*PAY AS YOU GO* Tesco - Android LG Optimus Gt540 In Black - £89.97 Including Top Up @ Tesco Direct - HotUKDeals
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also see some other decent phones with £20 top up included in the clearance price.

The LG Optimus GT540 smartphone is powered by Android, giving you access to 1000s of applications, with an easy to use menu system. You'll enjoy seamless access to your favourite social networking sites and with Google maps you can pinpoint your friends and never get lost again.
With a 3 megapixel camera with face recognition, and expandable memory, capturing your memorable moments on the LG Optimus GT540 couldn't be easier.
To get your free top-up, just make a call or send a text and we’ll automatically credit your phone within 48 hours.
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4 Likes #1
Sorry but i'll be the first to say....Not a patch on the Orange San Francisco for the same price...

If only due to the LG having a resistive not capacitive screen...let alone the huge choice of custom rom's for the Orange SF

Not voted though as the phone is a good price if you want this phone over the OSF for some reason

Edited By: Uridium on Feb 26, 2011 14:41
#2
Do you think you could put a giffgaff into this as both Tesco and giffgaff run piggy back on the O2 network...or does it not work that way???
#3
goombahxxx
Do you think you could put a giffgaff into this as both Tesco and giffgaff run piggy back on the O2 network...or does it not work that way???


tesco and giff gaff run on the o2 network so it should be fine, it a reasonable phone for the price
#4
They would have to reduce it to £50 inc topup before it's worth buying over the ZTE Blade, also ZTE's new products will be coming out soon so worth waiting to see what their prices will be.
#5
fraz24
goombahxxx
Do you think you could put a giffgaff into this as both Tesco and giffgaff run piggy back on the O2 network...or does it not work that way???


tesco and giff gaff run on the o2 network so it should be fine, it a reasonable phone for the price

It will be locked to Tesco, I think.
#6
goombahxxx
Do you think you could put a giffgaff into this as both Tesco and giffgaff run piggy back on the O2 network...or does it not work that way???

No, unlikely that this would work.

Edited By: kafability on Feb 26, 2011 18:38
#7
FocusZing
They would have to reduce it to £50 inc topup before it's worth buying over the ZTE Blade, also ZTE's new products will be coming out soon so worth waiting to see what their prices will be.


Indeed, ZTE Skate looks interesting.
#8
shareef
FocusZing
They would have to reduce it to £50 inc topup before it's worth buying over the ZTE Blade, also ZTE's new products will be coming out soon so worth waiting to see what their prices will be.


Indeed, ZTE Skate looks interesting.


Yes it does, hope they keep their keen price point!

Edited By: FocusZing on Feb 26, 2011 18:43
#9
Whats the cheapest site to unlock these by code or can it be done free?
#10
Infinite Element
fraz24
[quote=goombahxxx]Do you think you could put a giffgaff into this as both Tesco and giffgaff run piggy back on the O2 network
It will be locked to Tesco, I think.
You can put Tesco Sim in O2 phone but not vice versa. Tesco charge £20 to unlock Pay as you go handsets less than 12 months old, which is your free Top-up gone. You may be able get it unlocked via fleabay for around £5.
2 Likes #11
Oh no, not a hot deal at all. Sorry but I have to deal with the repairs on these, they are really very poor. Known as a boomerang phone, sell one and it'll be coming right back to you. A few words of warning, it is very easy to crack the LCD (the panel itself, not the plastic), it's resistive not capacitative so quite unresponsive, several software bugs where it has difficulty making a secure connection for emails and to sign in to services like facebook (some of the handsets manage this, others don't) and the side panels pop off. 1 year warranty on an LG, 2 if you went to an equivalent Samsung. And these are locked.

Look at a ZTE san francisco (dozens of deals on here for that) or a Samsung Apollo. Pros and cons of each, I'd go for the Apollo from carphonewarehouse (£80 + top up on Orange, or £80 upgrade) but the San Francisco's a good phone too. After seeing how many of these come back I refuse to sell them, they're the same price as much better phones so please have a look at the competition.

