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Virgin Mobile - Is 3G reasonable or should I pay a ton more for 4G?

Yet another confirmation that I should choose Droid over iPhone or Windows phone:


But I am tempted by Virgin Mobile's offer of 1200 minutes per month plus unlimited text and internet for $40 per month INLCUDING tax. No contracts. And they offer a Droid now called Samsun Intercept. And they claim Virgin Mobile customers have access to Sprint's Nationwide Network, reaching more than 275 million people. The only catch I can see to this uber cheap rate is the fact that it's only available in 3G. Is 4G Really all that much better than 3G? How much faster is internet on 4G?

The thing I like best about Virgin is they have a plan that is unlimited web and date and 300 minutes for only $25 per month. This is so cheap that I could keep both my landline and my cell phone. And I really do prefer using a landline.


Unless you're going to be doing serious data work, 3g is probably fine - 4g (well, tmobile's equivalent, which for the moment is mostly faster) is noticeably faster, but I don't know that I'd pay extra for it, and I'm a data head.
Yeah, the 4g spec is still being defined, so I would wait until it is finished before actually buying anything because then you get real network portability as opposed to being locked in to Virgin because they are the only people who support that particular 4g implementation.

Not to mention that you have no guarantee that you would get the 4g where you are most of the time because the carrier is still building out the network.
I have had Virgin Mobile for 5 years and have had no problems with it. I recently switched to the $40 plan...but I don't have one of those new-fangled phones (I have a Rumor 2) so I couldn't tell you anything about 3G or 4G...
Good advice. I think the non-contract Virgin Mobile plan will be the way to go.