Sprint’s prepaid division Boost Mobile has recently added a new Android handset to its lineup, Kyocera Milano. The Milano is a low-cost environment-friendly Android 2.3 Gingerbread phone that’s available at Boost Mobile’s website for $79.99.
Boost Mobile Kyocera Milano, also released by Sprint in September 2011, is affordable messaging phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 3-inch display with a 320×240 resolution. It comes with an 800 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM, a 2GB memory card included and microSD card slot for expanding memory additionally, up to 32GB.
The Kyocera Milano has a 3.2-megapixel camera with video recording, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi and a 1,490mAh battery. In addition, the phone provides access to Boost ID packs for personalizing users’ phones according to their own preferences while materials that the Milano is made of have minimal impact on environment.
Kyocera Milano is compatible with Boost’s $55 Android Monthly Unlimited plan that can be shrank to as low as $40 per month after 18 on-time payments. Also, it can be paired with the Daily Unlimited plan for $2 per day.
As an alternative to this Gingerbread phone, users can look at Boost’s Kyocera Hydro. Until April 18, the Hydro is $20 off of the regular $99.99 price so it can be purchased for the same money as Milano, $79.99. It doesn’t offer physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard but it has an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, a larger 3.5-inch touchscreen display and a faster 1GHz processor.
Also, Virgin Mobile is offering Kyocera Event, an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone with a 3.5-inch display, 1GHz processor and 4GB of internal memory for the same, $79.99, price tag. When compared with Boost’s Kyocera Milano, it only lacks slide-out physical keyboard that some users highly prefer and would overlook higher specs in favor of it.
And the last and possibly the best alternative to Kyocera Milano is Virgin’s Kyocera Rise that comes with a physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 1 GHz processor and a larger 3.5-inch display. The Rise is currently on sale at the carrier’s website until April 8 or while supplies last and users can purchase it for $69.99 (regular price $99.99). Also, Virgin Mobile’s unlimited data and messaging plans start at $35 per month while Boost and Virgin Mobile’s coverage is the same since both are Sprint’s prepaid brands.