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Kyocera Delivers A Good Old Fashioned Slider to Sprint

Apr 8, 2014, 11:23 AM

Kyocera announced the Verve today, which will be sold by both Sprint and Boost Mobile. The Verve is a feature phone that has a traditional number pad on the front and slides sideways to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard underneath. Some of the hardware features include a 2.4-inch display, 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.1, speakerphone, and a stereo headset jack. The feature phone operating system is ideal for heavy texters, according to Sprint. The phone is limited to CDMA 1X-Advanced and does not support LTE. Sprint is offering the Kyocera Verve for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $5.42. Sprint's Framily plans start at $55 per month for the Verve. The Sprint model can be ordered online and via telesales beginning April 11. Boost Mobile will sell the Verve for $50 and offers no-contract plans starting at $50 per month. It will reach Boost stores May 6. Sprint said that the Verve will also be sold by Virgin Mobile's payLo brand, beginning May 13, as the Kyocera Contact. It will cost $40 from payLo.


Say Hello to Ciao, Sprint's Latest MVNO

Mar 25, 2014, 2:12 PM

Ciao, an MVNO that resells Sprint service, kicked off today with low-cost, no-contract plans. Ciao is offering monthly service options that fall in line with other Sprint prepaid properties, such as Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile. The entry-level plan costs $35 per month and includes unlimited voice minutes, unlimited text messaging, and unlimited MMS. The mid-tier plan costs $45 per month and adds 500MB of data. The top-tier plan costs $60 per month and boosts the monthly data allotment to unlimited. Ciao will soon, however, offer an unlimited smartphone plan that costs just $10 per month. The catch is that Ciao will install an app that displays advertisements on the lock screen. Ciao sells a single phone, the HTC EVO, for $199. Ciao Mobile is owned and operated by Ciao Telecom, which is based in Dallas.


Boost Mobile Scores the LG Optimus F3

Mar 24, 2014, 9:17 AM

Boost Mobile announced the LG Optimus F3 is available beginning today for $129.99. The F3 runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and has a 4-inch IPS LCD screen with Gorilla Glass; a 1.2GHz dual-core processor; Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and LTE 4G; and a 5-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture. It comes with LG apps such as VuTalk, QSlide, QuickMemo, and Q Translator. Sprint and Virgin Mobile have been selling the F3 since last summer. Boost Mobile says LTE plans compatible with the F3 start at $55 per month. Boost does not require contracts.


Boost and Virgin to More Stringently Throttle Data Hogs

Mar 19, 2014, 11:47 AM

Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile have begun informing customers that they'll soon further restrict the data speeds of those who exceed 2.5GB of combined 3G/4G data during a single billing period. Neither Boost nor Virgin have data caps, but they have throttled data hogs' speeds to less than 256Kbps since May 2012. Customers can continue to use their data service without being charged extra, but will do so at slower speeds. Beginning May 16 of this year, however, those who use more than 2.5GB of data will see speeds reduced to 128Kbps. Sprint representatives confirmed to Phone Scoop that customers can top up to re-start their month if they need access to faster data. If they don't, 3G/4G speeds will become available once the customer's billing period ends. "This change comes about because of the enormous data usage driven by the increasingly sophisticated smartphones we make available, and the more extensive uses customers are finding for these devices," said Sprint in an email. "We want to be able to serve customers who use our unlimited plans for their daily activity -- email, surfing the Web, social networking, photo uploading, location-based apps, etc. Our goal is to ensure our products perform at the best possible level and that we have the best possible experience for all subscribers."


Boost and Virgin to Sell Samsung Galaxy S5, Too

Feb 28, 2014, 1:13 PM

Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA today both announced plans to sell the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. Both companies, which are owned and operated by Sprint, said the GS5 will be compatible with Sprint's Spark LTE service. Pricing was not discussed, but the prepaid carriers said the GS5 will arrive during the second quarter with contract-free, flexible service options.

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Sprint Intros 'Framily Plans' and New Spark Markets

Jan 7, 2014, 4:52 PM

Sprint today announced a new type of multi-line plan that allows customers to combine accounts even if they are not family members. The basic service costs $55 per month for one line with unlimited talk and text and 1GB of data. Each device added costs $5 less than the one before it, so a second device would cost $50, a third would cost $45, a fourth would cost $40, and so on. Sprint says each individual line can be customized to suit that person's needs. For an additional $20 per month, Framily Plan subscribers can get unlimited data and upgrade to a new phone once every 12 months. The new Sprint Framily Plan goes into effect January 10. Additionally, Sprint named the next set of markets in which it will offer Sprint Spark. They include Dallas, Austin, Ft. Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Fort Lauderdale. Last, Sprint said that Sprint Spark will be available to Virgin Mobile customers who own the Netgear Mingle Hotspot.


Ting Offering Spark Speeds to Select Phones

Dec 18, 2013, 8:29 PM

Ting, an MVNO that runs on Sprint's network, says it is the first to offer devices compatible with Sprint's Spark service. Sprint Spark relies on tri-band LTE devices to boost mobile broadband speeds on its data network. Spark is only available in five markets right now, but will expand to about 100 by the end of 2014. According to Ting, its variants of the Samsung Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S4 Mini, and LG G2 are all able to interact with Spark. Ting CEO Scott Allen told Fierce Wireless that Sprint's willingness to allow its MVNO customers to offer Spark demonstrates "Sprint's commitment to wholesale and their good faith as partner." Other providers that use Sprint's network, such as Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, have yet to claim that they offer Spark-compatible devices.


Virgin Selling HTC Desire Today for $279

Nov 18, 2013, 9:22 AM

Virgin Mobile today announced the availability of the HTC Desire. The Desire includes features first seen on the HTC One, such as Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Sense 5.0, BlinkFeed, and HTC Zoes. The Desire has a 4.5-inch qHD display; 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM; 5-megapixel camera with back-side illumination and 1080p HD video capture; dual front speakers with BoomSound; and an embedded 2200mAh battery. It also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and support for microSD cards up to 64GB. The Desire (known in some markets as the Desire 601) can be purchased today for $279. Virgin Mobile does not require contracts.


FCC Reveals Samsung L500 for Virgin Mobile

Oct 17, 2013, 1:23 PM

Documents seen on the Federal Communications Commission web site provide details about a previously unannounced handset from Samsung. The SPH-L500 is a slab-style smartphone that runs Google's Android operating system and looks similar to some of Samsung's Galaxy-branded phones. The FCC confirms that it has rear and front cameras, NFC, and a memory card slot. Based on the spectrum support and draft user manual, the Samsung L500 will eventually be sold by Virgin Mobile. Neither Samsung nor Virgin has officially announced this device.


Virgin Mobile to Sell iPhone 5s and 5c October 1

Sep 27, 2013, 9:08 AM

Virgin Mobile USA today announced that it will offer the Apple iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c online and in stores beginning October 1. The new iPhones will be sold at full retail price without a contract.


Virgin Mobile Offering Credit for Old Device Trade-Ins

Sep 17, 2013, 10:14 AM

Virgin Mobile USA today announced Virgin Mobile Buyback, an effort that will reward customers who choose to recycle their old phones. Virgin Mobile Buyback offers new and existing customers credits (in dollar amounts) that can be used to purchase a new device or pay for service if they turn in an old device. Customers can use Virgin's web site to get a quote for how much their device is worth, though Virgin also published a list of hundreds of devices and the amount of credit it will reward for them. Credit amounts range from just $5 for some old feature phones to more than $300 for newer iPhones. According to Virgin, most phones that are turned in will be reused. Those that cannot be reconditioned will be recycled responsibly. Virgin Mobile Buyback is available to any Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk, Paylo, or Assurance plan and does not incur any additional fees.


Virgin Pitches the Supreme as a Media Phone

Sep 12, 2013, 7:02 AM   updated Sep 12, 2013, 11:03 AM

Virgin Mobile today announced the ZTE Supreme, an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphone that features a large, 5-inch 720p HD LCD display that is protected by break-resistant glass. It is also known as the Vital for Sprint. The Supreme has a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 13-megapixel camera with HD video capture, and a 2,500mAh battery that provides 15 hours of talk time. Other features include support for Virgin's 3G/4G networks, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0; 8GB of internal storage with support for microSD cards up to 64GB; and Virgin Mobile iD packs. The device is preloaded with EA Mobile's Real Racing 3. The Supreme is available only from Virgin Mobile's web site. It costs $299.99 and does not require a contract. Service plans start at $35 per month.


