Five Strategies To Find Amazing Deals On Android Apps and Games

Everybody Loves a Deal!

Deals are addicting, and everyone wants one.

Black Friday lines and driving across town to get slightly cheaper gas prices are just a few examples of what we will do to bag a bargain.

Thankfully, to get a deal on Android apps and games does not require the stamina of a professional endurance “line stander” (you know who you are). Android bargains are just a few clicks away if you know where to look.

Today, I will reveal to you the five strategies I use to hunt through the mountains of apps out there to find a sweet steal.

The Old Standbys Honorable Mention

Most of you probably already know about Amazon’s free paid app of the day and maybe even about GetJar’s Gold program – in fact, if you stop by this site much, I know that you know about these sites because I talk about them all the time.

Both of these places are excellent sources of android app deals.

Free is always the best deal.

Most of the time, however, you will not find many of the apps you want for free.

Many publishers are not going to just give their digital work away for nothing, but many are willing to offer limited time discounts — aka, the deals we are in search of.

Finding apps and games on sale can be a real challenge partially because the Android Market is so vast and includes ALOT of crap apps that have to be sifted through.

5 Deal Stalking Methods To Find The Perfect App At The Right Price

Hot Deals

AppBrain App Market IconThe first strategy is to spend a little time over at AppBrain - which is an Android Market browser that allow many more sorting and filter options. In fact, AppBrain was pretty much the real Android Market browser for a long time until Google got their act together.

Some of the available filters at AppBrain will help us find fresh price drops and apps that have received a massive amount of recent activity  — “Hot Today” and “Hot This Week“.

I usually start with the “hot” apps lists, which will usually reveal rather quickly if a publisher is doing a one day promotion that people are thrilled about because there is a sudden massive flurry of activity.

If you do not want to visit the site often, you can follow these categories on Twitter or get category based feeds in your favorite feed reader.

Love The Filters!

Hot FlamesMy second strategy also takes place on the AppBrain website.

Once you choose a category on AppBrain, you can choose a filter called “price reduced” located in the bottom left.

This is one of the best ways to see which apps have suddenly become less expensive.

You will find that there is some junk to wade through — look for the apps that have high download numbers overall.

Knowing the Right Words

The third strategy I use to find apps and games on sale is to go to the Android Market and search for “sale” and maybe throw in to the search box a few other few key phrases like “limited time only”, “promotion”, and “holiday [insert the name of an approaching holiday] deal”.

These searches will bring up two types of apps – 1) Apps that are ABOUT sales and 2) Apps that ARE ON sale. You’ll have to weed through them a bit.

Amazon Always Has a Deal On Something – Even Apps

The fourth strategy is to check the deals page at the Amazon Appstore. It changes weekly – I watch this like a hawk because the deals there are often exclusive to Amazon and do not exist in the Android Market.


I have picked up very expensive apps here like Quick Office, Easy Tether, Touchdown, and others for up to 75% off their usual price.

Let Others Do The Work For You

SlickDealsThe final fifth strategy I use to bring home the app bargains relies on the community driven site “SlickDeals”.

After setting up a free account, you can set up alerts for keywords that relate to a specific deal you are looking for.

For example, I might set up a deal alert with the word “android app” or “Android Market”. If I am looking for a specific app, I set up a deal alert using that app’s name.

If someone posts a deal using any of the keyword deal alerts I’ve set up, I will be sent an email and a message on the SlickDeals site itself.

You have the choice of whether or not to have these alerts only emailed to you or only sent to you as a message on the SlickDeals website — or you can choose to have both done to cover all of your bases.

You can have an e-mail instantly sent to you any time someone posts a deal regarding the word that you set as your alert key. I have found this very effective especially when hunting for inexpensive games.

The Sum of It All!

To find stellar bargains on Android apps and games, try using these five strategies:

  1. Check AppBrain’s Hot Deals categories .
  2. Use the “Price Reduced” filter at AppBrain.
  3. Use the Android Market search box to find publishers offering sales and limited time deals.
  4. Stalk the Amazon Deals page religiously.
  5. Join the SlickDeals community and set up some instant deal alerts.

