Holding out for an unlocked LG V30 in the US? You'll probably have to wait a bit longer

Yesterday marked the long-awaited U.S. release of LG's latest flagship phablet, the V30. However, this release was limited to Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile only, with Sprint getting the device on October 13 instead, and the unlocked version being simply listed as coming "soon"

But an eagle-eyed reddit user going by the name demonjrules may have just uncovered said release date, and it's fair to say it isn't as soon as LG would like you to believe. Visiting the device's store page on B&H's website — but only when browsing on a smartphone — reveals a piece of text reading: "Item will be available for purchase on Fri, Oct 27 12 AM."

So there you have it, folks: unless B&H put in some arbitrary placeholder date in their database (it's possibility, but highly doubt it), the unlocked version of the LG V30 will be released at the end of the month, just shy of two months after the device's official unveiling.

And while United States device sales traditionally go mostly through carriers, we can't help but wonder whether such a long delay will hurt LG's bottom line — after all, there still is a sizeable proportion of the population which is on alternative carriers, or simply prefers not to tether themselves to one when they buy a new phone.

But regardless of whether the unlocked V30 will release on the 27th or earlier, it's fair to say the device's launch was quite a mess: we only got the U.S. dates last week, a whole month after LG announced it — and even then those dates came from carrier press releases, while LG itself provided no means for consumers to check when the device is coming out on its own website.

The same thing happened with the G6 release earlier this year, though that time we got the U.S. release dates just 18 days after the announcement. Sure, there's a point to be made that the States aren't a part of LG's key smartphone demographic (a.k.a. South Korea), but such delays can only work against the company, as post-unveiling hype is a major factor in successful device launches. So here's hoping LG does better with the G7 (if there's one, of course) next year.

source: B&H via reddit

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  • Battery 3300 mAh(16.5h talk time)

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13 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 740; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

announced in august and released in november... great job LG... great job. don't worry people will not buy iphones or galaxies in the meantime... nooo .. they'll wait almost 3 to 4 months for your phone. edit: forgot about Huawei's Mate 10 ... and a possibly Nokia 9 and the new Blackberry and god knows what more... the above 3 mentioned phones I am pretty sure they will be SOLD before LG's.

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1337; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Yep, i had high hopes for the V30.... now they've sizzled to nothing. after what google is doing it looks like i have an ecosystem to buy into to get the most out of my phone which means either Iphone, galaxy, or pixel.

11. Ublome

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

I wont. Iphones are junk, Samsung's have KNOX and Pixel is an Apple Clone with a better OS. LG was my only hope and Tmobile dashed that dream by only carrying Silver.

13. ChazzMatt

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

"announced in august and released in november." This is first week of October. You looked at calendar wrong. Verizon, T-mobile, AT&T customers already have LG V30 in hand. It's only the carrier unlocked model that will be released END of October (still October, just like the LG V30 was announced August 31, so you claim "August"). They have to let the carriers fleece the suckers before they release the "good stuff". The carrier unlocked models will also be eligible for official bootloader unlock.

2. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

LG is going to ruin this incredible once in a life time opportunity to get rich and famous just like Samsung. I think some Koreans are lazy and stupid while some are very intelligent and active.

3. Greenmule

Posts: 129; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

Is it a South Korean cultural thing? Is there some kind of business hierarchy that they adhere to? It seems to me that they always do things in deference to the "leader". LG makes the Pixel 2 XL, but actually "releases" the V30 one day *after* the Pixel 2 XL. Now, Google has the advantage. Release the unit when it is ready. Then SELL it, don't "market" it.

4. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

B&H usually holds to their dates most of the time. The end of the month is a bummer though.

6. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Sometimes they're just a placeholder. I remember I wanted the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom as a temp phone, and it had a release date like a month or so later, and it ended up being available half way through that date.

7. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I want to like LG. I had great experiences with their flip- and featurephones 10 years ago. I want Samsung to have a strong competitor; I hate the idea of an Apple/Samsung duopoly. And they have great designs this year in the G6 and especially the V30. But this kind of crap makes it hard to be an LG fan.

8. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

Better to just wait till the end of the year for the prices to drop.

9. SyCo87

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

I'm infuriated about this, but it's the most appealing phone based on my needs so I will still purchase it. I hope they learn a lesson from all of this and make the reveal date close to the release date even if they have to push back the reveal event.

10. Ublome

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Whats even worse is that Tmobile only received the ugly Silver version. So instead of paying monthly Ill now need to pay in full if I decide to get it now.

12. SyCo87

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

What?! I wanted the Navy one!!

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