Virgin Selling ZTE Awe for $99 Starting Today

Sep 10, 2013, 7:03 AM

Virgin Mobile today announced the availability of the ZTE N800 Awe. The Awe is a simple Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphone that features a 4-inch WVGA display, 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture, and Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy. The ZTE is powered by a 1,650mAh battery and supports microSD cards up to 32GB. The Awe is limited to 3G mobile broadband speeds and does not support LTE. The ZTE Awe is available online and in select stores for $99.99. Virgin Mobile does not require contracts. Service plans start as low as $35 per month.


Waterproof Reef Washes Up on Virgin Mobile's Shore

Aug 22, 2013, 8:17 AM

Virgin Mobile today announced the Reef, the company's first water-resistant smartphone. The Reef, which is made by ZTE, is certified IPX7, which means it is protected for up to 30 minutes in up to 3 feet of water. The phone has a 4.0 touch display, 1 GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture, and a 1-megapixel user-facing camera. The device runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and includes Virgin Mobile's ID packs. It runs on Virgin's 3G network and includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The Reef costs $149.99 and does not require a contract.


LG Optimus F3 Hits Virgin Stores Today for $179

Jul 18, 2013, 9:47 AM

Virgin Mobile USA announced that the LG Optimus F3 is available beginning today for $179.99. The F3 runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and has a 4-inch IPS LCD screen with Gorilla Glass; a 1.2GHz dual-core processor; Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and LTE 4G; and a 5-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture. It comes with LG apps such as VuTalk, QSlide, QuickMemo, and Q Translator. Sprint has been selling the F3 since last month, though under contract. Virgin Mobile does not require contracts.


Virgin Mobile to Sell iPhone 5

Jun 21, 2013, 7:40 AM   updated Jun 21, 2013, 7:58 AM

Virgin Mobile today announced that it will sell the Apple iPhone 5 beginning June 28. Virgin will offer the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models for $549, $649, $749, respectively. All models will be available in both black and white. The iPhone can be paired with one of Virgin's Beyond Talk plans, which start at $35 per month, though the price will drop to $30 per month if customers sign up for automatic payments. The 16GB model will be available online and in Virgin Mobile and RadioShack retail stores. The 32GB and 64GB versions will only be available online.


Assurance Wireless Launches in Nevada

Jun 20, 2013, 12:59 PM

Assurance Wireless today announced that qualifying residents in the state of Nevada now have access to Assurance's products and services. Assurance Wireless provides a free cell phone and 250 monthly voice minutes to low-income families. Assurance also offers low-cost plans. For $5 per month, Assurance customers can double their monthly minutes to 500, and for $20, increase voice minutes to 1000 and add in 1000 text messages. Customers will still have access to their 250 free minutes even if they can't pay for the extra minutes. Assurance also offers pay-by-use voice minutes, text/email messages, and international calling. Nevada marks the 41st state in which Assurance now operates. Assurance is run by Virgin Mobile USA and Sprint.


Samsung Ring Lands at Virgin Mobile

Jun 18, 2013, 1:16 PM

Virgin Mobile today announced that the Samsung Galaxy Ring is now available for $179.99. The Ring features a 4.0-inch touch display, 5-megapixel main camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture, 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera, and a 1.4GHz processor. The Ring runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is compatible with Virgin iD packs. Other features include Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Wi-Fi, and support for Virgin's CDMA 3G network. It is compatible with microSD cards up to 64GB and has a 1,750mAh battery. The device is for sale online and in stores beginning today.


Boost and Virgin Mobile Score the Samsung Galaxy S III

May 21, 2013, 9:49 AM

Sprint today announced that its prepaid brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA will both offer the Samsung Galaxy S III beginning in June. The GSIII will include support for Sprint's LTE 4G network. Pricing and exact availability was not shared.


Boost Refreshes Entry Level With Kyocera Coast

Apr 8, 2013, 11:01 AM

Boost Mobile today launched the Kyocera Coast, a basic clamshell-style phone with a 2-megapixel camera and external display. The phone sports Bluetooth and voice dialing, but without LTE, video capture, or even a memory card slot, "affordable" is its most important feature. It is available today for $30, no contract required. In Kyocera's lineup, the Coast is most similar to the older Luno offered by Virgin as the S2100. Compared to the Luno, the Coast has a better camera and larger displays.


