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Virgin Mobile USA Channels the Extrovert in You With Samsung Mantra(TM)
New Device Harmoniously Combines Your Social Networks Through Virgin Mobile Connect

WARREN, NJ and DALLAS, TX, Jun 11, 2009 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- If talk, text, surfing, and social networking capture your phone persona, Samsung Mantra from Virgin Mobile USA (NYSE: VM) [www.virginmobileusa.com] will have you chanting its praises. A slim flip phone with external caller ID and dual color screens, the Samsung Mantra is priced at $59.99, making it a desirable yet affordable handset synonymous with Virgin Mobile USA's line-up of no-annual-contract quality devices. The Mantra has a clear, simple user interface and a large keypad that makes navigating a cinch; it is available now at www.virginmobileusa.com and will be at retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, Target and RadioShack later this summer.

Talk and Text

Samsung Mantra is available on both pay-as-you-go and monthly plans. For those who love to talk, Virgin Mobile offers Totally Unlimited Calling for $49.99 per month. Messaging lovers can combine monthly no-annual-contract plans, starting at $29.99 per month with $10 per month Unlimited Messaging Packs [TXT, PIC, IM and e-mail] or Texter's Delight Plan (unlimited messaging + 10 cent minutes charged separately) for $19.99 per month.(1) All talk plans without annual contracts include Nights & Weekends starting at 7 p.m.

Share and Stay Connected

Virgin Mobile Connect is your all-in-one package to be online and connected at all times. It offers access to various social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Flickr with the ability to view them all in one dashboard. Send TXT email, IM messages and photos to friends and family quickly and easily. Customers can snap photos with the included camera and share with friends as well as popular social media destinations such as Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, Photobucket, and more through Virgin Mobile USA's MyPix service, coming soon to the handset's WAP deck as well as the Virgin Mobile USA website. In addition, stay connected while on the go with features such as Speakerphone, Bluetooth(R) Wireless, and a long battery life of up to 5.5 hours talk time and 12.5 days standby time.

"With the addition of the Samsung Mantra, we continue to expand our handset lineup offering customers sleek-looking handsets with all the desirable features," said Matias Monges, Vice President, Mobile Devices Virgin Mobile USA. "We're happy to be working with Samsung again to offer the Mantra, a phone that lives up to the Samsung brand of quality."

About Virgin Mobile USA, Inc.

Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. (NYSE: VM), through its operating company Virgin Mobile USA, L.P., offers more than 5 million customers control, flexibility and choice through Virgin Mobile's Plans Without Annual Contracts, with coverage powered by the Nationwide Sprint Network. Virgin Mobile USA also offers unlimited all-in contract plans with advanced devices like the Ocean 2.

More than 90% of its customers report satisfaction. Virgin Mobile USA service recently announced its Pink Slip Protection program*, which provides eligible monthly plan customers who lose their jobs and become eligible for state unemployment benefits free service for up to three months(2). Its full slate of smart, stylish and affordable handsets are available at approximately 40,000 top retailers nationwide and online at http://www.virginmobileusa.com/, with Top-Up cards available at almost 150,000 locations.

*Subject to certain terms and conditions

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungmobileusa.com.

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2008 consolidated sales of US$96 billion. Employing approximately 164,600 people in 179 offices across 61 countries, the company consists of two business units: Digital Media & Communications and Device Solutions. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

(1) Pricing excludes taxes and surcharges

(2) Subject to certain terms and conditions

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Contact information:
Corinne Nosal
Virgin Mobile USA
908-607-4235
Email Contact
www.virginmobileusa.com

Brett White
MWW Group for Samsung Mobile
214-414-3329
Email Contact

Justine Navaja
SHIFT Communications for VMU
917-723-7209
Email Contact
www.shiftcomm.com

SOURCE: Virgin Mobile USA