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$99.99 Verizon Moto G Now Available Online From BestBuy


Although its official release date is not until Jan 9, the Motorola Moto G for Verizon Prepaid started showing up on New Years Eve in a few BestBuy stores. If you have been looking for a Moto G and haven't found it in your BestBuy yet, the phone is now available at BestBuy.comicon for $99.99 with free shipping.

The Moto G is breath of fresh air in the world of dreary entry level prepaid Android phones. Instead of the usual poky processor and low res screen the Moto G has the real stuff. 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 2070 mAh battery.  The phone has 8 GB of internal memory and Moto G users also get 50 GB of Google Drive Cloud storage free for two years.

The Verizon Moto G runs Android 4.3 JellyBean. The unlocked GSM Moto G has already received an update to 4.4 KitKat and Boost Mobile has guaranteed that its Moto G will also get KitKat. I think the Verizon Moto G will also eventually get KitKat but it could take a while as Verizon is notoriously slow about about approving Android updates.

The BestBuy listing says that the Moto G has 4G LTE.  That's wrong, no version of the Moto G has LTE. Plus, Verizon reserves LTE for top-dollar postpaid customers and doesn't sell any LTE prepaid phones or allow LTE phones to be activated under its Bring Your Own Phone program.

The Moto G works with any of  Verizon's Prepaid Smartphone Plans:
  • $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.

If you do buy the Moto G today you might have to wait a few days to activate it. A HowardForums user who called Verizion to activate his Moto G was told he would have to wait until the official release date of Jan 9. I recommend trying to activate online at www.verizonwireless.com/activate rather than calling.


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  1. Does this have a GSM radio built-in?

    I know most verizon postpaid with dual mode come GSM unlocked. Wondering if this one did too.

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  2. On the BB website, it says the Google Drive Cloud Storage is 15 GB and doesn't say anything about only good for 2 yrs. Still a good deal though.

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  3. Is this phone good for Pageplus?

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    1. No, you can't use Verizon Prepaid phones on Verizon MVNOs.

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  4. Also in-store already, where i'm at.

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  5. Is there a way to activate the unlocked Moto G onto StraightTalk and have it run off of the Verizon network?

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    1. No, you can't use Verizon Prepaid phones on any Verizon MVNOs including Straight Talk.

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    2. Hi Dennis, I am referring specifically to the UNLOCKED Moto G not the Verizon pp version, as I understand they are both GSM and CDMA compatible...

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  6. Too bad about the Verizon prepaid ban on phones for Verizon mvnos. That's why I'm sticking with ota activated 3G Androids, featurephones and iphones for as long as I can.

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  7. 8GB is not enough storage! Even for $99

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    1. It is for prepaid, and $99 is a very solid deal .

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  8. Your Moto G has access to extra, no cost 50 GB of storage in the cloud as Dennis said. How much storage do you think is enough for $99?

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    1. Considering that Google currently charges for Drive storage, I'm expecting that you'll have to pay after the first two years for maintaining that storage. As of now, Google charges $5 *a month* for 100GB, plus you'll be using your mobile data bucket to access Google Drive on the go. Not only that, aside from the fact that mobile access to Google Drive is at 3G speeds on this version of the Moto G, if you're on the road and have no mobile data then you have no mobile storage.

      The big problem with that is that a Sandisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC card can be had for ~$35 on sale pretty regularly with more capacity and no data access charges. That ended up being the ultimate reason I passed on the Moto G and went with the $149 Samsung Galaxy Light.

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    2. Google gives you 15GB storage free at this time, up from 5GB earlier. Two years is a long time - who knows what phone they will be using after two years? 58GB total storage with a $99 Verizon Moto G sounds generous to me. If you like the phone, the price and the network, it seems like an poor excuse to complain about "only 58 GB."

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  9. You're only looking at the capacity of cloud storage, not actual access to it. Google could give you a petabyte of Drive storage for free and it's useless if you have 1X or no data access on the phone - something I've dealt with on the road with Verizon prepaid.

    If you live/travel someplace where you always have fast data access, more power to you. Some of us don't have that luxury.

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  10. It must be awful to have to wait for your pictures or music to download in rural areas at 1X. My sympathies. Of course, if you want speed on prepaid you are on the wrong network anyway. You won't get luxury prepaid on Vzw, no matter what phone you use. ;-)

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    1. Virtually the entire Verizon network has 3G EVDO. There are very few, if any 1X only towers anymore.

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  11. I really want to get this phone. From this article http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2013/08/verizon-prepaid-adds-1-gb-smartphone.html Is the unlimited texting to Mexico still part of the plan? Is the Mexico unlimited text part of the Walmart exclusive prepaid plan $50 or just the $60 Verizon prepaid plan?

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    1. Unlimited free texting to Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico is still included with the $50, $60 and $70 Verizon Prepaid Smartphone plans

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  12. Thank you for the response. Do you know if its possible to get the phone from Best Buy and activate it with the Walmart $50 prepaid plan? I don't think Verizon will sell me just the phone without the $60 prepaid plan. Or do I have to set it up with the $60 prepaid plan first then switch?

    By the way thanks for all the information for getting it all down as well as the tipsters. I'm so glad I found this site so far its has all the answers I've been wanting to know.

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    1. In my experience, BestBuy will sell you a prepaid phone w/o activation. If they give you a hard time say it's a gift for someone who has Verizon PP.

      There's shouldn't be any problem activating it with a Walmart $50 plan.

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  13. Is it true when you buy the phone from Verizon @ $99 you locked into keeping it on their prepay for at least $60 per month for 6 months? In that case it feels more like a mini contract. You would do much better paying the full $179 @ Motorola store and going to a discount MVNO

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    1. That's true, the rule is that you can't use a Verizon prepaid phone like the Moto G on Verizon postpaid until it's been active on Verizon prepaid for at least six months.

      That's not a big deal as very few people are likely to want to use a Moto G on Verizon postpaid.

      What is a big deal is that, as far as I know, it's not possible to activate a Veriaon prepaid phone on a Verizon MVNO ever, regardless of how long it's been on Verizon prepaid.

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  14. Do you know how Verizon prepaid works? I want to keep my current Verizon number. I don't know if I activate the phone, get a new number, then call for them to switch it to my old number. Or if I can automatically activate it using my current number.

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    1. Don't activate the phone on a new number. It's unnecessary, wastes time and may end up you costing extra.

      If your current Verizon account is prepaid log in to verizonwireless.com/myprepay and do a phone change on your current number.

      If your current Verizon account is postpaid, call Verizon and tell them you want to migrate your number to postpaid and activate your new phone on the prepaid account

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    2. Ah thanks for the tip! Yes its a postpaid # and want to make it into a prepaid account. Ill make sure to give them a call.

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  15. Can the Motorola Moto G (CDMA) be activated on Straight Talk, Selectel or PagePlus?

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    1. No, the Verizon Prepaid Moto G only works on Verizon Prepaid.

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  16. LTE Moto G (2nd Gen) leaked on Motorolas' Brazil website.

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