LG's Watch Urbane 2nd Edition — the company's LTE-connected Android Wear smartwatch — is coming back to the market after being yanked from stores late last year. AT&T is now accepting pre-orders for the second-generation Watch Urbane, as well as the LG G5, the Korean company's latest flagship Android phone. Both new and existing AT&T customers who do pre-order the LG G5 will also be able to get another smartphone free — even another G5 — as long as they get a new line on AT&T's Next 24 plan.
The 2nd Edition Watch Urbane arrived in November last year and was an upgrade over LG's original model, with a bigger screen, a smaller body, and LTE capabilities. But just a few weeks after it launched, LG announced it was halting sales of the second-generation smartwatch, blaming "a hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device." It wasn't clear at the time exactly which part of the updated Watch Urbane LG had problems with, but reports later indicated that it might have been the screen — an LG representative told the Telegraph that one component "failed to meet LG's quality standards," and could "potentially impact our image quality over the life of the device."
In addition to AT&T, Verizon sold the 2nd Edition Watch Urbane for the short period before it was taken off the market, but the rival carrier has yet to indicate when — or if — it will start offering the smartwatch for sale again. In the meantime, the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is available for 20 monthly payments of $18 from AT&T, or $99.99 on a two-year agreement if you get an LG G5 at the same time on the carrier's Next 24 plan. If you'd prefer to avoid AT&T, the G5 will be available to pre-order from T-Mobile from March 29th.