Boost Mobile just added the LG Optimus F3 to its contract-free smartphone lineup. It might look familiar, since the phone already appeared on Sprint, T-Mobile and MetroPCS last year. But while it might be a little dated, it’s one of the cheapest ways to get LTE on Sprint’s network.
The Optimus F3 is a 4-inch Android phone. It features a low-res 800 x 480 display and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. There’s a 5-megapixel camera on the back with 1080p video capture, and a VGA shooter on the front. Unfortunately, the phone runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), which is nearly two years old at this point (and considering that’s the version of Android it launched with last year, I wouldn’t hope for an update in the future). It only features a couple of gigabytes of internal storage, which makes a microSD card a must.
One the positive side, the phone features a 2,460mAh battery, which should provide you with up to 16 hours of talk time. And since Boost uses Sprint’s nationwide network, the Optimus F3 is capable of tapping into the carrier’s 4G LTE network where it’s available, and 3G where it isn’t.
The Optimus F3 definitely isn’t for power users, but it’s a low-cost way to get an LTE smartphone on Boost. If you don’t live in a 4G LTE coverage area, however, you’re better off dropping LTE support entirely and picking up a Moto G for the same price.