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Samsung Galaxy S II makes untimely trip to Virgin mobile

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Samsung Galaxy S II makes untimely trip to Virgin mobile
The Samsung Epic 4G Touch

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch

Maybe this would have been exciting news for Virgin mobile customers a year ago, but the word on Thursday that the pre-paid carrier was going to add the Samsung Galaxy S II to its lineup was met by yawns except for one far-sighted Virgin mobile customer who thought the story was about the Samsung Galaxy S III. With Sprint no longer offering WiMAX to focus on LTE, it has been unloading former WiMAX models like the HTC EVO 3D and the Samsung Galaxy S II to Virgin mobile.

The price for the Samsung Galaxy S II will be $369.99 without a contract, and outside of the Virgin logo on the back, the phone should look exactly like the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, which was the name Sprint gave to its version of the Galaxy S II. The phone will be available starting November 15th, in silver or white.

source: Virgin via AndroidCentral

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posted on 09 Nov 2012, 03:46 7

1. baldilocks (Posts: 454; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


May be an 'older' phone, but there is nothing wrong with the Galaxy S II. It's still better than most of the current mid-range Android offerings and even some of the 'high end' offerings.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 07:23 4

2. joey41 (Posts: 45; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Just because there's now a gs3
Doesn't make this a bad phone.
I am considering buying it.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 11:43 2

4. Doakie (Posts: 839; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Even though the Epic 4g Touch has only a 480 X 800 resolution the fact that it is RGB makes the screen beautiful. My wife has one and every time I use it I think about how great the screen looks even side by side with my Galaxy S 3. The Exynos processor is super fast and the body is well built and very light. Overall the build quality of the phone and the hardware are awesome. But there is one glaring issue with the Epic 4g Touch, the antenna design is absolutely horrible. My wife even though we live very close to a tower rarely gets over 1 bar and often is on roaming even though we live only 5 minutes south of downtown Seattle. She loves her phone but absolutely hates the connectivity. It doesnt even stay connected to wifi very good. So in the end it's hard to recommend this phone.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 09:16 3

3. speed4evr (Posts: 78; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


I totally agree. I really liked my S2, especially when it was rooted. If I didnt want the Note 2, (and a shared plan) Id jump on this.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 13:53 1

5. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


For a prepaid smartphone, the GS2, especially the Sprint variant, is still a solid option. Has good specs, Android 4.0 ICS, and 4G, even though it is just WiMAX. Honestly, if people are on prepaid and want the most up-to-date, then the best option would be to go GSM and SIM card. Sure, you may pay like $300 and up for an unlock phone, but the low monthly prices (from places like T-Mobile, StraightTalk, Simple Mobile, etc.) are well worth it in the long run.

That's why hopefully, when I can, I'll stick to paying full price for my phones and just buy cheaper prepaid service.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 15:19

6. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2862; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


My ONLY problem with this phone when I had it was the fact that I was on Sprint. Super slow data speeds. But of course, I was paying 100+ a month for it, at 30-40 dollars a month with no contract, yea I can deal with being on wifi all the time.

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 21:41

7. jenna_23 (Posts: 145; Member since: 02 Apr 2010)


Not that bad for 370

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