Virgin Mobile announced today that they are introducing the first no-contract data sharing plans to the industry. Customers will have a choice of two to four lines to have on their account and will have access to a special data-sharing app that can help with data buy-ups, adding on international service, and monitoring usage. In addition to the normal charges for service, Virgin Mobile is also giving users an option to pay a flat $5 per month fee to avoid having data charges for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pandora, and other social media and music streaming apps, from counting against their data cap.
Virgin Mobile announced Virgin Mobile Unlimited plans for those who want no contracts but access to unlimited talk and text. For those people who just want talk and text and only use WiFi for data you’ll only have to pay $20 for 300 minutes of talk time and unlimited texting. If you pay $15 more you’ll have access to Unlimited talk/text and 250 MB of data, or you’ll have 300 minutes of talk time, unlimited text and 2.5 GB of 3/4G data. The full price chart breaks down as follows:
Yesterday, we reported that Virgin Mobile would be one the first carriers in the United States to offer LG’s latest budget-friendly smartphone, the Tribute, and now you can order the handset from the operator’s website for just $79.99 on a prepaid plan.
Earlier this month, LG announced its next budget-friendly smartphone, the Tribute — essentially a rebranded variant of the F60 with some minor carrier adjustments designed to make the phone function correctly in the United States.
It looks like two carriers in the U.S. are gearing up to launch the handset. According to industry insiders, both Sprint and Virgin Mobile have been in contact with LG and are currently awaiting stock.
HTC and Sprint have announced availability for the Desire 510 on the carrier’s network, and if you’re on any of Sprint’s prepaid or postpaid networks, it’s looking like you’ll be able to get your hands on the device. For Sprint Easy Pay customers, you can own the device for just $9 per month for two years, and Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile will carry it with a $99 price tag.
Sprint hasn’t changed the specs of the device at all, so you’ll get Qualcomm’s zippy Snapdragon 400 64-bit CPU, 1 GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 4.7-inch display. At the price point that the 510 is being offered, it’s a hard phone to beat.
They might not be the most “desirable” smartphones, but the HTC Desire line has been around for a long time. HTC announced today that the Desire 610 and the Desire 816 are now available in the U.S.
The Desire 816 (pictured above) features a 5.5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to 128 GB of extra storage, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, BoomSound, Sense 6, and 2,600 mAh battery. It will be available starting tomorrow at Virgin Mobile for $299 on a Beyond Talk plan with no contract agreement.
The LG Volt, or the L90 outside of the United States, is available starting today from two of Sprint’s prepaid carriers: Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. But this is not your ordinary prepaid smartphone. The Volt will utilize Sprint’s enhanced Spark LTE connectivity, regardless of which carrier you go with. And for a prepaid smartphone, the specifications are not bad.
The 4.7-inch display has a 960×540 resolution and that seems to be the only iffy part. The processor is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. The micro SD card slot can expand upon the 8GB of internal storage by 64GB. And the batter is a very respectable 3000mAh. LG threw in an 8MP camera on the back and 1.3MP one up front. There is even an IR blaster and some of LG’s other software additions. However, LG has updated KnockOn to include Knock Code. This new feature utilizes a personalized tapping sequence to unlock the handset.
Hit the break for the full press release.
Right on cue, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will be landing on Virgin Mobile later this month. As of the time of this writing, there has been no pricing details announced. We only know that the GS5 will arrive on May 19 for Virgin Mobile customers.
In the meantime, read our review of the Galaxy S 5.
Source: Virgin Mobile
While the LG L90 is heading to T-Mobile and MetroPCS without any special name, it looks like it will carry a different name on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. With those two carriers, the handset will be known as the LG Volt. The image above was leaked by @evleaks and shows the Boost Mobile variant in black and the Virgin Mobile in white.
Today Kyocera announced their most recent mobile device in the Hydro Vibe and will be released on Sprint and Virgin Mobile’s network come May 9th (May 27th for Virgin Mobile). Pricing for the Hydro Vibe will be set at $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $9.59 with Sprint’s Easy Pay plan while Virgin Mobile will have it at $149.99 off-contract.
As for specs, you can expect a 4.5-inch 960×540 display, 1.2GHz quad-core MSM8926 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, an 8MP and 2MP front and rear camera respectively. The device will have LTE capabilities and come with a 2,000mAh battery to power it all. Also, it wouldn’t be named “Hydra” if it didn’t have something to do with water, right? You can expect the Hydra Vibe to come with an IP57-rate for protection against both dust and water. You can check the Hydra Vibe’s promo video and full press release after the break.