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Verizon Announces the LG Spectrum 2, Available Online October 30 for $99

Verizon and LG made the Spectrum 2 official this morning. The device will go on sale October 30 (online only) for $99 on 2-year contract.

If you are looking for a phone with high-end specs at a reasonable price, this is one of those phones you may want to look into. With it’s dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.7″ HD display, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 8MP camera, NFC, wireless charging, and 4G LTE, it matches up to the recently released DROID RAZR HD, except its $100 cheaper.

The Spectrum 2 is the U.S. version of the Optimus LTE2, in case you were looking for some history on it. 


Spectrum 2 Offers an Enhanced Wireless Experience, 4G LTE Speeds, True HD Display, Advanced Camera Capabilities and Stylish Design

BASKING RIDGE and ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. – Verizon Wireless and LG Electronics USA today announced the Spectrum 2 by LG.  Exclusively for Verizon Wireless, the Spectrum 2 by LG will be available online on Oct. 30 at www.verizonwireless.com and will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

The Spectrum 2 by LG creates a unique wireless experience thanks to an ecosystem of features and accessories, allowing customers to avoid cables.  The unique battery cover allows wireless charging, and it’s included at no additional cost.  Contacts, maps and websites can be shared wirelessly using near-field communications (NFC), by tapping two compatible phones together.  NFC can also be used with the included reprogrammable LG Tag+ stickers to create special smartphone modes for the office, home or car by tapping the stickers with the Spectrum 2 by LG.  SmartShare also makes it possible to wirelessly view pictures and watch videos on a DLNA-enabled device.

The 4.7-inch True HD display will make the Spectrum 2 by LG stand out by enhancing the viewing experience when streaming movies, playing games and browsing the Web.  The HD display, paired with Corning® Gorilla® Glass, delivers vivid and accurate colors, crisp, sharp text and clear images.  Apps such as viewdini, make it easier than ever to find TV shows and movies that users can enjoy right on their Spectrum 2 by LG.  Football fans will also be able to take advantage of the screen combined with 4G LTE speeds to watch live games for an unrivaled viewing experience.

The Spectrum 2 by LG helps to capture precious moments with its 8-megapixel camera and then takes it a step farther with its Advanced Image Editor and Video Wiz features.  With these features, customers will have an editing studio in their hands to crop, rotate and add effects to photos and other multimedia documents that they can then share with friends over 4G LTE.  The 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera allows customers to video chat with friends and family to easily stay in touch from virtually anywhere.  Additional camera features include 1080p HD video recording, Intelligent Panorama Shot and Time Catch Shot to take photos before pressing the shutter button.

Accessorize and Protect

  • LG Premium Sleeve with Smart Display – provides protection and displays notifications on the screen to show the number of missed calls, text messages, emails and voicemails.  Customers can also customize the clock styles that are displayed when the Spectrum 2 by LG is inserted in the sleeve.  The Premium sleeve will be available in stores and online atwww.verizonwireless.com for $24.99.

Additional Features:

  • Wireless charging capabilities thanks to the unique battery cover included in the box
  • 4.7-inch True HD Advanced High Performance (AH) In-Plane-Switching (IPS) display
  • Global Ready so customers can have voice and data service in more than 220 countries
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • Mobile Hotspot to share a 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • 16 GB of internal storage (formatted capacity is less) with microSD memory card support of up to 32 GB
  • QuickMemo allows customers to capture screenshots and add their own personalized commentary or drawings with a finger
  • Bluetooth® Version 4.0

Pricing and Availability:

  • The Spectrum 2 by LG will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com starting Oct. 30 for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.   Customers receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves nearly 96 million retail customers, including 90.4 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 75,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About LG Electronics USA

LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $49 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative mobile phones, home entertainment products, home appliances, and air conditioning systems and energy solutions, all under LG’s “Life’s Good” marketing theme. LG Electronics is a 2012 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. For more information, please visit www.lg.com.

  • TylerChappell

    LG is definitely taking the approach this year of trying to offer specs that are one tier above their price point. When the Lucid came out, it was a budget-priced phone with pretty decent mid-range specs, just as this is a mid-priced phone with mostly high-end specs, not too bad. But I am still not enough of an LG fan to consider this device.

    • Anon

      I hear you.

