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Virgin, Walmart Team On First Prepaid Data-Sharing Plans

Overland Park, Kan. – Sprint prepaid brand Virgin Mobile plans Jan. 17 availability of the industry’s first data-sharing prepaid plans, which will be available exclusively through Walmart.

The announcement follows yesterday’s announcement by T-Mobile that it plans Jan. 25 availability of Simply Prepaid plans, which cut prepaid-service costs by $10/month compared with T-Mobile’s current Simple Choice prepaid plans.

Virgin’s new plans are available with four specific 4G smartphones preloaded with a Virgin data-sharing application, which provides data buy-ups and international add-ons with one touch direct from the phones. Each multiline plan also comes with free mobile hot spot feature to share the plan’s data among Wi-Fi enabled devices. Also with the plans, Virgin will offer a $5/month option providing unlimited streaming of select social-media and music-streaming services.

The three new plans, all with unlimited talk and text, start at $65/month for two lines with 4GB of 3G/4G shared data. A $90/month plan for three lines delivers 8GB of shared 3G/4G data. A $115 plan for four lines provides 12GB of shared data.

One-touch data buy-up options start at $10/month for an additional 1GB.

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Also for Walmart, Virgin is adding new single-line unlimited plans at $35 and $45/month. The $35 plan provides 300 minutes of talk, unlimited texting and unlimited data, but only 2.5GB of the data is high-speed data. The $45 plan adds unlimited talk.

The unlimited plans and the data-share plans will be available with updated editions of the HTC Desire 510 at $99, LG Tribute at $79, and LG Volt at $149. Data-share plans will also be available on the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime at $129, a new phone that features 4.5-inch display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.4 and 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.