LG Viper 4G will be Sprint’s first LTE device, pre-orders begin April 12


Sprint is ready to get things rolling on their 4G LTE network with the announcement of pricing and pre-order details for the LG Viper. The handset, which we first got our hands on at CES in January, is an Android 2.3 device with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 4-inch WVGA display. It also carries a 5MP camera, 4GB of internal storage, and 1GB of RAM. With NFC support, the Viper will ship with Google Wallet support.

The Viper 4G is being touted for its eco-friendly features, but it also takes it easy on the wallet. Priced at a mere $99.99 on a two-year contract, Sprint looks to keep the cost down for users transitioning to LTE. Pre-orders begin on April 12th. Check out the press release below for more info.

LG Viper 4G LTE with Eco-Friendly Features from Sprint
Launches for Less than $100

Pairing innovative technology with the
Sprint 4G LTE network and unlimited data plans, LG Viper 4G LTE helps manage work and personal time for people on the go, like today’s “Power Parents”;
Pre-order begins Thursday, April 12, at sprint.com/viper

NEW YORK – April 3, 2012 — In an exclusive media event to tip off NBA Green Week presented by Sprint, Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse (NYSE: S) today announced pricing and pre-order availability date for the highly anticipated LG Viper™ 4G LTE, the first 4G LTE device with eco-friendly features to be offered by Sprint.

LG Viper will be available later this month in all Sprint sales channels, including www.sprint.com,1-800-SPRINT1, Best Buy and RadioShack for $99.99 with a new two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1 (excludes taxes and surcharges). New and existing customers can pre-order LG Viper beginning Thursday, April 12 at www.sprint.com/viper.

LG Viper takes advantage of Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, mobile hotspot capabilities and a 4GB card microSD™ slot that supports up to 32GB. It also features a 5MP rear-facing camera with flash and VGA front-facing camera allowing for a fun and easy face-to-face video chat experience.

Enabled with Near Field Communication (NFC), LG Viper allows users to access true value features such as Google Wallet, an app that allows payment using a mobile device at participating retailers, including Bloomingdales, Toys “R” Us, CVS, Gap and Macy’s. The sleek, ultra-thin smartphone also boasts a 4-inch touchscreen that is remarkably bright and clear, even in direct sunlight. It also has a Corning® Gorilla® Glass screen protector for extra display resistance while on the go.

“LG Viper pairs perfectly with our unlimited data plans to bring customers the benefit of new technology, including our upcoming 4G LTE capabilities at a great price,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “This smartphone is packed with the tools our customers need to stay connected. Best of all, customers can feel good about owning LG Viper because of its robust list of eco-friendly features.”

As a Sprint ID smartphone, LG Viper will give owners the ability to cut through the clutter of more than 450,000 additional apps in Google Play by selecting from a variety of mobile ID packs. Sprint ID packs include ringers, wallpapers and widgets. Also, consumers can download Box on the LG Viper and receive 50GB of free cloud storage and sharing directly from LG, an estimated value of $240 per year, so users don’t have to stress about storing all of their favorite music, files, photos and other memories. The 50GB of free storage is exclusive to LG devices until July 22.

“Today’s world is moving extremely fast and the lines between personal time and work continue to blur,” said Tim O’Brien, vice president of marketing for LG Mobile. “LG understands consumers’ need for better tools that allow them to multitask without sacrificing what’s most important to them, especially when it comes to their families. LG Viper gives parents the tools they need to manage their everyday lives while breaking down the barriers that technology can often create between them and their children – all at a great value.”

LG Viper customers can enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything plans with data. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $79.99 per month for smartphones2 – a savings of $40 per month vs. Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web, or $10 per month savings vs. Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB Web.

Leading Wireless in Green
In addition to its technological prowess, LG Viper has many eco-friendly features, including:
The device is ULE Platinum Certified, the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment and Sprint
It is protected by a casing made of 50 percent recycled plastics.
It is RoHS compliant, meaning it is free from many potentially hazardous materials such as PVC, phthalates, halogens and mercury.
The packaging contains up to 87 percent of post-consumer paper, uses soy ink, made with a glueless construction and is 100 percent recyclable.
The phone also includes a charger that exceeds the EC Code of Conduct on energy efficiency when it comes to no-load consumption. Unlike other chargers, LG Viper 4G LTE’s charger only consumes 0.03 watts of power when plugged into a wall socket without being connected to the phone.

