Virgin Mobile has announced that it will join the list of U.S. mobile network operators that carry the latest smartphones from Apple. The carrier will begin selling the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C next week.
Sprint yesterday announced its support for a Bring Your Own Sprint Device program that enables MVNOs to reactivate Sprint devices on their networks. The BYOSD initiative lets customers bring old or out-of-contract phones to cheaper carriers, but there are limitations on what devices can be used and where they can be activated.
Virgin Mobile risks exposing its customers to privacy invasions and being locked out of their accounts because of poor security procedures, according to a developer who discovered a security vulnerability that has yet to be fixed.
Virgin Mobile has announced that it will soon launch the Samsung Galaxy Reverb, a phone that closely resembles the DROID Charge that was originally sold by Verizon.
Sprint and Virgin Mobile have jointly announced the Kyocera Rise, an Android 4.0 smartphone set to launch on both networks shorty. The Rise offers a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Samsung, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile plan to share some interesting news later this month. The trio of companies has sent MobileBurn a joint-invitation to an event that promises "big mobile news." There aren't many clues about what exactly that news will entail; however, it's safe to guess that Samsung is launching a new Android phone on Boost and Virgin, two MVNO's that operate using Sprint's network. The Galaxy Prevail is Samsung's best-selling phone in the U.S., so perhaps the company has a higher-quality upgrade for the prepaid market. All will be revealed at an August 22 event hosted in New York City.
With nary an announcement to be made, Virgin Mobile has quietly started selling the HTC One V smartphone. The One V is the lowest member of HTC's One series of smartphones that were announced back at Mobile World Congress in February. It features a 3.7-inch WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) display, 1GHz single-core processor, 5 megapixel camera, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC's Sense 4.0 user interface. Virgin Mobile is offering the One V without a contract for $199.99. Be sure to check out our hands-on with the HTC One V for more information on the entry-level smartphone.
Virgin Mobile has started selling its prepaid Apple iPhone a day earlier than initially announced. Customers can choose between the 16GB iPhone 4S for $649.99 or the 8GB iPhone 4 for $549.99. Either phone can be paired with Virgin's $35 per month plan that offers unlimited data (throttled after 2.5GB), unlimited text messaging, and 300 voice minutes. Neither phone requires a contract. It appears that the iPhone is currently only available for purchase at Virgin's online store, but the carrier previously announced that it would eventually be available from retailers such as Best Buy and Radio Shack.
This morning, Sprint confirmed earlier reports that its pre-paid Virgin Mobile brand would be getting the Apple iPhone in the near future. Virgin will launch the iPhone on June 29, and will offer it with plans as low as $30 per month.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Sprint's Virgin Mobile brand will offer a pre-paid version of the Apple iPhone as early as next month. Just last week, Cricket announced that it would offer a pre-paid iPhone on June 22, making it the first pre-paid carrier in the U.S. to sell the smartphone.