Virgin Mobile has launched the HTC One V for just $199.99. The entry-level Google Android device does not require a contract and while it is labeled as “entry-level” the smartphone has some rather impressive features including the Google Android 4.0 mobile operating system alongside a 3.7-inch WVGA display and a 1GHz Snapdragon S2 processor.
The smartphone also features a decent 5 megapixel camera with HTC ImageChip technology and 4GB of internal storage. For users who want more memory the device also features a microSDHC memory card.
Also built-in to the HTC One V is Beats Audio support, although buyers will have to purchase their own earbuds for the device.
Throw in 512MB of RAM and HTC Sense 4 technology and the device is actually a real steal at $199.99.
The best part of the deal however may be the pricing plan offered to Virgin Mobile users. The HTC One V costs just $35 per month for 300 minutes and unlimited messaging and data. While data is unlimited Virgin Mobile is limiting its use through throttling after 2.5GB of usage per billion period.
Last week Virgin Mobile launched several prepaid Apple iPhone devices and in celebration of that move the company launched 10 Chicago area stores, a first for the prepaid cellular company that is owned by Sprint Wireless.
If Virgin Mobile continues to offer high-end devices with cheap prepaid cellular plans the company could end up competing nicely by emulating European cellular providers who have become successful by offering higher priced cellular device with lower priced plans and no contract options.