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Apr 18, 2012, 6:53 PM
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2012 OS firmware update

Has anyone been having problems with the new update? From apps disappearing to the touch screen not functioning, I'm currently tired of the optimus I once loved. I've had it o and seems like it should be kver a year now and have had no mentionable issues until just recently. The screen double taps, making typing, browsing, game play, and even dialing frustrating and sometimes nearly impossible. Dropped calls, lost messages, failed notifications.....I almost can't deal with it anymore. It looks nice and SEEMS like it should be great, but so does an apple until you find the hole the worm crawled thru and munched on the core. I've contacted sprint and emailed LG but nothing has come of it so far. I love this phone and am more than happy to keep...

Dec 6, 2011, 1:06 PM
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how do you tether with the optimus v???

Oct 5, 2011, 1:25 PM
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I'm on the Optimus V. Does anyone else encounter issues with organizing playlists? Songs don't move to the right spots and my playlists get messed up.

Is there a different music app that handles playlists correctly?

Jun 28, 2011, 3:54 PM
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2.3 update

anyone know if the android 2.3 update will be available for the LG Optimus S for sprint? Or am I S.O.L.? Thanks!

Apr 12, 2011, 9:40 PM
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Optimus V FCC ID

BEJVM670 belongs to Optimus V only. Correct me if I am wrong, but Sprint base network is PCS only (850 available via roaming partners) so Optimus V is a single band phone.


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Mar 28, 2011, 7:51 PM
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internal memory wrong

this phone has more than 140 mb internal memory, my phone with all my apps has over 300 mb left. I bet its closer to 400 mb.

Nov 9, 2010, 12:26 AM
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mobile hotspot issue solved download tether widget

I picked up the optimus s yesterday and I kept getting the network error as well when trying to enable hotspot. Come to find out all you need to do is download a wifi tether widget to turn it on and then it will activate it. The widget I downloaded is called share switcher. Sprint will not charge $30 for the mobile hotspot since that only applies to 4G phones.... awsome phone!

Take care
actualy that applies to all devices the lg optimus s has a glitch in the software that alows hotspot to be activated via a widget. hotspot is avalible through sprint for that phone for 30$ a month. may i ask what software vierson you are on because th...

Mar 21, 2011, 6:30 PM
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Unknown Error 18

Ever since I downloaded the next update from Sprint I keep getting a "unknown error-18" when I try to download apps. Any ideas what this might be going on and what I need to do to fix it? 😕

Mar 5, 2011, 10:13 AM
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Charger Port

Is there a little cover or flap for the charger? Kind of an operculum, so some wear and tear doesn't happen? I'm not sure what to call it.

I've had issues with chargers before and a little thing covering it has helped in the past.
There isn't anything that covers the charger port on my phone, I have the purple one with Sprint.

Feb 21, 2011, 7:40 PM
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I've been wanting to purchase an Optimus V through Virgin Mobile, obviously, however I'm wondering about the keyboard.

I've heard its rather hard to text because the screen is particularly small. Is it really? And does it have the ability to be rotated and the keyboard rotates to a wider keyboard?

I'm a heavy texter and don't want to get this phone if it becomes a hassle.
Dont get the Optimus V.. get the Optimus S on sprint.. you can utilize more functions on a contract phone rather than pre-paid.
As far as the keyboard goes it is easy to text with.. I am a texter too and the keyboard will turn with the phone for a...

Mar 2, 2011, 5:44 PM
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sd card storage

is there a way to set up the phone so all my apps are saved only to my sd card and not the phone memory
With 2.2 preinstalled you can save most apps to the sd card. Unfortunatley you cant save all of the apps (like facebook) which will eat up your phones memory

Jan 15, 2011, 10:35 AM
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Whens gingerbread coming out?

When is gingerbread coming out for the optimus s? and will it help with the random reboots.. also too with the memory card issues all i did to fix it was format it and it was fine after

Dec 30, 2010, 7:49 PM
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Predictive text

Does anyone know of a way to put predictive text on the phone?
Predictive text should be on the phone by default. If not, you can access it via

menu > settings > language and keyboard > Android keyboard settings > select 'Show suggestions'

Dec 1, 2010, 12:22 PM
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preparing sd card and spontaneous reboots

Bought two of these phones and both are having SD card issues. Exchanged one of the two and it does the same thing.

All 3 say "preparing SD card" several times a day (at least). I tried a 2gb sandisk sd card instead of the samsung 2gb card that comes with it - same thing. Apps installed to the sd card disappear from the apps menu then mysteriously reappear. Also shortcuts on the main screen change to a default icon then may change back when they feel like it.

Also getting spontaneous reboots - not sure if this is related to the sd card issue.

Will likely return these before the 30 day period is over. ☚ī¸
It is an SD card problem, not the phone.

Go to the SD menu, unmount the card, format, then re mount it. That should fix it!

Be sure to backup stuff on your computer first.

If that doesn't work, then get another SD card, even an old one, and d...

Nov 24, 2010, 6:25 PM
over in the "LG Optimus S / Optimus U / Optimus V" discussion:

just purchased my new optimus s

this thing is fast, and i dont have 4g here so i didnt want to purchase an evo (outright because of my RAE plan) so i purchased this outright for $300.

question about the hotspot

does anyone know how many devices this supports? 5?

Oct 25, 2010, 12:39 PM
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USCC Is Getting This One!!!

Its gonna be called the Optimus U for US Cellular!!!
and so is Verizon I wonder if AT&T will since Tmobile did its a great little phone

Oct 31, 2010, 2:36 PM
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LG Optimus S

This phone is not available as of today from Sprint nor do they know when it will be.

Sprint is STILL showing us that they are failing on customer service and info about launch dates.

Even there sales people have no idea about the phone or when it will be release.

Very sad and I thought they had things changed for the better.
I know how you feel they told me it would be out oct 31 and now they told me 3 days ago it should be november 20th but i ask a sprint rep and they sayed they dont know .. but i know some people who have it i can get it from but its not fair for the cu...
I remember the same thing happened with att and the Blackberry bold,it was delayed for months.It happens, and why all the whining over for a low end phone anyway?

Oct 28, 2010, 9:57 PM

FM tuner like Optimus One?

Title says it all. Is there a built in FM Tuner similar to the other Optimus?
Nope, no FM tuner on this device.
I haven't used a radio since Pandora has come out.

Nov 8, 2010, 1:15 PM

Good Replacement for Instinct?

Thanks for your review Philip. I'd like to ask you and anyone else if you think this would be a good replacement for an original sph m800 Instinct? I primarily use it for email (gmail, yahoo, hotmail, outlook calendar), visual voicemail, live search, weather, browsing, sprint NAV occasionally, TV occasionally, music and camera occasionally. However, I like having 2 batteries. I want to upgrade but can't justify $10/mo for an evo or epic w/o 4g service. Would this work and be better than the Transform? Thanks

Nov 7, 2010, 10:09 PM

What does it mean to not have flash?

I see that the Optimus S doesn't have Flash capability.

For those of us who don't understand the implication of that, please explain.

What types of sites can't we see? Is there some way to work around it? Etc.

Thanks for the review. I am thinking of getting this phone, but according to your review, I have to check the phone call quality and the battery life.
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