Moto G now available in the US for $179 unlocked and contract free

Moto G now available in the US for $179 unlocked and contract free
Motorola has just announced on their blog that starting today, the spanking-new budget Moto G is up for grabs in the States for $179 unlocked and contract free. The Moto G is already available through Motorola.com.

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.

Any takers?


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Moto G
  • Display 4.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 2070 mAh

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40 Comments

1. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

I want a white or blue one.

2. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I already have a nexus 5, but I am inclined to get a moto g.

29. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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?

3. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

The price point is amazing!

4. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 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: 107; Member since: Jun 18, 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 unregistered

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: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

And the S3 killed sd cards the most as well. I'd need at least 16GB of storage.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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: 214; Member since: May 18, 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'

19. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Seems to think his word is "law" :)

22. mikelemon

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

nokia lumia 520 is $70 on amazon

25. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

28. mikelemon

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

521 is $80 right now on amazon

33. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 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: 95; Member since: Nov 21, 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: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 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: 70; Member since: Nov 26, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

It will sell fairly good on holidays, I think someone was listening to me :D

7. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 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: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 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: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

24. mikelemon

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Because everyone has money right?

11. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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: 40; Member since: Mar 07, 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: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

TMO uses 1700 and 1900MHz, AT&T, 850 and 1900MHz. 2100MHz is used only abroad.

18. moslondon

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

so if I buy this phone the us version I should get what... 3g or 4g (of course not lte)??

20. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

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