Today, Sprint announced two new smartphones for their prepaid channels. That'd be Sprint Prepaid and Virgin Mobile. For whatever reason, they decided not to bring these two to Boost Mobile. At least not yet. Here we have the LG Tribute 2 and LG Tribute Duo. Both devices are available starting today for just $99.
The LG Tribute 2 and Tribute Dup are both featuring a Qualcomm 1.2GHz quad-core processor - likely the Snapdragon 410 - along with a 4.5-inch display, and a 1900mAh battery inside. Sprint touts that they can last for about 16 hours of talk time. They are both also running on Android 5.1 Lollipop. And to no surprise, LG has stuck with the power and volume buttons on the back of this one. Of course, these also include some of LG's signature software add-ons like Knock Code and Quick Memo+. Sprint is also touting that both of these will support Sprint's LTE network as well as their Spark network.
Two pretty decent smartphones from Sprint for their prepaid channels here. While they aren't going to knock your socks off, they will keep you connected, and allow you to check your email as well as Twitter, Facebook and all the other social networking sites. As we stand earlier, both of these are available beginning today, both in-store and online. Virgin Mobile's plans start at $30 per month, with Sprint Prepaid beginning at $35 per month. All plans, aside from Virgin Mobile's $30 plan, include unlimited talk and text. So you're just looking at different data caps here.
Virgin Mobile does have access to Sprint's Spark network. Which is their tri-band LTE network, with pretty fast, theoretical speeds. However, since Virgin Mobile is prepaid, their customers do get lower priority on towers, compared to Sprint's postpaid customers. So in areas with lots of Sprint customers, you could see much slower speeds, unfortunately.
Sprint is calling these two smartphones from LG, the dynamic duo. It's going to be interesting to see how well these two sell for Sprint and LG. LG has been putting out a lot of low-end and mid-range smartphones lately. Hopefully they see some positive returns on them.