Virgin Mobile offers prepaid data share plans at Walmart to stop family feuds

Virgin mobile boost
Sprint-owned prepaid carrier Virgin Mobile now offers data share plans for families at a relatively low cost. The new plans are available on the carrier’s phone selection at Walmart across America. The announcement comes just one day after T-Mobile showcased its new prepaid plans with data buckets.

Virgin Mobile’s new plans are aimed at those who are leery of a contract, want to pay less for cell service, but still need high speed data. The prepaid carriers’ Data Done Right Plans start at $30 per line, and go up from there, based on how much data you want. A family of two can pay $65 a month for unlimited talk and text, as well as 4GB of shared 3G/4G LTE data. A family of three pays $90 a month for the same unlimited talk and text, and 8GB of shared 3G/4G LTE data. And finally, a family of four will pay just $115 for unlimited talk and text, in addition to 12GB of shared 3G/4G LTE data.

Of course, once you run out of your chunk of  3G/4G data, Internet speeds drop to slower speeds for the rest of the month. The press release says 2GB speeds, but we’re pretty sure they mean 2G. You can purchase more high-speed data, but your bill will increase substantially, as Virgin charges $10 for 1GB of extra 3G/4G LTE data a month. However, if all you do is check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pandora you can pay $5 a month to get unlimited data for those apps that doesn’t count toward your data allotment. Again, this service just adds more money to your bill, so be weary of these little add-ons — they can mount up fast.

Virgin Mobile also has new single line plans for individuals who shop at Walmart. You can choose between two: One for $35 a month and another for $45 a month. The $35 plan offers 300 minutes of talk, unlimited texts and data, as well as 2.5GB of high-speed data. The $45 plan gives you the same things, but adds unlimited talk. A $20 starter kit activates the service, but you get two months of unlimited music streaming thrown in as a perk. The biggest downside is that you’re on Sprint’s network, which is notoriously spotty and your data speeds may not always be up to 4G LTE standards.

Computing

T-Mobile goes after big cable companies, pilots wireless home internet service

In a shot at big cable companies, T-Mobile is launching a new pilot program to bring an unlimited wireless LTE home internet service to up to 50,000 homes across the United States by the end of 2019.
Deals

Looking to upgrade? These are the best iPhone deals for March 2019

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for March 2019.
Mobile

Google Fi: Phones, plans, pricing, perks, and more explained

Google's wireless service, formerly Project Fi, now goes by the name of Google Fi, and it's now compatible with a majority of Android phones, as well as iPhones. Here's everything you need to know about Google Fi.
Mobile

Free yourself! How to unlock a phone from the icy hands of your wireless carrier

Do you want to know how to unlock a phone through your carrier or a third-party service like DoctorSIM? Regardless of which way you want to go, we've compiled a list of requirements and methods for doing so.
Mobile

Type away on the best iPad keyboard cases, from the Mini to the Pro

Whether you're looking to replace your laptop with a tablet or merely want to increase your typing speed, a physical iPad keyboard is the perfect companion to the iPad. Check out our top picks for every available iPad model.
Mobile

Apple patent suggests Apple Watch bands could have built-in fitness indicators

Apple may be exploring ways to make Apple Watch bands a little more useful. A new patent has been filed by Apple that suggests Apple Watch bands could eventually have indicators for things like fitness goals.
Mobile

Apple patents hint at improved Apple Store and unboxing experiences

It looks like Apple is working on ways to improve the Apple Store and product unboxing experiences. The company has been awarded a few patents, largely for tech that can be used in product packaging to ensure products stay charged.
Wearables

Fossil made a smartwatch in 2004, and it’s part of a new brand retrospective

Fossil has been making watches for 35 years, and to celebrate the anniversary, it has a new retrospective exhibit complete with the first smartwatch it made — the Wrist Net watch from 2004.
Deals

Make some time for the best smartwatch deals for March 2019

Smartwatches make your life easier by sending alerts right on your wrist. Many also provide fitness-tracking features. So if you're ready to take the plunge into wearables and want to save money, read on for the best smartwatch deals.
Wearables

Fossil is working on a smartwatch with BMW, and it’s coming next year

Fossil, the watch company that makes smartwatches under its own name and partners with other major brands too, intends to launch a smartwatch with car manufacturer BMW in the future.
Social Media

A Facebook, Instagram bug exposed millions of passwords to its employees

Facebook, Facebook Lite, and Instagram passwords weren't properly encrypted and could be viewed by employees, the company said Thursday. The network estimates millions of users were affected.
Mobile

Nokia phones are being investigated for allegedly sending data to China

Nokia could be in some hot water. According to recent reports, Nokia 7 models may be secretly sending data to China without the user knowing about it. Nokia says that the issue was a software bug and that it has been fixed.
Mobile

Diesel’s denim-inspired smartwatch straps are a casual, colorful must-own

Diesel will release two new versions of the On Full Guard 2.5 smartwatch later this year, with seriously cool, denim-inspired straps in classic Diesel colors. We tried them on at the Baselworld 2019 show.
Movies & TV

Apple’s next big event is set for March 25: Here’s what you can expect

Apple's next big event takes place on March 25 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to make several announcements related to its services, including Apple TV, so follow our guide to get ready for the big event.