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LG Thrive Prepaid Android GoPhone (AT&T)

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  • 3.2 MP camera with 4x zoom
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB
  • Android 2.2 operating system
  • Mobile Email with Gmail, POP3/IMAP, and MS Exchange support
  • What's in the Box: LG Thrive smartphone, battery, USB cable, wall charger, CD with user manual and Flash tutorial, Quick Start guide
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.29 inches, 2.32 inches, 0.47 inches
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: GSM
  • Phone Book Capacity: 100 Entries
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 450 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 480 hours
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.3 x 0.5 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004W83SWI
  • Item model number: Thrive
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,106 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Product Description

Product Description

This affordable smartphone is part of LG's entry-level Optimus One series. Features are par for Android smartphones, including 3G data, turn-by-turn GPS navigation, 3-megapixel camera, video capture, 3.5mm audio jack, and memory card slot.

The LG Thrive smartphone is the perfect balance of functionality and affordability, with the flexibility of a prepaid plan. It feature whip-fast processing on the Android 2.2 platform, PC-like browsing, and access to email, contacts, and calendar that sync with your web accounts and PC. The LG Thrive lets you have your world, your way.

LG Thrive

Featuring Android 2.2 on the flexibility of a prepaid plan. View larger

Boost your data connection with WiFi and connect free to thosuands of AT&T WiFi HotSpots nationwide or share your mobile broadband connection with up to 5 other devices by creating a password-protected personal hotspot. The Thrive gives you the power you need to run the most demanding Android applications and games available on Android Market. Stay in the know with quick access to social networking with Facebook and Twitter and shoot sharp photos and video with Thrive’s 3.2 megapixel camera--which you can easily upload to Picasa or YouTube.

The LG Thrive operates on AT&T's Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA 7.2Mbps and Quad-Band EDGE networks. Its 600MHz application processor has the power you need to multitask on the 3.2" HVGA full touchscreen. Enjoy PC-like web browsing with the built-in WebKit 2.3-based browser. Read your work email with Gmail, POP3/IMAP, and MS Exchange support, and get more done with ThinkFree Office which lets you view and edit Microsoft Office files and attachments.

LG Thrive

With the 3.2" full touchscreen, enjoy PC-like web browsing, access Gmail, and get more done with ThinkFree Office. View larger

Keep in touch with social networking like Facebook and Twitter, or just entertain yourself with preloaded AT&T apps such as AT&T Radio, AT&T Navigator, AT&T U-verse Live TV, AT&T FamilyMap, YPmobile, and more.

Enabled for use on AT&T's lightning quick HSPDA 3G network, you'll be able to easily access the Internet as well as quickly download video, music, and more. Additionally, with AT&T's 3G network, you can make a call while simultaneously receiving picture/text messages and e-mail or viewing Web pages. This GPS-enabled phone can access the AT&T Navigator service for turn-by-turn directions.

Google Integration

The Thrive has voice commands and speech-to-text capability, with compatibility for Google Voice Actions. It has integrated Google account syncing for compatible Google apps such as Contacts, Gmail, Gtalk, Google Calendar, Picasa and Android Market.

Vital Statistics

The LG Thrive weighs 3.2 ounces and measures 4.47 x 2.32 x 0.53 inches. Its 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7.5 hours of talk time, and up to 20 days of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as AT&T's 3G UMTS 850/1800/2100 HSDPA network.

What's in the Box

LG Thrive smartphone, battery, USB cable, wall charger, CD with user manual and Flash tutorial, quick start guide.


  • 3.2-megapixel camera with 4x zoom
  • Up to 2 hours of live video capture and playback


  • Music player compatible with MP3, AAC, AAC+, AAC+v2, WMA, MIDI, WAV, AMR formats
  • AT&T Mobile Music and streaming AT&T Radio
  • Built-in FM Radio
  • U-verse Live TV to watch live, on-demand and downloadable TV shows on your phone


  • Text Messaging and Instant Messaging (IM) via Google Talk
  • Mobile Email with Gmail, POP3/IMAP, and MS Exchange support


  • 2 GB memory card installed
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB


  • Custom ringtones with MP3 support
  • Ringback tones to have your friends hear your favorite song or funny phrase when they call you
  • Theme your phone with wallpapers, custom menus, icons, and more
  • Android Market with access to thousands of applications


  • Address book
  • Conference calling and call forwarding
  • ThinkFree Office to view and edit Microsoft Office files
  • Multitasking with simultaneous voice and data

More Features

  • 3G high-speed data and voice (7.2Mbps)
  • World phone with tri-band support
  • Bluetooth 2.1 wireless connectivity
  • Hands-free speakerphone
  • Voice dialing and voice commands

Android Operating System

The LG Thrive runs the Android operating system--OS 2.2 (aka Froyo)--which provides a faster overall Android experience as well as greater multitasking capabilities. You'll be able to receive notifications, listen to music, and even record GPS data without keeping the application open. And it features a plethora of new enhancements, including an improved onscreen QWERTY keyboard, full push corporate e-mail, and support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web. It also offers enhanced Exchange support, with Calendar syncing, Global Address Lookup, improved security, auto-discovery, and more.

