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Verizon Announces LG G3 Pricing and Availability, Pre-order Now Live

Finally, after what feels like forever, Verizon announced pricing and availability for the LG G3 late last night. A pre-order for the device is up on Big Red’s site, with the G3 being priced quite affordably, just as we expected yesterday.

Customers can pick up the G3 for just $99 on a new two-year agreement, or can opt for Verizon’s EDGE promo, which has you paying 20 equal monthly payments of $29.99. Off contract price is listed at $599.99. 

Both the White and Black models are available, and for those of you who are curious, the spec sheet confirms that this is the 32GB of storage plus 3GB of RAM variant we were all hoping for.

Verizon states that pre-ordered devices will ship by 7/17, which is next Thursday.

Who here is picking one up?

Via: Verizon
  • SkiGuyNH

    And it’s now up at BestBuy for $99. (Black only)

  • 4g63mark

    I’m looking forward to trying out that phone. I’ll definitely return it within the 2 weeks if it isn’t as impressive as my Moto X.

  • rogue05

    still seriously considering this phone, but i’m going to wait to see how the new Moto x is before i decide.

  • thatdouchebagwithaappple

    i cant say about the g3 but the g2 has a themer built into the actual LG ui and i have a “vanilla rom” theme on my g2

  • matsman

    Excited to receive mine, but wish Verizon would ease up on all of the same old bloat. I wonder how many people Verizon swindles into buying Caller Name ID. Sure you can disable it, but wish they’d just stop adding it.

  • Snowcrash

    Why did Verizon feel the need to change the entire look of this phone? They are the only carrier I know of in the ENTIRE WORLD that did this.

    http://evleaks.at/2014/07/04/lg-g3-verizon-att-sprint-t-mobile-left-right/

    • DanThompson87

      JUST LOOK! Why do they want to completely ruin the look of the phone???

    • DanielMena9

      Nice link! I’m surprised not even an HD voice logo on Sprint. Completely bare.

  • chris125

    Its a shame a device with these specs lag…
    http://www.tmonews.com/2014/07/lg-g3-review-2014s-phone-to-beat/

  • NeilGeorge

    Any one know how long is this deal for?

  • Richard

    I wanted to buy one. But those freaking Verizon logos on front screen ruins it. Why Verizon why? I don’t mind the Verizon logo on back. But why on the front. F u Verizon

  • test_disqus

    test disqus

    • Tommysmallss

      good.

    • Trevor

      Did you pass?

  • chris125

    Just goes to show how overpriced iPhones really are. No reason a 32gb iPhone should be $150 more than a device like this full retail.

  • Derrick Jefferson

    I was hoping that they wouldn’t put the branding on the front of the phone… bummed.

    • Another reason why I like the Moto X. Not a single brand on the front, and only two on the back, one being the dimple 😛

  • SG

    that front logo .. thanks for ruining a clean design.. big red needs to eat a big bag of di*ks for that douche move

  • Danny

    Does that best buy glitch still work??anyone know the one where you order from best buy and not swap Sim card and use your own

  • Kyle

    How is LG at getting Android version updates put out? I know Verizon has to do their thing too…..but HTC seems to be pushing faster now.

  • cheapsuits

    DANG! so the base $199 G3 model is gonna have the 32gb with 3gb of ram??? I’m in! I thought they were gonna pull a Samsung and charge $249 for the 32gb…

  • VINCYPOWA

    Ok, I have an upgrade. How can I get the get the G3 without LOSING my UNLIMITED PLAN?

  • Humberto

    Anyone knows if the verizon G3 in black a different color than then dark brushed grey we have seen in other pictures? For some reason the Chin looks black vs the brushed metal look…

    • Big EZ

      I thought that the US models didn’t have the color matched chin. In this pic it looks like the white does, but the black/Grey doesn’t. IMO it looks better without being color matched.

      • Humberto

        im the opposite, i hate it, makes it look more like the G2 🙁 Tmobile has the brushed chin. Also the back looks to be darker than the Tmo one, perhaps verizon needs to hire better photographers lol

  • As the guy who gets to order for the corporate lines, I just got 6 on order.

  • Tommysmallss

    I’m really looking forward to the G3, but will wait until I get my actual hands on it in the store. It might be a week or two before I get one. I like to try before I buy.

  • zUFC

    Just ordered it. Gave up unlimited after all this time. That’s how much I loved the G2. And can’t wait for this. it is the best phone I have owned by far. the best part is you can make their software almost stock. I think better than stock because some of their stuff is nice and I want to keep. I can’t believe that after all these years an LG phone is the best one(for me). I can’t say enough good things about it. Unless we get another Nexus(on VZW) I can’t see me wanting anything else for a while.

  • GJV

    G2 user here with an upgrade sitting my account. I just don’t see enough to warrant an upgrade from the G2 to the G3. Battery life will almost certainly be worse and the G2 is too big as it is – last think I want is an even larger brick in my pocket. Waiting to see what the Moto X+1 looks like.

  • Dan_17z

    Just wondering, but I have an upgrade available and I have UDP with my GS3. My wife just used her upgrade to get an iphone 5s (I know, don’t start) Can I transfer my upgrade to my wifes line, preorder the G3 for $99, then when it arrives pop in my sim and be good to go?

    Anyone have done this before? I need help, dont want to loose my UDP. And dont give me the “Just buy the phone out right if you want to keep your UDP” BS

    • GJV

      Dan – yes you can do exactly what you said and use the upgrade on your wife’s line.

    • hoodieNation

      I hope so, cuz I just used my wife’s upgrade. Hahaha. We both have a UDP and I moved her upgrade over to her sister’s phone that is on a 2 gig plan. If it works I’ll do that same for me. I’d feel bad about testing it out on her’s but I’m sitting at just over 20 gigs for the pay period and she’s at 2.

  • Nick X

    Just got mine!! VZW’s order status site shows ship date of today with an anticipated delivery of 7/14.. Pretty stoked for Monday!!

    • Guest

      Proof:

      • rich

        How does that show proof??? All it shows is an order has been shipped.

        • Nick X

          what are you looking for a picture of it on the truck?

          • rich

            Yes…that would be nice. In all seriousness, that could be an accessory. How can you be the only one???