Best combo imho is an Apollo (unlocked & unbranded from CPW) or San Francisco (they can be unlocked and flashed to be unbranded if you know what you're doing) and a GiffGaff sim.
#12
PS there is no option to disable mobile internet on these. If you want to disable it go to settings>wireless..>mobile networks>APNs> then go into the internet settings and delete them. If you want them back go to the same place and it's the options button then restore to default.
#14
ecosse87
PS there is no option to disable mobile internet on these. If you want to disable it go to settings>wireless..>mobile networks>APNs> then go into the internet settings and delete them. If you want them back go to the same place and it's the options button then restore to default.
or you could just install APNdroid and turn it off that way
so much easier lol
thats the whole point of a smart phone there are apps for everything
so you dont need to go in to the setting and delete stuff etc

Edited By: shakennstirred on Feb 26, 2011 19:41: .
1 Like #15
Are we (the misses & me) the only two people who hate capacitive screens? Got the wife a Wildfire, but neither of us could use it, so flogged. Both now have GT540s & love them. If anyone else has chunky fingers (like me) or finds touch screens fiddly, try a resistive one & see if you like it - we do.
#16
Just download another Keyboard app for chunky fingers and capacitive screens wins hands down.
#17
I recently lost one of these and now have ordered a OSF.
Not a bad phone but very laggy. Sometimes it would forever to do anything.
Really frustrating when you have an important phone call to make the phone just jams up.
I would not recommend it to anyone.
#18
this is way better http://newsroom.orange.co.uk/media/uploads/San%20Francisco%20Grey%20Front.jpg
#19
Speaking from experience.. LG phones are absolutely rubbish. Definitely a lot more hassle than they're worth
#20
shakennstirred
ecosse87
PS there is no option to disable mobile internet on these. If you want to disable it go to settings>wireless..>mobile networks>APNs> then go into the internet settings and delete them. If you want them back go to the same place and it's the options button then restore to default.

or you could just install APNdroid and turn it off that way
so much easier lol
thats the whole point of a smart phone there are apps for everything
so you dont need to go in to the setting and delete stuff etc


Sorry but these are aimed as mid-range PAYG phones, it's really not on that there's no in built option to turn mobile internet access off. Most android phones at least have a wizard when you start it up the first time to check if you want to allow it to use mobile and/or wifi connections. Bear in mind this is really a starter android phone, it's not exactly an upgrade from anything else I can think of.

Obviously your way is much better but my point was that it's an essential feature for a PAYG phone (which this 90% of the time will be) to be able to control internet access and resulting charges. And I know an android phone with no internet access is as pointless as an umbrella on a sunny day but it should still be an option for those that want to do that.
#21
Uridium
Sorry but i'll be the first to say....Not a patch on the Orange San Francisco for the same price...

If only due to the LG having a resistive not capacitive screen...let alone the huge choice of custom rom's for the Orange SF



while i would agree this is not a patch on the SF for the price, there are plenty of custom roms for the gt540, all the way from 2.1 to 2.3 as it stands.

it's easy enough to turn mobile internet off... indeed, when i got mine i thought it was broken as i couldn't connect, until i went and turned the mobile network on in the settings. i have since installed the apn on/off widget which works fine.

the stock android (1.6) quite buggy and prone to crashing, although the same can be said of the SF with it's stock bloatware.

i've had lg phones in the past and hated them but this is not too bad with a 2.x rom on it. it plays divx files, and the cpu can be overclocked to 800mhz. so... not bad, but could do with being about £30 cheaper to choose it over the SF.
#22
320x480 RESISTIVE touchscreen vs 480x800 capacitive on the san fran.
256MB vs 512MB RAM.

The only advantage I can see, is that it's slightly smaller/lighter.
#23
Magnets
320x480 RESISTIVE touchscreen vs 480x800 capacitive on the san fran.
256MB vs 512MB RAM.

The only advantage I can see, is that it's slightly smaller/lighter.
The LG has a larger battery and with the lower spec screen it means you get roughly double the battery life! My record is 4 days on 3G and 9 days on 2G!

I've also got a HTC Desire and in many ways I prefer the LG but I can understand why people would go for the Orange San Francisco now.
#24
lhassall
Magnets
320x480 RESISTIVE touchscreen vs 480x800 capacitive on the san fran.
256MB vs 512MB RAM.

The only advantage I can see, is that it's slightly smaller/lighter.

The LG has a larger battery and with the lower spec screen it means you get roughly double the battery life! My record is 4 days on 3G and 9 days on 2G!