That’s the skinny ya’ll, but do not forget to add coming back here every once in a while to see our Special Deals category ;) .

Keep on Rock’n!

Top 15 Android Market Alternative Appstores For Your LG Optimus V and the Motorola Triumph

Shopping CartIf you own an Android, any Android, you almost certaintly know about the Android Market and the Amazon Appstore. Both of these are now market standards.

What you may not know is that there are A LOT of other alternative appstores lurking around the internet that may be worth checking out — who knows what the future may hold for them and whether they will soon hit the street in a viral frenzy as a contender. We’ve seen this recently with GetJar and their new free premium apps program in GetJar Gold.

So, let’s get right in to it and look at the top 15 Android Market alternatives. In order to qualify as an appstore, the store must allow you to buy directly from them and not just be a service for app discovery like AppBrain, Chomp, or AppAware. App Discovery is a whole other post I will publish someday.

1. Amazon Appstore

Amazon Appstore

If you do not already have the Amazon Appstore downloaded and installed on your Android, you are crazy (or just did not know about it :) ). I have collected hundreds of dollars in paid apps with their “Get a great paid app for free every day” program.

The great thing is that you do not even have to install the apps to “collect” them. All you need to do is have or set up an Amazon account and just push the “get it” button once a day. Chu — ching! Free money!

2. Opera Mobile App Store

Opera Mobile App Store

Oepra Mobile App Store does not have an Android app and it does not even have a desktop friendly version. It is made for phones to browse in a web browser.

The Opera Mobile App Store does not only deal with Android, but it launched this last year mostly to support Java apps in feature phones.

3. GetJar

GetJar

GetJar has always been a pretty big app market for Java phones, but it has just recently made some significant inroads with Android apps.

“Stealing” some tactics from Amazon, they recently implemented the GetJar Gold program that set up special deals with some choice app developers to offer their premium paid apps for free exclusively on GetJar.

The GetJar Gold apps list grows on a weekly basis rather than a daily basis like the Amazon Appstore. It is worth checking out.

GetJar requires the use of a download helper in the form of an Android app you will have to install. You get the app directly from GetJar and not from the Android Marketplace.

4. Soc.io

Soc.io

Soc.io

Soc.io used to be the AndAppStore, and they are trying to present the image of a one stop shop. They sell Apps, Games, and Books for Android devices.

5. OnlyAndorid Superstore [Mobihand affiliates]

http://store.andgeeks.com/ or  http://store.androidguys.com/

Mobihand offers Android sites that receive a lot of traffic to be affiliates. These sites sell Mobihand’s apps on their domain and receive a cut. The two links above are just two examples of many many “stores” out there powered by Mobihand.

6. Handango

Handango

Handango — a trade name of PocketGear — is another app market that caters to a variety of operating systems in addition to Android including Blackberry, Windows Phone, Symbian, and Palm.

There is a large selection of apps and games, and Handango runs sales and coupons here and there.

7. InsydeMarket

InsydeMarket

This is a very small market – featuring less than 300 apps, but it has been around for a while. Its worth playing around with just to say you’ve done it.

8. Appoke

Appoke

I really like Appoke – it is a social experience. It is social like AppBrain is social with the basic profile, friend following, and easy voting.

Appoke has an Android app for their market of close to 4,000 apps.

9. SlideME

SlideME

One of the larger Android alternative markets with more than 6,000 apps and games. It has a dedicated Android app for access to their market.

10. YAAM Market

YAAM Market -aka “Yet Another Android Market”

Its small, but it is for sure “another Android Market”.

11. AndAppOnline

AndAppOnline

Desktop access focused with no more than 500 apps. You download the APKs in the browser whether on your desktop or on your phone. No account or special app is required for the AndAppOnline.

12. ESDN

ESDN – Desktop or ESDN – Mobile

Growing app store with just under 700 apps at the time of this posting for Android. ESDN offers paid and free apps with PayPal purchase options.

ESDN appears to be actively recruiting developers to list their app by offering free registrations and listing. May be one to watch.

13. Aproov

Aproov

Easy to use web app interface – totally worth a look. I’m not convinced there is a lot of growth potential, but who knows.

