First 4G LTE Phones Come To Virgin and Boost Mobile
Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile will soon carry smartphones that take advantage of Sprint’s 4G LTE network: the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE, HTC One SV and Boost Force.
The Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE is available today on Virgin Mobile, and sells for $299.99 with no contract. The Galaxy Victory 4G LTE has a 4-inch display and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX. The phone uses a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, has a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera.
The Galaxy Victory 4G LTE is a decidedly mid-range phone, but it runs a relatively recent version of Android, and doesn’t require a contract to access 4G LTE data. For just $35 a month users will get unlimited data and messaging with 300 voice minutes. Because the phone is on Virgin Mobile, users can also use Google Wallet.
Boost Mobile will carry two new 4G LTE smartphones on March 7: the Boost Force and HTC One SV.
At $199.99 without a two-year contract, the Boost Force is the cheaper phone of the two. The phone has a 4-inch display, a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 1MP front-facing camera.
The Boost Force run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a dual-core 1.5GHz processor.
The HTC One SV will cost $299.99 when it comes to Boost Mobile on March 7. The HTC One SV is the same phone that recently came to Cricket Wireless in the U.S. The phone is somewhere between the HTC One S and One V. The One SV features a 4.3-inch 800×480 display, and a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor.
Like other recent HTC phones, the One SV has an enhanced 5MP camera, Sense 4 and Beats audio for enhanced sound. The HTC One SV runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
None of the new phone on Virgin and Boost Mobile use the latest version of Android, and all are mid-range phones, but these are the first three prepaid phones to use Sprint’s new 4G LTE network.