It's been a good run, but it wasn't going to last forever. If you're a Virgin Mobile customer, you may have been accessing Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, without any of that data counting towards your limit. That's about to change.
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As explained in an announcement on their website, changes to plans will ensure all social media use counts towards data limits, as of May 1st. According to Virgin, if historical use is anything to go by, most customers won't be affected — though you may see 50% and 85% warnings more often.
In its own words:
Up until now, Virgin Mobile has covered the cost of access to these sites (we hope you enjoyed the freebie!)
The silver lining is the cost of going over your limit has been reduced by about 75% — from 20.5c/MB to 5.2c/MB. That change is already in effect.
Customers are of course welcome to revisit the question of whether they are on the right plan, and you can ring 131 922 to talk to them about it. As we've said before, this could also a good time to have a look at other carriers — even with Virgin doubling its data limits six months ago, that doesn't necessarily making them better than prepaid plans.