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Virgin Mobile partners with ReCellular

Nov 06 2006 - 03:43 PM ET | Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile has become the first carrier to include a recycling envelope in the box with every phone it sells (online or retail). The postage paid envelopes make it easy to recycle the handset with ReCellular, a leading mobile phone...

Kyocera Cyclops announced by Virgin Mobile

Oct 31 2006 - 03:04 PM ET | Kyocera, Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile has announced the Kyocera Cyclops, a stylish white clamshell handset. Like the LG Chocolate in White that Verizon Wireless just started shipping, the Cyclops sports a pearl white finish. Technology wise the Cyclops is fairly high-end for Virgin...

UT Starcom Slice launched by Virgin Mobile

Oct 18 2006 - 05:18 PM ET | MVNO, UTStarcom (Audiovox), Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile USA has started a soft launch for the UTStarcom Slice. The Slice moniker is Virgin Mobile's work, UTStarcom called the handset "PCS-1400". Like most handsets on Virgin Mobile, the Slice focuses on being affordable. But the slim handset...

Virgin Mobile launches Ghost Town, SMS book

Aug 09 2006 - 03:15 PM ET | Backpage, SMS, Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile USA has announced a short story named Ghost Town that will be delivered exclusively through text messages. Two messages will be sent per day over a five week period. The first messages will be sent out on August...

Kyocera Oystr launched by Virgin Mobile

Jul 26 2006 - 03:29 PM ET | Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile has launched the Kyocera Oyster, an entry-level handset with a pearl white exterior. The Oyster continues a recent trend of phones taking on real names (LG Chocolate, Sanyo Katana, Kyocera Strobe, etc) instead of more cryptic product codes...

Virgin Mobile to trade ads for airtime

May 30 2006 - 03:32 PM ET | Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile USA has plans to launch a program called SugarMama that will allow users to get free airtime in exchange for watching advertisements. Ad supported airtime isn't a new idea (yet-to-launch startup Xero Mobile is making it their whole...

Kyocera Switch_Back announced by Virgin Mobile USA

Apr 11 2006 - 12:46 PM ET | Kyocera, Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile USA today announced that it will launch the Kyocera Switch_Back. Prior to today's announcement the Switch_Back was known as the Strobe (we caught up with it for the first time at CES this year). The Switch_Back is Virgin...

NTL to buy Virgin Mobile UK for $1.7 billion

Apr 04 2006 - 04:16 PM ET | Backpage, Virgin Mobile
UK based cable operator NTL has agreed to acquire Virgin Mobile UK for $1.68 billion. Rumors of a deal between the two companies have been making the rounds for months, with Virgin initially rejecting the idea of a buyout....

Virgin Mobile USA's "Inner Circle"

Feb 14 2006 - 02:09 PM ET | Backpage, MVNO, Virgin Mobile
Virgin mobile has announced two new packages for their Mobile services in the U.S.. First up is a new service called "Inner Circle". Essentially this package is aimed at teens to enable unlimited nights and weekends calling to three phone...

BT, Virgin and Microsoft to do mobile TV

Feb 13 2006 - 11:56 AM ET | 3G, Backpage, In The News, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone
The TimesOnline is carrying a story that BT, Virgin and Microsoft are announcing a Mobile TV alliance. The three will announce a digital TV service for mobile phones at the 3GSM Congress in Barcelona. This is just one of...

Virgin Mobile and MTV renew partnership

Jan 10 2006 - 10:41 AM ET | Backpage, Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile USA renewed its partnership with MTV this week. As part of the deal, Virgin Mobile became the exclusive wireless sponsor of Total Request Live and Direct Effect. The shows will use mobile content such as live in-program...

Virgin Mobile USA launches sweepstakes

Dec 21 2005 - 01:32 PM ET | Backpage, Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile USA today announced a new contest that will allow one lucky winner and three friends to live a life of luxury for a week on a Necker Island. Virgin's founder Richard Branson purchased Necker (part of the British...

