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Virgin Mobile Releases First LTE Phone, the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE Available now for $299.99

Today, Virgin Mobile released their first LTE phone, the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE. It's available now from the Virgin Mobile Web site for $299.99 with free shipping.

Here are the Samsung Galaxy Victory's specifications:
  • Platform; Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean Sandwich 
  • 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; 4.0 with 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, Talk time 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
Besides LTE, the Galaxy Victory is notable for being Virgin Mobile's first Android 4.1 Jelly Bean phone. Otherwise, it has solid mid range specifications, but in several areas including the screen and camera, its a step below Virgin Mobile's former flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S II. Still if you are in an LTE area the phone should deliver two times faster data speeds than the S II's WiMAX and 10 to 30 times faster than EV-DO 3G that is the norm in most Virgin Mobile markets. Jump to the end of this post for a list of current LTE markets.

The phone can be used on any of Virgin Mobile's Beyond Talk Plans:

Current Beyond Talk Plans:
NameMonthly Price (plus sales tax)VoiceText/MMSData
$35/mo$35/month300 min*unlimitedunlimited**
$45/mo$45/month1200 min*unlimitedunlimited
$55/mo$55/monthunlimitedunlimitedunlimited
* Overage Rates- Voice: 10¢/min
** If you use over 2.5GB of data in a month data speeds may be reduced to 256Kbps or below for the rest of your month.

Virgin Mobile has confirmed that the 2.5 GB soft cap will be enforced on LTE data. The cap reduces speed to a maximum of 256 Kbps after 2.5 GB have been consumed in a plan month. Data returns to full speed at the beginning of the next month. There's a $15/month tethering  option that bumps the full speed data allowance up to 3.5 GB/month as well as allowing the phone to be used as a wireless hotspot.

Virgin Mobile says that Adaptive Protocol Video will limited to a before cap speed of 600 Kbps. Adaptive protocol is a new video streaming technology that increases video quality to the highest level possible for the available bandwidth. I think Virgin is limiting it both to reduce network load and to keep users from burning through their entire 2.5 GB very quickly. Netflix and other HD quality video streams can use as much as 5 Mbps which would consume 2.5 GB in under two hours!)

Sprint Virgin Mobile LTE Markets as of Feb. 25, 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/Mayag├╝ez, Puerto Rico; Wichita Falls, Texas; Wichita, Kan.; Winchester, Va.; York/Hanover, Pa.

Source: Sprint

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