    • compujas

      Mine shows the same thing except the tracking number seems to be the IP of the computer I placed the order from, not an actual fedex tracking number. Clicking either the tracking number or fedex link give “invalid tracking number”. I’m not assuming it has actually shipped yet.

  • Guest

    I just got mine.. Order status site shows a ship date of today with an anticipated deliver of 7/14.. Pretty stoked for Monday!!

  • guest

    Skipping this, waiting for Note 4

    Basically, the screen is stupid, costs more, wastes battery, slows down performance, heats it up so it throttles more, and isn’t actually noticeably different compared to 1920×1080 at viewing distance.

    Yeah, so predictable. LG is doing the worst kind of spec-sheet oneupmanship.

    Anandtech review:

    “Without question, the G3 has been the most interesting smartphone to learn about this year. With a 1440p display, laser autofocus, and all sorts of new power saving methods, there was a great deal to learn about. However, just because a device has a novel design doesn’t mean that it’s a good phone. On the other hand, a novel design makes a good phone that much better. The HTC One (M7) is a great example of the latter, with a radio system that is novel enough that people continue to misunderstand how it actually works. In some ways, the LG G3 draws similar parallels. Before launch and during the launch, there was pervasive misinformation on how the laser focus system actually worked. Even now, it’s not uncommon for people to say that there’s no significant delta in battery life from the 1440p display.

    Unfortunately, if there is any real flaw in the LG G3, it is the display. The goal of attaining a ~540 PPI has come at immense cost. Relative to the competition, the LG G3 definitely sees a noticeable reduction in battery life, although it’s still firmly above what we’ve seen from 2013 (Snapdragon 600) flagships. Outside of the power trade-off, the display doesn’t get particularly bright for daytime viewing. There are also issues with the saturation compression that causes obviously oversaturated colors in almost every situation. LG has also added significant artificial sharpening to the display image, which causes noticeable artifacting in some situations.

    Overall, the G3 is frustratingly close to perfect. A much-improved 1080p display, smaller size, and staying with the stacked battery design would’ve made this phone much easier to recommend as the best phone of the Snapdragon 801 generation. Unfortunately, as-is I can only say that it’s equal to everything else on the market. Everything seems to be similarly imperfect in their own way, and it comes down to personal preference which imperfections are tolerable and which aren’t. HTC delivers the best audio experience, LG provides the best balance of camera experience (from day to night shots), and Samsung offers the best display. Perhaps this is a taste of what the future will hold for enthusiasts. However, if the past is any indication, there’s still hope that there will be one phone to rule them all.

    • wow

      Why are you so negative? LOL

      • guest

        My Note 3 is perfect, not close to perfect, only issue is locked bootloader, was looking to purchase G3 if the bootloader is unlockable, but no more now (not willing to make compromises for an imperfect phone like rear volume keys, i use long press volume keys to control music and i can’t even imagine using rear volume keys for this)..

        • Big EZ

          The Note 3 is far from perfect. I have a Note 2 and my co-worker has a Note 3. I get decent reception with the 2, but she is constantly b!tch!ng about dropping calls, and not having any reception in the same office as me. If I can’t use a phone then it’s far from perfect.

          • guest

            lol, sour grapes

        • Nick

          perfect = being without fault or issues….. so your comment that it has an issue of a locked bootloader negates your prior statement and draws attention to your lack of detail.

          • guest

            lol, unlockable bootloader is a wishlist item, Note 3 hardware is rock solid and perfect, very good 1080p screen, very good battery which is replacable, SD card, SD800, 3GB ram, great camera.. even though it’s 8months old It trumps G3 in almost every aspect (except physical size and processor).

    • Mike

      I saw this review. It is mostly based off of benchmark tests in my opinion. I also saw several reviewers like MKBHD and others who loved the phone and claimed battery life was better than the S5 and had virtually the opposite opinion as Anandtec. After reading the Anadtech review I was ready to wait for something else, but the other reviews convinced me that this is still a great phone worth considering.

    • LosttsoL

      If you want a good review on a computer case or an SSD, then go there. I don’t put much stock in Anandtech for mobile devices.

    • b00sted

      Sold my note 3 to get this phone. Got tired of touchwiz, locked down BL sucked. reception on the phone was piss twds the end flashed the eclipse rom to try to go sock aosp rom and started to get massive batt drains like last 3hrs then dead. said eff this and she went by by.

      • chris125

        Well thats what happens when you flash roms..

        • Tillmorn

          I’d have to disagree with this statement. Hyperdrive for my S4 has improved battery life significantly over the stock Touchwiz experience.

  • yummy

    Need to hear how hard display sucks battery, like my gf, or like my wife?

    • SG

      joke fail

  • BostonB

    Hey those of you that do the Swap line keep unlimited data upgrade method. During Checkout the Website tells my unlimited is no longer available and to choose a new plan. Is that something I should be concerned about? I know I will end up activating it on a different line, I have done this before but I don’t remember if I choose a new data plan and it fell off because I never activated.

  • wtd2009

    Review?

  • CaptM

    I am so in, both my wife and I have had upgrades available for a while now but just haven’t been too interested in what was out there. I am so excited for the G3, already bought multiple cases and wallets for it (really cheap on amazon and already have them waiting to use). The only thing I would like confirmation in is if indeed the battery is not removable, that is what it shows on their pre-order spec page.

    • PoisonApple31

      On the In The Box tab, the battery is listed there. Wouldn’t that mean it is indeed removable?

      • CaptM

        Just read on another site that it was a mistake and that they removed it from their page, then went to check and it has been changed, it does now state that it is a removable battery. Now I just want to have the freedom to choose what I want, not what the carriers say I can only have, if memory serves correctly, LG announced this phone being available in 5 different colors, what happened to that? I was looking forward to the Gunmetal but I guess the Black will just have to do. 🙁

        • PoisonApple31

          It seems like other colors always arrive later on the carriers 🙁

  • Pdewet

    Time to put the Note 3 on craigslist….sorry Sammy

  • Tyrone Biggums

    Why the hell is it $199 on AT&T?!

  • vlogo

    That Verizon logo on the front is like a child-clown’s feet, disgusting.

