Virgin Mobile this morning announced its first Wimax-powered Android smartphone, the HTC EVO V 4G. It'll run on Sprint's current 3G and 4G networks, as was foretold in its recent Q1 earnings call. Specs are as follows:

  • 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • HTC Sense 3.6
  • Mobile hotspot capability – Connect up to five Wi-Fi devices
  • 5MP camera with video and 3D HD imaging, and 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 1730mAh battery (up to six hours of talk time)
  • External micro SD memory card slot up to 32GB (8GB card included)
  • HDMI and Bluetooth-capable

The main attraction, of course, is Virgin's plans, which start at $35 a month for 300 voice minutes and data and messaging. Adding on a mobile hotspot will cost another $15 a month.

The phone, which costs $299, will be available online starting May 31 and in stores sometime in June. We've got the full presser after the break.

WARREN, N.J. – May 8, 2012 – Virgin Mobile USA continues to demonstrate how it’s answering to A Higher Calling with the speed of 4G, by offering customers who prefer a no-contract option the fully loaded HTC EVO™ V 4G on Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk monthly plans. The data-centric offers start at $35 per month for unlimited data and messaging. HTC EVO V 4G will be available for $299.99 beginning May 31.

As Sir Richard Branson states in his video manifesto for A Higher Calling, “Why pay for minutes when it’s unlimited data you really want?” Now customers will be able to enjoy unlimited 4G data where available and messaging on an iconic Android™-powered device, all for just $35/month. Including 2.5GB per month of full-speed data Virgin Mobile USA was recently “Highest Ranked Customer Service Performance among Non-Contract Wireless Providers” by J.D. Power and Associates. Virgin Mobile USA received the highest numerical score among non-contract wireless providers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Wireless Customer Care Non-Contract StudySM – Vol. 1. Study based on responses from 2,840 consumers measuring six non-contract wireless providers and measures opinions of consumers who contacted customer care within the past year. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed July-December 2011. Your experiences may vary. Visit

“’Higher Calling’ means we continue to look for ways to give our customers the best products possible at a great price, and we know our hyper-connected Beyond Talk customers will appreciate the real affordability paired with the innovative technology of the HTC EVO,” said Jeff Auman, vice president for Virgin Mobile USA. “You just can’t beat the value of EVO V 4G with plans starting at just $35 per month.” 

On the mobile broadband side, Virgin Mobile’s Broadband2Go continues to offer no-contract plans ideal for people who need internet access when they’re out and about.  The versatile Overdrive Pro™ 3G/4G mobile hotspot by Sierra Wireless ($149.99) and the powerful U600 3G/4G USB Stick by Franklin Wireless ($99.99) provide customers two ways to stay connected at 4G speeds. “The launch of these two devices demonstrates our commitment to bring 4G speeds and innovation to our Broadband2Go customers who chose to forgo a contract as well,” said Auman.

All three devices will operate on Sprint’s 3G and 4G (WiMAX) network and be available beginning on May 31 at They will then be available in June at major retailers and at select independent dealers nationwide Assortments vary by retailer..

Going Beyond Talk
The HTC EVO V 4G strengthens Virgin Mobile USA’s Android-powered smartphone lineup by adding such  features as Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 3.6 user interface.

Proving that customers don’t have to sacrifice technology to choose a prepaid smartphone that keeps them connected, HTC EVO V 4G specifications also include:
Mobile hotspot capability – Connect up to five Wi-Fi devices
5MP camera with video and 3D HD imaging, and 1.3MP front-facing camera
4.3-inch qHD touchscreen
1730mAh battery (up to six hours of talk time)
External micro SD memory card slot up to 32GB (8GB card included)
HDMI and Bluetooth-capable

HTC EVO V 4G customers will enjoy Virgin Mobile USA Beyond Talk plans starting at just $35 a month for 300 minutes of voice with unlimited messaging and data. 4G (WiMAX)  where available.  Plans include 2.5GB per month of full-speed data or 3.5GB with purchase of a Hotspot plan.  Data limit is a combination of phone and hotspot usage, if applicable. And the mobile hotspot on the HTC EVO V 4G can be added for this device on any Beyond Talk plan for an additional $15 per month.

Pairing Broadband2Go with 4G
Virgin Mobile’s new monthly 3G/4G Broadband2Go plans, combined with these new devices, allow customers to hook up their tablets, laptops, and other wireless devices. Starting at just $35/month, customers can enjoy access to unlimited 4G data. Where 4G coverage is not available, the $35 plan keeps you connected with 2GB of 3G data.  For $55/month, customers benefit from unlimited 4G data and a whopping 5GB of 3G data.

