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I'll apologize in advance for my bragging/venting, but I could really use it. Thank you.

I picked one of these up about two weeks ago after watching the online inventory checker for my bestbuy. They got two in after the initial sell-out and the bundle for a $25 VM card, a rocketfish car charger, a ZAGG screen protector, and the phone for about $167 ($50 off). Then the following sunday, I get an e-mail from rewardszone saying that there's a 10% off a single item coupon that includes non-contract phones and a 500 point coupon (about $10 gc worth) for any LG phone including this one. So after going back in and getting the head of the mobile dept, a CS rep, and a geek squad guy (each had a part) return, bypass the recertification process, apply the coupons, and let me buy-back the phone, I walked away with everything for $155+tax-rewardzone points.

Then to get my contacts transfered since the best buy guy said that their system didn't have the optimus v in it, I had to go to an independent sprint store. However, I called before going one night and the woman said that they were closing at 5 (the time I get off) instead of their posted time of 6. Then the following day when I go in, a different rep said that their owner called that morning and put in place a $15 charge for transfers to phones not bought at that store, but due to the fact that the woman closed early without anyone knowing (oops), and a billing issue, the guy did it for free.

A huge hassle, but great results for an awesome phone.

As a side note, the lack of roaming is an issue for me. My solution? Get a CDMA phone (can be farther away from a tower and still get through) from tracfone that's location-aware (not just e911) with great battery life for $100 for 1000 min (with code) for 1 year. Perfect for hiking/needing a tow. An added kicker is that I got the LG 231c, and both use the same charge port, so now I only have to keep one car charger and can use the usb cable separately from the wall charger that came with the tracfone.

Now to reward any that read this, I'll offer to answer any questions or tests that you'd like done on the optimus v.
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I'll apologize in advance for my bragging/venting, but I could really use it. Thank you.

I picked one of these up about two weeks ago after watching the online inventory checker for my bestbuy. They got two in after the initial sell-out and the bundle for a $25 VM card, a rocketfish car charger, a ZAGG screen protector, and the phone for about $167 ($50 off). Then the following sunday, I get an e-mail from rewardszone saying that there's a 10% off a single item coupon that includes non-contract phones and a 500 point coupon (about $10 gc worth) for any LG phone including this one. So after going back in and getting the head of the mobile dept, a CS rep, and a geek squad guy (each had a part) return, bypass the recertification process, apply the coupons, and let me buy-back the phone, I walked away with everything for $155+tax-rewardzone points.

Then to get my contacts transfered since the best buy guy said that their system didn't have the optimus v in it, I had to go to an independent sprint store. However, I called before going one night and the woman said that they were closing at 5 (the time I get off) instead of their posted time of 6. Then the following day when I go in, a different rep said that their owner called that morning and put in place a $15 charge for transfers to phones not bought at that store, but due to the fact that the woman closed early without anyone knowing (oops), and a billing issue, the guy did it for free.

A huge hassle, but great results for an awesome phone.

As a side note, the lack of roaming is an issue for me. My solution? Get a CDMA phone (can be farther away from a tower and still get through) from tracfone that's location-aware (not just e911) with great battery life for $100 for 1000 min (with code) for 1 year. Perfect for hiking/needing a tow. An added kicker is that I got the LG 231c, and both use the same charge port, so now I only have to keep one car charger and can use the usb cable separately from the wall charger that came with the tracfone.

Now to reward any that read this, I'll offer to answer any questions or tests that you'd like done on the optimus v.
Have you had any other modern Android smart phones? I am thinking of moving from T-Mobile to Virgin and know that the SGS phone that I have (Vibrant) is faster than the Optimus V. I was wondering if it's hugely notable.

Also, how much memory does the phone have? How much App storage space?

Thanks

Also, have you rooted?
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Although I've been in the know since before a 'smartphone' was the concept of a bluetooth/usb/serial WWAN adapter for a pda and have been contorting pda+phone combos in ways that still rival current capabilities, I have to admit that I am late to the scene. This is my first true smartphone.

Though maybe I can still help some. First try this comparison.

You'll probably read lots of reviews of how this is an amazing phone and although I do expect a lot out of my hardware, I'm still impressed. I was truly expecting a cheap case with buggy software that would need lots of work-arounds to get it to do what I want. And honestly, that's pretty far off from the truth. The case is solid (including buttons) and really doesn't flex at all under normal stress and it's really very responsive. I'm also impressed by the Android OS in how seamless enabling/disabling features is since that's normally where I'd expect it to crash or lag. Note: I specifically looked into phones less than 4" before finding the V and the Optimus was the top dog in my eyes.

