HTC Evo V 4G gets official at Virgin Mobile
Pre-paid carrier gets its first 4G handset
Published: 9 May, 2012
For any contract-shy people in the US who have been looking for a pre-paid handset with 4G Virgin Mobile has announced its first handset to offer the superfast connectivity option. The handset will be put on sale with the option of unlimited 4G internet starting at $35.99 a month and is set to go on sale at Sprint's subsidiary at the end of the month. The specs aren't amazing but it's a perfectly respectable line-up of features for a contract-less handset.
Underneath its 4.3" qHD display it comes loaded with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot to expand it. There's a 5mp camera on the back, a 1.3mp camera on the front and a 1730mAh battery is powering it all. What kind of processor it's packing isn't specified but will come with Ice Cream Sandwich installed out of the box and is able to function as a hotspot for up to five devices.
Virgin Mobile customers hankering after some 4G action should mark May 31 on their calendars as that's the date when the device is due to go on sale and is set to cost $299 without a commitment. The announcement also reveals that the carrier is releasing two new accessories on the same day, the Overdrive Pro 3G/4G mobile hotspot by Sierra Wireless and the U600 3G/4G USB stick by Franklin Wireless.
The hotspot allows up to five devices to connect to it, features a 1.7" LCD display, a microSD card slot and costs $149.99. The USB stick is compatible with both Mac OS and Windows and costs $99.99.
Meanwhile Virgin Mobile's bigger brother Sprint has started offering the more impressively spec'd HTC Evo 4G LTE for pre-order at $199.99 on a two-year contract. A release date hasn't been confirmed yet but it's rumoured to be arriving on May 18.