During this morning's iPhone 5 event, Apple announced that the iPhone 5 would support LTE, and the list of carriers is huge, spanning the globe. In the US, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon will all support the new iPhone LTE capabilities. Over in Canada, Bell, Rogers, Fido, Virgin Mobile, Telus, and Koodo are all ready for iPhone 5 LTE action. Where Europe is concerned, T-Mobile and the new EE network in the UK are on board. Asia will see Softbank, SKT, KDDI, KT, SmarTone, and SingTei all offering iPhone 5 LTE connectivity. All that said, get ready for much, much faster LTE data if you happen to live in an LTE-supported area, and watch your data caps!
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Cricket recently announced its pre-paid iPhone plan, and now Virgin Mobile has stepped in with details of its own, and it looks to be a steal. Beginning on June 29th, you can buy an unsubsidized iPhone 4S (16 GB for $650) or iPhone 4 (8 GB for $550) from Virgin Mobile, and from there you'll pay $30 for 300 minutes with unlimited texting and unlimited data. If you actually use your device for talking and need more talk time, you can pay $40 for 1200 minutes or $50 for unlimited talking. For $15 more, you can enable mobile hotspot on your device as well.
If AT&T‘s decision to cut the unlimited data plans to a finite amount has you jittery, fear not Virgin Mobile customers! You can rest at ease knowing that your “unlimited” plan is truly unlimited for just $40 every 30 days. If you are a frugal user of data on your cellphone, then you may still want to hang on to your $20 a month 300MB plan. But hardcore net addicts and perpetrators of extreme Facebooking will want to shell out the extra doe for an endless supply of data packets. Virgin Mobile users can make the choice August 24th.
Virgin Mobile has announced that their Helio Ocean 2 will launch on February 12. This model is slimmer than the first generation but still has the dual-sliding design. Aside from the QWERTY keyboard, the phone features a 2.6-inch TFT display (240x320,) 3G connectivity, GPS with Google maps, stereo Bluetooth, a media player with background mode playback and access to social networking sites. It will also have 3D gaming, a file viewer with editing and a 2MP camera. A 512MB MicroSD card is included in the $149.00 price.
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Virgin Mobile US has announced the wireless Aloha, its first LG clamshell . With dimensions of 3.5 x 1.9 x 0.9-inches and a weight of only 2.7 oz, the cell phone features a metallic white front and matte back. It has a 65K color display, MP3 ringtones, memory enough for about 199 contacts, voice-activated dialing, speakerphone, and a few games bundled inside for your amusement. The Aloha promises up to 180 minutes of talk time and 150 hours of standby time. Virgin plans to release the phone in September with the mini-price of $34.99 as part of their RE* Generation plan to raise awareness for at-risk and homeless youths by teaming with other companies such as LG.
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