Assurance Shows the Show-Me State Some Love

Mar 15, 2013, 9:30 AM

Assurance Wireless today announced that qualifying residents in the state of Missouri now have access to Assurance's products and services. Assurance Wireless provides a free cell phone and 250 monthly voice minutes to low-income families. Assurance also offers low-cost plans. For $5 per month, Assurance customers can double their monthly minutes to 500, and for $20, increase voice minutes to 1000 and add in 1000 text messages. Customers will still have access to their 250 free minutes even if they can't pay for the extra minutes. Assurance also offers pay-by-use voice minutes, text/email messages, and international calling. Missouri marks the 40th state in which Assurance now operates. Assurance is run by Virgin Mobile USA and Sprint.


Assurance Wireless Dips Toe into California with SF Launch

Mar 4, 2013, 9:30 AM   updated Mar 4, 2013, 9:42 AM

Assurance Wireless today announced that its service is now available to Californians for the first time, but it is only being marketed in the San Francisco metropolitan area. According to Assurance, it is using San Francisco as a test market to get the service up and running, mainly because the process for qualifying citizens for the program in California is dramatically different than what it is in other states. Though Assurance's marketing efforts will be limited to the San Francisco metropolitan area, the company said it will process applications submitted from residents in other parts of the state. Assurance Wireless provides a free cell phone and 250 monthly voice minutes to low-income families. Assurance also offers low-cost plans. For $5 per month, Assurance customers can double their monthly minutes to 500, and for $20, increase voice minutes to 1000 and add in 1000 text messages. Customers will still have access to their 250 free minutes even if they can't pay for the extra minutes. Assurance also offers pay-by-use voice minutes, text/email messages and international calling. California marks the 39th state in which Assurance now operates. Assurance is run by Virgin Mobile USA and Sprint.


LTE Comes To Virgin, Boost

Feb 25, 2013, 9:30 AM

Sprint today announced the first LTE 4G phones for its prepaid brands, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile. Boost will get the all-new Force, made by ZTE, as well as the HTC One SV, already offered by MetroPCS. Virgin, meanwhile, will get the Samsung Galaxy Victory, already offered under the Sprint brand. Both brands have previously only offered 4G phones that use Sprint's older WiMAX network. Sprint is committed to continuing WiMAX service through 2015, but eventually plans to phase it out in favor of LTE. The Force sports a 4-inch screen, 5-megapixel camera, front camera, and 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. Boost will offer the Force on March 7th for $200, and the One SV on the same day for $300. Virgin starts selling the Victory today for $300.

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Virgin Mobile Intros the Kyocera Event

Feb 20, 2013, 10:26 AM

Virgin Mobile USA today announced the Kyocera Event, a compact Android smartphone that sells for $79.99. The Event features a 3.5-inch HVGA display, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and a 3.2-megapixel camera with flash and video capture. The device runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and offers Virgin Mobile ID packs, an eco mode for energy savings, and Swype text input. The Event also includes Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3G, as well as 4GB of on-board storage and support for microSD cards up to 32GB. It is available in black beginning today, and will be available in red starting March 3.


Assurance Wireless Launches in Arizona

Feb 8, 2013, 10:19 AM

Assurance Wireless today announced that qualifying residents in the state of Arizona now have access to Assurance's products and services. Assurance Wireless provides a free cell phone and 250 monthly voice minutes to low-income families. Assurance also offers low-cost plans. For $5 per month, Assurance customers can double their monthly minutes to 500, and for $20, increase voice minutes to 1000 and add in 1000 text messages. Customers will still have access to their 250 free minutes even if they can't pay for the extra minutes. Assurance also offers pay-by-use voice minutes, text/email messages and international calling. Arizona marks the 38th state in which Assurance now operates. Assurance is run by Virgin Mobile USA and Sprint.


Virgin and C Spire Trialling Handset Payment Plans

Jan 18, 2013, 11:13 AM

Virgin Mobile and C Spire Wireless are both testing handset financing plans, reports Fierce Wireless. According to Virgin Mobile rep Jayne Wallace, Virgin is testing a financing option in just one market, and the trial will end in the coming weeks. Wallace said the company has no immediate plans to expand or continue the trial. C Spire Wireless is also testing a phone payment plan, but its trials are more widespread and will last longer. "We're in the early stages of the trial program and are still analyzing data and results," said C Spire representative Dave Miller. "BillFloat fills a need, primarily in the advance pay market, by providing a quick, easy and convenient way for consumers in our footprint to own a smartphone with payment terms that fit their budget." Prepaid carriers generally charge full retail price for their handsets. In order to compete with national post-paid carriers, however, they've begun to offer premium devices such as the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy Note II. Handsets such as these often command prices in excess of $500 or $600. Many prepaid customers cannot afford to pay the full retail price of those devices, so financing plans are an enticing option to potential Virgin and C Spire customers.


