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Virgin Mobile has ditched Android and gone iPhone exclusive

Virgin Mobile has become the first carrier in the United States to go "iPhone-only", ditching the Android userbase completely. Apple has teamed up with...

Callum Rivett
|Jun 23|magazine3 min read

Virgin Mobile has become the first carrier in the United States to go "iPhone-only", ditching the Android userbase completely.

Apple has teamed up with the Sprint-owned mobile virtual network operator and has unveiled a new and exclusive 'Inner Circle' plan which grants access to some perks from other partnered brands.

To celebrate the announcement, Virgin revealed an extraordinary plan that featured unlimited minutes, messages and data for just $1 a month for the first year when you buy a new iPhone separately and transfer the number to the Inner Circle plan. 

Their website has already erased any mention of phones that are not manufactured by Apple, although they have promised a range of incentives to sign up for their Inner Circle plans, such as an introductory offer for Virgin's wine club and discounted flights on Virgin America.

Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, commented: "We’ve now worked with Apple to create a compelling offer for our new Inner Circle plan."

"When you buy an iPhone you will get the highest quality device and service plus access to an array of Virgin experiences, and I couldn't be more excited to change the way you experience mobile."

Virgin made the decision after finding that iPhone users tend to stay on their network longer than customers with other brands of phone, whilst their customers have reported feeling more at ease when on an unlimited plan as opposed to those with limited minutes or data.