Virgin Mobile prepaid brand is expected to release its first LTE capable phone, the Samsung Galaxy Victory (pictured at right) on Monday Feb. 25. There's no word yet on phone pricing or whether there will be an extra monthly charge for LTE service.
The Galaxy Victory runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a 4 inch 480 x 800 px screen, 5 MP rear and 1.3 MP front cameras, 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor and NFC support for Google Wallet. More specs are listed below and there are reviews of the Sprint postpaid version of the Victory on CNET, PhoneScoop, PCMAG.COM, AndroidGuys and elsewhere.
Samsung Galaxy Victory Specifications
Platform Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean
Display 4 inch 800 x 480 px WVGA
Features TouchWiz; Social Hub; Smart Unlock; Accelerometer
Camera 5.0 Megapixel with auto focus, LED flash, dedicated camera button and 720p video recording, 1.3 Megapixel front facing camera
Music Player; Compatible Music Files, AAC, AMR, AWB, M4A, MID, MP3, OGG, QCP, WAV, WMA; Audio, Streaming; MP3/Music Tones
Video Player; Compatible Video Files, DivX, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV; Video, Streaming
Network 850/1900 CDMA/EV-DO, 1900 Mhz LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 a,b,g,n
Bluetooth® Profiles, A2DP, HFP, PBAP;
Internal Memory 4GB, 1GB RAM, support for micro-SD cards up to 32 GB
Battery 2100 mAh, Standby Up to 9 Days, Up to 7 Hours
Processor Qualcomm MSM8960 Lite,1.2 GHz Dual-core
Dimensions 4.8 x 2.5 x 0.5 in, 122 x 64 x 12.7 mm
Weight 4.9 oz, 139 gm
LTE is the next generation of high speed data. Sprint's implementation of LTE provides speeds up to a maximum of 25 Mbps compared with 10 Mbps for WiMax or 3.1 Mbps for EV-DO 3G. Those are theoretical maximums, real world download speeds observed on Sprint's networks range from 6-8 Mbps for LTE, 3-6 Mbps for WiMAX and .3 to 1.4 Mbps for 3G. LTE is currently available in over 58 markets1 including Chicago, Kansas City, Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta, Baltimore, Austin, Indianapolis and Boston. Sprint has announced that LTE will be available in another 28 markets "in the coming months". You can check the current state of Sprint's LTE rollout at sprint.com/ltecoverage.
1 Sprint LTE Markets as of 28-Jan-2013: Anderson, Ind.; Atlanta; Athens, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Barnstable/Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Boston; Bryan/College Station, Texas; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Chicago/Naperville/Joliet, Ill.; Clark County, Va./Jefferson County, W.Va.; Columbia, Tenn.; Dallas; Emporia, Kan.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Fort Worth, Texas; Framingham, Mass.; Franklin County, Pa.; Gainesville, Ga.; Gary, Ind.; Gettysburg, Pa.; Granbury/Hood County, Texas; Hagerstown, Md./Martinsburg, W.Va.; Harrisburg/Carlisle/Hershey, Pa.; Harrisonburg, Va.; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Hutchinson, Kan.; Indianapolis/Carmel, Ind.; Kankakee/Bradley/Bourbonnais, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan./Mo.; Lawrence, Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; McPherson, Kan.; Muncie, Ind.; New Bedford/Fall River, Mass.; Newnan, Ga.; Peabody, Mass.; Rockford, Ill.; Rome, Ga.; Salina, Kan.; San Antonio; Santa Rosa/Petaluma, Calif.; Sedalia, Mo.; Shenandoah/Page Counties, Va.; South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.; Southern PR: Ponce/Coamo/Guayama, Puerto Rico; St. Joseph, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.; Vallejo/Fairfield, Calif.; Waco, Texas; Waukegan/Lake County, Ill.; Western PR: Aguadilla/Isabela/Cabo Rojo/Mayagüez, Puerto Rico; Wichita Falls, Texas; Wichita, Kan.; Winchester, Va.; York/Hanover, Pa