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Old September 24th, 2012, 04:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What high end phones do you think virgin Mobile probably get next?

Yep, anyone want to take a guess?
Virgin now has a bunch of new phones like the reverb, one v, etc. Do you think we'll get the s2 like boost mobile did? The one x or one s? Any other guesses?
Our evo's are sweet especially with wimax 4G. Maybe we'll get lte phones late next year?

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I think we will see a phone with Wimax since we just got it and lte is the most complicated costly thing ever so I don't think we will see that to steer 2015 when Wimax dies
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Whatever it is its gonna have some type of show stopping bug(s)/problem(s) and they will still happily sell them.
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you guys have good points, by 2015 we'll have new phones with other data technology most likely.
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A windows phone that is a year or 2 old by the time we get it :P
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We might get a flip phone with a 3 mp camera and they will call it the big news. Well who knows im might be switching to t mobile with my parents .
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We will likely only see Wimax phones for another year or two.

The good news though is that it may actually only be a year as the options for 3g only phones will begin to dwindle as will Wimax phones. They can't sell Wimax phones right up till the time they kill it. I think the fact that Sprint only has 3 prepay on Wimax indicates they really have no intention of extending the contract for it. Worse, some Wimax towers are being converted to 2g, 3g and LTE only and Clear shows no interest either.

As for LTE, that is a 10 year plan, it's not going anywhere anytime soon, so don't expect any new breakthrough anytime soon.
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The thing is Wimax costs Sprint next to nothing, if enough people switch to wimax enabled phones in the prepay sector they could quite easily extend the contract past 2015, the real issue becomes whether to take the chance on investing in new wimax phones. I seriously doubt that we will see that happening.
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I wouldn't be surprised to see the Galaxy S II one the Evo V had been out for a while. Maybe some other (mid range?) WiMax-equipped Sprint bread crumbs. And eventually the iPhone 5, probably next summer.
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Sprint usually doesn't put the same phones on both prepay services. Since Boost has the S2, we won't get it. We won't get the Nexus either.

Realistically, we won't see anything new for a while after all the recent activity.
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Again as far as getting a new flagship phone doesn't really give us many options because it would have to be Wimax enabled and there aren't many devices left. And Sprint's willingness to come out with a new phone is doubtful.
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the galaxy s3 maybe in 2 years, i tried the galaxy s3 honestly i thought it was 2 big i had it for 2 weeks and almost dropped it many times.
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the EVO 3D was basically the best wimax phone made.

all the others are a generation older than it or have inferior hardware.


I REALLY doubt anyone is going to manufacturer a new wimax phone just for virgin and the prepaid sector, but stranger things have happened.


I think virgin has a pretty decent phone selection now. two versions of the iPhone, 1 high end 4G phone, lots of mid range phones with variances in screen sizes and keyboards, and some low end phones at barebones prices.

If they do add anything new it will be phones that beef up the mid range phone area.

like weve seen with the One V, the Galaxy Reverb, Kyocera Rise, the chaser and the like 7 other android phones it has now.

I will say it IS good to see phones of all price ranges ship with at least ICS. really helps to put ICS in all sections of the market pretty quick.


what I REALLY want to see is virgin america doing what virgin canada does, where you pay off the cost of the device over time while still prepaid. I'm sure that would convince a LOT more people to buy the iphone

theres no way they would be able to have a version of the iPhone 5 without that kind of plan, or we'd have seen the iphone 5 announced for virgin already.


I'm actually willing to bet that within 6-8 months, virgin will completely change its pricing and payment structures, re-launch with a similar method to virgin canada, and offer the iphone 5 as its first LTE phone.


I mean first of all, the iphone 4 and 4s are years/generations old now and their off contract price still demands upwards of 500 bucks.

the iphone 5 off contract price just scares me. they wouldnt sell it if they force people to buy it as is. there HAS to be some kind of payment structure for it. I just dont really see it being released without that.
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I think its gonna be the Samsung Epic 4G Touch or Motorola Photon 4G.
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I think its gonna be the Samsung Epic 4G Touch or Motorola Photon 4G.
The Samsung Epic 4g Touch is Sprint's version of the S2, which is already on Boost so that's highly doubtful, and the Photon is really the only Wimax enabled phone that's not yet on either prepaid carrier, going by how Sprint has been doing tit for tat lately that would hopefully make Virgin the next in line. Time will tell. Since both prepaid carriers have just recently had Wimax enabled phones and service and Sprint's network vision is just beginning rollout in most areas , I personally can't see us with an LTE phone within the next 12-18 months.
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theres no way they would be able to have a version of the iPhone 5 without that kind of plan, or we'd have seen the iphone 5 announced for virgin already.
They cost of it would be what the 4S is now on Virgin.

There is nothing stopping them from putting it on Virgin right now, considering people have been paying thousands to jump line for a 5, do you really think a hundred dollars or two will stop them? They use high end phones and services like LTE as a lure to get you off prepaid and onto post paid.

