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Boost and Virgin Mobile LTE Phones Revealed, Launching Q1

Whoever is behind the well known "@evleaks" Twitter account is now writing for mobile industry news site UnwiredView.com. @evleaks has a history of posting accurate information and images of new phones well before they are officially announced. 

In his or her first post for Unwired View, @evleaks revealed four new Boost and Virgin Mobile handsets, including the first LTE 4G devices for each of Sprint's prepaid brands. 

Boost's first LTE phones will be the HTC One SV and the ZTE Force pictured above, left to right. 

The HTC One SV features a 4.3 inch 480 x 800 px Gorilla Glass screen, 5 MP main camera with 1080p video recording, 1.6 MP front facing camera, 1.2 Ghz processor, 1 GB of RAM, SD Card support and a removable battery. See the HTC site for more One SV specs and more images. HTC doesn't say which Android version the One SV runs. Probably 4.0 but we can at least hope for 4.1 Jelly Bean. 

The other new Boost device is the ZTE Force which is also an LTE phone. There's not much information about this phone yet but the specs we do have are similar to the One SV: 4 inch 480 x 800 px screen, 5 MP rear and 1 MP front cameras and 1.5 Ghz dual-core processor.

Over on the Virgin Mobile side we have the LTE equipped Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE (below, left) which was recently released on Sprint as a budget LTE device. Specs again are very similar to Boost's first LTE phones; 4 inch 480 x 800 px screen, 5 MP rear and 1.3 MP front cameras and 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor. It also has NFC support for Google Wallet and runs Android 4.0. More specs are on the Samsung site and there are reviews of the postpaid version of the Victory on CNET, PhoneScoop, PCMAG.COM, AndroidGuys and elsewhere.

The other new Virgin Mobile phone isn't an LTE phone. It's an entry level Android 4.0 device called the Kyocera Event (below, right) which runs a single core 1 Ghz processor and has a 3.5 inch 320 x 480 screen and a 3.2 MP camera with flash. Which sounds a lot like a non-water resistant version of the Kyocera Hydro.

@evleaks thinks the three LTE phones will be priced in the $200 - $300 range. The Kyocera Event is likely be a sub $100 phone. All four phones are expected to show up some time in the first quarter of next year.

Source, Images: Unwired View


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  1. Three question's that are on my mind 1. Plan's for LTE 2. The soft cap limit and 3. When reaching the soft cap what will be the slowed max speed for the remainder of the month?

    This would play a key role in my choice in switching to Virgin Mobile USA

  2. 1. Good question. Time will only tell.

    2 & 3. Boost and Virgin already imposes a 2.5GB data allowance. When over that allowance, everyone even 3G will get knocked down to 256Kbps. So more than likely it will not change the pricing. And Boost and Virgin almost have the same phones except Virgin has the pricey Iphones. Unless you want to get on Virgin's 300 or 1200 minute plan, I suggest Boost. Boost Mobile offers shrinkage that can knock your plan down $15.

    Take into consideration that both Boost and Virgin Mobile's $55 plan are pretty much the same. And both companies are owned by Sprint and use the same towers.

    You may know all this. But factor all that in.

    1. Actually when you read the fine print, Boost only slows down your 3G speed when you go over 2.5 gigs. The wimax 4G speed is unaffected.

      But Boost hasn't slowed me down at all on 3G or 4G wimax, and i use 2.5 gigs a week.

    2. I take that back. I just got a text a couple of days ago from Boost stating on or around January 20, that they will impose their 2.5GB allowance on everyone. I thought they started this without announcement. Sorry Gphil. I guess I should have done my homework.

  3. At least one Sprint mvno, Ting offers LTE already so it's not as big a deal as it seems that VM/Boost are going LTE. Considering Virgin was the first national prepaid brand to get current iphones (before the 5 came out), it makes sense that LTE is coming to Sprint prepaid before Verizon, Att or Tmobile. Unlike Ting or the typical Sprint mvno, Boost and Virgin have stacks of Sprint advertising dollars to get behind them and let the general public know of their existence. Most mvnos often give better value in a lot of respects relative to Virgin/Boost/prepaid divisions but it's hard to sell your product if no one knows you exist.

  4. Ting is selling LTE-capable phones, but is not offering LTE service at this time. They hope to provide this some time next year.


  5. I have the GS2 on Virgin and the 4G WiMax is not bad but I'm on WiFi 90% of the time so I dont worry about the 2.5GB cap. I hope Boost / Virgin get the S3 soon.

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