Zact Mobile was a Sprint MVNO that offered a fairly unique modular pricing system. Users could choose from various sized buckets of minutes, texts and data. It was very flexible, someone who texted and used a bit of data but rarely talked on the phone could could combine a 90¢ 30 minute per month voice bucket with a $4.94 600 text bucket and a $16.55 500MB data bucket rather than being forced to pay for unlimited minutes they didn't need. Plans were chosen using a custom system-level app on the phone and users could change their plans on the fly.
On July 4th, Zact's parent company ItsOn announced that it had reached an agreement with Sprint Corporation to power a new Sprint prepaid service. The existing Zact service will shut down August 3 and Zact says customers will be able to switch to the new Sprint service at that time. But since the announcement Zact and Sprint have not provided any details of the new service, which has made some current Zact customers understandably nervous.
Today the @evleaks Twitter account posted the photo show above. According to the photo's caption, it shows four new Virgin Mobile phones, the LG Pulse, LG Unify, HTC Desire 816, and ZTE Emblem. @evleaks is famous for predicting phone launches and posting accurate specs and photos of phones well before they are even announced so there's a good chance the phones are for real.
What's even more interesting than new four Virgin Mobile phones, is that three of the new phones are displaying a screen that looks almost exactly like Zact's plan management app. So it appears that Sprint's new Zact powered service will be Virgin Mobile branded and will launch with few changes to Zact's plan selection user interface. You can see some of the tiers for minutes, texts and data in the picture.
- 500 minutes $4, 750 minutes $8, 1000 minutes $9.50
- 750 texts $4.50, 1000 texts $8, 1250 texts $9
- 500MB of data is $13.50. I can't make out the prices for the other two data tiers in the image
Source @evleaks via HowardForums
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