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Moto G Now Available Online at Verizon for $99

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Motorola’s ultra-affordable prepaid phone, the Moto G, is now available online at Verizon for $99.99 without a contract. Keep in mind that this phone only works on Verizon’s 3G network, not 4G LTE, and also can’t be taken to another network. With that said, it’s still a heck of a deal should you be in the market for a cheap prepaid phone that carries itself like a phone that would typically sell for hundreds more. 

If you do decide to buy the Moto G for Verizon, you have a couple of prepaid plan options. Verizon has a $60 plan that includes unlimited talk and text, plus 2GB of data. If you need more data, they have a second $70 plan that jumps the data up to 4GB.

We picked up the Moto G on Verizon last week through Best Buy. To see our thoughts, check out the video below.

Via:  Verizon
  • MG

    A deal that really isn’t a deal – Verizon $99 Moto G comparison
    http://35orless.com/blogs/news/11512425-verizons-fools-deal-prepaid-moto-g-99

  • valkyrie743

    So this won’t work on straight talk??

  • Erfan Nazari

    is it global capable like RAZR?

  • ianflo

    This may be random. But would i be able to get this for $100 and swap out the screen for my wife’s cracked moto x screen, since moto wants to charge $200 to fix that?

    • gabe

      No, the screen on the G is very different from the X. The housing mounting is different so it wouldnt work, not to mention the screen itself

      • ianflo

        thanks for the info!

      • kixofmyg0t

        I think you’re on here more than I am now lol.

  • Rob

    Will this work on page plus?

    • Nate Bousfield

      I’m pretty sure I read that it won’t.

  • Dave

    this would be a good in between phone, if you happened to break yours before your contract is up.

  • Roberto Taylor

    Is this for prepaid ONLY, or can you add the phone to an existing plan?

    • steve0617

      Prepaid only. I’ve asked many times of many people at VZW support over the last week, and they all come back prepaid for 6 months active then can be moved to post paid.

      • Roberto Taylor

        That’s stupid, but I guess that’s how they make their money if they want to be able to sell it at $99.

      • Hothfox

        Can you already have a prepaid line with a different pre-paid phone on it for, say, 5 months already, buy the Moto G, put that on the pre-paid line for another month, and then move it over to a post-paid, seeing how you’ve now been on pre-paid for 6 months?

        I’m not actually doing this myself, just posing the question.

        • steve0617

          I don’t think so. It’s not a prepaid account with anything for 6 months, it’s that particular IMEI of the Moto G that has to be registered for 6 months before it can be moved to a post paid.

          • Hothfox

            Ah. That’s disappointing. Just playing devil’s advocate.

          • steve0617

            I’m just guessing here though. Everything VZW said was ‘phone for 6 months’ not ‘plan for 6 months.’

            I could be wrong.

  • loony2nz

    My Droid Mini just pulled in 48mbs down and pushed 23mbs up on speedtest. That’s an insane speed for VZW out here in San Francisco. Don’t think I could go back to 3G after seeing these numbers.

    • Hothfox

      Seriously. My area is fairly saturated, and I only get about 9mbps on 4G LTE. I can’t imagine what 3G would be like.
      I get about 20mbps at my parent’s house in rural nowhere NY because we’re probably the only family in the area on the tower.

      • jimt

        He must be 10 feet from a tower.

        • Hothfox

          I think my parent’s house is about 5 miles away from the area’s tower.

          Also, I just realize what you meant. Yeah, probably. I’m not 100% sure where the towers are around my office, but on the daily I only get about 9mbps down. I’m blaming it mostly on saturation, though. A few years ago when LTE first rolled out, it was a bit faster here.

  • loony2nz

    I’m confused. I thought VZW wanted to be rid of 3G and move everyone to LTE? This new addition keeps the 3G spectrum alive longer. Did I miss something?

    • Adrynalyne

      Prepaids are treated as disposable devices. Contracts keep 3G alive longer more than prepaid does.

    • LTE4G

      Not for a long time, I’m sure they will leave a small slice for 3G/1X and eventually force people to upgrade as the service gets so bad. CDMA only needs 1.25Mhz channel so to leave one running would not waste much/any real spectrum http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellular_frequencies with the 800Mhz band being 25mhz I would presume that there will be some left over maybe 5Mhz, why not allocate that to prepaid aka 1X/3G? I don’t know why not.

    • NexusMan

      Verizon didn’t manufacture the phone. Verizon has long had a prepaid plan option and their prepaid plans ONLY utilize their 3G network. The Moto G is the best phone to operate on one of those plans.

  • d-rock

    Hope other prepaid carriers do this!

    • jimt

      It would be nice to see the Tmo version at $100 or less also.

  • Detonation

    FYI bootloader cannot be unlocked like it can on the gsm version. No surprise being a Verizon device.

    • NexusPhan

      Thanks for the heads up

  • John Legere

    Or leave Verizon, and I’ll pay your ETF.

    • David Narada Brown

      I LIKE THIS GUY ^! If T mobile improves coverage in my country a** towns i would love to join the uncarrier program!

    • Philip J. Fry

      This guy knows what’s up!

      • Eric R.

        I’d switch, but Verizon’s only $10 more and I get 3G and 4G where I live. With tmobile I’d only get 2G

    • Cael

      LOL

    • Ryan

      Fake account. But i like the point regardless

      • Adrynalyne

        Yes, it is ForeverStuckOnVerizon.

      • John Legere

        Obviously, cant people have some fun around here

        • Plazmic Flame

          With that name you can pretty much say anything, lol

    • johnaferraro

      Ur the man John.

    • jack584

      Disqus needs to add verified accounts so we know if its the actual CEO posting. I think the Motorola CEO posted here and people called him fake too.

      • Adrynalyne

        This one is for sure fake, I saw him change it yesterday, including the avatar.

        • jack584

          haha makes sense. but verified accounts would be a nice feature for disqus

          • Adrynalyne

            Yes, would be nice.

      • John Legere

        You do realize the actual CEO wouldn’t post on a tech site, right?

    • tyguy829

      seriously? first Tyler Durden, then StuckOnVerizonForever, now this?

    • NexusMan

      Really?

  • Jeff Badger

    It’s also a fantastic deal if you want an 8GB Android version of an iPod touch.

    • Manbearpig

      Turn it into a wi-fi house phone for the kids

    • NexusPhan

      How can you buy this without selecting a plan? I tried and it forces me to pay for the first month’s service.

      • Jeff Badger

        Best Buy sells it for the exact same price.

        • NexusMan

          The second to last line of this post: “We picked up the Moto G on Verizon last week through Best Buy.” Yes, Best Buy DOES sell the VERIZON version of the Moto G for that price, because that is the price of the VERIZON Moto G. You have to select a plan for the 1st month’s service as it is prepaid only on Verizon.

    • Doug

      So did someone figure out how to get into the phone without activating it?

      • Ed Callahan

        Yes. On second screen, after selecting language, pull down notification screen. Hit recent apps button. Swipe the activation app away.

  • T S

    great device but after having LTE , Verizon’s CDMA/3G service is painfully slow.

    • David Narada Brown

      there’s no way i could go back to just 3g on verizon. its not worth paying for a data package.

      • Jared Denman

        With most ppl on lte now their 3G service isn’t as bad as it used to be. Our company just switched from sprint to Verizon (iPhone 4s) and it’s a TON better than sprints 3G. It’s actually faster than sprints lte here.

        • David Narada Brown

          Sprints lte is 2g

      • NexusMan

        It’s not intended for those of us already on LTE. That’s what the Moto X is for.

        • David Narada Brown

          yea ur right but the price difference will still get people to look at it first!