Samsung Electronics is giving some love to prepaid wireless providers Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.
The two prepaid players, both units of Sprint Nextel, will each be getting their own Galaxy smartphones.
Boost will be getting its own version of the Galaxy S2, Samsung's next-most-recent flagship smartphone. Virgin Mobile will be getting its first Galaxy smartphone, the Galaxy Reverb.
The carriers are getting the phone as the prepaid business heats up. MetroPCS yesterday unveiled a $55 plan that includes unlimited voice, text messages, and truly unlimited data. Boost and Virgin both throttle, or slow down the connection, of users that go over a certain limit. MetroPCS also announced a $149.99 phone -- competitive for a prepaid device that doesn't receive subsidies. The prepaid player also said it would eventually sell the Galaxy S3 later this year.
Boost's Galaxy S2, a popular device that sold well in its run that began last year, will sell for $369.99. As with other Galaxy S2 phones, it has a 4.52-inch Amoled display, 8 megapixel camera, dual-core 1.2 gigahertz processor, and 16 gigabytes of internal memory.
The phone will run on Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, and will run on Sprint's 4G WiMax network. It can be used as a mobile hotspot for an additional fee of $10 a month, allowing other WiFi-enabled devices to connect to it.
Boost plans to sell the Galaxy S2 in mid-September. For more budget conscious consumers, Boost plans to sell two more Samsung phones, the Galaxy Rush smartphone for $149.99 and the Array, a Qwerty device for those into text messaging. The Array will sell for $59.99. The Array will be available on Sept. 4, while the Galaxy Rush will come out in late September.
There are few details about the Galaxy Reverb, other than it is launching in mid-September. The company didn't provide a press release for the announcement.