Overland Park, Kan. — Prepaid wireless brand Boost Mobile has expanded its selection of LTE smartphones with its lowest-priced LTE smartphone to date.
The LG Optimus F3 is available at $129 compared with the $149 price point on the previous opening-price LTE phone, the Boost Force.
The F3 is available today at stores that sell only Boost Mobile phones, at select independent wireless dealer locations nationwide, and at Boost’s web store with free shipping. The phone will be available soon through national retailers, including Walmart, RadioShack, Target and BestBuy.com.
With the launch, the Sprint-owned prepaid brand expands its LTE-phone selection to 10 SKUs, excluding pre-owned models.
None of Boost’s LTE devices offers Sprint Spark, Sprint’s faster LTE service, but Boost has announced plans for its first Sprint Spark product, the Samsung Galaxy S5, in the second quarter. Sprint has expanded its LTE network to 402 cities and Sprint Spark to 18 cities.
The Android 4.1 phone features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, and QSlide 2.0, which enables viewing of up to three apps at a time through resizable windows.
The phone also comes preloaded with TalkBack, a text-to-speech accessibility feature from Google to help anyone, including blind and vision-impaired users, interact with the device. TalkBack enables voice guidance when users go through the activation and setup process.
Other key features include 2,460mAh battery with up to 16 hours of talk time, 4-inch IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 1080p video capture, VGA front-facing camera, SmartShare (DLNA), Wi-Fi Direct file sharing, Android Beam to share content via NFC and Bluetooth, and LG Tag+ preset phone profiles activated using NFC technology tags.
The F3 is available with the company’s $55 monthly unlimited plan, which delivers unlimited talk, text and data, though data slows from 4G speeds to 3G speeds of 256kbps after 2.6GB of data consumption.