We had previously heard that the US version of Motorola's shockingly inexpensive Moto G would be headed to the United States in January, a couple of months after some international markets. It looks like Motorola couldn't wait until next year and has started selling the phone on its website. You can order the US version of the GSM phone now, and it's set to ship on December 2nd.


The phone is being offered in 8GB and 16GB versions, with the low price of $179 and $199, respectively. That's the off contract price, mind you, making the Moto G easily the best deal for a mid-range phone in the country. It looks like there are no issues with ordering at the moment - multiple Android Police writers have been able to place the phone in their shopping carts.

The Moto G is the slightly down-market version of the Moto X. It's a little bigger and a considerably less powerful, but it's still very compelling for its market position. The smaller 4.5" screen matches the Moto X at 720p, but the processor and RAM are notably downgraded at a Snapdragon 400 and 1GB. The rear camera is a mere 5MP. The US manufacturing and customization have had to go on the chopping block, but budget-minded consumers can swap out the plastic back plates for a fresh look, and the phone includes an FM radio tuner (which hasn't been seen on high-end phones as of late). The Moto G does not have the Touchless Control or Active Notification features from the X and newer DROIDs. It looks like the GSM model does not include an LTE radio, at least according to Motorola's specification page.

Please note that this version is only compatible with GSM networks - CDMA providers like Verizon (which has already confirmed that it will sell the phone) will need separate hardware. The Moto G will have Android 4.3 when it arrives to early buyers, and a quick update to Android 4.4 is already scheduled for early 2014.

Source: Motorola Web Store, Motorola Blog

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • HR

    Perfect for the parents, once they destroy their current underpowered smartphones.

    • Brian Koppe

      That's exactly who I'm recommending the Moto G to. I just can't stand watching them use their ~3 year old HTC Inspire with Gingerbread anymore!

      Them, plus a few other friends who can't or won't spend money on a flagship phone.

      • RoshanKarki

        I'm in mid 20s and still use HTC Desire.Thankfully, slow but Kitkat runs on it.

        • fELLAbUSTA

          wow, not even a Desire HD?

          • RoshanKarki

            No, not even HD. Sadly I don't win any giveaways.

    • Atique Ahmed

      Yep. I'm getting it for my dad who's still using a motorola flip phone back from 2004 lol.

  • Chud

    I got one after I started wondering why I should spend an extra £200 on a Nexus 5 when the specs and features weren't a mile off.

    It's not cutting edge, but the performance is fantastic. I use a Nexus 7 2013, and neither stutters or suffers from lag. The Moto also has a great little screen and feels really solid.

    • Mike Reid

      Yes. :)

      Just got mine from a Koodo booth here in Ottawa, Canada. Telus wouldn't sell outright.

      Seems very nice for the price, so far. SIM and bootloader unlockable, just need custom recovery and root for me, and some custom ROMs going forward.

      Nice to see a recent Google Motorola phone with official FM radio.

      • Adrian

        What did you just say?

  • evolutionx1

    The Moto G does not have the Touchless Control or Active Notification features from the X and never DROIDs. 'Newer' and not 'never', a typo there.

  • Tony Byatt

    So will the Global one work just as well as the US one on US cell networks?

    • catiremedina

      The global one would work on AT&T but not on T-Mobile, its missing the 1700 band that T-mobile uses.

      Edit: it would work on T-mobile but could not use their 3g network just edge.

      • Marygh

        Hi, I wonder if any of the us version (global or US) are unlocked. Or if there are not, and after unlocking, ¿Would it work fine? Thanks

        • catiremedina

          The versions sold directly from motorola are unlocked, they should probably work for any service provider in the world at edge speeds but for 3G it might be hit and miss, for example for 3G my carrier uses the 1900 bands, but another one uses the 900mhz band, if I wanted to buy a moto x for my carrier I could buy either the international or the US one but would have to buy the international version if I wanted to use the other carrier.

  • jonathan3579

    So since it is shipping a month early, does this mean it will be shipping with JellyBean instead of KitKat?

    • Josh Rahn

      It says in the post? yes ships with 4.3 with quick update to 4.4

    • Frederico Silva

      No, it means you need to read the article.

      " The Moto G will have Android 4.3 when it arrives to early buyers, and a quick update to Android 4.4 is already scheduled for early 2014."

      • Guest

        You're right, I didn't read it dipshit. I didn't care to obviously.

        • Frederico Silva

          Cared enough to comment.

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php android.emu

    I love how it only has 16GB and no expandable storage at all, its not like adding that costs thousands of dollars.

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      Phones 4 times the price don't even have those

      • Cesar

        And I find that really disappointing. I understand that companies want our money, and one good way to get that is to offer more storage space at a higher price, but it's one of the reasons I might just have to buy another Samsung device when I make my next phone purchase. It's just so much more convenient to have actual physical, replaceable memory.

        • Kelley Cook

          Higher end features obviously cost more money.

