Using Sprint’s EVDO Rev. A network, Virgin Mobile USA announced today the launch of their wireless broadband service, Broadband2Go.
When the service goes live later this month you’ll be able to purchase a Novatel Ovation MC760 USB dongle for $150 sans contract. Pay-as-you-go VM Top-Up cards can be purchased in the following increments: 100MB, 250MB, 500MB and 1GB. Here’s where it gets a little confusing; 100MB will cost you $10, but you have to use that within 10 days. For $20 you get 250MB, 600MB for $40 and 1GB for $60, which have to be used within 30 days.
$60 for a 1GB of data is quite a bit considering you get 5GB for the same price from the major carriers but you’re not locked into a two-year contract either. VMU will provide an online portal to keep tabs on how much data and time you have left as well as a handy activity chart of sorts that lets you know how much browsing is allocated for your pre-purchased data.