Moto G

U.S. carrier undercuts Motorola's own purchase price by $80

Verizon today officially announced that the Moto G will be available online on Jan. 9. It'll be available in-stores thereafter, but you might already be able to pick one up at Best Buy.

The U.S. carrier is going as far as undercutting Motorola's own purchase price, selling the LTE-less smartphone for a mere $99. Prepaid plans start at $60 a month for unlimited talk and text, with 2 gigabytes of data. Upgrading to 4GB of data costs another $10 a month. 

Be sure to check out our full review of the Moto G.

Source: Verizon

 
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I have to assume the Verizon version will only work with Verizon....?

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still1 says:

your assumption is right

dave04045 says:

Yes but you can use it without a data plan as a media device. I might pick one up just for a car GPS.

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somfw says:

Ever try using an android with no Data as a GPS unit? LOL
You need Data

Robbzilla says:

There are perfectly good Android apps that download the maps needed. Not everyone has to use Google Maps ya know. Nav Free and OsmAnd come to mind.

dave04045 says:

Yes but you can use it without a data plan as a media device. I might pick one up just for a car GPS.

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"Prepaid plans start at $60 a month for unlimited talk and text, with 2 gigabytes of data."

Yikes.

Sean473 says:

I can pay that much here in the UK and yes this price includes taxes.and get the G2, S4, Note 3 and Z1... US prices are a total rip off..

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ultravisitor says:

Yikes? That's 40% less than the price for the equivalent post paid plan with Verizon.

eahinrichsen says:

And since it doesn't have LTE, the chances of actually going over the 2GB limit are relatively slim. This isn't a bad deal at all.

Ryan Borden says:

I am getting unlimited LTE data for 45 though... I would never pay 15 dollars more for less of no LTE.

brendilon says:

Wow.. yeah, that is so, so, false. I used to hit 7gb a month on Sprint at times. The idea that faster data = more data consumption is falacious.

Pretty bad deal when you can get 5GB of data through a number of MVNO's along with unlimited text and voice for much less.

Yeah, yikes when compared to what you can pay elsewhere for unlimited voice, text, and even more data.

Paul Warner says:

At that monthly price I suspect that the phone is being subsidized. Where I live prepay plans like this are about $20 ~ 30 / month. At 60 / month you may as well be on post paid..

tx_tuff says:

AT&T prepaid are the same, T Mobile prepaid for 2.5 GB data is the same, and I'm pretty sure Sprint is the same price also. I looked it up a couple days ago when this story first broke.

I pay $25 for unlimited voice, text, and 5GB data.

MERCDROID says:

Through who?

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jlczl says:

Maybe Republic?

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mjyergin says:

Can it be purchased without activation, and used as an android based "ipod touch", wifi only?

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scanline says:

Can't see why not

Ry says:

Yes.

TheMimic12 says:

Yes.

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Yes it can.

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MERCDROID says:

Yes it can.

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Ry says:

Can we also assume that it's the 8GB model? :)

MERCDROID says:

I believe so.

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eagle865 says:

Would this be better than having an iPhone 4s with unlimited data?

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Ry says:

IMO, no.

TheMimic12 says:

If you use more than 4 GB of data, probably not. If you have your unlimited plan, hit up eBay for a Verizon smartphone and buy it outright and activate it and keep your unlimited data

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MERCDROID says:

IMO, no.

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Ry says:

^^^THIS^^^

yankeesusa says:

They undercut motorola because who wants to buy a phone that barely gets 2mbps on cdma 3g. It is barely unusable for most things except getting email and checking twitter.

Ry says:

There are still many people using the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S on Verizon that are content with their data speeds. This would be no different.

brex says:

then you were lucky, when I still had a 3g phone (fascinate) I could only get 200-300kbps

brendilon says:

I had months where I was using 7gb on my Palm Pre on Sprint 3g. use patterns are more influential than the speed.

Griffspen says:

Kbps means kilobytes per second. Not gigabytes per month..........

zarkuu says:

I think it would be hard to use 2GB of data on CDMA 3G speeds. Wouldn't it be limited to around 1.25MBit/s or does Verizon it do some kind of aggregation? Either way it wouldn't be anywhere near HSPA+ speeds.

droid5 says:

Hsn has the boost mobile version for $129 with car charger and case. Doesn't say if it will support their LTE.

