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Boost and Virgin Mobile Launch $179.99 LG Volt With KitKat, Sprint Spark LTE, 4.7 Inch Screen

Sprint's Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile
launched a new mid range Android phone today. Called the LG Volt and priced at $179.99, it runs Android 4.4 KitKat and has a number of high end features including a 4.7" inch screen, quad core processor, 8MP camera and Sprint Spark tri-mode LTE.

Although the Volt has generally high-end specs, LG did cut a few corners to achieve a $179.99 price point. Most notably the screen resolution is qHD (540x860px) which is low for a 4.7 inch screen where HD (720x1280px) or better is the norm.

The inclusion of tri-mode LTE actually makes the Volt the first Sprint Spark prepaid phone rather than the Samsung Galaxy S5 which doesn't launch until May 19.

Virgin Mobile is running a launch promotion on the Volt for new customers. Customers who buy the Volt by 7 AM 5/16/14 EST and activate on a new Virgin Mobile line of service by 11:59 PM 6/6/14 PST will receive a $35 account credit within 30 days of activation.

The Volt is also eligible for a $100 Boost Mobile account credit for new users who port a number from a non-Sprint network operator.Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile

Virgin Mobile plans start at $35/month and Boost plans range from $40 to $60 per month. For details see Prepaid Operator Profile: Virgin Mobile and Prepaid Operator Profile: Boost Mobile

LG Volt Specifications

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPU
  • 4.7" qHD IPS Gorilla Glass 2 screen
  • 8 MP main camera with auto-focus, LED flash and 1080p video capture
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 4GB internal storage (3GB available to the user for apps)
  • microSD card slot
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
  • 3,000mAh removable battery for up to 24 hours talk time
  • tri-band (850, 1900, 2500) LTE (Sprint Spark)
  • tr-band CDMA/EVDO (800, 850, 1900)
  • HD-Voice for improved call quality when calling other HD-Voice equipped phones
  • Dimensions 5.18 x 2.6 x 0.41 inches (132 x 66 x 10.4 mm)
  • Weight 4.8 oz (136g)
  • IR port and Quick remote app for controlling TVs and music systems
  • KnockOn and KnockOff - tap the screen twice to wake it up or to lock it
  • QSlide 2.0 which lets you dispaly two apps QSlide enabled apps simultaneously in their own windows on screen. QSlide apps include Videos, Memo, Calendar, Browser and Calculator.

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  1. Do any Sprint MVNOs offer access to the 2500Mhz Spark band? Thanks

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    1. Yes, if the MVNO offers LTE, compatible phones should be able to access all three Spark bands.

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  2. This is a great phone for the price. I bought it Saturday and it works great!!!! I'm getting an average of 38Mbps and The battery last me all day. I'm very impressed. Good job LG!!

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  3. would this work on the grandfathered plan?

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    1. If you're referring to Virgin, the answer is no. There will never be a new phone released that is eligible. Virgin was clear about that when people were grandfathered. In order to keep the $25 plan, you can only use the phones that Virgin stated, which are all at least 2 years old now.

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  4. Whats the point of a 4.7 inch screen if the resolution is going to suck?

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    1. Actually the screen is very nice. We just started selling this phone in my store and the colors look very nice.

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    2. I think anything over 240dpi is a marketing gimmick. Here are a few experiments for you to try:

      1) Hold your phone at a normal / comfortable distance from your eye. Measure the distance from your eye to your hand. For me this is about 15 inches.

      2) Display some text in a small black font on a white background on your phone. You may have to go to another website that doesn't forbid zooming. For me, I'm using the string "noon" as having height 1mm on my display. Shut one eye and touch the phone to your open eye. Slowly move the phone away and stop when the text actually comes into focus (ie: text is not blurry, appears sharp, and is actually readable). For me, this distance is about 7 inches, and it's a TERRIBLY uncomfortable eye muscle strain to hold it in focus. For me, it begins being tolerable around 11 inches, but I've already established I "prefer" to hold it around 12-15 inches away from my eye.

      The human physiology and math folks have spoken (check out retina display article on Wikipedia): Anything greater than 240 dpi requires holding the phone closer than 15" to your eye, and this is specifically for high contrast things like black on white text. Your eye is even less sensitive to color, and is even less sensitive to moving images. To get any benefit from 320 dpi (and only for tiny text), you'd have to hold it 10 inches or closer to your face all the time. Ouch.

      320 dpi is a waste of battery on GPU clock cycles and pixel math (requiring about 80% more work per frame).

      The depressing spec for me is that they only went with 1GB of ram instead of 2GB or more .... Four CPU cores with no room to breathe.

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    3. I am only comparing this to the LG F6 which has a 960 x 540 pixels, 4.5" qHD IPS screen. The F6's screen is fuzzy and easy to tell that it is a lower resolution.

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  5. To me it should of had the 720hd screen. I would of payed $200 or it it had the 720hd resolution.

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  6. Wow, this is strong entry. Wonder if Sprint will offer one on May 19 when they start the new Framily rules.

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  7. Very tempting, But knowing Virgin Mobile, they will have a sale on it anytime now.

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  8. The Boost $100 credit for porting from a non-Sprint network operator
    Does that mean porting in from any Sprint MVNO or just Boost or Virgin is not allowed to get the credit
    BTW I think you meant the S5 doesn't launch until May 19

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    1. You do not get the credit for porting from a Sprint MVNO, Boost, Virgin or Sprint.

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    2. This may be an error
      The inclusion of tri-mode LTE actually makes the Volt the first Sprint Spark prepaid phone rather than the Samsung Galaxy S III which doesn't launch until May 19.
      I don't think the S III is launching on May 19 maybe the S5

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    3. S III was a typo, it should have said S5.

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  9. What if you port to page plus for 5 minutes? And when are the new boost plans open for enrollment?

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    1. In theory, porting from Sprint or a Sprint MVNO to PagePlus to Boost seems to meet the terms of the promotion. However I think there's a good chance you will get denied and have to fight to get Boost to honor the promotion.

      The new $40, $50 and $60 plans are availabe now.

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    2. So you can activate a Sprint phone on a Verizon MVNO?

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    3. Some Sprint phones can be flashed to work on Verizon MVNOs PagePlus, Selectel and BYO. The Volt is so new that I doubt anyone has figured out how to flash it yet.

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  10. > Some Sprint phones can be flashed to work on Verizon MVNOs PagePlus, Selectel and BYO
    But you lose 4G when you do this. Verizon MVNOs only support 3G

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  11. I would like to know is this phone has a sim card slot? I want to go to mexico and I wonder if i can use it there thank you...

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    1. There's no SIM slot in the LG Volt and it won't work in Mexico.

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    2. I need to buy a phone here because they are very expensive in mexico, can you tell me which phone has a SIM slot? from boost or virgin mobile.

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    3. You need an unlocked GSM phone, Sprint and Boost are CDMA and won't work in Mexico. I recommend buying the unlocked global version of the Moto G directly from Motorola for $180.

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  12. There is a SIM card slot in the Volt ..
    Better yet.. Dennis buy the LG Volt and stop feeding people crap information!

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    1. You are correct the Volt has a SIM card slot. But it won't work with a Mexican SIM.

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  13. does it work on straight talk?

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