Virgin Mobile Announces 3G Shuttle Phone, Data Plans

Virgin Mobile USA this morning announced its first 3G handset, the Shuttle, created by PCD (formerly UTStarcom). The Shuttle will be available in Best Buy Mobile stores and on Best Buy’s Web site starting on the 28th of this month for $79.99, and that price includes a Totally Unlimited voice plan. First and foremost, the slider form factor Shuttle sports support for EV-DO data connectivity, a 1.3MP camera with video recording capabilities, and a 2-inch display. The Shuttle also offers the ability to stream multimedia from the Web, and enables users to side load their music, which presumably means the device has a microSD slot as well. Virgin Mobile says the device has 235 minutes of talk time and almost 2-weeks of standby. Since Virgin Mobile USA is a large prepaid carrier, its data services will be available as pay-as-you-go, too. $5 will get you 5MB of data and grants you the ability to surf the Web. But paying $10 for 20MB or 20 for 50MB will allow you unlimited access to Virgin mobile USA’s mobile Web content.

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  1. The Empire Says:

    Ok so I’m really excited to see this phone in person cause im looking 4 an upgrade to my cyclops and i thought top-noch would do the trick, but im a little disappointed because i found out that it doesn’t have a qwerty keyboard and the price went up, but on the bright side Im still interested because it seems to have a FULL internet and not the stupid surfing of virgin mobiles entertainment thing they have me do and there IS a MicroSD chip slot i can put my card in from my Blast, that I was hoping to find out when i went on this page(THANX!). So the phone is $99.00 now, which is the same as the wildcard im also interested in, which has everything this phone has except for the MP3 player(no music) but flips into a qwerty keyboard like the EnV. Both are pretty cool but the world runs on music so if u dont have an MP3-4 player save yourself $50.00 and pick this up for an upgrade.

  2. Yalsh Says:

    Well, I would really like to see this phone and see really what it’s worth. It’s about time virgin mobile makes a decent phone. I don’t particularly like the slash or Wild card for their camera abilities. When the Cyclops has a 1.3 and the others have VGA it’s disappointing. This phone seems to be the best step up and Id like to upgrade to it with a mp3 player and Micro SD slot.

  3. Kevin Says:

    I just got this phone and i think its just amazing like you guys i did have a Cyclops and was dissapointed with it because of the Email and IM not working at all on the phone
    I have only had one problem with my shuttle and it was that When i put the card into the shuttle it created 3 files on the card and did not properly create the music file but it was very simple to just make a new folder on the card.
    The only other thing that i was not happy about was not being able to use the music i put on the phone to be able to be used as a ringtone but thats virgin mobile for you.

  4. Cain Says:

    This phone is over priced for its currently available features. Though it is a nice phone almost every inquiry to a feature is met by a virgin mobile tech saying “We don’t offer that service yet, but I’m sure they are working on it.” Save your money by the time its a 50$ phone all the features should be supported. Again its a very nice phone I like it, and I also upgraded from a cyclops.

  5. abby Says:

    purchased in may 2009, and the email and Im doesn’t work as a previous poster stated. After a month of trouble shooting, tech support stated the e mail and IM programs are corrupt. BUNK!! Returned the phone and still on my old Arc which works great, but I got use to the video feature which is the only thing I miss

  6. brandon Says:

    i’m also planning on upgrading from a cyclops. it looks good so far. the only problem i forsee is the touch sensitive buttons.

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