  • DigitalEnforcer

    I just upgraded to the LG G3 today on Verizon and from what I’ve seen… I should keep my Unlimited Data plan. It still showed my data plan as the “Smartphone (unlimited) Data Usage. The only features removed were the Mobile IM Self PROV Flag… whatever that is.

  • Shadowstare

    I have another 4 months before i’m eligible for an upgrade, but the G3 is a very serious competitor the race for my next phone. Its a new phone race, G3 and M8.

  • KeepItReal

    My G3 from T-mobile was delivered today.

  • uninterrupted commentary

    My T-Mobile G3 has shipped and arrives tomorrow. Vzw is now just announcing availability.

  • Christopher Moore

    Pretty impressive on-contract pricing out the gate especially since it’s the higher end model.

  • Clint O

    still waiting for my email from Verizon saying its available lol

  • DanThompson87

    Im waiting for the Droid Life review. I bought a GS5 without waiting last time, not going to make that mistake again.

    • jnt

      If you have the time and have never read it, Anandtech is one of my favorite review sites: http://www.anandtech.com/show/8169/the-lg-g3-review/1

    • cruzfl0w

      No happy with the GS5?

      • DanThompson87

        No. It’s laggy as heck. J. A. N. K.

        • cruzfl0w

          My friend has one and I’ve seen it hick up on just scrolling down a webpage. I’m due for an upgrade but can’t decide what to get. I’m on Verizon, I’m thinking HTC may just be my best bet.

          • DanThompson87

            I need to know if this phone is janky!!

  • Drew

    I have unlimited data. I just transferred my upgrade to another line and preordered the G3. A sales chat rep said I’ll still keep unlimited.

  • DanThompson87

    Why do they not have the nice metallic looking phone?? And looks like non-removable battery and no wireless charging unlike the LG G3 from LG :/

  • B0ndZ

    Just pre-ordered mine! bye bye unlimited data 🙁

    • Snowcrash

      Return it and use the Best Buy loophole.

    • pyro74boy .

      You got suckered into one of the 2 year contracts? I feel bad for you very bad. Now you’re going to have to watch your data every second of everyday. I sure hope you got something bigger then 2GB? because that goes by very fast. I don’t know why anyone would ever want to give up their unlimited data plan? Do whatever you can to get it back trust me you will feel very bad if you don’t unless you don’t use much data?

      • Mudokon83

        I joined accounts with my wife and lost unlimited, but after checking out our data usage, we actually got a 2gb plan and have never gone past 1gb.

        unless you want to stream netflix or music, both of us are always at a wifi point at home or work.

        So yeah unlimited is super cool, but its not MASSIVELY important for some people.

        • pyro74boy .

          Yeah I do a lot of streaming last month I used over 20GB,s with no throttling. I told Verizon if they want me to stay with them then I have to keep my unlimited data plan.,

          I guess if you don’t use much data and can stay within the limit then it’s a none issue.

          • Droid Dan

            Just spent the week camping and streaming movies at night with Fox Fi
            Everyone else appreciated the free tethering also. Being the only one with unlimited it was my pleasure to accommodate all.

      • PoisonApple31

        I never used WiFi when I had unlimited data because I had the unlimited data. Between home and work, actually using WiFi, I don’t use much for data. It’s not a big deal like everyone makes it out to be.

        • pyro74boy .

          It’s only not a big deal if you’re able to stay within your data limit, for what I pay for unlimited data my girl friend pays the same exact price for only 2GB and she is not even a very heavy data user but is still always going over her limit and told me that she wishes that she had unlimited data like me. So trust me this is a big deal for some people .

    • Mike Fromson

      Did you switch to Verizon Max or the More everything plan?

  • pyro74boy .

    I don’t like to pre order anything until I have a chance to use it and see if it’s worth my money or not. Pre orders are a joke.

  • VivianC

    If it shows up rootable and/or unlocked, it will be mine.

    • TopXKiller

      its prob gonna be rootable since g2 on Kit Kat is but prob no unlocked

  • ROR1997

    Pre ordered mine in White. I’m excited

  • That front logo. F*ck you Verizon. Glad I left you long ago.

  • pyro74boy .

    Well it’s about time. It’s been almost 2 full months since the Announcement of the G3 and you still can’t even touch it until next week. Wow you could buy the HTC M8 the very day of the Announcement. I bet this is going to effect sales of this device big time. I remember waiting for my HTC Thunderbolt and how big of a mistake that phone was I wonder if the G3 is going to be the same.LOL Don’t worry I will try the G3 before I give up on buying it but I’m not in a hurry like I once was to buy it because I have been waiting so long and I’m someone who can’t stand waiting for ANYTHING So this phone better live up to the hype.

  • $199 on AT&T

  • Ryan

    If this thing works with FoxFi, I’m getting one!

  • Sean G

    I’m still rocking a galaxy nexus w/ unlimited. I think it’s about time I get a new phone and G3 looks beast. Any suggestions how to get it at promo price and keep unlimited? #unlimitedlife

    • King of Nynex

      Do you have family members who don’t use smartphones? I’m stealing an upgrade for this one!

      • Sean G

        No. Everyone has already used theirs. I have an upgrade, but i’d really prefer to keep it off contract to keep unlimited. Unless someone has a way to keep unlimited and get a new phone.

        • jnt

          What phone do you have right now?

        • Nelly547

          You can transfer your upgrade to a different line (non unlimited) and then once the phone is activated, switch it to your line instead. That is how I have kept my unlimited data. I have done this twice.

    • Ryan

      I’m still rocking the Galaxy Nexus w/unlimited and I’m long overdue for a new phone, just as you are! You have to pay full retail if you want to keep the unlimited. In my case it’s worth it to pay full retail and keep my unlimited, as I use 30 GB of data a month. If you use 6GB or less per month, you may consider the EDGE program.

      • Sean G

        I did consider that, but I’m in the 20’s as far as GB of data used so EDGE is likely out. Good thought though.

    • ceejw

      Open a new Verizon account. Buy G3 for $99, cancel Verizon account and pay the $375 ETF. You just got a new G3 for $475

      • cheezer88

        I also like this plan

    • Snowcrash

      Best Buy loophole.

      • cheezer88

        which is?

