Virgin Mobile offers prepaid plans, which don't require a contract, and operates on Sprint's lines, which provide better connectivity than many smaller companies. However, Virgin Mobile doesn't offer the same phone discounts as other brands.
Prepaid plans allow people to avoid signing up for a contract. As a result, people unsatisfied with their service can switch easily without having to pay a cancellation fee. In addition, prepaid plans often offer lower prices than traditional plans, and users can switch between plans without having to pay extra.
However, prepaid plan providers have no guarantee that users are going to stick with their plans, so they generally don't offer big discounts on new phones. Because of this, people looking for a high-end phone have to pay for the entire device upfront. Users recover these savings over time, but the initial cost can be too great for many.
Virgin Mobile is a brand, not an independent phone provider. This brand is licensed to companies around the world. In the United States, the brand is licensed by Sprint Mobile. As a result, products that work on the Sprint network work on the Virgin Mobile network. People looking to switch to a prepaid phone provider from Sprint Mobile can generally keep their phones when switching to Virgin Mobile.