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Virgin Mobile Awe by ZTE Launches For $99.99 With 4" WVGA, Android 4.1, 5 MP Camera

Virgin Mobile added a new phone to it's lineup today. It's the Virgin Mobile Awe which is made by ZTE and known elsewhere as the ZTE N800 Shocker. The phone is available now on the Virgin Mobile site for $99.99. Specs are about what you would expect for that price although the inclusion of a generous 1 GB or RAM is a pleasant surprise:

  • 4 inch WVGA (800 x 480 px) screen
  • 1.4 Ghz single core Qualcomm MSM8630 processor
  • 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal storage
  • 5 MP main camera with 720p video recording and LED flash, 1 MP front facing camera for video chats
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
  • 3G EVDO network support
  • Swype keyboard
  • Bluetooth 4.0 low energy
  • WiFi
  • 1650 Mah battery for up to 11.2 hours talk time and 6.29 days standby
  • 4.96 x 2.57 x 0.42 in (126.0 x 65.3 x 10.67 mm) dimensions
  • 4.4 oz (124.9 g) weight.
The Awe can be used with any of Virgin Mobile's Beyond Talk prepaid plans which start at $35/month for 300 minutes, unlimited messaging and unlimited data throttle to 256 Kbps after 2.5 GB.

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  1. That JellyBean, 4" SVGA, 4GB ROM, 1GB RAM market segment was already awfully crowded with the Reef, Ring, Victory, and Optimus F3 (some of which are LTE at least) ...

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  2. Virgin Mobile needs to put high end devices on its lineup. Subsidize if necessary, VM needs to be the place to go for no contract screaming fast phones. Not Ting.

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    1. I agree that better phones would be a plus for VM. Unfortunately they would still not have the free roaming on Vzw, the excellent CS and TS based in Canada, the supportive user community, nor the excellent Dashboard controls that let you keep costs down and manage family plans. VM can't come close to matching the Ting family plan either.

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    2. I would love to give Ting a try, but they don't seem very serious about selling handsets, and BYOD from ebay seems like a bit of a putoff ...

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    3. To me Ting has the S 4, Note II and a Windows 8 phone. Looks a lot more serious than Virgin's lineup.

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    4. Ting BYOD works fine from their website with the two phones I tried.
      Ting's new Android app is a winner. You can:
      -See your overall account usage
      -See the usage of individual devices under your account
      -Manage services on the individual devices on your account
      -See your upcoming bill
      -Contact Ting support by phone, ticket or email

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    5. When I said they aren't very serious, I was referring to their less than competitive pricing of course. Take the Rise, Elite, F3, Victory, and S3, each ~$100 higher than Virgin.

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    6. And if you like to upgrade devices every 8 - 12 months, it's hard to recoup that $100 premium on service fees alone.

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    7. Virgin can afford to subsidize the price because you are locked in. You can't escape (except maybe to RingPlus, or with a few old phones that can be hacked). Stuck with poor CS and TS, poor overall coverage; 3 monthly plans with nothing less than $35 even if you only need paygo.

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    8. Exactly. Ting's phone prices are in line with what similar phones cost on other MVNOs and from 3rd parties.

      If you want a subsidized prepaid phone, Boost, Verizon, Virgin, MetroPCS, GoPhone and Aio will give it to you, but they won't be current flagship models.

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  4. Absence of top of the line phones is not good. Gs3 is a nice start, those phones are what makes VM a go to brand.

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    1. Virgin has the iPhone 5 and 4S. Boost and Ting don't. $40/month for 1200 minutes and unlimited data. Nobody can beat that plan for iPhones.

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  5. It lacks a keyboard. still a major design flaw. That, and if I switch to it, my Virgin bill goes up 30% per month. Quite a disincentive plan they have.

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    1. The market seems to prefer pure touch devices over QWERTY sliders.

      I miss the $25 plan too but if you want to keep it you have to stick with old devices.

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  6. I'd like to know if the ZTE devices are more reliable and better quality than the Kyocera models that VM offers. I've had several Event and Rise phones. Took every one of them back because they were glitchy, froze, etc.

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    1. ZTE's first phone for Boost the Warp was buggy. I haven't seen any complaints about latter models. But I don't think ZTE's build quality is quite as good as Samsung, HTC or LG's. Overall I believe that Kyocera and ZTE's quality is similar at comparable price points.

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