With integrated Google technology, the LG Thrive brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, GTalk instant messaging (with presence capabilities), YouTube, and Picasa. The LG Thrive also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

AT&T GoPhone Service

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AT&T's pay-as-you-go GoPhone plans are wireless plans made easy, simply pay in advance for what you need. No long-term contracts, credit checks, or surprise bills--just all the benefits of wireless, with no complications. In addition, AT&T's Rollover Balance feature lets you carry over your unused account balance when you purchase refill minutes before your balance expires.

Other great GoPhone features include no long distance or roaming fees across AT&T's national service area, the ability to track usage via text messages with an updated balance after each call, and the ability to refill your minutes 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. You can also choose to add international long distance for calling to over 50 countries (including Mexico landlines and Canada) for just $10 for 250 minutes. And you can cancel any time without penalty.

GoPhone Plan Options
  • $50 Monthly Unlimited Plan includes unlimited talk, text (both U.S. and internationally), and access to Internet data and web browsing (smartphone users must purchase a separate data package).
  • $25 Monthly Plan includes 250 minutes of talk time, unlimited text messages, and international texting at 25¢ per message. Data and mobile web browsing is charged per use, or you can buy a package.
  • $2 Unlimited Daily Talk & Text is a good plan for those who do not use their phone every day, and data packages can be added. It's charged ONLY on days when the phone is used to make or receive a voice call (including a call to voice mailbox), use IM, or send a text or picture/video/sound message. Data is charged per use, or via a package.
  • Per Minute enables you to make phone calls at just 10¢ a minute--perfect for those looking to use their phone very infrequently or for emergencies. You can also send texts at 20¢ per message (25¢ per international message), or choose a monthly package. Data is charged per use, or via a package.

Smartphone users can use any of these GoPhone plans, however, a smartphone require a data/web package to use data/web services. Pay-per-use data/web is not available on smartphone devices. Data packages for all GoPhone plan options (for mobile web access for e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and more) include the following:

  • 500 MB for $25
  • 100 MB for $15
  • 10 MB for $5

Data packages are good for 30 days, as long as your account balance is not expired. Standard rates apply if feature package is not renewed after 30 days.

Learn more about AT&T GoPhone plans from this handy chart, plus check out AT&T's nationwide coverage map.

How to Refill Your Account

For your convenience 24/7, you can add money to your account in a variety of ways and in a variety of amounts.

  • With Rollover Balance, if you refill your account before your balance expires, you keep your unused balance.
  • Purchase a refill card at any AT&T store and over 200,000 other retail locations in the U.S. Most refill cards will let you dial *888* to refill using the PIN number on the card.
  • Use a credit/debit card and visit to refill online. You can also set up Auto Refill and Text to Refill, which enables you to refill directly from your phone.

To check on your current balance, dial*777# and press SEND to receive a text massage indicating your account balance and expiration date.

AT&T GoPhone refill cards are available in these amounts:

  • $15 (30-day expiration)
  • $25 (90-day expiration)
  • $50 (90-day expiration)
  • $60 (90-day expiration)
  • $100 (1-year expiration)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Smart phone with no data plan.
I can go on the internet with ease and download apps from the Android store pretty fast.
If somebody solves this problem I would bump the review up to 4 stars.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

177 of 181 people found the following review helpful By Jason C on May 11, 2011
** See bottom of review for change log.

1] Phone Review

This phone is like having an iPod Touch that can leave your WiFi network when necessary. It is exactly what I was looking for. I work from home, travel every 2 months, and could not justify paying $70+ a month for a phone that I'll barely use off of a wireless network. My only regret is buying this from the AT&T store when I could have gotten it a bit cheaper on

The graphics look great and the touch screen is very responsive. ** The screen can scratch after some use though, so I would suggest using a screen protector. I have a small 1-2cm portion of my screen that has several small scratches in it that is distracting in sunlight when there is no screen protector in place. I bought the stock screen protector from the AT&T store. It has worked well to protect the screen and diffuses the appearance of the small scratches so they cannot be seen.

