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Moto G in Verizon Retail Packaging Leaked, Could be Priced at Only $100 (Updated: With Release Date)

We have known that Verizon plans to bring the Moto G to its network sometime in Q1 of 2014 since November, but this afternoon, we are seeing that this device is turning into something much more than just a cheapy pre-paid phone. It’s actually not that bad – priced at $179, it features suitable specs for anyone who looks to score a phone off contract that won’t either a) snap in half due to cheap materials or b) suffer from poorly-made software and other issues. Either way, as a few folks are finding out, the Moto G is a great phone for the price. 

Thanks to a new leak, the device has been spotted in apparent Verizon retail packaging. According to the leaker, the device might even come with an outrageously low price tag of just $100. Seriously, just a $100. That info is nowhere near confirmed, but if they happen to have their hands on the retail packaging already, then it’s quite possible that they know Verizon’s future plans of marketing the device for an insane price.

Regardless, if the Moto G is launched on Verizon for just $99, Moto and Verizon might see crazy sales taking place. Would you pick one up for $100?

UPDATE:  Sources have told us that the device launches at Best Buy on January 9. That is the “hard street date.”

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  • HungTran

    The Moto G is a very solid phone. All of its issues, like the somewhat shoddy casing, a mediocre camera, and limited on-board storage, can and will be overlooked at this price And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.


  • SBFan

    First timer here with very little knowledge of the cell phone arena. I have an old flip-phone, don’t use it much, don’t spend my life on my phone like so many others do. Currently off-contract with Verizon on their $39.99 a month plan. Could I get this Moto G at Best Buy for the $100 price and then cancel Verizon and take it over to Straight Talk through WalMart? According to Verizon their basic Smartphone pre-paid data plan is $60, and i really don’t want to spend that much, but Straight Talk appears to be $45. Or am I relegated to stay with Verizon’s pre-paid service at $60 a month if I buy the phone? Any help would be appreciated, thank you.

  • Joe

    How do you buy one on the shelf?

    How did they activate it while purchasing it exactly? In Washington,
    they could not preactivate it even after voiding it so I could not buy
    the damn thing!

  • IDLE0095


    • Detonation

      Verizon pre-paid plans do not offer LTE so there’s no point for them to release a prepaid phone with LTE. And their promise that all phones would be LTE was only for post-paid/contract devices I believe.

      • IDLE0095

        Yeah it sucks because AT&T pre paid lets you use any device you want and you get LTE speed with a LTE device. Why would BIG Red not allow LTE devices on there network when T-Mobile and AT&T both allow it.

  • Rob

    Will this be the 16 GB version?

  • Jon

    Picked mine up tonight at a Best Buy in Chicago. It was $99 pre-tax, and it’s running 4.3. This is a solid mid range device.

  • juanjeremy2012

    verizon 3g is totallly gay

  • dennis laska

    Verizon sucks anyways.

    Just buy this phone GSM unlocked.

  • Nunyur_Biznezz

    I think most people know that Verizon pre-paid is 3G only. The fact is this will be by far the best pre-paid phone Verizon offers. Currently the Optimus Exceed which is basically a 3G version of the Lucid except it has Jelly Bean is the best pre-paid phone. The Moto G will clearly outclass it. And at $100 would be a good deal.


    Hell, I would pick one up if it was GSM. I am on T-Mobile $30 prepaid plan.

    Ian B

  • Chris

    Free with bloatware thats unremovable (disabling isn’t “removing” kids!”) and service that charges an arm and a leg!

  • The Rock

    can you activate this on a Verizon postpaid line?

    • Manbearpig

      Not until it been on a prepaid account for 6 months

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Naive question:

    Would this not also have an HSPA+ radio so that it could be used on AT&T or something?

    • Michael Pahl

      Thats what the other Moto G is for homie

      • Just_Some_Nobody

        I just thought I remembered reading somewhere that the phone supported cdma and hspa. I guess that means the carriers can order it configured the way they need.

        • Evan Knofsky

          This phone won’t have a sim slot, so it doesn’t matter what radio it has in it.

  • IDLE0095

    That sucks its only 3G. I heard it was going to be LTE

    • yankeesusa

      Nope, motorola is able to keep the price this low by not including the lte chip. That’s what the moto x is for. In fact I would just get the nexus 5, of course it doesn’t help if you have verizon though.

    • hkklife

      No, nowhere ever has the G been stated to be an LTE device. The successor to the G will almost certainly feature LTE. But for right now, especially if you live in a fast HSPA+ area, you cannot ask for a better budget smartphone for the $.

