Sprint relaunched its prepaid Virgin Mobile brand in June this year as an iPhone-only carrier. The prepaid carrier announced that it would sell nothing but iPhones. It also launched a new plan called Inner Circle for $50 per month. Despite making an iPhone-only commitment earlier this year, it appears that Virgin is still catering to its Android subscriber base, but it will only do that for just one year.
A new report from Wave7 Research reveals that Virgin has started selling Android smartphones through its website. The Moto E4 was also added to its lineup soon after Virgin announced that it was going to be an iPhone-only carrier.
Channel checks at retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, and Target reveal that Android devices continue to be sold on Virgin Mobile with monthly plans of up to $60. Some representatives even denied being trained on the Inner Circle plan.
It seems that many of its prepaid customers have pushed back. They want more affordable options on the carrier and that obviously means offering them Android smartphones. Virgin Mobile is going to do this until 2018.
“Since we announced our plans to transition to iPhone only, we heard some concern from our Android customers about their ability upgrade phones in the future and we appreciated their feedback,” said Virgin spokesperson Justin Scott.
He added that Virgin is working with its sister company Boost Mobile to provide competitive plans for Android customers on Virgin Mobile that want to buy a new handset.
Scott also confirmed that Virgin Mobile will stop selling new Android smartphones through its website after the fall of 2018.
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