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Virgin Mobile's LG Optimus V already for sale

0. phoneArena posted on 29 Jan 2011, 13:45

Earlier in the week we reported that Virgin Mobile was about to get the LG Optimus V, which is their version one the LG Optimus One. Even though the device isn't expected to be sold on-line Virgin Mobile until February 1st, it appears that some retails stores have already begin selling it for the low non-contract price of $150.

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posted on 29 Jan 2011, 21:18

1. tuminatr (Posts: 861; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)

yea $25 gets you 300min unlimited 3g web text and pix, kinda a low end phone but a sweet deal

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 00:51

2. dirtbag (unregistered)

I bought mine today (in Van Nuys, California), thanks to a few helpful employees at Target.

This phone is amazing. Compared to the Intercept (also on Virgin), it's thinner and performs much better, and is just working smoothly, unlike my Intercept which would lag and lock up quite frequently.

If you're looking for a cheap prepaid smartphone with a killer plan, this is THE PHONE to get.

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 14:07

3. esploded (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

I'm new to android.
So, if google announces 2.4 or even the "honeycomb" for smartphones,
will this phone be stuck on 2.2?
Is that be something I should consider?

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 14:45

4. esploded (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

Oh also, is the samsung intercepts' 100 dollar extra worth the faster processor, qwerty keyboard, etc.?

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 02:05

10. Oishimitzu (unregistered)

The intercept is actually at a sizable disadvantage processor-wise. Even though it has an 800mhz processor, it doesn't have a Adreno 200 graphics chip, or a modem processor like the Optimus does. The intercept's 800mhz processor has to do it all. The Optimus also has twice the RAM the Intercept does. Even if they were both running the same 2.2 side by side the Optimus would be faster.

posted on 01 Feb 2011, 00:38

7. BiafraRepublic (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Jan 2011)

LG is going to be pushing out Android 2.3 Gingerbread over the course of 2011-2 for its Android-based Optimus devices, starting in the Baltic region.

Android 3.0 Honeycomb support is a big question mark.

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 21:16

5. heygtech (unregistered)

I've been considering getting this to replace my ipod touch 2g? should i? help phone arena! btw will i just be able to use it like an ipod and not be required to use their services?

posted on 01 Feb 2011, 13:08

8. Hasib (unregistered)

You can have unlimited voice on the $25 plan by using GoogleVoice callback and IPKall.

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 00:29

9. wolfybaby (unregistered)

Can anyone confirm what Hasib posted above re: GoogleVoice/IPKall ?

Reading the forums, this still seems quite complicated .....

posted on 04 Apr 2011, 21:23

17. angelbaby (unregistered)

You can get free calls but the process is very complicated.

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 12:30

11. Eddy (unregistered)

This a great phone many other websites and even in the virbin mobile website say that the lg optimus v doesnt have hotspot but it does you just have to downlaod the app for it cause it does not come with a hotspot app built in. I think this is a great phone it is fast and works great. The only thing I dont like is that it doesnt have an indicatore light

posted on 27 Feb 2011, 19:45

12. Retro Upper (unregistered)

I too am on the verge of switching from AT&T to Virgin. Wish VM had a faster phone...I really need one that runs flash since my website runs on it. Any suggestions out there?? Anyone know if VM is on the verge of introducing a 1Ghz phone?? Thanks!

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 00:30

18. VMcustomer (unregistered)

YES! I recently did a survey for VirginMobile and it was about their next Android. It should have a 4.1 inch screen and 1ghz snapdragon processor. This was about 4 or 5 months ago when I did the online survey.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 02:57

14. krista (unregistered)

How can I get a good deal like that.

posted on 28 Mar 2011, 06:31

15. cutterjohn (unregistered)

I keep seeing comments that the Samsung Intercept DOESN'T have a GPU. Well, I've got news for you people, it's(Intercept) running a Samsung s3c6410 SoC which DOES have the ARM Mali-200 GPU. It's NOT a great GPU but it DOES have it, just nowhere near the class of something like PowerVR SGX 53X, Adreno 200, Tegra, etc. ARM's new GPU, the Mali-400 theoretically will bring it up to be more on par with these other GPUs, but I digress. This is the identical SoC to be found in the Pandigital Novel(white) and it sounds like the Intercept is just as pokey as the Novel running Android 2.0, so I'll guess that the REAL problem with the Intercept is that Samsung did a crap job implementing their licensed ARM11 core on this particular SoC. (The Pandigital Novel bench results are about the same as I've seen posted for the Intercept, which is to say dreadfully awful.)

The Optimus V is SIGNIFICANTLY snappier than the Novel, and from the sounds of things the Intercept performs just as poorly as the Novel. I'm really impressed with the overall performance of the V quite snappy and responsive overall. Note: not much into gaming and I find Angry Birds to be dreadfully simplistic and unappealing so I can't say much about graphics performance in that respect.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 22:15

16. ** Edith ** (unregistered)

I lost my iphone 3g and so decided to cancel my contract since my bill is 100 dollars a month and so I purchase a new phone. I bought my LG Optimus V and I LOVE IT. I pay only 60 bucks a month with no contract and it has better apps than my previous phone. I love my phone and I feel like I upgraded my phone and pay less.


posted on 28 May 2011, 22:23

19. Dane (unregistered)

Other than the lack of Flash my Optimus V is great and cheap. The Groove IP app lets you call over IP with Google Voice without all the complicated routing and multiple apps. With various apps you can still watch You Tube, stream Al Jazeera etc.

posted on 06 Jun 2011, 12:57

20. dafduck (unregistered)

I can't wait to get mine tomorrow! Hopefully it'll do better than the Samsung Intercept I'm currently using. I won't be able to get a full price for reselling the Intercept, but found a few places online that might fetch up to $70 for it.

If the video renders as fast as I've seen in YT videos, it'll do fine by me. Not too piqued about flash or 3d accelerated video support; that stuff's better for a large screen. I'll be happy if it renders PDF files faster (great for some e-mags I subscribe to), has improved video capability, FLAC file support (should test andless here), and better 3g/wifi connectivity.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 21:13

21. guest (unregistered)

I had never owned a smart phone before and only needed a basic cell phone to make and recieve calls. Due to my circumstances, I started shopping for a smart phone and a plan. I went to VM and did a lot of research on the Lg Optimus V, after about a week of debating, I went down to Best Buy and picked it up. I went with the $25 a month plan which is perfect for me since I don't use over 100 voice minutes a month, and the plan I chose gives me 300 minutes and unlimited txt, pics, video and internet. I absolutely love this phone and the free apps you can download to it. I was on my way to my daughter's home yesterday which is on the outskirts of town in a rural area, they were doing road work and the road she lives on was closed. I had no idea what other road I could take to get to her house, finally I pulled my LG Optimus V out, went to the Navigator app, selected the voice option since I was driving the car, I said the name of the road I wanted to go to, I didn't even need the address, suddenly up on the screen the map appeared with an arrow representing my car and I could see exactly where I was headed and where the road was at that I needed to be on and it also gave me voice instructions. My God! I was so impressed, I was really getting worried that I would'nt be able to find the road and to make things worse, I had my little 4 yr old grandaughter with me and she could really tell that I was getting stressed, she made the comment " Grandma, I don't want to do this anymore" poor little thing, and it 100 degree weather. I'm just glad I did my homework before buying my phone, due to that, I made the right choice.

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 14:44

23. muffindog (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)

I am so confused as to what features this phone has. Everywebsite has something different. A user on Amazon.com said it has a fm radio, another said you can talk while surfing the web, etc. Can one of you who has the Optimus V tell me exactly what it has and what it can do?

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