The LG Optimus F3 is available today for $179.99 off-contract with Virgin Mobile. The phone comes with Android 4.1.2, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and a commendable 2,460mAh battery. The 4G LTE-capable handset will reportedly last long enough to sustain a sixteen hour conversation, though such battery life might require more work on your end when throwing out the dead battery excuse to avoid people.


The LG Optimus F3 has a 4-inch screen shielded with Gorilla Glass 2, a 5MP camera in the back, and your typical inferior camera on the front. It's a decent phone, especially for the price.

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

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Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Derail Doax

    Sort of a good deal.... $180 is pretty cheap, but Sprints LTE network is pretty sparse....

    • jeffmd

      That's like saying why get bluray players when bluray just came out. Everything starts small, it will only get bigger. Its not like there's any other technology out there to get instead.

      • Joe Menard

        But by the time that it happens the phone may be outdated, given its specs it doesn't seem like it would have much a lifespan especially if what phone arena has reported about the build quality.

        • jeffmd

          Same build quality as every other phone ive owned. -_- I think people just need to quit treating electronics like crap. Anyways you talk as if lte was some kind of choice in new phones. New phones don't NOT have LTE now. So lets not really talk about it like it was an option.

          • Joe Menard

            haha well maybe im just too rough with my phones because i went through 3 triumphs in the time that i had it (about a year) each was covered by the warranty because i believe the charging port unattached itself from the chip board. and i agree i wish there were not CDMA as well because i would have just gone with the nexus 4 when i went the prepaid route.

        • Derail Doax

          I have to disagree about the phones potential lifespan. I still have a Galaxy S 4G that goes to work everyday with me as a backup phone for when things are getting iffy. Sometimes when I'm dealing with concrete or tons of saw dust I don't want to risk damaging my Note 2. As long as you keep a case on a phone no matter its build quality it will last you a few years. When it comes to software it'll hold up just fine. It starts with Jelly Bean and I'm sure it'll stay on JB but that'll be just fine.

          The one place I'll have to say I find the most interesting are the Value Adds that they throw in with this phone Q Slide 2.0, and Quick memo. The hardware bonuses like a IPS display, multi color led ring around the home button, and a 2460 mAh battery good for 16 hours? Sounds like a fine combination for an entry level phone. The 4.0" WVGA screen could be better but it's satisfactory.

          If it wasn't for CDMA carriers not having easy swappable SIM cards I'd totally pick up one of these to be my alternate phone to my HTC One.

      • Derail Doax

        Well I was kind of meaning in relation to the LG Optimus L9 on T-Mobile. That phone is $199, larger screen with a higher resolution, lacks LTE but has access to T-Mobiles significantly broader HSPA+ network. Here in Seattle Sprints LTE isn't everywhere. The only real issue with the lack of LTE is Sprints horrible EVDO speeds. There are times my Sprint HTC One gets 50 Kbps down. It's horribly pathetic.

  • Brian

    This phone seems to have similar specs to a Galaxy Victory, but is a bit smaller, a bit lighter, has a better battery, and has a a slightly lower price. Going only by the specs, this looks like a step up over the victory. However, I'm not sure this is as true when talking about the rest of the phone. I did notice that PhoneArena much prefers the Galaxy Victory, probably due to the build quality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    LG Optimus F-That!