Back in July, Sprint announced plans to begin throttling speeds for customers who use more than 2.5GB of data in a month on its pre-paid subsidiary, Virgin Mobile. Naturally, this announcement did not sit well with Virgin customers, despite Sprint's claim that the change would only affect "3% of all data users."

However, the Now Network has decided to delay this throttling plan until sometime in 2012 to "ensure [they] have all the necessary systems in place so that [their] customer experience will remain positive."

There's no word as to exactly when this changeover will take place, but the company "will provide further information on timing beforehand so [their] customers have advance notification."

So, Virgin customers, breathe a sigh of relief, because it looks like you'll be able to bathe in unlimited data for a while longer.

[via AllThingsD]

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  • Steven

    2.5GB doesn't seem like a very high threshold...until you consider that T-Mo has the same threshold for its POST-paid customers and AT&T/VZW only allow 5GB for post-paid. Makes 2.5GB for pre-paid seem like a fairly sweet deal.
    Plus, as a former Virgin customer, I have to say that their "customized" online experience is clunky enough that most people would give up and find an internet-connected computer long before hitting the 2.5GB cap...

    PS **FIRST**

    PPS I don't know what that means or why it's important, but I had an overwhelming need to add it.

    • Terry

      Tmobile cap is based on the Web plan your have; 200MB, 2GB, 5GB, or 10GB. Only 200 has overage attached, all others only slow you down.

  • Nathan

    Even with this data throttling bullcrap, if you use wifi for your internet they can't slow you down can they? Cuz I stream netflix from my phone to my TV for about 2 hours a day and I do it using my wifi. My issye is I probably use close to 12 or 13 gigs of internet in a month, maybe even more. So can they throttle me down even if I only use wifi for internet? Cuz with to my knowledge that isn't technically using virgin mobiles internet. I'm just basically piggy-backing off of a seperate internet service all together. Unless I'm mistaken, and if I am I hope someone on here will point out where exactly I'm wrong.

    • Nathan

      Sorry for the poor spelling but I'm writing this one handed (other hand is in a cast) on a small tablet and its not easy to pick out the small mis-spellings and/or unnecessary extra words.

  • jo

    Virgin is gona wind up like netflix loosing half there customers. Stupid move 2.5 gb is nothing 3movies. The unlimted internet was the only good thing they had. There done.