14. Mobango

Mobango

Under 900 apps and 500 games for Android. You can also browse graphics, videos, and set up a social profile in their “community”. The main focus of Mobango is user interaction and much of the content is shared by the community.

With MOBANGO, you have immediate access to thousands of personal files provided by MOBANGO users, across the World. You can publish, convert, and share Personal Content of all types for your cell phone – Videos, Photos, Ringtones, Applications, Games.

15. Handster

Handster

Looks pretty legit. There are sales on apps and special prices if you buy from your phone as opposed to on the desktop.

They have a “lowest price guarantee” and “100% money back guarantee”. The refund period is a whopping 30 days from the time of purchase. The price match feature is equally as “woah” with a 30 day window to find a lower price on any app store in English. If you find a lower price, they will refund 110% of your purchase.

I wonder how long Handster can maintain these guarantee/price match periods if they ever go mainstream….

There you Have It!

Well, that list should keep you busy for a while ;) . Enjoy!

Please leave comments on your thoughts about any of these markets and any other markets you love that I missed.

Rock That!

[originally published on Rock That LG Optimus V & Rock That Moto T]

14 Ways to Rock Google on Your New Motorola Triumph

Google’s Got Ya!

Whether you are a seasoned veteran of the almighty Google Account or a complete newbie forced to sign up for the first time when you got your new Android phone, we all need a little push to get the most out of our Google accounts.  You are probably already familiar with some of Google’s main features like Google Search, Google Maps, YouTube, and Gmail, but there are TONS of extras just waiting for you to play with.

Google Accounts are a truly kick’n free resource for anyone of any age. That’s right, it’s completely free – you can keep what features you like and toss out the ones you hate. No risk!

If you have an Android, then you have a Google Account. You might as well take full advantage of it!

Some of the things we all can do on our Android with Google apps include:

Google Apps That Work On The Motorola Triumph and The LG Optimus V

Google+ -Google’s new social network (want an invite, I’ll hook you up – Just ask).

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Black Friday Deals For Virgin Mobile – Best Price on HTC Evo V 4G Ever!

Black Friday is Here!

If you are looking to upgrade – Now is the Time!

Dana Rock @Rock That Mobile suggests taking advantage of the HTC Evo V 4G sale price of $149.99 before 11/26 or an “out of stock” notice leaves this price behind forever.

The second best deal is $70 off the new Samsung Galaxy S II = a sale price of $299.99.

Dana Rock’s third fav is $100 bucks off the Samsung Galaxy Reverb, leaving the sale price at a stellar $99. That’s 50% off folks!

Click the link below to get in on the fun before these prices are gone or out of stock – seriously folks, act quick if you want in on this!

Happy Hunting!

Thanks for being a loyal reader of Rock That Mobile!

Black Friday Deals! Save up to $100 on select smartphones from Virgin Mobile

Prices Good Until 11/26 (Cyber Monday)

– Dana Rock

 

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Samsung Galaxy Reverb Debuts In Virgin Mobile Android Family Later This Week – Press Release

Samsung Galaxy ReverbVirgin Mobile Unveils Another New Android Phone

Virgin Mobile is expanding its line up of Android phones AGAIN! This time, Virgin Mobile will bring on board the first Samsung Galaxy phone Virgin Mobile will carry yet – The Samsung Galaxy Reverb.

September 19th, 2012 is the debut date – pre-ordering began last week.

What Does Dana Rock Think?

My initial assessment is that the Galaxy Reverb will be a real competitor in the low priced, high featured Ice Cream Sandwich Android phone marketplace.

At $250, the Galaxy Reverb will sport a four inch screen, a kick’n 5 megapixel back side camera and a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera as well.

It will have 4GB of internal space and a good size battery that supports seven and a half hours of talk time.

I’m a bit concerned about it having less than 1GB of RAM, and Virgin Mobile is not doing itself any favors by not pushing for this to be a 4G capable phone – as it stands now, it will only run on 3G.

The HTC Evo V 4G is still the only phone that will work on their 4G network. If you have a choice between the Galaxy Reverb or the HTC Evo V, I would pick the V because it has more network choices.

