I had actually considered getting this a few months ago. I was also looking at tmobile prepaid which also has an android phone. Initially they both looked like too good to be true deals and then i learned the reason for that. The phones they both offer are terrible. Small and very underpowered. With i think the Virgin Mobile phone running android 1.6. Which is like buying a computer with Windows 95 or 2000 on it. Sure its running "windows" but no software will actually work on it so whats the point.
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.
My mother got this phone with this plan, it's not the best thing in the world (the screen is a bit too low-res) but for $25 I think it's a fantastic deal for a device/service which really isn't that noticeably different than what the 'high end' android phones offer.
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.
Does anyone know of a website or means with which I can reliably determine whether there's good coverage from a service (in this case Virgin) in my area? I'd love to switch, these AT&T rates are killing me.
I have the Samsung Intercept, which is also offered by Virgin Mobile for the same plan. It's about $100 more expensive, and while I can't vouch for whether it's $100 better since I've never used the LG phone, I can say that you get what you pay for. Still, it's very encouraging to see this trend, and really when you compare how much you're saving on the contract then the phone essentially pays for itself within the year even if you get the more expensive Intercept.
In the UK Orange sell a rebranded version of the Blade on Pay As You Go, called the Orange San Francisco. Several people in my office have bought one, since they're only £100 here and can be trivially unlocked to run on any network. It's a little slower than high-end Android phones, but appears to be very usable.
Thanks! I am on Sprint with the SERO plan now - its $30 a month - but i have a very old windows mobile phone - I could upgrade my device but then i also get $20 extra tacked on a month on the SERO plan. Maybe this is a better option.
It's not like that for VMU, you can reach any site on the net afaik. The "unlimited" is 5gigs/mo, after that they will throttle you. I've read complaints that they add extra jitter to SIP protocol traffic, though.