      LG will need to prove themselves in the software support/update arena before I consider a phone from them. I’m not saying everyone else has done a great job, but from what I’ve seen, LG has been poorer than average.

      • TylerChappell

        They really have been, it took them 6 months to release ICS for the Lucid, but I suppose that’s better than the track record for the Bionic and Thunderbolt =

  • Droidz

    Great we get this hunk of crap and Sprint AT&T get the Optimus G. Gotta love Verizon always trying to dumb down everything they receive so the Moto Droid line can continually be pushed down our throats.

  • People and their complains. 99 dollars, on the website there is no rebate, 99 dollars straight up. For snapdragon s4, 720p ips display. I Looked at the original spectrum and it was hands down the best screen, and I am sure this is an improvement over the other. For the price you can’t go wrong with this phone.

  • NyReynolds

    So Verizon misses on the Nexus and then misses on the Optimus G and takes this instead. VZW FTW!!!! (hopefully sarcasm translates on the internet…)

  • garbage

  • Zach Armstrong

    Another Verizon LG phone that will take forever to get Jellybean. Also I can’t believe that we get this instead of the Nexus 4.

    • chris125

      this isnt a version of the optimus g is it a version of the lte 2 that was released over seas. This was also in the books for awhile and I think if anything verizon won’t get a nexus until much later

    • Tim242

      Google/LG are not making an LTE Nexus.

  • itznfb

    I question the radios and whether or not there will be custom roms for this thing…. spending $500+ on a phone I might as well just spend the $700 and get the Razr.

  • steve0617

    My wife needs a new phone. How would this screen and battery life compare to the Razr M or other phones at $100 or less?

    $100 or less (the Razr M is only $49 at Wirefly) is the sweet spot as she just needs a reliable smartphone. Camera won’t get used that much but the screen and battery life on 4G (her work does not have WiFi for employees) are what’s important. She uses maybe 500megs a month of data. It won’t be rooted or rom’d so developer support isn’t important.


    • The Razr M is probably the best mid-range phone at the moment. The battery should easily make it through a day of medium usage (about 3-4 hours of screen-on time), and its small size is really comfortable to hold despite being built like a tank. The screen isn’t as large or as high-res as the Spectrum2, but imo its perfectly acceptable, and the colors are nice and bright.
      As always, the best thing to do is find a local store if possible so she can handle the device. Most of the stores I have gone to are more than happy to let you hold a non-display model or two to help you make a final decision.

    • Once you look the screen on spectrum 2 and razr m, you will not be able to look at the razr m, lol.

  • fauxshizzl

    Neutered by Verizon

  • Kenpachi

    It’s an LG, so it fails automatically lol.

  • T4rd

    So Verizon got a watered down One S and now they’re getting a watered down Optimus G. Nice.

  • bananatroll

    “it matches up to the recently released DROID RAZR HD”

    This phone has a UI skin thicker than a wild boar’s, soft key buttons, and radios from the planet mars… In what way does it compare to the hd again? Oh yeah and it looks like a brick…

    • Travis Shepherd

      wild boars don’t have soft key buttons, but if they did, where would they be?

      • bananatroll

        on that hairy belly of course

  • WCM3

    Its no Nexus 4 🙁

  • hfoster52

    I think this just gave people something to think about between the Razr HD and this guy. $100 is nice. Not sure why VZ did that. Lets hope LG has a quad core LTE phone coming out.

    • hfoster52

      I missed the wireless charging feature. So if you root and put on another rom this might be better than the Razr hd besides those stupid buttons.

  • hkklife

    The only things this phone looks to have in its favor are the price, the IPS screen, and the fact that you get the “full” 4.7″ of screen space due to not having onscreen buttons like the Motos.

    • zUFC

      The “Full 4.7 of screen” is NOT a plus. I’ll take onscreen buttons anyday. Any phone with hard buttons is a fail. Can you say going backwards!!

  • Rapidfire

    Does this or did the LG Optimus LTE2 have a notification light? I’ve had the Droid Charge for the last 2 years, and I miss it. That’s going to determine whether or not I get this or the RAZR HD.

    • smwandrie

      just get the Razr HD, chances are this phone is screwed up in some way shape or form.

      • bananatroll

        there’s LG for ya

  • UncleFan

    Ugh, that menu button is an abomination… now the home button is off-center.

  • 4n1m4L