Virgin Mobile for your cellular (and beyond!) needs #Giveaway

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HTC Wildfire SIt’s been almost a year since I was first introduced to Virgin Mobile.  It was love at first sight, when my Samsung Intercept first arrived at my door, and I was (at long last) included in the world of smartphones.  Smartphones with affordable plans, and no contracts.  No commitment.  That’s what I love about Virgin Mobile.  They save me money.  Us, really.  We were paying just under$55.00 a month for my phone with our old provider- that was with zero data, and450 talk minutes (plus free nights and weekends)- I did pay $5 extra each month for texting.  But that had limits too.  With Virgin Mobile, I get 1250 talk minutes, plus unlimited messaging and data.  I have no contract.  I love it.

I have a new phone, although this time, Mr. Bargains tested it out…for the most part.  He’s still without a smartphone (work provides his cell but they don’t do data or anything).  Virgin Mobile sent us the HTC Wildfire S for review.  He used it for a month and now I’ve taken it over.

I find this phone to be  easy to use, very receptive touch screen, LOVE the flash (I haven’t ever had that on a phone before!  Nor have I had a 5 megapixel camera on a phone) and so many other cool apps available from Android marketplace.  My husband liked the phone well enough but has large  hands and gets very frustrated with touch screens (he hates my tablet for the same reason).  He liked the features, especially the ability to create different sounds for anything “incoming” like ringtones, texts, emails, calendar notifications, etc).  He just got frustrated because he felt like he couldn’t enter anything into the phone due to his hands being large.  

The design of this phone is sleek and lightweight- I feel like phones are starting to get bigger and bulkier and I like that HTC kind of kept things lower profile.  I have enough to tote around without a huge phone to boot!  The colors are really vibrant, strikingly so, in fact.  I like that there’s kind of a lip on the bottom (as does Mr. Bargains) to help you keep a grip when you turn the phone for landscape/horizontal viewing.

As with most android-based smartphones I’ve come across,  this phone performed a lot better when I installed an app meant to send things to the SD card to not use up so much memory- that quick and free install has meant my phones perform faster, and memory use is kept lower!!  I do wish that there was a way to remove pre-installed apps that I don’t use from the phone because it would free up a lot of memory for me.  I just send everything to my SD card.  I’ve found the battery life is comaprable to just about any phone I’ve had- the more you are using the internet, of course, the faster you drain your battery.

A superphone that lets you share. Everything.

Surf the web in style with multi-window browsing, pinch to zoom with auto text reflow, and Flash video support. The HTC Wildfire S lets you take great shots with the 5 MP camera with flash, tag your friends in the pics and instantly post them to social networks for all to enjoy. Explore thousands of apps on Android Market™ and send your favorite ones to friends – so everyone can get in on the fun.

Additional Features

  • Android 2.3™ Platform
  • 5MP Camera with Flash
  • Camcorder
  • Wi-Fi Capable
  • Personalize Button
  • Threaded Text Messaging
  • Speakerphone
  • Bluetooth® 3.0
  • Internal Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Expandable Memory: 32GB (sold separately)
  • 600 MHz Processor
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • HAC Rating: M3/T3
  • TTY Support
  • Gmail™
  • Phone Data Bluetooth Transfer
  • Google Talk™
  • WHERE®
  • News and Weather
  • Android Web Browser
  • Calculator
  • Picture Messaging
  • Music Widget
  • FriendStream
  • My Account
  • Google Search™
  • 3G EVDO Rev A Data Network
  • Not Wireless Emergency Alert capable

I am not “techy” and I have read other reviews online about the processor speed and other tech terms I don’t know much about at all, but I find this to be a decent smartphone- it has all of the cool features that help us stay connected socially and the call clarity is great, the camera super cool, and I can get my beloved Muppets ringtone for it.  I’m a happy girl.  My husband was a happy guy.  I say “yay” to the HTC Wildfire S.  I hope that soon they make this phone in pink and purple for those of us who have prepaid plans!! Then it might be even better!!

One thing I more recently got to check out from Virgin Mobile is their Ovation MC76o – USB Broadband that gives you:Broadband to go

3G Internet At Home or On The Go

  • No Contract, No Overages & No Activation Fees
  • Nationwide Sprint® 3G Network
  • Only Pay for What You Need
  • Change Plans as Your Needs Change

My inlaws don’t have internet.  They don’t have a computer.  As a blogger, I’m never long to check emails, by nature.  So I love that I can be down there, and access the internet- even if it’s just to help them do travel arrangements for their timeshare or something.  This allows me to be free to do my work wherever I am- regardless of if I am someplace where they have free wi-fi.  I have my own.  It’s portable.  Easy to keep track of.  Love it.  I’ve had zero issues with this since I started using it!  I really like that I can just activate it when I need it- so if we were going away on vacation for a week, I could just activate it and not have to pay a contract fee for all of the time between now and when we were to leave…or for more time when we return home.  That works for me.   You can get 10 days of service for $10 or do a month unlimited for $50.00.  I like options.  I like not having to spend money for services I just won’t use, you know?