      • Sean G

        I’m a little out of touch. What’s the best buy loophole?

        • NeilGeorge

          Basically you purchase the phone… on the next page or so, it will ask you a question about plans. There is an option that says Keep Existing Plan. Choose that. Pay for the phone.
          Once the phone comes in, don’t turn the phone on. Shut your phone off, remove the sim card from your old phone and insert it in your new phone. If it does not fit, you can get a cutter from Amazon. (just be careful)
          Once your old sim card is in your new phone, turn it on and activate. You should still have unlimited..

      • Snowcrash

        Google it. Or find the link I provided in this thread. Can’t post the link again. Getting flagged as a duplicate post. You more or less order the phone through Best Buy Mobile, and activate it with your sim card. Not the one BB provides.

    • Michael

      You can do the 12 monthly payments on the phone, you just have to go into the store and ask for it. They don’t offer that online. Probably have to spend $60 a month but if you don’t want to pay all at once, or can’t, this is the best option

    • Droid22

      Add a line

    • TopXKiller

      buy a G2 on Swappa imo

    • Mike Fromson

      Not sure how much data you use with your UDP but if you call VZW customer service they can hook you up with the Verizon Max plan which is 6GB a month for $30.00 and a two year contract

  • RoboCop

    Just one more month until MotoX+1…hopefully… Please please please

  • RoboCop

    That black is hideous.

    • LosttsoL

      Uh, It’s black.

      • RoboCop

        I was excited for the brushed gray that’s all, and I’m not a fan of the fake chrome nonsense.

  • $99 really? Wonder what AT&T pricing will be

    • Scott Niemczyk

      It’s only 99.99 for a week. Then it will go back to 199.99. I’m thinking about ditching the my note 3 to get this. Then I will have a upgrade available in January which I’ll use to get the note 4.

      • PoisonApple31

        I am thinking about it too. $99-$50 for Best Buy promo (upgrade anytime in 2014 $50 off on-contract price). $49! Note 4 maybe down the road…

  • Matt G

    Anyone know if the back is still removable?

  • Dominic Giordano

    I wanted to wait for The Note 4 but seeing as how that will most likely be 299 on contract compared to G3 at 99 is very tempting.

  • Guest

    The specs don’t say if it has an SDCARD slot. If it does, I’m buying one now. Anyone know for SURE.

    • idacoolguy

      Memory / Processor
      Memory: 32 GB; supports microSD™ card up to 128 GB

  • Tony Byatt

    A lot of people obsessed with the VZW branding that we all knew was coming seem to be glossing over how cheap this phone is on contract and relatively cheap off contract…

    $99 on contract, I would have bet $199 at least. $699 off contract is what I was expecting, not $599…

    • Big EZ

      That’s only for about 2 weeks during their 50% off sale. It will be $199 after the sale ends.

      • Tony Byatt

        Still low for a launch price of a device of this caliber…

  • mcdonsco

    $99 + $375 termination equals $474…right?

    Can you buy a phone on contract (new line), go home and terminate service and keep the phone by just paying the $375 termination having not paid a single monthly service payment?

    • cheezer88

      Math, it works

    • Patterswong

      are you taking about unlimited data? cuz if you grandfathered. id prefer to use the device payment place to keep it.

      • mcdonsco

        Didn’t think ud users could use edge…but thing is, if I can get it for $474 why wouldn’t I?

        • Patterswong

          i guess its a matter of whether you want to keep unlimited data.

          • mcdonsco

            Well, I would do it on a new line, not my existing line. So would keep unlimited.

      • Bruce

        mcdonsco is talking about opening a new account and terminating it.

    • ApplesNAndroids

      Don’t forget Verizon’s upgrade fee or activation if that applies.

    • Bruce

      It’s actually like this.
      $350 + $99 + $51 + $35 = $535
      ETF + device + tax + activation

      If you buy at full price.
      $600 + $51 + $35 = $686

      So you end up paying $151 less.

  • Paul Hansen

    Already have mine in hand and posting this from it. My T-Mobile one arrived this morning about a week early.

    • How would you rate it

      • Paul Hansen

        Screen is definitely nice for video but text looks a little… Off. I’ve already had to throw it on the charger (got it @ 60%) as it was down to 19% after initial setup etc. Keyboard lag I hope goes away because it lags like a bitch and I type fast. It’s usually at least a word or two behind what I’m typing. I’ll be throwing a different launcher on it soon to test and see if that’s what’s sucking all the juice and causing the lag.

  • King of Nynex

    I’m pleasantly surprised at the $99 price point. I’m horribly unsurprised at the branding on the top bezel.

  • Matt G

    I just went to the page and its showing $199 not $99?

  • rfranken

    someone…please please please find a way to keep unlimited data plan and yet get this phone discounted for 99 bucks from verizon !!

    • Yes and Post here how it is done. Does anyone know if the Best Buy workaround still works???

      • rfranken

        from what i can see from googling around….i think all the loop holes are closed.

  • hkklife

    Great price for those specs, both off-contract and on. But still not worth giving up unlimited for.

    • Ryan

      So don’t give up unlimited, and buy it at full retail. That’s what I’m doing.

      • hkklife

        Waiting for the Note 4 at this stage of the game. But agreed otherwise. If the Note 4 underwhelms this fall then the G3 should be widespread on Swappa for a reasonable price by that time.

  • Chris B

    LOVE my G2. Had it stock for the longest time and just rooted it. Didn’t hate the skin, but obviously a rom make it that more beastly. Man do I want the G3. Props to LG for makin’ some good devices.

  • Chris Cogan

    any idea when it will be in stores? need to see it to get an idea of the size of it

    • Mike Fromson

      I went to my local VZW store and they told me they would have a working model in by the end of the day

      • Chris Cogan

        thanks, I will check my local store to see what they have to say

  • Aj Bastedo

    Does anyone have any promo codes to lower the $600 hit?… #unlimiteddata lol

    • Patterswong

      im going to device payment plan it. it wont lower the price but you spread that cost over the course of a year so it wont hurt as much. Granted you pay $24($2/month) or however long you spread it, but you wont bite the bullet at one time so it wont hurt as bad.

