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Virgin Mobile's first 4G phone, the HTC EVO V 4G, to come May 31

May 9, 2012

You probably all know that Sprint’s 4G WiMax network was a total fiasco, causing the carrier to lose ground in the competition with Verizon and AT&T, both of which deployed LTE networks. Sprint abandoned WiMax, accepted defeat, and announced the launch of its own 4G LTE network a while back. But it seems that its old Wimax network will not be completely shut down after all.

Sprint’s subsidiaries Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile will offer a slew of Wimax-enabled “affordable high-end phones” in the near future. The first such device has already been officially unveiled and will hit the market on May 31.

The HTC EVO V 4G will cost $299.99 with no contract, which seems like a good price to pay for what the phone has to offer. On the other hand, you should know that, while you don’t have to sign a carrier agreement, Virgin Mobile will offer some no-contract plans starting at $35 a month.

The $35 plan offers unlimited data and messaging plus 300 minutes of talk time, which, again, looks like a pretty good deal to me. It’s true, you will only be able to enjoy 2.5 GB of “full speed” data traffic each month, with speed dropping once you hit the limit, but that should still be enough for most regular users.

Virgin Mobile’s first ever 4G phone, the HTC EVO V 4G, might sound familiar to some of you, but is actually an exclusively branded device. The reason why it might sound familiar is that its name resembles the name of other HTC phones, including the original HTC EVO 4G from 2010, the more recent EVO 4G LTE, expected to hit Sprint during the coming weeks, or the One V released last month.

The HTC EVO V 4G will not be identical to any of those phones, however. It’s actually a rebranded version of last year’s HTC EVO 3D. Yeah, I know, this branding is extremely confusing and has gotten a bit out of hand, but what can we do?

In terms of features and specs, the EVO V will be a more than decent mid-ranger. Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC’s Sense 3.6 user interface on top, the EVO V 4G will feature 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of on-board memory, 5 MP/1.3 MP dual cameras, a 1,730 mAh battery and a microSD card slot. The screen will be a 4.3-inch qHD with 960 x 540 pixels resolution, while the phone’s processor hasn’t been officially unveiled, but we expect it to be a dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon.

Virgin Mobile will be throwing in a free 8 GB memory card, starting May 31. All in all, if you’re willing to put up with WiMax and you’re on a tighter budget, the HTC EVO V 4G might just be the smart choice for you. Do you agree?