Saturday, June 02, 2007

VIrgin Mobile: New Site, New Phones (Almost)

Now for Virgin Mobile News...

First off, their site has been revamped. Though to my knowledge all that has been added is more games in the game store (and suchlike) and diferent wording for the Sugar Mama program (which reminds me, at 10 cents a minute it's nowt worth participating in...) but the facelift is welcome.

Second, and more important, there are now a confirmed THREE phones coming out soon for Virgin Mobile in the near future:

Motorola w385 - Take the Tracfone w370, add a camera, an external display and Virgin Mobile branding (and of course switch to a CDMA radio) and you get the w385. I'm thinking this is another Shorty-esque attempt from Virgin Mobile to get people to come because of having a name-brand phone. Oh, and the phone definately has Bluetooth...all three new phones do. Anyhow looks to be more solid phone than the Kyoceras and likely the UTStarComs so I'm looking forward to it...I'll bet it'll start at $100-$130.

Kyocera M1000 (SwitchBack II) - Besides having Bluetooth, a larger outer screen, a better camera (1.3 megapixel, like on the Cyclops) and MUCH better styling, this phone is another SwitchBack, the QWERTYphone that seems to have not sold too well because of its wierd looks. I'll bet this model will start at $130-$150.

EDIT: Pictures...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l169/PC1492/sb2_open.jpg
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l169/PC1492/sb2_front.jpg
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l169/PC1492/sb2_side.jpg

UTSTarCom CDM1450 (Slice II) - Again, this phone has Bluetooth, but its upgrade from the Slice is probably the bigger of the two between it and the M1000: it also incorperates a camera and 64 MB of memory...and I'll bet you can get IM and mobile email on it. In short, the Slice II actually makes the Slice a bit of a feature phone...it isn't that way right now. I expect it'll sell for $50-$70 to start out. May sound low but that was the price point that the original Slice started out at so...

...and that's the news for upcoming Virgin Mobile phones. They'll be out any minute now, so if you like Virgin Mobile and want to upgrade, you don't have long to wait.

3 comments:

John said...

on the new Moto for cdma on virgin mobile.... I bet Moto does a deal wh ere they sell the same basic phone to Virgin, Verizon etc...just like Nokia do with the shorty,2126,2125 .... We do need a nice cdma phone for virgin that's for sure...though for basic functionality shorty kicks it...
=)

I'm a CDMA person can you tell..? =P.

Anonymous said...

The picture links don't work.

Anonymous said...

so the virgin mobile version of the kyocera m1000(switchback2) is black, the advertised version is a goldish brownish color, so i expect that one to go to Alltel. Some rumors on the name were Lingo and Strobe 2.0