Virgin Mobile buyout offer made by NTL

Dec 05 2005 - 04:19 AM ET | Virgin Mobile
UK cable company NTL has made an offer to buy Virgin Mobile for $1.4 billion. Information surrounding the offer leaked over the weekend and was officially confirmed this morning by NTL. The company wants to provide TV and wireless service...

Slider Sonic announced by Virgin Mobile USA

Sep 27 2005 - 08:24 AM ET | Kyocera, Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile USA today announced a music phone, the Kyocera Slider Sonic. The Sonic is based off of the Slider Remix, but has added music features to keep it in step with the rest of the mobile industry. This phone...

Virgin Mobile USA launches new pricing model

May 17 2005 - 03:56 PM ET | Virgin Mobile
In an attempt to lure more high volume customers, Virgin Mobile USA today introduced an optional new pricing model. Under the new plan, customers pay 35 cents each day (flat fee) to receive a 10 cent per minute rate all...

Virgin Mobile launches K10 Royale

Apr 06 2005 - 10:30 AM ET | Kyocera, Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile USA has debuted the Kyocera K10 Royale. The K10 Royale is based off the Kyocera K400 series of phones and is the first phone from Kyocera that includes Java. Features of the Kyocera K10 Royale include: * Voice-activated...

Nokia Shorty for Virgin Mobile USA

Mar 14 2005 - 10:04 AM ET | Nokia, Virgin Mobile
CTIA 2005 -- Nokia has announced a stylish new CDMA handset for Virgin Mobile USA that is being called the Shorty (technical model name is 2115i). Features of the Shorty include: * Xpress-on color covers * Integrated flashlight * Speakerphone...

Virgin Mobile Canada launches

Mar 01 2005 - 12:11 PM ET | Virgin Mobile
Today marks the first day of service for Virgin Mobile Canada. While the launch date was known last month, pricing was not announced at that time. * Calls are 25¬Ę per minute for the first five minutes each day and...

Virgin Mobile Canada to start March 1st

Feb 23 2005 - 04:37 PM ET | Virgin Mobile
UPDATE: The service has launched, and we have more info here. Virgin Mobile Canada will start operation on March 1st. The company was announced nearly 11 months ago. Virgin Group is expected to roll out operations in other countries as...

Virgin Mobile USA hits 3 million customers

Feb 08 2005 - 12:40 PM ET | Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile USA today announced that the company has hit the 3 million customer milestone. Virgin Mobile USA launched in July 2002 as a partnership between Virgin Group and Sprint. Intersting facts about Virgin Mobile USA: * In 2004, over...

Virgin Mobile USA eyes Summer IPO

Jan 18 2005 - 06:03 PM ET | Virgin Mobile
We've been floating the Virgin Mobile USA IPO rumor for a while [1, 2], but there's news today that the company is looking to go public this summer. bq. Virgin Mobile USA is hoping to make its market debut around...

Virgin Mobile USA IPO

Jan 07 2005 - 12:26 AM ET | Virgin Mobile
The Wall Street Journal is reporting [paid subscription req.] on page A1 today that an IPO is in the works at Virgin Mobile USA. The company is a joint venture (50/50) between Sprint and Virgin Group. Details are scarce: bq....

Virgin Mobile China?

Dec 07 2004 - 09:59 AM ET | Rumor, Virgin Mobile
It was just last week that we were talking about the possibility of Virgin Mobile India (it could still happen), but now the rumors are all about Virgin Mobile China. Richard Branson is in talks with a carrier in mainland...

Virgin Mobile India?

Nov 29 2004 - 07:05 PM ET | MVNO, Virgin Mobile
Richard Branson, head of the Virgin Group, may be trying to bring his successful Virgin Mobile cell phone brand to India. India is one of the largest upcoming mobile phone markets in the world and the country already has more...

Virgin Mobile and Nokia team up

Nov 17 2004 - 02:06 PM ET | MVNO, Nokia, Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile and Nokia have signed a deal to bring a CDMA Nokia phone to market from Virgin Mobile by 2005. Currently Virgin Mobile only has phones from Kyocera and Audiovox. Nokia hasn't been a major CDMA maker in quite...

