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LG Optimus Q: Good__ Straight Talk /Sprint Coverage: Not so much
on May 19, 2012
Got the LG Optimus Q phone by Straight Talk for my wife as she was needing a Smartphone for her work in outside sales for faster web access, etc. Overall the phone is pretty good and seems to function well. The main issue is that the Straight Talk Android Optimus Q Smartphones are ported to work on the Sprint Network (I'm told) which doesn't offer near the same coverage as Straight Talk's non-smartphones which use the Verizon network coverage. I checked Sprint Coverage map & it seems as long as she's driving on a major Interstate corridor or in a larger metro area, coverage is good. It's when she drives to smaller communities off interstate that things get spotty, especially in NW Louisiana or East Texas. And what is surprising is her company is based in Dallas, TX at the Dallas Market Center which is a huge bldg off I-35/Stemmons. 4 to 6 times a year she attends the seasonal retail markets as a rep and works the showrooms where all reps get text msgs on their cells from clients coming in for sales appts. Well any rep with Sprint Network don't get calls or texts unless they walk out in the hall and stand near one of just a few windows to get reception. Sales reps with AT&T or Verizon don't have this issue. The Sprint coverage map indicates that coverage at this bldg location is Excellent but inside the bldg...there is no reception unless you stand by the larger windows near the escalators. It's really become a nuisance for sales calls. I think we're going to look at a different service as this Sprint Network is just inadequate.
P.S. Adding this a few weeks later as I discovered that Straight Talk has added some newer Android Smartphones to its line up that work either on AT&T or Verizon networks. If you're considering the ST Androids....be sure to ask about which network they are ported to work on .
P.P.S. -- Adding this later, I learned that you can determine which network a phone will use... there are two types: GSM & CDMA, on this phone the CDMA-S means it is ported for Sprint network towers, phones with CDMA-V are ported to work with Verizon network towers. The info should be in the phone specifications and/or written on the original box labeling. Good luck!