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The Straight Calk LG Optimus Prepaid Phone features a 4" touchscreen scratch-resistant display, virtual keyboard and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system for quick and easy navigation of all of your applications and messaging. This black LG Optimus Cell Phone has dual cameras that let you document your life and video chat with your friends and family while you're on the go! Additional features of this Straight Talk Prepaid Cell Phone include 3G/WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth wireless technology, advanced GPS capabilities and a 1GHz processor. Plus, this black LG Optimus Cell Phone has 5 home screens, light, gravity and proximity sensors, MP3 player, hands-free speaker, voice commands and unlimited entry phonebook. Your Straight Calk LG Optimus Prepaid Phone only works with the Straight Talk $45/30-Day Unlimited Service Plan or the $60/30-Day Unlimited International Service Plan.
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Questions & Answers for Straight Talk Straight Talk LG Optimus Prepaid Cell Phone, Black

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says it won't work in my area but verison does work in my area. Why does it say it won't work there. Zip 48847

asked 1 year, 2 months ago
By
Laura
on Straight Talk LG Optimus Prepaid Cell Phone, Black
1 answer
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answer 1
It definitely uses Verizon towers. I suggest checking with Straight Talk's customer service to make sure it works in your area.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
ILiveInTheDesert
Question

does it work with verizon towers

asked 6 months ago
By
tbucket
on Straight Talk LG Optimus Prepaid Cell Phone, Black
3 answers
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answer 1
The phone featured on THIS page, the LG Optimus Black (LG L85C) will use the SPRINT native network.

There are many LG Optimus phones on Straight Talk so be careful to distinguish which LG Optimus you are referring to. Some of the LG Optimus phones will use Verizon and some will use AT&T. I have a Optimus Extreme that runs on AT&T. Other Optimus models will use Verizon.

THIS phone, the LG Optimus BLACK (Black is the model) or the L85C, will use SPRINT ...native network only which means no roaming.
answered 4 months, 1 week ago
By
richardarr
answer 2
YES and NO. I say mine is verizon. others say no.
Strangely, before I bought my phone I put in my Cottage zip and the web page said yes it has reception. Which it did. Now when I put in the cottage zip it reads No.
When I was in the mountains on a road trip, I had two daughters with me with cell phones. One ATT one Verizon. My phone had identical performance as the other Verizon. When in certain areas of the Mountains we both lost reception.

I submit, this phone model had a change of networks.
I believe mine to be Verizon.
answered 6 months ago
By
sdanville
answer 3
No it works through sprint, I bought two thinking they were verizon and i'm five miles out of the sprint tower range, I have no signal, 1x mode.
answered 6 months ago
By
SGD825
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What network does this phone use? I have seen answers verizon &sprint. I just want to know what network it uses.

asked 1 year, 2 months ago
By
snookcom
on Straight Talk LG Optimus Prepaid Cell Phone, Black
3 answers
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answer 1
Do your research folks. I respectfully disagree that this phone runs on Verizon. It is a Sprint powered phone.

I know the OP may no longer be around but for those who may look in on this question, there seems to be a lot of confusion as to what phone this really is and what network it uses.

Some of the reviews for this phone are posted for another phone and seem to be misclassified. I can readily see that.

For the record, this phone is an LG Optimus Black L85C.

It runs on the Sprint (CDMA) native network. It does NOT run on Verizon.
answered 9 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 2
it uses verizon towers.
answered 1 year ago
By
droidluver
answer 3
It uses Verizon towers
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
ILiveInTheDesert
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Is this at and t or tmobile

asked 4 months, 1 week ago
By
jedi
on Straight Talk LG Optimus Prepaid Cell Phone, Black
3 answers
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answer 1
No, This LG Optimus cell phone is through Straight talk, a company offering prepaid cell-phone service with no contract.
answered 3 months, 4 weeks ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
Neither, the phone featured on THIS page, the LG Optimus Black (L85C) is CDMA using the Sprint native network (no roaming).

If ordering this phone, make sure that you are located in an area of Sprint native coverage. As we all know, Sprint has spotting coverage once getting away from the big metropolitan areas.

Check their coverage map to hone in on your address or the addresses of the places you plan to use the phone (copy-and-paste):

http://coverage.sprint.com/mycoverage.jsp?id=BO543STC

Uncheck BOTH 4G boxes as this phone will be limited to 3G.
answered 4 months, 1 week ago
By
richardarr
answer 3
This particular phone, the LG Optimus Black (LG L85C) on Straight Talk will use the Sprint native network ...no roaming.
answered 4 months, 1 week ago
By
richardarr
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this phone is not a verizon phone

asked 11 months ago
By
tim
on Straight Talk LG Optimus Prepaid Cell Phone, Black
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answer 1
@DryWater. Hi, actually, Straight Talk's Verizon AND Sprint -powered phones both will have the coding "C" as it is their way of designating "CDMA."

