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Virgin Mobile picks up Kyocera Brio for Paylo

The QWERTY handset is an affordable option for those with basic cell phone needs.

The Kyocera Brio is an affordable QWERTY experience for the talk and text crowd. Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile today announced that the Kyocera Brio has joined the family of devices offered under the payLo umbrella.

Priced at $39.99, the handset is aimed at those with very basic mobile needs, mainly talking and texting.

The Brio, first released on Sprint, has a 2.2-inch QVGA display, a QWERTY keyboard, and a 1.3-megapixel camera. There's also a microSD memory card slot for expandable storage.

On the smarter side of things, the phone offers Bluetooth 2.0, mobile web, email, and a few basic applications.

Virgin Mobile, one of Sprint's prepaid arms, offers the Kyocera Brio online, as well as at retail chains such as Best Buy, Target, and RadioShack.

As a refresher, the no-contract carrier offers a $40 monthly plan that includes unlimited voice minutes and messages (text, picture, e-mail), plus 50MB of Internet access.