Warren, N.J. - Virgin Mobile USA is entering the 4G market with the launch of the WiMAX-enabled HTC Evo V 4G Android smartphone and two data-only devices, all of which will be available at the end of the month.
For its part, Boost Mobile will also launch 4G WiMAX service.
Both prepaid brands are owned by Sprint, and the devices use Sprint service.
For Boost, the HTC Evo Design 4G Android smartphone will be available on May 31 for $299 (excluding taxes) at Boost Mobile's exclusive retail stores, select independent wireless dealer locations nationwide and at
with free shipping. It will be also be available in June at Best Buy, Radio Shack and Walmart.
For Virgin service, the HTC Evo V 4G and the two data-only devices will be available beginning on May 31 at
. They will then be available in June at major retailers and at select independent dealers nationwide, the company said.
The Virgin data-only devices are the $149 Overdrive Pro 3G/4G mobile hot spot from Sierra Wireless and $99 U600 3G/4G USB stick from Franklin Wireless. The HTC Evo V 4G Android smartphone will be available for $299.
Prepaid service for Virgin's HTC Evo V 4G starts at $35 a month for 300 minutes of voice with unlimited messaging and data. Mobile hot spot service for the HTC Evo V 4G can be added for an additional $15 per month.
For Virgin's data-only devices, plans start at $35/month for unlimited 4G data and, in areas where 4G coverage isn't available, the $35 plan delivers 2GB of 3G data. For $55/month, customers get unlimited 4G data and 5GB of 3G data.
The Overdrive Pro 3G/4G mobile hot spot connects up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices. The U600 3G/4G USB Stick supports Mac OS and Windows laptops.
The HTC Evo V 4G features s Android 4.0, HTC Sense 3.6 user interface 5-megapixel rear 3D camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen.