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Boost Mobile's $179.99 Prepaid Android Phone Announced, Shipping Late This Month


Boost Mobile and Samsung officially announced the Samsung Galaxy Prevail Android phone today. The Prevail, which looks exactly like the leaked photo that's been circulating the Internet for the last week. is already listed on
BoostMobile.com but won't actually be available until "late April". The price is $179.99.

Specs:
  • Android 2.2.2 with Access to Android Market™
  • 3.2-inch 320 x 480 px capacitive touchscreen
  • 2MP fixed focus camera with QVGA video capture and no flash
  • GPS enabled
  • Bluetooth® capable
  • Easy access to Gmail™ and Google Talk™
  • Wireless Web enabled
  • Switch between portrait and landscape
  • Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
  • Telenav and Google Maps navigation, free and unlimited
  • Supports microSD™ cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
  • Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling 
  • 1500 mHa battery
  • 800 MHZ Qualcomm processor
  • 124 MB internal storage memory
  • EVDO Rev A 3G data
  • Swype

These are all pretty pretty reasonable specs for an entry level Android smartphone. Two megapixels is on the low side for a modern smart phone camera but I'm pleased Samsung didn't cripple the phone with a long resolution screen. 320 x 480 is good, anything less and Android looks really bad.

Overall the specs are similar to Virgin Mobile's LG Optimus V. Compared with Boost current i1 IDEN Android phone, the Prevail is better in every respect (including a bigger screen and more recent Android version) except for the camera (the i1's camera is 5MB) and lack of Push to Talk.

Boost confirmed that the Prevail can be used on Boost's $50 unlimited everything plan which includes Boost's "shrinkage" loyalty plan. Shrinkage reduces the monthly plan price by $5 for every six months that the customer pays on time until it's $35 after 18 months.

There's no word yet on whether or not the Prevail can be used on Boost's 10 cents/minute Pay as You plan.

I'll update this article as more information comes in, but based on what we know so far I'm pretty excited about the Prevail and looking forward to getting some hands on with it.

Update: This information  comes from reporters who were present at the Prevail launch event in New York City today:

According to Michael Oryl at Mobile Burn the Prevail will only work on Boost's $50 Monthly Unlimited plan, so no Pay as You Go.

Cnet's Bonnie Cha reports that the camera doesn't have a flash, internal storage memory is 124 MB and the processor speed is 800 mHz.

Although it's not mentioned in the official specs Engadget's Myriam Joire confirms that the Prevail does have WiFi.

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  1. Where can I purchase one now, and does it have easy Facebook Connection ?

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  2. You can buy it a RadioShack, BestBuy, Target and boostmobile.com.

    There's an official Facevook Android app and several third party ones. There just OK but still better than FB on most phones.

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  3. is there a $55.00 phone card you can buy for this phone?? or do you have to get a $50.00 plus extra phone to go with it to pay for ballance,,

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