Two Sprint subsidiaries, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, have finally joined in on the 4G LTE fun. Having utilized the WiMAX network owned by Sprint in the past to offer 4G to their customers, the carriers are taking advantage of a Sprint network once again, this time to introduce LTE connectivity. The two prepaid carriers announced today that they will launch LTE-capable phones that will be compatible with Sprint’s LTE network.
Virgin Mobile & Boost Mobile 4G LTE Phones
Virgin Mobile is offering the LTE smartphone from day one. The Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE is already available for purchase from the carrier’s website for $299.99 and it will hit the retailers mid-March. The phone works with Virgin’s $35 Beyond Talk plans that start at $35 per month for 300 minutes and unlimited messaging and data. The handset features 4-inch touch screen display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel shooter on the front, NFC and microSD slot and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Boost Mobile customers will have to wait for 4G LTE until March 7 when the carrier will launch the HTC One SV and the ZTE Force on its network. Both handsets will be compatible with Boost’s $55 per month Android Monthly Unlimited with Shrinking Payments plan, which includes unlimited talk, text and web. The HTC One SV, which will be priced at $299.99, sports a 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD 2 touch screen, 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, NFC and two cameras (5 megapixel on the back and 1.6 megapixel on the front). Key features of the ZTE Force, which will be offered at $199.99 include 4-inch touch screen, 5 megapixel rear camera and 1 megapixel front camera. Both handsets ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.