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great price. i wish the battery life and camera were more impressive because it's a great phone otherwise.

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Doesn't support T-Mobile HSPA band unfortunately . Would have definitely considered it otherwise.

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I am with T-Mobile, I guess this would have been a great deal with me. Great price

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Compare thru AMZN: $188, 3 day delivery, 30 day return policy;

Further, eBay has a number of new and used ones at competitive prices.

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does this Optimus G phone support wi-fi calling?

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Specs (look under "CONNECTIVITY") seems to say :YES, you can dial using wifi with this phone

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netadmin said:
>> "doesn't support T-Mobile HSPA band unfortunately "

The online Specs page says "4G Technology: HSPA+, LTE**". Is that what you're asking?

Frequencies:
GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
HSPA+21 Mbps 850/1900/2100 MHz
LTE Cat. 3 CSFB 700/1700 MHz**
 

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bewley said:   great price. i wish the battery life and camera were more impressive because it's a great phone otherwise.
  
Consumer Reports (available by subscription) reviewed this model and said (in part):
'"The LG Optimus G has a 4.7-inch high-definition display, a near-immortal battery life,...
Top-notch ease of use, messaging, Web browsing, and battery life...
(BUT) Has a non-removable battery..."

I have seen a number of negative reviews about the battery (commenting on short lived), but CR's reputation has to earn their review some weight...

I am a little hesitant b/c of the non-removable battery tho. I'd like to carry around a spare and switch to a fresh battery during the day.


HTH
Scott

 

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And here's a compiled listing of reviews from multiple sources (CNET, etc):
http://www.engadget.com/products/lg/optimus/g/

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it doesnt say if its brand new or refurb

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akacoke --You're right -- the description never mentions its condition.
But Groupon reps have responded to numerous such questions with a "Yes, it is new" -- just click on the button "Ask a Question" at the bottom of the page.
Based on the questions in that list, the offer was pretty poorly prepared. No mention that the battery was non-removable; no link to the LG page describing the phone; no mention it comes with a charger; and no mention it carries a mfr 1-year warranty; etc etc.

That shouldn't take away from the quality of the offer, but it does leave one with a bad feeling.

BTW -- the "Orig Value" is not really $579.99 -- prob more like $300 or so.

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scottsd said:   netadmin said:
>> "doesn't support T-Mobile HSPA band unfortunately "

The online Specs page says "4G Technology: HSPA+, LTE**". Is that what you're asking?

Frequencies:
GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
HSPA+21 Mbps 850/1900/2100 MHz
LTE Cat. 3 CSFB 700/1700 MHz**

  T-Mobile HSPA+ uses 1700/2100 MHz frequencies (requires both) unless you live in an area where they have refarmed the 1900 MHz band or rolled out LTE. You'll notice that the 1700 MHZ band is missing for HSPA+.

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scottsd said:   Specs (look under "CONNECTIVITY") seems to say :YES, you can dial using wifi with this phone
  Note that Wi-Fi dialing requires T-Mobile to support this phone. The lack of the T-Mobile HSPA band seems to suggest that this is an AT&T phone. I would doubt that Wi-Fi calling is supported.

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netadmin said:   
scottsd said:   netadmin said:
>> "doesn't support T-Mobile HSPA band unfortunately "

The online Specs page says "4G Technology: HSPA+, LTE**". Is that what you're asking?

Frequencies:
GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
HSPA+21 Mbps 850/1900/2100 MHz
LTE Cat. 3 CSFB 700/1700 MHz**

  T-Mobile HSPA+ uses 1700/2100 MHz frequencies (requires both) unless you live in an area where they have refarmed the 1900 MHz band or rolled out LTE. You'll notice that the 1700 MHZ band is missing for HSPA+.

  Ah, I see what you mean.
So I guess that means this phone will support AT&T's LTE and HSPA networks?
That'd be great as I'm planning on bringing it over to Consumer Cellular as  BYOD phone.
Thanks for setting me straight.
 

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netadmin said:   
scottsd said:   Specs (look under "CONNECTIVITY") seems to say :YES, you can dial using wifi with this phone
  Note that Wi-Fi dialing requires T-Mobile to support this phone. The lack of the T-Mobile HSPA band seems to suggest that this is an AT&T phone. I would doubt that Wi-Fi calling is supported.

  I guess I got confused between wifi access for internet services (eg running browser over wifi vs thru the cell phone), and wifi dialing, which apparently is a TMO service.

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Unlocked (AT&T and T-Mobile)? 'Unlocked' means any carrier can use it. Right?

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ekmsit said:   Unlocked (AT&T and T-Mobile)? 'Unlocked' means any carrier can use it. Right?
  
any GSM carrier that uses the bandwidths in previous posts. I personally am going to use this on an AT&T MVNO
scottsd said:   
bewley said:   great price. i wish the battery life and camera were more impressive because it's a great phone otherwise.
  
