A couple of Sprint subsidiaries have announced the arrival of a few new smartphones for those who like taking the pay-as-you-go route. Starting with Virgin Mobile, it is planning to offer the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE. This won’t be bleeding edge stuff, of course, but for the price — $300 without a contract — you’re getting an exceptional smartphone.
The Galaxy Victory 4G has a 4-inch display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, NFC with S Beam, a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, and has a microSD card slot for expansion up to 32GB. The phone is available today at VirginMobile.com or by visiting a local dealer.
On the other hand, Boost Mobile has two new phones for those looking for affordable smartphones. HTC’s One SV will cost you $300 for a 4.3-inch WVGA display, a 5 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, a 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera, a 1.2Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, NFC and more. It’ll launch with Android 4.0 and HTC Sense 4 — not the latest, and not the greatest, but not bad for $300.
Boost also has an own-branded smartphone in the Boost Force. It’s an Android 4.0 smartphone with stock user interface, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 4-inch display, a 5 megapixel camera on the back with a 1 megapixel sensor on the front, and more. It’ll be just $200 off-contract, a decent price for what might turn out to be a very decent phone.
Both devices are coming March 7th so be sure to clear some room in your wallet ahead of time if you’re looking forward to either of them. You can find more details about Boost’s upcoming smartphones here, while the presser for the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE awaits you below.
Virgin Mobile USA Adds Samsung Galaxy Victory™ 4G LTE
4G LTE Speed With the Value of No-Contract Plans
WARREN, N.J. – Feb. 25, 2013 – Given the ongoing demand from consumers for speed, power and value in wireless, Virgin Mobile USA is now offering 4G LTE service to its No-Contract customers. Virgin Mobile adds Galaxy Victory™ 4G LTE from Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States and the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide, to its all-smartphone lineup.
Savvy speed enthusiasts will enjoy the cutting-edge technology, high-speed Web browsing and amazing value of this Android™ device with Virgin Mobile’s No-Contract Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plans that start at $35 per month. Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE is available today in gray for $299.99 [excluding taxes] only at virginmobileusa.com and will then roll out to national retail and participating dealers in mid-March.
“With the phones customers want, unlimited data and messaging included on all plans, and now 4G LTE capable devices, we continue to provoke customers to ask themselves why they haven’t switched from postpaid to a better deal with Virgin Mobile,” said Mark Lederman, director, Virgin Mobile USA.
Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE is Virgin Mobile’s first LTE device, delivering a postpaid experience without a contract and loaded with Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean, which brings stunning graphical capabilities and an upgraded Google Now™ service, including contextual search. S Beam™ lets you quickly share large video files, photos, documents and more just by tapping the back of two S Beam-enabled devices together.
Access to the speedy 4G LTE network from Sprint lets you browse the Web, upload photos and stream music faster than ever before on the 4-inch touchscreen display. Behind the scenes, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor handles with ease whatever you can throw at it. Other features include:
- · 5.0MP rear-facing camera
- · HD video capture
- · 1.3MP front-facing camera
- · Bluetooth 4.0
- · NFC capable
- · Wi-Fi capable
- · MicroSD™ slot for expandable storage up to 32GB (card not included)
 4G LTE where available as of Feb. 25, 2013; list of markets at end of document.
2 Samsung Mobile is the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, North America Handset Vendor Marketshare, Q3 2012. Samsung Electronics Company is the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics Global Smartphone Vendor Market Share by Region: Q3 2012.
3 Coverage is not available everywhere.
4 Service is subject to Virgin Mobile’s Terms of Service and other materials provide at time of activation.
5 All plans include 2.5GB/month of 3G/4G high speed data or 3.5GB/month with purchase of mobile hotspot capable device and plan. Adaptive protocol video limited to 600Kbps. Speeds (including video) reduced to 256Kbps for remainder of plan cycle, with speeds restored at beginning of next plan cycle. Additional terms apply.
6 S Beam requires initial connection between devices; transfer times may vary.
About Virgin Mobile USA
Virgin Mobile USA offers millions of customers control, flexibility and connectivity through Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk™ No-Contract plans with unlimited 3G data, and available 4G data speeds for mobile phone service, including Android™-powered smartphones and for prepaid Broadband2Go high-
speed Web access on the Nationwide Sprint Network. Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk monthly unlimited data plans, which start at $35, are ideal for those smartphone users hungry for the most connectivity and the least amount of voice minutes. Virgin Mobile-branded devices are available at more than 40,000 retail stores, including Target, Walmart, Best Buy and RadioShack. Top-Up cards are available at approximately 150,000 locations nationwide. Experience Virgin Mobile on the Web at Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, and purchase Virgin Mobile USA products at www.virginmobileusa.com. For more news, click here.
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, (Samsung Mobile) a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales exceeding KRW 201 trillion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.
Samsung, Galaxy Victory, and S Beam are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks. “4G” used in connection with the Samsung Victory 4G LTE refers to the fact that the device is capable of operating on Sprint’s 4G LTE network.
Sprint 4G LTE markets as of Feb. 25, 2013
Anderson, Ind.; Atlanta; Athens, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Barnstable/Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Boston; Bryan/College Station, Texas; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Chicago/Naperville/Joliet, Ill.; Clark County, Va./Jefferson County, W.Va.; Columbia, Tenn.; Dallas; Emporia, Kan.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Fort Worth, Texas; Framingham, Mass.; Franklin County, Pa.; Gainesville, Ga.; Gary, Ind.; Gettysburg, Pa.; Granbury/Hood County, Texas; Hagerstown, Md./Martinsburg, W.Va.; Harrisburg/Carlisle/Hershey, Pa.; Harrisonburg, Va.; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Hutchinson, Kan.; Indianapolis/Carmel, Ind.; Kankakee/Bradley/Bourbonnais, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan./Mo.; Lawrence, Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; McPherson, Kan.; Muncie, Ind.; New Bedford/Fall River, Mass.; Newnan, Ga.; Peabody, Mass.; Rockford, Ill.; Rome, Ga.; Salina, Kan.; San Antonio; Santa Rosa/Petaluma, Calif.; Sedalia, Mo.; Shenandoah/Page Counties, Va.; South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.; Southern PR: Ponce/Coamo/Guayama, Puerto Rico; St. Joseph, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.; Vallejo/Fairfield, Calif.; Waco, Texas; Waukegan/Lake County, Ill.; Western PR: Aguadilla/Isabela/Cabo Rojo/Mayagüez, Puerto Rico; Wichita Falls, Texas; Wichita, Kan.; Winchester, Va.; York/Hanover, Pa.