LG G3 now available in Canada

Ian Hardy

August 1, 2014 9:00am

LG’s latest flagship smartphone has landed in Canada.

The LG G3 5.5-inch Android has one of the best displays on the market today — Quad HD, 2560 x 1440 resolution. Running 4.4.2 KitKat, the LTE-enabled G3 sports a metallic finish with 13MP camera with OIS+, 2.1MP front-facing camera, a 2.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM and redesigned rear buttons that were originally found in the G2.

The G3 will be available at Rogers, Bell, MTS, SaskTel and Videotron. So far Rogers and Videotron have revealed pricing of $600 outright, while Bell asks for $700. The 2-year contract prices sit between $149 and $199.

Update: MTS has now listed the G3 as available, starting at $149 on a 2-year and $650 no-term.

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Check out our full review of the G3 here, and our quick hands-on of the QuickCircle Case here.

Source: Rogers, Videotron, Bell, MTS

  • KiwiBri

    wow. Surprised at Robber’s pricing. I was expecting $699 from everyone.

    • Guest

      I’m seeing $180 up front and “You save $420″ on Robbers site! Buy Buy Buy!

    • Dude

      Lol probably should have used a calculator before posting that

    • nayab9

      Right! I confused Bell’s up front too! I think it might be worth just buying the phone outright, then joining a shared plan too! $600 CDN is a really good deal for this phone!

    • disqusmy

      It already used a calculator!.. :)

    • Dabora

      Bell version is $149 with 2 years contract.

    • Arnab

      Yes, you are right, however if you are activating a new line with bell, from wireless etc you get additional $75 off from 147. …

    • Jakob

      Pfft. Wireless etc…

    • Arnab

      The wireless etc is a cellphone store inside Costco in Canada, usually they have better pricing then other cell phone retailer. So you can get the g3 for only $73 0n bell new activatio.

    • Scott Belbin

      Yes but with bell when you trade in your phone you will get an additional $50 off or more which is cheaper still! $99.99 for the phone then!

    • KiwiBri

      It was $649 in store when I checked…

  • johentie

    going now to pick mine up now ;> if i don';t like it i have the NOTE 4 coming soon.. and the oneplus

    • brararsh

      Did you like it?

  • Ferraro161

    Any news on when Telus will get this?

    • Tyrone_83

      Don’t think Telus is getting it.

    • Chris

      At this point, might be better off waiting for the Nexus. Hopefully it’s LG and based on this screen size and resolution.

    • KiwiBri

      hopefully its LG based with a 1080p screen . But it wont have the SD card/removable battery.

    • jclgan

      Latest rumours point to a Motorola-made Nexus phablet (Nexus 6), with the HTC “Volantis” (Nexus 8) replacing the 7.

      Personally I’d love to see a Nexus 5 2014 refresh instead with upgrade internals, better camera and battery; I don’t know if I’d feel comfortable having a 6″ device as my daily driver. Almost meant to compel people into getting a Android Wear watch so they don’t have to pull a behemoth out of their pants ;)

    • thomas nguyen

      yup, TELUS should call themselves iSamsung, since that is all they seem to care about.

    • rick

      Guy who work for device selection in Telus may know Samsung and Apple only. Shame!

    • Elani

      sounds like that same guy works a second job at virgin mobile.

    • Tyrone_83

      I like Rogers line up but it sucks how 98 percent of their accessories is tailored to the iPhone.

    • Matt

      Why would you need to switch carriers just for a phone. That’s pretty silly if you ask me. Just buy the phone outright anywhere and unlock it and use it on any carrier you want. That’s how things should be anyways. No need for contracts at all. People should be buying things they can afford. Are their contracts on buying a new HD TV nope. So why need a contract for a simple phone. If more people would buy phones outright without dumb contracts then price of plans would be way cheaper and the would have more competition in the cellphone industry

    • Karl Dagenais

      Pretty silly post if you ask me. The TV model is far different from the Mobile model; you wouldn’t change your TV every 2 years for example. Also, no subsidies available on TVs. Also, rebates for BYOD, when available, are not equivalent to the compensation I’d need to cover the cost of buying a high end device outright because no, wind isn’t available for most customer.

    • thomas nguyen

      i agree with Matt, if you can’t afford a phone outright, why bother changing since you lose out on an old plan (which majority of the time is better than any that is available atm).
      for example, i have a $55 student plan, and to swap carriers to get a subsidized phone would cost me at least $25 a month, spread that over 2 years, would cost $600, a phone is $700 outright, but dont forget to think about early renewal and the cost of the phone, so at the current price of $150 on a 2 year plan, leaving $550 left on the cost of the phone, or $23 per month for the next 24 months. so if you happen to want a new phone in a year and a half, you pay $137.50 to upgrade.

      plus with the phone nowadays, it’s not nessasarily important or needed to upgrade every 2 years…. it’s that you want something better than what you have….

  • Jakob

    Got to test it out yesterday and I must say that it felt great. Very snappy and responsive, EXCELLENT camera, and just a great overall feel.

    • KiwiBri

      I want it for the camera.. but we’ll see.. Just got my OnePlus..

