Virgin Mobile is owned by Sprint and runs on its network. Fortunately, however, Virgin customers benefit from the same level of network performance as direct Sprint customers. That said, Virgin customers are still subject to the same data deprioritization threshold as Sprint users — up to 23GB of high-speed data per cycle before your speeds are throttled. There are no family plans and no budget options. The same price gets you comparable plans through other budget carriers like MetroPCS and Cricket, which both run on better networks. Virgin also limits multimedia quality.
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Customers can now pick from three plans and various phone models, including Android devices. The new plans are competitively priced but lack many bells and whistles, including mobile hot spot access. All plans include unlimited talk and text, but lack extras like mobile hot spot and international calling. Virgin is wholly owned by Sprint and operates on its network.
If you're an existing Virgin Mobile customer, you should be contacted by Optus to discuss your options directly, and you don't have to panic about losing mobile service. This is largely a brand play rather than a network closure, but it's always wise to know what your options are in these circumstances. No doubt Optus would prefer to keep you as a customer, but depending on your contract status, you've actually got plenty of flexibility.
The last time I used Virgin Mobile, I was in college and using a shiny new flip-phone well, more of a slider. Not to date myself, but Virgin Mobile has changed a lot since my college days. Now there are no more flip-phones, and there are some interesting member perks.