Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile Add 3 Smartphone Options for Customers
The Kyocera Hydro Reach, LG G Stylo 2 and the Samsung Galaxy J7, each priced under $230, can be purchased from the no-contract carriers.
Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA have added three more smartphone options for no-contract phone buyers, including Kyocera's waterproof Hydro Reach phone, LG's G Stylo 2 and Samsung's Galaxy J7. The smartphones, which are each priced below $230, are available starting April 15 along with no-contract, prepaid phone plans that feature a variety of talk, texting and data plans. The trio of new devices were unveiled by the two companies, which are units of Sprint, in an April 13 announcement. The $100 Kyocera Hydro Reach, which replaces the original Hydro Edge phone, features a 5-inch qHD In-Plane Switching (IPS) display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8909 1.1GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of memory, 8GB of on-board storage and runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. It also includes a microSD card slot that accepts memory cards up to 64GB for additional storage. The Hydro Reach, which is a 4G Enhanced LTE-capable handset, also includes a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 2,160mAh battery. The rear camera includes HD video recording capabilities and has LED flash, image stabilization and auto-focus. The smartphone is IP57 certified against dust and water immersion for up to 30 minutes in up to 3.28 feet of water and its touch-screen can be operated using wet fingers.
The handset also includes Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi 802.11 connectivity and is capable of being used as a mobile hotspot. The phone is 5.47 inches long, 2.84 inches wide and 0.39 inches thick, and weighs 4.97 ounces.
Samsung's Galaxy J7 handset, which features a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED touch-screen, will be available through Boost and Virgin Mobile on April. 15 for $230. The handset includes a 1.4GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of memory, 16GB of on-board storage and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Also featured in the 4G Enhanced LTE-capable phone is a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with quick launch and 5-megapixel front-facing with flash, as well as a 3,000mAh battery. The handset also features an Ultra Power Savings Mode that can extend standby life for critical use if needed.