      • AngryBadger

        I assume he has Verizon unlimited data and therefore can not use Verizon Edge to spread out the payments (prerequisite is to be on a share everything plan IIRC).

        • Patterswong

          edge is a separate thing.
          http://www.verizonwireless.com/support/faqs/FeaturesandOptionalServices/device-installment-plan.html

          talked to a verizon rep and he confirmed that you can use it to keep your unlimited data.ill give you the link below the verizon forum that confirmed it for me.
          https://community.verizonwireless.com/thread/817233

          • cheezer88

            i’ve always wondered if that was possible.

          • Patterswong

            dont worry. if what the verizon rep told me to be true. it it possible

          • Ryan

            Be careful, I have some friends that fell for this trap, the rep told them they’d be able to keep unlimited data and then were booted off unlimited and are now stuck on tiered data plans.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            You have to be careful to get on the payment plan and not the edge plan, but yes, you can get on the payment plan and keep unlimited data.

          • Aj Bastedo

            I thought I read that this was no longer possible using the device payment plan ….and saving unlimited data….but I’ll give it a shot next Thursday and see what happens….

          • AngryBadger

            Guess they changed it. That’s good. I left Verizon service around the inception of those plans, so I haven’t kept up with it. 🙂

      • chris125

        That doesn’t work if you have unlimited data. I use best buy credit card with financing and can pay each month, while keeping unlimited and it spread out cost of paying full price.

        • Patterswong

          it does. along with what the vzw rep told me, it also has been told on this site last year
          http://www.droid-life.com/2013/04/22/verizons-device-payment-plan-can-be-used-as-a-way-to-keep-unlimited-data/

          • Ryan

            Be careful, I’ve had a couple friends where the rep told them “Yeah you’ll be able to keep your unlimited data by doing this.” Then come to find out, they were booted off unlimited and are now stuck on tiered data plans.

        • evltwn

          You’re wrong. I did that to buy the S4 last year. Added an $60 to my bill. I bet that was cheaper than paying the interest on a cc.

          • chris125

            Best buy has 18 month no interest so no.

          • evltwn

            Is that for new cc accounts only?

          • chris125

            Nope any as long as amount is over $399

          • evltwn

            Ok, sounds good. I just wouldn’t want to be paying off a phone I no longer owned. I turn over phones quick.

          • chris125

            I’m the same way. I usually pay the phone off within 2-3 months just nice being able to do it this way rather than needing full price up front

        • Franklin Ramsey

          He is talking about the Payment plan which Verizon has available, and not The Edge plan which is like a payment plan too.

  • haggu

    I wonder if towel root will work on it…

    • drrrroooooiiiid

      I heard on XDA that it does

  • Matt

    First new phone in 4 years. Almost couldnt hold any longer.

    • cheezer88

      My Galaxy Nexus is so slow even with a ROM installed. i’m so ready for an upgrade.

  • AndrewScottRox

    I could care less about the logos; I’d be more interested in slapping stock Android on there.

    • reyalP

      All the logos make the phone look cheap. Excessive branding does not equate to premium. Reminds me of the cars that have the stickers on the back reminding everyone that this is a courtesy vehicle.

      • AndrewScottRox

        I see your point but the only thing that is going to make this phone look cheap is slapping a $5 case from Amazon on it.

        • PoisonApple31

          Why would anyone want to cover up that beautiful faux-metal?

          • AndrewScottRox

            ha! Indeed!

      • Raven

        I do love how my Moto X and Nexus 7 look sitting side by side in their docks on my desk with just pristine black bezels and no logos.

    • K Hung

      I believe I read somewhere the G3 is factory unlocked from the get go! Hooray!

    • GrammarHammer

      Oh really, you could care less?

      • AndrewScottRox

        Just a little less.

  • LosttsoL

    I pre-ordered it four hours ago. Can’t wait. I’ve read all the reviews and most of the cons are fairly minor. I don’t watch three hour movies on my phone, so I’m not too worried if the battery life isn’t top of the heap.

  • Ken Choi

    Is it still possible to upgrade this phone using “How to: upgrade phones at Verizon and keep unlimited data” way? I think I’m going with Option 2 (the second method) since I have 3 lines on my plan.

  • TSY87

    annnnd ordered…

  • Turner

    I’m holding out for the Moto X+1, then the G3 will have been out for a month or two and I can maybe pick one up on swappa or local classifieds for $500, maybe less

  • Ben Murphy

    Is the device installment plan still in effect, you know, to keep my unlimited data? =)

    • JohnnySD

      No, you get switched to a data plan if you use Edge

      • Ben Murphy

        I don’t have Edge. I still have unlimited because I bought the S4 on an installment plan.

  • cheezer88

    this phone kinda makes me want to re-up my contract

  • Eric

    I’m not seeing the circle case having wireless charging built into it! The reps dont know anything. Cmon, I want that wireless charging!!

    • James_75

      It does… LG already announced the US variant will gain qi via the LG circle case.

  • htowngtr

    Probably pick this up in a few months when new ones on swappa are closer to $500.

  • “Even on the smallest of bezels, you won’t forget who’s got the nation’s largest 4GLTE network.”

    –Verizon PR

    • T4rd

      Odd that LG allows Verizon to bastardize their phones while Samsung and HTC don’t have logos on their front when they have more bezel to put them on. I’m surprised the One M8 doesn’t have a Verizon logo where the HTC logo is.

      • Bryan Mills

        Don’t forget the Note 2,

        • T4rd

          Was speaking more to the current and previous gen phones. Note 2 was back in 2012.

          • Bryan Mills

            Still don’t forget it.

        • PoisonApple31

          Samsung Note 2

          vs

          LG Revolution, Spectrum, Spectrum 2, Intuition, Optimus Exceed, Optimus Exceed 2, Lucid, Lucid 2, Lucid 3, Optimus Zone, Optimus Zone 2, G2, G3…to name some of LG phones with the Verizon logo on the front!

  • Sir Wilhelm

    Verizon sure does know how to fugly up a phone. The spec sheet also lists it has a non-removable battery.

    • James_75

      Must be a mistake.

      • compujas

        Must it be? It’s Verizon. They had different buttons on the G2.

        • James_75

          Regardless, it was still a mistake.

    • idacoolguy

      I don’t see it….

