Koodo Mobile to release the LG Optimus Chat for $200

Ian Hardy

July 5, 2011 4:57pm


TELUS’ sub-brand Koodo Mobile will be releasing another low cost Anrdoid device soon. They already have the LG Optimus One, Google Nexus S and will be launching the INQ Cloud Touch, but squeezing into their lineup will be the LG Optimus Chat. Specs have this coming with a slide-out QWERTY with a 2.8-inch touchscreen display (320 x 480 resolution), runs Android OS 2.2 (Froyo), 3 megapixel camera with video, Wi-Fi and can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card. We’re still waiting on an word for an official launch date but according to the internal screenshot it’s showing the price for the Chat will be $200 or $50 on the Tab.

(Thanks Tipster!)

  • Alex Perrier

    Yeah!

  • David

    Darn!! So close, I hoping it was the Optimus 2 :(

  • A Whale

    Dang thats a nice phone. Its no 2x but its a great entry level Android device plus it runs froyo (too bad it isn’t gingerbread :[)
    Is this the HSDPA version? (900,1700 and 2100)?

  • Jim R

    2.8 seems a bit small for a screen size, even for a low end phone. IMO 3.2 is the minimum.

    • Alex Perrier

      Yes, the screen is rather small, but at least it has the same resolution as the Optimus One. Plus, the Chat has a keyboard, unlike Virgin Mobile’s puny Samsung Galaxy 550. Moreover, the Optimus phones received a Gingerbread upgrade in Romania. So it will be interesting to see how the LG Optimus Chat compares to the HTC Status.

  • aGFAWHJ

    come on koodo you waste your money on the iphone for, and then go for cheap phones like the chat?

    my suggestion:
    ditch:
    iphone 4
    INQ chat 3g

    DO NOT release:
    INQ Cloud Touch
    Optimus Chat

    RELEASE:
    HTC Status
    HTC Desire S

    MAKE AVAILABLE:
    3 year contracts for phones over $300.

    • Alex Perrier

      They may be inexpensive and simple phones, but they are not cheap. What matters here is that more people can afford decent Androids. Two-year contracts may be welcome, but the tab may be just as good for customers spending over $50 every month.

      The INQ Chat 3G should be on clearance, as it is rather old, but the iPhone 4 should be replaced by the 3GS. Koodo should avoid having too many of the higher-end devices, because they are a discount brand.

      Overall, budget Android devices make more sense than feature phones with generic, no-name operating systems. :D

  • Bleven

    Koodo has the Optimus One for $150 and this is basically that phone but with a smaller screen and a hardware QWERTY keyboard. $50 seems like a pretty steep premium for it though it will probably still be $100 cheaper than the HTC Status on Telus.

  • GMan

    1 week after getting the Chocolate I promised myself I would never buy anything from LG ever again.

  • West

    It’s not easy to pay how can u do it free ok