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Sprint Adds Avatars to Visual Voicemails

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Sprint announced today that they are making leaving and receiving voice mails more fun. Available to both postpaid Sprint customers and prepaid Boost Mobile and Virgin mobile customers, the new avatars are free and can be shared with anyone, on any network or via SMS, email or Facebook.

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Sprint MVNOs Launch AQUOS Smartphone

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Cellular phone maker Sharp has selected Sprint to launch its first AQUOS Crystal phone  available in the U.S. in the coming months. An exact date hasn’t been released yet, but the specs for the phone compared to the price aren’t half bad and the phone looks pretty cool with a sharp, edgeless look and a large screen. The device will be available for Sprint postpaid customers via Easy Pay and for Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile customers for $149.99 plus tax.

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Zact Shuts Down, Virgin Mobile Steps Up

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Zact Mobile has officially shut down and, as of last week, is no longer offering any services or support. Former Zact Mobile customers can either choose to switch to Virgin Mobile or simply walk away, free and clear. Zact Mobile was powered by ItsOn, which is now powering Sprint’s Virgin Mobile Custom plan. If you’re not a Virgin Mobile fan, take a look at RingPlus or FreedomPop, both of which offer similar services and might work for you.

Of course, if you are wanting to make the switch, your Zact phone should have prompted you to download and change to Virgin Mobile’s Custom plan last Monday. Early adopters of Virgin Mobile Custom were rewarded with free minutes, texts and 1GB of data. But don’t fret. If your phone didn’t prompt you to make the switch and you would like to, here’s what to do:

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Personalize With Virgin Mobile Custom

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On Thursday, Virgin Mobile USA introduced Virgin Mobile Custom, their no-annual-contract deal with completely customizable and tailored rate plans and parental controls. When you purchase a Custom phone, you can activate the device for $6.98 per line per month (up to five lines) on the Base plan, which comes with a puny 20 texts and 20 voice minutes. From there, you can choose to have unlimited talk ($18), text ($10) or both ($35) as well as various ‘add-ons’ that provide unlimited access to Facebook, Pandora, etc. They have plans that allow for 30 minutes of international calling to specific countries as well. Specific prices for those add-ons aren’t listed at the present.

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Virgin Mobile Coverage Map

As charges for cell phone service continues to go up, there are many people that are trying to stray away from the major carriers. Virgin Mobile is a very popular choice for those that want to cancel their AT&T or Verizon subscription.

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Prepaid IPhone Plans

Many people find the rigid structure and bloated fee structure of typical cell phone contract plans to be less than ideal for their budgets and phone usage habits. Prepaid phone plans are generally more affordable, and it is easy to tailor them to specific usage needs. Prepaid plans have long been easy to use with basic cell phones, but luckily there are now great prepaid options available for iPhone users as well. Several major phone providers now offer prepaid plans for the iPhone, including T-Mobile, AT&T, Straight Talk, Virgin Mobile, Cricket, H2O, Net 10, Verizon, and Boost Mobile.

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Best Prepaid Phones

So, you’re curious about joining the many people currently foregoing traditional phone plans in favor of a cheaper, more flexible prepaid plan. Good decision. But before you jump into this new world, get the lowdown on some of the best phones and prepaid options out there.

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Virgin Mobile Prepaid Data Plans

Virgin Mobile is a small wireless service provider, yet with the no contracts or other fees associated with the larger service providers, it is an extremely desirable company to consider. If you are looking for a way to connect to the Internet through a mobile device such as your tablet or even your phone, you are able to do so through the help of a broadband connection. This broadband connection is then transformed into a wireless Internet signal, which your mobile devices are able to use. This way, you always have an Internet connection for your tablet or laptop computer, regardless of where you are. As long as there is a 3G or 4G Internet connection, you are good to go. In fact, you might be rather surprised as to exactly how fast a 4G Internet connection is on your laptop computer. You are likely to find that this connection is far faster than many of the wireless Internet connections you use at a local coffee shop, hotel or other facilities. With this being said, you need to know what the different prepaid data plans are with Virgin Mobile and how you can best utilize the services.

