Couple pieces of Virgin Mobile news today. First they have reduced the contract period of the BlackBerry Pear 8130 and Pearl Flip to a low 2-year contract for $0.00. Good deal and love the slashed contract timing and hope this is a sign of things to come.
Also, Virgin has sent out an e-mail to their “members” who have a CDMA device that they must mandatory upgrade to the new billing system. Virgin states that their members “deserve the best of everything” and that “this big time system and billing upgrade will make being a Member even better”. For these customers you’ll be getting (if not already received) an e-mail with a date that Virgin will be upgrading your phone, all you need to do is re-program your phone to work on the new network. It’s a mandatory upgrade and Virgin stated “if we don’t get you upgraded then eventually you wouldn’t be able to use your phone anymore, and that would not be cool”.
Virgin sent us a note that stated “While we are moving our members over to a new billing system, it doesn’t require any upgrades to HPSA – it’s completely up to you if you stick with your CDMA device or if you want an HSPA device. The new system is, however, necessary if you want an HSPA device, plus it gives you more functions to edit your account system, review your e-bill and change around your settings. All members need to do is edit the programming on their phone to move over to the new billing system – but a head’s up, changing the programming won’t change your phone over to HSPA. You’d need to replace your CDMA phone with an HSPA phone to hook up to the HSPA network.”
You can find more about the upgrade here at Virgin
(Thanks Ersin & Matthew!)