Moto G off-contract/unlocked: $179 for 8GB; $199 for 16GB

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  1. EbookReader, Nov 12, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2013

    EbookReader macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2012
  2. Lloydbm41 macrumors 601


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    If it is bought in the US, there won't be tax added, but you will get penalized on VAT when it goes through UK customs. Normal 20%.

    That said, I would wait 2 weeks and see if the Moto X drops during black Friday (last Friday of the month aka Thanksgiving). We keep seeing internet sales of $205 USD for off-contract MotoX (guessing these are gonna be black Friday prices). Best £130 quid (plus VAT) you will ever spend!
  3. EbookReader thread starter macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2012

    Using the same rate, (a guess):

    Nexus 5 16GB is £299 in the UK (20% VAT included)
    Nexus 5 16GB is $349 in the US

    £160 / £299 = Moto G / $349

    Moto G = $187 in the USA

    If we use the UK Tesco £150 figure, then it would be $175 in the USA.

    It could be $179, $189, or $199 in the USA.
  4. smwatson macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2005
    London, England
    Getting closer. This is rubbish compared to the X though. Come on Motorola ffs.
  5. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I like it, other than the fact there's no SD card slot apparently. :mad: So no making it into a 64GB model.
  6. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    OH WOW, this phone is ONLY $179 off contract! Damn!!!! :eek:
  7. EbookReader thread starter macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2012
  8. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    Looks great to me for a 150 quid.

    Bargain! Let's hope it's bootloader unlocked.
  9. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
  10. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008

    Good shout for my 15 year old cousin. He doesn't deserve top end smartphones, but something like this is a better fit.
  11. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
  12. Shivetya macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    Nothing much at its price point that can compete. Give its price it may just get me out of the realm of pissing way 600 bucks on phones.
  13. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    Yeah I'm at that point.

    I love phones but had an epiphany when realising how much I spent on my iPhone 5 32gb.

    I flat out refuse to pay that again.

    I just picked up a Samsung Galaxy S4 which was 2 months old and in completely perfect condition for literally half the price of a 5S.
  14. mclld macrumors 68020

    Nov 6, 2012
  15. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    There is a 16GB version thankfully. An SD Slot would have made them more appealing though I do agree.

    I'd likely cope fine with all of my data on cloud services and unlimited data but not everyone is as prepared for the cloud on limited/expensive data plans and such.
  16. TG1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2011
  17. viskon macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2012
    If they are targeting developing countries with this, then lack of SD card is a big blunder.
  18. appledes7 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2011
    People are going to point out the flaws of this device all over the web. But the fact of the matter is, this is probably the best budget Android phone. Decent specs, decent battery, decent resolution, running stock Android.

    Most entry level Android phones that people buy because they are on a tight budget are typically crap phones. Low specs, no support, awful manufacturer skin.

    This can ultimately help bring up the quality of entry level Android devices.
  19. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    You guys are crazy. This is basically a Nexus 4 that you can buy outright for less than the price of a new iPhone with contract.

    Will they sell a bunch of them? I think so. This will absolutely destroy the craigslist market for older used phones and probably hurt phone insurance scams -er i mean sales.

    Lack of SD card isn't a huge problem... though it does complicate things if you are used to swapping them in and out. If you're in a developing country then you don't have uber fast internet or a personal computer to fill up an SD card quickly. Most of your storage will be taken up by photos and movies. 8 GB should suffice for the average user.

    I think Motorola is doing it the right way.
  20. thecurryman macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2012
    How easily do you think it will be to get this device for those that live in the us before the January release?
  21. kevinof macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2008
    People complain that it lacks lte or sd card or whatever. This is NOT a high end phone and it's not meant to be. Putting in all these options would increase it's price. It's a low price, great value phone that's going to sell loads.

    My son (14) is looking for a new phone and this is what he's going to get. And you know what he'll be delighted with it.

    Well done Google/Moto
  22. Jschultz macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    The specs on this for the price are pretty good.

    Consider this - last year my wife and I purchased a pair of HTC One V phones on VM...for $199/EA. That was a 3.7" screened, 1 GHZ SINGLE CORE, 512 mb ram phone.

    My wife is looking for something cheap and better than her One V and this could fit the bill.
  23. mclld macrumors 68020

    Nov 6, 2012

    SMH @ the notion now that sd card in a phone is high end.
  24. dkersten macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2010
    I'm disappointed this phone doesn't have the active notifications and always on google now. I would have easily paid $250-300 for those features personally. Hopefully I can buy a second hand Moto X for $275-300 soon. That said, this is a great phone for 90% of users. I hope this works out for Moto because I like the direction they're going in and hope the smartphone market follows suit.
  25. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    Only problem is camera.

    It doesnt record 1080p video, which is a MUST for me.

    Otherwise I would have bought it.

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