LG confirms Australian availability for G2 smartphone

The G2 will be available exclusively to Optus when it arrives in November, and will work on Optus' new TDD-LTE 4G network.

Launched overnight in New York, LG's new flagship G2 will arrive in Australia in Q4 this year — believed to be around November, according to an LG press release.

The LG G2. (Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

This is a marked change in strategy for LG, which has had previous flagship "superphones" such as the Optimus G launching considerably later in Australia than the rest of the world, or — in the case of the Optimus G Pro — not arrive at all.

LG will partner with Optus initially, with the dual-mode G2 working on both the traditional frequency-division duplex long-term evolution (FDD-LTE) network and the new time-division duplex LTE (TDD-LTE) networks that Optus has rolled out in Canberra .

In a media release, Rohan Ganeson, managing director of Sales at Optus, said:

We're pleased to be bringing the LG G2 to Australia exclusively on Optus' superfast 4G network with dual TDD and FDD-LTE technology. When the G2 hits Optus stores, scheduled for November, it will open the door to greater 4G capacity for data-hungry Australians as the Optus TD-LTE network rolls out. Meaning more downloads, better browsing and faster streaming.

CNET Australia had previously reported on rumours that suggested the G2 could hit local retailers in October .

Pricing and plans for the G2 on Optus post-paid will be revealed closer to launch, although LG will sell the handset in select retailers for an outright price of AU$699.


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