Virgin Mobile to offer Samsung Galaxy S2 4G Soon, AT&T launches three Windows 8 Phones

Virgin Mobile announced on Thursday its plan to offer the Samsung Galaxy S2 4G phones to their customers starting on November 15, just before the start of the Holiday season.

Virgin Mobile is set to include one of the most successful smartphones of 2011 to their list of mobile devices available on their network.

The no-contract carrier will reportedly offer the Samsung Galaxy S2 at 369.99, which way cheaper than the $499 Sprint and T-Mobile are asking for their smartphone models (no-contract).

Like what other carriers provide, the Virgin Mobile version of the device features a 4.52-inch display and an 8-migapixel camera. However, the carrier stated the Samsung Galaxy S2 phone will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Meanwhile, AT&T released its pricing for three Windows Phone 8 devices in an attempt to lure different market segments.

HTC’s Windows Phone 8X is pegged at $199.99 with a two-year contract. However, AT&T gives customers a chance to avail of the yellow or blue-colored version of the phone with half the memory at $99.99. HTC phones will be available for order on November 9 and AT&T will start shipping the phones next week before Thanksgiving.

AT&T also offer the $99.99 Nokia 920 with the Lumia 820 is available at only $49.99. Both phones are now available on the market with the pre-order already started last Wednesday.

The largest wireless provider is expected to boast the largest roster of Windows Phone 8 smartphones, keeping its status as one of the strongest partners of Microsoft.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft will be launching a variety of platforms with the hope of building familiarity with the new software, particularly on the still complicated structure of live tiles.

Microsoft’s top executive admitted Windows Phone 8 is still finding its place in the smartphone business but assured a rapid growth once their new set of smartphones are released.

Nonetheless, the continued dominance of Google’s Android and the still solid sales numbers posted by iPhone 5 proved that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 still has a long way to go to become a major player in the mobile OS industry.