By Stephen Schenck | January 27, 2014 2:59 PM
After hearing LG go official with its introduction of the G Flex to US markets at the CES, the last couple weeks have been bringing us the specifics on how different carriers planned to welcome the phone. First we heard from Sprint, and then AT&T followed-up last Monday – the only holdout was T-Mobile. Today the carrier finally comes through with the news of how its subscribers will be able to get their hands on the G Flex, and also announces another new LG Android, the Optimus F3Q.
T-Mobile’s G Flex pre-orders open today, with the phone ultimately arriving on February 5 – that’s a couple days earlier than the phone will show up in Sprint retail stores. Premium pricing has been a big part of the G Flex US launch story, and T-Mobile doesn’t shy away from that action: with its installment plan spreading the cost out over two years, the G Flex will cost T-Mobile users just over $670.
A previous leak suggested that the QWERTY-keyboard-packing Optimus F3Q would launch on January 22, and while that did miss the mark, it wasn’t off by all that much, as the phone goes official today. Sales begin on February 5, and with the carrier’s installment plan, the F3Q will ultimately cost users about $365 – certainly cheaper than a flagship, but we wonder if it’s not still a bit too steep for a phone with its quite low-end-sounding specs. At least we finally get confirmation on the name; we had wondered if the Optimus brand might be gone for good, but there’s clearly still a little life in it yet.