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Verizon Quietly Launches the Motorola Luge, a Rebranded RAZR M for Prepaid

Months ago, sources of ours told us that Verizon had plans to launch a device called the Motorola Luge, which was nothing but a rebranded DROID RAZR M aimed at their prepaid service. Today, that phone has arrived.

When I say that this is a rebranded DROID RAZR M, I’m not kidding. This is the RAZR M, only with a new name. Verizon and Motorola didn’t even remove the kevlar backing, they just changed the name. Also, their support pages list both devices, since they are, well, the same thing. 

As a recap, the RAZR M Luge sports a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2,000mAh battery, 8GB storage, micro SD slot, Android 4.4.2, and can connect to Big Red’s LTE network. Also, this is the RAZR M from two years ago, when Verizon introduced the RAZR HD. This is a two-year old phone that was mid-range when it first became available.

You can grab the Luge for $299 at full retail or $199 with prepaid service.

Via:  Verizon
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  • Roderick

    Will I have official Android L in my Droid Razr M then?

  • Nunyur_Biznezz

    Funny everyone complains about this yet no one says a thing about the fact the iPhone 4s is still being sold both postpaid and prepaid. And it came out a year before the Razr M. It’s not even a 4G phone and has a 3.5″ screen. Yet Verizon gets blasted for selling this?

  • TSON1

    The Motorola wad of spit? Who’s in charge of naming these?

  • Dustin Miller

    RAZR M on CM11… <3
    But I am over the size of the device. I went from the Bionic to the RAZR M since I thought the Bionic was a bit big for my tastes. I can safely say I want to go for a larger device (Moto X?) next.

    • jimt

      Not into cameras, I guess.

      • Dustin Miller

        Ah, yeah, shutter lag sucks. Nothing beats missing a Kodak moment 2 milliseconds after and getting a blurry pic instead.
        Might be worth it to look at another brand…though I wonder how the newer Motos fare.

        • jimt

          I was speaking of the moto x. Sorry.

  • SmokeNMirrors

    I wonder if this means it (and the RAZR HD/MAXX) will be supported another 2 years! lol

  • RoadsterHD1

    Is this the Intel processor?

    • Ryan

      No, the only Moto device to have an Intel CPU was the RAZR i, and that was for another market in Europe if I recall. No mobile phone here in the states has one that I recall.

      • RoadsterHD1

        OH yeah, you’re right, thanks for the update much appreciated.

  • C-Law

    Lol, and people thought this was fake

  • Ian

    I shall term thee ‘loogie’ like the wad of spit it resembles

  • Droid Ronin

    Isn’t the Moto G a better deal when it comes to specs and software support?

    • haha

      no 4g

      • hkklife

        No LTE and no microSD slot in the OG Moto G which VZW does offer. Now, the Moto G LTE has, well, LTE and a microSD slot. Would’ve made an eminently better choice for a prepaid offering. My deal is that Moto and/or VZW had a warehouse full of these suckers somewhere that they had to figure out what to do with.

  • hkklife

    A RAZR HD or HD Maxx would have made a lot more sense. Or just a G LTE. Alas. This thing should be priced at $149 full retail, TOPS.

  • Tim

    I still have the RAZR M. It’s a solid mid-range phone with a not-so-huge screen (if pocket size is your thing.) It officially has 4.4.2 and the Moto release of it is really paired down with the minimal blur. Once you Towelroot and Unlock it you have a pretty slick platform that takes CM11 pretty well and there is also a nice Psuedo GPE ROM for it that is the stock 4.4.2 that has been handily debloated and has some nice graphical ports from the Android L preview.

    That being said, I have NO IDEA (despite my love for this phone) why anyone in their right mind would pay $299 or $199 for a prepaid Verizon version of this phone when you can get a Moto G GPE for $179/$199 and the G has a better screen, more internal memory, better cpu, better camera, no bloat, a bigger battery, and almost identical exterior dimensions.

    The only thing the RAZR M / LUGE offers is an External SD (Which I LOVE) but I wouldn’t buy a 2012 mid range device for $299 when I can grab a better 2014 mid range device for $100 less. Silly Verizon.

    • C-Law

      I don’t think anyone should buy this old phone anymore either but it does have one thing over the moto g, 4g lte

    • Agree on mostly everything but the RAZR M still has some better features.

      S4 > Any S400
      Adreno 225 > Adreno 305
      LTE > 3G

    • Nunyur_Biznezz

      Tim it’s $199 not $299 where in the f–k are you getting $299? So $100 less is $99. Good luck finding a mid range device for $99 full price.

      • Atlanta Owner

        Verizon charges $299 for it on their post paid side if you buy it for that service and they charge $199 for it on their prepaid side for prepaid use only.

  • Matt Virus

    RAZR M can be rooted with towelroot and unlocked with motopocalypse (after taking the OTA 4.4.2 update or flashing the 4.4.2 with RSD-lite). It’s a very good phone with an AOSP/CM-style rom flashed on it….

  • Jprime

    why is the messaging app replaced in all the Verizon adds?

    • Cael

      They’re really pushing it.

    • SJ

      Because its one of the few apps that are worth having from VZW. I use it on my phones and tablets.

      • TylerCameron

        lolwut? That’s a joke, right?

  • I had that phone for a while. It got bogged down faster than Luke on Dagobah

    • C-Law

      It really did. I hear CM solves that but when I had that phone last summer only root was possible

      • I bought it to take to the gym only, and even that because a nuisance when trying to log my workout. I never put CM on it though.

    • Lucky Armpit

      Upvote for a most awesome Star Wars reference

  • Cael

    So this should be pure profit for Motorola right? Good for them.

  • Damian

    I thought this wasn’t important?

  • SonOfEris

    I like my RAZR M, but I wouldn’t pay $199 for it today. It’s only worth $15 in like new condition on Gazelle!

    • mcdonsco

      Gazelle? Seriously?

      • picaso86

        Swappa maybe….

        • mcdonsco

          It just amazes me that today’s consumers actually support the absolute RIP OFF that is Gazelle (and similar).

          They’ll currently give you $230 for a Note 3 in flawless condition there. Complete ripoff.

          • picaso86

            I bought my OG Razr off Swappa and it was in great condition. No problems at all…

          • mcdonsco

            My comments are referencing GAZELLE (in response to the guy that quoted the m on there)…not Swappa.

          • picaso86

            My apologies

          • mcdonsco

            No worries 🙂

          • Nunyur_Biznezz

            What are they supposed to give you. You do realize they are in business to make a profit.

          • Jimneezy

            Profit? Then turn around and sell it back for $50 less than the original price? That’s not profit that’s a rip off

          • mcdonsco

            Nothing…its a business that shouldn’t exist. The fact that there are people out there dumb enough to take $230 for a $500 phone is what amazes me.

    • jimt

      Dropped a little it was $30 about 8 months ago.

  • Bryan Mills

    Oh god. Don’t tell me it’s running Blur.

    Why couldn’t they give us the Droid Maxx at $299. Damn you, Verizon.

    • Tony Spencer

      Luge = 4.4.2 Razr M = 4.1 OOO K!

      • Cael

        The RAZR M also has 4.4.2

        • hkklife

          All of the late 2012 Moto VZW lineup (RAZR HD, RAZR M, RAZR HD Maxx) has KK 4.4.2 due to essentially identical SoCs and innards.

      • cadtek91

        RAZR m has KitKat too. (Source: both siblings have it)

        • Tony Spencer

          I was going by the specs listed on VZW.

    • Pootis Man

      No it’s not running blur.