Page 5 - Virgin Mobile iPhone 3G plans in detail
UPDATED | Want to buy an iPhone 3G? We've gone through all the plans from all the telcos to find the best of the best.
Optus-owned virtual telco Virgin Mobile has come to the iPhone party with guns blazing. Its big selling point is huge data caps, with a reasonable amount of voice calls included to boot. There are two basic plans: one for $70 which includes 1GB data and $520 worth of calls, and another plan for $100 which includes 5GB data and the same $520 worth of calls. (See our launch dayanalysis here: Virgin iPhone plans offer up to 5GB.
Just because Virgin has released these two specific iPhone data plans doesn't mean they are the ones you can choose from.
In fact, you can select any Virgin capped voice plan and add a data plan to it. If you're a low volume user spending just $5/month gets you 50MB in data, $10 gets you 300MB (this is the plan I'm on), and $15 gets you 1GB of data - more than enough for 99.9% of iPhone users.
Because Virgin piggybacks on the Optus network, coverage in major cities is good, but if you're planning on hitting the bush, Telstra is really the only option. Even though Optus is building out a 3G network that will have broad coverage across Australia, its 900MHz frequency doesn't work on the iPhone.
We've emailed Virgin to ask if unlocked and older generation iPhones can take up the special iPhone plans on a monthly basis but haven't heard back yet.