The LG Optimus V is the most affordable smartphone on the market. It is such a good deal that it is nearly impossible to find one for purchase. Virgin Mobile started selling the Optimus V for only $149 back in February, which is half the $299 asking price that Sprint charges for the same phone.
Customers can purchase the Optimus V without a contract and “unlimited” data plans start at just $25 per month, so this is one of the first Android phones that just about anyone can afford.
For the past couple of weeks I have been trying to purchase several Optimus V phones, but they are back-ordered online and sold out at every store I have been to. Best Buy, Target, and WalMart recently had the LG Optimus V on sale for only $129, so the remaining inventory was cleared out and we are waiting to see when their stock levels will be replenished.
The funny thing is Virgin Mobile is actually owned by Sprint, so they deliver the same 3G coverage areas. I checked with Sprint and they have plenty of their Optimus S in stock, but their cheapest monthly plan runs $79 per month ($69 Everything Data with 450 mins + $10 premium data add-on). This means that customers could have the same phone and same coverage area on both carriers, but the Sprint version of the phone costs twice as much and they charge three times more for monthly service.
I absolutely despise the 24-month contracts that most carriers require, so it’s nice to see a pre-paid option like Virgin Mobile start to embrace Android. Hopefully we will see them expand their Android lineup now that the Optimus V has become a huge success.