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If you wanted an Android mobile phone but did not want to pay money to renew your phone contract so that you could get a new discounted phone, the LG Optimus V from Virgin Mobile may be your ticket to Android heaven.Â
I love mobile phones, but I hate mobile phone contracts. I've been tied to Verizon and T-Mobile in the past, but when Virgin Mobile made an appearance with no contract, unlimited web and text, and a fair amount of minutes for a mere $25, I bit hard. I am now a die hard fan of Virgin Mobile. I save about $100 over my previous plans with major carriers, and I get more features. Service is surprisingly good, as Virgin Mobile uses the Sprint network.Â
I'm not sure how they do it (although I have some theories). The customer service on the phone is pretty poor, but their email customer service is usually a quick response.Â
Virgin Mobile just released its newest phone ---The LG Optimus V, which is the Virgin Mobile equivalent to the Sprint LG Optimus S. It fits in your hand real nice. You can just gently grip it instead of having to grip hard like you would on some thinner phones. This was one of the first things I noticed when I got this phone. I love the way it fits in my hand. I have similar feelings about video game controllers, as I prefer Xbox over Playstation for how the Xbox controller feels more comfortable in my hand.Â
The best part about the LG Optimus V is the price tag. It costs a mere $150, which is an unsubsidized cost since Virgin operates without contracts. You cannot even get an 8GB Ipod Touch for that price.Â
The Optimus V also comes with a newer version of Android, Froyo 2.2. Unfortunately, this phone does not support flash like a Droid or other super expensive contract phones. This is primarly due to the CPU's inability to handle such a labor intensive task such as flash. Even the expensive phones struggle at times to run flash smoothly. In the future, most phones will probably have to run flash to be competative since so much of the internet depends on flash content from videos to ads.Â
Virgin Mobile has one other Android phone called the Samsung Intercept, and it too has a Sprint equivalent. This phone has a physical keyboard, costs $50 more than the LG Optimus V, and has an older version of Android on it. The screen is plastic and not glass, and it has a curved back that prevents the phone from being used if lying down on a flat surface. In other words, you always have to hold it.Â
Hands down, I recommend the LG Optimus V over the Samsung Intercept any day.
So what are you waiting for? Start winning with your phone companies and change your game today!