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HTC One V released on Virgin Mobile for $199.99 without a contract

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The HTC One V is available now from prepaid carrier Virgin Mobile for $199.99.

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The HTC One V is a full-fledged member of the Taiwanese company's excellent One series, but it's always been the third wheel thanks to its smaller screen, distinctive chin, and less beefy innards. Still, those in the US attracted by the smartphone haven't had any options until today, as prepaid carrier Virgin Mobile is now offering the device for $199.99. That's an awfully attractive price considering you won't need to pick up a two-year contract to get the phone (for reference, the carrier demands $649 for the 16GB iPhone 4S). For that chunk of change you'll get a 3.7-inch, 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a 1 GHz Qualcomm S2 SoC running Android 4.0. Virgin Mobile runs on its parent company Sprint's network, and plans start at $35 with 300 minutes and unlimited data and texts. If you're not interested in running the device on Virgin Mobile, we've heard rumors that both US Cellular and Metro PCS are due to pick up the HTC One V sometime this summer, too. Also, before you run out your local Best Buy or RadioShack to pick up the smartphone, be sure to check out our review to see if that chin has your name on it.