LG took a unique direction with its G5
flagship this year, offering a modular design that makes it easy to swap the battery and add various attachments to the phone
that the company lovingly called "Friends"
. The phone already passed the FCC grunt, and thanks to T-Mobile now we already know its launch date in the US will be April 1st.
T-Mobile, however, the Un-carrier that it is, will offer it for online ordering a few days earlier, on March 29th, for the most impatient. Those early adopters will have other perks and bonuses to incentivize their purchase, too. If you order before April 5th, for instance, T-Mobile will gift you the new LG 360 CAM
($200 value) and the LG Battery Bundle ($80) that consists of a spare battery and a charging station. That's not all, though, as if you get the LG G5
before April 17th you will still get the Battery Bundle, just not the 360 CAM to shoot your own VR footage.
As for the all-important issue of pricing, T-Mobile offers you to buy the G5 outright for $629.99, or pay on installments with $0 down and $26.25/month for two years. LG is already courting third-party makers
to expand on its Friends attachment universe, so the G5 may hold an even bigger potential down the road. Any takers?