Good things come to those who wait. Nowhere is that adage more true than when shopping around for high-profile, high-margin smartphone hardware. For example, LG's modular G5 flagship can now be had for under $500, at least if you're willing to buy off eBay. A vendor there is selling the international unlocked version (model number H860) for $496 even, almost $200 off of the retail price at most carriers. Black, white, gold, and pink versions are available, and US residents in the lower 48 can swing free shipping too.

This particular model is GSM-LTE with a wide selection of bands, including LTE 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/28/38/39/40/41. That means it should work just fine on AT&T and T-Mobile, plus most international GSM and LTE networks, though CDMA customers are out of luck. This particular model is new, not refurbished, so it should come with the usual one-year warranty.

The eBay description says that the phone ships "worldwide," but that's awfully conditional. Alaska, Hawaii, US protectorates, PO boxes, and even normally available countries like the UK, Australia, and large parts of continental Europe are excluded, plus all of Central and South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Here's the full list:

Excludes: Alaska/Hawaii, US Protectorates, APO/FPO, Africa, Central America and Caribbean, Middle East, South America, American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, Western Samoa, Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, Bermuda, Greenland, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Armenia, Azerbaijan Republic, China, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, PO Box

This is the lowest price around on a current big-name flagship, so stock may not last long. Get an order in soon if you want one.  

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