T-Mobile is getting the LG G2, much to their excitement. And it has been a while since T-Mobile has gotten a decent phone on time from a manufacturer. But buried amid all the hype was an announcement they’d be getting two other phones as well, the F3 and the F6.
Probably the most compelling thing about the F3, this being T-Mobile, is that you can get it with no cash down, although you will be paying $10 a month for 24 months, so it might make more sense to just buy it up front. What you get for your cash is a fairly standard smartphone with a four-inch screen, LG’s tweaks to Android, and most importantly, LTE connection as T-Mobile has a fairly short list of phones that can connect to its network.
The F6 hasn’t arrived quite yet, and so we know less about it, but it’s designed to sit between the G2 and the F3; it’ll have more features and a larger screen, 4.5 inches. And, again, LTE, meaning that T-Mobile might finally start being more competitive in this particular arena; it hasn’t exactly been world-beating.
The main appeal here is really T-Mobile itself. As you may know, Big Magenta dropped its contract requirements recently; just show up with a phone, or buy one from them, and you’re on the network as long as you want. That makes them unique and it puts their phones in a new context. You’re no longer signing on for the long haul with a phone that may turn out to be a piece of junk, especially if you’re willing to spend on T-Mobile’s Jump! plan or buy your phone outright and then switch.
It makes phones you wouldn’t think twice about fairly interesting, and if you’re looking to switch out, these LG devices might just fit the bill.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.