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Samsung Galaxy Victory, Virgin Mobile's 1st LTE Phone to Launch Feb 25

I just got word that Sprint's 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

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  1. ? Since there are only 58 LTE market's, will the phone run on Sprint's 3G network for contract customers. Or that crappy prepaid network that has no coverage and no roaming.

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    1. It will run on Sprint's network (there's only one Sprint network not separate postpaid and prepaid ones). But there won't be any off network roaming like post paid customers get.

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  2. I had Virgin Mobile for 10 years. Sprint has a prepaid network that Virgin Boost and MVNO run on. Yes or No. They say that on there facebook page all the time that prepaid and post coverage is different. Not just roaming.

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    1. One network, the coverage difference is roaming. There are a lot of roaming areas. Sprint may also give postpaid higher priority than prepaid on the network though that's never been proven.

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  3. So the question remains, will the phone run like a Sprint contract phone or a Virgin Mobile phone when not on LTE.

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  4. Do you know for sure its coming monday and believe your source?

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    1. I trust the source. Of course, things sometimes change or get delayed at the last minute.

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  5. Like a Virgin? Been there and the coverage was tight. It might be 2015 before Sprint has nationwide LTE coverage.

    Any news on new Verizon base smartphones on Straight Talk. I want to replace my Proclaim with a better phone.

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    1. Apologies to Madonna but I couldn't help it :)

      The iPhones and BlackBerrys are the latest Verizon based Straight Talk phones. The Latest Android ones are the Samsung Galaxy S Showcase S950C , Huawei Ascend Y M865C, LG Optimus Dynamic L38C and UNIMAX MAXBravo. Only an iPhone the Showcase would be an upgrade over the Proclaim in my opinion.

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  6. Do you think they'll get the Iphone 5 and with lte?

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    1. Someday, but probably not this year, Sprint likes to limit their top phones to postpaid only.

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  7. its on the website and has a price of 299.99

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  8. It also has jellybean, and boost will be releasing there two lte phones on march 7th.

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  9. http://www.phonedog.com/2013/02/25/boost-mobile-and-virgin-mobile-to-launch-4g-lte-android-smartphones/

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