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LG Octane (Verizon Wireless)

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3.6 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
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  • 3G-enabled messaging phone with flip-out QWERTY keyboard and dual displays; seamless social network integration
  • Access VZ Navigator for GPS-enabled for turn-by-turn directions; Visual Voice Mail, Family Locator, and Mobile Broadband Connect capable
  • 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder; Bluetooth stereo music; microSD memory expansion; access to personal and corporate e-mail
  • Up to 6.3 hours of talk time, up to 340 hours (14+ days) of standby time; released in November, 2010
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, wall/USB charger, quick start guide

Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.21 inches, 2.16 inches, 0.63 inches
  • Weight: 4.48 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 378 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 340 hours
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Product Description

Product Description

Text and handle calls comfortably using the touchscreen and QWERTY keypad of the LG Octane phone. Capture images or record videos using the 3.15 megapixel autofocus camera of this LG QWERTY smartphone that also has a LED flash. Access the shortest route to your destination with the A-GPS feature of this LG Verizon smartphone. The 320 x 240 pixels resolution of this LG QWERTY smartphone provides crisp and clear image outputs. Transfer media files instantly with the v2.1 Bluetooth connectivity of this LG Verizon smartphone

Get your thumbs on the LG Octane for Verizon Wireless and enjoy effortless on-the-go messaging and updates to your social networks. Slim and sleek, the candybar-style Octane's back flips open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard and 2.6-inch internal color LCD. It also features an HTML web browser and a Favorites Key that enables you to connect with your ten most frequent contacts in a flash.

The LG Octane offers seamless integration
of Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

The LG Octane is compatible with the V Cast Music with Rhapsody service, which enables you to purchase songs through your phone and download them via the fast Verizon Wireless 3G EV-DO data network, and the V CAST Video on Demand service that enables you to watch full-length TV shows plus news, sports, weather, and live entertainment video clips. You'll also stay on course thanks to the VZ Navigator GPS turn-by-turn direction service. And with the optional Visual Voice Mail service, you'll be able to quickly and easily scroll through your messages and pick the ones you want to listen to. See more details on optional Verizon Wireless services below.

Other features include a 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, microSD memory expansion (up to 16 GB), multi-format music player, personal organizer tools, compatibility with Skype Wi-Fi calling, threaded text messaging, and up to 6.3 hours of talk time.

Key Features

  • Fast 3G connectivity thanks to the reliable Verizon Wireless EV-DO, Rev A network
  • GPS navigation capabilities via VZ Navigator service
  • Social Beat Widget offers a single point for accessing social networking sites, allowing you to stay connected to Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace plus more than 50 news, sports, and entertainment feeds.
  • Favorites shortcut keys for quick access to up to 10 contacts with picture ID
  • Skype Mobile compatibility provides unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls and IM while in the U.S. to anywhere in the world. Plus, with Skype Mobile you get low rates to international land lines and cell phones (requires Skype account).

    Keep up to date with your social networks via the flip-out QWERTY keyboard (see larger image).
  • Internal 2.6-inch LCD screen (320 x 240 pixels, 262K color depth) viewable when flipped open to reveal QWERTY keyboard.
  • External 1.76-inch LCD screen (220 x 176 pixels, 262K color depth)
  • Full QWERTY keyboard for fast messaging
  • Large widely spaced external keys for easy dialing
  • 3.2-megapixel camera with up to 3x digital zoom,
  • Video capture capabilities with two resolution options, smile shot function that automatically takes a picture when a smile is detected, panorama mode, customizable brightness and white balance, image editor, and dual display activation for self portraits.
  • Music player with music library, repeat and shuffle features. Compatible with MP3, WMA, and unprotected AAC/AAC+ formats.
  • Dual speakers for stereo sound
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile--enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 16 GB.
  • Full messaging capabilities including Mobile Email, Corporate Email, Mobile Web Mail, Mobile IM, and Chat Capable
  • Threaded bubble messaging groups messages to/from a contact in time order and wrapped in bubbles.
  • HTML web browser
  • Organizer tools including calendar, to do list, alarm clock, stopwatch, world clock, notepad, EZ tip calculator
  • Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off
  • USB connectivity with mass storage capabilities
  • Speakerphone
  • Bilingual interface (English/Spanish)
  • Voice commands
  • Phone book with up to 1000 contacts
  • 2.5mm headset jack
  • TTY/TDD support
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility = M4

Vital Statistics

The LG Octane weighs 4.5 ounces and measures 4.21 x 2.16 x 0.63 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6.3 hours of talk time, and up to 340 hours (14+ days) of standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800/1900 frequencies as well as EV-DO, Rev A 3G frequencies.

