Virgin Mobile has added another handset to the lineup. This latest is the ZTE Awe, which has been listed as the Virgin Mobile Awe. Carrier branded name aside, the Awe smartphone has landed for those shopping on a budget. Virgin Mobile has the Awe priced at $99.99.

And just to clarify, that is a prepaid and contract-free $99.99. But with a low price comes lower end specs. The Virgin Mobile Awe is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, sporting a 4.0-inch display and powered by a 1.2GHz processor. Other goodies here include 4GB of internal storage along with 1GB of RAM, a 1650 mAh battery, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

The Awe has support for the Virgin Mobile 3G network and those making the purchase can also expect to find a 1 megapixel front-facing camera and 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with the ability to record 720p video. Basically, you would be looking at a handset with specs that match the price.

Perhaps more important here, this $99.99 smartphone can be paired with the Virgin Mobile plans which begin as low as $35 per month. That plan includes 300 voice minutes as well as unlimited messaging and data. Virgin Mobile also has a $45 and $55 per month plan available — both of which also include unlimited messaging and data. In addition the $45 per month plan includes 1200 voice minutes and the $55 per month plan brings unlimited voice minutes.

  • Chris Smith

    Dear Virgin Mobile: ENOUGH of phones with the same specs! How many versions of the Galaxy Reverb do we need? This phone is called the Awe? what a joke. The Reverb is a year old and has same or better specs. Then there’s the Reverb clone Ring. and the recent water resistant model (forget name) which also has crappy specs. Can you please release a phone that has truly midrange specs for today’s standards that also doesn’t break the bank the way the GS3 does? A dual core LTE with 4.3″ to 4.7″ screen and at least 8gb of space for $200 or less would be really nifty. Just quit releasing same retread of junk. Would love to see one of the latest ‘mini’ phones or the Moto X or even a version of Nexus 4 on Virgin but that will prob be a $500 or more item if it does arrive. Prepaid has come a long, long way in terms of handset quality the past couple years. Quit trying to set the movement back!

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      • jimmy

        Because they can’t afford it as a company only charging up to 55 a month for phones, if you want a higher end phone get the s2 or s3 or the iphones, even the iphone 4 has good specs.

  • Joel Campbell

    You guys need to do a little research. The AWE(some) outperforms a Galaxy S2 on Atutu (spelling?) and Quaddrant benchmark tests. Yes really. Even though it’s listed as a single core processor, it is in fact a duel core. Research the processor. The Reverb is junk, as is the Optimus F3. Both perform way under the Awe.

    • James Bleak

      the awe’s battery life is a joke compared to the f3 .. that alone makes the f3 better.. not to mention the better camera and way less prone to reboot issues . the awe is cheaper for a reason