LG Optimus V

The latest variant of the LG Optimus One is here -- the LG Optimus V, available today for $149 on Virgin Mobile. You can snag the 3.2-inch Android 2.2 device at Radio Shack, and with it you also get the Swype keyboard. Plans start at $25 a month, and the phone comes in an eco-friendly package. Full presser's after the break. [Radio Shack]

WARREN, N.J. (BUSINESS WIRE), February 01, 2011 - Virgin Mobile USA continues to enrich its handset lineup with the introduction of LG Optimus V, expanding its selection of Android handsets. Rolling out at Radio Shack stores and at www.virginmobileusa.com beginning today for $149.99, LG Optimus V creates a unique user experience that will keep people connected and in-the-know while on-the-go. LG Optimus V will become available in other major retailers throughout the month as well.
Virgin Mobile USA continues to enrich its handset lineup with the introduction of LG Optimus V, expa ...

Virgin Mobile USA continues to enrich its handset lineup with the introduction of LG Optimus V, expanding its selection of Android handsets, rolling out at Radio Shack stores and at www.virginmobileusa.com beginning today for $149.99. (Photo: Business Wire)

“More than 44 percent of smartphones purchased in the third quarter of 2010 were Android based with the iPhone coming in second1,” said Bob Stohrer, vice president-Marketing, Virgin Mobile USA. “With LG Optimus V on Android, Virgin Mobile customers who crave constant connectivity get a highly functional device with a high-resolution 3.2” touch screen paired with an affordable monthly plan and no annual contract.”

“Users get the best of both worlds with LG Optimus V,” said Tim O’Brien, vice president of LG marketing. “Bringing an easy-to-use blend of applications and sleek design, LG Optimus V delivers the features users want with the efficient performance capabilities they deserve.”

Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk plans start at just $25 dollars a month for 300 minutes of voice and include unlimited messaging, IM, email, social networking and web access. For those who talk a bit more, the $40 plan offers 1,200 minutes of voice and for heavy gabbers, the $60 plan offers unlimited voice minutes each month.

Top handset review websites have described the LG Optimus S™, “as the best Android phone available,” “affordable yet full-featured,” “impressively quick and with [all of] the functionality most consumers need.” LG Optimus V, similar to the LG Optimus S, gives Virgin Mobile customers full integration of social networking apps, Microsoft Outlook Exchange e-mail and advanced messaging capabilities. In addition, Optimus V users also have access to more than 100,000 applications currently available on the Android Market™.

LG Optimus V also comes with a 3.2-inch touch-screen display, 3G and Wi-Fi capable, a 3.2 MP camera and video, and preloaded applications, including popular social apps such as YouTube® and Google Talk™. Additional features include:

* Swype, a faster and easier way to input text on any screen, with one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard. The patented technology enables users to input words faster and easier than other data input methods—at over 40 words per minute
* Contact and calendar sync via ActiveSync
* Android Web browser
* Full integration of Google Apps™ such as Google Maps™, Gmail™ and Google Navigation™
* Document file viewer
* Built-in music player

Optimus V is the second Virgin Mobile phone to offer Virgin Mobile Live, an online music stream of performances by past & present Virgin Mobile Festival artists including studio tracks, exclusive Festival performances and more, for free!

The launch of LG Optimus V also marks Virgin Mobile’s new handset packaging that is more eco-friendly. The green packaging is now composed of 100% recycled plastic and uses almost 50% less plastic. The design of the outer box has been revised to more clearly highlight the device, its features and Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk Plans. “The new packaging will provide a better customer experience in opening the package as well being kind to the environment,” said Stohrer.


Reader comments

V for Virgin! LG Optimus V is available today at Radio Shack for $149


i saw this phone this weekend and was thinking about picking it up for an emergency phone in case something crazy would happen to my EVO. i think i still have some store credit at the shack from evo launch day.

I picked one up for my wife as a replacement to her Pre. I have to say this is one nice phone. The only thing I can find issue with is that it will never get Flash because of its processor. However, it is snappy, the service seems great, and the price is spot on. I'm sure my Epic will catch up to her Optimus when/if I get Froyo. Apparently LG has already said the Optimus line is getting Gingerbread.

I got this phone yesterday. It's working super fast, smooth. I'm very happy with the phone. I also have the HTC Incredible, which is an incredible phone, and believe me, the Optimus can replace my Incredible and make me save $$.

So Sprint is now charging an extra $10/mo for postpaid customers for "premium data", yet they are practically giving away these Virgin Mobile phones and plans! What gives?!

Bummer, none of the shacks in my area have it in stock yet.. guess I'm off to the Virgin Mobile site.

I can't WAIT to get rid of this POS Intercept.. what a crap phone.

I got mine Friday at Radio Shack didn't want to leave my BlackBerry or Sprint but the savings with VM are tremendous. I really like the phone installed Launcher Pro yesterday and totally customized my home screens and app drawer is now in 3D (saweet!!). Really digging everything about this phone the full retail price was unbeatable ( a steal). Hopefully if and when this device gets Gingerbread it still runs just as smooth and bug free