Straight Talk's GSM phones will have the letter "G" at the end of their model number.

This particular phone, an Optimum Black, LG L85C is CDMA running on Sprint. The reason I say this is that I remember when it was introduced last year and all the articles and reviews at the time clearly stated that it was a Sprint-powered phone. Here is an example (copy-and-paste):

http://www.phonenews.com/straight-talk-quietly-launches-sprint-powered-lg-optimus-black-20030/
answered 9 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 2
Are you sure it uses Sprint and not Verizon? The 'C' in STLGL85C (the model number) would point me to it being Verizon.
answered 9 months ago
By
DryWater
answer 3
Right, it uses the Sprint network.
answered 11 months ago
By
richardarr
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Is the carrier Verizon or ATT?

asked 1 year, 5 months ago
By
annie
on Straight Talk LG Optimus Prepaid Cell Phone, Black
2 answers
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answer 1
Just picked this phone up myself. It's definitely SPRINT. The box notes CDMA-S if you want to check out this coverage map. If you want verizon, you need to find a CMDA-V phone.
answered 7 months ago
By
CRL143
answer 2
Its verizon. If u go to straighttalk.com and look at the model # u will see the letter c at the end that means verizon towers and g means at&t
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
riverrat88
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What model is this exactly?

SOMEONE LET ME KNOW
asked 1 year ago
By
Chris
on Straight Talk LG Optimus Prepaid Cell Phone, Black
2 answers
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answer 1
I know the OP may no longer be around but for those who may look in on this question, there seems to be a lot of confusion as to what phone this really is and what network it uses.

Some of the reviews for this phone are posted for another phone and seem to be misclassified. I can readily see that.

For the record, this phone is an LG Optimus Black L85C.

It runs on the Sprint (CDMA) native network. It does NOT run on Verizon.
answered 9 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 2
LG L85C
answered 1 year ago
By
Purplepeache4
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Apps?

What about the apps? Is there a google play store?
asked 1 year, 5 months ago
By
Goldie
on Straight Talk LG Optimus Prepaid Cell Phone, Black
2 answers
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answer 1
yes, there is a google play store. I have apps like facebook, twitter, instagram, pandora, subway surfers, temple run 2 audible (where i can listen to books at work). good memory.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
TaraM86
answer 2
Yes this has access to Google Play App Store
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
JStee
Question

How many hours of talk time?

asked 3 months, 1 week ago
By
domind
on Straight Talk LG Optimus Prepaid Cell Phone, Black
2 answers
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answer 1
This phone has a talk time of 420 minutes.
answered 2 months, 4 weeks ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
According to the specs from LG, the talk time is "maximum 5.5 hours" with standby time at over 8-days.
answered 3 months, 1 week ago
By
richardarr
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Verizon vs AT&T for the east coast - clue me in.

Richard - I am on the east coast where you are on the west coast. Will AT&T work as well for me? I know it's second next to Verizon. I was on Verizon contract for many years and had no trouble with it on the east coast. I will look into an AT&T phone if it will be OK for me on this coast. How are the Blu phones? ZTE phones? I'm accustomed to either LG or Samsung. I can't afford to make mistakes with phones. So - clue me in on those "other" phones. I appreciate your help.
asked 3 months ago
By
Suzi
on Straight Talk LG Optimus Prepaid Cell Phone, Black
2 answers
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answer 1
Suzi, if you're still there ...I just noticed that Walmart is selling the BLU Studio 5.0 II for $129.47.

It is an unlocked GSM phone so you can use it with Straight Talk on the AT&T network. You'd have to buy a $7 SIM card from Straight Talk, however.

This particular phone has received some positive reviews on this and other websites. It has very good features and specs for the price and may be worth taking a chance at that price.

It has a 5.0MP rear camera with an LED flash in addition to the VGA front camera. It has Android 4.2 JellyBean and a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor (both impressive at this price).

Although it does not have LTE, it does have HSPA+ which is very fast 3G (some considering it 4G but not true 4G).

I'd almost recommend taking the chance on this one as it's featured packed at a reasonable price with some good reviews from others.

You can see it here (copy-and-paste):

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Blu-Studio-5.0-II-Smartphone-Unlocked/34741884
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
By
richardarr
answer 2
Suzi, I'm just an armchair enthusiast of Straight Talk and by no means am an expert at cell phone technology or the ins-and-outs and details of cellular networks. I believe I understand the basics but that's about it.

I also do not want to sway you one way and then have it not turn out for you. I'd feel terrible if you made a decision based on my advice and it didn't turn out. I guess I'm just going on my own experience and the experiences of my acquaintances. We are retired and travel in an RV. We frequently talk to others who travel around the country about the best cell phones and networks to use while traveling in an RV.

