Virgin Mobile today announced it will offer prepaid plans allowing two or more lines to share data.
Beginning Jan. 17 and available exclusively at Walmart, Virgin Mobile will offer three new plans for sharing data. All include unlimited talk and text. The $65 tier features two lines and 4GB of 3G/4G data; the $90 tier features three lines and 8GB of data; and the $115 tier features four lines and 12GB of data.
Dubbed Data Done Right, the new plans will also feature one-touch data buy-ups at $10 for 1GB and a $5 add-on that allows unlimited use of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pandora without it counting against your data plan.
But for starters, the shared data plans are only available with four phones: updated editions of the HTC Desire 510 ($99.88), LG Tribute ($79.88) and LG Volt ($149.88) as well as the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime ($129.88). The Core Prime, available only for customers on shared data plans, features a 4.5-inch display, 1.2GHz quad core processor, Android 4.4 KitKat and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.
Virgin is promising more devices will be available by the end of February.
In addition to the cost of the phone, new customers will have to buy a $20 starter SIM for each device but two months of unlimited music streaming is included in the price.
Virgin is also introducing a pair of new single-line plans. For $35 per month, customers can get unlimited text and data (2.5GB high-speed) and 300 voice minutes, or they can pay $45 for the same package with unlimited voice minutes instead.