I just had a card delivered from Virgin Media with the following message (see my thoughts at the bottom of the article):
Because we think you’re a great customer we’ve added a little something special to your phone package.
From now on you’ll get free calls to Virgin mobiles as part of the free calls in your home phone call plan.
It’s our way of saying thanks.
All the best,
The Virgin Media Team.
P.S. To find out a bit more, go to virginmedia.com/freecalls
On the back page is the small print which is as follows:
Calls to “active” Virgin Mobile numbers are free. As with your landline calls, re-dial before 60 mins to avoid call charges. To be “active” the Virgin Mobile number called must have originated a chargeable outbound event (call, sms, data session) within the previous 90 days. Remember that if you call a Virgin Mobile number that is roaming overseas, that number will still be charged any applicable roaming tariff, even though your part of the call may be free.
So if you are on Virgin Media and buy a Pay As you Go SIM card (they cost pennies nowadays, the market is flooded with them) and top up the minimum amount and send one SMS message every 90 days you basically have a phone with free inbound calls for years to come.
Just remember to hang up the landline and redial when you are approaching an hour or the call will be charged for time over an hour.
Virgin Mobile minimum top up is £5.00, just stay off the internet with the phone and you’ll be set for ages.
Text to other Virgin Mobiles cost 10p per text, so it would take 4500 days to go through the £5.00 (£5.00 / 10p = 50 messages, 50 messages every 90 days = 4500 days).
Don’t know anyone else with a Virgin Mobile? Simple, just text a message to yourself.