There has always been a stigma attached to prepaid wireless networks. Typically they provide incredibly sub-par phones and despicable service that tends to leave a bad, metallic taste in your mouth. Virgin Mobile, the prepaid wireless carrier that piggy-backs off of Sprint, is trying their best to change that stigma. Unlike the others though, they’re actually gaining more customers. Find out how after the break!
I had an iPhone 4 once and how it was glorious! We loved to play games, check e-mail, and do other smart phoney things together that only iPhone 4’s can do. At one point I tried to ignore the monthly rape. But it was too much. For 2GB, I was paying $25, adding onto an already pricey voice and text plan ($39.99, $20.00). That’s about $85 without going over 2GB and including tax. What was I to do? I couldn’t go back to a dumb phone. But I ended up doing so anyways. (le, sigh)
Going back to my Motorola RAZR was one of the worst ideas I’ve ever made. Regardless of being mocked for having the phone, I was still paying over $30 bucks a month on AT&T’s GoPhone plan. I wasn’t happy. One day I happened to see an add for Virgin Mobile’s Android 2.2 smart phone, the Optimus V. My initial reaction was “it’s probably shit” which eventually turned into “this phone must be mine’ after reading all 1,068 reviews. I was flabbergasted to find that unlimited data and text with 300 minutes of talk time on the Optimus V started at $25/month. There must be a catch, right? Wrong.
For the last month and a half, I have been using the LG Optimus V. Other than it’s dreadful battery draining problem, the phone is comparable to an iPhone 3G. Obviously you can’t use the apps from an iPhone, but the feel of the phone and specs seem very similar. And because of that, adjusting to the Optimus V didn’t take long. From the very few phone calls I’ve made, they are seamless and loud. The stock Android 2.2 leaves a lot open for customization but since it’s such a basic smart phone, I wouldn’t suggest it — you might end up bricking it. Luckily for you customizers, Motorola recently announced its partnership with Virgin Mobile. This summer, they will be launching the Triumph (think Verizon’s original Droid). It will triumphantly claim its status as Virgin Mobile’s high end phone.
It may look boring, but who are you trying to impress anyways?
Today, you’re more likely to run into someone texting or browsing the internet than on the phone, taking a call. Virgin Mobile knows this and they’re taking advantage by lowering their data rates compared to the competition. Not having to sign a contract helps too. Give Virgin Mobile 5 to 10 years and I bet it will be a contender in the smart phone service arena. Needless to say, I might have to splurge a little and become Triumphant.