Best Buy has the Virgin Mobile LG Optimus F3 4G No-Contract Cell Phone for only $39.99 shipped. That’s $140 off the regular price and $21 less than Amazon’s current listing for this Android 4.1 smartphone. If you choose to get a phone plan with the F3 (and you aren’t obligated to), Virgin’s unlimited data plans start at $35/month.
It has a 4-inch display with a 5MP camera and it can get you up to 4G LTE speeds. Also, it has 1GB of RAM and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor Bluetooth 4.0. It includes 4GB of storage but bump yourself up 32GB for $18 over at Amazon.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system
Along with 1GB of RAM and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor helps you stay connected and productive on the go.
4G LTE speed
Offers quick and easy connection speeds.
Provides a fast Internet connection.
Bluetooth 4.0 technology
Makes it easy to pair the phone to a Bluetooth-enabled device.
WVGA touch screen
With 800 x 480 resolution displays content clearly and simplifies navigation of features.
4GB storage capacity
Provides ample space for your contacts, photos and more. The microSD card slot allows you to expand storage by up to 32GB (card not included).
5.0MP primary camera
Along with a 0.3MP front-facing camera takes crisp, detailed photos.
Up to 13 days of standby time* on 4G networks
With the included lithium-ion battery. Up to 9 days of standby time on 3G networks.
* Battery life is based on a typical user profile that includes both usage and standby.
* Phone activation required before use.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
By Dr. Gary E. RAFE on August 5, 2013
This phone comes with Android 4.1.2 without too much LG modification. I like that LG didn’t mess with the stock Call Reject feature; Samsung either hid or disabled it, so a 3rd party app was needed to have the phone reject calls from a black list, also on 4.1.2.
Connectivity is decent enough on 3G & good on WiFi – I get a 19Mbps connection from my home office on the 3rd floor of our late 20s frame house with the router in the basement. And while 4G LTE continues to roll-out (none in NW Ohio yet), throughput is impressive when I can find a 4G signal in SE Michigan (around Detroit Metro Airport) – 350kbps vs 17,000kbps. The GPS receiver seems to perform well, too (look out Garmin).
The 5MP camera is fine for a smartphone camera — remember, it’s (mostly) a phone, not a camera. It’s very fast, and has decent resolution.
The speakerphone is on the anemic side, so unless you’re driving an Audi S8 with an active sound isolation system, best to pair the F3 with a Bluetooth device. And while I’m on the topic, voice calls to both land-line & mobile phones sound fine (on both ends).
And I shouldn’t forget to mention the battery life with the stock 2,460 mAh battery — it is astounding. The Samsung Galaxy S II needed to be charged constantly as soon as any data connectivity was involved (WiFi or G3). As other reviewers have suggested, I fully expect that the F3 could go days between charges if one only used the phone or SMS text messages. But what would be the point of that ?
I don’t mind that the phone doesn’t have a mobile WiFi Hotspot. For as little use as that would get, I don’t plan on paying extra for that, anyway.
Bottom line: the LG Optimus F3 is a great 4G value if you can take advantage of it.