Virgin Mobile Arc Review

Bluetooth enabled flip phone w. camera

The Virgin Mobile Arc is a flip-style Bluetooth-enabled phone with a VGA resolution camera. Available for about $30, this phone makes a few trade-offs.

Update: Discontinued

Features

Camera

The UT Starcom Arc has a VGA-resolution camera.

Internal and External LCD

Like most flip style phones these days, the Arc has both a main internal screen as well as a small external LCD screen. Both screens are full color, though there's not a whole lot you can do with the external screen which looks like it can fit about 3 lines of text enough to tell you who's calling or texting you.

Bluetooth

Yes, the Arc is Bluetooth-enabled

Surf the Web

You can surf the web with the Arc that, too as you can with almost all Virgin Mobile phones with varying degrees of usability depending on the screen and keyboard. In this case, reviews are mixed.

Speakerphone

If you don't have a headset, you can use the speaker phone as a handsfree substitute.

Voice dialing

If you're going to use either a Bluetooth headset or speakerphone then you're probably not shy about talking out loud to your phone, so you may also want to make use of the voice dialing feature. It's not really any faster than pressing a couple buttons on the phone, but, like a headset, you don't have to take your eyes off what you're doing.

HAC-rated M4

This phone has been HAC (hearing aid compatibility) rated M4 which is excellent. So if you need this feature and the rest of the phone's feature set is good for you, you may want to give this one a try.

Battery Life

You get 3.5 hours talk time (standard) and 14 days standby time (quite good considering it's a relatively full-featured phone).

Worth a try?


If you already mostly carry around a digital camera in your pocket or purse, the Arc is worth a try with it's Bluetooth capability, and long battery life.

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