Verizon announced that the Moto G will be available for $99 (prepaid), start at $60 per month for unlimited voice minutes and 2GB of data. If you are getting Verizon Prepaid, this phone is a good deal. If you want a different service, the unlocked version gives you a ton of choice. You can’t use it with Verizon postpaid unless you use it with Verizon prepaid for six months first.
VZW: Available online from Verizon Wireless beginning on Jan. 9 and in stores in the coming weeks, the Moto G helps create an affordable package with its $99.99 price and wallet-friendly prepaid plan options that start at $60 per month for unlimited talk, unlimited text and 2 GB of data. Users can upgrade to 4 GB of data for an additional $10 per month.
Guest123 says: This is probably the 8Gb version, thus you are saving $80 + $60/month for six months. You can go with StraightTalk for $45/month for unlimited talk/text/data (2.5GB @ high-speed) — AT&T & T-Mo “3G” HSPA speeds will be faster than Verizon.
Therefore, if you only do the 6 month minimum on Verizon (6 X $15($60-$45) = $80, plan difference) you still end up with the same overall cost with a slower 3g experience and 500MB less data/month at high-speed and no unlimited data, and you will never be able to use the device on any other carrier other than Verizon (or a prepaid service that uses Verizon) . And to top it all off, Verizon will be pushing LTE only in the not to distant future, thus don’t consider the Moto G a long term solution on Verizon.
Seems to me to be a pointless device on Verizon. Just get the unlocked GSM version direct from Motorola and use it on T-Mo or AT&T (or via a prepaid) — you can find cheaper than $45/month.
Good_ole_Pinocchio says: Just to put this into perspective. The G unlocked costs 180. That you can pretty much take to any carrier in the World (Including Tmobile and At&t) . . . . The only reason Verizon (had to I think) make it this much cheaper is to make it more desirable….since you can’t take it off their network.
On top of that, this is Verizon 3G vs HSPA . . . If you’re okay with that then by all means.
Unless… this model works outside of Verizon also and I’m just misinformed.
interwebtrash says: From a very recent big red employee: confirmed. This is true with all of their phones sold on prepaid. Here’s a bunch of discussions about it on Verizon’s forums. It’s a weird only-on-Verizon thing. Their prepaid plans start at $60/month, too. So I’d definitely look at an MVNO, wait till another carrier offers the Moto G, or just buy the unlocked GSM version straight from Motorola for $179-199.
The Verge: In fact, Best Buy stores are reportedly allowed to sell the Moto G as soon as shipments arrive, so it may be a better option if you’re eager to get a hold of the low-cost smartphone.
Phone Arena: There is no LTE connectivity on the phone. And don’t forget that you can customize the Moto G by replacing the rear cover with a different colored plate.
Phandroid: The Moto G doesn’t have 4G LTE, of course, meaning any prospective buyers will need to put up with Verizon’s CDMA 3G network for data.
Verizon Moto G Specs:
4.5-inch 1,280 x 720 display
1.2GHz quad-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 400)
1GB of RAM
8GB of internal storage
5MP rear camera
1.3MP front camera
Dimensions: 130 x 66 x 6-11.6 mm
Weight: 143 g