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Virgin Mobile Prepaid Christmas Offers

If you want a great phone that can fit your budget, Virgin Mobile has the perfect stocking stuffer for you this Christmas. Virgin Mobile’s prepaid phone offers will blow you away. While the other big companies are trying to rope you into expensive contract plans with mysterious taxes and hidden fees, Virgin Mobile is making a big push this holiday to offer prepaid phone plans that you can afford. Unlike the competition, that offers prepaid plans on just a few of their lower end “burner phones” Virgin Mobile prepaid plans can be applied to any phone that they sell. You can buy the newest iPhone 5 and activate it with a no contract plan with minimal hassle.

There are two categories of plans that Virgin is offering this holiday season: Unlimited and PayLo programs. The main difference is that the Unlimited plans are android compatible, best for heavy smart phone users, whereas the PayLo plans are more for users who use their phone more for talk and text with occasional data use. You can get a PayLo plan for as low as $20/mo, and it will come with 400 minutes of talk but there will be additional charges for data and text use. A much better alternative is the $30 per month option, which comes with 1500 minutes, 1500 messages, and 30mb of data use. It is one of the best prepaid plans on the market. If you are interested in the unlimted plans, all of them come with unlimited text and data. The 35 dollar plan comes with 300 minutes of talk, which may work for primary smart phone users, but for $45/mo they offer 1500 minutes and unlimited minutes for $50/mo.

Virgin Mobile’s Christmas Offers for their prepaid phones are good for the rest of the holiday season, and can be the gift that keeps on giving for the entire year round.

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What Network Does Virgin Mobile Use?

What network does Virgin Mobile use?

Virgin Mobile uses the Sprint wireless network, and as such utilizes the CDMA technology that Sprint uses. This means that Virgin Mobile customers can expect North America and US coverage areas. Unfortunately, the CDMA technology isn’t found in all other international countries like the GSM technology. The GSM network technology can be found in most other countries.

CDMA technology and GSM technology is different in many technological ways, but one major difference is in the area of availability. While GSM technology can be found all over the world, CDMA isn’t always available in other countries. CDMA is found predominantly in the US and North America. Also, both GSM and CDMA differ when it comes to data speed, location and even hardware.

Since Virgin Mobile uses the Sprint network, a CDMA network, clients need to take that into consideration when purchasing a Virgin Mobile phone. If you need to have a phone that will work overseas, it is probably a good idea to choose a phone that uses the GSM technology. If coverage isn’t a big deal to you, then you can chose a CDMA phone.

So, it’s important to consider where you are going to mainly be using the phone before you decide which phone to purchase. If you are mainly going to be using your Virgin Mobile phone in the US or North America, then customers can expect to have the same type of coverage that is offered to Sprint wireless customers. However, if you want to use your phone while travelling, then you may have to utilize a service that utilizes the GSM network to insure coverage.

Both GSM and CDMA network technologies have their own unique advantages and disadvantages, which is why taking an assessment of your cellular and mobile phone needs before you purchase both your phone and/or service is important to making the decision that’s right for you.

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Virgin Mobile adds iPhone 5 to lineup

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Virgin Mobile continues to expand its lineup with quality smartphones, and the latest addition is no exception. It’s no Samsung Ring, but Virgin has managed to land the iPhone 5 for its Beyond Talk lineup. As expected you’ll pay sticker price for the iPhone 5, $549.99 for the 16GB model, which will be available on both the website and at retail outlets. The 32GB and 64GB models, $649.99 and $749.99, will be available online only. The wait will be over by the end of this week: the iPhone 5 will be available at Virgin Mobile’s website on June 28th.

