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Despite announcing that they would carry the LG G3 on the same day that the phone itself was revealed, AT&T still hasn't let slip any details about when the phone would land on the network. Radio silence ends today: The AT&T variant of the G3 will go on sale starting July 11th, this Friday, with pre-orders available tomorrow. The phone will bring the spanking new Android Wear-powered G Watch along with it. AT&T is offering a 50% discount on the watch if you buy the phone on contract or with a Next plan.

AT&T's press release didn't mention an off-contract price, but it will cost just shy of $600 total with the Next installment plans, so it will probably be somewhere around that for an off-contract price. If the ball and chain doesn't bother you, you can pick one up with a two-year contract for $199. The G Watch will be sold at the same price it costs on the Google Play Store, $229, with no installments or subsidies available. Colors weren't mentioned, so I assume that it will only be available in black.

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Remember that unlike Samsung's Tizen-powered Gears, the G Watch will work with any phone running Android 4.3 or higher. So, on Friday you should be able to walk into an AT&T store and buy a G Watch without signing up for any services. Other carriers will probably follow suit.

AT&T - G Watch, G3 (not open yet)

DALLAS, July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting July 8, you can order the LG G Watch for $229 and pre-order the LG G3 smartphone with 4G LTE from AT&T 2 for zero down and no annual contract. You can purchase both the LG G3 and LG G Watch in AT&T retail locations starting July 11.

For a limited time, save 50 percent on select LG premium accessories including the G Watch, popular Tone Ultra Bluetooth Stereo Headset or G3 Quick Circle Folio Case with wireless charging capability when you pre-order or purchase the LG G3 or LG G Flex with AT&T Next or a two-year commitment.4 (Visit att.com or an AT&T retail store for more details. One discounted accessory purchase per smartphone activation.)

Check out these videos for a closer look at the LG G3 or LG G Watch . For details about the LG G3 design story, check out this video .

"We've been working diligently to be the first U.S. carrier to offer the brand new LG G Watch and among the first to offer the LG G3 smartphone on the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. "AT&T offers one of the largest and best selections of LG devices and these products take our device portfolio to the next level. The LG G3 is a cutting-edge device and our first in a next-gen Quad HD display."

The LG G3 with 4G LTE features advancements such as:

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD Display.

  • 13MP Optical Image Stabilization Plus Camera with Laser Auto Focus.

  • Smart Notice predictive technology provides personalized suggestions for added convenience and greater productivity.

Along with the LG G3, customers can purchase the LG G Watch, AT&T's first wearable powered by Android Wear that enables you to connect to your world through the power of Google Now. Android Wear gives you the information you need, when you need it and offers helpful suggestions before you even ask – such as weather forecasts in the morning and flight time and gate information before leaving for the airport. With Google Now™, you can ask questions, send text messages and set reminders without touching your smartphone. Additionally, the LG G Watch is compatible with smartphones running Android OS version 4.3 and higher.

Additional LG G Watch features include:

  • 1.65-inch always-on display that allows you to check the time and see new information at a glance.

  • 400mAh battery will keep your watch going throughout the day.

  • Can be personalized with any standard 22mm watch strap.

  • Certified water and dust resistant.5

"Because the LG G Watch works with so many of our Android smartphones, it should be a wearable device that appeals to a wide array of consumers," said Bradley. "Its ability to anticipate your schedule and traveling needs will help you plan your schedule more efficiently while on-the-go."

In addition to ordering the LG G Watch for $229 and pre-ordering the LG G3smartphone with 4G LTE from AT&T 2 for zero down and no annual contract, the smartphone will be available at $24.17 per month with AT&T Next 3 18, $29 per month with AT&T Next 12, or $199 with a two-year agreement.

For more information, please visit www.att.com/shop/wireless/devices/lg-g3.html orwww.att.com/shop/wireless/accessories/lg-g-watch.html .

