LG have been trying hard but it seems to all be in vain. I have received information, from a number of different sources, and they are all saying the same thing: the Optimus 2X is looking like it’s not going to be picked up by any Australian carriers and will go it alone via retail channels only. What does this all mean you say? Hit the break and find out.

In short, the handset won’t be available subsidised on plans from any of the major carriers and will only be available outright from retail stores or online. Of course, this is yet to be officially confirmed by LG, however we have contacted them for comment and they did say they were still in negotiations with carriers, and until that’s 100% finished, they can’t shed any more light on the subject. Fingers crossed something can be worked out; however, at this stage, it is likely that no deal will be struck.

This is a big blow to LG and in my opinion, a blow to the Android community as a whole. What was the catalyst? Was it price? Did it not fit into their range somewhere? Did it fail carrier testing? Was it the Optimus 3D that pushed it to the scrap pile?

We may never know. All in all, if it’s confirmed, it’s just sad.

  • http://twitter.com/_Sim_On Simon

    That’s definitely a big blow to LG! I was looking forward to seeing which carrier was going to take it on board! i guess i’ll have to wait for the SGS 2…
    Don’t think i can afford paying for this one outright!

    • MrSimtang

      That really is a shame to hear. Seemed like LG was really trying hard with this one too.

      Sad to see an Android device not picked up by the telco’s. Surely it would have sold better than some of the other crap that’s picked up?

  • Mcbooth80

    Excellent inducement to break free from the carriers with their long term obligations, excessive pricing, delayed releases, bloatware and delayed upgrades. If you want a good phone buy it outright. Google had the right idea with the nexus one, consumers aren’t smart enough to realise. The carrier is just a service, cut them out of the process

    • Jake Oliver

      I can’t agree more.

    • Grunger

      I usually agree with this but it does mean that the phone won’t get the marketing exposure that is usually put out by the carriers. Apart from people like us who comes to this forum and others like it, most people won’t be aware of this phone existence which is a pity considering it’s a great phone.

    • http://twitter.com/_Sim_On Simon

      Got nothing to do with being smart, this phone won’t be sold for anything less than 900$. I don’t know bout you, but that’s a lot of money for me.
      As for bloatware and delayed upgrades, i’m pretty sure the dev community will get that sorted…

    • opti

      I agree with most of your arguments, but excessive pricing ?? NO. Buying a high-end smart phone through a carrier is cheaper than buying outright (especially if cap inclusions are utilized, i.e Mobile data and call credit).

  • http://twitter.com/gfieldew geoff fieldew

    Kinda feel sorry for LG. The carriers may suck in many ways but one good thing is the instore exposure.

  • Grunger

    Lucas – you mentioned that it was showing in the Allphones catalogue, does this means that Allphones have changed their mind about stocking this phone??

    • http://techanist.com Lucas Burnett

      Not to my knowledge, even though handsets sometimes don’t get connected via carriers, retailers still stock the handset through their own suppliers and will sell outright. I still believe they are going to stock the handset for outright purchase.

  • Cameron

    Hrmmm that is an interesting development. Whilst it probably is bad for LG, it might actually have a silver lining of not having to worry about carrier exclusives. Either way I’m still interested in the phone. Would be keen to see how it does against the SGS2 and Moto Atrix.

  • http://techanist.com Lucas Burnett

    I have a feeling that the 3D has basically knocked the 2X off the shelf. The 3D has almost all the same features and more (3D camera and screen).

  • Brian

    I think LGs problem is that they aren’t recognised as a high end phone brand. If this was a nokia, htc or samsung phone they would have had the carriers chasing them for exclusives, but the carriers probably aren’t keen on trying you to pitch an lg phone on a 79+ plan

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=609357198 Nathan Elcoate

    Well that sucks! Oh well I haven’t had a phone on a carrier plan for ages now anyway!

  • Donwlayco

    this is a fantastic model, if they put price on the market lets say $500, is gonna be the best selling smartphone in 2011…

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