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Old 04-13-2009, 09:06 PM
 
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I am considering getting my Virgin Wireless service b/c the plans seem to suit our needs very well. Seems that I've heard somewhere that reception in the ATL is spotty.. anyone have experience with Virgin?
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:35 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Virgin uses the Sprint/Nextel network for service. Their coverage map is HERE, and if you type in a generic Atlanta zip code such as 30319, it will show you the coverage area. You'll see that it greatly varies from fair to good to best reception, in and out quite a bit, so it looks like "best" is spotty, but numerous. Looks like there's lots of areas of NO service once you get out of the metro area, but along the interstates seem to have coverage.

I personally haven't heard of anyone complaining about it on here, but then there aren't a lot of posts about pre-paid cell service, either. Sprint is notorious for poor customer service though, so if you have to use their customer service for Virgin Mobile concerns, then that might be a problem. On the plus side, Virgin is starting up an all you can use service on their pre-paid phones this week - all you can use text/talk/web for $50 a month.
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:18 PM
 
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The $50/mo no contract is why I'm considering it. It seems like a good choice for an early adolescent. If we need to take the phone away... I'd hate to be forced to keep paying monthly fees. I guess we can give it a shot... and since we aren't locked into a contract, we can bail if the signal is not strong enough.

I wonder if the coverage will improve with time as Virgin puts up more towers... or whatever they do to create better reception?

Clearly I am no expert on cellular.
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:31 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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The $50/mo no contract is why I'm considering it. It seems like a good choice for an early adolescent. If we need to take the phone away... I'd hate to be forced to keep paying monthly fees. I guess we can give it a shot... and since we aren't locked into a contract, we can bail if the signal is not strong enough.

I wonder if the coverage will improve with time as Virgin puts up more towers... or whatever they do to create better reception?

Clearly I am no expert on cellular.
According to their site, I don't think the $50 for "everything" is on it yet. I believe it starts on 4/15. Right now that $50 just gets you voice, and you have to add $ for text, etc., so wait a few days before new pricing comes into play.

As far as coverage - Virgin does not put up more towers - they "piggyback" their service on other towers via other services (in this case Sprint/Nextel), and use theirs. So whatever they get - Virgin gets. If Sprint adds more towers or receptors to towers in areas, Virgin phones will most likely benefit from the extra reception too.

I would think for a teen/kid, it would be just fine. That way no broken contract fees, and if they break the phone, you just need to buy a new phone which is relatively cheap on Virgin's site.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:17 PM
 
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Yep, we know about the 15th... my kid is quivering with excitement.
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:30 PM
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Virgin Mobile is owned by Sprint/Nextel...my sprint service has been fine i the metro..from what I hear from friends the Nextel service is at best OK...
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:25 PM
 
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I had Virgin for about 5 years. No problems whatsoever with coverage, here or on the road. One reason I chose Virgin is that they have no roaming, as opposed to MetroPCS which would cost extra when I traveled (I think). I would also consider Boost Mobile as that is what Clark Howard is recommending these days.
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:40 PM
 
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The $50/mo no contract is why I'm considering it. It seems like a good choice for an early adolescent.
An add-on to parent plan(s) isn't cheaper? I'm no expert on cellular plans, that's for sure, however since husband and I already had Verizon, adding our teen to our Verizon account only costs $10 per month.
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:41 PM
 
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I would also consider Boost Mobile as that is what Clark Howard is recommending these days.
Note - Boost leans on the Nextel side of the networks, and I have heard complaints from people about it regarding reception and missed calls. They do however, have another $50 for everything type of service such as the one Virgin is starting. For a kid/teen, Boost might be fine - as an adult, I probably wouldn't trust it if I was on the road a lot.
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Old 04-14-2009, 10:04 PM
 
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You could also look into metroPCS. They've had unlimited calling since 1999/2000. They have an unlimited everything package for $50 no contract, no activation fees, etc.. Downside is its local calling area, so if you travel alot, it may not be the best. Though Virgin's is that way as well. The coverage is decent and they control their own towers.
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