Verizon Moto G launches at Best Buy for $99.99, off-contract

by: Chris SmithJanuary 1, 2014

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After a Best Buy employee leaked a few days ago an image showing the Verizon Moto G’s packaging by posting it on his Google+ account, revealing in the process that the phone will cost $99.99 off-contract, the retailer has gone ahead and launched the device.

As rumored, the phone is indeed selling at $99.99 at Best Buy, and it doesn’t require users to sign-up for a new two-year contract with Verizon, the LA Times has learned:

“The phone is currently landing in stores and is available for sale as soon as it arrives,” Best Buy spokesman Jonathan Sandler told The Times.

It’s not clear at this time what Verizon Moto G version costs $99.99, the 8GB or the 16GB model. Normally, the Moto G would sell without a contract for $179 or $199, depending on capacity.

As for Verizon, the carrier is not yet taking Moto G orders on its website, even though Best Buy is selling the handset in its retail stores, Best Buy Mobile stores included. Interestingly, Best Buy is not taking online orders for the Moto G either at the moment although that may soon change.

A second image leak suggested that the phone will start selling on January 9, at least from Best Buy, but it looks like the retailer may have changed its mind – that may still be the official launch date for Verizon, although that’s yet to be determined.

Earlier today, the off-contract Moto X price has dropped to $399, making the phone also an interesting purchase option at that price point.

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  • AndroidBoss

    If I was gonna buy a Moto G; I’d just buy the unlocked one without the 2-year contract with Verizon.

    • Jack Parker

      Did you not read it!? Its off contract which means you pay $99 and that’s it the phones yours

      • AndroidBoss

        Lol I thought it said which comes with a 2 year contract. Sorry about that.

  • Wezi427

    Its obvious the 8gb version is $99.00.

    • bobo

      has anyone confirmed this yet?

  • paul taraneh

    Though it was stated in an earlier post that the Verizon model is unable to be used on other carriers, there is no reiteration in this latest news,, any idea?

  • Jayfeather787

    Wow. This is crazy. It costs ~$123 to make one Moto G, and they are selling them for 100 bucks. Motorola is losing money with every one they sell. I hope Motorola doesn’t go out of business, this is a risky move.

    • Guest123

      Who said Moto was the one selling them at this price? This is Verizon’s price.

      • Tuấn Ankh

        and Moto will get all that money back in less than one year (and still make profits like any other carrier does during that time period)

        • Guest123

          That statement makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

          Moto (Motorola) is NOT a carrier, thus there is no “like any other carrier” in relation to Motorola.

          • Tuấn Ankh

            Oops. Very sorry. I was gonna say Verizon. But… oops xD Thanks for pointing that out

    • AndroidBoss

      Motorola will never go outta business since Google owns it. Therefore Google got its back. I think in the next years the company will succeed more.

      • Jayfeather787

        Okay, then in that case, this should work well for them because they will sell more handsets. Thanks for clearing that up.

  • Guest123

    too bad this isn’t the AT&T or T-Mo versions.

  • apianist16

    That’s a lot of phone for the money! I think the main move behind this to promote Motorola and gain a little brand recognition.

    • needa

      totally agree.

  • gommer strike

    Make that $99 off-contract at Best Buy here in Canada, and we’ll talk.

  • Arjay Bustos

    It doesn’t have LTE right?

    • adrian strozier

      no LTE. I believe its the HSPA+ or something equal to that. It doesn’t really matter too much HSPA+ is not bad for web browsing and downloads.

      • Azeem

        web browsing.*

  • adrian strozier

    Man that’s a steal :(. Now I wish they offered a GSM version for that same price

  • thisphoneisawesome

    I bought the GSM version on Amazon and am amazed at how well it performs and its HD screen. Ive handled alot of flagship devices, and I got to say, this should be considered one for its durability, speed, and all-around awesome-ness(Im playing bloons tower defense 5 on it at round 125 almost no lag)

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  • MG

    A deal that really isn’t a deal – Verizon $99 Moto G comparison