    • thomas nguyen

      do you by any chance have an invite code?

    • KiwiBri

      I played with it in store. Camera didn’t wow me. Very Slow in saving the files. Also No burst mode???

    • rick

      You can use burst shot just pressing camera button. Actually, you can take burst shot up to 99 while as SS GS5 can take up to 30 only. Cheers!

    • KiwiBri

      Really? I had tried this and it wouldnt work. Sales guy in store had no luck either. Camera was in auto mode.

    • rick

      Just press hold camera button or volume down key. Then, you can see burst shot mode works

    • KiwiBri

      ah. cool . I see it works now. I got the Rogers version. Like the phone size, and Camera is the MAIN selling point for me. Started noticing some lag :-( rebooted phone and things seem better.
      That would be my main niggle. Too early to tell about battery life.

  • Tyrone_83

    Mean while people are going to the states to buy it for 569 depending what price the american version of the Big 3 sells it. I’m going to T-Mobile and buying it from them.

    • JTon

      I’ve read this comment three times. I still don’t really know what you’re trying to say

    • Tyrone_83

      I don’t know how it took you three times to read my comment basically I said people are going to the states to buy this phone which is cheaper than paying 700 for it.

    • Jonathan Leduc

      I went to the states and bought it on July 18 when it came out. Paid 600$ USD which was about 640$ Canadian. It was beautiful and I have had the phone for weeks.

    • thomas nguyen

      how did you manage to get it unlocked?

    • Jonathan Leduc

      Without wanting to plug some service, I used imei unlocker. Paid 6$ for the code.

    • thomas nguyen

      awe… i want one now! :( need to get my dirty grubby hands on an lg g3 asap!

    • JTon

      Ranges from 600-700 CAD. Using spot rate today + 2.5% forex commission (standard on credit cards): $569 USD = $636 CAD. Still have to factor in travel expenses and possible unlocking fees. Don’t understand why’d you go to Tmob today to get it.

    • Tyrone_83

      I’m going down there for a trip anyways and unlocking a phone is very very simple and the carrier I use at times has those bands.

    • Wufai

      The reason is becuase Canada has an inferior model that does not come with wireless charging. Also it costs and additional $50 to unlock. International versions does not have the above 2 restrictions.

    • KiwiBri

      problem with international model is that it doesnt have LTE 1700. So not LTE on Telus..

    • KiwiBri

      Wont this work out to be very close to candian price after you factor in the currency change and then the local US tax you pay ? (8%)

  • Tyrone_83

    I heard that a lot of people is looking to get the International one since that has the wireless charging.

    • KiwiBri

      yeah thats the other downer about the Nth America versions (Along with no FM Radio ;-) – What model is the International model?
      I heard also that you cant just buy the special back for the Canadian model as the fit is different?

    • Tyrone_83

      All of the big carriers in the US asked LG to remove it so they could make more money off of people from buying it separately because they know this is what everybody wants.

      I saw an International Model going for under 400 on ebay bookmarked it came back to see it was well over 600 finished at around close to 700. People want this model badly.

    • Tyrone_83

      The back panel is different. If your looking for the International Model its D855. I have a cousin who lives right across the street from the Walden Galleria Mall I can easily ask him to cut me a deal on a price. Knowing my family they want something in return when they come to visit me up here.

    • KiwiBri

      I thought I read somewhere the Nth American ones dont have the right pins so even if you get a QI Cover it may not work..

    • Tyrone_83

      You are right but he has undercover hook ups so most of my phones I get it from him.

    • KiwiBri

      not sure I understood that! lol

    • Tyrone_83

      Sorry I should have made it more clearer. My fault. The T-Mobile G3 that’s for me the International one I’m getting from my cousin hookup is for somebody else.

  • Thorsten Garbe

    Well of to Mts here i go. 350$ on a 1 year term is acceptable .

    • KiwiBri

      nice!

  • Malarqey

    No Wind? Will other carriers versions work? I’d still buy a G2 if they’d reduce the price…

    • Stephie

      They did at telus… they sell outright for 400$ now. I dont know about any other providers though.

    • Tyrone_83

      I sent them a tweet on Twitter but they said to keep my eyes peeled so that’s more like a yes to me since they can’t “confirm” it yet

  • B SK

    This thing is selling like crazy. I had to fight for one.

  • Tofuking

    I just visited Robber’s to see LG G3, and they told me it’s $649.99..

    • KiwiBri

      Did you show them the website?

    • Anon

      No term is not outright.. this is not new

    • Tyrone_83

      The Rogers mini store by the mall by my house has for 569 (outright) BUT the two Rogers stores inside the mall have it for 699.

  • Azreik

    I’m between this and the Sony Xperia Z2. Which one should I get and why? I read and watched a lot of reviews and there’s pros and con’s to both.

    • Sam Wiggans

      I’d get the G3, personally. I have owned the Z2..just didn’t feel great with that terrible box design.

    • Azreik

      Is that your only complaint? Because that’s not an issue at all for me. How long did you have it for and how well did it work?

    • Sam Wiggans

      I found the camera to be mediocre, screen was better than models. I checked out the LG G3 today and it was very nice.

