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Moto G Coming to Boost Mobile

Well known Twitter tipster @evleaks recently tweeted "Motorola Moto G for Boost Mobile." accompanied by what appears to be a press photo of a Motorola Moto G with a Boost Mobile logo wallpaper. @evleaks has made quite a name for himself by being the first to reveal new handsets, often months before their release. He was the first with images of the Moto X, Nexus 5, Nokia 1020 and 1520 and dozens more. He's seldom wrong, so the Moto G on Boost is likely real.

The Moto G was designed as a low cost, high performance phone for the developing world and prepaid operators. It runs Android 4.3 JellyBean with an OTA upgrade to 4.4 Kitkat available. Specs include a quad-core processor, 4.5 inch 1280 x 720 HD screen, 5 MP autofocus main camera with flash, 1.3 MP front facing camera and a hefty 2070 mAh battery.

Probably the best thing about the Moto G is the price. Motorola is selling the unlocked GSM version at $179 for the 8 GB model and $199 for the 16 GB variant. Of course the GSM phone won't work on Boost's CDMA network, but Motorola has promised a January release of a CDMA Moto G. The CDMA model will only be available directly from carriers, not from Motorola. Verizon has already announced that it will offer the Moto G as a prepaid phone so it's no surprise that Boost wants it too.

The one thing the Moto G doesn't have is 4G LTE. That's understandable given the phone's price and otherwise high end specs. It's a good trade off on GSM networks which have non-LTE 4G speeds of 4 to 10 Mbps, plenty fast for most uses. But on Sprint's poky 3G EVDO network which tops out at about 2 Mbps and where sub-1Mhz speeds are common, the Moto G will have to compete with similarly priced LTE phones like the HTC One SV and LG Mach.

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  1. "soon" is in the past -- my US GSM 16GB Moto G got KitKat via OTA last week.

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    1. Sweet, thanks for the heads up. I've updated the post.

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  2. I would have bought one if only it had an 8 MP camera. I guess I'm stuck with my ST Samsung Galaxy S2 with outdated softwate (Gingerbread), but the camera is too good to give up.

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  3. FWIW, GooMoto is blasting them out to marketshare?

    http://www.androidheadlines.com/2013/12/moto-g-shows-face-verizon-prepaid-packaging.html

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    1. I just read the story about someone leaking the verizon prepaid packaging on Google+. $100 for the Moto g is an great price.

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  4. I've been trying to convince people that Boost will probably sell the device for less than $180 since a) Sprint 3g is slow and b) there are $200 phones with LTE on Boost. You seem to have the same opinion.

    The LA times has confirmed that the VZ prepaid Moto G will be $99.99.

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