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The Moto G was already an affordable handset when the GSM version became available in the US for just $179.99 early last month. Then a Verizon version appeared in some Best Buy stores for $80 less. Now the carrier is officially launching the Moto G for the same low price, selling it both online and in its stores for just $99.99.

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Today was and remained Verizon's intended launch date, but the carrier permitted Best Buy to start selling stock as soon as it arrived, giving some customers somewhat of a head start. Nevertheless, this is the same product. It has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 display, a 5MP rear-facing camera, and a 1.3MP camera on the front. After ordering the handset, you simply select one of two prepaid plans, which start at $60 a month for unlimited talk/text with 2GB of data.

Keep in mind, the Moto G does not have an LTE radio, so you will be stuck with 3G speeds. And don't think of using this device as a cheap means of upgrading your postpaid contract device, as you will have to activate and use it with a prepaid plan for at least six months before you can switch. Still, this phone clearly bests Verizon's other prepaid phones: the LG Optimus Exceed, the Optimus Zone, and the Samsung Galaxy Legend. If you intend to use it purely as an off-contract device and are comfortable with the data speeds, then by all means, hit up the link below.

Moto G from Verizon

Source: Twitter

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Andrew Richards

    It's better than an iPod touch for that price.

    • Laurence

      Can it be used on wifi without activating it on Verizon's network? It would be awesome if someone could answer this definitively.

      I have a friend in the US currently; I'm honestly tempted to ask him to just go to the shops and buy one of these to use on wifi.

      • Whyzor

        Yes, you can use it as a wifi device only (i.e. iPod). Just don't activate it, and since it's not required to sign a contract. Just buy it outright and keep. That's probably the only thing good about this (good HW specs with continued Google updates hopefully). Otherwise get the GSM Moto-G to work with more carriers.

      • pdxuser

        Yep, people on phone forums have already done this and it works.

    • Idon’t Know

      The iPod Touch has much better build quality, service and support and app selection but is $215 retail. It also starts at 16 GB of ram not 8 like the Moto G.

      • Ivan Myring

        HOLY SHIT! 16GB RAM!

        • pdxuser

          They don't mean RAM, they mean flash memory storage.

          • Xillra fe

            He probably knows that.
            It's hilarious though that he did say ram :P

      • Dario · 753 a.C. .

        wtf?? 16 GB of ram?? ratshit!

    • Sean Royce

      It's better then an ipod touch period.

  • mercado79

    In case anyone was hoping to use it on an MVNO like Page Plus, seems like it's not possible without first using it on a standard VZ plan for 6 months.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2599592

  • Stephen McGann

    Is the CDMA moto G going to be available for purchase outside of Verizon? I mean could I purchase one and use it on Straight Talk-Verizon? (ATT Coverage is terrible where I live)

    • Evan Knofsky

      It can't be activated on an MVNO or Postpaid until it has been active for 6 months on their month to month plans

  • Idon’t Know

    A $99 non-LTE phone for $60 per month charges. Makes no sense.

    • Scott

      You're basically paying for the coverage as well as their customer service.

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    Verizon's cheapest prepaid is $60/mo and they cut you off after 2GB of 3G. No thanks. You'd come out ahead on T-Mobile's $30/mo after a couple months even after paying a bit more for an off-contract MotoG.

    • TiO2

      Verizon has better coverage though and gives you much more voice. If you're in a city with good T-mobile coverage though you're usually better off with T-mobile.

  • Detonation

    Also something to note, it's my understanding that the bootloader on this device cannot be unlocked like the gsm version can (via the moto website).

  • AmicusBrief

    For $100 you can use it as a great handheld GPS...and watch porn from McDonald's wifi.

  • AgustinRodriguez

    There was a 16GB GSM Version. Does anyone know if there's a cdma version?

  • Markoff

    so it's without 12 mo conract but with 6 mo contract, yeah, what a great deal, still with contract...

    • Unknown182

      Prepaid = no contract

      • Markoff

        if someone force you to pay 6 months for some plan it doesn't matter if you pay it prepaid or postpaid way, it's no difference, still contract, can't buy phone without paying for other tied services = contract

        • Unknown182

          Ah, you're right, sorry, did not know this. Looked at some other comments.
          I guess for those a little more tech savvy, where there is a will, there is a way.

        • LuLu

          No one is forcing anyone to pay for 6 months! There is no contract on prepaid devices on Verizon. If you want to take that prepaid phone and move it over to a post pay account on Verizon then you have to have that phone on a prepaid account for at least 6 months. That is because the cost of that phone really is a lot higher than $99 and if people just bought those phones and put them on post pay accounts Verizon would not make any money. If everyone bought the phones for $99 and just used them on wifi Verizon would lose a lot of money! But they know the majority of the population will actually use the phones on their prepaid service.

          • Markoff

            sorry but 6x60=360USD for some poor limited internet doesn't sound to me like they would be subsidizing anything, total cost for crappy internet and phone will be 459USD, very far from good deal

            In europe 360USD can buy me unlimited calls for one year or unlimited internet or at least 5GB at least for 2-3 years, so I don't see any good deal in this, just horrible 6 months contract to get cheap phone worthy around 130USD in China (XIaomi hongmi and plenty of its competitors)

  • MG

    When a deal, isn't a deal Verizon $99 Moto G comparison
    http://35orless.com/blogs/news/11512425-verizons-fools-deal-prepaid-moto-g-99

  • quint

    I put a moto g on post paid plan I put in th bypass code called #228 put in m phone number and social. easy activation onto post paid plan