  • Severo Rivera


  • yankeesusa

    If you currently have prepay with verizon this is the phone to go with. If you have verizon and need a backup phone in the meantime to hold you off or just sent yours in for repair or something then this phone will work also. When I worked with verizon all it took to swap a phone was to dial *228 and enter some digits. With sprint you can just go on your online account and swap esn numbers. I don’t know if verizon is still the same or not. Either way this is a great prize. Just imagine this on tmobile for $99 and unlocked. A great backup phone indeed.

  • juanjeremy2012

    the reason why the verizon motog would be a $100 phone is that verizon 3g is much much slower than hspa+ so its gonna run like a 5 year old phone. verizon 3g is somewhat more unstable than lte and it has worse building penetration. this phone wouldnt be a good second phone in my opinion. ill pass, i wouldnt want to go back to verizon 3g, it sucks ass

    • yankeesusa

      At least the 3g/evdo penetration is better than sprint. When I had my sprint phone I had it rooted and I force roamed on verizon towers just to get a decent data speed inside stores. Most of the time verizon was great. It’s just verizon keeps adding customers so that speed is slowing down dramatically.

  • Christopher Moore

    Price is damn good but being tied to Verizon options and 3g sucks. My daughter is using ptel sevice with a Nokia 521 and it cost me only $10 to get started and the credit last for 60 days. 2 cent for text and 5 cent per minute with data use on wifi. It wouldn’t work for me (need data) but for a young teenager so far so good. I would spend the extra $100 to get the 16gig moto g just to have carrier flexibility.

    • hkklife

      I don’t believe anyone has confirmed yet if VZW is gonna carry the 8 or the 16GB version of the G. My guess would be the 8GB, since SO many of VZW’s flagship devices are still stuck at 16GB standard (GS4, DNA, Ultra, iPhones)

  • chris125

    If nothing else, this will make for a great iPod alternative

    • hkklife

      Too bad this will likely be the gimped 8GB storage version. Too bad no one released a quality Android device at that price to act as an iPod Touch competitor years ago.

    • Mitchman

      iPod alternative? People with smartphones still use iPods?

      • Xillra fe

        Some people (generally kids) do not have phones, or at least a smartphone.

  • bibbyboi

    That price isn’t worth the extra cost of their pre-paid plans, especially since their 3g sucks.

    • j973

      I agree . but on a hspa + its alot more usable

      • bibbyboi

        I agree with you. I go this phone for my wife and threw it on straight talk. It’s such a better phone than my old GNex. Not to mention you are paying more for the Verizon plans. I think it was $70 for unlimited min & text and 4 gb of data on Verizon pre paid. $45 for unlimited everything(data throttled down after 2.5gbs though) on ST.

    • yankeesusa

      Great point. I didn’t think about that. Might as well get it for tmobile or get this one and maybe put on pageplus.

      • bibbyboi

        That’s what I did for my wife. But you can’t buy this one from Verizon and throw it on tmo or any gsm carrier as far as I know. It’s cdma only. You have to pay a little more for the gsm unlocked version from Moto themselves.

        • yankeesusa

          I forgot to mention that. But for getting faster speeds and being able to switch between att, tmobile or straighttalk is worth it I think. Although pageplus is good too if you don’t go over 2.5gb of data which I do. I’m currently at 4gb.

  • j973

    No LTE and its on VERIZONS Crappy 3g network and im sure verizon will make this a prepaid phone only no thank you , better off on AT&T or Tmobile HSPA+

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      You mean better off with T-Mobile or ATT Prepaid LTE?

      If this thing has LTE Smfh I’d be all over it

  • skinja99

    If this had LTE, it would be quite an awesome deal.

  • sparty569

    How could you not?

  • Daistaar

    This will probably just have 3G or do we know the G specs?

  • Trevor

    That’s really cool for Motorola. I like what they’re doing nowadays. I would hate to be stuck with Verizon 3G though.

  • johnfake

    lol @ that photo being taken in a Best Buy store

    • jdubtrey

      “Best Buy Mobile” stores are small boutiques in malls.

  • Pat Leck
  • hero

    i’ll buy 25 of them. i have #off contract phone problems

    • Kevin

      Can you buy me one? 🙂

      • hero

        yessir. I’ve decided I’m more interested in giving than receiving in 2014

        • Well then, I’ll take one too 😛

  • bull3946

    I really like the Moto G.

