Review: Alcatel Venture for Virgin Mobile USA
Virgin Mobile Live
The Venture's stand-out media feature is Virgin Mobile Live, Virgin's streaming content service. Virgin Mobile Live offers streamed music, broadcasts, concert footage, blogs, and movies. It is an all-encompassing media service that offers bits and bytes of everything, though it’s curated by Virgin Mobile. Speaking of bytes, be careful. Streamed content eats up data allotments quickly, and Virgin Mobile throttles users who exceed their data allotments.
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The older stock Android music application is preloaded as a music option. It doesn't bring anything new to the table, unfortunately. You can also make use of the new Google Music service if you care to download it yourself. Either way, music playback sounds good whether it’s from local storage or streamed across the ‘net.
Notably absent is any way to actually purchase and download music tracks. In order to do that, you'll have to download and install the Amazon MP3 Player application or the newest version of Google Play. Pandora is also on board.
The stock Android video application is on board for video playback. It will play side-loaded content as well as any video captured on the device itself. It offers bare-bones functionality (play, pause, stop, etc.). The YouTube app is the same old one that's on every other Android phone.