From accounts that I've read, no. At the same time, I doubt we'll get a definitive answer on that. If someone has one, though, I'd love to hear about it...
I have a V that I wouldn't mind upgrading, so I'm curious about this deal.
I've had both the elite and the optimus T (same as V but for Tmobile) and i found:
Elite: decent speaker phone, faster processor, larger internal memory, but cannot push apps to the external SD card without a lot of extra workarounds, cannot be used as a wifi hotspot, and has shorter battery life
Optimus T(V): horrible speaker phone, slower processor, small internal memory that is always running out but you can push most apps to the SD card, free wifi hotspot and decent battery life
Overall I consider the elite a step sideways from the V rather than a step up. While it improves in some areas it got worse in others. The biggest question would be which do you want more, a workable speaker phone or free wifi hotspot.
If you do go with the elite, definitely root it. It is easy, does not take long and lets you use a battery app that helps a lot with battery life
Just to clarify for those who don't click through, no you cannot put a new phone on the old $25 plan:
What are the new device upgrade rules?
Starting May 27, 2012, if you are using the $25, $40, or $60 Beyond Talk Plans and you upgrade to a Beyond Talk Smartphone launched after May 1, 2012 (including the HTC EVO™ V 4G), you will need to switch to the current $35, $45, or $55 Beyond Talk Monthly Plan. When you switch plans, you will need to pay for your new plan and you will lose any minutes, messages, and money in your balance. This will also change your monthly payment date. So if you are considering upgrading to a new smartphone, we recommend that you wait until right before your next monthly payment date to activate.
*The following smartphones launched before May 1, 2012 and are therefore not subject to the new device upgrade rules at this time: VentureTM, LG ® OptimusTM Slider, HTC ® Wildfire STM, Motorola TriumphTM, LG ® Optimus VTM, Blackberry ® CurveTM 8530.
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