Just recently Virgin Mobile began offering it’s Beyond Talk Plans. Since I’m more into texting and web than talk, the $25 tier was the one for me: 300 anytime minutes plus unlimited web and texting (MMS/SMS).
For some time my expired 2 year contract with AT&T Wireless has been on a month-to-month. Originally I had a Samsung D807. When the LG Neon was available for their pay as you go plan (aka GoPhone) I bought several.
Even though I purchased a pay as you go type of phone, at the time it was just a phone upgrade for myself and others on my family plan. We just swapped the SIM’s from the old phones to the new.
However, besides the excellent no contract pricing, the reasons I switched to Virgin Mobile are the reception at UCLA campus dorms is awful for AT&T and great for Sprint (who owns Virgin Mobile), and that Virgin Mobile had the LG Rumor Touch. I have to say the phone is no iPhone, but for the price of $150 for the phone and $25/month for the 300 min & unlimited data – yep it’s wonderful it’s no iPhone! And it’s really a pretty good phone for what it is: so-so 3″ touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, easy menu system, and so-so 2MP camera (needs image stabilization).
Now don’t make the mistake I did if you want to keep your existing phone number from another cell phone provider, which is activate the phone at Virgin Mobile’s website and then try to port your telephone number. You can still transfer your number after the fact, if you have the patience to deal with the waiting and headaches of having your existing prepaid balance carried over if you’ve activated a new Virgin Mobile phone number before doing the port. But why make it difficult on yourself?
Here’s how to port (transfer) your existing telephone number from another carrier, such as AT&T Wireless, over to Virgin Mobile:
Call 1-888-322-1122 from a land line phone and when the automated voice gives you options, choose or say “Start up service”. At the next prompt, choose or say “Transfer my service to Virgin Mobile”.
You should be transferred to a Customer Service Representative. Getting this far took me a while to figure out since the Virgin website currently doesn’t mention how to handle porting a telephone number from another wireless carrier to them. The voice prompts aren’t too obvious either.
When the live agent answers, tell him/her you want to port your telephone # from AT&T (or your existing wireless carrier) over to your Virgin Mobile prepaid phone. I’m not sure, but I wonder if you can’t transfer a prepaid phone number over to another prepaid phone – Because they asked me if my plan was prepaid with AT&T or postpaid. Mine was postpaid.
They will probably ask whose name and address is on the account you’re transferring the phone number from, what the account # is, and the last four of the social security number on the account.
After you provide the CSR at Virgin Mobile the required information they will tell you how to program the AT&T telephone # into your phone. Then they will tell you to wait about 24-72 hours for the transfer to go through. There should be a text message/email you will get once the process (transfer) is complete.
An additional tip I have, if you have the same or similar phones I do, is to transfer the contacts over (albeit one by one) you can use the send via bluetooth option. Good luck!