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Great deal. Cheap enough to give to the kid for a media player, or resell later to make a few bucks!

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Could I never activate this and use it as a personal media player?

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@yuusou: Yes, you can still use the Wi-fi function, unactivated!

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@sh4ne: Got one. It's only got 4GB internal, but I can slap on one of those micro sd cards I have in my misc. drawer. Sweet deal, thnx!

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@yuusou: Cool! You might get an "Activate Now" message reminder when you turn it on, but it's fully functional without activating it. Then, sign in with your Google account to access the Play store to download apps and stuff. It's very common for people to use cheap Android phones as media players. Enjoy!

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just to point out that there's less than 1 GB of STORAGE available to the user.

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There's also other phones that carry the "$100" off tagg including the Evo V

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this is a STEAL, thank you sh4ne!!

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I'll be switching to Virgin Mobile within the next couple months, so I'm in for one!

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can you use a SIM card with this?

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@thekalimist: Unfortunately no. It uses Sprint's network so it's a CDMA phone.

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I currently have a Virgin Mobile Optimus V with a $25 plan for unlimited web and text and 300 minutes...does anyone know if this price for this plan is transferrable to the HTC 1 V? I looked on the site and it said the minimum price plan is $35 for what I have, but I've heard sometimes they honor your current price plan if you're a current user of Virgin Mobile and want to upgrade phones. Anyone? Thanks.

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@guires: From what I understand the scripted answer is no. But depending on the operator you get when calling customer service, you may be able to get it waived. So if your Mr Vegas, a big gambler, you can try.

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@yuusou: I did just that with a VM Kyocera Hydro I picked up on BF for $30. Has ICS and expandable to 32gb. Why on earth would you get a Samsung or any other Android "player" for $100+ when you can get a pre-paid ICS phone with wi-fi for $30-40 and just use it? Also, There is an app called "Talkatone" that allows you to make/receive calls in wi-fi spots. When you log into your gmail account, you are assigned a Google phone number, and also, you can import all your contact info. I am going to use mine as a player, backup phone, but most awesomely, a bicycle computer. Pick up an extra battery on eBay for 4$, d/l your GPS and media player apps and contacts and you're good to go.

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Could this be used to replace a "regular" Sprint phone? My wife is on a contract and hates her current smart phone?

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@jbraunonline: you could activate this pre-paid phone and port her number over to it, then just let your other phone's contract runout. Otherwise I don't think Sprint would let you do that. Pre-paid is def. the way to go IMO

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@jbraunonline: You cannot use these phones on Sprint, unfortunately. They are "locked" to Virgin Mobile

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@sh4ne: If it is "locked" is there a way to unlock it like most 'locked phones' ?

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So I made line in Target for the $30 Rise and this one is $49 today!!! I obviously just bought it, will miss the hell out of QWERTY but the cam, flash support, hdmi out and others kick the rise's ass

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@nangiggles: that is some nice specs but I don't see the HDMI?

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@jbraunonline: You could do some Google searches on the topic, but you will get different answers. Short answer is "no," unless you are very tech-saavy and have a lot of time to try. I haven't found any easy guide to follow. Even then, it might not work.

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The phone is not 4G-LTE, so why bother.

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@daninboulder: Oops, no HDMI out, I got confused, has beats audio too!
@trybble LOL at wanting 4G LTE prepaid and for like $35 a month xD

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@trybble: Sprint doesn't even have LTE yet, so obviously Virgin wouldn't have LTE, either. What do you expect for $50?

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@sh4ne: Actually yes they do, though on different frequencies than Verizon and T-Mobile. That's why their 4G phones are not compatible across networks except that 3G and lower.

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@guires: I have an LG Optimus too, and I'm upgrading to the HTC EVO since it's on sale.

Based on my understanding, if you're upgrading to a phone that is on the 3G network, you can remain on the 25$ plan. However, if you move to a phone that has 4G capability, you'll be forced to pay for the more expensive plan. I'm not 100% sure and won't check until I get my new phone, but supposedly, when upgrading to a 4G phone through Virgin Mobile, you're given the option to sign up for auto pay, and that will also give a 5$/mo discount, making it 30$ a month overall and not such a huge difference.

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Sweet! Just ordered one. Ordered the same at RS on a great BF sale but I'll be returning it when it comes, this one is 1/2 price!

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@arcadiapandora: the $5 off / month with auto pay is for iPhones only!

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@arcadiapandora: From what I understand, it is actually based on when your phone was introduced (I think it's based on if the phone was released before May of this year). But obviously they're phasing out the old ones, so every one will need to start paying 35 eventually.

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Yes all of the "modern" generation of cell phones require the $35/month plan. This basically means the Evo V, One V, Rise, etc.

I think the newest phone that still qualified for the $25 plan was the Optimus Elite. I also know the Optimus V and Optimus Slider also qualify for the $25 plan.

There was a loophole that let you "trick" their systems into letting you into the $25 plan even with a newer phone by doing the following:

1> Activate the new phone at $35/month
2> Wait until you get charged $35 and pay it
3> Activate your old phone at $35/month. Go into "don't see your plan?" and select $25/month
4> Before your get charged at that rate re-activate the newer phone.

Some people have reported that the system will let the new phone work under the old pricing however this was a few months back and I haven't personally verified it.. I just don't have the nads to try it I suppose.

Good luck!

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Anybody else have a problem with their order? I went through the motions (49.99 price active), got a chat window that said my order went through, but I never got a confirmation email. Now they say there is no record of my order! Bummer!

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@cram1: I have had the same problem. I got the window that said my order went through. They even put a hold of $50 on my credit card. But I haven't gotten an e-mail.
I contacted them to see what is going on. No reply yet.