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Phone will be available on January 31

Sprint has announced that its customers will be among the first to get their hands on the curved screen LG G Flex. The G Flex will take advantage of the Sprint Spark, which is an enhanced LTE network supporting gaming, VR, and advanced cloud services.
The LG G Flex has a 6-inch HD display, a 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor paired with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, and a 2.1MP front camera/13MP rear camera. The smartphone has a 3500 mAh battery promising up to 29 hours of talk time per charge.
The LG G Flex is a step behind on the OS front, as it runs Android 4.2.2 instead of KitKat.
The smartphone will be available on Friday, January 31 via the internet and over the phone. Starting on February 7, the LG G Flex will be available in Sprint retail stores. The phone can be also pre-ordered right now and those that pre-order will get a free Quickwindow Folio Case ($60 value) with the smartphone.
The device will sell for $299.99 with a new two-year service agreement

Source: Sprint

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$60 value...
By daboom06 on 1/17/2014 9:26:16 AM , Rating: 2
I've always found it annoying that free gifts offered to sweeten deals are advertised at their full retail price as if that were their real value. they're confusing the word 'value' for the word 'arbitrary highest price'. it annoys me mostly because i can feel myself enticed by an offer more than i should just because of the random, large, and fake 'value' the manufacturer assigns to the promotional object.

two year contracts often double the price of the phone, so this is another $1000 phone tied to a sub-par wireless network. AND they're manipulating my human nature with their over-valued promotional offer. so screw that.

RE: $60 value...
By daboom06 on 1/17/2014 9:27:46 AM , Rating: 2
oh, and i hate when my flat phone drops down sideways in my pocket. this phone seems designed to do that. no thanks.

RE: $60 value...
By jimbojimbo on 1/17/2014 10:20:11 AM , Rating: 2
I hate that too but this phone may be more for the back pocket than the front. You wouldn't want it in your front pocket upright like that.

RE: $60 value...
By Samus on 1/17/2014 1:31:23 PM , Rating: 1
So it costs MORE than a Note 3, which was already ridiculously expensive. Not to sound like an Apple fan or anything but some of these new Android devices make the 5s and Lumia 1020 look like a steal.

RE: $60 value...
By Reclaimer77 on 1/17/2014 5:19:52 PM , Rating: 2
Check out what Nokia want's for their phablet if you think the Note is expensive. And it's just a giant Windows Phone, no stylus no nothing.

RE: $60 value...
By amanojaku on 1/17/2014 9:57:32 AM , Rating: 1
It it quite common for the freebie item to be sold for the full retail price, especially when introduced, so I don't think you're being fair. It may actually save someone money if he/she was going to buy both, anyway. You're supposed to do the math before you buy anything. Additionally, the whole point behind these offers is to entice buyers. It's not a criminal offense, and you're free to not buy what's being sold.

I just purchased another flip phone. The salesperson tried to entice me with a smartphone, apps, and mobile browsing. None of which I need, even if I find it appealing. Instead, I picked the flip phone for the long battery life and durability. I'm in the field a lot; I can't afford to miss client calls because of a dead battery or cracked screen. I can watch movies and play games at home. And it turns out, my flip phone has web, email, and a handful of apps.

Self-control - it's something so many people lack these days. /soapbox

RE: $60 value...
By Reclaimer77 on 1/17/2014 5:15:24 PM , Rating: 2
I just purchased another flip phone.

Well that pretty much disqualifies you from talking here.

No offense, but wow.

RE: $60 value...
By Solandri on 1/17/2014 1:14:03 PM , Rating: 2
It's even more fun in California which insists on charging sales tax on the original price, not the discounted price. When I buy something from Newegg or Staples with an instant rebate or coupon discount, I get charged tax on the pre-discounted price. If I buy a subsidized cell phone, I get charged tax on the full unsubsidized price.

There is no corresponding tax discount for the payback on the phone subsidy. The entirety of my cell phone bill gets taxed as a service. So I'm being double-taxed - I paid sales tax on the subsidized part of my phone's cost, and I'm also playing service taxes on it.

The same problem plagues sweepstakes. The bean counters at the company running the sweepstakes try to inflate the value of the prizes so they can have a bigger tax write-off. But the person who wins the prize ends up having to pay taxes on a "$2500 vacation package" when it might have only cost him $1000 to put the same vacation together with Orbitz.

off contract price
By agent2099 on 1/17/2014 10:43:23 AM , Rating: 2
So off contract price will be what, $799? Yikes.

And it bothers me that I have to even guess at this. Manufacturers should announce the full retail price at the same time they announce the on contract price.

RE: off contract price
By blzd on 1/18/2014 9:00:07 PM , Rating: 2
It's been selling for over $1000 MSRP over seas. I would be surprised if it was under $900.

Also, this has to be one of the biggest high end phone disasters in a long time. I applaud LG's effort to make something unique but this is a prototype that should've never left the lab. Read any reviews if you understand what I mean.

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