LG Optimus Black likely headed to Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Alltel and Virgin Mobile
The first clue to back up that claim comes from the Tera-WUFRL database where the LG Optimus Black is already listed with a US855 model name. For those of you who do not know what the Tera-WUFRL database is, it is an online catalog containing technical information about pretty much every cellphone that can connect to the Internet in some way. Although we cannot be absolutely sure at this time, the US prefix of the model name may mean that U.S. Cellular is planning to launch the Optimus Black at some point this year. The database entry itself does not reveal any spicy details except for the fact that the smartphone is listed with Android 2.3 Gingerbread as its operating system, which is great news considering that its European counterpart still runs 2.2 Froyo with no official update available yet.
However, while digging through the FCC, the guys at PocketNow revealed three additional LG smartphones with similar model names – LS855, AS855, and VM855, which appeared to be variants of the Optimus Black tailored for Sprint, Alltel, and Virgin Mobile respectively. Unfortunately, our search showed that only the Sprint-bound model is listed right now so you might want to take the existence of the other two devices with a grain of salt.
With its single-core TI OMAP3630 chipset, the Optimus Black may not be capable of competing with all the latest Android heavyweights, but it stands out with its low weight and its bright and beautiful NOVA display. Feel free to take a look at our LG Optimus Black review and see whether it might not be the next smartphone that will make its way to your pocket.
Thanks, anonymous tipster!
source: Tera-WUFRL, FCC via PhoneDog
2. Sw1tchUp (unregistered)
Virgin Mobile USA O_O
4. moosekilerwithfarts (unregistered)
Yes. It is still here in Georgia, Illinois and a few other states, although it has been bumped down to around 800,000 customers.
5. GreyCelt (unregistered)
Um, the LG Optimus Black is a GSM phone and Sprint/Virgin Mobile is on a CDMA network. So I don't see this one happening. Not sure what type of network the other carriers mentioned are running but unless Sprint is planning on adopting the GSM network, or LG decided to remanufacture the phone and make it CDMA, this is a bad rumor.
6. greyson (unregistered)
there have been many phones to that have moved from one network technology to another
i hope you arn't too upset when this happens because it's all but officially announced by these carriers
hell.... my last phone had both radios available.... one for the us and one for overseas... do some research before you make a fool of yourself
7. peacekeeper05 (unregistered)
i really like this phone. :)