Verizon’s new Motorola Luge prepaid phone isn’t new at all, just a rebranded Razr M

by: Andrew GrushAugust 28, 2014


It looks like Verizon is getting a brand new phone from Motorola, exclusively for its prepaid customers. The new prepaid device is called the Motorola Luge. What’s that? Looks familiar? Oh, that’s because the phone isn’t new at all, it’s really just the 2-year old Motorola Droid Razr M with a new name.

Priced at $199 for prepaid customers, the Luge is an exact rebadge of the M — not just when it comes to specs, but its aesthetics are identical as well. For those that don’t remember the Razr M, the handset debuted back in 2012 as a mid-ranger and came equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 and 1GB of RAM. Other specs include a 4.3-inch qHD display, 8GB storage with microSD, an 8MP rear cam, a 2000 mAh battery, LTE support and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

As you can see, the specs aren’t really all that impressive, but they’re not horrible either. Is the Luge worth picking up? Honestly, we’d probably pass. While $200 for this handset wouldn’t be bad in a world without the Moto G, the fact remains that the Moto G exists and is only $99 on Verizon prepaid. The only advantages found on the M is that it has microSD and LTE support, though we aren’t quite sure if that’s worth an extra $100. In fact, the ZTE Warp Sync on Boost offers similar advantages with none of the disadvantages and is just $180.

It’s hard to say why Motorola and Verizon are even bringing pack the Luge, when they’d be better off simply introducing the Moto G 4G LTE to Verizon prepaid. More than likely the answer is that they had extra Droid M devices in stock and were looking for a way to get rid of them, though that’s really just speculation on our part.

  • Mike

    Is Verizon finally opening its prepaid market to LTE?

    • j

      Yup. It’s been maybe about a month now. :-) And I gotta disagree with Andrew. I would pay $100 more just for LTE. And having SD card skit is just an added bonus. And the problem with the ZTE Warp Sync is that the PHONE might not have any disadvantages, but the fact is it’s only $20 less than the LUGE, but it’s on Boost while the Luge is on Verizon. That’s the disadvantage.

    • tieb4u2

      Verizon has already opened it’s prepaid market to LTE last month. But my question is when when are we all going to see the moto G 4g lte on verizon’s prepaid market ?

  • wezi427

    As a Verizon grandfathered unlimited data user could this phone be purchased and used by someone that is in the same situation as I’m in? I’m currently using a Note 2, but it’s currently giving me problems. If my current phone kicks the bucket I would consider this to hold over until I found a more suitable replacement.

  • TedPhillips

    cores & ghz are not all created equal. dual core kraits are likely to be better than quad a7’s for many workloads. GPU comparisons may be a different story. I think that got glossed over a bit too much.

    that said, i agree with the overall recommendation. A moto G is better choice.