I do have two complaints though; 1) the battery life. It may be very comparable to other smartphones and I really can't blame it for all that I use it for, but a normal day uses about half the battery (wifi/3g always on with k-9 and nimbuzz on). Though the times that I forget to close Gallery in the background eats about 80%+ away in a single day. 2) The internal memory is very small and so far I haven't found anything that can create hardlinks/symbolic links for programs with widgets though I'm sure there's some out there. Coming from a Vibrant, you'll probably notice that the most.

As for rooting, I'm honestly ready to. I just need some time to really look into it and find the rom I want to use (I obsessively research before doing something new). I'd like to overclock it (surprise ) and get rid of the bloatware to help with the memory issue.
If you'd like, I can let you know when I do and any further questions.

I'm not sure if any of this helps, but I sure hope so. And if they do, feel free to keep them coming.

EDIT: Oh, and did I mention free hotspot tethering without rooting?
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Although I've been in the know since before a 'smartphone' was the concept of a bluetooth/usb/serial WWAN adapter for a pda and have been contorting pda+phone combos in ways that still rival current capabilities, I have to admit that I am late to the scene. This is my first true smartphone.

Though maybe I can still help some. First try this comparison.

You'll probably read lots of reviews of how this is an amazing phone and although I do expect a lot out of my hardware, I'm still impressed. I was truly expecting a cheap case with buggy software that would need lots of work-arounds to get it to do what I want. And honestly, that's pretty far off from the truth. The case is solid (including buttons) and really doesn't flex at all under normal stress and it's really very responsive. I'm also impressed by the Android OS in how seamless enabling/disabling features is since that's normally where I'd expect it to crash or lag. Note: I specifically looked into phones less than 4" before finding the V and the Optimus was the top dog in my eyes.

I do have two complaints though; 1) the battery life. It may be very comparable to other smartphones and I really can't blame it for all that I use it for, but a normal day uses about half the battery (wifi/3g always on with k-9 and nimbuzz on). Though the times that I forget to close Gallery in the background eats about 80%+ away in a single day. 2) The internal memory is very small and so far I haven't found anything that can create hardlinks/symbolic links for programs with widgets though I'm sure there's some out there. Coming from a Vibrant, you'll probably notice that the most.

As for rooting, I'm honestly ready to. I just need some time to really look into it and find the rom I want to use (I obsessively research before doing something new). I'd like to overclock it (surprise ) and get rid of the bloatware to help with the memory issue.
If you'd like, I can let you know when I do and any further questions.

I'm not sure if any of this helps, but I sure hope so. And if they do, feel free to keep them coming.

EDIT: Oh, and did I mention free hotspot tethering without rooting?
Check out this rom http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=962862

It's probably the best 2.3 rom out for the optimus V. Still some bugs to work out but overall it is very solid.
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Thanks for the replies. I decided to pick one up (I can always return it so it is basically a $25 test run). The problem is, I get zero data. I can call and text and the 3G icon is there (and the up arrow is moving), but there is no down arrow activity and nothing connects.

I just bought it yesterday and have yet to be connected to data...

Did any of you have this issue?
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Thanks for the replies. I decided to pick one up (I can always return it so it is basically a $25 test run). The problem is, I get zero data. I can call and text and the 3G icon is there (and the up arrow is moving), but there is no down arrow activity and nothing connects.

I just bought it yesterday and have yet to be connected to data...

Did any of you have this issue?
You have to call VM to get that fixed, abunch of people had that issue a month or two back but most have been fixed now.
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You have to call VM to get that fixed, abunch of people had that issue a month or two back but most have been fixed now.
I called them once and they didn't fix it. Called again and they said it would be 24-72 hours before someone would contact me. I sit down after that call, hit the activate button (just for fun), it doesn't really do anything. I notice all the sudden that 3G works!

And it's quite quick
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I have to bump this up.

My friend came over today at about 4PM today and told me about this phone and how you could get unlimited everything minus talk for $25 a month without a contract, and by 8PM I was back at my house with one and a $25 card. I'm switching from an 8GB iPhone 3G I've had for 3 years on AT&T. I've been paying $85 a month for the same plan and that's even after my mom's employee discount.

I have to say that I'm surprised and this phone is actually killer. It has to be at least twice as fast as my iPhone and I can't say that I haven't been able to find an Android equivalent of an iPhone app yet. It's amazing how I can sync almost everything I can think of and how it comes with a free 2GB micro SD card and that I can buy a 16GB one for only $35.

This phone is awesome!
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