October 5, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
Virgin Mobile is announcing that the carrier now offers its first Android device — the Samsung Intercept, for $249 off-contract, which sounds like a fair deal. Samsung’s Intercept runs Android 2.1 and features a 3.2-inch, 240×400 capacitive touchscreen, 256MB RAM, a 4-row QWERTY keyboard, an optical trackpad, a 3.2 megapixel camera, as well as all the usual Google apps and services.
The Intercept has been marketed as an updated version of the highly similar Samsung Moment, though in some regards the Intercept is actually inferior. For example, it sports a screen with a 240×400 resolution, while the Moment has a HVGA 320×480 resolution display.
Engadget pointed out that $249 is much higher than the $99 Sprint is charging for the Intercept on-contract — however, Virgin assures that you’ll save at least 25% in due course with one of its prepaid plans ($25, $40 and $60 a month).