At a time when many are pining for simple data-only smartphone plans, there's a subset among us who still use their phones in a decidedly traditional manner: voice calls and perhaps texting. Those individuals don't want to pay for the data they don't use, and often gravitate towards smaller carriers that tailor to those wants.
In an effort to rule - once again - the arena of lower-end smartphones in the United States, LG has revealed the LG Volt. This device will be rolling out with a (relatively large for a lesser-smartphone) 4.7-inch IPD display covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 2. This device will also be delivered with an 8-megapixel camera at its back.
Virgin Mobile has announced a new hotspot that uses its Broadband2go coverage plan called the Netgear Mingle mobile hotspot. The device is able to connect up to ten smartphones, tablets, or computers to the internet at one time via a shared mobile broadband connection. One of the coolest features of the device is its LCD screen.
Today Virgin Mobile has entered another contestant into the growing war of the off-contract smartphones with the HTC Desire. This device works with a 4.5-inch qHD touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel camera at its back, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor inside. Ready for release as early as today, the HTC Desire for late 2013 brings HTC's own "BoomSound" speakers to blast audio from its front as well.
Virgin Mobile made it known late last month that it would be offering the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on October 1, and a quick look at the carrier's website shows that everything has gone according to schedule. Pricing wasn't described at the time, however, leaving the topic open for speculation based on how the company priced the iPhone 5. Because of the lack of contract subsidization, buyers will be forking over a fair bit of cash, but less than Apple is charging.
Virgin Mobile will offer the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c from October 1, the carrier has confirmed, one of the few opportunities to pick up Apple's newest smartphones with service but without an ongoing contract. Both handsets - along with the existing iPhone 4S - will be offered with Virgin Mobile's "unlimited data & messaging" plans, starting from $35 per month (or $30 if you opt for automatic payments); however, the big question is exactly how much freedom from a two-year agreement will cost in terms of the upfront iPhone price.
Virgin Mobile has introduced what it called "BlinkWashing," an advertisement system of sorts that -- with permission -- uses your webcam to track your eyes while watching a YouTube video, causing the advertisement to change every time you blink. The company is showing off the feature on its YouTube page, where anyone with a webcam can try it out.