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Moto G is Coming to Verizon Prepaid in Q1 2014

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Thanks to its lack of LTE support, the Moto G comes in at an insanely low price that should attract customers in emerging markets and the prepaid arena. It may not be the phone for you and I – the tech enthusiast – but it certainly should be a great option for those with only a couple of hundred dollars to spend and a need for a smartphone that can still get the job done, primarily through a prepaid service.

Verizon has announced this morning that they will carry the phone through their prepaid realm come early Q1 2014, which is the time period that Motorola said it would arrive stateside. At $179, it’s really not a bad option assuming LTE isn’t a necessity. But again, this isn’t the phone for the tech geek – it’s for the person who needs a good phone without the good phone price.

Via:  @VZNews

Cheers Tony!

  • mcdonsco

    So does this mean if I buy a moto g I can use it as a spare on verizon?

    I have a regular grand fathered unlimited everything account…I know it doesn’t have LTE, but for a spare, good phone for $180, who cares.

  • Purplerose

    So what Verizon prepaid plan is this phone going to be on? The $50 one sold at wal-mart,the Verizon straight tallk,or the one sold right from Verizon? Does anyone know the answer?

  • Riley Biers

    You forgot to mention it’s going to ship with KitKat :)

  • richk

    Verizon sucks, Second time they won’t go with a NEXUS phone.

  • Dominick White

    thinking of getting my little brother this.

  • DanSan

    verizon is kind of smart doing this, still a$$h0les but smart. they know if they made this open for post paid nobody would ever upgrade and resign a contract. people with unlimited data would be even harder to force off especially when they can purchase a phone at full price for less than some phones at a subsidized price.

    greedy genius.

  • Martin JoFX

    I don’t think these phones are mainly targeted to the US Market. Actually they’re targetted for other countries where the phones on plan cost aproxiamtely the same as unlocked. Countries where people don’t have the option of getting an iPhone or a SGS4 at $100-$200 price, even with a contract.
    I would say, the rest of the world but US and Europe. This phone will be an incredible success.
    BTW i would recommend it to my mom and my wife.

    • bprichard

      Totally agree with you. It’s definitely targeted elsewhere, but there are so many users in the US and Europe it would be perfect for. As long as its performance is decently smooth, it makes so much sense as a starter phone or really for anyone who doesn’t play graphically complex games.

      I’m super impressed with the direction that Motorola is going. I hope that the market responds to it.

  • ddh819

    if i didn’t want LTE i would still use my Samsung Omnia wp6.1

  • Inquizitor

    This is the perfect phone to give my mom, who’s still stuck on a Blackberry but has unlimited data. I was going to give her my GNex, but this is a much more stable option. She’d be better off with unlimited 3G than 2GB of 4G a month.

    • sirmipsalot

      Verizon prepaid phones CAN NOT be activated on post-paid accounts (like your mom’s unlimited account), unless the phone has been used as a Verizon prepaid phone for several consecutive months (6, IIRC). Unfortunately, no, this is not a better option, as it is likely a non-option for your use case.

      • Inquizitor

        Seriously? That’s completely ridiculous, but unfortunately pretty believable coming from Verizon. Damn. I guess I’ll just get a used moto x for a little bit more.

  • DanSan

    well there goes my plan for getting this for my mom. she has been curious about smartphones and i was going to buy it for her. does me no good its prepaid only.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    3G…Verizon? Please. Don’t do that to yourself. If you’re going prePaid you have a TON of better options than Verizon’s terrible 3G network.

    • Adrynalyne

      If you are doing prepaid, the (this applies to the masses, not us) big thing will be voice and text, and not so much data.

      • jbdan

        At the same time, wouldn’t someone buying this phone be buying it “for data” purposes (albeit small amounts). Otherwise they’d get a feature phone no?

        • Adrynalyne

          Touche.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        That’s even more of a reason. Verizon doesn’t cater to prepaid folks. And if you’re not going for data might as well get a dumbphone.