Official Press Release

Published on Virgin Mobile USA Newsroom (http://newsroom.virginmobileusa.com) on 9/6/12 12:09 pm EDT

The Samsung Galaxy Family Expands into Virgin Territory as Samsung Galaxy Reverb

Launches on Virgin Mobile USA

Release Date:
Thursday, September 6, 2012 12:09 pm EDT
Dateline City:
WARREN, N.J. & DALLAS

New Galaxy Smartphone is Available for Pre-Order Today with Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk Unlimited Data & Messaging Plans Starting at $35 per Month

Samsung Galaxy ReverbWARREN, N.J. & DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE [2])–Finally! Samsung Galaxy Reverb, the first Samsung Galaxy offered on Virgin Mobile USA, is available for pre-order today in preparation for its official online arrival on Sept. 19 for $249.99. Following its online debut, Galaxy Reverb will then roll out to thousands of Virgin Mobile retailers nationwide, including the new Virgin Mobile-branded stores recently launched in Chicago.

Pre-ordering [3] for this feature-packed Android-powered smartphone is available at Virgin Mobile USA’s website for tech-savvy consumers who want unlimited data at a great price. Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk™ plans pair perfectly with Galaxy Reverb and offer unlimited data and messaging,1 with prices starting at just $35 per month.

“We keep adding awesome new services and devices to our lineup,” said Mark Lederman, director-Virgin Mobile USA, “and with our commitment to customers to deliver products with ‘A Higher Calling,’ this new Samsung device is no exception. Samsung has always been a strong partner for Virgin Mobile; Intercept was the first Android we made available on our Beyond Talk plans, in 2010. Getting a Galaxy device now truly rounds out our offering.”

Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) is the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States.2 Its award-winning portfolio of Galaxy devices is designed to provide users with a premium Android experience. Galaxy Reverb earns its Galaxy name through its large 4-inch WVGA screen, 5.0MP camera with LED flash and video capture, 1.3MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. The 1.4GHz processor supports Bluetooth® 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS support and 768MB RAM internal memory. Running on Sprint’s Nationwide 3G Network, Galaxy Reverb comes with GooglePlay™, for access to all the latest apps. Galaxy Reverb also uses a button arrangement that more closely resembles Samsung Galaxy S III with menu, home and back keys, and capacitive touch buttons.

Additional Samsung Galaxy Reverb specifications:

  • EVDO Rev A data network
  • 4GB ROM and 768MB RAM
  • Wi-FiTM 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 1700 mAh removable battery
  • Talk/standby time: 7.52 hours/168.82 hours
  • Size: 122.40mm x 64.20mm x 11.40mm
  • Weight: 128.7g
  • microSD card slot with expandable memory of up to 64GB
  • GPS/aGPS support

Samsung, Galaxy and Reverb are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks.

About Virgin Mobile USA

Virgin Mobile USA is “Highest Ranked Customer Service Performance among Non-Contract Wireless Providers” (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) by J.D. Power and Associates3 and offers millions of customers control, flexibility and connectivity through Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk [4]™ No-Contract plans with unlimited 3G and 4G data for mobile phone service, including Android™-powered smartphones and prepaid Broadband2Go [5] high-speed Web access on the Nationwide Sprint Network. Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk monthly unlimited data plans, which start at $35, are ideal for those smartphone users hungry for the most connectivity and the least amount of voice minutes. Virgin Mobile-branded devices are available at more than 40,000 retail stores, including Target, Walmart, Best Buy and RadioShack. Top-Up cards are available at approximately 150,000 locations nationwide. Experience Virgin Mobile on the Web atFacebook [6], Twitter, [7] You Tube [8], and purchase Virgin Mobile USA products at www.virginmobileusa.com [9]. For more news, click here [10].

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, (Samsung Mobile) a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com [11].

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 206,000 people in 197 offices across 72 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LED. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com [12].

1 Including 2.5GB per month of full-speed data

2 Samsung is the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States and the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide, according to Strategy Analytics, Q2 2012 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipment and Global Smartphone Shipment Reports.

