A few weeks ago, we heard rumblings of LG’s plans to bring its Optimus F3 to Sprint’s network, and today that rumor has been confirmed. The LG Optimus F3 will be coming to Sprint starting on June 14th, priced at an affordable $29.99 with a new two-year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate.
LG’s F-series Optimus devices are mid-range smartphones that are intended to bring LTE connectivity to customers at a low-cost. The Optimus F5 and F7 were announced at Mobile World Congress this year, with the F3 being announced shortly thereafter. The Optimus F3 touts a 4-inch WVGA display, runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The F3 also ships with a decent-sized 2,460 mAh battery, which should allow you to easily get through a full day on a single charge.
If you’re looking for a solid mid-range Android smartphone, check out the Optimus F3 when it comes to Sprint on June 14th.
Official press release follows below.
First U.S. smartphone to allow the visually impaired to receive voice prompts right out of the box with TalkBack by Google
ARLINGTON, Va. (BUSINESS WIRE), June 06, 2013 – LG Electronics and Sprint today announced the upcoming availability of the LG Optimus F3™ smartphone offering features designed to make the device more accessible for people with vision loss or other disabilities. The LG Optimus F3 offers access to the Sprint 4G LTE1 network, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a long-lasting 2,460mAh battery, a vivid IPS display, and premium features that allow customers to connect and share with ease.
At just $29.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card2, this device will be the most affordable 4G LTE smartphone from Sprint at launch. Available in two colors – silver and purple – the LG Optimus F3 can be purchased beginning June 14 at www.sprint.com or by calling 1-800-SPRINT1. It will be available in all Sprint retail channels later this summer.
The LG Optimus F3 is the first phone to come preloaded with TalkBack, which is accessible when users take the phone out of the box and power it on. Talkback is a text-to-speech accessibility feature from Google that helps blind and vision-impaired users interact with their devices more easily. With the TalkBack feature “on” from the get-go, customers will benefit from voice guidance as they go through the activation and setup process on their device.
“Sprint is committed to providing technology that meets the needs of all of our customers,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO, who announced the device today at the M-Enabling Summit in Arlington, Va. “The LG Optimus F3 offers a robust list of features for any customer, and it is uniquely empowering for people with disabilities.”
“Combining intelligent features with the user-friendly LG interface, the LG Optimus F3 allows users to easily collaborate and communicate while handling a variety of tasks or enjoying entertainment content,” said Wayne Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics USA. “This device exemplifies LG’s commitment to delivering compelling accessibility features.”
The LG Optimus F3 is Sprint ID-enabled, allowing users to download the new Accessible Education ID pack. This ID pack makes it easy for millions of K-12 students with print disabilities – individuals who cannot effectively read print because of visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive or learning disabilities – to access Web-based educational resources on their smartphone. The Accessible Education ID pack is a package of applications and mobile Web services available in a single download.
The Accessible Education ID pack features customized mobile Web services that are designed to eliminate clutter and display only the parts of Web pages of interest to the user. It also provides students who do not have computers or Internet connections at home with mobile-friendly interfaces and Web-based educational resources.
Applications within the Accessible Education ID pack, developed by Apps4Android, include:
Six applications that simplify access to WebMATH, a free website hosted by Discovery Education that helps students learn how to solve math problems. Solutions to all problems are presented in a real-time, step-by-step, manner.
KhAndroid: a fully accessible Android application that enables its users to view Khan Academy’s library of more than 2,200 micro lectures via video tutorials. Topics covered include math, history, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and economics.
IDEAL Equation Finder: a speech recognition-based application, designed to take advantage of EqsQuest’s semantic search technology for math and science. Semantic search technology seeks to improve search accuracy by understanding a searcher’s intent and the contextual meaning of terms as they appear in searchable data spaces.
With nearly 90 Sprint ID packs available today, Sprint ID allows consumers, on select Android-powered devices from Sprint, including the LG Optimus F3, to download “ID packs” – a bundle of content that delivers a complete mobile experience in a few simple clicks. ID packs include applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers. Whether they are an environmentalist, sports lover, music enthusiast, fitness fanatic, gamer or an individual with disabilities, Sprint ID makes it easy for customers to personalize their smartphone by allowing them to download ID packs with content to fit their lifestyle.
In addition, the unique LED indicator on the LG Optimus F3’s home button offers a rainbow of color options that can assist those with hearing impairment, such as green for a phone call or red for a text message. Specified colored and patterned light provides charging status and notifications, such as alarms, calendar reminders, new messages and missed events.
Built with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and convenient front-facing camera, the LG Optimus F3 is packed with nifty camera features that allow users to enhance special moments and photos. With Beauty Shot, users can snap photos that enhance their friends’ and their own appearances. Cheese Shot lets users take a voice-activated photo by simply saying “cheese” while Panorama Shot helps users to capture the entire scene in a single photo.
Additional features include:
VuTalk3 allows users to send handwritten messages, photos or drawings back and forth in real time to visually share ideas and collaborate.
QSlide 2.0 allows users to overlay up to two application windows on an existing open application, adjusting size and transparency as needed for greater multitasking functionality.
QuickMemo™ lets users add their own creative commentary to pictures or screenshots with the swipe of a finger then share it via social media, email or SMS.
QTranslator allows users to translate words and phrases from 44 different languages into 64 native languages.
Android 4.1.2, Jelly Bean
Vivid 4-inch IPS display with super strong Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2
1,080p full-HD video capture
Multilanguage support with 53 keyboard input languages
SmartShare – share media wirelessly to DLNA® enabled devices
Wi-Fi Direct™ file sharing
Android Beam to share content via Near Field Communication (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
ULE Platinum Certified – the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment and Sprint
Sprint now offers 4G LTE service in 88 markets nationwide, including Los Angeles, Charlotte, Boston and Dallas. Many Sprint customers are discovering Sprint 4G LTE in cities that haven’t yet officially been announced, including Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco. Sprint has announced more than 170 additional markets where LTE will be available in the coming months. For the most current maps, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.
To learn more about what Sprint is doing to empower customers with disabilities, please visit www.sprint.com/accessibility.