        If it’s all about Ulimted Text and Voice…..$30 a month Tmobile is God’s gift to man

        • Adrynalyne

          Tmobile’s network coverage…not so much. That would be a defining reason right there.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            For Voice and Text? You’d be perfectly fine. Even then might as well do HSPA+ on At&t. Or any other MVNO.

          • Adrynalyne

            Is that why Tmobile drops out around here once you leave town?

            I am talking voice drops, not data.

            Tmobile is fine for the city dweller, but for those who venture to the edges or out of it frequently, the gaps in coverage become noticeable.

        • Adam Truelove

          For most of the country, Tmobile is not an option.

          • jbdan

            I thought that 8 years ago and it rang pretty true for tmo here. Seems times have changed at least in the South. So far, GA, FL panhandle, SC, AL (where I’ve traveled since switching to tmo) coverage has been just about flawless. And this is traveling through the boonies.. It’s also better at home location than VZ.

          • Big_EZ

            T-Mobile isn’t that good here in the Florida panhandle.

          • jbdan

            It was excellent for me for the 2 weeks I traveled to Destin, Ft Walton, Panama city, and Santa Rosa. Maybe I should have said panhandle on the coast :-)

          • Justin W

            No, but unlimited* everything on StraightTalk is, for only $45.

            * 2.5GB at 4G LTE, then throttled down to 2G ( D: ) speeds.

          • Nunyur_Biznezz

            WRONG! Straight Talk only offer 3G. And yes they throttle “unlimited” data which really doesn’t make it really unlimited does it?

          • Justin W

            “WRONG! Straight Talk only offer 3G.”

            I don’t know about that statement… This link seems to disprove your thought…

            http://www.shopstraighttalk.com/bpdirect/straighttalk/Start.do?action=view&locale=en&market=GSM4&productFamily=simcards

            Also, lets not forget the discovery of said feature back in September:

            http://www.droid-life.com/2013/09/13/straight-talk-prepaid-service-now-supports-att-lte/

            Last, unlimited data is defined as unlimited access to the web, without overage charges (one fee for as much data as you can get). They aren’t lying about it being unlimited, however, they were not being honest about what the throttling limit was.

        • Big_EZ

          Some people may want a phone they can use. If that’s the case then T-Mobile is out because they have horrible coverage.

        • hoosiercub88

          On the contrary, Verizon’s prepaid support is 24/7 unlike their post-paid which is definitely not. This would be a good device for someone on a budget that needs great coverage for texting and data, but wants a phone that can do great things without paying as much for a laptop for it.

          Verizon’s 3G network will pull 2.5-3Mbps, not screaming fast but definitely usable. Most people automatically assume that because it’s CDMA based and 3G, it’ll be like Sprint’s whored out CDMA network..

          • M3D1T8R

            See my post above, I’ve never seen Verizon’s 3G anywhere near the theoretical max 3Mbps. The best ever was in the middle of nowhere in Montana right after I got the Incredible April 2010, 1.5Mbps. Where I live in California it is now 0.2 Mbps down. So oversold it’s pretty much as bad as Sprint as far as I’ve seen.

          • Nunyur_Biznezz

            That’s the old days when most Verizon customers were using the 3G network. 64% of all data on the Verizon network is now 4G. So the 3G network is sitting pretty fallow now.

    • Big_EZ

      Verizon has the best 3g coverage in the country, how are there better options? Not to mention voice and text, no other carriers come close to Verizon’s coverage.

      • markt9002

        You can’t compare 3G on AT&T/T-Mobile, and 3G on Sprint/Verizon. CDMA EVDO Rev. A (Verizon) is significantly slower than W-CDMA/HSDPA (AT&T/T-Mobile.)

