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Verizon Now Selling Moto G for Just $99 Off Contract

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    At the beginning of the month we found out that you could pick up a Verizon Moto G at Best Buy for just $100 off contract, starting on or around the 9th of January. It turns out that it wasn't just a Best Buy promotion. You can now pick up the Verizon Moto G directly from Big Red themselves for that same $99.99 off contract price. This is $80 bucks off the MSRP of $179.99. Obviously this seems like a great offer for this device, and it should sell like hotcakes.

    Here's a quick recap of specs:
    • 4.5-inch 1,280 x 720 display
    • 1.2GHz quad-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 400)
    • 1GB of RAM
    • 8GB of storage
    • 5MP rear camera
    • 1.3MP front camera
    • 2,070mAh battery
    • Android 4.3 (but KitKat Update should be coming soon)

    For many users, this could be the most affordable way to grab an off contract smartphone with decent specs. Just imagine if the next time Motorola does this, it is with an LTE device? That could be the perfect way to keep your older grandfathered Unlimited Data plans...

    Here's a link to check out this offer: VZW
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    Too bad its not LTE. I'd buy it just as a backup phone
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    I think verizon is requiring you use it for 6 months on their pre pay plan before being allowed to switch to a post paid option. This makes sense to why the price is lower for their model. Verizon pre pay is expensive but you could still get it @ $99 not activate and just use it wifi only.
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    I'm surprised Verizon is selling a non-LTE phone. I thought they wanted to get everyone moved over to the LTE network...
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    They probably want to move all of their regular customers over to LTE so that they can dominate this portion of the market as well.
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    Pretty sure VZW doesn't care what band you use as long as it's on their network. And as they have way more 3G capability then they do 4G... why NOT push it?
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    I asked if this was possible on the thread last week about it being $99 at BB, but nobody commented. Do we know if Verizon will allow you to just buy it and not activate it on the network or will it not work until it is activated?
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    I really hope they do this with a LTE phone soon, because my 0g maxx is ready for replacement soon... and I'm unsure what I'll do about my unlimited plan when the choices are lose it or pay full retail for the new phone. I think I'd jump ship to t-mobile before doing either.

    Is the 6 month minimum on prepaid true too? Because then that kills this idea anyway.
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    Thats totally crazy! I totally want to get one... not even sure why? LOL Wonder if u can activate this on ur normal line?
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    I don't believe VZW will allow a 3G phone to be placed on a 4G line, especially an unlimited data line.
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    The Moto G isn't LTE? :(
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    They will, but you'll lose unlimited from what I've seen. No thanks!
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    I'm betting this is exactly the reason why they are giving a discount-
    They want to trick those still with unlimited data and 4g to get the moto g, thinking they can keep the unlimited data since they are buying an off contract phone at a good price only to find out that activating it will make them lose the unlimited data
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    So if you dont have unlimited data then you can get a Moto G for $99 and use it on LTE?
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    Moto g has no LTE modem. 3g etc only.

    That's partly why it's so cheap.
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    Gotcha thanks for the info.

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    Drop Moto X to 199 no conctact, will buy tomorrow.
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    My guess is this might be a dual-subsidy from Google and VZW in order to make it cheaper and "low risk" to entice people who still have feature phones to try the world of smartphones.

    Would also jump all over $199 for the Moto X off-contract but don't see that happening. I'm starting to itch to upgrade, but I want to see if VZW does anything with unlimited and what happens with VoLTE. I have a feeling VoLTE will be so superior in quality that it will be hard to pass-up, and I'd guess you won't be able to get it and still keep unlimited.

    By the way, for anyone eyeing a new phone purchase - looks like old phones might not be VoLTE compatible. Add to that a past history of the first batch of phones with new tech not being quite up to par and I'm waiting before shelling out $600+ retail for a phone.
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    If I hadn't just bought the maxx I'd be all over $199 no contract.
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    I can see the Moto X coming down to maybe 249 no contract, potentially 199 down the road. I know people say its about the experience and not all about the specs, but most people just look at the spec sheet and compare it to other phones and spec-wise it was already a bit dated when it came out. They have already dropped it to 349 off contract I believe, I can see steeper price cuts in the future.
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