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Umm, Best Buy, the Moto G for Verizon Doesn’t Have 4G LTE

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According to Best Buy’s listing for the Moto G on Verizon, the phone magically grew a 4G LTE radio over night. In other words, their listing is wrong. The Moto G (unless Best Buy is selling a version that even Motorola doesn’t know about) does not have the ability to connect to an LTE network. No sir, not the GSM version or this CDMA variant that works on Verizon’s 3G network. Again, it almost certainly lacks the radio, probably as a cost cutting measure to keep the phone at its insanely low $179 and $99 price points. 

Below we have the screenshot from Best Buy’s listing that references “4G LTE.” You’ll also see “4G LTE” listed in the specs column, but please try to ignore that as well. I would guess that Best Buy is so used to adding “4G LTE” to every single phone listing, since just about every single American phone has LTE, that they simply slipped up.

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Here is a look at Motorola’s own spec list for the phone, which clearly does not mention the words “4G” or “LTE” anywhere:

no lte

Not only does the CDMA model not have an LTE radio, but it also doesn’t appear to have a SIM slot. For those new to the game, you need a SIM card from Verizon in order to activate a phone on their LTE network. Since this is just a 3G phone, I’d imagine the only ways to connect it is through *228 or by having a Verizon rep do some dirty work.

One last time – the Verizon Moto G does not have 4G LTE. Hopefully, Best Buy corrects this before too many people think they just grabbed the steal of the century.

Via:  Best Buy
Cheers Carlyle and Lon!
  • ruben

    hey guys, cant i change it for the gsm version, the one that has a sim slot? i thought this phone had one. what can i do ?

  • Daniel

    Technically speaking LTE is 3G technology. not 4G., LTE-ADVANCED is 4g though

  • mcdonsco

    Huh, I don’t have a need for this phone, but for some reason at $99 I want to buy it anyway…WTF

  • Anon

    Already fixed.

  • Averix

    The Best Buy page is fixed. Disaster averted.

  • Hothfox

    Does the Moto G only work on Verizon’s pre-paid, or will it work on their post-paid plans as well?

    I’m not actually buying one, just curious, I guess.

  • jt

    Just like the other day for a full day they were advertising a sale on the “iPod Touch 5th Generation 32MB”

  • TheWenger

    Just got LTE on Sprint in Winston-Salem after jumping from VZW G-Nex to get on the Sprint family plan with a Nexus 5. Only had to deal with about two months of data speed shock.

    • Maxim∑

      I had a 5S (Now nexus 5 on tmobile no bullets please) on Sprint downloads of 0.03mb upload was 0.05.Sprints “LTE ” was the equivalent of tmobiles HSPA+.

      • TheWenger

        I’m at about 8 mb download and 1.5-2ish upload. Pretty solid.

    • CHRIS42060

      I went from Sprint LTE to AT&T LTE. I was getting 4 – 5 mbps with Sprint (topping out at 10 mbps once), and my top with AT&T has been 46 mbps, and I rarely drop below 20 mbps.

  • Guy Pierce

    It’s Verizon… What else did you expect? Glad I jumped ship!

    • jack584

      lol its not verizons fault it doesn’t have lte

      • Big_EZ

        It may be. They don’t allow LTE phones on their pre-paid plans. It may have still only been 3g of Verizon allowed LTE, but we don’t know. They can get away with not having LTE easier on GSM.

        • Adrynalyne

          No..the ad was clearly a typo from Best Buy. There was never any question whether the G would have LTE on any carrier.

          • Big_EZ

            I know it wasn’t planned to have LTE. What I was saying is that if Verizon allowed 4g phones on their pre-paid plans then maybe Motorola would have put LTE in the CDMA version since GSM can deliver decent speeds but Verizon 3g can’t.

          • Adrynalyne

            Unlikely, for cost reasons.

          • Hothfox

            I have to believe this is why the Moto G doesn’t have LTE. Plus the fact that it was originally only sold internationally, where LTE isn’t as well built out yet.

        • dizel123

          Um, no. The G is an international phone. Its been selling in other countries for a month, and none of the versions were ever intended to have LTE. But if you want to think that Verizon can influence Motorola’s international strategies, go ahead and enjoy a life of blissfull ignorance.