Assurance Wireless Launches In Minnesota

Jan 10, 2013, 11:11 AM

Assurance Wireless today announced that qualifying residents in the state of Minnesota will have access to Assurance's products and services. Assurance Wireless provides a free cell phone and 250 monthly voice minutes to low-income families. Assurance also offers low-cost plans. For $5 per month, Assurance customers can double their monthly minutes to 500, and for $20, increase voice minutes to 1000 and add in 1000 text messages. Customers will still have access to their 250 free minutes even if they can't pay for the extra minutes. Assurance also offers pay-by-use voice minutes, text/email messages and international calling. Minnesota marks the 37th state in which Assurance now operates. Assurance is run by Virgin Mobile USA and Sprint.


Assurance Wireless Now Offering Service In New Mexico

Nov 26, 2012, 10:18 AM   updated Nov 26, 2012, 10:19 AM

Assurance Wireless today announced that qualifying residents in the state of New Mexico will have access to Assurance's products and services. Assurance Wireless provides a free cell phone and 250 monthly voice minutes to low-income families. Assurance also offers low-cost plans. For $5 per month, Assurance customers can double their monthly minutes to 500, and for $20, increase voice minutes to 1000 and add in 1000 text messages. Customers will still have access to their 250 free minutes even if they can't pay for the extra minutes. Assurance also offers pay-by-use voice minutes, text/email messages and international calling. New Mexico marks the 36th state in which Assurance now operates. Assurance is run by Virgin Mobile USA and Sprint.


Virgin Mobile Adds Daily Data Access Plan

Nov 5, 2012, 9:57 AM

Virgin Mobile USA today announced the availability of a new daily Broadband2Go mobile broadband plan. For $5 per day, Virgin Mobile USA customers can access up to 200MB of 3G data or unlimited 4G data from a properly-equipped device, such as a laptop dongle or mobile hotspot. Virgin also offers two monthly Broadband2Go data plans, which include 2GB of 3G and unlimited 4G data for $35, or 5GB of 3G and unlimited 4G data for $55. Virgin Mobile's 3G service runs on Sprint's CDMA network and its 4G service uses Sprint's WiMax network.


Assurance Wireless Arrives in Idaho

Oct 22, 2012, 11:23 AM

Assurance Wireless today announced that qualifying residents in the state of Idaho will have access to Assurance's products and services. Assurance Wireless provides a free cell phone and 250 monthly voice minutes to low-income families. Assurance also offers low-cost plans. For $5 per month, Assurance customers can double their monthly minutes to 500, and for $20, increase voice minutes to 1000 and add in 1000 text messages. Customers will still have access to their 250 free minutes even if they can't pay for the extra minutes. Assurance also offers pay-by-use voice minutes, text/email messages and international calling. Idaho marks the 35th state in which Assurance now operates. Assurance is run by Virgin Mobile USA and Sprint.


PrepaYd Now Accepting Used Sprint Phones On Its Network

Oct 9, 2012, 9:55 AM

PrepaYd Wireless today announced that potential customers can bring their own, used Sprint handset to PrepaYd and have it activated with PrepaYd service. PrepaYd is an MVNO that offers prepaid, no-contract cellular service via Sprint's network. PrepaYd calls this new program the "Liberate Your Phone" initiative. It warns that even though the device may have come from Sprint and is running on the Sprint network, not all Sprint-branded apps and services preinstalled on the device will work. Some of the excluded services are Sprint Zone, Family Locator, Sprint Radio, Sprint Music, Sprint TV, Sprint My Account, and Sprint Mobile Wallet. Devices with Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and Assurance Wireless branding (which also run on Sprint's network) aren't supported. BlackBerries, iPhones, Palm phones, LTE 4G devices, and iDEN PTT devices also aren't supported. Consumers interested in PrepaYd's no-contract wireless service can take their old Sprint phone to a PrepaYd store to have it activated.