What's in the Box

LG Octane handset, rechargeable battery, wall/USB charger, quick start guide

Verizon Wireless Services

  • Reliable 3G Network: With support for the EV-DO high-speed data standard, you'll enjoy fast access to the Internet and Verizon Wireless multimedia services (additional charges applicable), with average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps and peak rates up to 2 Mbps. (Learn more about where EV-DO coverage is offered.)

  • VZ Navigator Capable: With this GPS-enabled phone, you'll be able to access the Verizon Wireless VZ Navigator service (additional charges applicable) for voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, heads-up alerts, local search of nearly 14 million points of interest in the US (such as landmarks, restaurants and ATMs), and detailed color maps.

  • Visual Voice Mail: This innovative service enables you to delete, reply, and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions. Visual Voice Mail is the ideal tool for the busy mobile professional who may need to prioritize which messages he or she listens to first. Features include on-screen access to voice mail message status, save up to 40 messages for 40 days (or archive permanently), create up to 10 different caller ID-based greetings, and reply via call back, text or even voice mail.

  • V CAST Music with Rhapsody: Access this exclusive digital music service for RealNetworks and for MTV Networks, which delivers unlimited monthly access to music on up to three Rhapsody-compatible mobile phones and players and online on multiple PCs and Web browsers. For a monthly fee (billed on your Verizon Wireless bill), you can load and reload your subscription songs from your PC to your V CAST Music with Rhapsody phone as often as you want, and take your music on the go.

    On PCs running the Windows XP or higher operating system, you can also browse, preview, and purchase music using the V CAST Music with Rhapsody software, which is available as a free download from the V CAST Music with Rhapsody download website. Additional subscription charges applicable.

  • Mobile Broadband Connect: Use your smartphone as a modem for your notebook when you connect the two using a USB cable--or open a Bluetooth connection--enabling you to access the Internet or your company intranet. The Mobile Broadband Connect tethered modem capability is ideal when you're traveling and need to use your notebook to check e-mail, access corporate networks, or download large files like presentations and reports. And with Mobile Broadband Connect, you won't have to buy an extra PC Card or other devices.

  • Family Locator: Securely locate your family members' locations from your Verizon Wireless device or the web. The locate feature provides you with the information you need to stay aware and stay in touch, including detailed location information and the address of your family members displayed on an interactive map and the option to receive turn-by-turn driving directions to your family member's location using VZ Navigator. You can also receive updates when your family members leave or arrive at locations that you define such as school, soccer practice, or home, with monitored locations set up within a 1/4-, 1/2-, or a 1-mile radius.

  • VZW Backup Assistant: Automatically back up your mobile contacts to your online address book. If your phone is lost, stolen, or damaged, or you decide to upgrade, easily restore your saved address book to your new phone. You can also add, delete, edit, and print your contacts online and send the changes to your mobile phone.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 2.2 x 0.6 inches ; 4.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0047T74X6
  • Item model number: LG Octane™
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,466 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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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

We purchased two of these phones to replace LG Voyagers. They are very well suited to people who want a phone with real number buttons and a qwerty keyboard. The options are easy to follow and more logical than previous phones. The keypad unlock feature is effective by pressing the OK button twice, especially with the screen prompts. The qwerty keyboard is very small but works fine--even for my old pudgy fingers.

The sound quality is superior to our LG Voyagers and this improvement was immediately apparent. The sound level complaints in other reviews may be the result of the default settings on the phone. When the sound level seems too low, press the "increase" bar on the side to maximum volume and then press the OK set button. Remember to get those software upgrades as well.

NOTE: Since we are "olds", we got the very inexpensive 250 email per month plan because we do not text with anyone. We set up free email accounts with one of those big online services and dedicated an account for each mobile phone. We use those accounts to send and receive messages when we are away from our PCs. It's inexpensive and convenient that way.
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I've only had the phone for a few days, but I really like it. Easy to use and the keys are not too small for my thumbs. Call clarity is great (not sure what the echo is that others mentioned) and texting is very easy. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could text from either keyboard. I couldn't find that in any review before I bought the phone and it is a nice feature. Battery life seems to be better than my old LG VX8360 which would die after 2 days in the black hole that is my workplace.

