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LG Optimus One Can be Used as Wi-Fi Hotspot

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LG Optimus One Can be Used as Wi-Fi Hotspot

Announced in July, the LG Optimus One was officially launched last night and will be available from next week with 3 on pay-as-you-go and can be used to create a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Optimus One will run the Froyo-flavour of Android (aka Android 2.2) and is seen as a mid-range Android phone for those unwilling to outlay the big bucks for a HTC Desire.

The built-in mobile Wi-Fi will no doubt appeal to consumers who live/work/play in an area without a wireless network but since these days areas such as these are pretty limited and the download speed from the Optimus One may not be the best, it won't be an ideal solution.

The Optimus One, which is the third LG Android phone launched in the UK, is the first to run Froyo and this will see browser speeds increase (up to five times according to 3) and allow the OS to run much quicker. LG has also built in two internal antennas into which will help make the most of the 3G network.

One thing which struck us here at TrustedReviews was that the phone is shipping with a free car mount and charger (until the end of 2010 anyway) so users can make the most of Google Maps while driving.

There are no prices available from 3 yet and a specific release date is also to be announced.

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November 4, 2010, 7:13 pm

it's weird how all the UK android handsets still say 'google mail' for the dedicated app when it has been renamed to 'gmail' for quite a while now, it cant be that hard to change a name for an app.

but I see this as a major competitor to the orange san francisco although the screen is a lower res, it ships with a more uptodate OS without all the junkware of the orange (like duplicate apps and no voice navigation or voice search) and (hopefully) because it is on 3 it will come with the free skype client.


November 4, 2010, 7:29 pm

Very interested in this, in part because i am planning on getting an Archos Tablet and having a phone that works as a MiFi would be very appealing. It is slighly worrying that no specs have been announced tho!

I agree with Jay if they can come out with a competitive price tag like the orange San Fransisco then I can see it doing well and I will be very interested! (depending on spec)


November 4, 2010, 7:37 pm

Aha, after doing a quick search I see that it has a 600mhz processor, 3.2inch capacitive screen, 3 mega pixel camera and 1500mAh battery and should cost around £130 so relativly standard TBH, with the HTC wildfire looking a slightly better option (if more expensive)


November 4, 2010, 8:21 pm

You can use the HTC Desire (and similar phones) as a WiFi hotspot too.


November 4, 2010, 9:02 pm

the htc wildfire has an even lower screen res than this lg in the same size screen. and unless your get it on vodafone it is >£50 more expensive.

IMO this lg beats the htc wildfire, providing it comes in at £130 or lower.


November 4, 2010, 9:04 pm

@MilkyJoe7 - Yup, it's called tethering and is a standard feature most smartphones and even 'dumbphones' have nowadays.

looks like a standard Android far as said, but hopefully these competitive will herald a new wave of easy to use cheap Android smartphones for the masses that Apple simply can't (and won't) touch.

I'd personally try the San Fran/Optimus rooted, with new custom Roms/Kernel/LauncherPro and see how really capable they are when the bloatware from Orange and expected uneccessary apps on the Optimus are removed.


November 5, 2010, 12:28 am

I'd just like to point out that with the JoikuSpot app, symbian phone owners have been able to use their phones as wifi hotspots for years.

Bayzid Hussain

November 5, 2010, 2:17 am

I was wondering if TR would be reviewing the San Francisco from Orange. I was planning to get a budget android phone and to see how it fares against the T-Mobile Pulse Mini.


November 5, 2010, 1:29 pm

Oh actually I do have one question, will the hotspot programme be a hardware button/switch? As AlexMck pointed out you can get Joikuspot on symbian to do the same thing, but I always missed having an actual switch to turn it on an off over selecting the app!


November 5, 2010, 2:58 pm

Can't all Android 2.2 phones act as WiFi hotspots as it is built into the OS?


November 6, 2010, 4:39 am

well the price is out on PAYG it is £174.99!!! way too expensive IMO

Simon: yes in theory, in practice manufacturers can remove the feature because they say hardware doesnt support it, and more commonly the networks flat out remove it.


November 8, 2010, 5:34 pm

Bought one for my son last weekend. £109.99 on Orange Pre-pay from Carphone Warehouse. Good solid phone, LG skin easily turned off. It is a great phone for the money although the lack of apps compared to my iPhone is pretty clear.

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