      Battery

      Battery: 3000 mAh Li–Ion

      Usage Time: Up to 18.6 hours OR

      Standby Time: Up to 17.3 days

      • Guest

        look at other phones that have non-removable battery would say it. Heres the G2 for an example. since it has a non removable battery

        • dk1golf

          Lg site clearly states battery as removable.

      • Patterswong

        phones with non-removable batterys would say non-removable in the front in the “in the box tab” not the spec sheet. for the lg g2 it says

        LG G2
        Non–removable 3000 mAh SiO+ battery
        Pre–installed SIM Card
        Wall/USB Charger
        Quick Reference Guide
        Global Support Brochure
        Product Safety & Warranty Brochure
        Important Consumer Information
        RF Brochure

        While the g3 would say

        LG G3 in Metallic Black
        Lithium Ion Battery (3000 mAH)
        Pre–installed SIM Card (3FF with NFC)
        Wall/USB Charger
        Quick Reference Guide
        Global Support Brochure
        Product Safety & Warranty Brochure
        Important Consumer Information
        RF Brochure
        By it not saying non-removable we can deduce that it is removable

    • Patterswong

      it has a removable battery. The “in the box” tab lists a 3000mah lit ion battery. Generally if it’s embedded it would say a non-removeable in front but this does not. So we can safely assume that it is a removable. Sadly this does not take care of the verizon logos, unless you’re willing to cough up extra cash to buy a back panel to from the overseas model to get ride of the logo on the back.

      • I’d be willing to go as far as buying a new front and a new back to remove the Verizon branding. Luckily I don’t have to worry about that anymore because I ditched Verizon long ago for unlocked phones.

  • Dominic Giordano

    That Verizon logo on the front just irritates me. However it doesn’t look as bad on the white one.

    • Sir Wilhelm

      The chrome accents on the black one really bother me.

      • chris125

        I actually like the chrome button on the back for the black model.

    • Paul

      Looks out of place on both colors. Pass.

    • The front logo alone is reason enough to pass on the Verizon version.

  • compujas

    Are there any plans for a full review?

  • Xavier_NYC

    99$ on contract for the top end model? #Clutch

  • T4rd

    Seems to me that the G2 is the better phone from the reviews I’ve seen. Better display outside of resolution, better battery life, better performance on the G2. LG jumped the gun with this phone and released it way too early. You know something is wrong when your successor pretty much as the same SoC as the phone it’s replacing.

    • Bryan Mills

      Nah

      • T4rd

        Great rebuttal, you must be on a debate team. So many points you hit on..

  • TimXer

    I don’t see how I cannot pick this up…$99 AND it has the beastly specs

  • r0l

    Good news is it doesn’t matter which side you are looking it, you won’t forget who’s phone it is. 😉

    • Xavier_NYC

      They did that just to remind you who rapes you every month..

    • reyalP

      Thank God! Everyone is always asking me what carrier my phone is with, and on my Nexus device I have to turn it on to find out. I’m always forgetting my carriers name. Not anymore. Thanks to Verizon, no matter what side of the phone I look at I will know my carrier name. No more looking like an idiot for me! I just wish that they would put another Verizon logo on the front top left to balance out the phone.

    • chris125

      Or just buy a replacement back with no logo on it…

      • r0l

        It’s not the back the bothers me, it’s the front.

        • Maybe you can replace the front as well? I’d be willing to go that far if it didn’t break the bank. Or I would just leave Verizon if I wanted the phone bad enough.

          • r0l

            I already left Verizon last year due to phone selection as I wanted a Nexus. As it turned out I wound up with a Moto X and haven’t looked back. But I’m considering the G3.

  • Ed G

    The G2 is the best phone I ever owned. Looking forward to getting the G3 as wll. LG won me over.

    • Big EZ

      How is the reception? This is why I have stayed away from LG and Samsung. I got the Note 2 because it had much better reception than most Samsung phones and it’s “good enough.” I really looking forward to the G3.

      • Ed G

        I have never had any reception issues. Even when I have 1-2 bars at home, I can still make calls with no problems. Admittedly I only use it to talk a few times per month but never have issues.

  • litobirdy

    I’ll take another Verizon or Amazon glitch right about NOW!!!

    • Ohh, that would be killer.

      • Paul Hansen

        Tim this thing still lags like a bitch (janky as you’d say). I can’t wait to get CM on this thing.

        • jnt

          The G3?

          • Paul Hansen

            Yeah. Got mine this morning. Tmo sent it out about a week early.

          • jnt

            That’s too bad. I’ll try one out, but have yet to find a reason to ditch the S5 for it – I know that’s not popular opinion around here…

          • Paul Hansen

            It’s probably just the LG software. I’m sure it’d behave a lot better with a stock ROM on it.

          • Bryan Mills

            Stock LG ROM. If you’re talking about stock Android, why’d you even buy the phone? You’re losing everything.

          • Menger40

            Yeah, by switching to a stock-ish ROM he’ll lose everything! Everything except his big removable battery, SD card slot, great camera sensor, nice screen, and top end specs.

          • rfranken

            moving to a stock-ish rom will break several things. the camera won’t be nearly as good, battery life with suffer. and many more smaller features that the dev community never gets working an any non-nexus phone.

          • Mark

            This is my main problem with using ROMs especially the ones trying to be more stock Android. Instead of getting a nice Nexus experience except with SD cards, removable batteries, etc., you get something that’s worse than the original OEM ROM.

          • Big EZ

            Yep, stock (manufacturers rom, not aosp) stripped down always run best unless it’s a Google Play device (which I don’t have experience with, so just a guess)

          • indianafanatic

            He’s not getting a removable battery on the Verizon G3.

          • K Hung

            that was a misprint. verizon g3 does have a removable battery

          • Big EZ

            Why not?

          • James_75

            Wrong!

          • indianafanatic

            You’re right, but when I posted this earlier, Verizon had told me twice that the battery in the LG was not removable. It has since been made clear that it is, so, yeah.

          • James_75

            Apparently a typo on their end and the reps didn’t know any better. When I called in my pre order this morning the rep didn’t even know the phone was available for pre order today.