      I had the Z2 for a week or two. Surprisingly laggy, but I think they had an update that fixed that.

    • KiwiBri

      thats what I was thinking too. I just got the G3 now to compare. Its not bad. The phone doesnt feel big or clunky at all. I havent noticed lag or issues others have mentioned. Camera is better than when I tested in the store. Must have had some strange setting on it to make it slower.

    • FRiaz

      g3 all the way dude

    • jellmoo

      I was in exactly the same boat, and ultimately picked up a G3. I don’t think that the G3 is a massively better device, but it was a few little things that tipped the scale:

      – Camera is better suited to my needs. I like a very fast focus, that is simple to use.
      – More built in storage. I don’t like the app roadblock that 16GB can give you. The G3 gives me 32GB, which is plenty for apps, and I popped in a 64GB card for media.
      – Screen to device size ratio. The Z2 is a nice looking device, but the bezels, dear lord the bezels. The G3 felt more comfortable in my hand, and has a more spacious screen.

      If I had been more interested/motivated by a water resistant device, I may have gone with the Z2. But as it doesn’t register too highly on my needs, the extra bulk and need to deal with port flaps worked against it.

    • KiwiBri

      agreed. Same comments about camea. Just got the G3 last night. The oneplus feels BIG but is only slightly bigger. Camera is great so far. FAST focus. Thats what I really wanted. Trying to avoid a S5 to get that.

  • Alfred Paul J

    Still somewhat hoping that Wind will carry this phone…

    • nayab9

      Wind kiosk told me they WILL have the G3, but may take a few weeks.

    • LIna

      thank the lord

  • Alice

    Sold out!!! When i visited shop!

  • LIna

    so disappointed that Wind doesn’t carry this although it was rumoured to..

  • calvin

    will it work on wind/mobolicity?

  • Big1

    I got my Oneplus One yesterday and I couldn’t be happier. Best phone out there period.

    • FRiaz

      opo is no longer worth it after taxes and eveything it usually comes out to 450-500…u can get a note 3 and put a rom in for that

    • Alex Styles

      Only if you buy it in Canada. They’re supposedly working on getting a warehouse in Canada so shipping and everything is cheaper.

  • jellmoo

    I picked one up today as I had an upgrade with Bell. Went fairly early and they had plenty of stock (just outside of Montreal). Really liking it so far. Switched it to ART, and lowered the animation scale and it just flies. The camera is what I need: simple and focuses really quickly. Plus it feels great in the hand. For a 5.5 inch screen, it’s still very comfortable to hold and use. So far, so good.

  • Ro Tep

    I might buy this phone. LG learned a lof from the past mistakes like the facts they’ve removed the MicroSD and removable feature!! The UI is not the best but they made a lot of improvement and it looks like more a stock Android. :) Couldnt believe how small it is for a 5.5 inches. :)

  • BB BB

    The 600 price point is an excellent position for a chance to compete against Samsung and iPhone

  • calvin

    - LG-D852 supports GSM850/1900, WCMDA850/1900, LTE B2/4/5/7/17 without LTE CA.

    * GPRS/EDGE Class 12 & DC-HSDPA supported

    – LG-D852G supports GSM850/1900, WCMDA850/1700/1900, LTE B4 without LTE CA.

    * GPRS/EDGE Class 12 & DC-HSDPA supported

    852g is videotron model, looks like it can be used by wind/mobilicity?

  • L Joel

    LG Electronics Canada Hi Darren, the Canadian model of the LG G3 supports the PMA wireless charging functionality. The accessory itself is currently not available in Canada.

    • KiwiBri

      Lots of confusion about Wireless charging. There are 2 stds. Qi and PMA Qi.
      The AT&T and Canadian D852 model support the PMS Qi std. There is talk on the interwebs of getting a European cover to make it Qi compatible. I hear Starbucks and lots of others use PMA Qi. (Btw PMA is Duracell Power Mat I think)

  • fz

    hey heard of any problems yet with this phone in canada heard the other seas ones have been over heating..

  • fz

    anyone tried unlocking the rogers phone to see if it will pick up the other carriers…?

    Connectivity
    GSM/EDGE Bands:
    850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    HSPA+/HSPA Bands:
    850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
    LTE Bands:
    700/850/1700/1900/2600 MHz
    Device Speed (LTE):
    Up to 150 Mbps1 download speed
    Wi-Fi:
    Yes (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
    Bluetooth Support:
    Yes (4.0+LE)
    GPS:
    Yes

  • Gregg Lowden

    Got mine Friday. Keeps me locked into grandfathered 6GB LTE plan with built in subsidized phone. Did “early” upgrade and used Rogers Points so came out to $409. Never need to “buyout” until $16 per month subsidy fee gets me to $250. The “Consumer Incentive” or buyout sits at $450 presently. This is where criminality of rate plan (Subsidized Phones) meets the buy price.

    • KiwiBri

      Gregg, can you explain more on this?
      thanks.

  • AGoodM8

    This device is a beauty. Too bad you won’t see anyone selling it unlocked at a decent price. (NCIX sells it for $900 unlocked.)