TWO of my readers will each win a LG Optimus Slider phone!! (These are NOT activated.)

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I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review.  Opinions are my own.

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About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

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  • contest entry

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  • I would like the games on the smart phone…

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  • I would love to win, as I do not have a phone!!!!!! Nice prize!!! Thank you!!!!!

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  • I would love to win! I love playing games like Words With Friends and checking Facebook all the time! :)

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    • hey i’m shoppinmama on wwf!!

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  • I love the easy access to Facebook and Twitter!

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  • What I love about smartphones?

    That you can go online with them

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  • We don’t have internet at work; I’d love a smartphone to be able to check my email while I’m working. I love that they can access the internet wherever you are.

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  • i love the internet capabilities and playing angry birds

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  • I’d love a smart phone for the email if nothing else.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  • I love smartphones because of their internet-browsing capabilities.

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  • i like the phone cuz its new and i would like to throw my old one out :)

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  • I don’t have a smart phone – my trackfone is about as dumb as they come. Meanwhile I have an appreciation and respect for all that others are accomplishing on their smartphones. I’d love to be able to check email. Meanwhile, gotta admit I love not having the smartphone expense every month

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  • I can watch videos and be on facebook.

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  • I love that you can check your e-mail from anywhere!

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  • I love being able to check Facebook and email on the go!

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  • My Smartphone never ceases to amaze me! It really is amazing how technology has enabled us to have the ability to watch television, movies, etc., on the go. :)

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  • I love that you can look up anything, anytime, anywhere. You have instant access to such a vast amount of information anywhere you go.

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  • I like smartphones.

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  • I like smartphones, as being older, it helps me stay connected with the newer technology and opens me up to a whole wide world :)

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  • I love the easy internet access.

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  • I love the wi-fi capability. I couldnt live without my net. lol

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  • I like the screens and all the good features like watching live news chanels :)

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  • I live out here in the sticks, need it for internet, lol

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  • what i love about smartphones is the wifi capability.

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  • Apps, email, internet, facebook and photo taking.

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  • sooooo easy to use!

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  • I love the camera with the flash.

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  • I love smartphones because of the internet on the go. It is awesome to look up some directions when you are lost in the middle of nowhere or to look up a price when you are in a store and need to comparison shop without driving all over town!

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  • I’m not up to date with smartphones too much but my daughter has one and i know my grandson loves the fact that he can play alot of various games with all the apps she gets for him. He actually knows more than I do about them and he is just 4.

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  • i need a new phone!

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  • Being able to access email on the go

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  • I love that I can check my email from anywhere!

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  • I love the internet capability on the smart phone!

    Thank you.

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  • I love that with a smart phone I am connected no matter where I am. I can search the internet, call someone, text, play a game, tweet etc.

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  • I love that you can do a Google Search on the go.

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  • As I don’t have a smartphone,I like everything about it, But I love that with the plan I cannot only access my email, but surf the web as well,

    I’d love to try the Ovation MC76o as well, Again I love that it offers unlimited web with various plan options. The 10 days for $10, would be great while at my Dad’s

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  • I love how lightweight and slim it is as well as the internet capabilities

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  • I love being able to access facebook and games on a smartphone

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  • I hate how much I’m paying now for my phone! I’m open to switch!

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  • I love that they are like mini computer and you can have the internet with you no matter where you go

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  • I hope I can win the HTC wildfire.

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  • I love that I can search the net while I am on my lunch break, don’t have to wait until I get home at the end of the day to use my desk top computer :)

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  • I love that I can surf the web while I am waiting for stuff.

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  • I’m a Virgin Mobile now and love their service and their phones!

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  • I like that I can surf the web on it when I cant get near my computer.
    bdavisnc at gmail dot com

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  • i love the web capability. I like that you can get the internet and not just bits and pieces from ‘non’ smart phones . :)

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  • I love that i can surf the web… :)

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  • I like the ease of use, and ability to surf the Internet from most anywhere! Thank you! :)

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  • I absolutely love that I can surf the internet with my phone. It is perfect if your waiting somewhere, or bored at work :)
    Thanks for the giveaway

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