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Old January 7th, 2013, 09:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Seeing as metro has the s3 I'm wondering when virgin will step it up in the future I'm looking at T-Mobile prepaid for gsm phones such as Nexus's or high end or metro for the s3. Tmboile seems good since each month I use less than 30 minutes for calls. Anyway any rumors, facts or details ?
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Old January 7th, 2013, 09:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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$500 for the s3... Ouch.
Maybe the S2 will see a price drop and they can take on the S3.
The S4 ought to be here soon. This is trickle down cell phones.
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Since virgin gets veteran phones (year old) we might get the s3 when the s4 comes out. I will be OUTTA VIRGIN MOBILE by then.

Moving to tmobile after this phone dies since they actually have decent coverage.
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i vote note2... love big phones
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iPhone 5? (not that I want one but it seems like the next logical choice.)
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unfortunately. You are probably right.
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Top of the line right there.
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I imagine they will get the S3 around late May or June, followed by the Iphone 5. Might also see the EVO LTE swoop in to replace the EVO V. I would prefer the Note 2 as my next phone but we probably won't be so lucky before the end of the year.

I don't think an Iphone will ever be top dog in Virgin's lineup with the availability of better priced Androids with equal or better specs than Apple's phones.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 01:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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True I like iPhone's but the screen is just to small. If apple could make iphones with bigger screens I would jump for joy but I probably couldnt afford it yet anway the note 2 is delicious though
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True I like iPhone's but the screen is just to small. If apple could make iphones with bigger screens I would jump for joy but I probably couldnt afford it yet anway the note 2 is delicious though
If Apple produced a phone with the same specs as the Note 2, it would be $1300.00 off contract.
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Top of the line right there.

I was so excited when I got that phone lol!
It had snake on it !!
And you could swap cases in 5 sec
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Top of the line right there.
I still have that phone in the back of my closet. It had some beast games.
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The best part of those phones? They worked. Battery life was great. And you could drop it and not worry about the half inch screen breaking. They could learn a few things from the phones of yesterday for the phones of tomorrow...
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Yeah i hate that they get phones so late. I'll stick with vm for awhile longer, then start looking at other companies. So far i havent really found anything to compare with the 35 a month for unl txt and data since i dont use more than 300minutes anyway. Although the data is kind of slow in my city anyway, i get average 100kbps downloads on 3g, not 4g here yet.
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Yeah i hate that they get phones so late. I'll stick with vm for awhile longer, then start looking at other companies. So far i havent really found anything to compare with the 35 a month for unl txt and data since i dont use more than 300minutes anyway. Although the data is kind of slow in my city anyway, i get average 100kbps downloads on 3g, not 4g here yet.
I might stay for another 6 months to a year let's see what they can do. Plus what will be the product of Metro and tmobiles merger they might get even better phones soon.
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unfortunately. You are probably right.
They'll want $700 for it...the curent iPhones are like $500+ right now.
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I don't mind getting trickle down phones a year old. What that means to me is not having to wait for development. Take the evo v for example, we practically entered at its peak
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Not a bad point
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The one everybody's been waiting for.
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The one everybody's been waiting for.
Is that the iphone 6?
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If Apple produced a phone with the same specs as the Note 2, it would be $1300.00 off contract.
That's how much it costs without a contract for an iPhone 5 lol
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After 1 year of service for my EVO 3D I plan on moving off of VM and onto T mobile or sprint.
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After 1 year of service for my EVO 3D I plan on moving off of VM and onto T mobile or sprint.
Is your phone bill too low?
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Is your phone bill too low?
I'm still considering T-Mobile prepaid for phone selection and coverage
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I'd have to say the next phone will be the Evo 4G LTE. Personally, I think the white one is one of the best looking phones right now, even better than the galaxy. Since the Evo V 4G came on VM almost exactly one year after the 3D on Sprint, the Evo 4G LTE will probably come to VM around June, about a year after it came out on Sprint.
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I'd have to say the next phone will be the Evo 4G LTE. Personally, I think the white one is one of the best looking phones right now, even better than the galaxy. Since the Evo V 4G came on VM almost exactly one year after the 3D on Sprint, the Evo 4G LTE will probably come to VM around June, about a year after it came out on Sprint.
Do you think the updates that VM has been talking about lately have to do with them supporting LTE?
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prolly not, we just got wimax, from what I been reading, theres no plans yet to give LTE to VM, esp since Sprint is starting a seperate prepaid service, if I'm not mistaken.
I doubt we'd see the Evo LTE just because of this.
as to T-mobile? while sprint/vm has lousy service in my area, at least I can get a signal, T-mobile? not so much..
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I'll have to look into Sprint prepaid. Will it be a company like VM or just a set of prepaid plans under Sprint? The only reason I suggested the Evo 4G LTE is because it seemed like a logical choice in progression after the Evo V. Though VM just got Wimax, they have already received the best Wimax phones, the Evo V and the Galaxy S2.
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Sprint does have plans to bring LTE to prepaid including Virgin, there own prepaid service will only be available in corporate stores. And the only reason why we have the 2 best wimax devices is because besides the Evo Design on Boost they are the only wimax enabled phones still being manufactured.
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I don't think Sprint will be building any more WiMax towers here in the US, sounds like they will join the rest of the US market and start building out LTE towers.