        You may have good service with Verizon, but you’re dealing with a 3.1Mb down max and an average of 500Kbps-1Mb down on Verizon’s Rev. A EVDO. I don’t see any point to having a smartphone on Verizon’s 3G, unless you are always around WiFi. 2 years ago I used Page Plus (Verizon) with an EVO 4G LTE (modified ESN from a Verizon donor) for a few months before seeing the light and buying a GSM Galaxy Nexus for T-Mobile/AT&T MVNOs. In my area, I prefer T-Mobile’s $30/month 5GB because it’s typically faster than AT&T’s LTE/HSPA+ over Straight Talk. I have a bunch of SIMs from eBay, and right now I’m using AirVoice’s $39 unlimited 1GB plan. In my area I mostly prefer T-Mobile due to the HSPA+ speeds, (occasionally 30Mb down) but YMMV. I now switch between my Nexus 4, and Galaxy S3 but I can use both on WiFi because of Google Voice and my PBX server.

        Although, I can wholeheartedly recommend a Verizon MVNO for someone who is using a flip phone for talk/text.

        • M3D1T8R

          Yeah Verizon’s terrible 3G Rev. A where I live gets 0.2 Mbps down. Not a misprint. When I first got my HTC Incredible April 2010 I got around 1 down. So they basically oversold their network at least five times too much since then. Fortunately (with an elaborate signal booster system) I finally started getting 4G here a few months ago, so I get around 5 Mbps down, maybe 1 up. Which isn’t crazy fast but is about 25 times better than their 3G! Good enough for Netflix streaming HD to work (barely), gaming, downloads fast enough, so I’m happy. 50+ GB/mo with Unlimited no problem. Going to take advantage of it as long as possible now that I finally got it.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Their 3G network still has the largest coverage area. The speeds are terrible, but as my wife (continually) reminds me when I bring up T-Mobile, a smartphone is no good if you don’t have a data connection….

      That said, I would only recommend Verizon prepaid to very light users who have no legitimate competition in their area who don’t want a contract.

  • Jack3D

    Didn’t Verizon say something to the effect of that starting in 2014 there would be no non-LTE phones released on their network? Part of the whole VoLTE transition…

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Verizon says a lot of things

    • Adrynalyne

      They meant contract devices, not prepaid.
      Plus their feature phones are all 3G.

    • Adam Truelove

      Rule #1: Don’t believe Verizon.
      Rule #2: If it’s good for the customer, Verizon will do just the opposite.

  • Walter Partlo

    Though a 3g smartphone on VZW doesn’t excite me, I really like what the new Moto is doing.

    • jbdan

      Totally agree…and really enjoyed their live coverage blog this morning

    • EC8CH

      If T-Mo is the unCarrier…

      Moto is the unManufacturer

      • Adam Truelove

        They are NOW, yes.

      • droidify

        You clever bro

      • Walter Partlo

        The UnOEM?

  • EC8CH

    So what does this mean for customers who would want to use this who are on a month to month plan?

    • steve0617

      If you’re on a post paid month to month, no dice. Only on prepaid. Unless they have or will change their past policies of no new prepaid phones on post paid plans, only ones that have been used for 6 months as prepaid can be used on post paid.

      • EC8CH

        I wonder how this type of restriction is justified to regulators?

        • sirmipsalot

          It doesn’t matter. It’s a CDMA device. Verizon has done this for years. There’s no 700MHz LTE regulation in place in this case. FWIW, I believe Verizon’s “logic” is that prepaid devices are *also* subsidized. Compare the price of several prepaid dumbphones on verizon vs full-retail dumbphones, and it becomes pretty clear.

  • Ryan Powell

    Are we still believing anything Verizon tells us ahead of time?

  • jbdan

    I thought about this on VZW (ex-vzw customer of 11 years) and their 3G speeds or lack thereof. Vs someone like tmo/att with HSPA/+ I assume it will receive those bands? If one has coverage under tmo/att then it would be a no-brainer no?

    I’m speaking from my own experience with vzw 3g in my local. It is honestly as slow as tmo’s edge.