As Sprint and AT&T are preparing to welcome the LG Optimus G, T-Mobile is opting to carry its smaller and less-equipped cousin, the LG Optimus L9. Before the budget phone was even listed on T-Mo’s website, a leak suggested that it will be priced rather aggressively. Now, the price has been confirmed by the carrier.

Starting next week, specifically on October 31st, you can buy the LG Optimus L9 on T-Mobile retail stores and online. If you choose the two-year classic voice and data plan, new customers only have to plunk down $79.99 for the phone (after a $50 mail in rebate). Qualifying customers can opt for the equipment installment plan, where you need only pay $49.99 for the device, and then an additional $15 monthly over the next 20 months.

The LG Optimus L9 boasts a 4.5-inch qHD display, dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, microSD support, 5MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p HD recording, 1.3MP front-facing camera, Wi-Fi calling, Bluetooth 3.0, 2,150mAh battery, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Given the price, this phone will surely attract folks who want a phone with a big display, but are not too concerned about the rest of the specs or future software updates.

Would you recommend the LG Optimus L9?