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LG Volt now available from Boost and Virgin Mobile for $180

LG F90 now available on Boost and Virgin Mobile as the LG Volt for $180

Users of prepaid carriers Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile now have a new option in the mid-range smartphone category, in the form of the LG Volt, a rebranded LG F90 that earlier launched on Sprint. The Volt can be purchased for a price of $179.99, which puts it in direct competition with the Motorola Moto G, though with LG’s offering you’re also getting support for Sprint Sprint LTE.

The specs of the LG Volt include a 4.7-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front sensor, 8GB of on-board storage and a microSD slot, and a 3,000 mAh battery that should offer long battery life considering the meager hardware. The phone runs on Android 4.4 KitKat underneath LG’s custom skin, which boasts features such as KnockCode and QPair but might not be as fluid and quick as the near-stock version of Android that you’ll find on the Moto G.

Head over to one of the source links to buy the LG Volt from Boost or Virgin Mobile.

Source: Boost, Virgin

Boost Mobile Offering Unlimited Talk & Text For As Low As $30 A Month On Some Non Android Models

Boost Mobile, one of Sprint’s signature non-contract brands is lowering the cost of their unlimited plans on select non-smartphone devices. These new plans won’t start at $30/mo for unlimited however they can shrink as low as $30/mo under Boost’s shrinking payment program.

With Boost Mobile’s payment program, customers are rewarded for every 6 on time payments with a $5.00 decrease in their monthly rate. With the devices in this special program that shrinking rate can go all the way down to $30 a month, which is by far the cheapest unlimited text and talk rate available in the U.S.

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Boost Mobile Tacks On An Extra $5 For Android (but it’s still unlimited)

Boost Mobile will start carrying Sprint’s Samsung Transform on October 7th  on their unlimited plan with shrinkage. The new CDMA phone features a slide out keyboard, and Android 2.3. The Boost version will be called the Samsung Transform Ultra and will cost $230 off contract.

Boost currently features unlimited service for just $50 which includes talk, text and data.  Beginning on October 6th they are going to tack on an additional $5 for Android devices.  On the flip side though Boost offers a feature in their plans called shrinkage, and for every six on time payments you get a $5 reduction in your bill, which will eventually get a customer who always pays on time down to just $40 a month, and again that’s unlimited.

In regards to the $5.00 up-charge Sprint’s Jayne Wallace told Fierce Wireless:
“As all carriers are learning, the costs to run smartphones on the network are higher,” Sprint spokeswoman  Wallace said “Most BlackBerry plans have had an add-on for the same reason, and we need to continue to invest in network capacity to ensure the best customer experience on the Boost Monthly Unlimited plan with shrinkage.”

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Virgin Mobile Adjusts Plans! Rumor: In Preparation For 4G Offering?

Mobile Crunch reported Wednesday that Sprint’s pre-paid brand, Virgin Mobile, was readjusting their rate plans.  As mobile aficionado Jordan Crook reported, Virgin Mobile has added $10 to their $300 minute plan, $5.00 to the 1200 minute plan and knocked $5 off their unlimited plan.

Right now Virgin Mobile tops out with 3G and has no current 4G service.  The only competitor in the prepaid space offering any kind of 4G is MetroPCS which has built out their own 4G/LTE network.  Cricket Wireless is reportedly testing 4G in some areas as well.

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