It took Motorola long enough to understand their best-selling device to date, the low-cost champion that is the Moto G, could bring them even more fame and exposure with two small but paramount upgrades.
Ultimately though, Lenovo’s soon-to-be-subsidiary put both a 4G LTE modem and microSD card slot on the G, pricing the “new” phone at $219 and selling it via Amazon for a couple of weeks now. And starting today, directly through Motorola.com as well.
Like on Amazon, the chromatic choices are black and white, shipping is taken care of and the only on-board storage option is 8 gigs. Why not also 16 and 32? We’re guessing Moto reckons they won’t sell, since the 8 GB variant can accommodate an extra 32 gigs with the right microSD card.
The bad news is LTE connectivity is restricted to a handful of US carriers. Specifically, those that use GSM, not CDMA technology. So no Sprint, no Verizon, no US Cellular. AT&T and T-Mobile are on board, and so are their prepaid auxiliary operators (Cricket, MetroPCS, etc., etc.).
Not the hoarder type and don’t need the additional storage space? Then the non-LTE, non-expandable Moto G flavor might tickle your fancy, at $70 or $80 a pop with certain prepaid providers. Or you can wait for a future deal similar to Fry’s.