Virgin starts offering $20 plans for unlimited texting or unlimited talking (but not both)

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Despite the phenomenal rise of the smartphone in recent years, there is still a significant minority of mobile phone users who could care less or can’t afford data access. They just want to use their phones to make calls or send text messages, and starting Saturday Virgin Mobile is going after that group with new $20 PayLo monthly plans available exclusively at Walmart(s wmt).

Cheap talk and text plans from a prepaid operator are nothing new, but Sprint-owned Virgin Mobile USA(s s) is focusing on the hard-core users on either side of the voice and messaging divide. For $20 a month you can either get an unlimited SMS plan (with 50 minutes of voice) or unlimited voice (with 50 text messages).

The Samsung Montage (source: Samsung) The Samsung Montage (source: Samsung)

These plans are available on two feature phones, the Samsung Montage and the very basic Kyocera Kona. Both devices sport limited internet features…

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