The Motorola Moto G is a low-cost smartphone with decent specs… but it’s been missing one thing many people have been asking for: support for 4G LTE networks. Up until now the Moto G has been a GSM-only phone.

Now Motorola is taking pre-orders for a new Moto G with LTE for $219.

Motorola Moto G

That makes the LTE model $40 more than the GSM-only version, which will continue to be available for $179.

The biggest difference between the phones is that the new model supports faster cellular data networks, but it’s not the only change. Most of the specs remain unchanged, including the Moto G’s 4.5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display with Corning Gorilla Glass, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, and 2070mAh battery.

But while Motorola offers GSM-only models with 8GB and 16GB of storage, the new Moto G with LTE is currently available for pre-order with only 8GB of storage. The good news is that unlike the GSM model, the new 4G LTE model has a microSD card slot for removable storage.

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5 replies on “Motorola’s launches Moto G with LTE for $219”

  1. This makes a big difference for Sprint, which has slow 3g but increasingly widespread 4g coverage. Would be great for the Ting MVNO.

    1. Other than the fact that I accidentally referred to the original model as “WiFi-only” instead of “GSM-only” at one point, what other problems did you find?

      And I wrote this before my first cup of coffee which might explain errors… but I’m not sure what problems you’re referring to.

      1. It was very awkward to read…given that the phone was GSM from the “get go”, did not mean to offend glad to hear you are well and that like many of us you cannot function without that most popular of drugs!

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