LG’s new flagship phone, the Optimus G, will be available on Sprint on November 11th for $199 with a 2 year contract. Yesterday AT&T announced their pricing and availability for the Optimus G, and it’s pretty much the same: November 2nd for $199. Are there any differences between the AT&T and Sprint versions? Yes, the Sprint Optimus G has a 13 megapixel camera whereas the AT&T version has an 8 megapixel camera. Also, AT&T disables tethering by default, making you pay more for it.
Should you buy this phone? That’s hard to say since we haven’t played with one yet, but all things considered … we’d rather wait for the Nexus version of this thing. According to the rumors floating around the internets, it’ll be announced at the end of this month. We don’t have any pricing information, but it’s safe to say that it’s going to cost at least double what AT&T and Sprint charge. That’s what you get for going SIM free!
Other things that should be noted: Sprint’s network is abysmal, so if you do plan on signing your life away for two years, then do yourself and get the AT&T Optimus G. Yes, Sprint has unlimited data, but do you really want to be consuming it at less than 100 kilobits per second?