          • Big_EZ

            Well they did make a CDMA version, so Verizon did influence this phone. Most cheaper global phones are GSM only.

    • Adrynalyne

      Best Buy incompetence made you leave Verizon? Mind= blown.

      • Chris

        but who’s network is it on. Thats right.

        move along…

        • Adrynalyne

          The Moto G doesn’t have LTE on any carrier, fool.

          • Chris

            did I say it had LTE?

            you are very feisty. calm down child.

          • Adrynalyne

            Learn to read the article?

            Let me, help, with just the TITLE:

            “Umm, Best Buy, the Moto G for Verizon Doesn’t Have 4G LTE”

          • Chris

            I did read it. you are the one thats throwing a huge fit over nothing.

            anyway i’m down with you child. Take this and Have a nice day.

          • Adrynalyne

            I am not throwing a fit. I am just bemused by your typical idiotic comments that have no context and make no sense.

            “Derp, lets bash Verizon for a Best Buy typo!”

          • Chris Hannan

            A chill tablet?

          • Daistaar

            That’s way too high a dosage…

      • Guy Pierce

        No I left because I was tired of their crap. We hate Google so we are not going to carry nexus products. Tied to unlimited plan and phones that I can’t upgrade without being forced off. I switched to T-mobile. Yes an inferior network but love the direction the company is moving. And honestly I have no issues with the coverage at all. In fact areas that I did not have coverage with Verizon; I do now!

        • Adrynalyne

          I was just joking with ya ;)

          In this case though, it was Best Buy’s crap.

          I have two weeks left on my Verizon contract!

          • Guy Pierce

            Yes I know and I should have been more clear in my initial comment above. But, looks like I started an all out comment war instead!

          • Adrynalyne

            Chris comments with nonsensical BS, and yeah, I always fall for it.

          • Guy Pierce

            I have to admit the “Chill Pill” comment from him was hilarious. I actually laughed out load!

    • dizel123

      No, its not Verizon, but don’t let that stop you from being an idiot.

      • Guy Pierce

        Read the whole conversation before speaking please. Thanks.

        • dizel123

          I don’t need to read the whole thing to see that you’re an idiot.
          Thanks

          • Guy Pierce

            From post above:

            Guy Pierce
            “I left because I was tired of their crap. We hate Google so we are not going to carry nexus products. Tied to unlimited plan and phones that I can’t upgrade without being forced off. I switched to T-mobile. Yes an inferior network but love the direction the company is moving. And honestly I have no issues with the coverage at all. In fact areas that I did not have coverage with Verizon; I do now!”

            Now if you would have read everything you would see that that was not the only reason I dislike Verizon.

          • dizel123

            And none of that has anything to do with Best Buy putting LTE in their ad when its not LTE. Nothing in this article has anything to do with anything Verizon has done so your comment about Verizon and your dislike of them has no place here.
            Hence you;re an idiot.

          • Guy Pierce

            “You’re” Hence!

          • Adrynalyne

            No, you just didn’t read the parts which would explain to you why you are an idiot for responding as such.

          • dizel123

            Ok, you can get off mommy’s computer now. She’s warned you about talking like that to grown ups. You’re gonna get grounded and won’t be able to watch Power Rangers

          • Adrynalyne

            Masking your lack of intelligence with calling people kids, how cute.

          • dizel123

            I’m flattered that you think I’m cute, but you’re really not my type.
            I’m sure Sally will go to the homecoming dance with you though.Be brave, ask her out.

          • Adrynalyne

            That is quite the defense mechanism you have going on there.

          • dizel123

            I see you’ve read a couple chapters ahead and saw the term “defense mechanism.” You’re gonna feel silly when your teacher covers that subject next semester and you realize you completely misused the term. Luckily you’re not getting graded on this so you don’t have to worry about your report card looking any worse.

          • Adrynalyne

            I bet you are simple enough to have a need for the last word, too.

  • Daniel Richardson

    I thought it wasn’t available until the 9th.. I added it my cart and selected a store for pickup today.. I didn’t order it… does anyone know if this could be activated on a post paid account.. I mean $100 for a pretty decent back up phone is a pretty good deal IMHO..

