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July 11, 2008

Virgin Mobile USA Announces ARC Flip Phone

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Virgin Mobile (News - Alert) has announced its newest handset, the UTStarcom ARC, a flip phone with a soft-feel touch. And while the phone includes Bluetooth wireless technology and a camera, it is still available for an affordable price according to the company.

UTStarcom (News - Alert) deals in IP-based, end-to-end networking solutions and international service and support and the company sells its broadband, wireless, and handset solutions to operators in both emerging and established telecommunications markets.
Matias Monges, Virgin Mobile USA's Director of Mobile Devices said, "The Arc offers a very reasonably priced camera phone with a fashion- conscious finish for consumers who want to capture spontaneous moments with a little style. And with Bluetooth wireless technology, we're sweetening the deal with additional value."
A recent study found that two-thirds of Virgin Mobile USA customers prefer simple phones that support basic needs, including calling, Bluetooth wireless technology, e-mail and messaging capabilities. Virgin Mobile said ARC was designed with this in mind.
The ARC phone includes a small size that makes it perfect to slip into a bag or pocket, and is lightweight, weighing in at only 3.0 oz. It also includes a VGA camera, mobile Web browsing capabilities, IM and e-mail and is pre-loaded with games, animated and Real Music ring tones and comes with the enhanced Virgin Mobile USA user interface for a slightly cooler look and feel than the average phone. With all of these features, the phone, according to the company is still reasonably priced at $49.99.
Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

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