LG Optimus F3

Price valid for customers with a Beyond Talk plan, starting at $35 per month

Previously announced on parent company Sprint for $29.99 on-contract, the LG Optimus F3 is now available off-contract for Virgin Mobile customers. The Optimus F3 can be purchased for $179.99 with Virgin's "Beyond Talk" no-contract plan, which offers unlimited data and messaging starting at $35 per month.

This budget-friendly phone comes with LTE connectivity on Sprint's network, with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and up to 16 hours of talk time on a single charge. A 4-inch display with Gorilla Glass 2 and a 5 MP rear camera are powered by the Android 4.1.2 operating system.

For more details and photos, see our hands-on with the LG Optimus F3 from Pepcom. A complete list of features and specifications are also available after the break.


LG Electronics and Virgin Mobile USA announced that the LG Optimus F3 smartphone is available today from Virgin Mobile for $179.99 when purchased with a Beyond Talk™ monthly no-contract plan which offers unlimited data and messaging  starting at $35 per month . This dynamic device features powerful performance, an advanced user experience and long battery life to provide exceptional connectivity and entertainment.

The LG Optimus F3 comes equipped with everything users need to connect, share, create and manage their lives, including a sleek, user-friendly form factor, 4G LTE  speed, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), an LED Home Button with color-coded alerts – for notifications like missed events, incoming calls or texts from friends – and a long-lasting 2,460 mAh battery with up to 16 hours of talk time.

Additionally, the LG Optimus F3 received ULE Platinum Certification, the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment and Sprint, and is packaged in 100 percent recyclable materials.

“In an always-connected world, users need a device that delivers an intuitive, user-friendly experience alongside solid all-day performance thanks to the strong battery,” said Georg Rasinski, director-Mobile Brand Management, LG Electronics USA. “The LG Optimus F3 from Virgin Mobile provides users with tools that enable greater self-expression, functionality and entertainment in conjunction with powerful hardware and 4G LTE speeds to match their daily needs.”

“Virgin Mobile customers appreciate value for their wireless solutions,” said Mark Lederman, director-Virgin Mobile USA. “Adding the LG Optimus F3 further enhances Virgin Mobile’s strong smartphone portfolio and continues to offer choice and flexibility in consumers’ no-contract wireless plans.”

Some of the compelling features of Optimus F3 include:

Enhanced user experience: The LG Optimus F3 blends intelligent tools with collaborative sharing features that enable thoughtful self-expression and greater multitasking functionality. Users can also utilize QuickMemo™ to add their own creative commentary to pictures or screenshots with the swipe of a finger, then share it via social media, email or SMS. Another unique LG feature built into the user experience is Quick Translator, which allows users to translate words and phrases from 44 different languages into 64 native languages.

Designed to inspire: The LG Optimus F3 also comes with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with an LED flash that shoots 1080p Full HD video, as well as a front-facing camera that can be used for shooting self portraits or for video chat. It also comes packed with advanced camera features that let users edit their photos. The Beauty Shot feature gives users the ability to snap photos that enhance the appearance of the subject while Cheese Shot lets users take a voice-activated photo by simply saying “cheese.” Panorama Shot helps users to capture the entire scene in a single photo. The LG Optimus F3’s vivid 4-inch IPS display with durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 provides accurate, true-to-life color, bringing photos and videos to life.

Full list of features:

  • 4G LTE Network speed
  • Long-lasting 2,460 mAh battery with up to 16 hours talk time
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • Vivid 4-inch IPS display with durable Corning Gorilla® Glass 2
  • Share fun and personalized notes with VuTalk
  • Instant color-coded alerts with LED home button
  • 5 MP autofocus rear-facing camera with LED flash and advanced features
  • 1080p full HD video capture
  • VGA front-facing camera for self-portraits and video chat
  • QSlide 2.0™  advanced multitasking
  • Expressive QuickMemo™
  • SmartShare – share media wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices
  • Wi-Fi Direct™ file sharing
  • Live effects – capture video with fun and creative editing tools and backgrounds
  • Polaris® Viewer 4 – PC-like office suite app for viewing documents, presentations and spreadsheets
  • Android Beam to share content via NFC and Bluetooth technology
  • LG Tag+ – preset, individual phone profiles activated using NFC technology tags
  • Quiet Mode – specify times to disable notifications for calls and messages

Reader comments

LG Optimus F3 available today from Virgin Mobile for $179


We come to the point where prepaid phones phones have dual core processors, front and rear cameras and have 1GB of RAM. That's crazy, that's like high end in 2011. Prepaid in 2011 meant a paltry amount of RAM and a single core processor hovering in 600 to 800 MHz. Fast times. This year alone we have every new android high end has 4 cores and 2GB of RAM.7

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I wish they'd have more phones at these price points for GSM carriers that we could use on Straighttalk or T-Mobile. Not many options for new <$200 unsubsidized and unlocked phones running Jellybean.

Sprint must be subsidizing this. Right?

T-Mobile has the Galaxy Exhibit for $235 or so. And you can get an LG L9 for $199 at Walmart. Neither is unlocked, but thats probably as close as you'll get.

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My wife dropped her One V in the toilet recently, and it hasn't quite worked the same since, and she was getting tired of the lag anyway so she was looking at the Galaxy Victory as a replacement. The F3 may be a better bet though. My summary to her:

Galaxy Victory
Pros: Better Front Camera, NFC
Cons: Bigger than your current phone, Worse Battery than current phone, Camera Lacking some options. $199

LG Optimus F3
Pros: $179, Better Rear Camera (for both pics and video), Battery life is awesome, Newer (barely) version of Android, NFC, Almost exactly the same size as the One V, Better GPS than the Victory.
Cons: Crappy Front Camera (Skype).

Summary: If a front camera is your only criteria, buy the Victory. Otherwise, buy the LG

How can you tell the gps is better on the F3?

They have the same android version. Battery life is great on the Victory but the F3 does have a bigger battery.

I would add that the F3 has a newer processor and gorilla glass 2.

Sounds a lot better than the Samsung Galaxy Ring for the same price. This has LTE instead of just 3G, and a dual-core processor over a single-core. I may pick this up if I decide to switch to Virgin Mobile.

If you're a Sprint customer not ready for an upgrade, can you buy one of these and get them to register it (or whatever it's called with CDMA) to your account?

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Do a comparison on phonearena. Battery on the F3 is rated much higher than the victory. Also the victory is listed as having only GPS. The F3 has GPS and A-GPS.