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.
Sprint to launch As You Go service with prepaid phones: LG Optimus Elite, Samsung Galaxy Victory and Array
The rumors about Sprint launching a prepaid service turned out to be true. Sprint spokeswoman Jayne Wallach confirmed this week, that on January 25 the carrier will launch a prepaid cellular service, called Sprint As You Go, as an alternative to traditional postpaid service. The new service is directed at customers who prefer not to sign lengthy contracts and want more control over their mobile expenses. This way they could avoid paying additional deposits and fees and by paying for services beforehand, reduce possible overages.
Based on the report, Virgin Mobile’s offer will be expanded some time in the first quarter of 2013 with its first 4G LTE capable smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy Victory. The phone has been released in September this year and is currently offered on Sprint network at a price of $49.99 on contract. Because Virgin Mobile is a pre-paid service provider, the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE is expected to be priced somewhere between $199 and $299 without a contract.
Affordable Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE available at Sprint for $99. Get the latest Android technology for less
Sprint has just added a new affordable and quite advanced Android smartphone to its offer – the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE. The phone is a perfect choice for those who consider the price the main barrier in switching from a featured phone to a smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE costs $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Of course, you will have to sign a new 2-year contract. See details below.
Deal on Galaxy Victory 4G LTE for Sprint
|Full Retail Price||$399.99|
|2 Year Contract Rebate||-$250.00|
Learn more about the Galaxy Victory 4G LTE
The Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE for Sprint sports a 4-inch WVGA touch screen with a 800 x 480 pixel resolution and is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Lite processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. To complete the picture, there is also 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB on-board memory. Unfortunately, we have not been able to confirm the microSD support, so there exists a possibility that you will have to manage with nonexpendable storage capacity.
As the name suggests, the new Galaxy Victory comes with Sprint LTE speeds, so you can take full advantage of superfast downloading, streaming and web surfing on your phone. The Victory runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and there is no word on Jelly Bean upgrade in the near future.
With the latest operating system you also get the intuitive and easy to use TouchWiz user interface together with S Beam, AllShare Play and AllShare Group Cast. The first uses NFC technology to enhance device-to-device sharing so you will be able to send photos, videos, documents and other DRM-free content by simply touching another S Beam enabled phone. AllShare Play allows you to wirelessly connect Galaxy Victory to your PC, tablet or television to immediately share files, stream music, videos, photos and other DRM-free content using Wi-Fi. With AllShare Group Cast you will be able to share a presentation or photo album in real time with multiple friends on the same Wi-Fi network.
The Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE is also equipped with a 5 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front shooter, which you can use for self-portraits and video chatting. The back camera / camcorder features auto focus, shot modes, landscape, macro, panorama, geo-tagging, editing modes, DivX, video share, and online image uploading. The music player is compatible with AAC, AMR, AWB, M4A, MID, MP3, OGG, QCP, WAV, and WMA files, and the video player supports DivX, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, and WMV formats.
The Victory has access to Samsung Media Hub, which offers a vast selection of downloadable TV shows and movies, and Google Play Store where you can find thousands of apps, games, books, videos, music and more. The phone also supports Google Mobile Services like Gmail, Google Talk or Google Wallet. In terms of connectivity you get Bluetooth with A2DP, HFP, and PBAP support, and Wi-Fi with hotspot capability co you can share your 4G connection with other devices.
Other features of the Galaxy Victory 4G LTE include: voice recognition, visual voicemail, text-to-speech, music ID, picture caller ID, multitasking, widgets, airline mode, threaded / chat-style messages, predictive text (T9 / XT9), MS Office compatibility, smart unlock, accelerometer, HTML browser and GPS.
If you are looking to begin your smartphone adventure in an affordable way, be sure to check the Sprint’s offer.