I just got the text message. I think I'm ok, but I have no idea how much data I use over their network each month. Most of my high-bandwidth usage like streaming podcasts is over my home wifi network.
Here's the text message i received, and the text of the link. Sounds to me like they'll unthrottle you if you pay for the next month of usage immediately.
VMFreeMsg: Your Beyond Talk Plan is about to change. Starting 3/23/12, data speeds may be reduced once you hit 2.5GB. For more info, click http://msg4u.us/th2
To make sure we can keep offering our Beyond Talk Plans at such great prices, we're putting a data speed reduction in place for anyone who uses over 2.5GB of data in a month.
Will it affect me?
Based on your activity for your last plan month ending in December, you shouldn't be affected.
If you continue to use the same amount of data as you did in your last plan month, you should not see your data speeds reduced. Just to give you an idea, in order to hit 2.5GB, it's about 400,000 Mobile Internet page views, about 90,000(!) emails (without attachments), 91 hours of streaming music or 20 hours of video clips*.
This will not affect your ability to text or make calls with your phone.
How will it work?
Starting March 23, 2012, if you use over 2.5GB of data in a month on your Beyond Talk Plan:
• Data speeds may be reduced to 256Kbps or below for the rest of your month.
• If data speeds are reduced, they will return to normal as soon as your next plan month starts.
• If you'd rather not wait for your new month to start, you can restart your plan immediately through My Account.
How will I know if my data speeds have been reduced?
If you reach 2.5GB of data in a month, you will receive a text message letting you know your data speeds will be reduced for the rest of your plan month.
By putting this data speed reduction in place, we're making sure we can deliver the same quality service you've come to expect from Virgin Mobile. We hope you understand.
*Data usage per activity is based on an average. Bandwidth varies by website, video, email and other Internet application