    That said, it needs to be cheaper on Verizon as EVDO just isn’t going to hold up against HSPA, let alone HSPA+. Most of the time you will be lucky to break 1Mbps. On top of that, the EVDO infrastructure has reached end of life. It will continue to be serviced and will run for the next 8 years, but Verizon is going to make a pretty dramatic shift towards LTE only in the next 18 months for most areas of their business.

    Similarly, it doesn’t work well as a backup phone for post paid users for 2 reasons. First, Verizon requires pre-paid phones to be in use for a certain period of time before you can switch them to post paid. Second, switching back to a 3g phone is a hassle when you are on LTE. Assuming you can get Verizon to activate it at all on a post paid account, your SIM will likely need to be replaced when you move back to the LTE phone.

    Basically, the only market for this on verizon are people who spend most of their time on wifi and really only need voice and texting on the go.

    However, assuming activation can be bypassed, that phone is a KILLER “iPod Touch” replacement device at that price. I’d be tempted to pick one up for $99 just to use as a chromecast remote and music player around the house.

    • WickedToby741

      You wrote a lot of words to say this phone is best as a prepaid phone, which is exactly how it’s being sold.

      I’m sure you can use it for post-paid, but you’ll have to jump through hoops and I’m not sure why you’d want to use this phone. It’s 3G only and if you’re on a postpaid plan, you’re paying the subsidy every month in your bill. At that rate you’re better off upgrading every 2 years or going the Edge route. It makes perfect sense as a prepaid phone both for GSM carriers and Verizon and as a postpaid phone on AT&T and T-Mobile with the discounted monthly rates for BYOD, but I wouldn’t use it on a postpaid plan that doesn’t give me a discount for bringing my own phone.

    • hkklife

      Buy it, activate it with the minimum 1 month’s service , then cancel service and use it as a badass mini-tablet/Android “Touch” device.

      This thing would be really awesome if they attached a special promo plan just for it….say, 250 free minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data for $50/month (or less). VZW 3G blows but it’s still better than nothing in a pinch, especially for teens and old folks.

  • T4rd

    Does anyone know if Verizon will let you use this with a line that’s on-contract? I would assume so, but am just curious.

    • yankeesusa

      Yes you can. When I was at verizon I had many people buy the off contract phones at walmart and then come in store and activate it on a postpaid account because they damaged their phone. Verizon hates that and sometimes they even try to get you to not do it but I did it every time. I was more about customer service than making extra money. A repeat customer in the long run will make you more money. That is reason I no longer work there.

  • Jatt Monson

    Release date for this is January 6th.

  • steve0617

    Remember, that unless Verizon has changed their polices, one cannot purchase any Prepaid VZW phone and then immediately use it on an existing post paid plan. The phone can only be used on a post paid plan after it’s been a prepaid activated phone for at least 6 previous months.

    At least that’s how it was about a year ago when I was looking on Ebay for a cheap phone as a backup to my Razr Maxx HD.

  • jerflash

    How about if this phone is gsm unlocked just like every other phone from verizon in the past year? If that is the case then will anyone need to worry? just use it on any carrier you want

    • sirmipsalot

      That would be amazing but seems unlikely, no? Edit: This phone is verizon-3g-only. I don’t know why it would even have a SIM card.

    • WickedToby741

      It’s 3G only, so there’s no SIM slot for the LTE SIM. I doubt they’d include a SIM slot on a 3G only phone just so you can use it on other carriers, especially at that price.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    Sort of tempting. Also I find it funny that since I have a basic phone attached to my only VZW line I now am “eligible for an early upgrade”

    • steve0617

      Can’t do it. No prepaid new phones can be used on an existing post paid plan.

  • joejoe5709

    I don’t understand the hype for this phone. Phones two years old have virtually the same or better specs – including my lowly Gnex. Even at $100 prepaid, I’m struggling with this one.

    • lookatmyfunnyusername

      This actually surpasses the specs of 2 year old high end phones, which are still capable today, for 100 with less wear and tear. It’s actually crazy that I too am rocking a gnex when I paid top dollar for it and now better phones are significantly cheaper.

