First, I want to apologize for being so “absent” from the blog lately. I have several other projects going on and they are taking up a lot of my time lately. But I did want to pass along a deal that I’ve heard about it.
If you are considering Net10’s LG Optimus Net, I think this will be a better option for you. Best Buy is currently selling the LG Optimus V, which is very much like the “Net,” for $79.99, and that includes a month of service. That service will be on Virgin Mobile, and this phone can be used only with Virgin. However, the underlying coverage there is via the Sprint Network, which is the same as what you’d get if you were using a Net10 Android phone such as the Optimus Net or the Optimus Q.
The plan that is included with this phone (although you are free to switch plans after the first month, as far as I know) is the $35 monthly plan, which will get you unlimited text messages, e-mail, data and web, along with 300 Anytime Minutes. As long as 300 minutes is enough for you, this Virgin plan is a much better deal that Net10’s “unlimited everything” $50 plan, as well as Straight Talk’s $45 unlimited option.
As I always recommend, please be sure you’ll be happy with Sprint’s coverage if you decide to take advantage of this deal. Also, as far as the phone itself – I have not tried the Optimus Q, but from what I can tell it’s very close Optimus Net. I have been using the Net for a while now and am in the process of putting together that review. To sum it up, it has some flaws. I think it could make a fair first smart phone, but if you’re an experience smart phone user I think you’ll want to look elsewhere. But for $80 with the first month of service included, I would not hesitate to jump on this Virgin Mobile deal at Best Buy.
I don’t shop at Best Buy enough to know how this deal works with ordering online for delivery, but I think it will work with in-store pickup. To do that or to check out the phone, you can use this link and enter “1879739” in the search bar. That link will show the regular price of $129.99, but in-store the price will correctly show the sale price. This deal is valid only through this Saturday, March 24th.
Here’s a screenshot of the online ad. (Ignore the location information – it is nationwide.)