I've also got a HTC Desire and in many ways I prefer the LG but I can understand why people would go for the Orange San Francisco now.


Suppliers are either going to have to rely on people not knowing about the SF or bring the price down to shift stock, somethings got to give! There could be some cracking deals, especially come May when the new ZTE's come out, it's time to wait!

Edited By: FocusZing on Feb 27, 2011 08:30
#25
goombahxxx
Do you think you could put a giffgaff into this as both Tesco and giffgaff run piggy back on the O2 network...or does it not work that way???
it might work but tesco is double locked all you can do is try.
#26
ecosse87
Oh no, not a hot deal at all. Sorry but I have to deal with the repairs on these, they are really very poor. Known as a boomerang phone, sell one and it'll be coming right back to you. A few words of warning, it is very easy to crack the LCD (the panel itself, not the plastic), it's resistive not capacitative so quite unresponsive, several software bugs where it has difficulty making a secure connection for emails and to sign in to services like facebook (some of the handsets manage this, others don't) and the side panels pop off. 1 year warranty on an LG, 2 if you went to an equivalent Samsung. And these are locked.Look at a ZTE san francisco (dozens of deals on here for that) or a Samsung Apollo. Pros and cons of each, I'd go for the Apollo from carphonewarehouse (£80 + top up on Orange, or £80 upgrade) but the San Francisco's a good phone too. After seeing how many of these come back I refuse to sell them, they're the same price as much better phones so please have a look at the competition. Best combo imho is an Apollo (unlocked & unbranded from CPW) or San Francisco (they can be unlocked and flashed to be unbranded if you know what you're doing) and a GiffGaff sim.

"if you know what you're doing" ?? What do you need to know? There are step by step guides that a monkey could follow. Perhaps people within the trade like to make out some of this stuff is more complicated than it is.
#27
pot_belly
ecosse87
Oh no, not a hot deal at all. Sorry but I have to deal with the repairs on these, they are really very poor. Known as a boomerang phone, sell one and it'll be coming right back to you. A few words of warning, it is very easy to crack the LCD (the panel itself, not the plastic), it's resistive not capacitative so quite unresponsive, several software bugs where it has difficulty making a secure connection for emails and to sign in to services like facebook (some of the handsets manage this, others don't) and the side panels pop off. 1 year warranty on an LG, 2 if you went to an equivalent Samsung. And these are locked.Look at a ZTE san francisco (dozens of deals on here for that) or a Samsung Apollo. Pros and cons of each, I'd go for the Apollo from carphonewarehouse (£80 + top up on Orange, or £80 upgrade) but the San Francisco's a good phone too. After seeing how many of these come back I refuse to sell them, they're the same price as much better phones so please have a look at the competition. Best combo imho is an Apollo (unlocked & unbranded from CPW) or San Francisco (they can be unlocked and flashed to be unbranded if you know what you're doing) and a GiffGaff sim.


"if you know what you're doing" ?? What do you need to know? There are step by step guides that a monkey could follow. Perhaps people within the trade like to make out some of this stuff is more complicated than it is.


Ok, have a look at one of these step by step guides in a forum thread and see how many hundreds of questions there are asking "what do I do now?" for every stage. Those are the people who can't follow the step by step guide but bear in mind they're a cut above the people who wouldn't look for or couldn't find a step by step guide. Then there's also those who wouldn't follow it properly, do something really stupid and brick their phone.

By "know what you're doing" I just meant being fairly competent with a computer and the phone, willing to learn and read before doing and can follow instructions. Yes it's not hard but some people aren't even willing to do official updates on their phone through their PC to fix software problems because it's too complicated.
#28
I'm sorry but you absolutely CAN turn the internet off on this phone. I do it all the time (I use a mifi to connect to the net) It's menu > settings >wireless & networks > mobile network

I think it's a good phone. It's small and smart, has a good-sized screen, does everything I want it to do, the touchscreen is great (can even use it while wearing gloves in the winter), has wifi, GPS, built-in sat-nav, I could go on...

It does get a bit laggy sometimes and I'm not a big fan of the battery - it seems to have trouble realising how full it is and I only seem to get 2 days or so with ordinary usage (although I might be in the minority as everyone else raves about the battery life)

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