The display is bright and clear and the camera works very well. Pictures are sharp and the camera is easy to use.

I don't know about Internet on this phone because I bought it to use as a phone. I have 3 computers at home for Internet.
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This is a decent phone for a feature phone. Its not amazing, but its not awful either.

-Easy to navigate and use
-Comfortable to handle
-Does not turn off or on when in a pocket or purse
-Does not pocket dial when in a pocket or purse
-Can use your own music as ringtones stored on a MicroSD card
-QWERTY keyboard

-Internal keyboard too flat- makes it hard to distinguish buttons from one another
-Messages are threaded but the complete message does not show at once unless it is very short. Means an extra click to read the full message if the first 2 lines don't jog your memory.

Would I buy it again when this one dies? Probably not. But it'll do for now. I use it primarily for texting (3000+ texts a month) and rarely for talking (less then 2 hours a month).
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Just got this phone through Amazon.. Process was very easy..This phone replaces my Lg Env which I had for many years. The Octane so far is a perfect replacement. I have had none of the problems of some other reviewers. This feature phone works great as basic phone/IM/camera.. Also good if you must check email on occation. I am happy I waited for the Octane for replacement. One final comment is that I saved 99 dollars by buying through Amazon as opposed to direct from Verizon.
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First of all, keep in mind that most people who take the time to write a review are going to be unhappy with the phone. I really really wanted to love it. I talked to the sales lady at Best Buy upon returning the phone, and she said that they have sold a lot of them, but I was one of the few who brought it back. They don't get any sort of kickback from Verizon, so I feel she was being honest.

I got this phone to update my Lg EnV2, which I loved. I just wanted something a little newer with a tad easier keys to text on. I also didn't want to pay for the data plan. This phone is awesome for texting. If you are primarily going to be texting on it, then you probably won't be disappointed with it. The keys are large and easy to use and there is easy access to all the symbols, unlike my EnV2. It had some updates that I liked over the EnV2, such as key placement and message threading. It also has an awesome camera for a non-smart phone.

Here are the problems that I noticed with it (I used it for close to one month):

1. There was a constant hissing sound in the background of ALL calls. I thought that maybe I was being picky, and you heard that with all cell phones and I was just used to it on my old phone, but after trading to the EnV3, I realized that this is not the case. Occasionally during longer conversations, the hissing sound would "click off" (there would literally be some sort of soft click) and I thought that I had lost the call, but suddenly it was crystal clear. If this was the only problem, then I think I would have lived with it

2. The problem that I couldn't live with was the issue with the volume. While talking on the phone, the volume would suddenly shoot up to full volume.
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If you're like me and are torn between getting an LG Cosmos 2 or an LG Octane
(nowadays, the number of basic phones out there is extremely limited), read this review.

I already have an iTouch, so I was looking for a basic phone that makes phone calls and texts, that's it - and nowasdays unfortunately,
there isn't much out there since Verizon's goal is to sell you a "smart" phone to make you pay them more each month.

I first originally purchased the LG Cosmos 2. I liked everything about that little phone, but the keyboard was small compared to the LG Octane,
so I went ahead and exchanged my Cosmos 2 for the Octane.
BIG MISTAKE. Let me give you a list (pros and cons seem to work well for cell phone reviews):


-small and wider than your other basic phones, making it hard to hold up to your ear.
-absolutely horrible voice quality (I talk on the phone more than I text). I found myself having to talk very loudly as well as repeat myself all the time to enable the person on the other line to hear me clearly. I am not a loud talker and do not expect others to hear what I am saying on my cell phone while out in public.
-missed so many calls because the speakers are on the INSIDE of the phone when closed. How retarded is this? I downloaded a louder ringtone and had the volume as high as possible, and it's still silent. The sound is very, very low.
-THE KEYBOARD. It looks nice and roomy and easy to text on....NOPE. The keyboard is so damn flat (there's no space between the keys) that you end up pressing the button next to the one you originall wanted to - and I do not have big fingers at all.
-and the biggest con of them all........
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