For years Verizon and AT&T have ruled (and battled) the mobile market. T-Mobile has also become an interesting option recently as Sprint falls behind the market in service. But now there are new options from both Xfinity and Virgin.
Xfinity has also just introduced their own mobile service plan with Xfinity Mobile. Their biggest feature is enabling you to leverage their 16 million WiFi hotspots in turn making it so you pay for less data usage. When not connected to a local WiFi hotspot – the service actually uses Verizon’s 4G/LTE network. Xfinity mobile uses two plan options – pay by the GB for $12 per OR “Unlimited” for $45/line (they throttle speed after 20GB of usage). You can either pay cash for a new device OR pay for the device over 24 months. More at https://www.xfinity.com/mobile/
Recently, Virgin Mobile refreshed their offerings as well. They are becoming the first iPhone only carrier with Virgin Inner Circle. Their biggest feature is a full 12 months of unlimited for $1 if you purchase a new iPhone and transfer in your existing number. Interesting enough, Virgin Mobile leverages Sprint’s network. Their only plan option otherwise is $50/month for unlimited talk, text, and data (they throttle speed after 23GB of usage). New devices (iPhone only) are paid for full price up front, no monthly option. More at https://www.virginmobileusa.com/
Both Xfinity Mobile and Virgin Mobile are known as Mobile Virtual Network Operator (or MVNO), which piggybacks on the existing network of one or more of the major carriers. For wireless customers, getting service from an MVNO can sometimes mean a better deal than what you’d get from a major carrier while still enjoying the same great coverage.
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