3 Virgin Mobile received the highest numerical score among non-contract wireless providers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Wireless Customer Care Non-Contract StudySM – Vol. 1 & Vol. 2. Vol. 2 study based on responses from 3,026 consumers measuring seven non-contract wireless providers and measures opinions of consumers who contacted customer care within the past year. Vol. 1 study based on responses from 2,840 consumers measuring six non-contract wireless providers and measures opinions of consumers who contacted customer care within the past year. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed July-December 2011 [Vol. 1] and January-June 2012 [Vol. 2]. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com [13].

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Virgin Mobile’s New Kyocera Rise Under $100 With Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0

Kyocera Rise - Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.0 for $99

The new Kyocera Rise from Virgin Mobile may be the least expensive Android 4.0 phone on the market to date.

  • Dimensions 113 x 60.5 x 14.3 mm
  • Weight 158 g
  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen – Size 320 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches (~165 ppi pixel density)
  • 3.5mm jack – Yes
  • MicroSD, up to 32 GB, 2 GB included
  • Internal 2 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
  • WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
  • MicroUSB v2.0
  • Front facing camera 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus
  • Features Geo-tagging
  • Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Chipset – Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon
  • CPU – 1 GHz
  • Sensors – Accelerometer, proximity, compass
  • BATTERY – Li-Ion 1500 mAh

Hands On Video From CNET With Kyocera Rise

Hands On Video From PhoneArena.com With Kyocera Rise

Kyocera Rise Product Reviews

Kyocera Rise Press Release

Kyocera Rise Brings Affordable QWERTY with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, to Sprint and Virgin Mobile USA

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE [2])–Sprint (NYSE: S) and Kyocera Communications, Inc. today announced the launch of Kyocera Rise, an Android™ smartphone with a full QWERTY slide-out keypad and high-resolution touchscreen display. Kyocera Rise offers feature-phone loyalists the ability to easily move up to a smartphone without losing their tactile keyboard or spending a lot of money.

Equipped with Android 4.0 operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, Kyocera Rise will be available in all Sprint retail channels, including Web Sales (www.sprint.com [3]) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) beginning Sunday, Aug. 19, for $19.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a new line of service or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. It will be available without a contract at www.virginmobileusa.com [4] beginning Friday, Aug. 31, for $99.99. (Pricing excludes taxes.)
“Kyocera Rise brings customers the comfort of an easy-to-use Android smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “It is a great option for customers who are new to smartphones, parents looking for the perfect first device for their teens and tweens or anyone looking for a device with an impressive set of features at a great price. This is a perfect addition to round out our Android portfolio.”

A survey by industry analyst firm Yankee Group earlier this year revealed that 69 percent of consumers called a QWERTY keypad a “must have” or “nice to have” feature on their mobile devices. Kyocera Rise combines that feature with a 3.5-inch IPS LCD touchscreen display for easy navigation, Web browsing and stunning displays of pictures and video. “There’s a significant population of underserved consumers out there for whom a touchscreen simply isn’t enough,” said Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager-Global Sales and Marketing, Kyocera Communications Inc. “For these people, keys are a vital feature. Along with smartphone users who love their keys, approximately half of mobile users still have feature phones with keypads, so they’re comfortable using keys. Kyocera Rise has all the features you’d want in a smartphone in an attractive and affordable 3G device that will appeal to those underserved consumers.” Kyocera Rise features a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive 480×320 IPS LCD touchscreen display and Swype for rapid text entry. Its 1,500mAh Lithium-ion battery ensures long periods of use between charges and provides more than 8.5 hours of talk time.

Additional features include:
Google Play™ with access to hundreds of thousands of apps 1GHz MSM8655 Qualcomm Snapdragon® processor for fast access to apps and Web surfing 3.2-megapixel camera with an LED flash and 30 frame-per-second camcorder Kyocera’s “Eco Mode” software to better monitor and conserve battery power microSD™ memory card support up to 32GB Dedicated capacitive menu button for easy access to application-specific features Sprint ID, offering an innovative way to personalize Android smartphones with apps, widgets, wallpapers, ringtones and more In addition to Sprint’s nationwide 3G network, Kyocera Rise connects over Wi-Fi (b/g/n) networks, supports Stereo Bluetooth® (2.1 + EDR) wireless technology and includes a high-speed USB 2.0 port Kyocera Rise customers can enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything Data plans. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $79.99 per month for smartphones – a savings of $20 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web (excludes taxes and surcharges).