Consumer Reports (available by subscription) reviewed this model and said (in part):
'"The LG Optimus G has a 4.7-inch high-definition display, a near-immortal battery life,...
Top-notch ease of use, messaging, Web browsing, and battery life...
(BUT) Has a non-removable battery..."

I have seen a number of negative reviews about the battery (commenting on short lived), but CR's reputation has to earn their review some weight...

I am a little hesitant b/c of the non-removable battery tho. I'd like to carry around a spare and switch to a fresh battery during the day.


HTH
Scott

 

Alternative could be buying one of those battery recharge units that have high capacity. Although that option is really only ok if you have a backpack or leave it in a locker/car/desk since they are rather large.

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will this work for verizon customers

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They have this phone at eBay via Quality Cellz for 149.99 with free shipping. Here's the link

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Even at $149 this phone is not worth it. I had it for about six months then upgraded to the G PRO. The battery life is pathetic and you can't change out the battery to make it worst. If you're a power user forget about this phone as it won't last you 3/4 of the day. This phone really needs to be rooted to uninstall the bloatware continuously running in the background. Also, LG is terrible with Android updates for older phones.

Also another huge CON, the entire phone is encased with thin GLASS. Yes, even the back side so you really need to use a very hard and thick phone case not the silicone or TPU case.

I would not recommend this phone at all.

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fatwallet4ed said:   ...LG is terrible with Android updates for older phones...
  
That's kind of the deal breaker for me.
I wonder how you tell which cells use a mfr-customized Android, vs those that use Android right out of the box (so to speak)?
 

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scottsd said:   
fatwallet4ed said:   ...LG is terrible with Android updates for older phones...
  
That's kind of the deal breaker for me.
I wonder how you tell which cells use a mfr-customized Android, vs those that use Android right out of the box (so to speak)?

  Other than the recent Motorola phones (very minor customization) and the Nexus devices, all other major manufacturers use customized versions of Android. They seem to think that it "differentiates" their product when in reality it just makes it harder for them to keep up with the Android updates. They just end up not updating finally and we, the users, have to either live with the older version or have to rely on third-party (read: XDA) Android builds for our devices which, in turn, have their own set of problems (bugs due to having to reverse-engineer the proprietary drivers required for the hardware).

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FYI -- apparently you can replace the battery, according to this You-Tube video. Just need a few small tools.

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FYI -- Discussion of this cell on sale at eBay here 

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netadmin said:   
scottsd said:   
fatwallet4ed said:   ...LG is terrible with Android updates for older phones...
  
That's kind of the deal breaker for me.
I wonder how you tell which cells use a mfr-customized Android, vs those that use Android right out of the box (so to speak)?

  Other than the recent Motorola phones (very minor customization) and the Nexus devices, all other major manufacturers use customized versions of Android. They seem to think that it "differentiates" their product when in reality it just makes it harder for them to keep up with the Android updates. They just end up not updating finally and we, the users, have to either live with the older version or have to rely on third-party (read: XDA) Android builds for our devices which, in turn, have their own set of problems (bugs due to having to reverse-engineer the proprietary drivers required for the hardware).

  There is an update on LG's website from ice cream to jelly bean for this phone. Wish I had grabbed the $149 price on eBay before it sold out.

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You do know that the version of Jellybean provided by LG is 3 major revisions behind, right? From what I know, LG provides 4.1.2. Google has released 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 after that with several updates after that. The most important update that I can think of its fstrim in 4.3 (equivalent to defrag in Windows). Another major update is To reduce memory utilization in 4.4. You miss out on all these updates when the version is not upgraded.

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scottsd said:   
netadmin said:   
scottsd said:   netadmin said:
>> "doesn't support T-Mobile HSPA band unfortunately "

The online Specs page says "4G Technology: HSPA+, LTE**". Is that what you're asking?

Frequencies:
GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
HSPA+21 Mbps 850/1900/2100 MHz
LTE Cat. 3 CSFB 700/1700 MHz**

  T-Mobile HSPA+ uses 1700/2100 MHz frequencies (requires both) unless you live in an area where they have refarmed the 1900 MHz band or rolled out LTE. You'll notice that the 1700 MHZ band is missing for HSPA+.

  Ah, I see what you mean.
So I guess that means this phone will support AT&T's LTE and HSPA networks?
That'd be great as I'm planning on bringing it over to Consumer Cellular as  BYOD phone.
Thanks for setting me straight.

  
ScottSD, why on earth would you be going to Consumer Cellular?? Their plans, even with AARP (don't get me started about why this organization is NOT good for American seniors and is looking to feather their own nest by supporting policies that benefit their coffers, not that of their members) discounts, this is a meh deal for cell service...

Your best option for minimal usage is probably Lycamobile (lousy customer service & great rates) or PTel, if T-Mobile coverage works well for you, that is.

And if you simply must be on the AT&T network, try this list for a plethora of options:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_mobile_virtua...

Hope that helps!
 

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Anyone know how to enable mobile data on this thing for ATT? Just got it today, but I can't get the mobile data to work.

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