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Good question. In theory it should work. I activated two dumbphones on my Verizon account through their website. It will likely kill the SIM card though, so you’d probably be better off snagging a used 4G device off Swappa for a backup.

    • Big_EZ

      I believe it can, but not until you’ve had pre-paid service on it for 6 months. I don’t know this for sure, but many others are saying this on the other Moto G articles. I’d call Verizon to verify before you drop $100 on it.

  • Adam Truelove

    No price is worth not having 4G. Verizon’s 3G is terrible.

    • Walter Partlo

      VZW’s LTE isn’t all that anymore either.

      • Adam Truelove

        It’s still WAY better than their 3G.

        • Walter Partlo

          Its a whole G better. :)

      • fanboy1974

        Too bad I lost my unlimited data to truly find out.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Its called a backup phone

      • Neil Fujiwara

        I would rather have a 2011 phone as my back-up phone. Galaxy Nexus, Bionic, or Razr/Razr Maxx all have 4G LTE radios. Granted they can sluggish with Jelly Bean, but if I am just using it for a few days, I would rather have the LTE connectivity.

        • StuckOnVerizonForever

          Lol long battery life and no LTE or terrible battery life and LTE.

          Easy decision for me

      • Big_EZ

        Except for the fact that you can’t use it as a backup phone unless you have had it on pre-paid service for 6 months.

    • Diablo81588

      Its not that bad. Very reliable.

  • Teng Taing

    GO HOME Best Buy, you’re drunk….

    • Chris

      over used and old phase.

      • Hothfox

        Who peed in your cereal this morning?

  • Ben Murphy

    But does it have the WiFis and GeeBeez?

    • CivilDroid

      and the dual cores? :)

      • AshtonTS

        quad cores actually :)

        • Scott

          Moar coars…

  • Daniel

    I was equally shocked when I learned the Moto G didn’t have LTE since every phone for the last 2 years on Verizon has supported their LTE network…but hey, gotta shovel crap at the pre-paid crowd…

    • jack584

      the g is better then any other phone that verizon offers on prepaid

      • Maxim∑

        people dont usually join VZW for prepaid

        • Big_EZ

          This phone will make Verizon pre-paid a more viable option.

    • Droid Ronin

      I can understand that they decide to skimp on the LTE radio to bring the cost down and also targeting the international market where LTE is not available in all places. What they shouldn’t have skimped out on is the NFC chip since those are pretty cheap nowadays.

  • picaso86

    I am sure people will be returning once they figure that part out.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Dumbasses. Smh.

  • WAldenIV

    Admittedly I haven’t been following the G closely, but I’m surprised Verizon would allow a phone in 2014 to be released without 4G. Wasn’t 4G rumored to be required for all new phones last year?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      This is prepaid I don’t think that applied to prepaid… In fact I don’t think they even cared about their prepaid until now.

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        Yeah, I think the requirement was postpaid only, not prepaid. Clearly, the move surprised Best Buy as well heh.

    • anezarati

      does verizon even offer 4G on their prepaid plans?

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        No, they do not. And I can’t even think of a reasonable excuse for them not to.

        • Ian

          More LTE for their contract customers? Incentive to move from prepaid to a contract?

        • Hothfox

          Reasonably consumer-orriented excuses, no. Reasonably good business decision excuses, yes. If pre-paid service was the same as their post-paid service only cheaper, no one would go for post-paid, even without the 2 year contract. I would know – I went with AT&T pre-paid for a while because it is the exact same service as their post-paid, but about $30/month cheaper.

    • Big_EZ

      They don’t even allow 4g phones on their pre-paid plans.

    • michael arazan

      I remember that statement about Verizon only selling smartphones with LTE a little over a year ago, reported by this site. This does kind of go back on the statement they released.

      • Big_EZ

        That was about their post-paid plans, this is for their pre-paid plans. They don’t allow LTE phones on their pre-paid plans.

  • DroidzFX

    BB employee: See how that 3g symbol is kinda glowing…that means LTE.

    • Gowel

      You might be a Best Buy employee, but hopefully you don’t work anywhere near the phone department.

      • Nikuliai

        and here we have another person who can’t really understand sarcasm