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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by n00dz, May 23, 2011.

  1. n00dz

    n00dz Member
    Thread Starter

    I don't know whether to buy the Optimus V from Virgin Mobile, the Optimus M from Metro Pcs, or the Samsung Galaxy Prevail from Boost Mobile.

    The Optimus V seems like a great phone for its price and the price of the phone plans(I'm looking into the $40/mo plan). But I don't know how reliable the phone, or Virgin Mobile is.

    The Optimus M seems like a really awesome phone, except for Metro's crappy customer service and the fact that they force you to go into the $50/mo plan with this phone. And they charge you $6+ in random fees every time you pay your bill.

    I was actually set on buying the Samsung Galaxy Prevail because of Boost's shrinkage plan, but I've been hearing that Boost requested that the Android Market block access to certain popular apps for this phone. Which WTF, that defeats the whole purpose of having an Android device.

    I was just looking for a little insight/opinions from anyone. Help me make the right decision? Thanks.

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  2. greg4android

    greg4android Android Enthusiast

    virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile are BOTH owned by Sprint, so both phones would operate in Sprint Coverage Areas.

    One's an LG (virgin mobile optimus V)

    One's Samsung (boost mobile Prevail)...

    Never been a fan of the Samsung's since I had a crappy AT&T Captivate.

    The Prevail and the Optimus V has basically the same software load.

    I think the unlimited plans are the same.......But the Boost Mobile will START AT $55 (and shrink $5 for each 6 mos you pay on time).

    Virgin Mobile starts at $25 and works up (300 mins=$25).

    hard choice. Don't know much about the Prevail. too new.

  3. Chris951

    Chris951 Member

    I have the optimus v with virgin. I switched from a blackberry with tmobile. The optimus v is my first android phone and I absolutely love it. I've hax it for 2 months now with no issues except the crappy sd cards these phones come with cause it to randomly reboot 5 times a day. I swapped to a sandisk sd card for $15 and no more rebooting. And I have ZERO issues with virgin mobile. I'm on the $25 plan and its $25 a month. No fees. Its always $25. And if next month I want the $40 plan, I can switch for next month then the month after that I can go back to the $25 plan. I also love the service coverage. Its great and I get better service than I did with tmobile. The 3g speeds are decent too. I am a very happy customer.
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  4. LNMoton

    LNMoton Well-Known Member

    I would go with the Optimus V. I have this phone and i haven't had any problems with it. I had it for almost 2 months now on the $25 plan. I never had a problem with it rebooting either. I say get the Optimus.
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  5. n00dz

    n00dz Member
    Thread Starter

    So when I go into radioshack to buy the phone, is the activation free or is it gonna cost me?
  6. greg4android

    greg4android Android Enthusiast

    There is NO activation fee. RadioShack will try to sell you tons of extras such as screen protectors, cases, and a "protection plan".

    Several people have said that RadioShack insists activating the Optimus V, but that's not required on a prepaid phone.

    i'd activate it myself on virginmobileusa.com and pick your own plan there.

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  7. GoHybrid67

    GoHybrid67 Newbie

    I've had the Optimus V for a couple of months now - my first smart phone - and love it. So far as service with VM goes, this is the third phone I've had with them, had a real cheapie to start with, then upgraded to a flip phone, and now this one. After I decided to get a smart phone, I comparison shopped all over the place, but couldn't see paying $20, $30 or $40 more for what VM would give me for $25, so ended up with the V. No, you don't all the minutes that the more expensive plans give you, but since I use the phone AS a phone about 5% of the time, and the other 95% is using the "smart" part, I'm good with the 300 minutes and unlimited everything else, since it's the everything else I use all the time. :D

    Must be said that I had a bit of a rough start regarding billing with the folks at VM after I activated the V, since I converted over my flip phone plan ($15 every three months, auto-topoff) to the $25/mo plan with the V, and it just took them a little while to catch up to that. Fixed now, completely happy. :)
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  8. Chris951

    Chris951 Member

    Just buy the phone and press the activate button on the home screen when u turn the phone on. Or u can go online and do it. And I buy the top up cards to pay my bill. Or u can set up your credit card.
  9. tune78

    tune78 Newbie

    i vote V... the V has been good for me so far :)
  10. lizm

    lizm Android Enthusiast

    If you buy the V with the $25 a month plan you can get Google Voice (free) and Groove IP ($5ish, one time) and use that to make calls without using minutes. I am usually well under my 300 minutes but i have that setup for backup and for when I'm out of the country.
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  11. n00dz

    n00dz Member
    Thread Starter

    How long does it take a phone to activate?
  12. OverBoard

    OverBoard Member

    Activation is usually instantaneous.

    They sometimes also recommend to leave the phone on and to not mess with it (don't use internet, etc.) for 4 hours.
  13. micahdiablo

    micahdiablo Well-Known Member

    FOr the most part, I was happy with my Optimus V
    I want something a bit more powerful but you cant
    beat Virgin Mobile's plans really

    I've heard things about Boost customer service and I know someone with the prevail.
    The camera is horrid
    and the phone tends to freeze up a bit

    i say go for the optimus V.
    Download Gamedroid and you can play some nice ass games :)

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