LG Viper 4G LTE

Sprint's just given us the heads up that the LG Viper 4G LTE, with its 4-inch NOVA display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5MP camera and NFC radio (along with Google Wallet) will be up for pre-order starting April 12. The Viper, which we got a dark look at back at CES in January, admittedly won't set any hardware records. But the price is right -- $99 on contract, with $50 mail-in rebate. Sweetening the deal is 50GB of cloud storage from Box.

Sprint says full availability dates will be announced later this month.

LG Viper 4G LTE with Eco-Friendly Features from Sprint
Launches for Less than $100
 
Pairing innovative technology with the
Sprint 4G LTE network and unlimited data plans, LG Viper 4G LTE helps manage
work and personal time for people on the go, like today’s “Power Parents”;
Pre-order begins Thursday, April 12, at sprint.com/viper
 
NEW YORK – April 3, 2012 — In an exclusive media event to tip off NBA Green Week
presented by Sprint, Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse (NYSE: S) today announced pricing and pre-
order availability date for the highly anticipated LG Viper™ 4G LTE, the first 4G LTE device
with eco-friendly features to be offered by Sprint.
 
LG Viper will be available later this month in all Sprint sales channels, including
www.sprint.com,1-800-SPRINT1, Best Buy and RadioShack for $99.99 with a new two-
year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1 (excludes taxes and
surcharges). New and existing customers can pre-order LG Viper beginning Thursday, April
12 at www.sprint.com/viper.
 
LG Viper takes advantage of Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform, a 1.2 GHz dual-core
processor, 1 GB of RAM, mobile hotspot capabilities and a 4GB card microSD™ slot that
supports up to 32GB. It also features a 5MP rear-facing camera with flash and VGA front-
facing camera allowing for a fun and easy face-to-face video chat experience.
 
Enabled with Near Field Communication (NFC), LG Viper allows users to access true value
features such as Google Wallet, an app that allows payment using a mobile device at
participating retailers, including Bloomingdales, Toys “R” Us, CVS, Gap and Macy’s. The
sleek, ultra-thin smartphone also boasts a 4-inch touchscreen that is remarkably bright and
clear, even in direct sunlight. It also has a Corning® Gorilla® Glass screen protector for extra
display resistance while on the go.
 
“LG Viper pairs perfectly with our unlimited data plans to bring customers the benefit of new
technology, including our upcoming 4G LTE capabilities at a great price,” said David Owens,
vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “This smartphone is packed with the tools our
customers need to stay connected. Best of all, customers can feel good about owning LG
Viper because of its robust list of eco-friendly features.”
 
As a Sprint ID smartphone, LG Viper will give owners the ability to cut through the clutter
of more than 450,000 additional apps in Google Play by selecting from a variety of mobile
ID packs. Sprint ID packs include ringers, wallpapers and widgets. Also, consumers can
 
download Box on the LG Viper and receive 50GB of free cloud storage and sharing directly
from LG, an estimated value of $240 per year, so users don’t have to stress about storing
all of their favorite music, files, photos and other memories. The 50GB of free storage is
exclusive to LG devices until July 22.
 
“Today’s world is moving extremely fast and the lines between personal time and work
continue to blur,” said Tim O’Brien, vice president of marketing for LG Mobile. “LG
understands consumers’ need for better tools that allow them to multitask without
sacrificing what’s most important to them, especially when it comes to their families. LG
Viper gives parents the tools they need to manage their everyday lives while breaking down
the barriers that technology can often create between them and their children – all at a
great value.”
 
LG Viper customers can enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything plans
with data. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web,
texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting
at just $79.99 per month for smartphones2 – a savings of $40 per month vs. Verizon’s
comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web, or $10 per month savings vs.
Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB Web.
 
Leading Wireless in Green
In addition to its technological prowess, LG Viper has many eco-friendly features, including:
• The device is ULE Platinum Certified, the highest level of environmental performance
recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment and Sprint
• It is protected by a casing made of 50 percent recycled plastics.
• It is RoHS compliant, meaning it is free from many potentially hazardous materials
such as PVC, phthalates, halogens and mercury.
• The packaging contains up to 87 percent of post-consumer paper, uses soy ink,
made with a glueless construction and is 100 percent recyclable.
• The phone also includes a charger that exceeds the EC Code of Conduct on energy
efficiency when it comes to no-load consumption. Unlike other chargers, LG Viper 4G
LTE’s charger only consumes 0.03 watts of power when plugged into a wall socket
without being connected to the phone.
 
Ranked No. 3 in Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings, Sprint is committed to being a
corporate leader in sustainability. LG Viper marks the third device with eco-friendly features
launched by Sprint and LG. Sprint and LG launched their first eco-friendly device in 2010
with LG Remarq™ and continued the legacy earlier this year with LG Rumor Reflex™.
 
