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Moto G Coming to Verizon Prepaid Jan 9 For $99.99


According the Android news sites Droid-Life and Android Police, the Motorola Moto G for Verizon Prepaid will be available January 9, 2014 for $99.99. Based on a photo posted by Android Police, it looks like one BestBuy store has jumped the gun and already has the Moto G on display and presumably for sale.

The $99.99 price is a substantial discount from the $179.99 price tag of the unlocked GSM version of the Moto G. That's not really a surprise as Verizon has been aggressively subsidizing their prepaid phones lately. Unfortunately if you were thinking of using the Moto G on an MVNO like PagePlus, the subsidized price virtually guarantees that, as with all other Verizon prepaid phones, MVNOs will be blocked from activating the G.

On the other hand Verizon's prepaid smartphone plans are actually fairly competitive:
  • $70/month, unlimited voice, messaging and 4 GB of data.
  • $60/month, unlimited voice, messaging and 2 GB of data.
  • $50/month, unlimited voice, messaging and 1 GB of data.*
* The $50 plan must be activated with a special airtime refill sold by exclusively by Walmart.

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  1. Wow. Great phone for that price. I bought the GSM version, and like it a lot. Probably no better phone for the money.

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    1. The VM LG F3 was $69.95 at the shack last month and it's 4G LTE. With that said and as others have stated, it is the cost of service where the providers rake in the $$$. As consumers most fall for the reduce it to ridiculous marketing theory, $60 a month is $7,200 for phone in 10 years. How long do you intend on living. I hope I'm around for way more than 10 years, If you are not with T-mobile's $30 a month plan or VM's $35 reduced to $30 a month with auto pay I think you are foolish. To clarify you must take advantage of a permanent number with Google Voice and a VOIP program so you can call when you go over your voice minutes.

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  2. I wonder if it will have the hotspot?

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  3. Fairly competitive? No choices < $50/month. If that's a lot more voice and data than what you need, then it only takes 2-4 months until you would have been better off with an unlocked GSM version... unless there is no GSM coverage in your area.

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    1. I've never heard anybody claim we have a gsm carrier in the US that's as good as Verizon alone.

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    2. No one carrier is best for everyone, everywhere. Verizon has a good network but there are places where there's GSM service but none from Verizon.

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    3. Granted! However, I have a feeling that the areas where the major GSM carriers have service and Verizon doesn't are few and far between compared to the areas where Verizon has service and the GSM carriers don't. It's pretty well established that Verizon currently has the largest network with the most coverage in the United States. Verizon has long been touting the depth, quality, and reliability of their network in their marketing too, and they've made it quite clear that they will NEVER charge anything but a premium price for access to this premium network.

      It's amazing to me how many people complain, complain, complain about either the price of their cell service or the lack of coverage on their cell service in this country! It seems like EVERYONE DEMANDS perfect coverage in every little place in the middle of nowhere, and a low price for this coverage... It doesn't matter to them that perfect cell coverage is impossible to achieve, and even 95% coverage costs BILLIONS and BILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars in fixed capital expenditures to provide! It's not like the carriers are getting rich, either--ALL of them are hurting financially, and are desperately trying to find some way to get more scale so they can amortize their capital expenditures more quickly, before the next generation of cell technology starts arriving and requiring another round of ever more expensive network investments just to keep up with the unsustainable growth in data demand... Not to mention the spectrum crunch that they all have.

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  4. True, for those with limited GSM this is great option. I personally stick with my gsm & Tmo 30 plan.Coming from unlimited straight talk.

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  5. This will be my next phone. Verizon works best where I live. But I wish they released the 16GB model. I use Verizon network on Straight Talk. When I work outside of the city limits, I always have service on my crappy Samsung Proclaim.

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    1. What plan are you going to get, I am in the same position as you, I have the proclaim as well.

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  6. You look at all the crap that Verizon tried to push on its customers and then you look at this handset. Maybe Verizon learned that people don't like crap (or that tiny LG handset).

    I would rather buy this Moto G at $100 than the other stuff that Verizon has tried to push to date. I am not a fan of 3G, but I really could use a large screen since my eyes aren't as good as before.

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  7. $99 is damn tempting.

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  8. Has anyone spotted these in their best buy yet. I'd like to get one right away before they sell out because they will probably go fast

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    1. I found two for sale on eBay, item number 111249161629

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  9. does anyone know if these have SIM card slots and can be unlocked?

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    1. No, buy from Motorola if you want an unlocked gsm model.

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  10. Bought mine today at best buy mobile for $99.99

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    1. How you liking it so far?

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    2. It's pretty nice I can't get past the activation screen so I haven't got to use it really. I'll activate it thisweekend

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  11. HoFo ID Grateful4adviceJanuary 2, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Other than "ESN repair" is there any way to put the Verizon prepaid version of the Moto G on a Verizon MVNO?

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    1. Not unless Verizon allows it which seems unlikely as they haven't allowed any of their other prepaid phones on MVNOs.

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  12. It's online at BB.com now.$99.

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    1. I tried transfering my existing Verizon Prepaid number to the Moto G online and the phone failed to activate. I then called and was eventually put through to technical support and they had me try, then they saw in their system that there is no way for even technical support to activate this phone until January 9th. There are going to be alot of unhappy people calling Verizon and Bestbuy!

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