1 Reliability claim based on 3rd party data regarding nationwide carriers' 4G LTE. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G LTE not available everywhere.2AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.3AT&T NextSM: If you cancel wireless service, remaining device balance is due. Limited number of financed devices per wireless account. Terms subject to change. Visit store or att.com/next for requirements. 4 Offer ends 9/11/14.  Phone requires 2 year wireless agreement or AT&T Next SM agreement and qualifying wireless service. Activation/upgrade and early termination fee, other charges and restrictions apply. See offer requirements.5 Water-resistant and dustproof based upon IP67 rating. Submersible up to 1 meter (3 ft.) of water for up to 30 minutes. Rinse to remove any residue. Not shockproof. Covers must be tightly closed.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

    Hey, AT&T, how about you let me know when I can get a Tab S 8.4 LTE. Yeah, that'd be great.

    • CoreRooted

      LMAO... Yeah, because we all know how well AT&T sells tablets. We'll be waiting a bit, I suspect.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

        Sadly, yes. I want a Tab S 8.4 BAD, and especially want one with a Snapdragon instead of Exynos (which the LTE version will).

        • CoreRooted

          I've had my eye on it too. I have the Padfone-X, which I do enjoy, but I also want the TS8.4. I'm a total gadget whore. I admit it. LOL

  • Greg Hockenjos

    Finally!

    • dude

      Personally, if I would rather buy the unlocked version, at least then you can unlock the bootloader. Some AT&T bloatwares can't be disabled.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

        Except that there won't be one sold in the US, and if you buy an international one, it's all-but-a-guarantee that it won't support US LTE bands, so you'll be stuck on HSPA+.

        • Greg Hockenjos

          I have actually been told the LTE works on ATT in Nashville. The phone is still nearly $200 more unlocked so I would rather just live with the ATT version.

        • ProductFRED

          Go for the T-Mobile version. It supports all of AT&T's frequencies and *probably* has an unlocked bootloader. I say probably because 99% of all Android devices on T-Mobile are bootloader-unlocked (e.g. S3, S4, S5, Note 2, Note 3, G2), but the Xperia Z and Z1 are not.

          • Richard Yarrell

            Tmobile version is all that matters they don't strip features nor do they put silly graffiti on devices. Plain and simple nothing beats Tmobile period.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

            Unless you travel a lot and need high speed data coverage outside the city limits.

          • AOSPrevails

            What he means is buy a T-Mo version unlocked and plugin your AT&T Sim.

  • S_Dot

    I'm technically on ATT MVNO, but I will get this. Since LG has refused to launch a vanilla unlocked edition in North America. Does anyone know if there will be differences? I will simply flash the unlocked firmware when and if it drops in the future. Also, how invasive is ATT bloatware? I've never had to deal with carrier locked device before.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      AT&T loads tons of bloatware on their devices, but it can all be disabled. Also, they make every Android OEM put the SIM card carrier label in the upper left corner of the status bar, like iPhones. They add their own ringtones to the standard LG ones, they add their own 4G and 4G LTE data indicator icons, that kind of thing. The software definitely has AT&T's brand all over it. But even without root, you can get rid of most of it to where it's not intrusive to you on a day-to-day basis.

      • S_Dot

        Thanks, Shawn. That's a relief on one hand I can use it on my MVNO. On the other hand, I have no clue on where to begin removing the bloatware, I know the splash screen will annoy me, I know the ATT network indicator will annoy me, I know the loaded apps will annoy me.

        Also, does anyone know why LG doesn't launch an unlocked version? Doesn't make sense. HTC is the fastest in this regard.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

          Honestly, Samsung doesn't either, nor do most OEMs for that matter. HTC is unique and though the tech geek in me loves it, I think it's probably an agreement that most OEMs have with the carriers not to compete. How HTC sidesteps it, I have no idea.

      • http://www.martian-imperium.com/ Lokifish Marz

        AT&T policy with outright purchase is it has to be on a AT&T account for 60 days.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

          Is that true? Wow. If true, that's complete bullshit.

  • brararsh

    Does anyone feels that LG did a good thing by announcing this in time but failed to launch it it in time?
    With Galaxy F, M8 Prime(Hopefully) and iPhone 6 coming in about 2 months, this beautiful phone is looking like DOA.