      • guesswhat

        Plus it has kitkat 4.4.2 only device to have it outside of nexus and gpe devices

    • T4rd

      The (quad-core) Snapdragon 400 in this absolutely murders the (dual core) OMAP 4460 in performance and power efficiency. I’d bet the display is considerably better too despite it having the same resolution since it’s an RGB IPS LCD vs a first gen pentile SAMOLED that ghosts horribly at low brightness and doesn’t get very bright (that was my experience with my two Gnex’s and observed the same with a friends Gnex). I’m sure battery life will be significantly better than the Gnex too, even if you disable LTE on the Gnex (this didn’t make much of a difference on my Gnex either, I actually think it was better on LTE). The only thing that would put this phone over the top for its price is if it had 2GBs of RAM, but since it only has half that, most people are dismissing it even at its $180 price. But if KitKat works as advertised and is better for memory management, then I don’t think that should matter as much.

    • Markus99

      I have a Moto G and am coming off a 2 year stint with a Gnex. Let me just say that the Gnex is easily a solid generation or more behind this thing. The G is faster, has better memory management, a better screen by far, is brand new and will be updated for the next 18-24 months. The battery is insanely good (today and yesterday I got 41 hours use and 5:45 screen time with mixed use on one charge). The build quality is very good. The camera is way better than the Gnex as well. It’s a big deal to get a phone this nice for under $200.

      • hkklife

        The ONLY areas where Gnex is superior to the G is removable battery, more internal storage and a slightly larger screen. Otherwise, the G stomps all over the Gnex (as well as many costlier handsets).

        • C

          GNEX does NOT have more internal.
          Moto has both 8GB & 16GB

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      This stomps all over the GNEX Specs please.

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      You seem to be regurgitating something that someone else said. In what way does the G have similar or worse specs than that crappy GNex?

  • dizel123

    I’m confused. Is it $99 or $100?

    • 99.49. 😛

    • David Mann


      EDIT: wtf happened to my overbar on .99?? Stupid unicode.

  • Franklin Ramsey

    Too bad 4G radios are not built into this. It’s still a good phone, 3G speeds on Verizon are unbearable.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Snapdragon 410

      • Franklin Ramsey

        I have no idea what point you are trying to make. This phone has a Snapdragon 400 in it.

        • StuckOnVerizonForever

          It will introduce low cost LTE phones.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Technically a snapdragon 400 has versions that have the LTE modem built in and there are low cost phones with those in them. This isn’t one of them. The Snapdragon 410 introduces 64 bit architecture, not low cost phones having LTE.

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            lol, 64bit and low cost LTE phones. Its not rocket science dude


          • Franklin Ramsey

            You do realize that the Snapdragon 400 already had LTE and was geared toward lower end phones, right? Yes, the snapdragon 410 is also geared toward lower end phones and has LTE. The thing the 410 introduces that no other qualcomm chip has yet is 64 bit support. So while your comment still makes sense, I have no idea what point you are trying to make as the snapdragon 400 which is in the Moto G could have included an LTE modem and still been a low cost phone.

    • Diablo81588

      Unbearable is a stretch. It works fine for web browsing or streaming music. Video is another story but HSPA isn’t much better in that regard. ATTs HSPA network is slower than Verizon’s 3g in the Houston area. T-Mobile’s is better but their coverage is spotty.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        Unbearable is correct in many places. In my neck of the woods Verizon still THINKS they have LTE deployed but they do not, so its 3G. The last time I used it, well, let’s just say I hope you didn’t need to actually do anything with it. Pages wouldn’t load, forget streaming music, etc. Their 3G can be fast, but in many places it is complete garbage.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Well, in my area it would be unbearable. Streaming music on Pandora and Google All Access stutter on 3G here and web browsing feels like dial up. Granted, the 3G in the area is usually .1-.5 megs a second, but that Isn’t very good at all. Calls and texts work great though.

  • Jonathan Ly

    No LTE though, and we don’t have HSPA so down to 3G…..still worth it to have a back up phone.

  • XboxOne

    Great job Motorola!

  • Jeff718

    “No annual contract* and only on Verizon!”

    *2-year annual contract required

    • blahblahblah

      It’s a prepaid phone. No 2 year contract required.

      • Jeff718

        Yeah I know. Was just a bad ‘evil Verizon’ joke. Cheers.

        • Jason Brown

          would have figured the /s was implied. lol

  • Wow. This is great news. A super budget friendly option on the best network in America. +1 to Motorola for this.

    *And by best, I refer to coverage and speeds – not their business model or practices.

    • DL reeder

      While I agree, speeds will be really shitty on this 3G

      • drparty

        All depends on your use. I couldn’t deal with it for any time at all, while my wife went from a 4g RAZRm to a 3g iPhone 4s and hasn’t noticed a difference. Some people just don’t use their phone to their full potential.