          And if you don't like Samsung take a look at the Sony phones. The best android camera plus unlike those cheaply made Samsungs they are rugged, water resistant (or some models waterproof) -- and yes they do still come with a slot for the SD card.

          • Cesar

            My current phone, (Samsung Galaxy Stellar) is a budget phone that was free on-contract and it has a MicroSD slot. I refuse to believe other companies can't do the same with their budget phones. They just don't want to.

      • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

        And that is somehow good?

        All phones should have atleast expandable storage if not a removable battery as well instead of this fixed storage rubbish.

        • I Hate You

          Actually, no, all phones should NOT have expandable storage or a removable battery.

          Google has gone on at length why expandable storage is an issue from a security standpoint and from a user experience standpoint. It's basically bad for both. Android Police, Android Central and Droid Life, among with numerous Googlers themselves, have written articles and post on exactly why that is. I suggest you take all of 5 minutes to do a Google search and read them.

          Then, after doing so, realize that, and I know this might come as a shock to you, you actually have other options. By which I mean, if you don't like it, there are actually phones out there that have expandable storage. GASP! I know! It blew my mind too when I first discovered the fact years ago. It blew my mind even more that right now, at this point in time, there are numerous devices that have both. Expandable storage and SD cards. I mean come on, wtf is that? They make devices that can actually cater to your specific needs? Wtf. What am I going to do now? Bitch online about things that I want that are actually available? Fuck that.

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

            Yes because we are all online all the fucking time, hell while your at it why not believe that there is no world outside of the usa.

            Seriously making a phone with 128GB isn't impossible neither is not overcharging for a 64GB phone. Online streaming doesn't have content for everything and only has music and tv shows to cater to again the same old american crowd while ignoring the rest of the world exist.

            Google is only pushing fixed storage to push their cloud service in your face and nothing more.

          • lol

            I love how "I Hate You" is arguing with "rarely online". I'm not sure why, but I find it kind of funny and ironic :)

          • Damenc

            rarely online, I totally agree, I hate this Cloud and Google Drive bullshit. Not everyone lives online and not every country has unlimited bandwidth. In Canada and some countries we are limited to bandwidth a month and we pay a hefty price for it.

            I sell laptops, tablets and cell phones as one of my other job. Believe it or not, there are still people out there who have slow or no internet in their homes mainly seniors, people who have cottages with no reception etc etc. do we leave them out? If I have a ton of movies, music, photos, ebooks, magazines, last place I want to have it is somewhere other then where it's physically reachable when I'm traveling or on vacation. And we've all experience internet outages haven't we? In many situations, online storage use is just not practical. I have colleagues and friends who solely depend on these onlines services and when they go down or have streaming problems, they go ballistic, can you say... "wayyyyyy too connected" lol

            My 2 cents worth.

          • I Hate You

            You're retarded, aren't you? It's the only reason you'd take that from what I wrote.

            I quite clearly stated Google has legitimate reasons for not having expandable storage built into their devices. I quite clearly stated that if you don't like you, you can go buy something else.

            I DID NOT STATE OR IMPLY ANYTHING EVEN REMOTELY RELATED TO WHAT YOU BASICALLY ARE ARGUING AGAINST. Meaning, nothing related to the cloud or being online.

            Again, for emphasis, if you don't like the Moto G, go buy something that has expandable fucking storage and a removable fucking battery. And stfu about something that doesn't and never will, especially considering how cheaply priced it is.

            Don't speak if you aren't going to at least use that thing inside your head. Doubly so if you are going to ignore what I say and respond to something that I didn't even imply, much less flat out state. Idiot.

    • I Hate You

      I love how you have the gall to bitch about a phone that off contract is $179 or $199 depending on which storage option you get.

      Entitlement, thy name is rarely online.

      • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

        And the reason to not have expandable storage is what? It cost if anything 50 cents to include that.

        • NeedName

          I believe it is a patent issue with MS, thus google dropped the SD expansion. . . and there are also security and performance reasons, but I believe the patent issue was the final straw.

          • Damenc

            I doubt it's a patent issue, every device out there that's generic or brand name has SD slot option, I'm sure Motorola wouldn't have a problem putting one in.

      • Damenc

        Not a valid argument, so you have to pay through your ass to complain? What's Apple iphones excuse then? their devices aren't cheap and since day one none of their devices have expandable storage, really for that price you can at least slap in a memory slot and let your users decide if they want to use it or not, not assume they don't need it. Apple charges $100 difference for an Iphone from 16 GB version to 32 GB version, really? A 16 GB microSD card here costs $15 *retail to buy. Right.

        • I Hate You

          Since you're not too sharp on the uptake, let me dumb things down for you.

          No, you do not have to pay through the ass to complain. Now, here's the part that quite clearly flew over your head, you are paying almost nothing for what is a very acceptable and decent device. Let me repeat that. You're getting a very nice device, and that's putting it mildly, for ONLY $179/$199 off contract. Let me repeat that one more time, just to hammer it home, you're getting a fucking good phone for impulse buy pricing with absolutely no strings attached.

