It might not be a month before the LG G4 gets unveiled, and another month or so before the device gets released, but two very important Android flagships are due to be unveiled at Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress – the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9. With that in mind, a new LG G3 deal has been launched, with T-Mobile slashing the price of LG’s outgoing flagship phone by close to $150.
The LG G3 is far from being a new device – it was launched in May 2014 and got released outside of Korea starting in June, with the U.S. only following suit in mid-July. That makes the G3 “only” seven months removed from release for American buyers, but the bottom line is simple – it will soon be superseded by the LG G4 and replaced as flagship handset. American carriers and retailers are cottoning on to this – Verizon has since reduced the LG G3’s contract price from $199 to $99, and Best Buy and Amazon are offering the LG G3 at the same price tag on a two-year agreement.
Now, that we’re back to the present, T-Mobile became the second U.S. carrier to offer an LG G3 deal, having slashed the price of the phone by a decent $150 earlier in the week.
Unlike Amazon’s earlier $100 gift card deal on the LG G3, there isn’t any twist to this T-Mobile special. So what are the mechanics of the deal? It’s actually quite simple. The G3’s original outright price used to be $598-599 on most carriers, and T-Mobile now sells it off-contract for $449, or $148 off. That’s means you can buy it outright for almost a hundred and fifty dollars less than full pricing, though you also have the option to pay it down through lower monthly payments. The Uncarrier is also letting buyers get the LG G3 for zero down and 24 monthly payments of $18.74 per month – that’s going to add up to $449 nonetheless if you choose to make monthly payments instead of paying outright.
As a reminder of what you’ll be getting when you buy yourself a new LG G3, the phone comes with a 5.5-inch display with 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution, a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor mated to 3 GB RAM, and rear-facing volume and power controls among its basic specs and features. The G3 also has a very underrated 13-megapixel rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization+ (LG’s proprietary version of OIS) and laser autofocus. The phone now supports Android 5.0 Lollipop, and while the T-Mobile version has not yet gotten the new software, we’re expecting it to roll out in a couple weeks or so.
Once again, it’s going to be a busy spring for smartphone buyers, what with the Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, and the LG G4 leading the Android charge against Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. So if you’re not interested in waiting for one of those brand-new flagships for the 2015 model year, you can take advantage of the aforementioned LG G3 deal, as well as other 2014 flagship specials that may likely follow in the next few weeks.