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Virgin Mobile Announces Two New Android Phones, Postpones 3G Data Capping

Quite a bit of good news from Virgin Mobile USA which today announced two new Android handsets. In addiotion the previously announced plan to soft cap 3G data usage has been postponed until sometime in 2012.

The first of the new phones is the LG Optimus Slider, which was leaked a few days ago by BestBuy. It's official now the Optimus Slider is coming to virginmobileusa.com Oct. 17 for $199.99. It will also be available Oct. 31 in Best Buy and RadioShack stores; Nov. 6 at Target; and Nov. 13 in Sprint Stores.

The Slider is the second generation of the popular LG Optimus V which will continue to be available at virginmobileusa.com for $149.99. The main difference between the Slider and the Optimus V is the addition of a slide out QWERTY keyboard.

Virgin Mobile listed the following specs for the Optimus slider:

  • 3.2" HVGA Capacitive Touch Display
  • Slide out QWERTY keyboard and bright screen
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • MicroSD support ( up to 32GB)
  • 3.2MP camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Bluetooth® 3.0
  • TTY Support
  • Dimensions: 4.53 x 2.32 x 0.58 in
  • Battery: 1500 mAh
  • A Virgin Mobile Live 2.0 social networking lifestyle application comes pre-loaded on the phone The app lets users access a Virgin Mobile branded music stream, hosted by DJ Abbey Braden. The app provides  free access to live music performance videos  and lets users "check in" at special events. Status updates made using the app will also sync with Facebook and Twitter.

There are unconfirmed reports that the LG Optimus Slider also has a faster (800 mHz vs. 600 mHz) processor compared with the Optimus V.


The other new Android phone for Virgn Mobile is  HTC Wildfire S  which is launching as an exclusive for BestBuy and Radio Shack. Starting Oct. 23 it will be available in Silver at Best Buy or White at RadioShack for $199.99.

The HTC Wildfire S is the first HTC smartphone on Virgin Mobile, its specifications are listed as:

  • AndroidTM 2.3 Platform(Gingerbread) with HTC SenseTM
  • 3G EVDO Rev A Data Network
  • Wi-Fi Capable
  • Camera: 5MP with flash and Camcorder
  • Speakerphone
  • Bluetooth® 3.0
  • Internal Memory: ROM: 512 MB RAM: 512 MB
  • Expandable Memory Size limit: 32GB (sold separately)
  • Screen Size 3.2" Touchscreen
  • 600MHz Processor
  • 3.5 mm Audio Jack
  • HAC Rating: M3/ T3
  • TTY Support
  • Talk Time (in hours): 3.8 hours
  • Talk Time (in hours): 3.8 hours
  • Preloaded Virgin Mobile Live app with access to free straming music videos and social media sharing features. 
  • Dimensions: Height: 4.6, Width: 2.4, Depth: .47, Weight: 4 oz.
Virgin Mobile Andoid phones require a "Beyond Talk" plan which start at $35 a month for 300 minutes of voice and unlimited messaging and data. There's also a $45 plan that includes 1,200 minutes of voice, and a $55 plan unlimited voice minutes. All plans include unlimited messaging and data.

Back in July Virgin announced that beginning in October they would be instituting soft data caps on all Beyond Talk Plans. Data would be unlimited but after you use 2.5 GB in a monthly billing cycle your data speeds would be reduced to approximately 250 kbps for the remainder of the month. Today Virgin announced that capping won't start until 2012.

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  1. i was wondering whether virgin usa would be getting some form of the iphone any time soon.

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  2. Maybe someday, but not this year and probably not next either.

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  3. I haven't heard anything about a new BlackBerry for Virgin Mobile. Have you?

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