When the hype around the 5 dies down enough, then they will consider it for prepaid, and generate hype there.
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The thing is Wimax costs Sprint next to nothing, if enough people switch to wimax enabled phones in the prepay sector they could quite easily extend the contract past 2015, the real issue becomes whether to take the chance on investing in new wimax phones. I seriously doubt that we will see that happening.
They paid Clearwire millions for unlimited access through 2013. Hardly nothing but more like a "bought and paid for" situation.

Clear is on record as keeping it alive through 2015.

Wi-Max will die as Clear is going to start building their own LTE network along side Wi-Max and eventually shut it down.
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IPhone 5 won't be for a while. It has lte not wimax.
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The Samsung Epic 4g Touch is Sprint's version of the S2, which is already on Boost so that's highly doubtful, and the Photon is really the only Wimax enabled phone that's not yet on either prepaid carrier, going by how Sprint has been doing tit for tat lately that would hopefully make Virgin the next in line. Time will tell. Since both prepaid carriers have just recently had Wimax enabled phones and service and Sprint's network vision is just beginning rollout in most areas , I personally can't see us with an LTE phone within the next 12-18 months.
I know what a Samsung Epic 4g Touch is and its still selling. Its not to many more wimax phones they can bring over so why not one of the best?
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IPhone 4/4S don't have WiMax either, that didn't stop Virgin from offering them.
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the galaxy s3 maybe in 2 years, i tried the galaxy s3 honestly i thought it was 2 big i had it for 2 weeks and almost dropped it many times.
That would be sweet! But the crazy price would drive people away
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They paid Clearwire millions for unlimited access through 2013. Hardly nothing but more like a "bought and paid for" situation.

Clear is on record as keeping it alive through 2015.

Wi-Max will die as Clear is going to start building their own LTE network along side Wi-Max and eventually shut it down.
I beleive the contract was through 2015.

Clear has already rolled out some LTE, but they have also shut down some less profitable Wimax towers, So I wouldn't count on it lasting much beyond 2015.
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There is no point for VM USA to release new 4G Wi-Max phones. The 4G Wi-Max is not available in suburbs or remote areas. It is availble on;y in and near metro areas. Hence, new phones with 4G Wi-Max are not good for consumers. May be Sprint should speed up their LTE network deployment and introduce 4G LTE phones for VM USA customers. I think people will buy premium 4G LTE phones on VM USA and will even pay 45 USD per month for entry level plans.

Until then 3G phones with original 25 USD per month plan will be a great marketing strategy.

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I know what a Samsung Epic 4g Touch is and its still selling. Its not to many more wimax phones they can bring over so why not one of the best?
As Leslie Ann previously posted, Sprint has never let both prepaid carriers have the same phone. Pretty much leaves the Photon as the only other logical phone going by their current game plan. And while Sprint did pay for the ClearWire contract through 2013, after the stock reorganization it basically gives Sprint a free ride through 2015. And considering all of the people with their shiny new Evo 4g LTE who still haven't had Network Vision rolled out to them you can be sure that we'll be at the back of that line for at least the next year. I mean Sprint's prepaid services have had 4g Wimax service available for all of 3 months.
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I love my Evo 3D so much. It has pretty much everything I look for in a phone other than an amazing camera and an AMOLED screen (loved them ever since I got my Zune HD)

If Virgin was to release another high-end phone, it'd have to be pretty damn impressive for me to switch. And I wouldn't even think about doing so without some solid devs working on a CM10 build :P

Realistically? VM will probably come out with at least one Windows Phone, and maybe something with Jelly Bean once it takes off. Everyone said a high-end phone would never come to VM, and then we got the Evo 3D. So at least they're trying.
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No 4G Wimax for hundreds and hundreds of miles close to me. No coverage in the entire state of South Carolina.... nothing even close!! Could care less about Wimax since they are very limited in the markets they are in.
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As Leslie Ann previously posted, Sprint has never let both prepaid carriers have the same phone. Pretty much leaves the Photon as the only other logical phone going by their current game plan. And while Sprint did pay for the ClearWire contract through 2013, after the stock reorganization it basically gives Sprint a free ride through 2015. And considering all of the people with their shiny new Evo 4g LTE who still haven't had Network Vision rolled out to them you can be sure that we'll be at the back of that line for at least the next year. I mean Sprint's prepaid services have had 4g Wimax service available for all of 3 months.
Boost and Virgin carried the Blackberry 8530
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I would love to have the Samsung Galaxy Note. The Note 2 would be even better.
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Different situation.
At the time it was a lack of options, the 8530 was the first smartphone cheap enough they felt could be used on prepaid, as such, it was offered on almost every carrier at the time. These days there is no shortage of options and they can use phones to differentiate the services.
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Yeah that would be awesome but it would cost maybe about 400-800 USD prepaid
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That was quite awhile ago, especially considering that there were very few affordable BlackBerry devices available for prepaid, since the introduction of the Intercept and Android on prepay 2 years ago it hasn't happened.
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Fact.... did anyone ever think VM would get the evo 3d. So why is it hard to beleave they will not get other Wimax phone regrade less of when the wimax contract ends. This is the same company that will still happy take your money for a Motorola Triumph and or EVO V 4G...... So let's not be stupid and think they will not sell you a wimax phone knowing down to the second when that network is going away.
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I don't really care about 4G. I go on wifi whenever I can, and 3G is fine for web browsing when I'm not near a network. So for me, it's more about getting a phone with awesome specs for $35 a month.

