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Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2 gets unboxed; coming Feb 12th?

Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2 gets unboxed; coming Feb 12th?

Late, and still luminous orange, the handset formerly known as the Helio Ocean 2 and now as the Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2 has showed up for a pre-release unboxing.  While a precise launch date for the dual-sliding smartphone is unclear, given the apparently production-ready state of the device and packaging pictured, plus Virgin Mobile's announcement that the phone will be going with Britney Spears on her Circus tour, it's expected by the time that kicks off in March at the latest.

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Buy a Limited-Edition Pink LG Flare to benefit Breast Cancer Foundation

Buy a Limited-Edition Pink LG Flare to benefit Breast Cancer Foundation

An estimated 180,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the United States, and more than 40,000 of them die of the illness. In support of the fight against the deathly disease; Virgin Mobile, LG and Best Buy are teaming up to raise awareness by donating 5 dollars from sale of each special edition LG Pink Flare to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The limited edition LG Pink Flare mobile handheld is only available exclusively at Best Buy stores nationwide. For a mere $29,99, you get a Bluetooth, WAP browser and a dual color display speakerphone clamshell phone in a pink outfit; and show solidarity to the noble cause as nearly 17% of the sales will go to the foundation.

Additionally, the phone service carrier, Virgin Mobile USA, is committing to contribute a minimum of $150,000 to the cause.

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Virgin Mobile confirm Helio Ocean 2 for 2009; more services on the way

Virgin Mobile confirm Helio Ocean 2 for 2009; more services on the way

We met with Virgin Mobile while at CTIA Wireless this week, and in-between taking a look at their first self-branded 3G handset, the Shuttle, had a chance to ask them about their plans for Helio.  Virgin bought out the carrier, which also uses the Sprint network, earlier this year, and since then subscribers and analysts alike have been waiting for the official word on what exactly will happen to the company, its users and the devices it had planned.  That of course includes the eagerly-anticipated Ocean 2 smartphone, and we're pleased to be able to confirm that yes, it's still coming.

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