          At that point, you lose all right to complain. Now, here's why, because you obviously need it additionally explained. You're not paying an arm and a leg for a device that is for the most part a want and not a necessity. Corners are going to be cut to bring down the cost of the device. Bitching about additional things, which cannot be included for the previously aforementioned reason of keeping cost low, is stupid and not allowed at this price point.

          You're an idiot. I hate you too.

  • fabulosospucas

    Boom! 2 day free shipping, that's just awesome! Will have it by Thursday!

    • Ashed

      But it ships Dec 2?

      • fabulosospucas

        Yeah... I meant next week.

  • Zach B.

    I know it's the specs are staring me in the face, but I just want to confirm: This does NOT have LTE, correct? (Not really a deal breaker if we're being honest).

    • Deckard_Cain

      No, it doesn't.

    • Srsly Guise

      "It looks like the GSM model does not include an LTE radio"
      I understand the urge to skip the article and comment but...

      • Zach B.

        I read the article. I suppose I should have clarified my meaning as "outside of this article and often misprinted/wrong spec sheets used in marketing: this, in fact, does not include LTE, correct?"

    • Braden Abbott

      But it does have 21Mbps HSPA+ which is more widespread than LTE, and when you look at PCmags most recent survey of 30+ cities LTE networks, the average speed websites and services (Facebook etc) are delivered at is just above 3Mbps, so anything above that is usually overkill these days

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    Only $20 more for 16gb. I may buy one of these for use until the Nexus 6 is released when my contract is up in April. I doubt anything will beat that price for a while.

    • Guest

      Nexus 4 on Swappa goes for ~200.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

        Well I am waiting for April maybe I'll find a Moto G for ~$150

  • deltatux

    Once again, International buyers are left out dry. They don't sell the 16 GB version in Canada and must be purchased through carriers which is bs. They need to open and sell it in Canada and other countries that's not the US, just like how they sell the Nexus devices.

    • Guest

      I was unaware Motorola sells Nexus devices.

    • Merri Mogridge

      The Moto G is available for pre-order in Ireland. Although not directly from Motorola, and at €197 (8GB) and €230 (16GB) it's a bit more expensive.

  • Jibin Raju

    Is it coming to India??

    • Andrew

      Later in Januray

  • Mystery Man

    Maybe listing the gsm bands it worked with would be cool?

    • cawmentor

      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)

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  • Eric Mazariegos

    Man, Motorola is really doing everything right lately. Now if only they could release a high end smartphone (I know, specs aren't everything but still) with an awesome camera and battery life with timely updates besting even the nexus devices (which they have)...

  • Jajabor

    Just to make absolutely sure if I get the global version it will still work say tmobile or att cause im going to living split between the caribbean and the US. Sorry if this is a noob question!

    • QuickName

      It will work with Att and Tmobile*. The asteriks in tmobile is that you will get 4G/3G data with tmobile if you are in an area where they have refarmed the 1900 to HSPA. If you are not in one of those areas, then you will not get 4G/3G from Tmobile. Tmobile currently uses the 1700 band but uses the 1900 band in some areas.

      • NeedName

        doesn't t-mo need the 2100 band with the 1700 band?
        I thought the 1700 was up and the 2100 was down and they worked in conjunction?

        And they don't list the 2100 band on the US version.

  • tehone

    Might be useful to note for some -- also included (from specs sheet):

    Two years 50 GB storage free on Google Drive.

  • Jonathan Zelayandia

    I have not seen any word on when the shells for the back of this phone will be available. have i just missed where it says this? i might buy one as a backup and for a friend.

  • swagat

    it does not come with wired headset in box required for the FM radio, does it?

    • Zreh Sahukar

      No it doesn't come with included headphones, does anyone know why you "need" headphones to use the FM radio?, cant you just use the speakers or is for legal reasons

      • swagat

        the wired headset acts as antenna for receiving fm signals....will nokia headsets work with moto g?

        • Zreh Sahukar

          Any headphones should work

      • t-bon3

        Headphones cable acts as the antenna to receive fm signals. you can listen through the speakers but you need the headphones plugged in.

  • Aakriti Ghai
  • vamsi

    Will the global GSM which is available in USA,works in Indian 3G....??? (just confirming)

  • Yogaraj Mani

    does anyone have it now in US

  • Manuel Campos

    I am from Costa Rica , it says it works with a GSM networks only so does that mean that it doesn't connect to 3G ? if I buy that from the motorola site is the cellphone unlocked to use with any other carrier or should I buy the one from amazon that says unlocked? Please Help

    • Kevin Aguilar

      I'm researching the same thing... I dont know why it says Global GSM on Amazon, but the official specs for the phone says that works with HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 ...
      I think that the phone will work with 3.5 g

  • http://www.twitter.com/morpheusxp Ken

    I ordered my Moto G on Dec 4th and it hasn't shipped yet. @MotorolaSupport says that because of weather conditions I may have to wait till the 17th to receive my handset.