Why, yes, you can, thanks to Virgin Mobile. The company’s new
(you have to admit, they don’t shy away from the bizarre names over in the UK) allows you to watch web commercials for free airtime on their Virgin Mobile service. A 30-second commercial will net you a minute of airtime; but don’t think you can just stream a bunch of them: you’ll have to answer questions to prove you were paying attention. The program launches on June 14th.
Virgin Mobile’s pay-as-you-go service is surprisingly good. I bought my parents one for their first phone a couple years ago, and they got a new phone this past Christmas. Overall, I think they’re pretty happy with the service; for as little as they use the phone, it works out to about $8/month, which is far cheaper than any of the competing pay-as-you-go services. I’m not sure I’ll be telling my mother to watch 30-second ads to offset her $8, though.