Ry says:

Because it won't. There is no LTE Moto G.

Global GSM Model:
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)

US GSM Model:
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (850, 1700 (AWS), 1900 MHz)

CDMA Model:
CDMA/EVDO Rev A (850, 1900 MHz)

Both GSM models require a micro SIM card.

wa1vei says:

So the CDMA model is not a "world" phone then?

Ry says:

All signs point to three hardware variants. Two GSM models, one CDMA.

MERCDROID says:

No, it's not. If it were, I doubt Verizon would be offering it for 99 bones.

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I see absolutely no point in Verizon's prepaid plans unless you just really need Verizon's coverage. Other than that, you can get much better speeds at lower prices on every other carrier

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And an awful lot of people are in that boat. Either their coverage or reliability. Like it or not Verizon has the largest network in North America and regularly wins rewards for its reliability.

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tadnishida says:

Will this work on a my post paid account with unlimited data?

Ry says:

Per Verizon, only after being used on prepaid for six months.

steve0617 says:

An hour ago, VZW said the exact opposite to me via an online chat: https://twitter.com/ybs62/status/418813524047962112

Ry says:

Uh. The response they gave you was not the exact opposite. Technically you can use this phone on a postpaid account but the rep you talked to wasn't sure if you needed to use it on prepaid for six months first.

Correct. The ESNs are blocked until that time.

And to the commenter above me, unless there has been a significant change, the rep was mistaken.

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eahinrichsen says:

If you're still grandfathered in to an unlimited data plan, buy a phone that has LTE data if at all possible. You'll get tons more use out of it. If you've got the disposable cash, the Moto X is $399 off-contract right now.

tadnishida says:

My disposable cash goes toward iPhones. The Moto G would be a way to try out android to see if it is better enough to make me want to switch.

TheMimic12 says:

You'll be convinced. I was an iOS user, but I tried absurd and have been hooked since.

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TheMimic12 says:

The moto x is a great way to spend $399. It's pure Android, and it has some great features in terms of notifications and voice commands that the iPhone has yet to see.

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ralphkaz says:

Can it be used on pageplus?

MERCDROID says:

@ralphkaz

It's looking like a "no," for Pageplus. Verizon has effectively subsidized a prepaid handset. So, upon purchasing the Moto G, it has to be activated. Period. And, it has to be on a Verizon (proper) prepaid plan for 6 months, before the ESN is no longer blocked.

It seems, the only way to get it on Pageplus (before the end of the 6 months) is to flash it.

I could be wrong, but this is all I could find. Hope this helps.

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Just picked up a Verizon one from Best buy, it is loaded up with Verizon crap, that use up a bit of the 8gb.

You can use the phone (wifi only) without activating with Verizon but it is the first thing you will see.

Also was not able to activate on a postpay account online, might try to call later but it does say on the box it needs to be prepay for 6 months.

TheMimic12 says:

It says that on the box?

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Yeah on the packaging, it reads "Phone restricted to Verizon Wireless Prepaid service during the first six months after activation, and cannot be used with any other carrier's service at any time."

Got to love Verizon.

MERCDROID says:

It looks like Boost Mobile is getting the Moto G, as well. Around February, per HoFo.

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thatguy97 says:

Omg to clarify for some the GSM is the unlocked without a carrier one straight for moto CDMA is a carrier VARIENT of it and THERE IS ONLY 3G if you buy it unlocked you have to provide a SIM card which you can from your respective carrier.

Hope this helps to clear up some confusion and what stuff is

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If someone is already a Verizon prepaid customer with a flip phone, can they buy this and move the account to the Moto G as a replacement phone?

Even if there's no data (except wifi) that might be a worthwhile upgrade for some people. Assuming that Verizon doesn't block it just to be petty.

Ry says:

I believe you'll have to switch to a prepaid smartphone plan.

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Thanks Ry. It's sad to see that kind of nonsense but not entirely surprising based on my own past experiences with Verizon. I'll have to see if my cousin is willing to carry a wifi-only Moto G *plus* her current dumb phone, or if that's a deal breaker and she would prefer something else in the $100 price range for her birthday.