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HTC Desire for Virgin Mobile pre-paid service is now for sale priced at $279 without contract

ByinNew Phones, Phones Without Contract | November 18, 2013

HTC Desire 601A new smartphone, the HTC Desire, has gone on sale earlier today on Virgin Mobile. Does the name ring a bell? It should, if you are following news from the mobile world, since a phone of this exact name was launched in 2010. Don’t worry, though. The carrier is not bringing back a model released three years ago. The handset that joined Virgin Mobile’s portfolio today is actually the HTC Desire 601. The phone costs $279.99 and does not require signing up long term contracts since Virgin Mobile is a pre-paid carrier.

HTC Desire 601 for Virgin Mobile

HTC Desire for Virgin MobileThe “Desire” moniker is traditionally reserved for lower-end to mid-range phones, so don’t expect the HTC Desire come with any mind-blowing specs. However, the handset does offer some great features introduced with the HTC One such as dual front speakers with HTC BoomSound, HTC BlinkFeed and HTC Zoe.

The HTC Desire 601 features a 4.5-inch display that offers 540 x 960 resolution. The screen is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 for anti-scratch protection. The HTC Desire ships with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5.0 and runs on Virgin Mobile’s 4G LTE network.

Under the hood the Desire has a dual-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 1 GB of RAM. In addition to 8 GB of internal memory, the handset sports a microSD slot for storage expansion compatible with up to 64 GB cards.

The device’s 5-megapixel rear camera features back-side illumination and 1080p HD video capture. Other features include VGA front-facing camera, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS navigation and a 2,100 mAh battery.

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