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Promoted 04-10-2015 by Discombobulated at 03:49 AM View Original Post
Best Buy.com has 32GB LG G2 4G LTE Smartphone for Verizon Wireless (Black) on sale for $199.99. Shipping is free, otherwise select free in-store pickup as an alternative option. Thanks catalyst11

Note, there are no contracts included when purchasing this smartphone.

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  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz Processor
  • 32GB Internal Memory
  • 5.2" IPS Full HD Touch Screen w/ 13MP Rear Facing Camera + 1080p
  • 4G LTE Network
  • 3000 mAh SIO+ battery
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS

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For a hands on review of the LG G2, please head on over to TechRadar or Cnet - Discombobulated

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Edited April 9, 2015 at 11:08 PM by widgit
Best Buy [bestbuy.com] has the 32GB Verizon LG G2 for $199.99 available for online purchase and many stores still have it in stock. Mover's Coupon brings it down to $179.99 + tax. Phone is sim unlocked out of the box so can be used on ATT (MVNO) and T-Mobile (MVNO). It can also be easily rooted and custom recovery/ROM installed.

Root/TWRP [xda-developers.com] for 24A firmware.

To me, this is a better deal than the eBay deal for the ATT version as this Verizon model has Qi wireless charging built in. If you use it for ATT (MVNO), only a dozen metro areas will get LTE so you'll be limited to HSPA+. I believe it will get LTE on T-Mobile (MVNO). I've been using this phone for a year and it's been great. Currently using XDABBEB's VS982.5 v1.1.0 [xda-developers.com] ROM and it's running great and can consistently get 5 hours of screen on time.
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FAQ

Should I get this phone?
This is a killer deal on a NEW (not refurbed) phone, with full manufacturer warranty. No eBay or 3rd party shenanigans.

But this phone is almost 2 years old!
Yes, the phone was launched in September 2013, but at the time, it had some insane specs. Because of these high end specs, the phone still beats most phones on the market today.

What are some of the standout features?
  • Until the S6, it was one of the best Android cameras on the market.
  • The battery is above average. Many people can get 2 days out of theirs.
  • Wireless charging (Verizon model only!)
  • IR blaster (control your audio & video equipment).
  • VERY crisp display.
  • Very large screen in an easy to manage footprint, thanks to some class-leading bezels.
  • Double tap to turn on screen, you can even set a knock code.
  • Rootable
  • Lollipop is officially available (just released, but make sure to research this, as some people experienced some issues). The Verizon G2 received Lollipop before the Verizon LG G3 (but I doubt it will be getting any more major updates).
  • It's also SIM unlocked so you can use it on other carriers besides Verizon (research to see what network bands (HSPA+ and LTE) are available for use on say AT&T or T-Mobile)

Ok ok, so you got my interest. What about other networks?
You'll have to read through the thread (someone please update this answer), but the phone was designed for Verizon networks, so while it might work on other networks, you might not get maximum performance.

How does it stack up against the Samsung Galaxy S6?
The S6 outperforms the LG G2, except for battery life. But you have a choice, pay $200+ for that S6, with a new contract, or pay $200 for the LG G2, and own a high-performance phone outright, while you can wait to see what the new G4 (end of the month) will look like.

How does it stack up against other phones such as the M8, Moto X, ...
Go play with one in the store, Verizon still has them on display. The only reasons NOT to get the LG G2 are:
  • You want a pure Android experience (although you can install your own ROM, and the G2 is rootable).
  • Need better speakers (HTC M8 probably beats the G2).
  • You want Google Now with always-listening support, even when the screen is off (like the Moto X), without an impact on battery.

What about that Moto 360 combo deal?
Best Buy is currently offering $100 off the Moto 360 watch when you buy an Android phone [bestbuy.com] from them. This includes this LG G2. The $100 discount is valid in-store only.

Thread about the Moto 360.