  • Keyan X

    Everyone will now have a backup phone….or two 😛

    • yungqb7

      Well it really can’t serve as a backup phone. It’s a 3G phone, so it’s not like you could pop in a sim and call it a day. Saw this phone a few days ago in store.

      • Brian Walz

        Don’t prepaid phones bought through retailers require 6 months from activation until activated on a month to month service?

        • hkklife

          Unless something has changed since 2011 when I did this, then yes that’s how it works.

      • Ryan Brantley

        Just curious…why can’t a 3G phone be a backup phone? A Nexus 4 is a 3G phone, could it not be a backup phone either?

        • Brian Walz

          It can be a backup phone. But it looks like you can only use 3G even though the tech spec say it supports a microsim. I don’t know if Verizon has those yet.

          • ERIFNOMI

            Verizon does have microSIMs (the X has a microSIM) but it’s irrelevant because CDMA phones don’t use SIM cards.

          • Keyan X

            The X and all new DROIDs are nanoSIM actually

          • Yes, the difference being, the SIM portion of any device on Verizon is only used for the LTE portion of the radio. The CDMA radios do not use a SIM card.

          • Keyan X

            I know I was just correcting his terminology

          • ERIFNOMI

            Of course. Regardless, Verizon has mini, micro, and nanoSIMs. I’ve had phones with each.

          • turdbogls

            ummmm….yes they do. well, Verizon LTE phones have SIM cards (my last 2) I understand thought that the CDMA part is still in the phone, where the LTE part (LTE is GSM) is handled by the SIM card.

          • ERIFNOMI

            Yeah…..I know. That’s why I said Verizon has all SIM sizes used by phones. I’ve has my fair share of LTE phones, trust me. But the G is CDMA only. It doesn’t need a SIM card.

        • Vernon

          Nexus 4 is hspa+, so speeds are solid. Verizon’s 3g is not as fast as DSL. Not to mention CDMA is not as simple as pop in a Sim like at&t. If Verizon says “no go” it’s a “no go,” unless you know the right people… I sell phones (for all carriers) by the way.

          • moew

            Well put sir! An N4 is exactly a 3G phone! Congratulations, here’s your prize! .*.

            Backup phone or hspa+ phone, it serves many more purposes than an onion!

          • D Nice

            Yes the speeds are solid. I have t mobile and I average 12-15 megs on hspa+.

          • Ryan Brantley

            Sweet. I know here where I am AT&T is the way to go as even the Verizon LTE is horrible. The only people in my area are the ones who previously had Alltel and rolled over due to the merger and then just kept the service despite being unhappy.

        • yankeesusa

          Yes, it can be a great backup. But at only 3g which on verizon is evdo compared to hspa with tmobile or att then the difference is pretty big. The so called “3g” from tmobile or att is on a different scale. On my brother in laws phone on 3g/evdo he gets around 1.2mbps and on my sprint phone I got .42mbps or less. On my tmobile phone running hspa+ I get 8mbps to 12mbps. It’s quite a different experience.

      • Markus99

        I have a Moto G on Tmo and the 3G is just fine for me. Either way, this is a great phone for ANY price and if you can get one for $100-200 you’re going to be thrilled with the results. It’s fast and the battery is amazing as well. I also expect it to be updated more than most phones as well.

        • Our point is 3G on Verizon is 1-2Mbps if you’re lucky, while on T-Mobile you get what, 10-20Mbps on 3G?

      • John Kitchen

        Call *228 and pop in your phone number and bam, it’s now your back up phone.

    • MistaButters

      I wonder if they will tie it to prepay only

      • turdbogls

        that was my thoughts exactly….we can’t use post-paid phones on pre-paid can we? pretty sure verizon could lock this down pretty good.
        either way, $100 for this phone is a GREAT price. i was thinking of hanging on to my G-nex as a media player, but if i can sell that for like $100 and pick up one of these I would totally do that. do they require you to sign up when purchasing?

        • imabot

          You are able to use the post-pay phones on Verizon’s pre-pay service, so long as they are solely 3G phones. The problem with the Moto G on prepaid, is that it has to be active on pre-pay service for at least 6 months before it can be activated on a post-pay account. I have never seen a pre-pay phone “locked” to the pre-pay service, except when it hasn’t been activated for the duration of the 6 month time period.

          • turdbogls

            do you know if it needs to be activated for any period of time for me to buy this? could i buy this with no monthly payment and use it as an media player around the house?

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