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LG G2 available from US carriers this month

LG G2 available from US carriers this month

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LG made a big to do for the new G2 smartphone last month, but it didn't say when you would be able to actually buy it or how much it would cost. Today, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have announced that it will be available for purchase starting this month. Verizon customers will be able to get first dibs on the 5.2-inch device, as it will arrive on September 12th for $199.99 on contract. AT&T will sell it a day later, starting on September 13th for the same $199.99 on contract. T-Mobile customers will have to wait until September 18th to buy the device online (it should arrive in T-Mobile stores on September 25th), where it will sell for $99 down and 24 monthly payments of $21.

Sprint has also committed to carrying the G2, but the carrier has yet announced pricing or availability for it.

The G2's defining feature is its oddly-placed power and volume buttons on the back, leaving no buttons on the front or sides of the device. This lets LG shrink the size of the bezels surrounding the 5.2-inch 1080p display to a mere 0.1-inches, and in turn, the phone feels much smaller than you might expect. It also is one of the first phones on the market with Qualcomm's high-end Snapdragon 800 processor, and it has a 13-megapixel optically stabilized camera.

Otherwise, LG has essentially packed the phone with a bunch of "me too" software features that ape what Samsung provides on the Galaxy S4. Whether that will be enough to sway buyers from the Galaxy S4, HTC One, or even the iPhone 5 and it's eventual successor remains to be seen, but the G2 appears to be LG's best effort yet.

Update: AT&T announced pricing and availability for the G2 after this article was published. The article has been updated to account for AT&T.