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    Default Moto G + Unlocking - 2 questions

    Lost my trusty Atrix 2. Was planning on buying some generic chinese crap (since I keep losing phones). Then I discovered Moto G. Everywhere I look, it's being hailed as the KING of mid level smartphones, better than some of last year's flagships. Is is really the best choice?

    Secondly, what's the run down on unlocking? I see some no contract boost/verizon prepaid for $99 on ebay. What is to stop me from buying one of these and chucking my Telecom NZ sim in there? Assuming the band (3g 850) is supported. I'm guessing it's still not that straight forward. Can it be unlocked? Does it cost? How much does it cost? Just curious cuz I'm a cheap *******.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devicenotcompatible View Post
    Lost my trusty Atrix 2. Was planning on buying some generic chinese crap (since I keep losing phones). Then I discovered Moto G. Everywhere I look, it's being hailed as the KING of mid level smartphones, better than some of last year's flagships. Is is really the best choice?

    Secondly, what's the run down on unlocking? I see some no contract boost/verizon prepaid for $99 on ebay. What is to stop me from buying one of these and chucking my Telecom NZ sim in there? Assuming the band (3g 850) is supported. I'm guessing it's still not that straight forward. Can it be unlocked? Does it cost? How much does it cost? Just curious cuz I'm a cheap *******.

    Cheers
    If the device supports your carriers band and it's unlocked there should be no issue with inserting the SIM and using the Moto G on your current network. It's the Verizon model you need to be careful of, because I'm pretty sure that's a cdma only device and won't support your SIM - I could be wrong, so check before purchasing. A Google Play version is available on the Play Store, so you might want to check that out and see the specs and bands supported by the unlocked device.
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    Default Re: Moto G + Unlocking - 2 questions

    Quote Originally Posted by devicenotcompatible View Post
    Lost my trusty Atrix 2. Was planning on buying some generic chinese crap (since I keep losing phones). Then I discovered Moto G. Everywhere I look, it's being hailed as the KING of mid level smartphones, better than some of last year's flagships. Is is really the best choice?

    Secondly, what's the run down on unlocking? I see some no contract boost/verizon prepaid for $99 on ebay. What is to stop me from buying one of these and chucking my Telecom NZ sim in there? Assuming the band (3g 850) is supported. I'm guessing it's still not that straight forward. Can it be unlocked? Does it cost? How much does it cost? Just curious cuz I'm a cheap *******.

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    As far as I understand it all GSM Moto G's are sold unlocked. You can get the "global" model or the "US" model.

    Moto G by Motorola - A Google Company

    That is the link to the US site. It says the global model supports 850 band on EDGE and HSPA+ networks.

    So if you are looking on ebay you want the "Global GSM" model and you should be good, it should already be unlocked. You don't want the Boost Mobile/Verizon version, they are CDMA for use in the US and probably locked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devicenotcompatible View Post
    I see some no contract boost/verizon prepaid for $99 on ebay. What is to stop me from buying one of these and chucking my Telecom NZ sim in there?
    Where would you chuck it? Boost and Verizon are CDMA.
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    Ah. That explains that then. And why they are so much cheaper.

    I guess one could say... device not compatible...?

    No?

    I'll get my hat...
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    Awesome..thanks
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    Default Re: Moto G + Unlocking - 2 questions

    Quote Originally Posted by devicenotcompatible View Post
    Lost my trusty Atrix 2. Was planning on buying some generic chinese crap (since I keep losing phones).
    Whatever phone you decide on, if you don't want to 'lose' that one as well you might want to have a hard look at the free app 'AndroidLost' that you can even install on your device AFTER you lost it!
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    Default Re: Moto G + Unlocking - 2 questions

    Can I still use it on my lost phone? I have the box still so I'm sure I can pull up some unique identifier. Won't count on data/wifi though.
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    You should consider Cerberus if you keep loading phones.

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