Virgin Mobile SIM-Only Deals
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|Unlimited Texts||None||30 Day Rolling Contract||Virgin Media SIM||£5.00|
|Unlimited Texts||500MB Data|
|30 Day Rolling Contract||Mobile SIM||£7.00|
|Unlimited Texts||1GB Data|
|30 Day Rolling Contract||Starter SIM||£10.00|
|Unlimited Texts||1GB Data|
|30 Day Rolling Contract||Essential SIM||£12.00|
|Unlimited Texts||Unlimited Data|
|30 Day Rolling Contract||VIP SIM.|
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Introducing Virgin Mobile SIM Deals
Virgin Mobile has built its marketing campaign on the sole criterion of price. In terms of the services provided, compared to the price you pay for them, Virgin’s plans are likely to look especially attractive. Such a marketing strategy is especially suited to Virgin Mobile SIM-Only deals.
Just as the name suggests, these are contracts where you are simply buying access to the operator’s network. By agreeing to pay a certain amount each month, you are effectively taking out a subscription to the provider’s services – and it is for this reason that the all-important SIM-card is short for Subscriber Identification Module.
Virgin Mobile SIM-Only contracts are all for one month, renewable on a rolling basis. This offers a significant degree of flexibility since you can cancel the agreement at any stage by giving just one month’s notice. Unlike most of the other major network operators there are no 12-month contracts offered by the company.
Virgin Mobile also offers SIM-Only deals on a Pay As You Go (PAYG) basis and a separate 30-day plan to keep your iPad or other tablet connected to the internet.
Benefits of Virgin Mobile SIM Contracts
One of the keys to Virgin Mobile’s ability to keep prices to the customer so low is because it is a virtual mobile operator. That is to say, it does not own or have the overhead costs of maintaining its own network, but leases that capability from another major operator – currently EE.
A further way in which Virgin Mobile offers low prices to its customers is by giving significant discounts to those who also have one of the company’s other services, such as TV, fixed landline, or Virgin Broadband. In that case, for example, you can buy a basic package of just 100 minutes of calls, but unlimited texts, for only £5 a month.
Even on an “all you can eat” basis, Virgin Mobile SIM-Only contracts offer impressive value for money. The VIP SIM, for example, provides unlimited calls (to any UK network), unlimited texts and unlimited data usage, all for just £15 a month.
On PAYG tariffs you need to start on a so-called Starter tariff for the first month, but thereafter can switch to a Big tariff where a £10 top-up could buy you either unlimited texts and 1GB of data usage or unlimited call time to UK landlines and 120 minutes to other UK mobiles.
Virgin Mobile became the UK’s first virtual network operator in 1999 when it struck a deal with One2One, allowing it to use the latter’s mobile network under a leasing agreement. This allowed Virgin to offer all the services of an operator without all the costs of maintaining its own operating network.
This leasing arrangement continued after One2One was acquired by T-Mobile. Despite a somewhat rocky relationship to the lease of the network from T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile continues to use both T-Mobile and Orange networks following the merger of the two operators to form Everything Everywhere (and subsequently EE).
In July 2006, Virgin Mobile was acquired by NTL:Telewest. Through this action, NTL:Telewest gained a “quadruple play” of services – television, broadband internet access, a mobile phone network and fixed-line phone services. In this role, NTL:Telewest re-branded itself as Virgin Media – of which Virgin Mobile remains a part.