LG Viper 4G LTE Available April 12 for Sprint Preorder

 
 
By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2012-04-04 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sprint is offering the "green" LG Viper 4G LTE smartphone for preorder sales on April 12. The device offers NFC, a $100 price tag and free cloud storage. The official sales date, however, is probably closer to Sprint's midyear LTE launch.

Sprint will begin accepting preorders for the LG Viper 4G LTE April 12, continuing the pair€™s legacy of offering eco-friendly phones. Before getting to the Earth-friendly details, however, a little news on how the phone can also save you some green: Until July 22, users can download Box from Google Play and receive 50GB of free cloud storage and sharing€”an offer Sprint estimates to be worth $240 per year.

Sprint has yet to announce an exact sales date, but it will be sometime later in April.

The Viper 4G LTE is priced at $100, after a two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate. How€™s that for a pricing head-to-head with the also-LTE-friendly Nokia Lumia 900? The Viper 4G LTE can be paired with Sprint€™s Everything plan, offering unlimited Web, texting and calling for $80 a month. (Sprint would like to helpfully point out that this is $40 less than a comparable Verizon Wireless plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web and $10 less than the Verizon 450-minute plan with 2GB of Web.)

The very iPhone 3GS-looking smartphone measures 4.59 by 2.44 by 0.46 inches and features a 4-inch WVGA touch-screen. Android 2.3, known as Gingerbread, is on board, along with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a microSD card slot that supports 32GB of memory, a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera up front.

The Viper 4G LTE can also act as a mobile hotspot, simultaneously sharing 3G and 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology with up to five WiFi-enabled devices. It supports Sprint ID, so users can customize their phones with packs of wallpaper and ringtones and widgets, and it includes near-field communication (NFC) technology.

NFC enables users to grab info from posters or stickers embedded with NFC chips and is the key to Google Wallet, which is also on board and is now accepted for quick payments by thousands of retailers, including Toys "R" Us, CVS, Gap, Macy€™s and Bloomingdale's.

As for those other €œgreen€ credentials, the Viper 4G LTE:

  • is UL Environment (ULE) Platinum Certified, the highest environmental performance recognized by the ULE and Sprint.

  • is constructed from 50 percent recycled plastics.

  • comes with a charger that only consumes 0.03 watts of power when it€™s plugged into the wall but not a phone.

  • comes in packaging that contains up to 87 percent post-consumer paper, uses soy ink, is made with a glueless construction and is 100 percent recyclable.

  • is RoHS-compliant (referring to the Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive), and thus is free of hazardous stuff like PVC, phthalates, halogens and mercury.

The pair€™s earlier eco-friendly offerings were the LG Remarq and the LG Rumor Reflex.

As for the Viper 4G LTE€™s ability to hop on Sprint€™s speedy 4G LTE network, well, it€™s coming. Sprint, of course, currently offers 4G via Clearwire€™s WiMax network. Its LTE network, along with what it calls €œenhanced 3G€ won€™t be live until midyear, when it launches in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio.

Back in 2009, LG announced it wanted to be the world€™s No. 2 handset maker, which meant upsetting Nokia, the longtime leader by a margin, or Samsung. According to an April 3 comScore report, LG has at least achieved that goal in the United States, where Nokia controls far less market share than across the pond and Samsung has had tremendous luck with its Galaxy line of devices.

According to three-month study ending in February, comScore found 25.6 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers to now be using Samsung phones, 19.4 percent to be using LG phones€”down from 20.5 percent during the three months ending in November€”and 13.5 percent to be using Apple iPhones.

In December 2010, LG was also the first manufacturer, with its Optimus 2X, to introduce a dual-core processor on a smartphone. At the time, LG CEO Jong-seok Park called it €œproof of LG€™s commitment to high-end smartphones€¦€

Sprint will begin accepting preorders for the LG Viper 4G LTE April 12, continuing the pair€™s legacy of offering eco-friendly phones. Before getting to the Earth-friendly details, however, a little news on how the phone can also save you some green: Until July 22, users can download Box from Google Play and receive 50GB of free cloud storage and sharing€”an offer Sprint estimates to be worth $240 per year.

Sprint has yet to announce an exact sales date, but it will be sometime later in April.

The Viper 4G LTE is priced at $100, after a two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate. How€™s that for a pricing head-to-head with the also-LTE-friendly Nokia Lumia 900? The Viper 4G LTE can be paired with Sprint€™s Everything plan, offering unlimited Web, texting and calling for $80 a month. (Sprint would like to helpfully point out that this is $40 less than a comparable Verizon Wireless plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web and $10 less than the Verizon 450-minute plan with 2GB of Web.)

The very iPhone 3GS-looking smartphone measures 4.59 by 2.44 by 0.46 inches and features a 4-inch WVGA touch-screen. Android 2.3, known as Gingerbread, is on board, along with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a microSD card slot that supports 32GB of memory, a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera up front.

The Viper 4G LTE can also act as a mobile hotspot, simultaneously sharing 3G and 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology with up to five WiFi-enabled devices. It supports Sprint ID, so users can customize their phones with packs of wallpaper and ringtones and widgets, and it includes near-field communication (NFC) technology.

NFC enables users to grab info from posters or stickers embedded with NFC chips and is the key to Google Wallet, which is also on board and is now accepted for quick payments by thousands of retailers, including Toys "R" Us, CVS, Gap, Macy€™s and Bloomingdale's.

As for those other €œgreen€ credentials, the Viper 4G LTE:

· is UL Environment (ULE) Platinum Certified, the highest environmental performance recognized by the ULE and Sprint.

·constructed from 50 percent recycled plastics.

· comes with a charger that only consumes 0.03 watts of power when it€™s plugged into the wall but not a phone.

· comes in packaging that contains up to 87 percent post-consumer paper, uses soy ink, is made with a glueless construction and is 100 percent recyclable.

· is RoHS-compliant (referring to the Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive), and thus is free of hazardous stuff like PVC, phthalates, halogens and mercury.

The pair€™s earlier eco-friendly offerings were the LG Remarq and the LG Rumor Reflex.

As for the Viper 4G LTE€™s ability to hop on Sprint€™s speedy 4G LTE network, well, it€™s coming. Sprint, of course, currently offers 4G via Clearwire€™s WiMax network. Its LTE network, along with what it calls €œenhanced 3G€ won€™t be live until midyear, when it launches in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio.

Back in 2009, LG announced it wanted to be the world€™s No. 2 handset maker, which meant upsetting Nokia, the longtime leader by a margin, or Samsung. According to an April 3 comScore report, LG has at least achieved that goal in the United States, where Nokia controls far less market share than across the pond and Samsung has had tremendous luck with its Galaxy line of devices.

According to three-month study ending in February, comScore found 25.6 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers to now be using Samsung phones, 19.4 percent to be using LG phones€”down from 20.5 percent during the three months ending in November€”and 13.5 percent to be using Apple iPhones.

In December 2010, LG was also the first manufacturer, with its Optimus 2X, to introduce a dual-core processor on a smartphone. At the time, LG CEO Jong-seok Park called it €œproof of LG€™s commitment to high-end smartphones€¦€

 
 
 
 
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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