Virgin Mobile Full Year of Unlimited Service for $1 w/ iPhone Purchase

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Virgin Mobile has extended their promotion offering a full year of unlimited service for $1 for new customers who buy an iPhone and transfer their number, as well as current Virgin Mobile customers who upgrade to an iPhone. Auto-pay required. It has officially been extended through 8/31/17.

Virgin Mobile USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sprint and is thus on the Sprint network. Unlimited talk, text, and data with de-prioritization after 23 GB each month. Although taxes are technically not included, people report being charged only 8 cents per month, so apparently it’s not a concern. After the first year, the unlimited plan costs $50 a month including all taxes as this is a prepaid service.

The cost of the newest iPhones from Virgin Mobile is comparable to buying direct from Apple. For example, iPhone 7 32GB version is $649. However, there are discounts for older models: iPhone 6 32GB is $320. iPhone SE 32GB is $280.

Compare this offer with the Sprint Free Year of Unlimited offer. For the Sprint offer, you must bring your own eligible device and qualify via a hard credit check. If you don’t want an iPhone, you could buy a New Unlocked Moto E4 for $99 from Amazon. For this Virgin Mobile offer, you must buy a new iPhone for at least $280 but there is no credit check. Sprint includes mobile hotspot tethering, while Virgin charges an extra $10 a month.

Per this press release, Virgin will also throw in the following perks:

  • A round-trip companion ticket to the United Kingdom on Virgin Atlantic
  • One night’s stay at Virgin Hotels
  • $170 savings on an introductory offer to Virgin Wines club
  • Up to 20% off flights on Virgin America
  • 20% off on the Virgin Sport San Francisco Festival of Fitness (Oct. 13-15)

If you wanted to buy an iPhone anyway (a new model is coming out soon) and are okay with the Sprint network, this can work out to a good deal. You could get a new iPhone 6 (which is still perfectly useable in my opinion) and a year of Unlimited talk/text/data service for $321. After the first year, you’ll still have the iPhone 6 which you can use on another network.

Amazon Prime: Spend $25, Get Free Snack ($5-$8 Value)

azsnack Amazon Prime members who spend $25 or more can get a free Happy Belly or Wickedly Prime snack with the promo code PRIMESNACK. I do love Chicago-style popcorn…

Here are the eligible products:

To redeem, add $25+ worth of products that are sold by Amazon.com or Amazon Digital Services LLC to your cart. Amazon gift cards don’t qualify, but the following online and physical gift cards from Safeway, Whole Foods, Starbucks, Lowe’s Home Improvement, etc should work. I personally was going to buy these Anker Bluetooth earbuds for $25 anyway.

Then add one of the Amazon snacks above (~$5 to ~$8 value). Enter promo code PRIMESNACK at checkout and the snack should be free.

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