LG Optimus Elite brings Google Wallet to Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile's first phone to support Google Wallet goes on sale next week.

LG Optimus Elite for Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile

Following in Sprint's footsteps, Virgin Mobile is getting Google Wallet thanks to the LG Optimus Elite, which first came out on Sprint on April 20.

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone is Virgin Mobile's first phone with support for Google Wallet and NFC, or near field communication, a short-range communication protocol similar in concept to Bluetooth.

The silver LG Optimus Elite, which also features a 3.5-inch touch screen, 5-megapixel camera, and a 800MHz processor, goes on sale May 15 for $149.99, but preorders begin today.

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.


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