Virgin Mobile has already made a hatke entry into the Indian market as a CDMA service provider in association with Tata Teleservices. Now lets check out how people can get started with Virgin Mobile.
First of all it’s a CDMA service provider, so you cannot just buy the sim card and get started with it. You need to purchase a handset provided by Virgin Mobile to subscribe to its services. The handsets are available exclusively at “The Mobile Bazaar” (a mobile store within Big Bazaar) and “The Mobile Store”.
Just explore the cellphones and the plans provided by the company…..
This is a base phone by Samsung which comes with a 65K colour screen and a fm radio with loud speaker. It comes with a stereo headset and is priced at Rs 1999.
This sleek clamshell boasts dual screen along with the features of vSwing. It is priced at Rs 2499.
Another clamshell but this one comes from the handset giant Nokia. Virgin Mobile claims this phone to be the sleekest clamshell it is currently providing. This phone too comes with a 65K colour screen, fm radio and loud speaker and is priced at Rs 3600.
This phone comes loaded with a 1.3 mega pixel camera, video capture and playback, mp3 player, fm radio, loud speaker, a micro SD card slot and surprisingly it is priced at Rs 3999 only.
This sleek candybar from Samsung comes with a VGA camera, mp3 player, fm radio, loud speaker, micro SD card slot and an option of Hinglish SMS. It is priced at Rs 4799.
Once you’ve bought the handset you need to choose the service plan. To begin with, Virgin Mobile is providing just a single plan for the Mumbai circle but the options are expected to increase once the subscriber base increases.
The plan which it is currently providing is a prepaid one and is called “The Simple Plan” You need to pay an initial amount of Rs 99 to start up with the service. There is no free talktime included so the subscriber would need to use the Recharge Card to pump up his/her account. Once you’ve done that you can start using your Virgin Mobile. Here goes the call rates:
• The user gets 10 paise for every 60 seconds of incoming received from any phone
• Local calls to any phone will be charged at Re 1/min for the first 2 minutes and from the 3rd minute it would be charged at 50paise/min for the rest of the day
• STD call would be charged at Rs 2.40/min
• Local SMS would be charged Re 1 and National and International SMS would be charged at Rs 2 and Rs 5 respectively
Virgin Mobile has not only come here to stay but it has come here to rule the charts. The reason why we say this is because innovative features like offering users free talktime for receiving calls and the hatke call rates are very tempting. These features can be seen for the first time in the Indian telecom market and are definitely worth giving a try.
Also talking about the handsets launched by Virgin Mobile, they are all well loaded with features and are very competitively priced. Lets see how successful is this group in luring the Indian youth.