Thursday , March 30 2017

LG G3 Australian release: details begin to emerge


Right on the heels of today’s launch of the LG G3, we’re starting to details emerge about Australian availability of LG’s new hotness.

We haven’t heard from LG directly yet (we’re told a statement is coming), but Telstra is first out of the gate with an announcement.

We’ll update this post as we hear back from other carriers.



The carrier advised in a blog post on their Exchange site that the phone will be available in stores from August 2014, but that’s all the specifics you’re getting so far – pricing and pre-sale dates will be announced in the future.

Customers interested in the G3 are invited to register their interest with Telstra to ensure they’re kept informed about the launch.

Other carriers

We haven’t heard back from Optus, Vodafone or Virgin Mobile about their launch plans for the phone yet, but we’ll update this story as we get them.



LG has updated their website, adding a product page for the LG G3 offering the phone in ‘Metallic Black’ for an outright price of $799. The phone has no ETA, but is listed as ‘Coming Soon’. Also of note is the listing for the Qi Wireless charging dock, which LG has advises on the page ‘Wireless charging dock sold and supplied as a separate accessory’.

Technical specifications confirm that Australia will be receiving the LG-D855 model of the LG G3, which includes 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage (with microSD card). Connectivity wise, the phone will be a single SIM version which will be compatible with all LTE frequencies in Australia (including the Optus 4G Plus Network), as well as 3G frequencies for all carriers as well.

  • 2G (GSM/EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 3G (HSPA+42Mbps/HSPA+21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 2100 MHz
  • 4G / LTE: 700 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 FD , 2300 TD

If you’re interested in availability, you can enter your details into the LG page for updates on when the phone will become availabile for outright purchase. We’re still hopeful of more colour options for the phone, but at this stage only Metallic Black has been listed.

Update 2
LG has advised that the G3 will be made available across all three carriers from August. While the phone has been announced on the LG website in Metallic Black, LG is still confirming if we will see the Silk White, Gold, Violet, Burgundy Red colour options in Australia. LG has advised they will update availability on colour options as we approach the launch.

Telstra has already delivered their information on the phone – minus specifics like pricing and plans – but Vodafone and Optus will also be carrying the phone on their networks and announcing pricing and plan details closer to the launch.


For those interested in the G3 on the Vodafone network, potential customers are encouraged to sign up to the Vodafone Buzz mailing group to receive updates on upcoming handsets.


Optus has a similar service for notifying you when smartphones are coming and you can sign up for information on upcoming handsets, on the Optus Website.


LG has advised that they will be supplying three accessories for the LG G3 – the QuickCircle Case, LG Tone InfinimT(HBS-900) headset and the Wireless Charger. No pricing has been announced for these accessories as yet, but we expect them to come closer to launch.

: Available in five colours, the QuickCircleTM Case allows easy access to frequently used functions such as calling, text messaging, music and camera all from the QuickCircle window without opening the cover. In addition to the QuickCircleTM Case, LG will offer a lineup of Slim Guard Cases and premium Slim Hard Cases to protect the G3 in handsome style.

LG Tone Infinim (HBS-900): Developed in collaboration with Harman/Kardon, the Bluetooth stereo headset delivers premium audio quality sound with stylish design. Built with retractable wire management technology and job buttons for effortless search, Tone Inifnim also features Name Alert to verbally notify you who is calling before you answer.

Wireless Charger: Compact and foldable, LG’s Wireless Charger is optimised for easy portability. Compatible with Qi’s wireless power charging technology, the Wireless Charger from LG makes staying powered up as convenient as possible.

Are you excited for the LG G3? Will you be looking for it on-contract, or will you buy it outright? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Telstra Exchange.

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

  • Craig Muldoon

    Only really excited about a good new Android phone for the sake of there being more competition, but mostly at the prospect that this will be what the Nexus 6 is based on?

  • JeniSkunk

    Telstra… in August…
    What are they doing TO the G3 for them to need to take so long to allow it in store?

    • Sean Royce

      It doesn’t really matter to Telstra much. LG phones aren’t huge sellers in Australia. So they’re basically keeping it that way by delaying their availability.

      • JeniSkunk

        Looks like I was off track in thinking it was Telstra dragging the chain on availability here.
        With all 3 of the majors not releasing till August, it now looks more like it’s LG that’s being slow.

        • Sean Royce

          Strange. LG is becoming huge these days. You’d think they’d smarten up their act. Seems like Sony all over again.

  • JeniSkunk

    Damn! LG are seriously pricing the G3 to undercut what the other flagships are currently going for.
    Will we see some price drops from Samsung and HTC?

  • JeniSkunk

    After being burned last year with buying an Optus LG L7II, buying non-carrier outright is all I will consider from now on.

  • mark0Z

    So we get the (downscaled) 16GB, 2GB RAM model…and all in the grand late month of August?
    Sounds like a surefire way to kill off any enthusiasm now, LG.
    We’d already hear about the Prime versions of the S5 and M8 by then, not including the imminent announcement for the Note 4 in September and the iPhone 6 (for that ‘other’ crowd).

  • Kevin

    Anyone know why Aus. never sells the higher storage variant?
    (It’s always the 16GB version)

    I’d rather buy this from Kogan

    • Andrew White

      I’ve bought a number (3) of smartphones from Kogan in the last year and can’t recommend them highly enough.
      Bizzare that Android Authority is saying the G3 processor is a Qualcomm 802 and that there will be 2 variants on offer.
      Told by sales guy in a Telstra shop on the 24th of this month that the G3 would not be stocked because the brand (LG) sold in very low numbers.
      Too much contradiction and confusion right now. Will wait for Oppo’s Find 7 to be released before I make a decision either way.

  • This delayed release is so disappointing.
    Poor form by LG to not capitalise on the hype of this device and match Apple, Samsung and HTC with quick release after announcement.
    Bringing it out so slow means that LG will now have to compete with: Nexus 6 (or Google device variant), iPhone 6, Oppo Find 7, OnePlus One, HTC M8 prime and S5 Prime (if the Prime’s are in fact real) – all of which will have screens just as good as the G3.. rather than their competition at present being: S5, M8… which the G3 (IMHO) beats hands down.

  • James Z

    anyone knoe if australia is getting the 32gb 3gb ram version

    • Hi James,

      I put this in the post :

      “Technical specifications confirm that Australia will be receiving the LG-D855 model of the LG G3, which includes 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage (with microSD card).”

      At this stage, we don’t know which model and what regions are getting a 3GB RAM/32GB Storage model

  • Andrew White

    I won’t be buying the near useless 2GB version if that is the one on offer in Australia.
    It is not about price, it is about buying a capable flagship device and 16GB of internal storage is an insult and will go nowhere when recording 4k video.

    • Sage

      just pop in a micro SD card, it supports up to 128GB.

  • James Z

    mobicity is currently selling both the 16gb and 32gb version

    • Andrew White

      Kogan is the cheaper pathway to the 3/32 GB version and far more professional as on-line suppliers.
      I just purchased 2, one white and one black at $629 each.

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