Virgin Mobile Reveals 4.1" Triumph Prepaid Froyo Smartphone

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Traditionally, prepaid carriers and MVNOs have had fairly lackluster phone options, particularly when it comes to smartphones. Basically, it's difficult to find a legitimately high-end smartphone on a prepaid carrier. The reason is pretty simple: high-end phones are expensive, and since prepaid phones are sold off contract, it's difficult to convince people to pay $500+ for a phone. Particularly when they aren't even interested in paying their phone bill on a contract. But this week, a breakthrough happened. Virgin Mobile launched what's likely the most serious and sophisticated smartphone on a prepaid carrier, ever.

The Triumph is a 4.1" phone with a WVGA panel, aGPS, Wi-Fi, a Qualcomm MSM8655 CPU, HDMI output, 5MP camera (with 720p output), and a preloaded Virgin Mobile 2.0 app for music streaming. There's also a 1400mAh battery, 512M of RAM, 2GB of ROM, an SD card slot, and Android 2.2 as the OS. It runs on Sprint's CDMA network, and will be released and priced later this summer. Hopefully it'll be rather affordable; we definitely hope this is a trend that continues on.
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coolice replied on Fri, Jun 10 2011 12:25 AM

I have a feeling this will be relatively expensive, not $500, but probably $489.99 =D. That being said, if the price is low, there is no reason why it shouldnt be a reason that other phones with similar specs shouldnt be lower either. Though i'll never buy this phone (in Canada), I do hope for all those who buy it, that its stock everything with no moto-blur crap

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MBonneaux replied on Fri, Jun 10 2011 1:03 AM

no motoblur installed. it's gonna be a fairly stock android (screenshots of motoblur phones ALWAYS have motoblur features on the phone's screen. they love to show it off). can't wait to see this in my radioshack store if we get it. def thinking about switching from my intercept to it. it is pretty much a prepaid, motorola evo really.

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I have heard a lot of people having problems with motoblur crashing on them. So it is probably a good thing this phone will be stock especially considering the customers that prepaid plans usually attract. It will be interesting to see how they price this and if it actually sells.

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