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Virgin Mobile Prefers Stock Android on All of Their Phones, We Wish Other Carriers Would Take Note

I know this has nothing to do with Verizon, but we just wanted to point out how awesome it is as we head into the weekend.  Remember yesterday’s post that we got all excited over which had to do with the Motorola Triumph as a surprisingly stock Android device headed to Virgin Mobile?  Apparently stock/vanilla Android is the standard on Virgin for a number of reasons:  consistency, freedom to customize and a love for the true Android experience.

In an email to our friends at PCMag (whom we’re still trying to forgive for this piece), Virgin had this to say:

“Virgin Mobile USA aims to make available devices that allow the end user to have the freedom to customize the device to their liking. We like to take a consistent approach with our Android portfolio and so we prefer to have the true Android experience loaded on all our Android phones,” a Virgin spokesperson said.

They might be a small carrier when compared to Verizon, Sprint and AT&T, but man do I wish their CEO would sit down and have a conversation with some of those other big mobile leaders after hearing this news.  Can you imagine a world that actually let Android be Android?  Mmmm.

All we’ve ever asked for is a choice from these carriers that demand manufacturer skins be preloaded.  And I don’t mean a choice of which device has a certain skin, I’m talking about the option to choose whether or not our device loads up stock or something else on that first boot up.  We know that one of the arguments for these skins is to differentiate, but differentiating doesn’t mean funneling.  When I buy a device at full retail price, you should let me decide what goes on that puppy.  Ask me when I buy it if I want it to be stock or skinned – how hard is that?

When you walk into a Best Buy to purchase a PC, they’ll ask you if you want the version with all the preloaded crapware on there or if you want a 100% clean version.  They may charge you another $20 or so for the clean version, but at least it’s an option.  They understand that not all consumers are the same and give them choices.  Why can’t mobile carriers do the same thing?  /end rant.

Via:  PCMag

  • Antyonebullard

    I actually possess this phone and I have to say that this phone is truly amazing. Wouldnt have it any other way. Way to go Virgin Mobile

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  • http://twitter.com/nashmax73 TomAss (TA)

    Really wish Google would put limitations on handset manufacturers dropping overlays atop their OS.

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  • Anonymous

    Translation:  We can’t afford to pay the OEMs their fees for their modified UI overlays so we’re going to spin this as a positive.

    Hand vanilla OS to a non-tech/hack consumer and iOS to them and you’ll see why out of the box vanilla android will struggle.  You must go to the market before you can match the features.  Android just doesn’t have the same features and/or tight integration out of the box without the “terrible OEM overlays”.  Great for the DL crowd, bad for the average consumer.

    I love Android but I think when people talk about vanilla Android they are forgetting about the majority of people who actually buy phones are people who don’t come to these blogs.  The consumer needs all the other integration options OEMs delivery until vanilla Android can catch up.  The only thing “we” need is an unlocked bootloader as even if it was stock we would likely just load a rom anyway.

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  • Anonymous

    Lmao read the comments in the PC Mag article linked to, a lot of people who won’t buy into the iBrainwash bullshit and know what they’re talking about better than a lot of tech blog writers, good to see!

  • Anonymous

    I’m hoping VM’s parent company, Sprint, decides to follow suit.

    If the AT&T/T-Mobile merger goes through, Sprint will need something to compete with AT&T/T-Mo and Verizon.  Stock Android and unlocked bootloaders would be a good way to differentiate their brand, without costing them anything…

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dieselxdan Danny Nguyen

    aww.. the world without shitty bloatware.. Maybe my droid X would run a lot smoother. FU VZW

  • Anonymous

    Ahh the ol Skinned vs. stock rant. I am one who wants the choice to choose. 

  • drewgy

    Sounds like I’m leaving Big V and heading to little v….

    • Jack Malenski

      you wanna be a virgin again?