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Virgin Mobile picks up Samsung Ring

Virgin Mobile customers looking for a decent smartphone at an affordable price point can now check out the Samsung Galaxy Ring. It’s smaller than the Galaxy S series phones, measuring just four inches. But it also features a 1.4GHz processor, plus Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Given its other decent features, such as a 5MP camera with 1080p video capture, and it’s a decent bargain. You can bring it home for $179.99 from Virgin Mobile’s website.

Via Phone Scoop.

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Virgin Mobile launches Kyocera Kona for payLo

Virgin Mobile has released a new handset for the payLo brand that will prove affordable for almost all users. The Kyocera Kona, which Cricket launched back in April, is a basic flip phone with two color displays and, well, not much more. But at $19.99 it makes for a good temporary phone, or something you can use in a pinch. Virgin does offer payLo service from $20 per month, so you’re looking at laying out $260 for a year’s worth of service. Not bad, considering that you can’t get a decent smartphone, never mind service, for that much on prepaid. You can get the Kyocera Kona at Virgin Mobile’s website.

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Virgin and Boost Mobile get 4G LTE coverage

We know it’s been coming for a while, but this morning Sprint made it official: Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile will get 4G LTE coverage. In making the announcement both brands announced newly available handsets. Pictured above is the Samsung Galaxy Victory, a Sprint phone that is now available through Virgin. You can get it at Virgin Mobile’s website today for $300. Boost models after the jump.

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Virgin Mobile announces the Kyocera Event 3.5-inch Android

Virgin Mobile has added another low-cost Android smartphone to its lineup. The Kyocera Event is a very basic Android phone — though it does run version 4.0, which makes up for many hardware deficiencies. It doesn’t try to be anything fancy, even sticking with the old-school 3.5-inch screen size. Most Virgin customers will care about little of that, though, and will go right to the price: $79.99 at Virgin Mobile’s website. It will hit retail stores on March 3, as a Radio Shack exclusive.

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Virgin Mobile testing handset financing

In the long run, prepaid is almost always cheaper. We’ve learned that repeatedly in the last year or so when prepaid carriers started adding higher end smartphones. Perhaps the most illustrative example came when Cricket and then Virgin Mobile started offering the iPhone. The handset itself was much more expensive, but when combined with the monthly service costs and extrapolated over a two-year span, the prepaid carriers come out significantly less expensive. Still, customers can have issues coming up with that much money in a lump sum. The answer, for at least some carriers, has been handset financing.

Last month we learned that Cricket and MetroPCS started handset financing programs. Unlike T-Mobile’s financing plan, which allowed customers to split up the charge over the course of the contract — making it nearly identical to a subsidy — Cricket and MetroPCS customers have nine months to pay the balance. They are charged no interest in the handset is paid in full after three months. While this makes sense from the consumer side, not all prepaid carriers have jumped on board.

Virgin is currently giving the financing idea a shot, according to FierceWirless. Using the company BillFloat they’re offering financing plans on a number of handsets, including boith iPhone models and the Samsung Galaxy S II. For buyers of the latter, the charge is $59 up front and $49 per month for a year, bringing the total cost to an unimaginable $647 for a smartphone that is nearly two years old. Another carrier trying something similar, C Spire, charges iPhone customers $170.50 up front and $150 per month for 6 months, for a total of more than $1,000.

If financing is going to work, it can’t simply ream customers who need to spread their payments over time. Cricket has something decent going with its three-month financing plan. That makes the cost of the phone a bit easier to bear without imposing enormous fees on the user. But $650 for a two-year-old smartphone and more than $1,000 for an iPhone, whether financed or not, is simply ludicrous. The ability to spread payments over time is valuable, but not at the cost of this much overall money.

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Virgin Mobile to offer Samsung Galaxy S II

It has been a popular handset for prepaid carriers, and now Virgin Mobile will get it. Following in the footsteps of fellow Sprint subsidiary Boost Mobile, Virgin will offer the Samsung Galaxy S II. It’s the same handset we’ve seen many times, featuring a 4.5-inch screen and running Android 4.0. Like the Boost version, it will take advantage of the newly available WiMax network in available markets. Customers can get the Galaxy S II starting November 15, for $370, at Virgin Mobile’s website. At $35 per month for 2.5GB of 3G/4G data it’s tough to find a better deal on the market.

