Virgin Mobile USA To Offer $40/Month Unlimited Mobile Data Plan

And this here is why competition is a great thing. When AT&T ditched their mobile unlimited plans in favor of tiered plans, most assumed that the other major operators would follow suit. We're still waiting on the edge of our seats to see if that'll happen, but for now, AT&T remains the lone player who won't give smartphone users unlimited data for their phone. Granted, they're also the only carrier in the U.S. with the data-hungry iPhone, so we guess we can understand the situation a little bit.

But now, Virgin Mobile USA is going against the AT&T grain with a couple of new Broadband2Go plans. These plans provide mobile Internet access on Sprint's network via the MiFi 2200 hotspot or the Ovation MC760 USB WWAN modem. Both devices are prepaid (no contract attached), giving you the ability to only buy network access for times when you need it. The new plans include a $10 option that gives users 100MB over the course of 10 days, or the real sweet spot is unlimited data over the course of 30 days.

That's the $40 unlimited plan, with the $40 part being the real kicker. Even Verizon's WWAN plans are more than that for just 5GB per month. This won't help your smartphone per se, but it'll definitely help those looking to get their notebooks, UMPCs, etc. online while on the road. The new plans should go into effect this week.