Virgin Mobile Offers Bailout for Laid Off Subscribers

If you lose your job, you might still have to pay your mortgage, car payment, heating oil and tuition costs, but your cell phone bill? Not so much. If you’re a Virgin Mobile USA customer, you can apply for the Pink Slip Protection Plan.

In a nutshell: Virgin will waive your cell phone bill for three months after a layoff.

“With the unemployment rate rising, the fear of job loss or salary reductions have made consumers watch every dollar,” said Dan Schulman, Virgin Mobile’s CEO, in a statement. “These issues tend to impact our prepaid base more than many wireless users, so we hope this program can offer some peace of mind to our customers.”

The offer is under open enrollment through June 30. It’s open to those who have been customers for at least two consecutive months prior to losing work, and participants must become eligible for state unemployment benefits within 12 months. New monthly calling plan customers will be automatically enrolled.

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