Via PC Magazine.

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Virgin Mobile adds daily plan to Broadband2Go

Yesterday Virgin Mobile added a new daily plan to its Broadband2Go services. It costs $5 per day, and provides up to 200MB of 3G data. For Virgin customers who own a 4G WiMax device, it provides unlimited 4G coverage. Of course, the user has to be in an area with 4G WiMax coverage; there are 70 such markets across the U.S. The plan is available now, and can be purchased, along with a 3G or 4G broadband modem, at Virgin Mobile’s website.

Via Phone Scoop.

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Virgin Mobile could get the iPhone 5

One question from many prepaid cell users upon learning that Cricket would sell the iPhone 5: What about Virgin Mobile? After all, they started selling the iPhones 4 and 4S this summer. For the VM crew, there is good news: it appears that Virgin will carry the handset eventually. There’s no word on when, is the only problem. Of course, it will be a CDMA-only model, but that should matter little for Virgin customers clamoring for the iPhone 5. Expect it to cost just about as much as the iPhone 4S, around $650.

Via MacRumors.

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Is your Virgin Mobile account insecure?

Are you comfortable with the level of security your cellular carrier provides? Many, if not most, people don’t even think about it. They see big brand names and assume they’re protected to a reasonable degree. But sometimes companies get stuck behind the times, and end up with security policies that can prove harmful to their customers. This appears to be the case with Virgin Mobile. Kevin Burke, a programmer and web developer, recently ran a blog post detailing Virgin’s weak security. The worst part: there’s no real way around it until Virgin acts. More after the jump.

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Samsung Reverb now available for pre-order from Virgin Mobile

It’s a little late, but Virgin Mobile has started taking pre-orders for the Samsung Reverb. They first announced the Reverb last month, noting an August 29th pre-order date. But what’s a week between friends? As a refresher, the Reverb run Android 4.0 and has a 1.4GHz processor, so you’ll be browsing in style. It also has a 4-inch screen. At $250 it’s not the greatest bargain, but compared to the other Android handsets out there it’s not half bad. Not at all. You can pre-order yours at Virgin Mobile’s website.

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Virgin Mobile to get Samsung Galaxy Reverb

It appears that Boost Mobile isn’t the only Sprint-based carrier to announce a Samsung handset. Sister company Virgin Mobile also announced the Samsung Galaxy Reverb. This is one to get excited about. It runs Android 4.0, which is pretty big for the prepaid space. A few current prepaid smartphones run it, but not many. It also runs a 1.4GHz processor, so it can handle most tasks. The 4-inch display is pretty standard these days: not too big and not too small. It will be available at some point in September, but Virgin is starting pre-orders on August 29th. If you’re willing to spend $250 on it, you might want to get in on that pre-order.

Via Phone Scoop.

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Virgin Mobile will add Kyocera Rise QWERTY slider

Later this month Virgin Mobile will get an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich handset. It’s the Kyocera Rise, a device with an iPhone-sized 3.5-inch display and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Its 1GHz processor isn’t much, but the overall package looks like a decent bargain at $99.99. It will be available at Virgin Mobile’s wesbite on August 31st.

Via Phone Scoop.

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Virgin introduces Samsung Entro and Montage for payLo

Late last week Virgin Mobile added a pair of feature phones to its payLo lineup. The Samsung Entro and Montage might not compare to the smartphones we’re seeing other carriers add, but for Virgin’s payLo services that’s not the point. It’s made for feature phones, and the two Samsung handsets provide updated versions of classic form factors. The Entro is a flip phone is a basic phone with a color external display, though it does not have a camera. It costs just $15 and is available right now at Virgin Mobile’s website. The Montage is a candybar phone with a sideways-sliding QWERTY keyboard and a 2.4 inch color screen. It will cost a bit more at $50 and will be available in a few weeks.

