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Dirt cheap: $20 smartphone bill – but with a catch!

Dirt cheap: $20 smartphone bill – but with a catch!
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Just when you thought those pricey monthly cell phone plans were here for good, Sprint-owned Virgin Mobile has a new offer for you to consider.

The carrier that's known for its no contract, pay per-month mobile device service is now offering a $20 plan that includes 300 minutes of talk time, unlimited texting, and zero data. Yep, you heard me right - no data whatsoever. So, if you opt for the plan you'll only be able to connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi.

This contrasts the "normal" requirements of major smartphone carriers where opting out of the data plan is simply not an option at all. They all require that you subscribe to at least an inexpensive, limited plan to even be able to operate a smartphone on their networks. Even Sprint, who owns Virgin Mobile, just recently rolled out an unlimited talk, text, and data plan for sixty dollars per month, per line - one many experts consider to be the best deal going.

The new "no-data plan, plan" certainly deserves some consideration for those with tight purse strings. But it will be interesting to see if it appeals to other users as well.

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