Virgin Mobile USA, a no-contract budget mobile U.S. retailer with plans starting at $25/mo for unlimited text/web/data and 300 minutes, has only crossed paths with Android once, with the introduction of Samsung Intercept. However, another contender, LG Optimus V, an equivalent of Optimus S on Sprint, Optimus T on T-Mobile, etc. just popped up at RadioShack.com, before even hitting Virgin's own site, which is expected to happen on February 1st. There have been reports of the device being available in some brick and mortar Virgin Mobile USA stores, but it looks like this RadioShack appearance is the first time it became available online.

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To recap the specs, Optimus V has a 480x320 3.2" display, a 600 MHz Qualcomm processor, Android 2.2. "Froyo," Wi-Fi, and a 3MP camera. All of this mediocrity is being offered for $150, which, compared to Intercept's $250 price tag and the absence of a contract, is not too bad at all. If you're looking for a powerhouse, I suggest you expand your search beyond Virgin Mobile, as Optimus V has been shown to score a very low 492 in Quadrant.

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A few videos offering an early overview of the phone's hardware, network speed, and Quadrant scores can be found below:

Source: RadioShack via FatWallet, getitbackup on YouTube (say what?)