Virgin and Boost Mobile may release pre-paid 4G LTE smartphones in early 2013

Virgin and Boost Mobile may release pre-paid 4G LTE smartphones in early 2013
Rumor has it that in 2013, Sprint will launch its first pre-paid, LTE-capable smartphones through its subsidiaries, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. There are three devices scheduled to launch in Q1 of next year, according to this leak's source, and while one of them we believe to be familiar with already, the other two are still surrounded by mystery.

First up we have the Samsung Galaxy Victory, which is said to be headed to Virgin. Chances are that we're dealing with a Galaxy Victory 4G LTE – a mid-range Android handset that has been available with Sprint since September. It is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Lite processor, and its 4-inch screen has a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. Pricing is not known yet, but we suppose the device will be reasonably priced.

The other two smartphones – the ZTE Aurora and HTC Kingdom II, are supposedly meant to join Boost Mobile's lineup. However, there aren't any details as to what their hardware specs are. We do remember that the HTC Evo Design 4G, with a 4-inch qHD screen and a 1.2GHz single-core processor, was codenamed HTC Kingdom, so the Kingdom II might be its successor, but then again, that's just a guess.

Anyone looking forward to grabbing a pre-paid LTE smartphone from Boost or Virgin? Tell us down in the comments!

source: Evleaks (Twitter)



1. missed2022

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Thank you

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Well looks like I'm holding out on the ZTE warp sequent till this HTC Kingdom 2 comes out..if its a rebranded Evo 4g LTE then I'm gonna get that income-tax season...

3. big.e927

Posts: 94; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

This move would make alot of sense considering the fact that p.a mentioned awhile back that sprint was pretty much ditching working on it's 4G pipeline with Wimax and working on it's 4G LTE. It's only natural for it's subsidiaries would too. But if this does go through, and this rumor turns out to be true, what does that mean for other 4G enabled phones like the Samsung Galaxy S2 I have for boost mobile? I'd think that it'll keep it's 3G ongoing because it's already in more areas and is basically a standard. I've read and article before that Nokia windows enabled devices will get updates to 7.8 until mid 2013--2014 to be as close to windows 8, just for the sake for the people already on a 2-year pact with it. Conclusion-- 4G's clock is ticking for about 2-3 years until Sprint's 4G LTE footprint is completed before getting axed. This is entirely based on my personal opinion, just fyi.

4. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

IPhone 5 n galaxy s3 running on boosts or virgins aka Sprints LTE network for 50 bucks a month sounds like a good deal since sprints LTE is fast were its available.

5. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

After getting Boost LTE in my area, why would I stick to Sprint? Just to pay more I guess.

6. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Then what about the 4G WiMax enabled phones they've sold? I know Sprint is going to 4G LTE, but since those phones aren't made for it, does that mean they'll just be running off 3G?

7. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

WiMax wont be supported anymore. The remaining towers will remain, but no more will be built. The next gen will be LTE off of the Sprint towers.

8. Doitall

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

I have A ZTE Warp when they first came out. I would like to see boost get the Samsung Galaxy 4s would be nice. Stop giving us all of these crappy phones and give us a few higher end phones. I'm tired of these cheap phones. You do have some adults that don't mind spending a few dollars on a nicer phone.

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