If you've been looking at Virgin Mobile or Boost Mobile, but you were waiting for the carriers to stock LTE handsets, your wait is over. Each carrier has added LTE handsets for use on their admittedly limited LTE networks, but the phones are relatively inexpensive, and are available without a contract.
Virgin Mobile has added the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE
to the roster. It's a capable smartphone with a 4" display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 Lite processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage (expandable with SD), a 5MP rear camera, and 1.3MP front camera. It comes preloaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and will cost you $299.99.
Boost Mobile has added two LTE handsets to its stable: the HTC One SV
and Boost Force. The HTC One SV is the same $299.99, and is a slight step up on hardware from the Galaxy Victory, offering a 4.3" display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (expandable with SD), a 5MP rear camera, 1.6MP front camera, and NFC. But, the One SV is only running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and has a smaller battery.
The Boost Force will set you back $199.99 for a 4" display, a 1.5GHz dual core processor, 5MP rear camera, 1MP front camera, all running on Android 4.0.
The Galaxy Victory on Virgin is available today. The HTC One SV and Boost Force will be available on Boost Mobile on March 7th.