Consumers looking for a commitment-free option can pair the Kyocera Rise with Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plans that start at $35 per month for 300 minutes of voice and include unlimited messaging and data. For those looking for a bit more talk time, the $45 plan offers 1,200 minutes of voice and the $55 plan offers unlimited voice each month. All plans include unlimited messaging and data (plans include 2.5GB of full-speed data).1 In addition, Sprint is deploying Network Vision – an all-new network from Sprint that offers enhanced 3G service – with a stronger wireless signal, faster download speeds, expanded coverage and better in-building performance – and 4G LTE, with faster data applications. Sprint rolled out 4G LTE to millions of people in 15 cities on July 15 and plans to introduce more markets to the network in 2012. By the end of 2013, Sprint expects to have largely completed the build out of its all-new 4G LTE nationwide network – with an enhanced 3G network – covering 250 million people across the United States. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE [5].

Back To School Virgin Mobile Phone Deal Roudup!

Back to School!

Teaching-Guru_avatar-96x96Its time to go back to school folks! All of Virgin Mobile’s major retailers – Radioshack, BestBuy, Walmart, Amazon, and Virgin Mobile Online have amazing deals on many of the top Virgin Mobile No Contract phones right now in honor of “Back to School”.

Now is a good time to buy.

I do not expect to see deals like these until late November (Black Friday) or around Christmas.

The Roundup!

The way I’m going to do this roundup is to list the phone and then list the top two best prices from the major retailers.

Virgin Mobile Venture

Virgin Venture

Best Prices on Virgin Mobile Venture

HTC Wilfire S

Wildfire Silver HTC

Best Prices on Virgin Mobile HTC Wildfire S


LG Optimus Slider

LG Optimus Slider by Virgin Mobile

Best prices on the Virgin Mobile LG Optimus Slider

Virgin Mobile CHASER

Virgin Mobile CHASER

Best prices on Virgin Mobile CHASER

Motorola Triumph

Motorola-Triumph-2.jpg

Best price on Virgin Mobile Motorola Triumph

LG Optimus Elite

LG Optimus Elite

Best prices on LG Optimus Elite


 

HTC One V

HTC One V

Best prices on Virgin Mobile HTC One V


 

Humble Indie Android Bundle 3 Ready Now!

Your Money Supporting Real Developers and Charities

If you have not tried the Humble Indie Bundle before, now is a good time.

This is the third Android compatible bundle offered by the Humble Indie Bundle folks.

Minimum to unlock the primary four games is just ONE buck! That’s it!

You can bid less than one dollar, but then you will not recieve STEAM UNLOCK keys – Yah, you heard right!

These will play on your PC, MAC, or Linux box too! Talk about cross compatibility!

Humble Indie Bundle Android Version 3

For ONE buck you get:

  • Field Runners
  • Bit-Trip Beat
  • SpaceChem
  • Uplink

If you pay more than the average, you will unlock an extra game – Spirits.

Humble Indie Bundle for Android Games

Official YouTube Video

Official Humble Indie Bundle Lowdown

Five amazing games for your mobile delight. We’re bringing you a mountain of entertainment for your Android devices. Pay-what-you-want to get BIT.TRIP BEAT, Fieldrunners, SpaceChem, and Uplink!

And if you beat the average price, you also get the beautiful platform-puzzler Spirits! Please note that Uplink and SpaceChem require tablets if you are playing the Android version.

Love your desktop? So do we. Buying the Humble Bundle for Android 3 also gets you the games on Windows, Mac, and Linux! For your listening pleasure, each game also comes with an official soundtrack.

Pay what you want. On their own, these fantastic games and their soundtracks would cost to the tune of $52, but we’re letting you name your price!  The games work great on Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux (system requirements here).

Note that this is the initial release for many of the Android and Linux versions of the games. Please be patient while the developers fix any 1.0 bugs as quickly as they can, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you run into any issues.

Support vital charities. You get to decide how your purchase is divided: between the developers, the Child’s Play Charity, or the Electronic Frontier Foundation. And, if you choose, a Humble tip for putting this promotion together is much appreciated!