LG’s Optimus F3 smartphone is now available on Virgin Mobile USA with the carrier’s Beyond Talk plans.The 4-inch handset costs $179.99 on the no-contract plan, which includes unlimited data and messaging starting at $35 per month. The Optimus F3 first launched last month on Virgin Mobile parent company Sprint’s 4G LTE network, where it is available for just $30 with a two-year contract
The new addition to Virgin Mobile USA’s lineup of smartphones should help increase its limited Android offerings; the carrier only launched the Galaxy S III last month.
“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,” Mark Lederman, director-Virgin Mobile USA said.
The Optimus F3 definitely isn’t a premium phone on the level of the HTC One, Galaxy S4 or the upcoming LG G2, but if offers solid mid-range specs and features on a budget. The handset comes equipped with a 4-inch IPS display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 5-megapixel main camera with no front-facing shooter, NFC and a 2,460mAh battery. It runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and offers LG’s own added applications and features, including VuTalk3, QSlide and QuickMemo.