Virgin Mobile and T-Mobile prepaid also get terrible reviews.
In the end i spent the extra money and got a Droid X on contract with Verizon. Its a great phone with good coverage.
It looks like Virgin uses Sprint's 3G network. Here's their coverage map: http://coverage.sprint.com/IMPACT.jsp?ECID=vanity:coverage
Finally, here is a CNET review of the LG Optimus V (the phone featured in this particular plan): http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/lg-optimus-v-virgin/4505...
I currently have a Droid Incredible with a $70 plan on Verizon ($75 after bullshit fees) and I felt like a schmuck for paying so much when I saw her phone.
I previously had a prepaid phone on Virgin and it worked fine. Ended up switching carriers just to get a data plan. I think I'll be switching back once my contract is up.
But the texting rates are much, much better than a traditional carrier.
But Android has sip clients. who needs voice?
Also there are plenty of skype apk patched to behave the same in wifi and 3g, meaning it will go via data no matter what
It's available in a few countries other than the US like the UK, France and Switzerland. Depending on where you buy it, an unlocked phone will cost about $150 to $250.
I think I'll go pick one up.