Virgin Expands Android Selection - Twice

Virgin Expands Android Selection

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Warren, N.J. - Virgin Mobile, one of Sprint's prepaid brands, will expand its selection of Android smartphones to five SKUs with the launch of an LG slider and its first HTC-made smartphone.

Both phones run on Sprint's 3G EV-DO Rev. A network and use the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS.

Wildfire

The LG phone is the Optimus Slider, which is targeted to social-network users and will be available Oct. 17 at

www.virginmobileusa.com

for $199, on Oct. 31 in Best Buy and RadioShack stores, on Nov. 6 at Target, and on Nov. 13 in Sprint Stores. The slider represents the second generation of the LG Optimus V, launched in early 2011 without keyboard and currently available at

www.virginmobileusa.com

for $149.

 The

HTC Wildfire S

will be available Oct. 23 in silver at Best Buy and in white at RadioShack for $199. The silver color is exclusive to Virgin.

 Virgin's other Android phones are the Samsung Restore, LG Rumor Touch and LG Rumor 2. Virgin's sixth smartphone is the BlackBerry Curve 8530.

The LG Optimus Slider features a 3.2-inch touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3.2-megapixel camera, 32GB MicroSD slot and Bluetooth 3.0.

The HTC Wildfire S features a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 600MHz processor, HTC's Sense user interface, Wi-Fi, 5-megapixel camera, 512MB memory, 32GB MicroSD slot and Bluetooth 3.0.

They're sold with Beyond Talk plans that start at $35 a month for 300 minutes of voice and include unlimited messaging and data. A $45 plan offers 1,200 minutes of voice, and the $55 plan offers unlimited voice minutes. All plans include unlimited messaging and data.

 A

previously announced

decision to reduce throughput speeds when Beyond Talk customers hit 2.5GB of data usage within a month has been postponed to 2012, the company noted.

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