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Virgin partners with low-end device maker IMO

Virgin, a UK phone carrier, has partnered with a new London-based smartphone brand, IMO (In My Opinion). Under the new agreement, Virgin Media will be first to offer IMO's Q and S smartphones at prices starting from £29.99 (prepay) and £8.50 (monthly contract) respectively. The mobile hotspot, IMO Go, will also be available from £24.99 plus a monthly tariff.

In the companies' joint statement, they said:

“The IMO Q and IMO S handsets will appeal to families, young people and smartphone late adopters, bringing outstanding Android phones in “pocket money” range. These new Android-powered handsets will be the latest addition to Virgin Media's current mobile offering, providing customers with more affordable smartphone options.”


The cheaper IMO Q has rock bottom specifications, just enough to run Android comfortably for casual use, the specs for the IMO Q are:

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 5MP Rear Facing Camera
  • 2MP Front Facing Camera
  • 1450mAh Battery
  • 4” WVGA Screen
  • 1GB RAM + 8GB ROM
  • SC7731C Processor
  • GSM/WCDMA Network Support (No 4G Support)

The more expensive IMO S will probably be more to the liking of most people, with more average specs than the IMO Q. The IMO S features:

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 8MP Rear Facing Camera
  • 5MP Front Facing Camera
  • 1950mAh Battery
  • 5” IPS Screen @ 1280*720
  • 1.5GB RAM + 16GB ROM
  • MT6735P Processor (Quad-core, 1Ghz)
  • GSM/WCDMA/LTE Network Support (4G Support)

The portable hotspot, IMO Go, includes the following specs:

  • Qualcomm MDM9207
  • Weight
  • 2500mAh Battery
  • MicroSD up to 32GB
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Up to 32 users at a time

While the hotspot device might be good to pick up if you need a portable internet connection, the phones are mediocre and better budget phones can be found at places like Amazon for around the same price.

Source: Virgin, IMO via Broadband Choices

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