As if the news of the iPhone 4 and 4s dropping on to one of the best valued prepaid carriers in the USA wasn’t enough, a surprising publication from Sprint News today revealed that the HTC One V is now available from the Virgin Mobile USA website. The Android powered EVO V was joined the party a few weeks ago, the rehash of the EVO Design from Sprint is now simply out classed. The last added summer device was the LG Optimus Elite, who’s 3.5″ screen and $149.99 price tag doesn’t do much for the tech junkies in us, but might still be a good device for the kids.
The HTC One V is available for a low price of $199.99 with monthly plans starting at $35. The fact that the new device is running ICS 4.0 and features a dual-core 1Ghz processor definitely means that the sub $200 prepaid phone market is seriously heating up for the summer. The One V features a 3.7″ screen, 5MP camera and 4GB of internal storage (expandable with 32GB microSD cards.) The biggest drawback to the V is that it does not feature a 4G compatible radio. There is no WiMAX or LTE option going forward. If you live in a low speed Sprint 3G area, you will probably have trouble using some of the advanced options that Android offers. That said, the HTC One V is still a potent machine for less than two Benjamins.
The EVO V has been on the market for quite some time in its Sprint form. Some may remember the EVO Design, the ‘other’ upgrade to the HTC EVO 4G that hit last year. While the 4″ screen and 1.2Ghz processor were a nice change from the original for some, others thought it didn’t do enough and held their EVO 4G’s tight for the next round. The EVO V does feature the 4G WiMAX radio that is lacking in the One V, but for last year’s middle of the road specs, $299.99 is a bit too high of price in our book.
The final entry in the summer of Android devices on Virgin Mobile is the LG Optimus Elite. Running a smaller 3.5″ screen and a 5MP camera, the Optimus Elite is aimed at the slightly less serious user. The 800 Mhz processor will power today’s Apps, but some will experience lag and stuttering during usage. The 512MB of RAM will keep a few Apps happy, but strain will quickly build causing even more lag. The advantage to the Optimus Elite is the pricing. At under $150 (at publication it was $149.99 with a special 20% off offer on the website) it would make an excellent device for families that don’t want to spend $200-$300 on premium handsets for the kids. Other than that, we recommend pinching those pennies and saving up the extra for the HTC One V.
While Android fans are beginning their parties right now, Apple fans have something to cheer about as well. The iPhone 4 and 4s are also available on the Virgin Mobile site at Apple’s standard non-contract pricing. This means for $649 you can pocket an iPhone 4s and only pay $35 a month for 300 minutes and unlimited text and data. If you need more talk time, add $10 to expand to 1200 minutes or $20 to enjoy the all you can eat buffet.
The summer is getting to be very tempting for many to jump ship to Virgin Mobile. One concern we hear often is that people don’t feel safe without a contract price, but you can rest easy. Virgin Mobile cannot change the plan you sign up for unless you miss a payment, abuse the service or violate your agreement on how you use the service. If you pay on time and use your device correctly, your starting plan will stay valid until you decided to change it, or stop paying. Remember, you cal also pick up your discounted Virgin Mobile refills at Getsmartphones.info.
Source: Virgin Mobile