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Virgin Mobile LG Optimus F3 LTE Now Available on Amazon for $179.99

There have been rumors that Virgin Mobile will be getting the new LG Optimus F3 LTE Android phone. The F3 has been available on Sprint for a while but Virgin Mobile has never confirmed if or when the phone will come to Virgin or what it will cost.

So it was a bit of a shock this morning when a reader shared a link to the F3 on sale at amazon.com . The phone is priced at a very reasonable $179.99 with free shipping. According to Amazon the F3 is in stock for immediate shipping. It looks like Amazon jumped the gun with the release. If you want the F3 better order it now before it gets pulled.

Based on the specs, the Optimus F3 looks like a bargain. It equals or beats Virgin Mobile's other moderately priced LTE phone, the Samsung Galaxy Victory, in every specification yet lists for $70 less.

LG Optimus F3 Specifications:

  • 4 inch 480x800px Gorilla Glass screen 
  • Android 4.1.2, Jelly Bean 
  • Dual Core 1.2 Ghz processor
  • 1024 MB RAM
  • 1.24 GB available internal storage
  • Support for micro-SD cards up to 32 GB
  • 5 MB main camera with 1,080p full-HD video capture, 0.3 MB front facing camera
  • 2460 mAh battery for up to 16 hours talk time
  • Support for 1900 Mhz LTE and CDMA/EVDO Rev A. on 800 and 1900 Mh
  • VuTalk3 allows users to send handwritten messages, photos or drawings back and forth in real time to visually share ideas and collaborate. 
  • QSlide 2.0 allows users to overlay up to two application windows on an existing open application, adjusting size and transparency as needed for greater multitasking functionality. 
  • QuickMemo™ lets users add their own creative commentary to pictures or screenshots with the swipe of a finger then share it via social media, email or SMS. 
  • QTranslator allows users to translate words and phrases from 44 different languages into 64 native languages. 
  • SmartShare – share media wirelessly to DLNA® enabled devices 
  • Android Beam to share content via Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth® technology SmartShare – share media wirelessly to DLNA® enabled devices
  • Dimensions: 4.57 x 2.44 x 0.40 inches (116 x 62 x 10 mm)
  • Weight: 4 oz (113 g)


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  1. I don't get why VM continues to add phones similar to what they have. Like the Samsung Ring and Reverb. The LG Optimus F7 would have been a welcome addition.

    1. The problem with any prepaid is that people want the best for nothing and it's the sad reality. People want the Samsung Galaxy S3 or the Iphone 5 but not pay the cost for quality, it's a big problem in the prepaid world. This is a nice add to Virgin Mobile as it cater's the middle ground offering a duo core smartphone with LTE data connection for a reasonable price.

    2. I disagree with Robert--a lot of people, like me, go prepaid because we want better value than we can get through the contract carriers. I have absolutely no interest in purchasing the latest, greatest phone, but I also don't want to pay through the nose for the phone and service I do choose. I don't even own a smart phone, but if I do get one it will certainly be activated with a prepaid provider. I think Virgin and others realize there are lots of reasons people choose prepaid and they are just trying to cater to a wide variety of people.

    3. As you know, VM broke the prepaid industry standard with the Moto Triumph at $300. At that time, the typical prepaid smartphone was, IMHO, just crap. Btw, I still have the Triumph.

      As to your question why a $200 phone? Because it had to do with the economics and demographics. By economics, I mean the profit of the plan and device -- i.e. make less on plan, thus need to make more on phone. Boost can sell the F7 because the plan starts at $55 vs $35 for VM. That extra $20 per first 6 months is more revenues for Sprint.

      As for demographics, the majority of people on prepaid can't pay a lot for their device and under $200 is the sweet spot. You will have people buying the iPhone or S3, but the majority want mid-level spec'd device at a good price.

      Plus VM learned their mistake from the Galaxy Victory when it tried to sell for $300; lately that device is going for $180 to $200. Consumers are getting smarter and better at finding good deals.

      As Robert pointed out, this F3 has LTE, which is a great deal if get LTE coverage.

      In summary, VM adds this phone because it's what the core demographics want at these economics.

  2. In reply to (Anonymous) you did not read my comment at all. Of course people go to prepaid for the better value but their are those people that want the best for little to nothing I see it in review's on Virgin Mobile, website's, and shopping network's so their is some fact to my first comment. As for the last sentence it was in reply to Marty above who wanted another high end device and how the LG Optimus F3 is a perfect middle great for budget and great mid range smartphone with LTE.

    1. I would argue that people don't know the actual value of the smartphones due to the fact that carriers subsidized the initial cost of the cell phone. So, when they see a $200 prepaid phone vs a 16 gb iPhone 5 for $200, it is only natural that they would expect similar performance. Also, you have to keep in mind a good number of folks don't take into account how much less they are paying per month when they make such comparisons. (I'm not saying I agree with this but this how people think)

  3. "1.24 GB available internal storage"


  4. its time to upgrade from the optimus elite...this phone is gonna be good

  5. T-Mobile and Metro pc are gonna drive these dummies to open up their networks to a "NATIONAL" voice and not "SECONDARY" voice network. I am gonna rooolll with ATT or TMobile as soon as the BLU LIFE 5.7 inch touch LTE phone roolllzzz as well. See ya Secondary sukkahs!

  6. VM just put this phone on sale on website....im so happy right now

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