But isn't a new Moto 360 watch coming out soon?
Possibly, there have been some leaked pictures, but even this generation set the bar very high for all smart watches. At $34 if you get both the LG G2 and Moto 360, you aren't really wasting your money.

What about the LG G4 that will be unveiled soon?
It will hopefully be better than the G2 and G3 (The.Dude prefers the G2 over the G3), but you will probably have to pay a lot more than $200 (either via contract, or upfront buy).

Can we get this price even lower?
If you have access to an .edu address, or know someone who does, you can get an additional $25 off the Moto 360 price via Best Buy's college deals. Simply register the e-mail address on bestbuy.com [bestbuy.com], and wait for the coupons to arrive.

The 10% coupon found in the 'change of address' USPS package at your local post office also works (both online, and in-store).

Will this phone work on PagePlus?
Call them and ask, but it should work since only Verizon branded phones can be used on their 4G network. Note that prepaid Verizon phones can't be used for at least 6 months, and that in all scenarios, you need to have a PagePlus SIM card (which you can buy from them directly, or cheap on eBay). lol yes this can be used on PP. The only android phones that don't work on PP are non-verizon branded phones and phones specifically made for verizon's own pre-paid service.

Help! I already placed an order for the LG G2 online on BestBuy.com before I spotted the Moto 360 combo deal.
Good news. Have them process the LG G2 as a return, and redo the whole transaction. Please keep in mind that it will take a few days before the money gets refunded when using a credit card.

Is this phone perfect?
Far from. Some people have reported issues with the digitizer (touch screen), and GPS lock, but many owners are very satisfied.

How do I use this phone with T-Mobile (or how to get rid of the question mark icon)?
Check out this post for more instructions (update: this post has even more details), but it's a very simple process.

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Will hsdpa work on T-Mobile?
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Will hsdpa work on T-Mobile?
Yeah, from what I read on XDA, it will get everything on T-Mobile. There's even a custom T-Mobile ROM [xda-developers.com] for this Verizon G2.
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For anyone familiar with flashing ROMs and seeking to use this on Cricket or T-Mobile/MetroPCS, I highly recommend looking into this over on XDA: Link [xda-developers.com]

FYI: Lollipop 5.0.2 is out for this, it has built-in wireless charging (the pro), it doesn't fit all G2 cases on the market due to it being slightly thicker because of the inclusion of wireless charging (the con).
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FYI: Lollipop 5.0.2 is out for this, it has built-in wireless charging (the pro), it doesn't fit all G2 cases on the market due to it being slightly thicker because of the inclusion of wireless charging (the con).
Yes, forgot to mention it is a little thicker and not all cases fit. I am using an Otterbox Commuter on my G2, not made for the Verizon model. It fits 95% correctly and I'm fine with it.
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for T mobile is this version superior to the ebay deal?

drat already forked my cash over ;(

will have to take a loss
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for T mobile is this version superior to the ebay deal?

drat already forked my cash over ;(

will have to take a loss
No. The AT&T model has better LTE network support. This only has band 4, it is missing band 2 and 12. T-Mobile rolling out LTE band 2 in rural areas/highways so you'll get better coverage with the AT&T D800 model vs Verizon. The only other bonus to this model is wireless charging.
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on the specifications it says that its not unlocked? what am i missing?
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No. The AT&T model has better LTE network support. This only has band 4, it is missing band 2 and 12. T-Mobile rolling out LTE band 2 in rural areas/highways so you'll get better coverage with the AT&T D800 model vs Verizon. The only other bonus to this model is wireless charging.
thanks!
i live in LTE area
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Is the G2 still exploitable for full TWRP flashing and CM roms?
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NEW HERE. good to know
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Where it made from?????I am really interested in it..
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besides the faster data speeds, do 4g lte phones provide better signal/bars? im currently using a 4g phone (moto g 2nd gen) with tmobile in my apartment and im lucky to get 1 or 2 bars so im hoping if i get a lg g2 which is a lte phone it will improve my signal strength?
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