    • CoreRooted

      It had NOTHING to do with LG (or any other manufacturer). They have been selling the G3 all of the world since it was announced (I believe South Korea had it 5 days after the announcement). The issue is with US carriers that NO manufacturer has been able to really deal with successfully. Aside from HTC, every manufacturer has had to suffer a delay when it comes to the US carriers.

      Do you honestly believe that ANY manufacturer would WANT a delay in a market as large as the US? Of course not. They want their devices out there, flying off the shelves.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

        Actually I do. I think the carrier relationship with the OEMs is a win-win for both. Carriers get to slather their brand on the software and hardware, and OEMs get to share the marketing budget with the carrier, plus the OEMs don't have to worry about end-user support, sales, warranty, exchanges, etc. That translates to substantial savings for the OEM in a big market like the US. I think it's a win-win from a business standpoint. From a consumer standpoint, it sucks. But then again, does it really suck when non-tech savvy people (i.e. the overwhelming majority of people who own smartphones) are perfectly fine with the way the current business model works?

        • brararsh

          Back to my question, Is it a sensible move(for a consumer) to get into a contract with a phone having S801 when phones like Galaxy F/M8 Prime with S805 and QHD SAMOLED are expected to be launched in a couple of months.
          P.S. I am from Canada and G3 is Launching August 1

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

            I guess that depends on how much stock you place in hardware. Will the S805 really give you all that much of a performance boost over the S801? And will the QHD SAMOLED screen really make it so that you can't ever look at a slightly lesser screen? Only you can answer that question.

            Here's one thing I do know, though. If you constantly wait for the newest and best thing that's just around the corner, you'll never own a new device. So just pick something that you like, and that costs a price you can afford, and don't look back.

        • CoreRooted

          I have to agree with the business side of it. However, I don't think that the consumer market is necessarily "fine" with the current business model. More and more non-tech people are complaining about data caps, subsidies, and such to the point that the carriers are changing. Not in the direction we, the tech people, would like. But they are changing (the Next, Jump, etc plans; changing data caps and usage models; etc). The carriers are still screwing all of us, but at least more and more people are taking note of it.

          One simply needs to look at the rise in prepaid plans and companies to see that the traditional carrier model is not sitting well with the general public anymore [IMHO].

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

            That's a fair point, and I think that as customer distaste grows, that will change. No business (other than government sanctioned monopolies like cable companies and utilities) ever remained profitable by ignoring their customers and telling them to piss up a rope. If the carriers see customers walking out the door, they're going to change their stuff around. Yeah, they're big, they're bloated, but at the end of the day, they're business people and they aren't stupid. They know that without customers, there are no profits.

    • Vatche Ghanimian

      Are you kidding me... who the hell would announce a phone then release it over a month later...... Im so over waiting and waiting...maybe im just used to apples quick release after announcement.

  • Derek Duncan

    is this delivery on July 11?

  • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

    *sight* wish there was an unlocked movement and law like the one in Brazil. There's no such thing as a Carrier X phone, anything works anywhere. You can still buy a subsided phone from your carrier (and they will put their bloat still) but the majority of population is prepaid. It's amazing seeing no carrier messing with my phone.
    But I just hate how US carriers can internationally f* things up, yes I'm talking about NFC, Wireless charging, etc.

  • Bob Hart

    The LG G3 accessories from LG sold in LG's home country consists of 2 Quick Circle Cases and a wireless charger

    Quick Circle Case = $32(lowest price found)
    Quick Circle Viewer Case = $22(lowest price found)

    The only difference in the 2 cases is the Quick Circle Case has the wireless charging built in while the Viewer Case does not.

    The WCD-100 Qi wireless charger is $34(lowest price found)

    as per yesterday's KW to US Dollar exchange rate

  • Vatche Ghanimian

    Here is the issue I am having. ATT LTE bands include 1,2,3,4,5,7,17,29 and tmobile only has 2,4,7,17. Will it be an issue if I buy the Tmobile version then use att?? Tmobile unlocks phone after 40 days which is fine I wouldn't switch to att until a few months from now.