Virgin has done it again. They are offering up a better Android smartphone and keeping the same incredibly low rates.
How much is your typical feature phone plan? At Verizon(VZ), 450 minutes is $40/month with an additional charge for texts and no data. Pre-paid plans start at $65/month for 450 minutes. AT&T (T) has a similar post paid plan: $40 for 450 minutes. No text, no data.
Smartphone plans are obviously more expensive. PED posted a comparison chart of the major carriers smartphone plans here, which was put together by Billshrink.
With that in mind, have a look at Virgin's plans, above, right. Compare.
As I've stated before (and I still can't understand how they do this) Virgin, who use Sprint's(S) very solid nationwide 3G network, blow them all away by a long shot. For $25 a month (that's AFTER tax) unlimited data and text, 300 anytime minutes. $40/month bumps you up to 1200 anytime minutes and $60 is unlimited minutes.
There are two downsides to Virgin's plans however:
1. You must pay for the phone up front (no subsidies).
2. They have a very limited selection of smartphones.
The good news is that both of those limitations got slashed this week with the introduction of the $149 LG Optimus V... More
The fastest selling phone in LG's history is a mid-range Android slider.
LG hasn't exactly been hitting smartphone home runs lately and is known more for (LG Optronics) supplying the 'Retina Display' of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 4 than its own products (especially here in the US). It does however, seem to have at least one hit on its hands. The LG Optimus One phone which is a lower-tier candy bar form MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 16, 2010 3:49 PM ET
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