Flasher V7 first Virgin Mobile cam phone

Sep 20 2004 - 12:51 PM ET | UTStarcom (Audiovox), Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile USA today announced its first camera phone, the Flasher V7. The phone is made by Audiovox and is based on the Audiovox CDM-8910. Specs include: * VGA camera with LED flash * Speakerphone * 1xRTT data * 65,000...

Virgin Mobile inks deal with Comedy Central

Jul 13 2004 - 01:06 PM ET | Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile today announced a partnership with Comedy Central that will bring exclusive content to Virgin Mobile customers. Comedy Central will have branded games, screen savers, wallpapers, news alerts, voice greetings and more. Virgin Mobile has had a similar deal...

Virgin Mobile U.K. plans $2B IPO

Jun 30 2004 - 12:23 PM ET | Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile U.K. has announced plans for a $2 billion (exchange rate adjusted) initial public offering (IPO). The company has 4.1 million customers, and added nearly a quarter million in the latest quarter. The shares should go up by the...

Cell service resellers enter at fast pace

May 27 2004 - 01:24 PM ET | In The News, Virgin Mobile
USA Today has a piece in today's issue about the increasing number of cellular service resellers. We reported just last week that once Cingular gets the assets of AT&T Wireless, AT&T will start up a reseller under the AT&T Wireless...

Virgin Mobile expands to Canada

Mar 31 2004 - 08:48 PM ET | MVNO, Virgin Mobile
Virgin Group announced a deal to brings its service to Canada. Like Virgin Mobile USA, Virgin Mobile Canada will operate as a prepaid MVNO (buy bulk time on another carrier's network). The partnership is with Bell Mobility. We'll post more...

T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile friends again

Jan 30 2004 - 05:14 PM ET | T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile
T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile now have their much talked about legal problems settled. For the past 2 years, there has been a legal dispute over fees related to marketing Virgin Mobile (Virgin Mobile buys time from T-Mobile for its pay-as-you-go...

Virgin Mobile UK has record quarter

Jan 27 2004 - 01:22 PM ET | Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile UK had a great fourth quarter, according to its latest statement. Over 500,000 customers were added, making it Britainís fastest growing carrier. The pay-as-you-go carrier has a 28% market share. The success of the company has other media...

Rumor: Virgin Mobile planning IPO

Jan 19 2004 - 01:45 PM ET | Virgin Mobile
Today's rumor is that pay-as-you-go Virgin Mobile is planning on going public. It could come as early as July, but a nasty scuff with T-Mobile must be worked out before any shares go on sale. Estimated value is 1-2 billion...

T-Mobile looking to sell Virgin stake

Nov 16 2003 - 12:04 PM ET | Rumor, T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile
T-Mobile Germany is in talks to sell its 50% stake in Virgin Mobile, Britain's fifth-largest mobile phone company. The other half is owned by Virgin Group. Both companies have announced they are talking, but the terms of the possible deal...

Virgin Mobile USA passes 1M subscribers

Nov 03 2003 - 04:15 PM ET | Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile USA has surpassed the 1 million customer mark according to a release by the company. Although it's a far shy from the numbers that the top US carriers are pulling, Virgin Mobile USA is new--only 5 quarters of...

Kyocera launches MTV/Virgin phone

Oct 21 2003 - 08:49 AM ET | Kyocera, Virgin Mobile
Kyocera has released the rumored MTV / Virgin phone. The co-branded Slider V5 MTV Edition is aimed at the youth market who most likely lack the credit needed to score a regular phone. As with all Virgin Mobile phones, the...

CompUSA flirts with Virgin

Sep 10 2003 - 05:31 PM ET | Sprint Nextel, Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile is on a hot streak. First it was locking down sales at 550 Sprint PCS stores, and now it is 220 CompUSA's. Virgin's phones and accessories will be sold throughout the CompUSA chain starting at an unknown date...

Virgin scores 550 times

Aug 27 2003 - 12:37 AM ET | Sprint Nextel, Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile has inked a deal with Sprint PCS to add its prepaid phones to some 550 Sprint PCS stores nationwide. This is a huge deal for the up-and-coming pre-paid company. Sprint PCS was one of the few companies that...