Google and Motorola’s Moto G is a good budget phone made into a great budget phone by a low off-contract price of $179. According to the LA Times, Verizon Wireless customers will be able to get an even better deal on the phone—the Moto G will cost $99 without a contract when it comes to Best Buy stores in the US. The higher-end, LTE-equipped Moto X is also becoming cheaper. As of January 1, the phone can now be purchased for $399 off-contract regardless of which carrier you use.
The Moto X’s new price brings it within striking distance of the $349 Nexus 5, though the Nexus phone has a faster CPU and GPU; a larger, higher-resolution screen; and guaranteed access to at least a couple years of Android updates (the Moto X got Android 4.4 quickly, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that future updates will come as speedily). The Moto X can still be used on Verizon, though, something that hasn’t been possible for a Nexus smartphone since 2011’s Galaxy Nexus.
The $99 you’ll pay for the Verizon Moto G is $80 less than you’d pay for the unlocked GSM version, though paying for a Verizon data plan may eventually end up costing more than a budget plan from the likes of T-Mobile or an MVNO like Straight Talk. The Verizon phone is still sold without a contract, so in any event you’re allowed to choose from among Verizon’s different plans to find the one that works best for you. It’s unclear whether the Verizon versions of the Moto G will be usable on other compatible CDMA networks; we’ve contacted Motorola for comment and will update the article if we get a response.
via Ars Technica http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/gM6x_w02uyw/