How to buy the LG V30 unlocked, and on every carrier

Adam Ismail
LG V30 water splash

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The LG V30 is arguably one of the best smartphones of the year, boasting LG’s huge and beautiful display, Qualcomm’s latest chip, the Snapdragon 835, and even IP68 water-resistance.

It makes sense, therefore, that you might want to get your hands on the device for yourself. But how can you do so? So far, the phone has only been launched in South Korea, while other markets are set to get the phone “soon.”

Here’s everything we know about buying the LG V30 in the U.S. so far.

Buying an LG V30 unlocked

If you’re willing to pay full price for the LG V30, then perhaps the best thing to do is buy one unlocked. Why? Well, not only does that mean that you can take the phone to whatever carrier you want, but it also means you don’t have to worry about paying extra fees each month — because you’ve already paid those extra fees.

It hasn’t been confirmed if the LG V30 will be available unlocked, but we’ll update this article as we hear more. The phone has been released in South Korea, and its price equivalent comes out to be around $840 for the 64GB model, and $885 for 128GB.

Buying an LG V30 from your wireless carrier

Don’t want to buy it outright or have some credits from your carrier to use? You’re in luck — wireless carriers around the U.S. will offer the LG V30, and while they’ll likely offer slightly different deals and prices, your carrier should be able to set you up with the new device.

Here’s the first thing you need to know: As part of a national promotion with Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform, every LG V30  customer is eligible for a free Daydream View headset and Tap VR Content Bundle. They’re limited to one per customer, and reserving one will require filling out an online form. (We’ll add the link when it becomes available.)

Here’s everything we know about buying the LG V30 on a wireless carrier.

Buying an LG V30 from AT&T

The LG V30 will be available from AT&T starting October 5 online and in stores the next day. It’s $27 per month for 30 months ($810), and for a limited time, AT&T is throwing in a free LG V30 for new customers on AT&T Next with DirecTV service. The carrier’s ongoing Unlimited Plus and AT&T Unlimited Choice promotions include free HBO and DirecTV Now for as little as $10 more a month, after a $25 monthly video credit.

AT&T says the V30 will be the latest smartphone to support its 5G Evolution technology, which can achieve speeds up to 1Gbps. It’s live in parts of Austin, Texas, and Indianapolis, Indiana, with more markets to come later this year.

Buying an LG V30 from Sprint

If you’re thinking about picking up the LG V30, you might want to consider switching to Sprint. The carrier will be the only one in the U.S. with the LG V30 Plus, an upgraded version of the LG V30.

The LG V30 Plus will launch online and in all Sprint stores beginning October 13. It’s $38 per month for 18 months ($684) and $0 with Sprint Flex (new customers and existing customers save $30 when they purchase it online), and for a limited time, Sprint’s offering Flex customers a second V30 Plus on lease for free.

So what makes it so special? The LG V30 Plus has twice the onboard memory — 128GB — as the standard LG V30. And it comes with LG’s QudPlay earbuds included in the box, which boast frequency-boosting quad layer speaker technology and a fabric cable that minimizes digital noise.

That’s not all. Sprint says the LG V30 Plus is a HPUE-enabled (High-Performance User Equipment), meaning it can take advantage of Sprint’s 2.5GHz and 1.9GHz spectrum coverage for up to 30 percent more range and better indoor wireless performance.

Buying an LG V30 from T-Mobile

T-Mobile will open pre-orders of the LG V30 starting October 5 online and in stores ahead of a launch on October 13. It’s $80 down and $30 per month ($800) on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan.

The carrier says the V30 will be the first smartphone to support its 600MHz LTE, which delivers a stronger cell signal in areas like Cheyenne, Wyoming and Scarborough, Maine.

Buying an LG V30 from Verizon

Verizon won’t be offering pre-orders for the LG V30, but says that it’ll be available online and in stores starting October 5, and that it’ll take advantage of the carrier’s high-speed Gigabit Class LTE service when it launches later this year.

Buying an LG V30 from U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular is offering the LG V30 and LG V30 Plus for $28.32 and $30.20 on 30-month equipment installment plans, respectively. With the purchase of either model, you also receive a Google DayDream VR headset, a bundle of Daydream VR games, and automatic enrollment into the LG V30 Second Year Promise — LG’s second-year limited-warranty program.

Update: Added availability for U.S. Cellular

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