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Straight Talk LG Optimus Black Now Available For $329.99

I really don't understand América Móvil's marketing for their Straight Talk and NET10 brands most of the time. Case in point, two months ago they announced a high end dual-core processor Android phone, the LG 2x. There were even a splashy "reserve" pages for both NET10 and Straight talk where people interested in the phone could sign up to be notified when the 2X would be available.

The announcement was followed by two months of silence and then a couple of weeks ago the reserve pages where replaced with pages promoting the LG Optimus Q which isn't new. If you call Straight Talk support and ask about the 2X you will be told that it's not available and that there's no information on when it will be.

Then today another LG Android phone, the LG Optimus Black, popped up on straighttalk.com with no fanfare. It runs on the Sprint network so you will only see it in Straight Talk Sprint markets. If it's now showing up for you use zip code 94103 to see it. Don't order it unless you have solid Sprint coverage in the areas where you plan to use the phone. Use the Boost Mobile map to check Sprint coverage as Straight Talks map's don't show enough detail to be useful.

The Optimus Black is a nice enough phone, definitely a cut above Straight Talk's other Android phones. However it's no 2X and has decidedly lower specs in a couple of areas; single core rather than dual core processor and a 5 MP camera in place of the 2X's 8 MP  shooter. On the positive side, the Black is very light for its size and has an exceptionally bright screen.

Straight Talk's Optimus Black is priced at $329.99. I consider that price to be on the high side. The specs aren't that great and Boost Mobile sells the LG Marquee, which is the same phone, for $279.99.

Like all of Straight Talk's Android phones, the Optimus Plan requires the $45/month unlimited talk, text and data plan.

The Optimus Black's specs are:
  • Weight, size: 3.95 oz (112 g), 4.8" x 2.52" x 0.36" (122 x 64 x 9.1 mm)
  • Battery: 1500 mAh, 5.5 hours maximum talk time
  • Screen: 4 inches, 480 x 800 pixels
  • Cameras: 5 MP main camera with single LED flash, 720P HD video capture, 2MP front facing camera
  • OS: Android 2.3 "Gingerbread"
  • High Speed Data: EV-DO rev A
  • Processor: 1 GHz TI OMAP 3630 (ARM Cortex A8)
  • Internal Storage: 4 GB
  • Ram: 512 MB
  • Maximum SD card size: 32 GB (2 GB card included)
  • Model Number: LG L85C
Straight Talk has posted 317 page user guide (PDF, view online) and an interactive tutorial for the LG Black.


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  1. Nice, but any word on them getting a Blackberry? Don't even care if it has 3g just want a curve 8520, they use to have it listed as upcoming but I guess they scraped it?

    1. I've not heard any recent mention of a BlackBerry for Straight Talk.

  2. dammit, I am still so pissed about the whole LG X2 thing,I was considering going to straight talk (or more likely net 10 I love them)
    but then they just dropped the ball I was so excited and now I had to search just to find out it's either cancelled or postponed indefinitely
    that's just BS, I mean what a tease, I wanted to believe it but now I see if it ain't on the shelf don't believe the hype.

  3. why do the have to put all androids on sprint i mean like you could put it on AT&T or T mobile...but nothing beats verizons covarege.

    1. You not limited to Sprint. You can use any AT&T or T-Mobile Android phone with a Straight Talk BYOD SIM.

  4. Is this phone in any of the Wal-Marks yet

  5. if I use a t mobile phone does it have to be unlocked?

    1. You can use a locked T-Mobile phone with a Straight Talk T-Mobile SIM. If you want to use a Straight Talk AT&T SIM it will need to be unlocked.

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