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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by narutoninjakid, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. rs98

    rs98 Well-Known Member

    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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  2. Palmetto Fellow

    Palmetto Fellow Android Expert

    Do you think the updates that VM has been talking about lately have to do with them supporting LTE?
  3. jbach46

    jbach46 Member

    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..
  4. rs98

    rs98 Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. OverByter

    OverByter Resident Slide Rule Guru

    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. :p
  6. awev

    awev Newbie

    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.
  7. Palmetto Fellow

    Palmetto Fellow Android Expert

    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.
  8. nsciucco

    nsciucco Android Expert

    I cant imagine Richard Branson ever wanting to change the name of his company
  9. Palmetto Fellow

    Palmetto Fellow Android Expert

    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?
  10. nsciucco

    nsciucco Android Expert

    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.
  11. Palmetto Fellow

    Palmetto Fellow Android Expert

    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.
  12. EazySteve

    EazySteve Android Enthusiast

    Why does VM customer support seem worse than Sprint customer support then if they are the same company?
  13. Palmetto Fellow

    Palmetto Fellow Android Expert

    You get what you pay for. :p
    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. ;)
  14. rs98

    rs98 Well-Known Member

    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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  15. Austrie

    Austrie Android Expert

    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.
  16. OverByter

    OverByter Resident Slide Rule Guru

    EvoLTE! :D
  17. Nate456

    Nate456 Well-Known Member

  18. Austrie

    Austrie Android Expert

    Ltevo #(Leh - Tavo)
  19. EricH4753

    EricH4753 Android Enthusiast

    I'm hoping for the Galaxy Note II ,but VM will charge probably $1,000 bucks for it.
  20. Jaxmoto

    Jaxmoto Well-Known Member

    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).
  21. narutoninjakid

    narutoninjakid Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    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
  22. OverByter

    OverByter Resident Slide Rule Guru

    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. :D:p
  23. EazySteve

    EazySteve Android Enthusiast

    good lord!
  24. OverByter

    OverByter Resident Slide Rule Guru

    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! :D :rolleyes:

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