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January 9th release date seen for Motorola Moto G on Verizon; $99.99 off-contract price confirmed

January 9th release date seen for Motorola Moto G on Verizon; $99.99 off-contract price confirmed
On Monday, we not only showed you what the retail packaging will apparently look like for Verizon's Motorola Moto G, we also passed along the rumored $99.99 price for the phone off-contract. On Tuesday, a couple of new developments took place. One is a leaked memo to the Verizon sales crew to alert them to the fact that the Moto G has a "hard street date" of January 9th. That means that even if you bribe a Big Red sales rep with your 1951 Mickey Mantle rookie card, he still won't sell you the phone before that date.

The second development is a confirmation from the L.A. Times that the Motorola Moto G will be priced at $99.99. That is off-contract, folks. Put down your pen. For that price, you are not beholden to Verizon. Not for two years. Not for one year. Not even for one day. Although to be fair, you will need Verizon's network to use the phone, but you won't need to sign a contract to get that great price for the device. And don't forget, this unit will have the chocolatey goodness of KitKat already pre-installed right out of the box. And there is some customization with this phone. The rear cover can be removed (although the 2070mAh battery is not removable) and exchanged for a cover of a different color.

Thinking about making the Motorola Moto G your next phone purchase? Then you should check out our review of the device, which you can get to by clicking on this link.

Leaked Verizon memo reveals January 9th release date for the Motorola Moto G

Leaked Verizon memo reveals January 9th release date for the Motorola Moto G


source: LATimes, DroidLife via AndroidCentral

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posted on 31 Dec 2013, 21:07 2

1. Doakie (Posts: 1320; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I love my Moto G but I could never deal with it at CDMA speeds. As it is right now I tend to get 6-10 Mbps on T-Mobile which is good enough to do pretty much anything I need.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 22:19

14. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4137; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Sacrifice poor coverage for speed.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 02:37

25. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1288; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


For me it's not only coverage but overall selection when it comes to carrier choices. Verizon prepaid starts at $60. But I will forgive it based on the $100 price because that would make it a decent media player by itself. I would rather pay more upfront for the GSM model.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 15:24

33. 2connected (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Dec 2013)


A deal that really isn't a deal - Verizon $99 Moto G comparison
check 35orless LIVE News

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 21:07

2. projektorboy (Posts: 11; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Wouldn't a Verizon Moto G only have a 3G radio? I love the price but the lack of LTE kinda hurts the appeal and the 3G network is so painfully slow with limited backhaul.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 21:14

7. Landmarkcm (Posts: 463; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


Runs fast! on Tmobile. Don't notice any slow down between it & LTE phones. Verizon's 3g was "ok" last I had tried it. We all know it's better then Sprints lol.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 22:11

13. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Currently, all Verizon prepaid handsets are on 3G speeds.

Some people I've talked to got 1.8 Mbps download speed during off-peak.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 10:00

27. JC557 (Posts: 1160; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


EVDO is quite good for regular browsing and fetching emails. Not so bad when watching youtube videos either and the EVDO is faster and more reliable than that of Sprint's network.

I can see this being a good option for those with less means and would usually go for free Wi-Fi anyway. I would certainly take a look at this phone as a backup device, provided that Verizon will still keep the EVDO towers going after LTE becomes more of the norm.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 21:07 1

3. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Well, if I ever need a quick replacement phone, this will definitely be my first choice.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 21:10

4. Doakie (Posts: 1320; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I've seen reports that this phone can only be used on a post paid plan after 6 months of activated time on a prepaid account. Verizon sucks. At least on AT&T I could run out and pick up a prepaid phone pop my SIM in and it works.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 21:31

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8913; Member since: 14 May 2012)


What? That sounds absurd.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 22:09

12. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


That's ridiculous. I already can't use unlocked devices unless they're Verizon approved, now I can't even use pre-paid Verizon branded devices on post paid service? I hope that's not true.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 23:09

20. LordCaedus (Posts: 59; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


It has always been that way. Why would it be any different now?

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 23:12

21. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I'm a new Verizon customer, never knew that.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 23:34

22. LordCaedus (Posts: 59; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


Ya, it is one of the downsides to it. The coverage is amazing though.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 21:12

5. Landmarkcm (Posts: 463; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


The only downside & prob the reason why Verizon will offer it for an even lower price is because although their CDMA 3g service is at least useable compared to Sprint's. It's no where near the speed of Tmobiles HSPA+ which the G will run much faster on with out having to worry about buffering when watching youtube etc. When your not on wifi.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 21:13 2

6. datphoneguy (Posts: 141; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


Good news is - $100 is an AMAZING price
Bad news is - you're stuck with Verizon...ugh.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 21:31

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8913; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Verizon's 3G.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 21:35

10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6725; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Moto G should be on STRAIGHT TALK/NET10 since VERIZON charges a arm a leg for 1GB data.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 22:20

15. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4137; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Can someone translate that please?

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 22:31

16. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


^Can someone translate his name please?

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 22:41 1

17. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Mxyzptlk

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 22:48

18. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


LOL I always pronounce his name as "Mizzleplitik".

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 22:53

19. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4137; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-lTH-tYV2Y

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 22:05

11. kindlefireowner (Posts: 443; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


This is great for people that need a quality smartphone on Verizon Prepaid. This my next phone.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 00:37

23. hurrycanger (Posts: 1285; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


The Moto G player is now added to my shopping list. It'll be a perfect Android player.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 00:39

24. mikelemon (Posts: 93; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


oh lord CDMA.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 09:40

26. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 341; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


This is the biggest steal I have ever seen. Quad core and 4.5" screen for $100? Definitely picking one up.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 14:36

28. sbdunks413 (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Jan 2014)


This is an amazing deal, even if your stuck with Verizon's 3g network. Granted you'll get hspa on T-Mobile but try using data on that phone is a densely populated area on T-Mobile with 0.02 down on every speed test....you'll be begging for Verizon's 3g speeds.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 16:18

29. Landmarkcm (Posts: 463; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


No problems here on Tmobile & I would consider Vegas densely populated. I know Verizon CDMA is def at least useable. Unlike Sprints.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 18:28

30. promise7 (Posts: 476; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Very nice price, I'm hoping GSM carriers might try to fight back and lower their versions a bit too.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 19:52

32. anderlan (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


I'm very, very happy to say that the street price of my old Galaxy S1 very likely just dropped from $75 to about $20! This is a REALLY FREAKING AMAZING price off contract. They're paying $50 per unit to snipe people off of other networks, without even forcing a contract on them. If their network is much better (I had Verizon, then I moved to T-Mo and I think Verizon definitely has better coverage where I travel), those folks will stay a good while an it's probably a good play on Verizon's part.

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