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.


source: LATimes, DroidLife via AndroidCentral

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Moto G
  • Display 4.5 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB,
  • Battery 2070 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop

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32 Comments

32. anderlan

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 09, 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.

30. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

28. sbdunks413

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 01, 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.

29. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

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

26. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

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

24. mikelemon

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

oh lord CDMA.

23. hurrycanger

Posts: 1778; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

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

11. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Can someone translate that please?

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

^Can someone translate his name please?

17. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

18. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

LOL I always pronounce his name as "Mizzleplitik".

6. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

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

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Verizon's 3G.

5. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 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.

3. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What? That sounds absurd.

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

20. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

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

21. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

22. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

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

2. projektorboy

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

7. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 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.

13. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

27. JC557

Posts: 1928; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Sacrifice poor coverage for speed.

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