HTC One V + 32GB SDHC card gives you a 65-75 dollar Android ICS music player with Beats Audio. This spanks the current music players for android in both price and functionality as most of them are running gingerbread. This comes out hundreds cheaper than an apple touch similarly equiped and about 100 cheaper than an android media device.
This will NOT work on the grandfathered $25/40 plans. You will be bumped up to $35/45 if you get this phone.
"What are the new device upgrade rules? Starting May 27, 2012, if you are using the $25, $40, or $60 Beyond Talk Plans and you upgrade to a Beyond Talk Smartphone launched after May 1, 2012 (including the HTC EVO™ V 4G), you will need to switch to the current $35, $45, or $55 Beyond Talk Monthly Plan. When you switch plans, you will need to pay for your new plan and you will lose any minutes, messages, and money in your balance. This will also change your monthly payment date. So if you are considering upgrading to a new smartphone, we recommend that you wait until right before your next monthly payment date to activate.
*The following smartphones launched before May 1, 2012 and are therefore not subject to the new device upgrade rules at this time: VentureTM, LG ® OptimusTM Slider, HTC ® Wildfire STM, Motorola TriumphTM, LG ® Optimus VTM, Blackberry ® CurveTM 8530."
The Optimus Elite AS OF NOW is able to be swapped to the $25 plan w/o losing it which is the phone I'd recommend.
Exactly how do you use your topup balance to purchase a phone? I loaded my account and put the phone in my cart but it would only allow me to pay by credit/debit card or paypal.
Make sure you have more or same amount of $$ than the phone(s) you want to purchase. Then after click on check out, one of the option at the bottom should be Cash Balance. If that doesn't work, just call VirginMobile and have them apply it for you.
use auto pay to reduce your cost by 5 dollars per month