Sprint recently announced Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio
are expected to have 4G LTE and enhanced 3G service in mid-year 2012. Sprint 4G LTE
should enable faster speeds for data applications, and the enhanced 3G service could
offer better signal strength, faster data speeds, expanded coverage and better in-building
performance. The launch of these large metropolitan areas demonstrates the continued
commitment by Sprint to invest in its network through Network Vision. Whether a Sprint
customer is using a smartphone to share a video, check the Web via a mobile hotspot,
Sprint 4G LTE will make it easier. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE rollout,
please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.
 
Bridging Technology and Fairy Tales
To complement the launch of LG Viper 4G LTE, LG is introducing the “Life’s Good Fairytales”
app, a customizable storyboard that allows parents and children to bond over the creation
and sharing of unique fairytales through their device. Families can become part of the
 
fairytale by allowing them to take, upload and manipulate photos, names and sounds
directly into the story, transforming the fairytales into the child’s own personal adventure.
 
Thanks to the fast speeds of the LG Viper 4G LTE technology and Sprint 4G LTE network,
stories can be read instantly and content can be shared with friends and family via
Facebook®. The “Life’s Good Fairytales” app will be available Friday, April 27, in Google
Play. It will be free for LG Viper owners and available for $0.99 for other Android phone
users.
 
There are 12 comments

jcastag says:

Still releasing handsets with GB

WTF

BigDinCA says:

I know, right? Because ICS has been on nearly every phone launched this year and is on almost every... wait. ICS is only on about 4% of devices right now? Oh, ok.

People act like GB is a horrible version and that it should only take 4 days for carriers and manufacturers to get updates out. It takes time. And when a phone like this (the first LTE phone for Sprint) starts being developed last year, ICS isn't available. It takes time to get all of this right. I would rather have stable GB and then get a stable ICS update down the road. If it was coming out with FroYo I could understand the apprehension. Hell, there's a boatload of Nexus phones out there that haven't tasted ICS yet, so I don't see a reason to bash anyoine else yet.

Dirtman16 says:

I think one of two things is happening here...and neither is good.

1) Google is not providing source code for new OS versions to manufacturers before the public release; therefore, phones with an old OS trickle out for several months.
2) Google IS providing source code for the new OS to manufacturers before public release, and the manufacturers are too lazy to make a change near the beginning of the development cycle.

Either way, the lag between OS releases and actually getting it on phones is not acceptable in my opinion. This is compounded by the fact that the releases are relatively close together (~1 yr). Google needs to extended the period between releases or work more closely with manufacturers to make sure their newest OS is on phones within weeks of its public release.

BigDinCA says:

I think it's more #2 but isn't that to be expected when everything is open-source? They put it out there to the OEM and let them run with it. Most of us here, @AC, would be fine with something that had a few bugs because we can always find a work-around. People here help each other out and the guys @XDA work their asses off to help. But what percentage of users is that? I imagine the vast majority of users just want something that works and the carriers/OEMs are going to take their sweet time getting it right. I shouldn't really speculate on LG as I've never had their phones, but I know from an HTC standpoint I always get updates. Not always as soon as I would like them, but they are pretty good at pushing them out every few months.

hmmm says:

And that 4% probably includes tablets...

DJxDARIENx says:

As a first 4G LTE phone, (That will be updated later too ics if it can hold it, then again.. ALL android phones and tabblets have atleast got 1 major update changing from froyo too gingerbread or gingerbread to ics. I heard about this phone going to sprint before it was announced with the Nexus on the website. I knew there was a "rumored lg device" knowing that then that ics wasn't really used other than the Nexus and talets. It will most likely get ics. But I wouldn't trust lg, when they push updates there's somthing majorly wrong. My optimus s went haywire with gb! So I took it to bestbuy (where I got it) and they offered a whole new phonre because a lot of people were complaining.. it was the samsung replenish, smaller yess; but still beats it with Gb! It also has the same specs. That's the reason they offered it to me. Well one of them. I'm hoping that if ics comes fast for it, I could get it. That or just wait longer and get the Htc evo4g lte! F the Nexus now! Onto bigger and better!!!

tim242 says:

It looks just like the EVO ONE!

hmmm says:

Would be perfect specs on a phone with a physical keyboard since usually they are slightly below the flagship specs... When is one being released? Sprint's offerings are pretty old...

zhecht says:

Does "Eco-friendly" mean no $10 smartphone fee?

harold42483 says:

Correct me if i am wrong but isn't the Galaxy Nexus supposed to be the first LTE phone on sprint? What happened to the nexus

svargas05 says:

This dosesn't mean the Galaxy Nexus WON'T be the first LTE device on Sprint...

This is just opening up pre-orders. The actual release date is not specified.

DJxDARIENx says:

That's what I thought, but then again.. the Nexus has 4 or 5 signals TOTAL! Because there making it possible for stronger 4G when they launch new spectrums. I think the Nexus should be waited till later anyways.