LG Mobile is dead, but the weirdest phone is getting a Verizon C-Band update soon

LG Wing users may soon have reason to rejoice. An anonymous tipster tells us that his Verizon LG Wing has just received an update to enable the carrier’s new mid-band 5G network, even though LG Mobile has gone out of business.

Verizon confirms that the LG Wing C band update is now in the testing labs, though the company says it hasn’t been widely distributed yet. Our tipster may have just received a file that slipped through the cracks. When an update like this makes it to Verizon’s labs, it’s usually released within a few weeks, unless there’s major bugs in it.

The C-band update is version F100VM20e, also known as System Update 11. Verizon’s official support page for the Wing states that the most recent software update is F100VM20d.

This screen shows the update version and the ‘5G UW’ indicator, in this case the C-Band coverage. (PCMag)

Released in late 2020, the LG Wing features a rotating screen that transforms the phone into a “T” shape, as well as a virtual gimbal mode for ultra-stabilized videos. It got mediocre reviews because it’s thick and heavy and there are always software compatibility issues with strange form factors. But it was a wild swing of the kind you don’t see much anymore.

LG completely withdrew from the mobile phone market in mid-2021. However, it did say it would continue to support its phones, and it looks like it’s delivering on that promise.

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The update enables faster speeds and the “5G UW” icon in areas where Verizon has mid-band 5G. In our tests, Verizon’s mid-band 5G network is noticeably faster than Verizon’s “national 5G” system. Verizon says it currently covers more than 100 million people and will cover 175 million by the end of the year.

We have a full list of Verizon C-Band phones. On Swappa, the Verizon-branded LG Wing retails for $265-$309, which seems like a good deal if you like weird phones.

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