When LG officially took the wraps off the G5 during this year’s Mobile World Congress, the South Korean company surprised us. Not necessarily because of what we got — rumors and leaks ahead of the unveiling took care of that — but because of what the G5 represents: a significant shift in LG’s smartphone philosophy.
Take that as you will, but we have a feeling that the G5 will sell a fair number of units. Unfortunately, as of this writing, everyone remains tight-lipped as to how much the G5 will cost and when exactly it will be available. Regardless, there will be plenty of ways to get your hands on LG’s pseudo-modular 2016 flagship smartphone, so here’s our complete guide to G5 pre-orders. Look out for updates as we get deeper into the springtime.
If you opt for Big Red, the G5 will be available for purchase sometime this Spring, though the United States’ largest carrier didn’t reveal pricing or exact availability. When the G5 does become available, however, you’ll be able to get it in Silver and Titan. In addition, you’ll be able to purchase “select” modules and accessories, though Verizon didn’t say what those would be.
AT&T is also remaining tight-lipped on when the G5 will be available for purchase and for how much, saying it will divulge such details in the coming weeks. Even so, AT&T did confirm it will also sell some of the G5’s so-called amigos, such as the 360 Cam, LG 360 VR, and the LG 360 Sound Bluetooth speaker. Pricing for these accessories was not announced, though their availability should coincide with the G5’s eventual release.
Out of the four major U.S. carriers, T-Mobile is the quietest when it comes to the G5. Magenta only confirmed that it will sell the G5, but, as with the other carriers, didn’t announce pricing or availability. Expect the G5 to be sold through either monthly installments or all at once, for those with the dough.
Finally, in terms of major carrier support, Sprint announced it plans to sell the G5, but said nothing in regards to pricing and exact availability. The carrier did announce it would sell the 360 Cam, however, so there’s a possibility that other G5 accessories could be sold through Sprint.
If you plan to forgo directly going to a national carrier and, instead, want to pick up the G5 through national retailers like Best Buy and Walmart, you’re somewhat in luck. Best Buy will kick off pre-orders on March 18, with the G5 officially going on sale on April 1, though the retailer only has a landing page for the time being. Meanwhile, Walmart and Target don’t even have landing pages for the G5, with the same going for the crippled RadioShack.
Unfortunately, there’s a complete and utter lack of pricing and availability information regarding the G5, with just about everyone choosing to remain quiet for some reason. Proper G5 pre-order pages are bound to go live eventually, so we’ll keep an eye out for when they do and relay the information to you.
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