Via Phone Scoop.

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Virgin Mobile introduces Chaser discount Android handset

Virgin Mobile just released a new low-cost Android handset, the Chaser. It’s quite the small handset, with the screen measuring just 3.2 inches (for comparison, the iPhone’s screen is 3.5 inches). It does, however, have an 800MHz processor. That’s not great, or even that good, by any stretch, but for a cheap handset it’s quite fine. It also has a 3.0 megapixel camera and, unsurprisingly, runs Android 2.3. The Chaser is available right now at Virgin Mobile’s website for $79.99.

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Are you more excited for Virgin’s One V or iPhone?

Here’s a quick question for those planning to buy a prepaid smartphone. Virgin Mobile launched two new smartphones in the last two days. Well, three, because they got both the iPhone and the iPhone 4S. yet they also got the HTC One V Android handset. While the iPhone is the envy of the smartphone world, it comes at great cost for Virgin customers: $549 for the two-year-old iPhone 4 and $649 for the iPhone 4S. The One V isn’t quite up to the iPhone standard, though it does have a processor equal to the iPhone 4 and it does run the newest version of Android, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Yet it costs far, far less than the iPhone, at just $199.99. So it asks the question, which are you more excited about? Which one makes more sense for you? You can check out both new smartphones at Virgin Mobile’s website.

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HTC One V coming to Virgin Mobile tomorrow

It has been a while since we learned that Virgin Mobile will get the HTC One VPhoneNews.com, Virgin will launch the handset tomorrow, Thursday, for $199.99. It’s a relatively high-end smartphone for prepaid carriers, especially since it runs the latest version of Android, version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. You’ll be able to snag the One V tomorrow at Virgin Mobile’s website.

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Virgin Mobile announces iPhone availability on June 29th

Well, that was quick. Earlier in the week we heard that Virgin Mobile would soon offer the iPhone. The Wall Street Journal nailed that one, as Virgin made the announcement this morning. It will be available on June 29th, just a week after Cricket makes its own offering. And yes, Virgin will offer both the iPhone 4, for $549, and the iPhone 4S, for $649. Those are the bare unsubsidized prices, and are $150 more than they’ll cost at Cricket. Yet the savings with Virgin will come with the monthly plan rates.

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Virgin Mobile now rumored to carry the iPhone

Well, that was quick. Less than a week ago we heard a rumor that Boost Mobile would offer the iPhone starting in September. Now word comes down — from a much more reliable outlet — that it is Sprint’s other prepaid arm, Virgin Mobile, that will get the vaunted iPhone. It could drop as soon as July 1, which certainly beats the previous Boost rumor. This doesn’t rule out Boost’s eventual offering, though; The Wall Street Journal speculates that this is merely Sprint trying to unload more units in fulfillment of its enormous obligation to Apple. Since we’ve heard strong rumors of a new iPhone coming this fall, it makes sense that Sprint would want to unload as many iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S units before that time.

After the jump: why this is interesting for Virgin.

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LG Optimus Elite on presale with Virgin Mobile

Update: Apparently the pre-order is sold out. That was quick. The handset will go on sale to the general public tomorrow. We’ll have to wait and see if they have any units available, or if they really did sell through them all in the pre-sale.

The LG Optimus Elite Android smartphone is now available for preorder from Virgin Mobile. We first learned of the Optimus Elite in March, and then Virgin made the official announcement last month. The Elite is a mid-range Android handset, featuring an 800MHz processor, 3.2-inch screen, and Android 2.3. It’s expected to ship on Tuesday, so you can get in your last-minute preorder now, or you can just wait to pick it up at a later date. It’s available for $149.99 on Virgin Mobile’s website.

