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Virgin Mobile sets new standard in low cost smartphones

January 31, 2011: 1:00 AM ET

The LG Optimus V is now showing up at some Radio Shacks on Virgin's network for only $149.

I called Virgin Mobile's data plan the best Smartphone plan on the planet last year.  As far as I can see, no other carriers have yet come close to Virgin's $25/ month after tax, unlimited data, unlimited texts and 300 anytime minutes per month plans.  I have a hard time putting together a plan that costs even double that much, especially with unlimited data, which isn't always available.

Virgin Wireless USA is a wholly-owned Sprint(S) subsidiary and Virgin devices ride on Sprint's 3G network. Virgin deals exclusively in prepaid plans, which means that the buyer is responsible for the price of the phone (no subsidies).  Luckily, Virgin would sell you a midrange phone called the Samsung's Intercept for $249 (or slightly less).

The price of getting an Android phone just dropped $100 on Virgin's network with the Optimus V, a cheaper Android phone without the Intercept's hardware keyboard but a nicer screen and a thinner profile ...and a better OS. More

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