Virgin Mobile launches the water-friendly Reef smartphone

August 22, 2013

Virgin Mobile has released their latest Android smartphone, which coincidentally is also their first waterproof device. The handset is the Reef and it has arrived with a 4-inch display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and an IPX7 certification for protection against water. The Reef also has a relatively low contract-free price and is available for use with the Virgin Mobile plans beginning at $35 per month.

Touching back on the water resistance, the IPX7 rating means the Reef should be able to withstand up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water. With that in mind, we probably wouldn't suggest simply going swimming with this in your pocket, but on the flip side -- it should be well protected should you accidentally get pushed in the pool. Not to mention for those times when you happen to get caught out in a heavy downpour.

Otherwise, the Virgin Mobile Reef is powered by a 1GHz processor and has 3G connectivity along with a microSD card slot, 1 megapixel front-facing camera, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1650 mAh battery, WiFi and Bluetooth. The handset measures in at 5.0 (H) x 2.55 (W) x 0.44 (D) inches and weighs in at 4.5 ounces.

Virgin Mobile has the Reef priced at $149.99. Those plans begin at $35 per month and climb to $45 and top out at $55 per month. They all include unlimited messaging and data. The $35 plan includes 300 minutes of talk time, the $45 plan includes 1200 minutes of talk time and the $55 bumps that to unlimited talk time. One catch with these plans is the lack of mobile hotspot -- that is a $15 (per month) add-on.

In addition to the Reef, some other handsets recently launched by Virgin Mobile include the LG Optimus F3 and Samsung Galaxy Ring which arrived in July and June respectively.

SOURCE: Virgin Mobile

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