Is Virgin Mobile’s Bonus 1GB Offer Good Value?

Virgin Mobile is running what sounds like a reasonable promotion: an extra 1GB of data a month on a handful of contract plans for Samsung phones. More data is clearly better than less, but there are potentially still cheaper ways and more flexible ways of getting to the same goal.

The promotion runs until November 30, and covers three handsets, all on 24-month contracts. Here’s what you get on each plan:

  Galaxy S II Galaxy S III Galaxy S III 4G
Plan cost $29.00 $59.00 $59.00
Handset cost $5.00 $0.00 $7.00
Total cost $816.00 $1,416.00 $1,584.00
Data (MB) 1250 4000 4000
2-min call cost $2.38 $2.38 $2.38
# of 2-min calls 189 294 294
Text $0.28 $0.28 $0.28
Data/MB $0.03 $0.03 $0.03

The additional data certainly makes the cheapest plan look considerably more tolerable than its regular version, which has just 250MB of data. However, as with any contract plan, you’ll be locked in.

Consider the $59 deal for the S III. If you signed up for a $39.90 no-contract deal with Amaysim, you’d get unlimited calls and the same amount of data for $20 a month less. That would leave you with the equivalent of $480 or so to spend. The Galaxy S III hasn’t quite reached that price point yet for outright purchases, but it’s getting closer every day.

Bottom line? For contract deals, these aren’t terrible prices, but contract deals aren’t for everyone.

Virgin Mobile

The Cheapest NBN 50 Plans

Here are the cheapest plans available for Australia’s most popular NBN speed tier.

At Lifehacker, we independently select and write about stuff we love and think you'll like too. We have affiliate and advertising partnerships, which means we may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. BTW – prices are accurate and items in stock at the time of posting.


21 responses to “Is Virgin Mobile’s Bonus 1GB Offer Good Value?”

Leave a Reply