Virgin Launches Preorders for Samsung Galaxy Reverb

Sep 6, 2012, 10:34 AM

Virgin Mobile USA today announced that the Samsung Galaxy Reverb may now be preordered from its web site. The Reverb costs $249.99, but does not require a contract. Virgin expects the Reverb will ship on or about September 19. The Reverb runs Android 4.0, has a 4-inch touch display, and a 5-megapixel camera.


Kyocera Rise Trickles Down to Virgin Mobile

Aug 31, 2012, 12:04 PM

Virgin Mobile USA today began selling the Kyocera Rise, an Android 4.0 sideways slider with a 3.5-inch display and 3.2-megapixel camera, for $99.99. The device can be paired with plans that start as low as $35 per month. The Rise is also sold by Sprint.


Hands-On: Samsung Reverb, Rush, Array

Aug 22, 2012, 7:24 PM

Samsung introduced a handful of new phones for Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile, including some unique Galaxy-class devices. Here are our first impressions.

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Virgin Mobile Intros the Samsung Galaxy Reverb

Aug 22, 2012, 6:05 PM

Virgn Mobile USA today announced its first Galaxy-class device from Samsung, the Galaxy Reverb. The Reverb runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a 4-inch display, 5-megapixel main camera, 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera, and a 1.4GHz processor. Other features include Bluetooth 4.0, support for 64GB microSD cards, Wi-Fi, and GPS. It will be available in September for $249.99, but preorders start August 29.

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Cricket Lands the HTC One V

Aug 22, 2012, 11:09 AM

Cricket Communications today announced that it will offer the HTC One V starting September 2 for $269.99. The One V, also sold by Virgin Mobile, has a 3.7-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera, Android 4.0, Beats Audio, and Cricket's Muve Music service.


Kyocera's Rise QWERTY Phone Headed to Sprint and Virgin

Aug 15, 2012, 9:10 AM

Sprint and Virgin Mobile USA today each announced plans to sell the Kyocera Rise in the coming weeks, an Android 4.0 smartphone with sliding QWERTY keyboard. Sprint is selling the Kyocera Rise starting August 19 for $19.99 on contract. It will be available via all Sprint's retail channels. Virgin Mobile USA will sell the Kyocera Rise starting August 31 for $99.99. The Rise has a 3.5-inch display, 3.2-megapixel camera, 1GHz processor, and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.


Virgin's payLo Intros Samsung Entro and Montage

Aug 3, 2012, 9:16 AM   updated Aug 3, 2012, 9:59 AM

Virgin Mobile's low-cost arm, payLo, today announced two new handsets from Samsung. The Entro is a basic flip phone and the Montage is a sideways slider with QWERTY keyboard.

  • Entro: This feature phone includes a 1.77-inch internal display and a color external display, speakerphone, text messaging, web access, GPS, wireless alerts, and a 3.5mm headset jack. It costs $14.99 and is available starting today.
  • Montage: This sideways slider includes a 2 megapixel camera with video record, Bluetooth, threaded messaging and email, media player, voicemail, caller ID, and support for microSD cards up to 32GB. The Samsung Montage costs $49.99 and will become available later this month.


Virgin Mobile USA Scores Android-Powered PCD Chaser

Jul 27, 2012, 9:27 AM   updated Jul 27, 2012, 9:28 AM

Virgin Mobile USA recently made the PCD Chaser available for purchase on its web site. The Chaser is an Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone that has a 3.2-inch touch display and 800MHz processor. Stand-out features of the Chaser include a 3-megapixel camera with LED flash and camcorder; Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, and 3G; and 2GB memory card with support for cards up to 32GB. The Chaser is compatible with Virgin Mobile ID packs and VM Live media streaming services. The PCD Chaser costs $79.99 and is compatible with plans starting at $35 per month.


Virgin Mobile Opening First Flagship Store in Chicago

Jul 19, 2012, 8:56 AM

Virgin Mobile USA is opening its first company-owned flagship store in Chicago today. Traditionally, Virgin Mobile has sold devices and service within other retail stores, such as Best Buy. The new flagship store is not focusing on device sales, however, so much as it is focusing on providing an introduction to the Virgin Mobile USA brand and in-store tutorials on what users can do with their devices. "Employees at the store will do everything they can to keep you a fan, coming back," said Ron Faris, head of brand marketing at Virgin Mobile, to The New York Times. The store is not explicitly designed to be a retail space, but has more of a relaxed, lounge atmosphere. According to Virgin Mobile USA, it will serve as the blueprint for more company-owned stores to come.


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