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The Moto G has always been a great deal but it hasn’t been paired with the best budget carriers to date. In what might be a big holiday seller for mid-tier users, Sprint subsidy Virgin today began offering 3 new Android smartphones including the Moto G 3rd gen. for $150, the HTC Desire 626s for $130 and Huawei Union at $80.

The standout here is the Moto G which I absolutely loved (with a few caveats) which retails at $180. The 5-inch phone is pretty close to flagship level last year with a few missing bits. The 5 inch screen is perfect sized but the lack of NFC payment options might be a turn off. It shares the camera of the Nexus 6 and it is IPX7 waterproof to 3 feet for 30 minutes.  Hopefully Virgin won’t mess with the almost stock Android and provide timely updates (fingers crossed)

That $30 you save you can pay your 1st month of usage on the 3 gig 4G of data plan (see plans below). While Sprint’s network may not be the strongest in all areas, I’ve found it to be improving rapidly lately.

The Moto G will almost certainly be the first Android 6.0 device on Virgin and at $150 down and $30/month a great gift idea for the kids/parents/grandparents out there. Alternatively, if you want to use an Android device like an iPod touch (without a carrier) this is the first $30 discount we’ve seen.

 

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Full press release below via Sprint

  • HTC Desire® 626s – Available now at Walmart from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile Data Done Right, HTC Desire 626s boasts a 5-inch, 720p HD touchscreen display, Android™ 5.1, Lollipop, and an 8-megapixel, rear-facing camera. Price: $129.99 (plus tax).

Huawei Union Available now at Walmart for Virgin Mobile Data Done Right and atwww.boostmobile.com/union/ for Boost Mobile, Huawei Union comes with the latest version of Android 5.1, Lollipop, a 4.5-inch touchscreen display and a 5-megapixel, rear-facing camera. Price: $79.99 (plus tax).

  • The new Moto G (third generation) by Motorola is available now at Walmart from Virgin Mobile Data Done Right. It is durable, water-resistant and features a 13-megapixel, rear-facing camera, 5-inch HD TFT touchscreen display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, and the latest version of Android™ 5.1, Lollipop. Price: $149.99 (plus tax).

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