Moto G now available in the US for $179 unlocked and contract free
It's important to note that we're talking the GSM version here – a CDMA one will not come until January 2014. Moreover, there are two GSM versions – one 'Global' and another that's for the US – difference being that the latter has limited roaming capabilities, so think twice before making a purchase. Also, do keep in mind that the $179 price tag, while compelling, only gets you 8GB of internal storage. Should you wish a more spacious version, you'll have to pay an extra $20, or $199, for the 16GB model.
The Moto G was made available on November 13th in Bazil, and has since been up for grabs in a some parts of Europe and South America, though Motorola promises that the budget phone will be eventually become available in more than 30 countries by early 2014. It sports a 4.5-inch 720p LCD display with a layer of Gorilla Glass 3, a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset and 1GB of RAM. All the shooting will be made available by a 5MP rear camera with an LED flash (see samples), along with a 1.3MP unit at the front. Motorola promises that you'll get up to 24 hours of mixed usage out of the Moto G's 2070mAh battery, meaning that this is a charge-at-night type device, though we can certainly let this one slide considering the price.
As you can probably figure out yourself, a 4G LTE radio is absent, though the usual connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS (+GLONASS) and FM radio have made it through.
The Motorola Moto G Fullscreen
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The Motorola Moto G
2. PootisMan (Posts: 195; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
I already have a nexus 5, but I am inclined to get a moto g.
29. Doakie (Posts: 1105; Member since: 06 May 2009)
I'm in the same boat. I have a Note 3 yet I bought a Moto G this morning because the price is so cheap that I want to see first hand what this phone is capable of. I checked out 30 minutes after the article went up on here. The estimated shipping time went from "Will ship by 12/2" to being "Will ship by 12/9" just in my checkout time. So I obviously they're selling in good numbers. I had signed up on the Motorola Webpage requesting an email when these went on sale and I still haven't received a notification email. So those shipping estimates aren't from a ton of people who requested emails placing their orders; those must be from enthusiasts who check sites like these daily. But that's just speculation.
Nothin but a G thing?
4. BREvenson (Posts: 204; Member since: 17 May 2012)
Not a bad choice. It lacks many of the more popular features, such as LTE, expandable storage, etc. but with that price (and those respectable specs), it's not worth it to be too picky.
8. trickster_qc (Posts: 80; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)
most phones now don't offer expandable storage. so it's not a popular feature.
LTE is nice, that's for sure, but many subscribers don't even have access to LTE networks yet. So why load the phone with LTE if half of buyers won't be able to use it?
HSPA+ will give the phone a great autonomy, which is what the market needs.
13. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2105; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I disagree. Most phones don't offer expandable storage on Android, but the ones that do sell the most. The S3 & S4 sold more than all other flagships combined. That should tell you something. It is a popular feature.
26. sprockkets (Posts: 1079; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
And the S3 killed sd cards the most as well.
I'd need at least 16GB of storage.
10. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3224; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
You're better off with a Nexus 4 or a Nokia lumia 421 since it's only $100. Specs are better with a comparable price. I don't think I can recommend this phone.
12. techguyone (Posts: 93; Member since: 18 May 2013)
Thankfully we don't have to care if you recommend it or not, since when were you the 'official recommender'?
Such a troll,all the hate with moto, too funny.
This phone will sell by the bucketload, and I bet that makes you grind your teeth with anguish, you probably go to sleep each night muttering 'photon, photon, photon'
25. sprockkets (Posts: 1079; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Only the att version. The tmob one is still 96 when I checked last night.
And no flash, no hd screen, but does have sd card slot and user replaceable battery.
33. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
How can you recommend a 521 over this? Really... Not even the new 525 that's coming out soon that only upgraded the RAM to 1gb and threw in a bluetooth. Which will probably have the same price and no LTE as well.
35. mikelemon (Posts: 92; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)
To save money? $80-$110 savings is quite a bit. USA is technically still recovering from recession. Not everyone can throw money around. It is not all about specs it is about what you can afford. Being smart with you money.
36. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
The specs are much better on this phone. Obviously if you're too broke then get a 520 because you have no other choice, but this is the obvious winner to recommend. Even when the 525 is released. And a Nexus 4 will still run about $50+ more for a used one on eBay and good luck if the battery has already been worn down.
5. EnigmaticPsychotic (Posts: 15; Member since: 26 Nov 2013)
I may pick one of these up. I have an N5, but I broke my N4 and this is practically the same phone.
6. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
It will sell fairly good on holidays, I think someone was listening to me :D
7. JC557 (Posts: 848; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Not much of a price increase for more storage. I would like to see a 32GB model for only a $20 -30 increase from the 16GB model. Would make a great backup phone.
9. Birds (Posts: 959; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
My only issue with this phone is the fact that I'm poor and its still out my price range...LOL, hopefully I can play bluff when T-mo gets it and tell them my L9 has overheating issues...well it does....LOL
15. NexusPhan (Posts: 361; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
If this phone is out of your price range, you must be poor for cell phone service in general. Most plans will cost more than this phone after just a few months.
17. Birds (Posts: 959; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
I don't have a job and I won't get a chance to get one till I manage my high school schedule next semester.
38. JC557 (Posts: 848; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Well, there's always the holidays for holiday help/ jobs (if you can get working papers) or babysit or if you have relatives you can ask them to gift you one.
You're still in high school so a phone shouldn't be that big of a deal. Back in the early 2000s smartphones were and the plans were extremely expensive and were only for professionals in need of up to date comms. Thankfully those days are long gone.
11. Augustine (Posts: 614; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
The interesting thing is that it's possible to specify either the US or the global version for purchase at the Motorola website!
While I think that offering a single 5-band UMTS version would do, I guess that, in order to keep the cost low, two versions were necessary.
14. moslondon (Posts: 19; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
will it be compatible with tmobile hspa+? in the webpage it says that this phone has the 850.1700 and 1900mhz but its missing the 2100
16. Augustine (Posts: 614; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
TMO uses 1700 and 1900MHz, AT&T, 850 and 1900MHz. 2100MHz is used only abroad.
18. moslondon (Posts: 19; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
so if I buy this phone the us version I should get what... 3g or 4g (of course not lte)??
20. Augustine (Posts: 614; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
No LTE, no 4G.
TMO markets its excellent 3G network as 4G due to its achieving 4G-like speeds, but it's still technically 3G. However, AT&T 3G is not as fast as TMO's.
Still, though 3G-only, the Moto G is still a good value.
21. izim1 (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Good lord who gave a you thumbs up? Tmobile us uses 1700/2100 aws band. Some places 1900. But the aws is the fast one.
27. sprockkets (Posts: 1079; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
You need BOTH 1700mhz and 2100mhz for Tmobile's hsdpa network.
However, most of tmobile is now 1900mhz by itself. I'd get the world version.
Or maybe Moto screwed up the us model listing on their site, or maybe Tmob's version once they offer it will have the right frequencies.
30. mikelemon (Posts: 92; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)
Here in my city like 1/6 of it is 1900mhz. I have a lumia 520 unlocked using t mobile and I rarely get 3G(4G is what pops up). Always getting Edge speed.
But I knew what I was getting into before I switched over.
31. Augustine (Posts: 614; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
The AWS band, usually loosely referred to as 1700MHz, uses the way up at 1700MHz and the way down at 2100MHz (1710 – 1755 and 2110 – 2155). However, there's also the 2100MHz IMT band (1920 - 1980 and 2110 – 2170) used in other countries in the Americas and in Asia.
So, if a phone supports 1700MHz, this implies that it supports the AWS band; if a phone supports 2100MHz, this implies that it supports the IMT band.
Bottom line, the Moto G does work in TMO's AWS band.
32. Landmarkcm (Posts: 410; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
• 40 minutes ago
Argh the HSPA+ speeds are fast enough for me & I like the different colored backs. It's just always something though! I wish they wouldn't have made it quite so thick. I am happy right now with Lg F6 & have a Samsung Galaxy Light on the way (which HSN is running an excellent special on!) I haven't seen any website reviews on the LIGHT by the way except for a few users here & there. It looks like a cross between the S3 mini & S4 mini. PhoneArena can you do a review on it please!???
41. Landmarkcm (Posts: 410; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Edit: Waiting on my Moto G to use on Tmobile ! I hope I like it.
37. ninjosh97 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Nov 2013)
Everyone seems to be forgetting that the Nexus 4 with a Quad core 1.6 Ghz processor and 2 gigs of ram was $199... This is awesome, but "a great AND cheap phone" isn't a new concept.
On the contrary, I really like the phone. Will probably be getting one for my Mom and Sister.
39. sunilh121 (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 Nov 2013)
Should I wait for 16GB. I use it for music, movies and 2 apps + 1 game. The most disappointing thing about this phone is that it doesn't have a SD card. The best about the phone is the price. I think Motorola are starting to copy apple with that.
40. Augustine (Posts: 614; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
No wait; it's already available with the model #00393NAECOM.