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LG ElectronicsLG Optimus Elite smartphone : Thinking of doing something easy and fun for the environment for Earth Day? Now is the perfect time to switch to a mobile phone with eco-friendly features, as Sprint and its data-centric, no-contract brand, Virgin Mobile USA, join LG Mobile in announcing the upcoming availability of LG Optimus Elite on the Sprint 3G Network. LG Optimus Elite will be available in Titan Silver and White on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, exclusively through the website of Sprint for just $30 with a new two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card (excludes taxes and surcharges). The LG Optimus Elite smartphone will become available in additional channels, including Sprint retail, on May 18.

LG Optimus Elite

LG Optimus Elite exclusively through Sprint
LG Optimus Elite marks the third device launched from Sprint and LG this year that boasts eco-friendly attributes and the coveted UL Environment Platinum Certification - the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment and Sprint. Sprint and LG launched their first device with eco-friendly features together in 2010 with LG Remarq and continued the legacy earlier this year with both LG Rumor Reflex and LG Viper 4G LTE.

LG Optimus Elite eco-friendly smartphone
“As a leader in environmental responsibility and sustainability, Sprint continues to expand its portfolio of eco-friendly devices and services by providing consumers with strong device choices,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “LG Optimus Elite is a dynamic and affordable green option for customers who want to go green without sacrificing the latest features. We are thrilled to make this available as we celebrate Earth Day and think about what each of us can do to support sustainability.”

LG Optimus Elite Android smartphone
As the successor to the popular LG Optimus S, this affordable and highly customizable full-featured smartphone keeps customers organized with Android 2.3, Gingerbread, and other key features, including a 3.5-inch capacitive touch-screen, 800 MHz processor, 5 MP rear-facing camera and camcorder with flash, virtual QWERTY keyboard and mobile hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices.4

Optimus Elite

LG Optimus Elite supports NFC
LG Optimus Elite also is enabled with Near Field Communication (NFC), allowing users to access true value features such as Google Wallet, an app that allows payment using a mobile device at participating retailers like Bloomingdales, Toys “R” Us, CVS, Gap, Macy’s and more. This is the first device in the Virgin Mobile USA line-up to support NFC and Google Wallet.

LG Optimus Elite with free cloud storage
Also, consumers can download Box on LG Optimus Elite and receive 50GB of free cloud storage and sharing directly from LG, an estimated value of $240 per year, so users don’t have to stress about storing all of their favorite music, files, photos and other memories. The 50GB of free storage is exclusive to LG devices until July 22.

Eco-friendly features on the LG Optimus Elite
Not only is LG Optimus Elite a stylish smartphone, it also boasts eco-friendly features:
• The device is ULE Platinum Certified, the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment and Sprint3.
• It is protected by a casing made of 50 percent recycled plastics.
• It is RoHS compliant, meaning it is free from many potentially hazardous materials, such as PVC, phthalates, halogens and mercury.
• The LG Optimus Elite phone also includes a charger that exceeds the EC Code of Conduct on energy efficiency when it comes to no-load consumption. Unlike other chargers, LG Optimus Elite’s charger only consumes 0.03 watts of power when plugged into a wall socket without being connected to the phone.

LG Optimus Elite comes in fully recyclable packaging
In addition, the Sprint version of the LG Optimus Elite comes in a fully recyclable packaging that is printed with soy inks, contains up to 87 percent post-consumer paper and was engineered with a glueless construction. The Virgin Mobile USA version comes in fully recyclable packaging that uses soy inks, and contains up to 30 percent post-consumer paper. Up to 70 percent of the thermoform plastic contains a combination of post-industrial or post-consumer waste. Sprint offers eco-friendly cases to protect LG Optimus Elite and other devices such as LG Viper 4G LTE and LG Rumor Reflex from inevitable nicks and scratches. ECOClear protective covers, designed specifically for Sprint devices with eco-friendly features, are made out of wood pulp and provide added protection from damage, thereby potentially extending the life of Sprint devices. They are available for the LG Optimus Elite for a special price of only $16 (plus tax) in clear or for $17.60 (plus tax) in translucent green.
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