While getting cash back when you buy a new phone might not be such a new idea, Virgin Mobile's delivering it in a novel way. With every Optimus Elite purchased between now and July 18th you'll receive $25 Google Wallet credit, giving you a taste of how contactless payment works with your new device. Strangely, the credit is delivered in stages — you'll get $10 upfront, followed by another $15 three weeks after.
The device itself is nothing to write home about, but sold remarkably well when it was up for pre-order. It's powered by a single-core 800MHz processor with 512MB RAM and 4GB storage. It also has a 3.5-inch 320 x 480 display, and runs Android 2.3.7 which looks fairly close to a stock skin. However, if you're looking for a way to get into NFC payments without signing up to a contract, the $149.99 Optimus Elite might be for you. It's not clear whether the $35 account bonus that's currently advertised on the Virgin website applies too, but you could save $60 in all, and get unlimited data to boot.