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You can order an unlocked Moto G today starting at $179. The phone starts shipping next week.

Moto G order screen
photo: Motorola

Motorola is getting a jump start on the holiday season by making its new Moto G smartphone available to order starting today. The unlocked phone costs $179 for an 8GB model and begins shipping on December 2.

In case you don’t remember the phone’s announcement a couple of weeks back, here’s a quick refresher: The Moto G features a 4.5-inch 720p display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and a 5-megapixel rear camera. It’s a fantastic deal for an unlocked device. Just keep in mind it doesn’t support LTE networks – the phone maxes out at HSPA+ 21, which is 3G.

Right now Motorola is only offering the GSM model of the phone in either 8GB or 16GB storage capacities (the 16GB models costs $199). And it is only available in black at the moment — the colored back panels and flip cases Motorola showed off a few weeks ago aren’t being shown yet on its site.

If you want to use the phone on a CDMA network, you’ll have to wait for the carrier-branded models to roll out in January. But when they do, I imagine they’ll be offered for free with a two-year contract.

The lack of LTE makes me think this phone’s primary market lies overseas. But if you live in the U.S. and don’t have a need for or access to LTE, the unlocked Moto G looks like it could make a great holiday gift.

  1. Why would you ever buy an iPod from this point on?

  2. Is the GSM version of moto G bought here in the USA usable in Asian countries?

  3. Is a GSM version of this phone bought in the USA usable in asian countries?

  4. I was really really excited at first for this. Then I got an iPhone 5s lol. I wanted a good small phone. I like this price, but it’s a compromised phone. I like Moto X, but considering how Google priced Nexus 5, I feel I would be burned soon if they slashed the price…

  5. a really smart move for motorola would be to make these available wholesale to the smaller MVNO stores that sell carriers such as net10, simple mobile or t-mobile prepaid.

    this sounds like a good phone at a good price, which is what these sort of store usually lack new. my experience is MVNO stores have a mix of used phones and 2 to 4 years old model are the only new ones.

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