Sprint announces that the LG Optimus S will be available November 7 for $49.99

Sprint has announced that they will be releasing the Android 2.2 powered LG Optimus S beginning November 7 for $49.99 with a new two-year contract.

The phone will be initially available in a Charcoal color, with a Purple model being released on November 21. In addition to Android 2.2, the Optimus S will feature the following:

• Sleek and slim design

• 3.2-inch capacitive touch-screen

• Virtual QWERTY keyboard

• Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G experience simultaneously

• 3.2MP camera with 2x digital zoom

• microSD card slot (supporting up to 32GB)

• Android Market™ – choose from more than 100,000 apps to personalize your phone

• Visual Voicemail

Continue reading below for the full press release.

LG Optimus S will be available in Charcoal beginning Sunday, Nov. 7, and Purple beginning Nov. 21, in Sprint retail channels including www.sprint.com and 1-800-SPRINT1 for just $49.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade and after a $100 mail-in rebate (pricing excludes taxes)

Android 2.2

Offering easy-to-use Google™ applications, LG Optimus S delivers an engaging Android experience for first-time smartphone users. LG Optimus S will also be the only Sprint ID phone to launch with Android 2.2 offering users hotspot functionality.

Key Features

This affordable and highly customizable, full-featured smartphone keeps customers socially connected and organized with Android 2.2 and other key features including:

• Sleek and slim design

• 3.2-inch capacitive touch-screen

• Virtual QWERTY keyboard

• Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G experience simultaneously

• 3.2MP camera with 2x digital zoom

• microSD card slot (supporting up to 32GB)

• Android Market™ – choose from more than 100,000 apps to personalize your phone

• Visual Voicemail

Executive Quote from Sprint, vice president, product development, Fared Adib

“We are committed to bringing our customers a variety of choices in devices that offer Sprint ID.”

“LG Optimus S comes packed with Android 2.2, a 3.2MP camera and visual voicemail at an amazing price. “This stylish and feature-rich smartphone is sure to be a hit for the holiday season.”

Executive Quote from LG Mobile Phones, corporate vice president, marketing and innovation, Ehtisham Rabbani

“LG partnered with Sprint to deliver a handset that would empower first-time smartphone users to discover the changing mobile phone marketplace.”

“LG Optimus S brings users closer to social networks, applications and online resources that mean the most to them and creates a smartphone experience that is unique, easy to navigate and convenient for life on-the-go.”

Sprint ID

Announced last month at CTIA, Sprint ID allows users to select, on one of three new Android smartphones, ID packs that feature apps, widgets, screensavers and more bundled in one convenient download. Up to five ID packs plus the My ID basic Android experience can be added with virtually a single touch, allowing users to seamlessly move between experiences. Through packaged, relevant applications, Sprint ID gives both powerhouse brands and start-ups a chance to provide context for a multifaceted, rich experience. It gives businesses the opportunity to improve the productivity of their increasingly mobile workforces.