That's why I think this Evo will last me quite awhile. Until some breakthrough happens in cell phone technology, the Evo 3D is plenty powerful...I mean christ, it has similar specs to the iPhone 5 which was released like a week ago.
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Fact.... did anyone ever think VM would get the evo 3d. So why is it hard to beleave they will not get other Wimax phone regrade less of when the wimax contract ends. This is the same company that will still happy take your money for a Motorola Triumph and or EVO V 4G...... So let's not be stupid and think they will not sell you a wimax phone knowing down to the second when that network is going away.
I doubt that.

There are very few Wimax phones being made and odds are, Sprint won't commission a new Wimax phone. They also won't bring any back that have been retired. What is currently being made are the only options.

So the options are Nexus or Conquer, that's it. Boost has two Wimax phones, so I actually expected the Conquer when we got the Evo V, as the lower end Wimax phone.
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I doubt that.

There are very few Wimax phones being made and odds are, Sprint won't commission a new Wimax phone. They also won't bring any back that have been retired. What is currently being made are the only options.

So the options are Nexus or Conquer, that's it. Boost has two Wimax phones, so I actually expected the Conquer when we got the Evo V, as the lower end Wimax phone.
plus their rolling out their lte for 2013 if you think about it no body would want to be a wimax phone and use it for the next 2 years when they know that lte is being rolled out and want to have access to that instead.
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Well I doubt that the Photon will even come over now that Motorola has backpedeled yet again and has confirmed that no ICS update is coming, it'll stay on GB.
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Motorola didn't even upgrade the triumph. it stayed on froyo but with the help of developers we got cm7 and cm9. If a phone like the photon comes out it will probably get enough developer support to get ics.
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Either way I hope its not a 4-500 phone
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IPhone 5 just read article on mac rumors
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We might get the HTC One VX, first LTE smartphone for VM? Maybe.
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Motorola didn't even upgrade the triumph.
And that is why I am from now on staying away from their phones.

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God I hope we don't get another HTC phone.
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Why not? Radio interface error? I love my evo but the coverage isn't that great. Hopefully upgraded 3g will be in many areas.
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We might get the HTC One VX, first LTE smartphone for VM? Maybe.
VM is not going to get a brand new phone, if for no other reason than the high price phones typically have in their first several months. I suspect that another part of it is Sprint not wanting Virgin to compete equally, as they fear many of their customers might move to prepaid.

There seem to be reports that the iPhone 5 will come to Virgin, that it is just a question of how soon. If the rumor about the Galaxy S3 coming to Virgin is true, then it might be released about the same time as the new iPhone -- maybe just before Christmas -- so that customers have a choice between iOS and Android with LTE. The HTC One Vx will be the "new", must have, phone at that point and we are already seeing discounts on the S3.

Personally, I still don't believe it will be that soon (though anything is possible) as Sprint still hasn't rolled out LTE in many cities.
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Because of this list in gonna say its gonna be the MOTOROLA PHOTON Q. Its a store that says the iphone 5 is ready for virgin mobile so why not another lte phone?

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I want to have Canada's set up also. Being able to pay off the phone as I use it would be AMAZING!
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I suspect that another part of it is Sprint not wanting Virgin to compete equally, as they fear many of their customers might move to prepaid.

If the rumor about the Galaxy S3 coming to Virgin is true, then it might be released about the same time as the new iPhone -- maybe just before Christmas
Wouldn't the same logic apply between Boost and VM USA? Boost just got the S2 last month, so why would Sprint's lowest tier prepaid subsidiary get the S3?

(That wasn't specifically directed towards you Mog. Your name's just attached to the quote )
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Wouldn't the same logic apply between Boost and VM USA? Boost just got the S2 last month, so why would Sprint's lowest tier prepaid subsidiary get the S3?

(That wasn't specifically directed towards you Mog. Your name's just attached to the quote )
Boost and VM seem to trade off on who gets the better phone. VM got the Evo V when Boost got the Evo Design 4G, VM getting the better, dual core, WiMax phone. So, when two Samsung phones were released to prepaid a few months later, Boost got the S2 while VM got the Galaxy Reverb.

I'm not sure that you can classify either Boost or VM as being a lower tier than the other -- Sprint seemingly tries to keep them fairly even; though they market the two a bit differently and typically give them different phones. I think that it is interesting, though, and possible signals VM having a bit of a higher status, that VM was given the iPhone and Boost has not gotten an iPhone. If the rumors are to be believed, at some point VM will get the iPhone 5 but we've still not heard rumors of Boost getting it.
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