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Boost and Virgin make WiMax official, along with HTC Android smartphones

We’ve known for a while that Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, both subsidiaries of Sprint, would soon offer their customers 4G service via WiMax. Yesterday both companies made their respective announcements. The services will commence on May 31st — which is just a few days after Virgin will change its smartphone upgrade policy. As we learned previously, Boost will get the HTC EVO Design 4G, while Virgin will get the EVO V 4G — which is known on Sprint as the EVO 3D. We’ll make sure to post on the 31st to again note the availabilities of these handsets.

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Virgin and Boost offer insurance to existing customers

Handset insurance isn’t common for prepaid carriers, but Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, both subsidiaries of Sprint, do offer their customers insurance for $5 per month. The catch, as is typical for insurance, is that you have to purchase it within 15 days of buying your phone. For the month of May Boost and Virgin are offering insurance not only to new customers, but to their existing ones. Any customer can sign up and pick up device insurance for that same $5 per month. If you need to file a claim, you just pay the deductible and get a new phone. You can find more specific information on the insurance policies, including enrollment instructions, at Boost Mobile’s website and Virgin Mobile’s website.

Via CNET.

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Virgin Mobile changing smartphone upgrade policy

According to a number of Howard Forums users, changes are coming to Virgin Mobile‘s smartphone upgrade and grandfather policy. When Virgin first overhauled its plans and introduced Beyond Talk, they featured one of the best deals in the industry: 250 minutes, plus unlimited data and messaging, for just $25 per month. Many people flocked to that plan, but it was short lived. Last year Virgin raised the price of the 300-minute Beyond Talk plan to $35. Yet they offered their loyal customers a grandfather clause. That is, they could continue paying the original $25 per month, so long as they kept their accounts active and in good standing, even when they upgraded smartphones. But that’s about to change.

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Sprint announces LG Optimus Elite for Virgin Mobile

We first learned about the LG Optimus Elite back in May, when a rumor surfaced that Virgin Mobile would get the handset by the end of May. Yesterday Sprint announced that indeed is the case. The only catch is that Sprint will get the handset first, in the middle of May. Virgin will get it at an undisclosed later date. For a refresh, the Optimus Elite runs Android 2.3 and features an 800MHz processor and a 3.2-inch screen at 480×320 pixels. That is to say, it’s not the most powerful handset. But its an eco-friendly handset that is made of 50 percent recycled plastics. It’s also free of various unhealthy materials that plague typical smartphones. The Optimus Elite will hit Sprint for $29.99 on May 18th, so perhaps we’ll see Virgin’s come a bit later at around $130. But that’s still speculation.

Via Phone Scoop.

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Virgin Mobile to get EVO 3D this year

Just a few weeks back we heard that Virgin Mobile was getting a pretty nifty Android handset, the HTV One V. It now appears that they’ll add another HTC device to their lineup. The HTC EVO 3D has been around on Sprint for a little less than a year now, and it will hit Virgin later this year as the HTC EVO V 4G (the 4G being WiMax, presumably). It’s high powered at 1.2GHz (dual core), and features 3D video and picture capture. There aren’t many further details, other than it will drop later this year. I’d expect it to be among Virgin’s more expensive Android smartphones.

Via PocketNow.

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HTC One V heading to Virgin Mobile

It looks like Virgin Mobile is going to get another Android handset. We learned last week that they are getting the Alcatel Venture (though it was originally reported as the ZTE Venture). Now they’re getting a bit better of a handset with the HTC One V. We learned a while back that MetroPCS would get the One V. We’re looking at the same deal for Virgin: 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Best of all, it figures to be relatively cheap at $200. We should see it later this spring.

Via PocketNow.

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Virgin Mobile taking pre-orders for ZTE Venture

Pictured above is the ZTE Venture, an Android handset heading to Virgin Mobile on March 15th. It’s a hybrid candybar device, featuring both a 2.8-inch touchscreen and a full QWERTY keyboard. That gives it a BlackBerry-like feel. Another way it resembles the BlackBerry: it has a 600MHz processor, which is one of the slower ones in modern mobile usage. It’s still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and it’s unclear whether it will get a 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade; I’d consider the prospects unlikely, given the Venture’s underpowered nature. In any case, it will cost $99, and it’s available for pre-order on Virgin Mobile’s website. It will ship this Thursday, March 15th.

