Today Virgin Mobile announced that the company would be launching its first Android powered smartphone, the Samsung Intercept later this month for $249 without the need for a contract. The Samsung Intercept launched earlier this Summer on Sprint and runs Android 2.1, has a 3.2MP camera and a 3.2″ touchscreen.
The Samsung Intercept can be paired used with the Virgin Mobile “Beyond Talk” plans which come with unlimited data use, starting at $25 a month for 300 minutes and extending up to $60 a month for unlimited talk. There is no contract required for the Beyond Talk plan.
When compared to the annual cost of the Samsung Intercept on Sprint’s Simply Everything plan, which is $99 a month and requires a contract, the Samsung Intercept on Virgin Mobile is $218 to $318 cheaper! The savings could go up if you need fewer minutes.
While Virgin Mobile has offered some smartphones in the past, including a BlackBerry, the Samsung Intercept is one of the first that falls into the “exciting” category in my book. It may not have the power of a Droid X, but it looks like it could be a good fit for many users who want an Android phone without a contract, that also has a reasonable monthly fee.
Virgin Mobile phones work on the Sprint network. You can check coverage here.