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Virgin Mobile USA’s Helio EV-DO handset

Virgin Mobile USA launched its first device from its new subsidiary: an EV-DO handset by Personal Communication Devices, LLC — a spinoff of UTStarcom called the Shuttle. The Shuttle will be Virgin Mobile’s first device supporting 3G location-based functions, and is therefore being likened to Helio and the company’s typical focus on mobile data features through its partnerships with Facebook, Yahoo, and YouTube.

Helio does include an explanation of its position on its Web site, saying that new features and services will be on the way as they work to “combine the best of Helio and Virgin Mobile into one company.” For customers, it will mean a gradual move into Virgin’s billing system, and an adoption of Helio’s contract and post-pay schema as the MVNO moves into 3G.

Source:→ BetaNews

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