Wow that long lines site still has all the original equipment still installed and in good condition. Almost every long lines site in Oregon has at least had the horns removed if not all the equipment removed.
The FCC certifications are designed to deal with RF exposure/output and determine if the device is safe to use. While a lower EIRP from the phone could indicate reduced RF performance, that's not necessarily the case.
I need to figure out if other phones have a feature like LG's "Knock On" and contemplate those as I look at new devices.
Technically its possible, the G7 was included on the list of phones LG was supposedly going to upgrade to it. But especially with the merger on the horizon now, definitely won't be holding my breath. I'm probably going to get a used G8 and hand-me-down the G7 to my wife within the next year to get us by until we have to get a more truly T-Mo centric phone as the networks get integrated full bore.