By Stephen Schenck | January 9, 2014 2:57 PM
Last week, as we were settling back into our regular roles after a couple days of New Year’s celebrations, we heard about one of the best values in smartphones becoming even more attractive, with news of an even lower price for the Motorola Moto G. Instead of paying $180 for the 8GB Moto G, we saw a prepaid version for Verizon showing up in Best Buy stores at a 45% discount, priced at essentially $100. While those weren’t supposed to be put out for sale just yet, we saw a leaked doc claiming that formal sales would begin today, on January 9. Well, a little earlier today Motorola out the news, confirming the arrival of this deal.
In and of itself, $100 for a phone with a 4.5-inch 720p display, quad-core SoC, and 1GB of RAM sounds incredible – especially because just from a hardware point of view, that represents a much better value than the also very affordable Lumia 520 (our recent smartphone-deal-to-beat). The only real sticking point is Verizon’s prepaid service options.
Verizon may have a killer network, but with its most affordable prepaid plan (2GB data) starting at $60 already, any savings on the phone hardware may quickly disappear as you start actually using the handset. Compare this with a carrier like T-Mobile, which has prepaid plans starting at just half as much as Verizon’s – even AT&T offers a number of cheaper options.
Anyone planning to snatch this guy up, or would rather pay a little more for a GSM version?