The well-reviewed (click here for our review) and hotly anticipated LG G4 is almost here for most major carriers here in the United States, but the exact date when you can pre-order the phone along with its launch date, pricing, and customization options vary across all of them. We’ve covered the announcements on this information from each carrier as they’ve trickled in, but thought it’d be helpful to collect everything we’ve got as of now into one post.
Special bonus across all carriers
Keep in mind that for all of the carriers listed below if you order and receive your device by June 21st you’ll be eligible to receive a couple free accessories from LG by mail. Those include a 32GB microSD card, an extra 300mAh battery, and a battery charging cradle. As someone who has a charging cradle I can tell you it’s an absolute necessity to have one of these if you want to quickly charge the battery already in your phone plus a spare at the same time. We’re not sure whether or not you need to manually redeem the offer or if the carriers will do it for you automatically, but just in case you can fill out the form here once you receive your device to make sure you get the bonuses.
The G4 went on sale in T-Mobile’s online store today with June 3rd availability in the Magenta networks nationwide retail stores. You have either the option of paying $599 for the phone outright without a service plan or $0 down and $24.99/mo for 24 months, but since T-Mobile isn’t about stiff contracts it doesn’t seem like you’ll be able to pluck down $199 for the phone with a two-year contract and have the rest subsidized by T-Mobile, as was the case in the past.
You will, however, get a 128GB microSD on top of the bonuses thrown in by LG if you pre-order soon (“while supplies last”) and T-Mobile has an exclusive on the Brown Leather back plate, so that’s something.
Pre-orders of the G4 are live now in Sprint’s online store with wider availability beginning on June 5th. The nation’s fourth largest carrier (it recently got leapfrogged by T-Mobile) has several different options for paying off the phone: you can go the traditional route and buy the phone outright for $599 or pay $199 with a two-year contract. Alternatively, Sprint has a couple leasing options depending on whether or not you’re okay with signing onto a contract and how much you’re willing to pay per month. For a 12-month lease with no contract you’re looking at an $28/mo fee, while with a 24-month lease you’re looking at either $18/mo without a contract or $25/mo with a contract through Sprint Easy Pay. The reason why it’s more expensive with a contract is because you get some perks like annual upgrades and extra equipment protections.
In terms of customization, Sprint customers can choose from either a Genuine Leather Black or Metallic Gray back plate.
Verizon pre-orders for the the G4 will begin tomorrow, May 28th, with nationwide availability starting June 4th, although pre-orders will ship sooner than that. The device will run you $549.99 unlocked or 24 monthly payments of $22.91/month on Verizon Edge. Best Buy’s earlier listings lead us to believe it’d cost $609.00 unlocked or $23.25/month on Edge. We still suspect the price with a two-year contract will be $199 as indicated on Best Buy’s website, but the carrier doesn’t say in its press release.
Also the Ceramic White back plate with 3D patterns will be exclusive to Verizon, and contrary to what we believed to be true, both Metallic Gray and Genuine Black Leather backings will be available on Big Red.
A tweet sent out this past weekend from U.S. Cellular’s official Twitter account indicates that pre-orders of the G4 will begin May 29th online and we now know wider in-store availability (aka without a pre-order) will begin June 4th. The nation’s fifth largest carrier will Gold, Genuine Black Leather, and Metallic Gray variants and customers will be able to get the phone for $199 with a new two-year contract or through an installment plan. The Gold and Metallic Gray variants on an installment plan will be $0 down and $29.50/month for 24 months, while the Genuine Black Leather will be a little pricier at $30.50/month for 24 months
Surprisingly enough, AT&T is the very last one of the major US carriers to be providing us with launch details for the G4. According to its blog post, AT&T will be beginning selling the G4 on its website starting tomorrow and in stores starting June 5th. Reaffirming an earlier leak via Best Buy’s listings page, AT&T’s model will start at $629 unlocked or $199 with a two-year contract in Metallic Gray, more than on T-Mobile. For this variant you’ll have a couple extra options if you want to pay off the phone over time: $0 down on AT&T Next for $21.00 at 30 payments on AT&T Next 24, $26.25 at 24 payments on Next 18, or $31.50 at 20 payments on Next 12.
The (only) other back plate option you’ll have is Genuine Black Leather, which will be $239.99 with a two-year contract or $669.99 unlocked. The payment chunking options for this variant are: AT&T Next for $22.34 per month on Next 24, $27.92 per month on Next 18, or $33.50 per month with Next 12.