Origionaly VM was an independant company that just baught airtime from Sprint and remarketed it. Sprint has their own pre-paid company - Boost Mobile. If what I understand, Sprint purchased VM, then I would not be surprised to see Sprint merge the two in the next year or two to create Virst, or some other crazzy name, such as Embarq Mobile.

I don't know what phones we can expect this year, yet I think BM and Sprint will each keep a WiMax phone availbe so they can claim international support. While WiMax never really took off here it is better supported over seas,, so Sprint and Boost Mobile will target that crowd with a higher cost phone. I don't know if VM will continue to support WiMax or not, or just in those few markets where it is currently build out.
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Origionaly VM was an independant company that just baught airtime from Sprint and remarketed it. Sprint has their own pre-paid company - Boost Mobile. If what I understand, Sprint purchased VM, then I would not be surprised to see Sprint merge the two in the next year or two to create Virst, or some other crazzy name, such as Embarq Mobile.

Sprint has had part ownership in VM since Day 1. Virgin Mobile USA was started in 2001 as a joint venture. Virgin, Sprint, and SingTel were the partners. In 2009, Sprint bought out their partners to become sole owner.
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I cant imagine Richard Branson ever wanting to change the name of his company
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I cant imagine Richard Branson ever wanting to change the name of his company
It's not his company anymore. Sprint owns 100% of it. They may pay royalties to him to keep using the name Virgin Mobile, but if Sprint decided to call it something else (which I think would be a mistake), Richard can't do much. (Though I could be mistaken...I don't know the wording of their contract)

What I haven't bothered to research is how Sprint bought out their partners. Was it through cash, or through stocks in Sprint?
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It's not his company anymore. Sprint owns 100% of it. They may pay royalties to him to keep using the name Virgin Mobile, but if Sprint decided to call it something else (which I think would be a mistake), Richard can't do much. (Though I could be mistaken...I don't know the wording of their contract)

What I haven't bothered to research is how Sprint bought out their partners. Was it through cash, or through stocks in Sprint?
I could be wrong. But I dont think Sprint owns 100% of Virgin. Why would Branson still do the commercials?

edit * I was wrong..lol

In 2008, Virgin Mobile USA acquired post-paid services provider Helio, Inc. In 2009, Sprint Nextel Corporation bought out joint venture partners Virgin Group and SingTel, becoming the sole owner of Virgin Mobile USA.
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I could be wrong. But I dont think Sprint owns 100% of Virgin. Why would Branson still do the commercials?

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In 2008, Virgin Mobile USA acquired post-paid services provider Helio, Inc. In 2009, Sprint Nextel Corporation bought out joint venture partners Virgin Group and SingTel, becoming the sole owner of Virgin Mobile USA.
He probably still owns the name and logo. There are international virgin mobile operations. He probably licenses the name, and they probably pay him for those commercials.
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Why does VM customer support seem worse than Sprint customer support then if they are the same company?
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Why does VM customer support seem worse than Sprint customer support then if they are the same company?
You get what you pay for.
Sprint customers probably go to a call center in the US.
VM customers go to a call center...elsewhere.

If you'd rather double your phone bill, you can, but the increase in customer support performance isn't worth $45+ a month to me.
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Though people saw it coming, VM finally has LTE, so I think this can make it pretty likely that we'll get the Evo LTE sometime this summer.
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http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/25/virgin-boost-lte/

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-57570912-251/boost-virgin-mobile-get-first-lte-smartphones/

http://www.theverge.com/products/galaxy-victory-4g-lte-virgin-mobile/6901

Edit: The EVO V 4G still has the best resolution
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Most people knew that mid-range LTE device was coming since around November/December. Now what I'm really waiting on is a real usable LTE device, by the summer.
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I'm hoping for the Galaxy Note II ,but VM will charge probably $1,000 bucks for it.
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I'm hoping for the Galaxy Note II ,but VM will charge probably $1,000 bucks for it.
If everything was the same as before I would rule it out, however VM is supposed to be running trials on a payment plan system for phones.

However I doubt that the Note 2 would hit, they wouldn't allow current Sprint top-tier phones to go out to MVNO's. Maybe the original Note might come out.

I'd put money on the EVO LTE as the next phone. Probably get the S3 LTE later in the summer after they let people buy the EVO LTE's for a few months (they get more upgrades that way).
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I'm getting that next week on tmobile prepaid for $30 a month I'm tired of waiting for vm. Plus it's not $1000 it's $650
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I personally wouldn't consider the SGS3 an upgrade to the Evo LTE, but as with all of these things it comes down to personal preference. I also don't feel that the SGS2 is an upgrade to the Evo V, it's all good, unlike the iPhonies we have options.
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I'm getting that next week on tmobile prepaid for $30 a month I'm tired of waiting for vm. Plus it's not $1000 it's $650
After buying that it would probably take me about a year to be able to afford to activate it, and by then it would be obsolete!
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