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$179 Motorola Moto G Available For Pre-Order Now, Ships Dec 2

Motorola has put up a pre-order page for the GSM version of the Moto G with shipping promised for Dec 2. The G is a lower cost, non-LTE version of  the Moto X targeted at customers in emerging markets and prepaid customers everywhere.

The Moto G is priced at $179 for the 8 GB model and $199 for the 16 GB variant. Sales tax is charged in most states but shipping is free.

The Moto X is sold un-locked. There are separate US and Global GSM versions available. Both have quad-band GSM support for voice, text and 2G data worldwide. The US version fully supports all of the T-Mobile and AT&T's HSPA+ 3G/4G bands but no international 3G/4G bands. The international version supports common international HSPA+ bands plus both of AT&T's HSPA+ bands, but only one of the two bands used for T-Mobile.

Motorola has confirmed that the CDMA model of the Moto G will be available in the US in January through carriers only, not directly from Motorola. Verizon has indicated that it will offer the CDMA Moto X as a prepaid phone.

Other than the lack of LTE and a relatively modest camera, the Moto G has far better specs than are typical of a sub-$200 phone:
  • Operating system: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with upgrage to 4.4 KitKat in January
  • Processor; Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
  • Internal storage capacity: 8 GB standard, 16 GB version available
  • Two years 50 GB storage free on Google Drive
  • Display: 4.5 inches diagonal (11.3 cm), 1280 x 720 HD, 329 ppi
  • Connectivity: Micro USB, 3.5 mm headset jack
  • Battery: 2070 mAh. Mixed usage up to 24 hours
  • Rear camera: 5 MP auto-focus with LED flash and 30 fps 720p video capture
  • Front camera: 1.3 MP with 30 fps 720p video capture
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: 4.0
  • Dimensions: 129.9 x 65.9 x 6.0-11.6 mm (curve)
  • Weight: 143 grams
Networks
  • Global GSM Model: GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
    UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • US GSM Model: GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
    UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (850, 1700 (AWS), 1900 MHz)
  • CDMA Model: CDMA/EVDO Rev A (850, 1900 MHz)
GSM models use a micro SIM card

Updated 11/27: With confirmation that the CDMA version will be sold only through carriers in the US, beginning in January, 2014.

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  1. "Starts shipping" on Dec 2, but XDA forum posters have mentioned confirmation emails stating that theirs will ship the week of Dec 9.

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  2. Global GSM says Dec 2 / US says Dec 9

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  3. Will it work with Tracfone?

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    1. The GSM version definitely won't. The Verizon CDMA one should if Verizon releases it on postpaid.

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    2. @ Dennis, the Global GSM should work with T-Mobile in re-farmed areas, correct?

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    3. Correct, it will ger 3G/4G in refarmed areas 2G elsewhere on T-Mobile.

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  4. Was hoping this was a dual cdma and gsm phone like the Nexus 5... The nexus is dual mode, right?

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  5. definitely want!

    but what colors are available???

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    1. The phone is black. There will be accessory back covers for sale for $15 in various colors (the order page shows white, pink, light and dark blue, purple, red and green) but they aren't available yet.

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  6. can find some really nice chinese clone phones for this price or lower. but what is nice about the moto g is that it is made by a familiar manufacturer that most people (outside china) would most probably know about. personally myself torn between getting a nice galaxy s4 clone or this moto g because my price range is to find an under-$200 android phone. but may go for this moto g because the bonus that the moto g has is that it definitely will get android 4.4 kitkat and will most likely get future android updates.

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  7. Quote from The Verge: "Unfortunately, the removable cover is purely for cosmetic purposes: the battery is non-removeable and there isn't a microSD card slot on the G."

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/13/5096680/motorola-moto-g-announced-price-availability

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  8. Non removable battery :'(

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  9. I thought the Nexus 5 was Google's exclusive phone?

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  10. This is a bit lackluster news because even low end smartphones are now LTE capable. Look at the Optimus L3 and the like. I don't see many people buying this.

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  11. I see a huge market for Moto G around the world. Much better overall specs than the competition at the same price point. Most people here in the US using prepaid will prefer a nice, well made, unlocked phone to one made with cheap materials and specs that offers LTE. HSPA 21 is fast enough that most people will not even notice the difference, and many MVNOs do not even offer LTE yet. I would take Moto G over LG F3 any day, for example. And you have flexibility to get HSPA 21 from either AT&T or Tmobile and their MVNOs. Buying based on one spec is not very smart.

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  12. CNET on LG L3:
    "Verdict
    The LG Optimus L3 is certainly cheap but there are alternative Androids around this price that offer superior hardware and software. There's no logical reason to inflict this phone on anyone. Kids, make sure your parents read this review."

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    1. I think Matt must have meant the F3, a rather nice LTE phone. The LG L3 is indeed a dreary sub $100 QVGA Gingerbread device.

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    2. F3 is a nice phone overall. 4" screen with 800x480, vs 4.5 and 1280 x 720 HD, 329 ppi. 4.1.2 Jelly Bean vs 4.3 and 4.4. 1.2GHz dual-core processor vs 1.2 quad core. It does have a replaceable battery and microSD slot.
      But CNET found:
      "calls on the Optimus F3 over T-Mobile's network were unimpressive. My tester said my voice sounded muffled. On speakerphone, she said that I sounded like I was in a tunnel and she was only able to hear me clearly when I held the microphone right next to my mouth. On my end, her voice was also muffled and when I switched to speakerphone, the audio was distorted even with the volume turned down."
      To get LTE you give up a lot with this phone, compared to Moto G. Of course, we have to see what the reviews say about the G.

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  13. Any word on the verizon prepaid release date?

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    1. No, and Verizon's handset approval process usually takes months.

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  14. Dennis. I hope you are wrong. I plan on switching from Straight Talk to Verizon Prepaid as soon as the Moto G is released.

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  15. I refuse to buy any phone that does not have a user-replaceable battery. So I will not buy the Moto G.

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  16. HOFO ID Grateful4adviceNovember 27, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Does anyone know if the Moto G will qualify under the Jelly Bean rebate program? I tried the online chat, email and calling Moto but no one knew anything.

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    1. What is the "Jelly Bean rebate program"?

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  17. Hofo ID Grateful4adviceNovember 29, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Trade an old motorola smartphone for ANY new moto phone running Jelly Bean. Only problem is Moto won't update their website to include the Moto G.

    http://www.mototradeup.com/?q=start

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