The sound quality through the speaker is a bit weak but a set of headphones sounds great especially with Pandora or Audible audio books. One strange thing I've noticed though is that in a quiet room with ear bud headphones even the lowest volume setting can seem too loud. This might be related to the headphones I am using or the fact that I am near sleep and sounds that were once comfortable seem louder as I drift off. If you encounter this one a workaround is to buy headphones that have a built in volume control.

I've seen other professional reviewers state the phone is not overly attractive but I think it looks nice. The screen cleans easily and every button is where you would expect it to be on an Android phone. No phone snobs have made fun of my phone for its appearance.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Dr KrwL on May 4, 2011
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Nothing beats ATT's goPhone rates and this phone has kicked it up to the next level. I was using a goPhone before and was surprised when I saw the packaging for this phone that the plan rates had dropped to $0.10/min with NO commitment. I think the phone is great but I haven't used any other smart phones before, but it performs as well as one of my daughter's 4th gen. ipod touch. The Android interface is nice but it does take some time and work to learn how to use it, not as intuitive as apple's OS but I like the flexibility. I was able to use the "old" goPhone for $100 per year, I'm guessing that the smart phone will run me ~$230 per year ($5/mo. 200 messages, $5/mo. 10mb + a couple of $25/500MB, and about $5/mo phone) that's less than $20 PER MONTH. All the extra "hardware" will really eat up a battery so you have to be prudent to use the "power panel" widget to keep WiFi, GPS, 3G, and BT turned off when you aren't using them. I was REALLY surprised to find this phone had GPS for only $150 and that feature, and GOOGLE Sky work very well.

If you are looking for a budge phone where you have full control over the cost then this is for you. You don't HAVE to buy a data plan, but I've found that I get by perfectly well (google account sync, periodic checking static web sites, downloading games) with the plans I mention above, because everything carries over month to month so you buy the 500MB packages when you get low and buy the 10MB packages to keep your balance "alive". All the other "fun" stuff I just do at home connected to my wifi...
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Traveling Tech Guy on May 10, 2011
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This phone has a great screen, good battery life, and nice Android install (with all the usual AT&T crapware, of course).
I planned on using my regular AT&T SIM card in this, rather than using the pre-paid one it comes with.

As a 7-years long AT&T customer, who travels a lot to Europe, I usually get each new phone unlocked.
Nope, said the AT&T representitive: LG will only let us unlock this in November (this was bought in April). Strike 1.

I wanted to download some apps from the Amazon store. No can do - the phone is limited to the Google market. Strike 2.
(Heard later from a former AT&T employee that they may release this hold later this year. Too late for me).

Finally, some of the standard Android options are simply gone or locked in the menus (most noticabley wireless hotspot).
Again the representitve jst said he couldn't help me with those. Strike 3.

Yes, I could have rooted the device, maybe installed a stock Froyo - but why should I? I got the T-Mobile Comet instead.
It has stock Froyo out of the box (i.e. no crapware, all options open), T-Mobile unlocked it immediately,
and it costs $25 less a month for the same package I had with AT&T.

Bottom line: I liked the phone. Hated the network. It had so many choices closed in it that I had to return it.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Brad on June 14, 2011
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UPDATE 3/30/14: Be aware that the original review below is quite old, and many of the tips are no longer valid. By today's standards, this phone is VERY outdated, and other phones like a Google Nexus would be highly preferable at a similar cost. AT&T has crippled their Pay-As-You-Go plans for people who want cheap data, as now it'll cost at least $30/month for cellular data (though you can still get decent deals on AT&T's network with smaller companies like AirVoice or H2O Wireless).

By default, AT&T has disabled installing apps from "unknown sources" (i.e. Amazon Appstore). Rumor has it that there's an Android OS 2.2.2 update being pushed out over the air for this phone which re-enables this feature. Unfortunately, I can't get my Thrive to check for updates at all. However, you CAN enable installing unknown source apps using a "secret menu". Just dial 3845#*506# and a settings menu will appear. Scroll down and tap "Unknow Sources Test". Then check the "Unknown sources" box on the screen that pops up. Amazon Appstore should work as intended now!

First things first: this is no $500-600 flagship phone. But for under two hundred bucks, it's an excellent value, and can do almost anything that any of the fancy smartphones can do. And for someone who doesn't use many voice minutes, and can ration 3G data by taking advantage of Wi-Fi, the monthly fees can be incredibly low when compared to a smartphone contract.

* Using the 10-cent per minute plan, this can give you a smartphone for as little as $8.33/month (that is, if you use fewer than 33 voice minutes & less than 10MB of 3G data every month).
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