HTC Evo V 4G again. It's now $139.99 until Feb 21, while supplies last. Not a bad deal for a phone that started out life in Dec, 2010 as the Sprint's flagship Android device, the HTC EVO 3D, priced at $599.99. After a name change (to EVO V 4G) and an upgrade to Android 4.0, the EVO was re-launched in May, 2012 as Virgin Mobile's flagship at $299.99.
Unfortunately the Virgin Mobile version of the EVO had a software bug where the phone would sometimes complain of a "Radio Interface Resource shortage"and refuse to send text messages until the phone was shut off and then back on. In November 2012, HTC and Virgin finally released a software update that fixed the bug. I suspect that the issue hurt the phone's reputation and sales to the point that Virgin Mobile ended up with excessive inventory, which they are now trying to clear out by aggressively price cutting.
With the SMS bug fixed the EVO V is a very impressive phone with specifications that are very close to those of the Samsung Galaxy S II which sells at twice the price. Speaking of specs, here they are
Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
Memory: 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, support for micro-USB cards up to 32 GB
Screen: 4.3" inch Super LCD 540x960 px
Cameras: Dual 5 MP rear facing cameras for normal and glasses-free 3D 720p HD video and still images, 1.2 MP front-facing camera for video calling
Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi 802.11 b,g,n, micro-USB, mobile Hotspot support, HDMI video out
Network: 800/1900 Mhz CDMA/EVDO Rev A., 2.5 Mhz WiMax
Dimensions: 127 x 66 x 12 mm (5.0 x 2.6 x 0.47 in)
Weight: 170 g (6.0 oz)
The 3D camera can shoot and display glasses free 3D stereoscopic photos and videos. It's a bit of a gimmick but fun to play with. The camera also makes good regular non-3D photos and videos
The EVO V 4G can be used on any of Virgin's current Beyond Talk plans which start at $35/month for 300 minutes and unlimited SMS and MMS, with unlimited voice and messaging available for $55/month. All plans include unlimited 3G/4Gdata (3G data is throttled to 256 Kbps after 2.5 GB, but there's no cap or throttle on 4G WiMAX).
Using the hotspot feature on Virgin Mobile will cost you $15/month extra.
Click here to order the HTC EVO V 4G from the Virgin Mobile Website.