Wondering why that Virgin Optimus V is being marked down to $99 at Best Buy? Having a little look at their inventory system shows the answer. The 4 oz. Virgin Optimus Slider, a physical keyboard-enabled version of the Optimus V phone is coming soon to Virgin Mobile.  The Slider is the roughly same phone as the Verizon LG Enlighten which went on sale for $79 with a two year plan.


The specs (below fold) look largely the same as the Optimus V with the edition of Android 2.3 and obviously a physical Keyboard (shown above).

We’ve separately heard that Virgin has a Gingerbread update for the Optimus V in the works and at half the price, we could so without the sliding keyboard –but to each, their own.  Expect this to be formally announced in the coming weeks and in stores shortly (before or ) after.

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system Allows you to stay connected and productive on the go.
  • 3G speed Offers quick and easy connection speeds.
  • Wi-Fi network For Internet browsing capability (additional fees may apply).
  • Bluetooth compatibility For wireless communication with a Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • 3.2″ color LCD touch screen For clear viewing of your text messages, photos and videos.
  • Store phone numbers, photos and videos With a microSD card slot (media not included).
  • 3.0MP camera For taking still photos.
  • MP3 player Lets you enjoy music on the go.
  • Integrated QWERTY keyboard For easy text messaging and writing.
  • Hands-free speakerphone Lets you talk while driving without using a separate hands-free device.
  • Vibration alert Lets you silence your phone but still be alerted when calls and messages come in.
  • Customizable ringtones Allow you to personalize the sound of your phone.
  • Up to 4 hours talk time and up to 3 days standby With included battery.

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