STi Mobile just this past week (maybe yesterday, maybe a few days ago, but not any more than that) renovated their website. And guess what they've added? A camera phone!
The LG 5225 is still on there and free w\rebate and going strong (go to cheapphonecards though as you get a better deal there) but now they have actually two new phones. The LG 225 is a VGA (640x480) camera phone with analog capability. It's $149 plus the cost of a $50 card, but you get a $100 rebate so the cost of the phone is...yes, $20.99 less than the Sprint...$49 plus the cost of the $50 card.
As of right now you can't send pictures with STi and that phone but they will be able to get that functionality sometime in the near future; the functionality may come as soon as this week if it works off of PCS Vision, but if it doesn't it may be a bit longer until picture messaging is rolled out.
This phone looks neat but the initial layout is pretty high (you have to buy a $50 card with the phone so the price before rebates is $199) but it is a camera phone and they will eventually get MMS and probably get it cheap so you'll end up with a $50 camera phone on prepaid, a super achievement. Below is a link to the phone on stimobile.com;
The other new phone that STi has is the Samsung A460. As far as I know it can do analog, and it has an external display. It's the first official (CheapPhoneCards has a few Nokia 3589i's left) non-LG phone STi has had since they started with the Nokia 518x. The caveat about this phone is that it's not a color phone (an advantage, however, if you're in full sunlight a lot) and it's refurbished, though the latter is no big deal since refurb phones tend to be almost as good as new anyway. You can get this phone at CheapPhoneCards, and with the trusty payme25 coupon code and shipping included the phone, plus a $10 card, is only $44.95, making the phone $34.95 including shipping versus $39 on STi's website.
I learned from STi customer support that the LG 225 phone (apparently just a non-Sprint-branded PM-225 that they call by a slightly diferent name) doesn't come with a USB cable to transfer photos off of it onto a PC but that they should have it online sometime. Just a thought...I'll be looking for such a cable as I just might get this highly-rated phone for myself...just maybe...click on some ads and it'll turn into a probably and then most likely and then Done| ;) And I can say the last thing since Sprint and Nextel are now one conglomerate.