Via Android Central.

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Virgin Mobile to get LG Optimus Elite

It might not be the prettiest handset, and it might not pack the most power. But the LG Optimus Elite does carry NFC — Near Field Communications — that will eventually turn our smartphones into our wallets. The device, as the Optimus Elite, is already available overseas, and rumor has it that it’s coming stateside to Sprint. It will also hit Virgin Mobile in due time. It’s fairly low end, with an 800MHz processor, 3.2-inch screen with a mere 320×480 display, and just 512MB of RAM. But for a prepaid Android, that’s not all that bad. Look for it on Virgin around the end of May. I can’t imagine it costing more than $120.

Via PocketNow.

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Virgin Mobile will start throttling data speeds in March

We knew it was coming. It was just a matter of when. We learned last year that Virgin Mobile would throttle the speeds of its heaviest data users. It will begin this practice on March 23rd, with users who exceed 2.5GB per month getting their speeds throttled. To be clear, this applies to Virgin smartphone customers using Beyond Talk plans. Throttled speeds are 256Kbps, which is something of a relic for old dial-up users. If a user gets throttled, he has to either way for the beginning of the next billing cycle, or otherwise pay for a new monthly plan immediately. Neither seems like an attractive option, but those are the breaks.

Via Android Central.

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Virgin Mobile offers free month of mobile broadband

In an effort to attract new mobile broadband users, Virgin Mobile is offering new Broadband2Go customers a free month of data when they sign up. This requires the purchase of a MiFi or USB modem, but once customers activate they’ll get a free month of data, which covers 500MB. That normally costs $20. After that customers can continue paying $20 for 500MB, or can switch to the 100MB plan for $10 or the 2.5GB plan for $50. The promotion runs through Tuesday, November 15, so make sure to visit Virgin Mobile’s website to sign up before it expires. Lines must be activated by December 12th.
 
Via FierceWireless.

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Virgin Mobile adds Samsung M575 to payLo

 
That’s the Samsung M575, the latest phone to hit Virgin Mobile payLo. It’s a simple handset, featuring a QWERTY keyboard, a media player, and up to 32GB of external storage. Thankfully, it does support 3G data, though the uses are limited. It fits perfectly into payLo’s budget-minded theme. You can grab one for $79.99 at Virgin Mobile’s website.
 
Via Phone Scoop.

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Virgin Mobile announces LG Optimus Slider and HTC Wildfire S


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We’ve seen the above picture recently — last week, in fact. It’s the LG Optimus Slider, and it is now officially coming to Virgin Mobile. Last week we detailed the Optimus Slider, noting its reasonably fast processor, 3.2-inch screen, sliding keyboard, and Android 2.3. As expected, it will cost $199.99. Virgin will release the handset on four different dates: October 17th on Virgin Mobile’s website, October 31st at Best Buy and Radio Shack, November 6th at Target, and November 13th through Sprint retail outlets.
 
Virgin also made two more announcements, including an update on data throttling and another Android handset.

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LG Optimus Slider coming to Virgin Mobile


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Another Android handset will soon make its way to Virgin Mobile. The LG Optimus Slider, which Verizon just released as the LG Enlighten, is coming soon, according to a Best Buy listing. It runs the latest version of the Android operating system, 2.3, meaning it has all the newest features of the Android platform. It’s also reasonably fast at 800MHz and has a fairly standard 3.2-inch touchscreen with full sliding keyboard. Really, it provides a newer alternative to the Samsung Intercept, which was Virgin’s first Android handset. It should drop next month for $199.99.
 
Via PhoneNews.com.

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Virgin Mobile going after T-Mobile postpaid customers

Apparently Virgin Mobile smells blood in the water. This week it launches an ad campaign that directly pleas with T-Mobile customers to make the switch. It does seem odd, indeed, that Virgin is targeting customers from a postpaid brand, but the opportunity is clearly there. T-Mobile is already losing customers, and Virgin sees the opportunity to satisfy them with their monthly prepaid plans. It would help, though, if the ad didn’t make a specious claim or two.