          • indianafanatic

            Makes you wonder if we could instantly solve the nation’s unemployment problem by sticking those people in call centers, and online chat windows, to read from a script. Just think of the wealth our nation’s citizens would experience if they got a paycheck and didn’t have to know what they’re talking about!!!
            #indianafanaticforpresident
            lol

          • sski66

            If someone didn’t Rom it & just put a Launcher on it, say like Nova would u still retain most stuff ? Thanks.

          • If by stuff you mean all the proprietary LG software, then yes. All that Nova will do is make your homescreen and app drawer look different.

          • sski66

            Haha, yeah that’s what I meant, especially the camera software. For me that’s what I would do because I’m not to crazy about LG skin but if I could change the Launcher & App drawer that just might do it, thanks for the reply.

          • Jon D

            dont mind Bryan… hes a long time troll big LG fan boy

          • NeilGeorge

            How is the brightness of the screen?

          • jnt

            That’s been my other concern. Every review I’ve seen shows the brightness tuned way down, I’m sure b/c of the pixels… with phones like the S5 and even older AMOLED devices getting a lot brighter.

          • Menger40

            Someone in the comments of Engadget’s review says they have one and that the screen can go very bright or very, very dim and the auto brightness option favors the dim side of things. That might account for its dim appearance in a lot of pictures.

          • Paul Hansen

            Basically this.

          • jnt

            Interesting, I saw one review where they manually turned the brightness to full on the G3, M8, and S5, and the M8 and S5 were significantly brighter.

          • Paul Hansen

            Not bad. But this input lag is terrible.

          • NeilGeorge

            Have you tried a diff launcher by any chance?

          • Paul Hansen

            Not yet.

          • Mark Aaron Collado

            Nice. Got mine yesterday. I love this phone. Feels good in hand, beautiful display and loud speakers.

        • Bryan Mills

          Still faster than a GS5.

          • jnt

            know that from all your personal experience with both? 😉

          • wtd2009

            I dunno man, I ended up picking up a gs5 a because I need something immediately, it flies.

          • jnt

            People just like to jump on the “samsung and touchwiz sucks and are slower than the original droid” bandwagon. 😛

          • Mike

            I hope so…I love my G2 and just pre ordered the G3. Only had to pay $80 to Edge Up, after having the G2 for 6 months. Its pretty awesome getting a new phone so often!

        • Dominic Giordano

          Judging from your pic I’d say you are a Motorola fanboy I got the chance to play with one yesterday and I experienced ZERO lag whatsoever.

          • Paul Hansen

            It’s gotten better throughout the day but for the first 4-5 hours or so the device was almost unusable. I hope it clears up a bit more but it’s worlds better than it was this morning.

        • teevirus

          That is sad to hear. The G2 seems to just fly. I was hoping they would bring some of the design features from the G3 over to the G2 but not at the expense of responsiveness I’m getting now.

    • Ben Murphy

      That’s how I acquired my G2 =)

      • litobirdy

        yep, same here. Verizon ended up actually PAYING me for the g2 lol

    • Jason Downing

      That’s how I got my G2, but I’m not counting on it so I’m going to see if one of my parents has an upgrade haha

      • j

        I’m seriously thinking about transferring my upgrade to another line and doing it that way. The only problem I see is since the line I transfer the upgrade TO won’t be using the new phone, it will be stuck on the old phone for another two years. Is this correct?

        • rfranken

          The line you Transfer the upgrade FROM will have to renew its plan. meaning you lose your unlimited. (if you still have it that is)

          • TSY87

            nope, not true. My line is the only line with ulimited data and I just got a new phone by swapping the upgrade on my line to another line on my family plan. I still have unilmited and have a new phone.

          • rfranken

            I’ve read in dozens of forums and websites and asked customer service this question over and over. As Many others have as well.
            And it sounds like this isn’t the case anymore. it only seems to happen on the Very rare occurrence that one gets either an incompentant or really nice service rep.

            Did you do this online or at the store?

          • TSY87

            Online, I tried a year ago with a rep and they said they were no longer allowed to, though Ive read where people have met nice reps that did it for them.
            I always do this online, in fact, I just did it a couple months ago for my m8 and now just for the g3. And I just checked, my unlimted is still untouched but my line is now locked in for 2 years.

          • 213ninja

            yes, do it online. been doing it that way for a couple of years now. move your unlimited smartphone upgrades to your dumb phone lines then put your SIM in the phone when it arrives. i’ve done this at least 5 times and it works perfectly. unlimited data still in tact on 2 of my lines.

          • TSY87

            all good

          • im a little confused. i have 2 lines with unlimited data. if i upgrade and get on contract pricing. how do i keep unlimited??

          • 213ninja

            you need to have an existing dumb phone line as well…

          • rfranken

            If this was the case and there was no glitch involved with your order (or your unlimited isn’t gone at the next bill). There would be full page stories on it. This would mean people like us would Never lose unlimited. And the process is incredibly easy. Sorry I just don’t think this will work for others. If it did….we’d hear about it en masse

          • TSY87

            I dont know why you are so hesitant to believe me and the others who have chimed in. It DOES work, I and many others have done it many times without a hitch. The reason why this method isn’t as praised as the annual “VZW glitch” or BB workaround is because it requires you to have multiple lines available to you which is just not as common for most people.

          • rfranken

            Sorry. I’m hesitant because it was yesterday I just asked verizon again on this and went through mult we forums on the subject. And they said no matter what you try to do….if you use OR transfer an upgrade from a phone with unlimited data…..you have to change your plan to a tiered plan.

          • TSY87

            Don’t ask verizon. Just do it online. I understand your concern though, losing unlimited is a HUGE concern but so far, I have had no issues. To clarify, I used my lines upgrade 2 months ago by transfering it to another line on my family plan. So my line has a new renewed contract, but unlimted is still intact. Just today, I used a seperate line on my family plan to buy the g3 on contract, but I will be activating it on my line. This is not a new or unheard of upgrade method. It is just not as popular because not everyone has family plan lines they can burn through to do this.

          • i share a plan with my mom and I. we both have unlimited data. can you point be in the right direction to getting the G3 and keeping unlimited data? ive never really heard of this method. thanks!!

