Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint set its price for LG’s flagship G2 smartphone but, unlike its three national rivals, the carrier didn’t set a precise availability date for the 5.2-inch phablet other than to say the device will be available in time for the holidays.
The carrier did announce that it would begin taking preorders from consumers on Oct. 11, indicating that Sprint’s G2 won’t be available until at least a month after it’s available from all three national rivals.
Like Verizon Wireless and AT&T, Sprint set a $199 price with two-year contract. Under its no-contract, no-subsidy Simple Choice Plan, T-Mobile priced the device at $99.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $21.
New and existing Sprint subscribers can pre-order the G2 beginning Friday, Oct. 11, at Sprint.com/LGG2. Consumers who pre-order online will get a free Quick Window case ($49.99 value) with the G2 device.
Last week, the other three carriers announced their G2 plans.
The G2, which will be LG’s first smartphone to launch through all four national carriers, is the first U.S. smartphone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon800 processor, a quad-core 2.26GHz processor said by LG to deliver the smartphone industry’s fastest processor speed.
It features 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD display, onscreen multitasking with the ability to use multiple apps simultaneously, 24-bit/192kHz audio playback, 13-megapixel FullHD camera with optical image stabilization, and rear-key control of multiple functions, the company said.