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Virgin Mobile taking preorders for $99 Venture

Armed with Android Gingerbread, basic features, and no contract, the $99 PCD Venture begins shipping March 15.

The Venture is a wallet-friendly option for no-contract Virgin Mobile. Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile has begun taking preorders for its next smartphone, the Gingerbread-powered PCD Venture.

The Venture is an affordable option for customers looking to scoop up their first Android device; it features a 2.8-inch display, a 600MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and microSD expansion slot (for cards up to a 2GB). Taking a peek at the user manual reveals that the internal storage is 512MB and the digital camera 2 megapixels. While seasoned users might not get excited over the hardware, I suspect that both will matter little to the target user base.

Additional details for the Venture include support for Virgin Mobile ID packs, 3G connectivity, and the usual fare of GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. According to Virgin Mobile, the smartphone is expected to ship starting March 15.

We'll have a full review of the Venture as soon as we can get one in-house.

Editors' note: This article was updated March 13, 2012, at 9:55 a.m. PT with the correct manufacturer, PCD.