Almost two months after reporting on a rumor that HTC’s One V is set to hit several US carriers this summer, the rumor has finally proven true and the mid-range phone is available for sale stateside.
The first carrier to offer the most modest phone in the HTC One trio is Virgin Mobile, who’s practically begging you to get the handheld off their hands with one heck of a deal. $199.99 is Virgin’s price for the One V, and the best part of the deal is that you won’t be asked to sign a carrier agreement of any sorts.
Taking low-end or mid-range devices that are hard to find at major carriers and offering them for low prices without contracts has been Virgin’s MO for a while now, and, as we saw in the past, it has proven to be quite a successful business for Sprint’s subsidiary.
Of course, to make the HTC One V actually work you will need to go for one of Virgin Mobile’s pre-paid monthly plans, but these are themselves pretty attractive. You can get unlimited messaging and data for just $35 a month, or unlimited talk, text, and web for $55, which is considerably less than what you usually have to pay on contract at one of the more popular US carriers.
The One V sports a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, and, although it’s only powered by a single-core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, it actually has more than just a few things going for it. Android 4.0 ICS with HTC Sense 4.0 is the handheld’s biggest ace up its sleeve, but the 5 MP rear-facing camera, aluminum unibody, and Beats Audio technology are other features that make the One V more than just a low-end phone.
MetroPCS and US Cellular are both expected to start selling the One V soon, but if you just can’t wait or you think this offer is too good to turn down, you can go over to Virgin Mobile right now and join the Android fun!