Virgin Mobile USA’s WiMAX network kicks off May 31 with HTC EVO V 4G


Now that Sprint is moving full steam ahead on the high seas of LTE, the carrier has been busy repurposing its WiMAX airwaves for use with its subsidiary networks. Virgin Mobile USA will be the first to benefit with the announcement of the service provider’s initial 4G lineup. Included are a couple of mobile hotspots, but the real jewel is the HTC EVO V 4G. It’s not a WiMAX version of the EVO 4G LTE, but it is a Virgin Mobile-branded version of the EVO 3D priced at $300 with no contractual obligations. The new WiMAX devices will be available for sale on May 31st, concurrently with the arrival of WiMAX speeds prices as low as $35 per month.

Virgin Mobile USA Introduces 4G with No-Contract Plans Starting as Low as $35 per Month

First 4G smartphone on Beyond Talk is the HTC EVO™ V 4G, part of the award-winning EVO family

Overdrive Pro 3G/4G mobile hotspot by Sierra Wireless and U600 3G/4G USB Stick by Franklin Wireless come to Broadband2Go

WARREN, N.J. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 08, 2012 – Virgin Mobile USA continues to demonstrate how it’s answering to A Higher Calling with the speed of 4G, by offering customers who prefer a no-contract option the fully loaded HTC EVO™ V 4G on Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk monthly plans. The data-centric offers start at $35 per month for unlimited data and messaging. HTC EVO V 4G will be available for $299.99 beginning May 31.

Virgin Mobile USA Introduces 4G Speed with the HTC EVO V (Photo: Business Wire)

As Sir Richard Branson states in his video manifesto for A Higher Calling, “Why pay for minutes when it’s unlimited data you really want?” Now customers will be able to enjoy unlimited 4G data where available and messaging on an iconic Android™-powered device, all for just $35/month.1 Virgin Mobile USA was recently “Highest Ranked Customer Service Performance among Non-Contract Wireless Providers” by J.D. Power and Associates.2

“‘Higher Calling’ means we continue to look for ways to give our customers the best products possible at a great price, and we know our hyper-connected Beyond Talk customers will appreciate the real affordability paired with the innovative technology of the HTC EVO,” said Jeff Auman, vice president for Virgin Mobile USA. “You just can’t beat the value of EVO V 4G with plans starting at just $35 per month.”

On the mobile broadband side, Virgin Mobile’s Broadband2Go continues to offer no-contract plans ideal for people who need internet access when they’re out and about. The versatile Overdrive Pro™ 3G/4G mobile hotspot by Sierra Wireless ($149.99) and the powerful U600 3G/4G USB Stick by Franklin Wireless ($99.99) provide customers two ways to stay connected at 4G speeds. “The launch of these two devices demonstrates our commitment to bring 4G speeds and innovation to our Broadband2Go customers who chose to forgo a contract as well,” said Auman.

All three devices will operate on Sprint’s 3G and 4G (WiMAX) network and be available beginning on May 31 at VirginMobileUSA.com. They will then be available in June at major retailers and at select independent dealers nationwide.

Going Beyond Talk

The HTC EVO V 4G strengthens Virgin Mobile USA’s Android-powered smartphone lineup by adding such features as Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 3.6 user interface.

Proving that customers don’t have to sacrifice technology to choose a prepaid smartphone that keeps them connected, HTC EVO V 4G specifications also include:

* Mobile hotspot capability – Connect up to five Wi-Fi devices
* 5MP camera with video and 3D HD imaging, and 1.3MP front-facing camera
* 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen
* 1730mAh battery (up to six hours of talk time)
* External micro SD memory card slot up to 32GB (8GB card included)
* HDMI and Bluetooth-capable

HTC EVO V 4G customers will enjoy Virgin Mobile USA Beyond Talk plans starting at just $35 a month for 300 minutes of voice with unlimited messaging and data.4 And the mobile hotspot on the HTC EVO V 4G can be added for this device on any Beyond Talk plan for an additional $15 per month.

Pairing Broadband2Go with 4G

Virgin Mobile’s new monthly 3G/4G Broadband2Go plans, combined with these new devices, allow customers to hook up their tablets, laptops, and other wireless devices. Starting at just $35/month, customers can enjoy access to unlimited 4G data. Where 4G coverage is not available, the $35 plan keeps you connected with 2GB of 3G data. For $55/month, customers benefit from unlimited 4G data and a whopping 5GB of 3G data.

The Overdrive Pro 3G/4G mobile hotspot connects up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices, making it ideal for families on-the-go and independent professionals. The compact device has top battery strength and a 1.7-inch LCD screen that makes setting up a cinch. It also offers a microSD slot for up to 32GB of shared network storage.

* The U600 3G/4G USB Stick supports Mac OS and Windows, and a rotating connector makes it easy to fit in most laptop configurations.

* Setting up your Broadband2Go account is extremely simple, and there are no activation fees. Top-Up can be handled online with a Virgin Mobile Top-Up card, debit or credit card.

Sprint 4G (WiMAX) is currently available to 120 million people in 71 markets across the country with average upload speeds of between 3-6 Mbps, with bursts of more than 10 Mbps.

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  1. Why-max?

    1. Why have you posted that 4 times now? Delete your duplicates.

    2. Because-max.

  2. Why-max?

  3. Boy, Virgin Mobile customers are in for a disappointing surprise…

    1. why do you say that?

      1. I had friends who bought Sprint WiMAX phones and the 4G speeds really weren’t impressive. T-Mo’s and AT&T’s HSPA+ were faster. Although Xorg makes a wonderful argument above.

    2. Considering the abysmal 3G speeds VM has now, anything will be an improvement.

  4. Why-max?

  5. Why-max?

  6. Not sure if this was said already… but shouldn’t we call it “Why-max”?

  7. Makes sense to use WiMAX for the pre-paid networks to differentiate from the other pre-paids. May as well have something than no 4G at all and it will at least in some areas take load off the 3G network. I’m getting 6-8Mbps and sometimes up to 12Mbps on Epic Touch lately. As Sprint users move to LTE, it will provide even more WiMAX bandwidth. Granted, only where available, and Virgin tends to only focus on urban markets, where WiMAX mostly is.

    1. Actually that logic does make a lot of sense. And since Sprint in the majority share holder of Clearwire, they might as well get some use (and revenue) out of their investment.

  8. Well sprints WiMAX here in Oregon is pretty decent I’ve seen people get up to 15mbps but it doesn’t work well inside most places. But as long as you have WiFi this seems interesting.

  9. Ah!? So that’s whats going to happen to WiMax. I was wondering what was going to happen to their WiMax network.

    1. Clearwire will likely keep WiMAX going for several more years as they transition to LTE. Sprint probably won’t want them to shut it down until Sprint gets its WiMAX users over to LTE, which will likely be a few years. Clear has so much spectrum they could do WiMAX and LTE together for quite a while.

  10. EVO’s for Boost and Virgin are launching with Android 4.0 ICS….. wonder when the Sprint EVO’s will get it… Bust be soon now! (right?)

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