Sprint’s eco-friendly entry-level LG Optimus Elite might not have been on top of many wish lists when it started selling a few weeks back, but since Virgin Mobile started offering the phone, things seem to have changed a bit.
The Elite’s initial stocks on Virgin were sold out in the preorder phase, and now you have two more reasons to want the device. Worry not, though, because the carrier’s website appears to have enough phones this time around to satisfy demand!
The two deals offered by LG, Virgin, and Google will fill your virtual pockets with no less than $60, which means that you will actually pay only 90 bucks for the SIM-free Optimus Elite.
The first $25 will be credited to your Google Wallet account, if you purchase an Elite and activate it on a Virgin Mobile USA Beyond Talk monthly plan (with no contract).
The Google Wallet special promotion began a couple of days back, on May 18, and will run for a full two months, until July 18. The terms of the deal are pretty straightforward – aside from buying the phone and setting it up on a Virgin monthly plan, you also have to activate a Google Wallet prepaid card within a week of purchasing the device, in order to get the bonus.
The $25 credit is split up into two, with the first 10 bucks being added to your G Wallet card within 48 hours of the activation of the service, while the other $15 will be made available to you after a maximum of three weeks. The bonus doesn’t depend on your other operations and transactions on Google Wallet, so you won’t have to link a credit card to the account or use the service ever again, if you don’t want to. Then again, why wouldn’t you want to use the mobile payment system, especially now that it is available in so many cities in the US?
The second deal coming with the LG Optimus Elite should be even more tempting – you get a $35 account bonus from Virgin Mobile. That means that, if you’ll choose the carrier’s most affordable “Beyond Talk” plan, you will enjoy a free first month of web browsing and phone calls. If you go for one of the other plans, the $45 a month or the $55 a month, you will receive the bonus in the form of a discount from the plan’s value.
Either way, that’s a pretty good deal, but you should hurry up to take advantage of it, as it’s set to run through May 30 or “while supplies last”.
I’m not going to tell you about the Optimus Elite’s features and spec sheet, as I’ve run them all down for you before, but I am going to encourage you to take advantage of these deals and get yourself a spanking new low-end, but elegant phone right away!
After all, these kinds of promotions are pretty rarely offered with new devices and they almost never come in “packs”.
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I spent about four hours yesterday playing with and configuring an Elite. It sits well and feels good in the hand being not too big nor too small either.
It’s case and overall aesthetic are not unattractive. I found it responsive – not as quick as more powerful brethern one might cite with quad core whatchamacalits, but capable nonetheless.
For someone who isn’t interested in a powerhouse but wants a piece that is competent to handle most tasks they are going to run into, or someone who is just getting into Android; or perhaps getting a kid their first phone, I think it would be a nice choice. No it doesn’t have ICS, but if you want it you should aim higher and also expect to pay more.
It has a decent amount of both RAM, and internal storage for apps so, unlike the God forsaken Samsung Galaxy Prevail – you won’t have it constantly – did I say constantly – plaguing you with “not enough storage/memory space” problems. This phone should “take a licking and keep on ticking” and make you feel like your money wasn’t badly spent.
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Is the Google Wallet promo offered in Sacramento, CA?