          • TSY87

            Hi Nathan, as far as I know, the only way for you to do this would be to add another line onto your plan would be to get a dumb phone and a new line on your family plan. Then you can use that line to upgrade to the g3 without losing unlmited on your own line. You can actually probably get the g3 on the new line, then switch that line over to the dumb phone so you dont have to pay data. Then from that point forward, you can always transfer upgrades to that line without losing unlimited on the lines that have it. I have heard that best buy can upgrade your line somehow while maintaining unlimited but I have never looked into that method.

          • ah so i’d have to pay a monthly fee to keep that dumb phone on my line or can i cancel it or something?

          • TSY87

            You would need to keep it for the length of the contract, or pay the ETF. You’ll need to weigh the cost of the line (9.99X24) vs the benefit of keeping unlimited and being able to upgrade your phone on the cheap. Considering the MSRP is 600, and contract price is 99, the savings is 500 (not counting tax and activation). So you are saving 260 over buying the phone at full retail. The choice is yours…

          • ahh ok that makes more sense. i thought there was some magic trick to keeping unlimited data on both lines without a new line for some reason

          • chris125

            Agree. I was told and same thing was going to happen when I tried to upgrade so I don’t think the risk of losing unlimited is worth it. I stick with buying at full price and then selling the old phone, it comes out to me paying less than I would to upgrade each time I sell my old phone.

          • rfranken

            We must be talking about something different. You only get upgrades once every 2 years. So you couldn’t have transferred an upgrade From your unlimited data phone 2 months ago…and then just did it again.

          • Big EZ

            Go into the store, they still do it. Some reps will lie to you to get you to switch to share everything plans. They do this because they have quotas and get bonuses based on this. Not all are shady though. At the store I went to recently the store manager lied to me and said they could not longer do it, and that I had to switch to share everything. I just went back to one of the guys that wasn’t a sales rep (a tech) and he did it for me.

          • Brent Cooper

            So you gave your upgrade to someone else, but still got to keep your unlimited data?

          • TSY87

            you have to have multiple lines on a family plan, so im not really giving it to just anyone.

          • ReturnOfTheMack

            I did this at best buy last fall and the line I was transferring the upgrade from (with unlimited data) was unaffected. The line the upgrade went to would have lost unlimited if it had it. After everything was done I swapped sim cards so I got the new phone and the only thing that changed with my line was the new upgrade date.

          • rfranken

            Yes this was the old loophole with Best Buy. But all reports I’ve read said this is no longer possible.

          • ReturnOfTheMack

            I did this last November so if that’s the case something must have changed since then. I hope not though because it worked flawlessly and it was nice and quick too.

          • Big EZ

            This is incorrect. The line you transfer the upgrade TO loses it s unlimited data (if it has it). I just did this for my wife. We both have unlimited data, and I have a feature phone line. I move an upgrade from one of the unlimited lines to the feature phone line and the two unlimited lines are unaffected. This is how to do it through Verizon.

        • Jason Downing

          You would basically have to rotate updates on your lines.

          For example, if you add a line, that line will have to wait 2 years to upgrade but your current line can update whenever it’s due. Only problem would be is if you have unlimited data, then you’ll have to wait the 2 years and it’s almost not worth it… unless you added a third line a year later, then you can get a new phone every year.

        • David C.

          My line is eligible for an upgrade, problem is that I have unlimited data so I don’t want to lose that. I was able to transfer my upgrade to my dad’s dumb phone, I had to add the data plan for his line for now but the most important thing is that I did not have to give up my unlimited data plan. When the phone arrives I think I may have to activate it first on his line but then I will turn right around and add his dumb phone back to his line. That will leave the G3 left and will activate it to my line. G3 + Unlimited Data = Happy Camper!!

      • Guest

        My line is eligible for an upgrade, problem is that I have unlimited data so I don’t want to lose that. I was able to transfer my upgrade to my dad’s dumb phone, I had to add the data plan for his line for now but the most important thing is that I did not have to give up my unlimited data plan. When the phone arrives I think I may have to activate it first on his line but then I will turn right around and add his dumb phone back to his line. That will leave the G3 left and will activate it to my line. G3 + Unlimited Data = Happy Camper!!!

        • Jason Downing

          I just found out that my dad does have an upgrade available so I am going to use that to buy the g3 and then just give him my g2 for letting me use his upgrade

    • Same here. Does the Best Buy trick still work to keep unlimited and get a discounted phone?

      • Snowcrash

        I believe the Best Buy method still works.

        • tu3218

          what does it consist of?

      • cheezer88

        what is the Best Buy method?

        • You buy the phone online and put in to keep the same plan. When the phone arrives take out the SIM in the phone and replace with your current SIM. As the receipt says “Keep existing plan” I’ve heard of Verizon switching people back if they take them off unlimited.

    • TSY87

      I’m so glad I have a family plan with people that still have/want dumb phones.

      • cheezer88

        i bought the wife a G2 off contract and now i have 2 upgrades and unlimited data, i’m set for this.

      • tu3218

        I know my mother still has a dumb phone that has an upgrade, however if I used her dumb line to get an upgrade to the G3, even though she’s not the main line we’d be stuck with Verizon for another 2 years because I’d be signing a contract to get this phone. Right now in my family(3 smart phones, 1 dumb phone), we all technically have upgrades. But nobody has upgraded because 1. we still have unlimited data and 2. we were thinking about switching to tmobile. So I don’t want to use my mom’s dumb phone upgrade and than keep us locked into verizon for another 2 years.

        • TSY87

          This is somewhat a concern for me as well. Something I was considering was that T-mobile offers to pay for your ETF. So for example, I lock myself into VZW but decide in a few months I want to go with t-mobile. I can get them to pay for my ETF, then sell my phones for additional money. Of course, this way is highly dependent on how long t-mobile continues this practice.

          • john

            they pay your ETF with your phone trade in.

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    • Alexander Z Great

      I was lucky enough to have a glitch. Hopefully, they honor it. I’m thinking I might have a little fight on my hands

    • Dan_17z

      What glitch are you referring to? I have no idea what you mean by that….. Must have been a time I was not looking into purchase a new phone.

      • grumpyfuzz

        on amazon the phones were incredibly low off contract. pretty sure a gs4 was $199 off contract, and was brand new.