I am one of many who has a grandfathered Virgin Mobile $25 plan that though we had no hope other than the hopeless Triumph.
Due to a wrinkle in their roll out, the Elite became available, and through tomorrow or the next day, can be added on a grandfathered $25 plan.
Having said that, I bought one to replace my Optimus V and would dearly love at least Root for it.
MetroPCS has released the Optimus M+ which is basically the same phone so there are two economy but pretty nice phones that could use some love from the wonderful hacker community.
Thanks for asking!
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BTW, the phone is $129 at Best Buy, $149 MSRP and Walmart.
The GPS is better than the OV one which was very good. The phone is a little taller, but 1/3 thinner vs. the chunky OV.
The phone has WAY more RAM for the user so the slightly faster processor seems way faster than it really is. I had the IFO ROM for mine, and even with some tweaks, the Elite is way better stock than the OV was tweaked.
What you lose is the WiFi hotspot feature which came with my OV. The applications want to go to internal memory (another 4GB) vs. the SD, but at least you don't lose your programs if you swap the SIM.
Having the NFC/Wallet feature is a cool bonus.
So far the bigger screen, although only .3, it seems like much more.
Battery life has been stupendous for me...way kewl!