Like you, most believe that Verizon has the best coverage nationwide and most RVers and truckers tend to use Verizon because of this. I think that is generally correct. It seems they definitely have the best 4G LTE coverage footprint than the other carriers ...but we both (you and me) do not use 4G LTE on our smartphones. Like I say, I have a 4G LTE hotspot and it's so much faster than the 3G on our smartphones ...I use the 4g from the hotspot on my smartphone by wi-fi as much as possible because it IS so much faster. However, inexpensive smartphones generally do not have access to 4G LTE so let's leave this subject out of our conversation. The phones both of us are using are 3G and that's that.

As far as which carrier is better on the east coast, my belief is that it is not going to make that much of a difference. The east coast is so densely populated that both Verizon and AT&T are pretty much going have all areas covered. If I was living or traveling on the east coast, I don't think I would pay much attention to Verizon vs AT&T ...again, this is only my opinion. On the west coast, however, there are areas where the population is sparse and places where only one carrier has coverage. There was a small town we went through in eastern Oregon that only had AT&T coverage and it was spotty even at that. In western Arizona, there's a rather large geographical area where there is no Verizon coverage at all. And like I mentioned before, in Alaska, there is no native Verizon coverage anywhere in the state. So in the west, it's much more important to pay attention to the carrier being used than it is on the east coast ...again, my opinion only.

Here's on old Straight Talk map that will give a very general idea of what I'm talking about ...GSM-A is AT&T and is on the top right and CDMA-V is Verizon and is below AT&T in the bottom right (copy-and-paste):

http://www.howardforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=73733&d=1317514556

These are older maps so they will probably be a bit better now for both (all) carriers but at least it will give you an idea of what I was talking about pertaining to east coast verses west coast.

Now, you can actually pinpoint coverage by going to each carrier's street-level maps. Here's the AT&T coverage map ...put your address or the addresses of where you plan to use your phone and then choose the "GoPhone" button (GoPhone is AT&T's prepaid and will give "native" coverage):

http://www.att.com/maps/wireless-coverage.html#fbid=Xdli7oMduo_

For comparison, here's Verizon's ...after putting in your address, chose the "Prepaid" button which will give you "native" coverage --everything in the purple-shaded areas will be native coverage where you will have both voice and 3G data coverage:

vzwmap.verizonwireless.com/dotcom/coveragelocator

Now, pertaining to that BLU phone, I'm hesitant to recommend it to you as there have been quite a few negative reviews. Like I said, I would feel terrible if you bought it on my recommendation and you received a lemon. However, I have talked to several who have purchased a BLU phone and are very happy with them and haven't have a bit of trouble. BLU is located in Florida and has very good customer support ...much better than the big companies like Samsung and LG where you often will get the run-around when calling. BLU actually invites you to visit them in Florida.

So, to sum it up, and again, this is from a personal standpoint, if I was on the east coast, having AT&T coverage would be just fine as their coverage is everywhere. The comparison to Verizon coverage, to me, wouldn't be a major factor in my decision. And personally, I'm willing to take the chance on buying that BLU Studio 5.0. and putting it on Straight Talk. Like I mentioned, it really seems like you are getting a lot for the money.

I do agree that Samsung and LG are the big companies and have good reputations; they are both South Korea-based. I like Samsung phones and that would be my first choice. I buy Samsung TVs so I like them too. South Korean companies are putting out very good products now. They are like the Japanese companies many decades ago ...when first starting to sell products in the U.S., whether it be cars, tires, or electronics, their products were pretty bad but then quickly became very, very good.

ZTE and Huawei are both Chinese-based companies. But keep in mind that just about all cell phones (or all electronics) are made in China. From what I hear, some Samsung and LG products are made in China from Chinese parts even though they may be tagged "made in Korea." Our LG phones were probably assembled in China and definitely from Chinese parts.

Personally, because just about everything is made in China, I don't really think that it makes a lot of difference what "label" the phone has whether it be Samsung, LG, ZTE, Huawei, or BLU. They all have corporate divisions located in the U.S., BTW. They all specify similar manufacturing techniques and want to put out a good product as they realize if they don't, they won't be able to sell products in the future. Who knows, some Samsung or LG phones may come out of the same factories in China as the ZTE or BLU phones. And just like with cars, if you buy a Lexus, chances are that you will have a reliable product. Could you get a lemon with a Lexus? Sure. Could you get a trouble-free Hyundai? Sure ...but chances are better that you could get a lemon Hyundai than a lemon Lexus.

So those are my thoughts ...if you're still reading this. lol
answered 3 months ago
By
richardarr
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