:50 PM
The a640 looks like a very nice phone and it has Bluetooth as well.

kremb
2006-09-26, 12:16 AM
If it's good enough for Hugh. It's good enough for me.

I picked one up today. The only thing I would have really liked would be proper web connectivity. Either to browse direct from the phone or to bridge blue tooth and use it as network for my laptop.

That commonality is a couple years away though.

Charging battery up as I type. Thanks for posting info on your new gear. I'm the same kind of infrequent user.

hugh
2006-09-26, 08:03 AM
kremb, what pressure! I hope your happy with it.

My needs are very basic so as long as it holds a charge, allows me to get my voicemail easily and doesn't fall apart, I'll be happy.

Now, all the money I save on wireless, I can spend on more toys!

powerstream
2006-10-01, 10:06 PM
Nice!! I admit I'm not a big fan of Samsung phones but this one does appeal to me quite a bit.

srivard
2006-10-04, 08:47 AM
If anyone is interested, the phone is currently on sale at WalMart for $127.00. I bought one on the weekend, nice phone indeed. I believe the sale ends on Oct 6th.

smp01
2006-11-02, 02:33 PM
So you guys have had the phone for a month or so. What is the call quality like.

Strong reception? I'm looking for 2 of my kids. Bell show you can this in 2 colours.

newdad
2006-11-02, 09:47 PM
They have a nokia coming at around 200, it has expandable memory, bluetooth, 2 mega-pixel camera, mp3 player etc.

Your kids will go nuts for this phone....

smp01
2006-11-11, 12:00 PM
Well, the new phone is on their website now. Most of the other phones have dropped in price by $20 on average. I would expect retailers to have sales sometime between now and Christmas.

Also, all new rate plans. Can't really tell if they are more expensive or not.

I noticed the text messaging went up to .15, same as all the others.

smp01
2006-11-17, 03:32 PM
The a640 is back up to $169 at BestBuy

BUT it has dropped again a the VirginMobile ca site to $129

kremb
2006-11-27, 09:11 PM
I'm 2 months in and it's going good. Nice little phone.

I have about $30 left from $100 buy in, a bit heavy usage but I'm still ahead.

Good for me to revisit this situation and pay attention to unnecesary calls.

The one thing I'm not sure of is if I buy another $50 top up, is it still good till Sept 2007 like the minutes from my initial $100?

King Kong
2006-11-28, 10:38 AM
From their website:

All Top Ups have specified expiry periods. The expiry period starts on the date you place the Top Up on your account. Any balance left on your account after the expiry date is forfeited and non-refundable. If you Top Up your account before your credit expires, then your previous balance is added to the new Top Up value and the later expiry date of the two Top Ups is valid for the entire amount.

"the later expiry date of the two top ups" governs.

details on their website:

http://www.virginmobile.ca/site/en/pricesAndFeatures/html/topup.html