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Virgin Mobile to throttle Beyond Talk data speeds

Just last week we got the bad news that Virgin Mobile would raise the rates in the lower tier of its Beyond Talk plans. The changes weren’t all bad, but the $10 monthly increase of what was the greatest smartphone deal on the planet certainly hurt. There’s some more hurting coming, too. Virgin announced yesterday that while they would continue to advertise unlimited data on the Beyond Talk plans, users would only get 2.5GB at 3G speeds. After that customers can still use data without an additional fee, but the speed is dropped to 256Kbps. Basically, it’s the same deal as their mobile broadband plans. This change will place in October, so customers still have a few months to run amok. Virgin published an FAQ page to help clear up confusion.

Via Phone Scoop.

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Changes coming to Virgin Mobile

Be on the lookout for some plan changes at Virgin Mobile. The site PhoneNews.com got their hands on a PDF sent to dealers, and it details the various plan changes they’re making in the near future. The most notable is what you see above, to the Beyond Talk plans. The super awesome $25 plan gets a $10 bump to $35 per month, while the $50 plan goes to $55. It’s not all that bad, considering how great the old plans were. Now they’re just good, rather than spectacular. The $30 payLo plan will also include 1,500 minutes, 1,500 messages, and 30MB of web access, but apparently that is a “limited time allowance increase.” There’s no word on when these will go into effect, but it doesn’t figure to be long. Also, two phone-related issues after the break.

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Look for the Motorola Triumph on Virgin Mobile July 19th

It wasn’t found in the likeliest of places, but it appears that we now have a release date for the Motorola Triumph on Virgin Mobile. From the ad, found in People magazine, it looks like July 19th is the date. I can imagine plenty of Virgin customers going for that, since it will be the most powerful Android they’ve released to date.

Via Phandroid.

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Virgin Mobile getting Android-powered Motorola Triumph

Yesterday Motorola and Virgin Mobile announced a new Android handset, the Triumph. It resembles many of Motorola’s other Android handsets — it’s kind of like the Droid without the slide-out keyboard. It’s a larger device at 4.1 inches, and it features a 5 megapixel rear and VGA front-facing cameras. It runs fast at 1GHz, and, for the multimedia fans, it has an HDMI output. It also runs Android 2.2 out of the box, though at some point you have to figure it will get 2.3. This looks like the highest end handset to date for Virgin Mobile, and I can see plenty of users upgrading. There’s no price or release date set for it, but I would figure somewhere between $200 and $300 with a summer release date.

Via Phone Scoop. Hands-on video from Phandroid after the jump.

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Virgin Mobile released LG200 for payLo

On the same day that it brought back a $20 mobile broadband plan, Virgin Mobile has also introduced a new handset. The LG200 is a simple messaging phone that fewatures a full QWERTY keyboard, VGA camera, and a 2.2-inch screen. It will cost $69.99 and is available with any of Virgin’s payLo plans — the best of which is 1,500 minutes, 500 messages, and 10MB of data for $30 per month. You can get the LG200 and a payLo plan at Virgin Mobile’s website.

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Virgin Mobile re-introduces $20 mobile broadband plan

There has been plenty of change lately with Virgin Mobile‘s Broadband2Go plans. The latest is that it put a 2.5GB cap on the $50 plan, with slower speeds to follow once that cap is breached. They also have a $10 plan that provides 100MB during a 10-day window. Apparently they also have a $20 plan, sold only with the purchase of a device at Walmart, that provides 1GB of service. Now they’re opening that $20 plan up to everyone, but with a catch. If you sign up for the service at, say, Virgin Mobile’s website, you’ll get only 500MB of data for your $20. Clearly, it’s better if you get your broadband modem at Walmart so that you can take advantage of double the data for the same price.

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