About my Virgin Mobile Phone

Here’s the review I’m posting on the Virgin Mobile site…

Total: 3 of 5 stars
Features 4/5
Performance 4/5
Ease of Use 3/5
Battery Life 1/5

I live in San Francisco. 4G sucks the battery fast (3 hours will kill the battery dead) but it’s fast when available. It’s definitely not available everywhere. Powering up the 4G takes like 2 minutes. :-(

Virgin 3G data is definitely universally slower than AT&T. The browser will hang for 20 seconds at a time. But browser pages usually eventually load.

Chrome has problems, an update is supposed to be forthcoming. I installed Opera browser which is working well.

I bought a $75 Seidio 4,000 mah battery so the phone will last all day with 3G turned on. Without it, the phone is DEAD at 7pm. With the new giant backpack battery, the phone is usually at 50% at midnight :-) …. but one day I had a runaway process or something so that the battery died at 8pm. :-(

But hey, $35/month for 3G and 2.5Gig/month! Begrudgingly happy.

And the 3D camera is a really neat Gee-Wiz toy.

Pros: (blank)
Cons: slow 3g, data sucks battery, spotty 4g service

2 Comments

  1. lee says:

    Virgin didn’t like my original review so I changed it to this. Let’s see it this posts:

    I live in San Francisco. 4G sucks the battery fast (3 hours will kill the battery dead) but it’s fast when available. It’s definitely not available everywhere. Powering up the 4G takes like 2 minutes. :-( So…

    Virgin 3G data is definitely universally slower than other providers. The browser will hang for 20 seconds at a time. But browser pages usually eventually load.

    After getting a backpack battery, it now runs 1 1/2 days on a charge so I guess I’m happy with that. Without it, the phone is DEAD at 7pm.

    Sometimes I don’t receive texts for 5+ minutes, which puts a damper on conversations.

    But hey, $35/month for 3G and 2.5Gig/month! Begrudgingly happy.

    And the 3D camera is a really neat Gee-Wiz toy.

  2. lee says:

    Virgin didn’t like that review either. They say they rejected it because I failed somewhere at the submission guidelines. From their website:
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    Enjoy writing your review!

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    Here’s another attempt at a review:

    Begrudgingly Happy

    Overall 2/5 stars

    I live in San Francisco. 4G sucks the battery fast (3 hours usage will kill the battery dead) but it’s fast when available. It’s definitely not available everywhere. Powering up the 4G takes like 2 minutes so…

    Virgin 3G data is definitely universally slow. The browser will sometimes hang for 20 seconds at a time. But browser pages usually eventually load.

    When using 3G or 4G data during the day, the battery is normally dead by 8pm.

    Sometimes I don’t receive texts for 5+ minutes, which puts a damper on conversations.

    The 3D camera is a really neat Gee-Wiz toy.

    But hey, $35/month for 3G and 2.5Gig/month! Begrudgingly happy.

    Cons
    * Poor battery life
    * Slow receipt of texts

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