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Motorola Brings Moto G4 Play to US, Amazon Gets “Prime Exclusive” for Just $99

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Back in July, Motorola brought the new Moto G family to the US as the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus (unboxing). Today, they are adding to the family by also introducing the Moto G4 Play, a phone that manages to be even less expensive, yet avoids dropping all of the way down to the Moto E family.

Starting at just $149.99, you are looking at a phone with a Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage with microSD support, 5-inch HD (720p) display, 2800mAh battery, 8MP rear camera (f/2.2), 5MP front camera (f/2.2), water repellent coating, and Android 6.0.1. As you can tell from that last, this isn’t even really a mid-range device and really there for those on a strict budget. It comes in either black or white. 

Speaking of budgets, if $149.99 is too much for you, the Moto G4 Play is the latest Amazon Prime Exclusive phone, which means you can get one with Amazon ads embedded on the lock screen for even cheaper. At $99.99, this phone can be yours, assuming you don’t mind living with an Amazon ad or two.

In terms of connectivity, Motorola is selling the Moto G4 Play as an unlocked phone (XT1607) that works on all major US carriers. They will also sell a Verizon-specific version (XT1609) as a prepaid device. But again, the unlocked version works on Verizon too.

The new Moto G4 Play is up for pre-order today at Amazon, B&H Photo, and Motorola.com. On September 15, pre-orders and store availability arrive, with Motorola and Verizon adding themselves to the list.

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  • dr_sn0w

    Just wanted to say I received a defective G4 Play and Amazon replaced it in two days and the second one doesn’t have the same prob. .

  • Gary Freshley

    Are any of these Moto G phones going to be Moto Assist compatible?? My newer G3 doesn’t and it’s sorely missed after my Moto X 1G. Don’t see why Google or Moto would abandon such a useful app.

    • dr_sn0w

      Is that the thing it does when you say “Hello moto x, read me my text msgs?”

      • Gary Freshley

        No, Moto Assist app allows the phone to announce Msgs or Phone call while driving, it can/will read aloud a msg or ask if you want to take the call and puts in Speaker Phone for a conversation. Basically allows Hands-Free operation, as well as other features.

  • 6stringslinger

    On the G4 Amazon ad promo version, you can remove the ads also. Problem is, moto will NOT allow you to unlock the bootloader. Assuming the G4 play edition promo with ads will work the same, don’t buy either G4 promo version Amazon is offering, if you want to root the phone.

    • dr_sn0w

      Not true. I unlocked her bootloader last night. Cannot remember how. I think I went to About Phone and tapped the Build# a bunch of times, backed one page and went to the new developer options and then looked around in there to find bootloader unlock and slid the option to the right…

      • 6stringslinger

        Dr. Snow, that does NOT unlock the bootloader. What you did is give your consent to making your bootloader unlockable, should you (or whoever has control of the phone) wish to try to unlock the bootloader. But Moto will not give you the code to actually unlock the bootloader. You can only do that with non-“Amazon promotion” G4 or G4 play or G4 plus models. Sorry to have to tell you that. Bummer, bro.

        • dr_sn0w

          damn. thanks

  • Looks great!
    Thanks for the article
    #Recommended

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  • Dominick White

    Not a bad phone, but I will probably just stick with the moto g4 that I ordered two nights ago from Amazon for my little brother

    • dr_sn0w

      dude it’s probably the same thing

  • Fernky101

    Is this phone better then the Moto X 2013?

    • Define better, if you don’t need NFC or the bigger screen, then, as far as specs go, I would say probably. Compare them on something like GSMArena.

      • Fernky101

        The phone might be a replacement for my wife’s phone. Processor/speed wise, this should run smoother than her dying moto x

        • dr_sn0w

          Hey bro. This is funny. I had gotten the x 2013 for my wife too. The only sucky thing I have noticed after upgrade is the g4play from amazon for $99 does not connect to my home 5ghz wifi. Maybe it’s a setting I need to tweak on the new phone. Not sure but I just wanted to put that out there in the interim in case it is not a setting issue and is a dealbreaker for you/her. Overall she likes the g4play from amazon (the ad-filled $99 version) better than the x 2013. Good luck. I even have it up on r+ (ringplus.net) free after the initial $3x (under $40) setup fee and 7,000 minutes & texts and mms and 7gb data +. Requires the same sim that the volt 2 boost mobile phone uses. Dont waste your time asking Sprint for 1… Also, some guy posted a link above to remove the ads. Although unethical, I am so broke I couldn’t spend the extra $50 so I will try it and if I fail, there’s always a replacement waiting from Amazon, one of the richest retailers (sorry Mr. Bezos). lol

  • Bourne, Jason C.

    This type of connectivity should really be the new standard with phones in the US. This phone is dirt-cheap and can connect with everybody… I know carriers want to make money off selling phones locked to their network, but…..this just seems so easy that everyone should do it (even if people never take advantage of it, it’s nice to have the option of being unlocked).

    • NeilOMalley

      Amen

  • br_hermon

    I haven’t been on the market for a new phone until now.. but my head’s nearly spinning with all the different models and variations of Moto devices now. What’s what anymore?

  • Cdub

    Yea I would spend the extra $50 to NOT have ads on a phone.

  • Mike Dillinger

    if your going to complain about the Amazon Add-on’s don’t buy it from Amazon.

    • ASYOUTHIA✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Why can’t Amazon just give it away for $99 WITHOUT the ads?! UGGGHH!

      • vzwuser76

        They’re eating the $50 difference so that they can show ads and possibly sell you other merchandise. What benefit is it to them just to slash $50 off the price with no way to recover it?

      • Terrance Steiner

        You can get the $149 version on Amazon without adds. The $99 is subsidized by the adds. You can always just deactivate the app feeding the adds. No root needed. Someone earlier in the comments explained how.

  • Keith Taylor

    Would this work on the pay as you go guys that are not connected to the big 4.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I don’t see why not. None of these pay as you go guys have their own network. They run off of the big 4.

      • BobButtons

        But some still only work on specific devices. Fi is just Nexus (apparently it can unofficially work with others but only a single network). Republic is limited to their specific line-up as well.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Well they don’t really count if you can only use their devices. The phones themselves have all the necessary bands.

  • Me

    A good trap phone

    • mcdonsco

      What is a trap phone? Heard it a few times but never bothered asking before.

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    • JRomeo

      what is a trap phone?

      • Me

        Back up phone

        • JRomeo

          then why not call it a backup phone instead?

          • athom07

            Are you looking for someone to explain why slang terminology is used as opposed to the standard term?

          • JRomeo

            good point. however most slang doesn’t have commenters asking ‘what does that mean?’ so if you like using the word trap instead of backup, then you’ll be explaining it for the rest of your life, lol.. mcdonsco above also asked, but he later edited his comment, he must have googled it.

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      • TypoCorrecto

        Googles “trap phone”
        Look at that, the first link…
        http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Trap%20Phone

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I have a moral objection to ads on a phone… But if you’ve ever had a kindle the ads were literally no big deal. I actually got some deals from them.

    • BobButtons

      On my Kindle I actually almost prefer them. Rather have an image of a cheeseburger as a screensaver than some old dude I don’t recognize. But I agree, not on my phone.

    • I got the G4 Amazon edition to play with, and honestly, its not bad. I rarely notice them – but its not my primary device either.

    • Mike

      Takes 30 seconds with ADB to disable the ads. No root needed.