The Overdrive Pro 3G/4G mobile hotspot connects up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices, making it ideal for families on-the-go and independent professionals. The compact device has top battery strength and a 1.7-inch LCD screen that makes setting up a cinch. It also offers a microSD slot for up to 32GB of shared network storage.
The U600 3G/4G USB Stick supports Mac OS and Windows, and a rotating connector makes it easy to fit in most laptop configurations.

Setting up your Broadband2Go account is extremely simple, and there are no activation fees.  Top-Up can be handled online with a Virgin Mobile Top-Up card, debit or credit card.

Sprint 4G (WiMAX) is currently available to 120 million people in 71 markets across the country with average upload speeds of between 3-6 Mbps, with bursts of more than 10 Mbps.


Reader comments

Wimax hits Virgin Mobile with the HTC EVO V 4G


It is a rebadged EVO 3D which launched with Gingerbread. And thank the maker for that. I am not about to give up my dedicated search button. Changing the capacitive buttons costs a lot more than making new battery covers.

And that sucks as VM is a division (MVNO) of Sprint.

IMHO, T Mobile and their Pay as you Go (Prepaid) 4G is a much better deal with better phones.

These phones are 1.5- 2 years old!! Plus, many areas never got wimax to begin with.

Well, it's still probably better than what people were used to before with their prepaid, unless you like ol' flip phones.

Still though, $300 for a phone that is 2 years old is a bit much, especially when you can buy them off contract for 150.

The Evo 3D is less than a year old (US release was 6/24/11), so definitely a great addition to the VM lineup. However, the limited availability of WiMax, and having your grandfathered $25 plan disappearing with any new upgrades after 5/27-not to mention the throttle of data after 2.5 gigs may not be worth the upgrade. What's the point of being stuck with VM's slow as molasses data speeds if no wimax is available and pay 10 bucks more a month for that privilege?

i thought HTC was keeping their reputation clean by only releasing The ONE series...that was a lot of hot air, they're still making a million phones all over the place just like last year

I think they said they'd focus on producing fewer higher quality phones.
This is really just updating the software, which they were doing anyway and re branding.
They aren't going work on a new phone for pre-paid wimax users, this makes much more sense.
and is actually in line with their commitment to release less models.

That's ridiculous I have the EVO 3d on Sprint and still no ics . This is the same phone on prepaid virgin mobile with ics . What about ics for the ones that already have these phones.

ICS for the VMo 3D has already leaked. It's in the forums. Follow some of the links there and you can see that lots of people have tried it on their Sprint 3D and it works well.

Go to the XDA forums, and you can load up your EVO 3D with an ICS ROM based on the leaked RUU from this very Virgin Mobile phone.

We all know they have been intentionally delaying the release of ICS for the Evo 3D as motivation to get people locked into the Evo LTE.

If it's basically a rebranded Evo 3D does that mean it is still dual-core? If it is I'm going to be so tempted to get this.

There's no "basically" about it. This IS an Evo 3D. In fact, I am running a ROM based on this phone's software on my EVO 3D right now.

Lots of people piled hate on the EVO 3D because of the 3D part. First, ignore that feature, and it is still a stellar phone. Second, the 3D feature is a lot more fun than most people give it credit for.

So it is dual core. Interesting. Worth the $300 then. Now to somehow convince my parents to let me go to a post-paid like pre-paid plan.

Also I never said anything against it, although I wanted to. The only thing I wish was that the camera was better. I only don't like the 3D because I can't see it. Then again I also bought the 3DS and it's still a wonderful device. Don't assume that someone has something against it just because of the way they right. You don't know me (nor do I for that matter).

This apparently isn't the same as the Evo 3D. According to Engadget's hand-on with the device, the screen is 2D only. But it does still have the dual back-facing cameras and 2D-3D toggle switch to take 3D pictures/videos. Which doesn't make sense. Why keep the 3D camera if it's a 2D screen?

Ah! Good find! They probably swapped out the expensive 3D screen with a 2D to get the price lower. They didn't remove the 3D camera because that would require a complete redesign. The screen can be swapped as a post-production change with no retooling.

It is still a nice phone, though.

I was just starting to look into the prepaid plans yesterday, so this makes them even more tempting. Is the network coverage/performance as good as Sprint for contract plans?

I have read that the contract customers are "served first" ahead of prepaid ones, if there is a bandwidth crunch.

when my brother had a feature phone he went to vm and the 3g speeds were horrible.. it take like a minute to load one page.. good thing my mom never canceled his line and he got an android on july 3 as his upgrade was near..

If this is dual-core, then I can try out the Ubuntu on Android. My current Triumph is single core.

I am very tempted to buy this. My Virgin 3G speeds suck here in Vegas. I have a WiMax tower across the street. My $40 1200 minute plan with WiMax data sounds good to me. :-)