The US branch of Virgin Mobile has rolled out a new plan which will allow its customers to miss payments if they find themselves unemployed.
The company said that it would begin equipping its $49.99 monthly mobile plan with a 'pink slip protection' clause. The new programme will allow customers to miss up to three months of payments while looking for work.
Many customers are worried about unemployment and unsure about long-term investments in the economic crisis, and vendors have begun adopting initiatives which allow for the customer ending up without a job.
The plan is similar to those offered by several US carmakers which allow customers to return cars without penalties if they lose their jobs and cannot make payments.
"With the unemployment rate rising, the fear of job loss or salary reductions have made consumers watch every dollar," said Virgin Mobile US charmain Dan Schulman.
"These issues tend to impact our prepaid base more than many wireless users, so we hope this programme can offer some peace of mind to our customers."
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