Prepaid T-Mobile LG Optimus L90 dropped to $49.99 in-store

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Along with the message that T-Mobile will be dropping the SIM Starter Kit to $0 for prepaid customers came news that the company is also dropping the price of one of its popular mid-range smartphones. It’s another deal aimed squarely at the prepaid customers, offering them the chance to pick up the LG Optimus L90 for just $49.99. The only caveat is that you need to buy it with an eligible prepaid plan that’s $40 or higher. But still, it’s a pretty sweet deal if you’re in the market for a decent low-cost prepaid device.

All in, customers walk out having paid $89.99 (plus taxes). That’s $49.99 for the phone, $40 for the first month of the prepaid plan, and $0 for the SIM Starter Kit. It’s a substantial saving on the previous all-in price of $154. From what we can tell from the memo, and from speaking with sources, this is in-store only and it’s available at corporate, branded stores and authorized T-Mo dealers.

Specs include:

  • 4.7-inch qHD resolution display (540×960)
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz processor
  • 5MP rear camera with 1080p video
  • VGA front facing camera
  • 2,560mAh battery
  • Self-healing back, protects against daily scrapes

It’s also worth noting that, although the device ships with Android 4.4 KitKat, it is now upgradeable to Android 5.0 Lollipop. You can see the full memo below:

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  • iMotoXperiaGalaxy

    Lol its a 4GB phone. Too funny!


  • Roger D

    Not a bad deal at all. I got one last year as part of the Summer Promotion for $24. Sure it’s not LTE-compatible, sure the camera is bad indoors, sure, the GPS is flakey, sure the screen automatically dims when the temp is too hot, but for $24 (or $50 in this case) not a bad phone especially when, as mentioned, you can run Lollipop easily. More pluses: 4.7″ screen in just right, MicroSD slot and removable battery.

    • ChristianMcC

      Yeah, I got a couple for that price last summer for my low tech family members. At that $50 price I just got a used Cricket Moto G LTE, and am unlocking it for $2, so I don’t see this being worth it…

  • Derek

    Theres really no excuse for non-LTE phones to still exist. You loose out on sooo much coverage. I’ve experianced that first hand when playing around with my old iPhone 4 for a day or two. Spots where I would normally yack on the phone were dead spots with calls dropping left and right.

    • PiCASSiMO

      You are thinking that all LTE phones make calls via LTE (VoLTE), but that’s not the case. Majority LTE phones will make calls just like non-LTE phones, so the dead-spots with your iPhone 4 is most likely due to lack of coverage by T-Mobile in your area.

  • John

    Not a bad phone for the price at all but it’s definitely a budget phone, not a midrange phone.

  • Christopher Olson

    Not bad at considering their flip phones cost more than that full price.

  • fencepost

    So the same processor and otherwise slightly weaker specs than the Lumia 640 – interesting.


    Interesting… this phone has pretty much the same specs as the LG Volt that I’ve purchased recently from Virgin Mobile for $20 hoping that I will eventually use it on FreedomPop or Netzero for my Canadian family while here in the US.

    Mind you, the $20 LG Volt doesn’t allow get cheap mobile access, but I found it interesting that with WiFi this phone allows me to make makes via Google Hangouts. Unfortunately, there are not enough free WiFi areas in the Chicago area to make use of this as a real phone.

    Either way, I’m very happy with the LG Volt, and I’m sure the L90 is just as good for the $50 price. I’m wondering if I buy it, and have the $40 pre-paid month, will I be able to then use it as a back-up post-paid device?

    • yi jin

      I got the LG Volt for $20 and hoping to use it on FreedomPop too but I’m using it @home via Hangout GVoice as a home phone for now

  • AS118

    4gb of storage, so it’s not really a good deal after all. 8gb at a minimum is a must, imho. 16gb is even more reasonable.

  • aggiefather

    I purchased this phone when the family switched from AT&T ($300.00+ a month) to a T-MO family plan ($140.00 per month), but the Lollipop upgrade has not yet made an appearance.