Ranked No. 3 in Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings, Sprint is committed to being a corporate leader in sustainability. LG Viper marks the third device with eco-friendly features launched by Sprint and LG. Sprint and LG launched their first eco-friendly device in 2010 with LG Remarq™ and continued the legacy earlier this year with LG Rumor Reflex™.

Sprint recently announced Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio are expected to have 4G LTE and enhanced 3G service in mid-year 2012. Sprint 4G LTE should enable faster speeds for data applications, and the enhanced 3G service could offer better signal strength, faster data speeds, expanded coverage and better in-building performance. The launch of these large metropolitan areas demonstrates the continued commitment by Sprint to invest in its network through Network Vision. Whether a Sprint customer is using a smartphone to share a video, check the Web via a mobile hotspot, Sprint 4G LTE will make it easier. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Bridging Technology and Fairy Tales
To complement the launch of LG Viper 4G LTE, LG is introducing the “Life’s Good Fairytales” app, a customizable storyboard that allows parents and children to bond over the creation and sharing of unique fairytales through their device. Families can become part of the fairytale by allowing them to take, upload and manipulate photos, names and sounds directly into the story, transforming the fairytales into the child’s own personal adventure.

Thanks to the fast speeds of the LG Viper 4G LTE technology and Sprint 4G LTE network, stories can be read instantly and content can be shared with friends and family via Facebook®. The “Life’s Good Fairytales” app will be available Friday, April 27, in Google Play. It will be free for LG Viper owners and available for $0.99 for other Android phone users.

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  1. LOL, you’re kidding right? Gingerbread?

    1. I know I’m laughing.

    2. As much as I love Android it’s hard to believe this does not have ICS.. this fragmentation needs to stop.

      1. Remember, there’s generally an 8 month turn around from when software is released, until we start seeing new devices launch with it.


    3. It looks like stock, but that could be a “stock” screen shot and not the actual LG overlay.

  2. What happened to the Galaxy Nexus being the first 4g lte phone, hell thats what it says on there own website

    1. No it doesn’t.  It says it’s a sneak peak of the first LTE devices, INCLUDING, the Galaxy Nexus.  The LG Viper is on the same page.  It never states what order the devices will come in.

      1. Bottom left, read it and weep: 

        “Introducing the first 4G LTE phone from Sprint”

  3. I’m glad there keeping the unlimited data plan!! Even though I got unlimited data on Verizon I might eventually switch to sprint because Verizon with 4 lines is expensive. Sprint would give me 22% discount for my job.

    1. Or you could just get the $15 unlimited cell phone app that works on iphone android and blackberry get it at http://www.mrpeppers.mymomentis.biz and click on the m mobile tab

  4. oops.

  5. Don’t be silly. They would have to actually release it for that to happen.

    (Meant to be a reply to Kevin Martin. Is reply broken?)

  6. I think Kevin misread the release. This doesn’t say the “first LTE device for Sprint”.
    Sprint has the Galaxy Nexus as the first LTE device for the network plastered all over it’s website.
    This is what the release says:”the first 4G LTE device with eco-friendly features to be offered by Sprint.”

  7. Unlimited for a little bit. Not the first. Fail.

  8. Why are we still seeing new phones with gingerbread – when ICS is baked???? Absolutely makes no sense and will keep me from buying till summer when there are more ICS models to pick from.

  9. > LG Viper takes advantage of Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform

    1.  They make it sound like they’re proud it’s running a 1.5 year old OS.
    2.  Why isn’t a new phone running ICS?
    3.  Don’t trust Sprint to roll out an ICS update promptly!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. How is this even allowed to come out with Gingerbread? This is nonsense. This is where Google needs to set limits and not allow shit like this to happen. Especially when phones that have been out are getting ICS. LG phones suck anyway.

  11. Guys have to stop complaining bout new device have Gingerbread. It will get ICS when it comes available.

  12. @inspectorgadget80
    We sure as hell CAN comment about how this phone doesn’t have ICS. The source has been out for nearly 5 months. It is available, just not in the manufacturers heavily skinned format which nobody wants. It is simply unacceptable to launch a phone with gingerbread and you would be stupid to even consider buying the Viper with the galaxy nexus and the HTC one series right around the corner.If only companies would listen to their customers….

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