T-Mobile launches the affordable Moto E5 Play and Moto E5 Plus, here are the prices

T-Mobile launches the affordable Moto E5 Play and Moto E5 Plus, here are the prices
As expected, T-Mobile has just outed two of the cheapest smartphones that customers can find at its stores, the Moto E5 Play and Moto E5 Plus. Both entry-level handsets are available starting today via T-Mobile's online store for either outright or monthly prices.

Motorola Moto E5 Plus is the most expensive, as you'll have to pay $255 to get one, but T-Mobile allows customers to pick one up for just $9 upfront and $9 per month for 24 months. On the other hand, the Moto E5 Play costs just $150 outright or $6 down and $6 per month for 24 months.

Both Motorola smartphones pack support for T-Mobile's 600MHz band (Band 71) allowing them to take advantage of the carrier's new extended range cell towers. Specs-wise, the two phones are pretty much different.

The Moto E5 Plus is equipped with a Snapdragon 435 processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Also, the phone boasts a huge 6-inch HD+ display, an equally massive 5,000 mAh battery that supports Motorola's TurboPower charger, as well as a 12-megapixel rear camera.

The cheaper Moto E5 Play has a Snapdragon 427 processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory. On the back, the phone includes an 8-megapixel camera, but it's got a smaller 5.2-inch display and 2,800 mAh battery. Naturally, both Moto E5 Play and Moto E5 Plus ship with Android 8.0 Oreo on board.

source: T-Mobile (1, 2)

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Moto E5 Play
  • Display 5.2" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
Moto E5 Plus
  • Display 6.0" 720 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, Octa-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 5000 mAh

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11 Comments

1. fyah_king unregistered

The E5 plus is $225 @t-mobile and not $255.

11. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

@fyah_king. Boost Mobile sells the Moto E5 Plus for only $150.

2. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

Bah! Only 720p and old SnapDragon 435 with no NFC on E5 Plus for $250? Make it $175 and we'll talk.

3. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

Tmobile prices are a rip-off. Walmart has these Boost Mobile and Verizon prepaid phones for cheap: - Moto E5 Play Boost, $59 - Moto E5 Play Verizon, $94 - Moto G6 Play Boost, $79 - Moto G6 Play Verizon, $129

4. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

Those are subsidized. But, I still agree the prices are a rip-off.

5. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

@DRS1977. Subsidized? What year do you think we're in, 2014? These phones are PREPAID, meaning you're not required to sign a 2 yr contract or buy a plan to get the phone.

6. DurTeeDee

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Prepaid also does not mean unlocked, they are often subsidized.

9. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

@ DurTeeDee. Unlocked? Pffft, just buy the unlock code from Ebay for 2-3 bux. You must be new to this phone buying thing.

7. Villemus

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 28, 2018

The subsidy is structured in the monthly plan of all prepaid carriers and in the monthly plans of the parent carriers. Doesn't invalidate your point about it being an absolute ripoff, though/

10. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

@Villemus. The prepaid $30-$40 monthly plan costs the same whether you activate a phone bought from the carrier or bring your own phone. In other words, the cost of the phone is NOT rolled into the monthly plan cost. You can always discontinue paying for the plan after 1 month because it's prepaid so there's no hidden cost to buying a prepaid phone. You don't even have to buy a plan if you buy a phone from Walmart. Bringing up the subsidy issue is POINTLESS!

8. Sebetai

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 28, 2018

I'm going to get the Moto E5 Plus unless a new midrange shows up with 64GB storage and similar specs. Going to wait about 2 months because I don't buy things when they first come out.

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