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    Default Moto G LTE US/Global versions

    I was going to buy one of the original Moto G's and have been hard pressed to decide between the US and global versions because I spend time in Europe. I notice that the new G with LTE doesn't seem to come in two versions. Why is this? Even if LTE itself is a "universal" standard, the phone has to support 3g, HSPA, HDSPA etc, so that I would have thought it would face the same issues as the original version. Or have they just put all the necessary radio devices for all the different frequencies into this model? If so, it would solve my problem. I'm on a cheapo T-mobile MNVO that doesn't even offer LTE, but I would gladly buy it, just to be able to use it in both the US and Europe.

    Slamtry
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    Whilst I'm new to smart phones and apps etc, I bought the Moto G a couple of months ago.
    Of course I am no expert, but I have also been looking at the Moto g 4g LTE, and can hopefully answer a couple of your points.
    a) Its called 4G because it supports 4G - so above your 3G requirements.
    b) As you say, it seems to be limited to one model (at present !?) 8gb - but it does have an SD slot. I have no idea of the max sd card it can use, but must be pretty good.

    I keep looking for a release date here in the UK, but nothing concrete yet - as far as I know !
    I hope this helps
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    Yes the new 4g LTE model combined all GSM/GPRS/EDGE & UMTS/HSPA+ radios. The original moto g had the 1700 band in the US Model and the 2100 band in the global model. Thats why there were 2 version of the phone but the 4g has all the bands now so there is only 1 phone. The original article on this site said there are 2 LTE versions and this is wrong. They call it a US version phone because of the LTE bands, these are the ATT and T- Mobile LTE bands in the USA so they know the LTE will work in USA, LTE in other countries is hit or miss depending on if the LTE works there. The 4g phones being sold on the Motorola website and Amazon are the exact same phones, Amazon is wording it universal and thats why people are getting confused.
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    I would be careful in purchasing the moto g lte. Amazon USA is selling a version that supports only the 4G LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, 17 (1900, 1700, 850, 700 MHz). I hope that they create a dual sim international version. Unfortunately, that version probably will not support T-Mobile band 4. The OnePlus One is looking better than ever, even if it does not support dual sims.
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    Hmmm, so if they mention only Bands 2, 4, 5, 17 (1900, 1700, 850, 700 mhz), what does it mean that it has UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100. Do the two sets of number have any relation? Regarding Band 4, does it correspond to 1700 or is it actually AWS 1700/2100?

    If a carrier like Ptel (which uses T-mobile network) says the phone requires AWS 1700 and 2100, would the UMTS numbers be the correct ones to look at (which in this case indicates the phone should work fine).

    Info from Amazon webpage:
    LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 17;
    UMTS: 850/900/1700/1900/2100
    GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
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    Quote Originally Posted by socks148 View Post
    The 4g phones being sold on the Motorola website and Amazon are the exact same phones, Amazon is wording it universal and thats why people are getting confused.
    Are you certain about this? I pre-ordered from Amazon because of the universal wording in the description. Otherwise I would have ordered directly from the Motorola website. I have to pay tax for either places so there is no price difference, and both offer free 2-day shipping.
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    From Motorola webpage:
    4G LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, 17
    GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
    UMTS (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)

    From Amazon webpage:
    LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 17
    GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
    UMTS: 850/900/1700/1900/2100

    Exactly the same, unless you think their giving the wrong specs, I don't understand, why do you think its a different phone, whats different?
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    Quote Originally Posted by socks148 View Post
    Exactly the same, unless you think their giving the wrong specs, I don't understand, why do you think its a different phone, whats different?
    I thought they were different specs. If they are the same then I don't really have anything to worry about and hopefully Amazon ships out the units as fast if not faster than Motorola.
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    Quote Originally Posted by audelair View Post
    Hmmm, so if they mention only Bands 2, 4, 5, 17 (1900, 1700, 850, 700 mhz), what does it mean that it has UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100. Do the two sets of number have any relation? Regarding Band 4, does it correspond to 1700 or is it actually AWS 1700/2100?

    If a carrier like Ptel (which uses T-mobile network) says the phone requires AWS 1700 and 2100, would the UMTS numbers be the correct ones to look at (which in this case indicates the phone should work fine).

    Info from Amazon webpage:
    LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 17;
    UMTS: 850/900/1700/1900/2100
    GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
    You should be fine

    dpham00, Android Central Moderator
    Sent from my Verizon Moto G
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    I just saw that the Moto X will be on sale starting tomorrow for $299 from the motorola site, $100 off the $399 32GB version. I realize it is $80 more than the Moto G LTE but won't it be a better phone, customized with better features? I have the LTE on pre-order but am thinking of switching to the X. Thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by drew_sf View Post
    I just saw that the Moto X will be on sale starting tomorrow for $299 from the motorola site, $100 off the $399 32GB version. I realize it is $80 more than the Moto G LTE but won't it be a better phone, customized with better features? I have the LTE on pre-order but am thinking of switching to the X. Thoughts?
    I'm in the same boat - have the moto g LTE on pre-order from amazon since a month ago and they now show as out of stock for new orders.

    One thing I wonder about on the new moto g LTE is that it only has 8 gb of internal memory and you can add a memory card of up to 32 gb via sdcard. But aren't there limitations about what you can and can't do/install on the memory card in kitkat now? Can applications still be moved to the sdcard the way you used to?

    The moto x has 32 gb internal for the extra $80, not to mention the extra voice commands. I'm finding it a tough decision!
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    Quote Originally Posted by yaconsult View Post
    I'm in the same boat - have the moto g LTE on pre-order from amazon since a month ago and they now show as out of stock for new orders.

    One thing I wonder about on the new moto g LTE is that it only has 8 gb of internal memory and you can add a memory card of up to 32 gb via sdcard. But aren't there limitations about what you can and can't do/install on the memory card in kitkat now? Can applications still be moved to the sdcard the way you used to?

    The moto x has 32 gb internal for the extra $80, not to mention the extra voice commands. I'm finding it a tough decision!
    It probably supports sd card up to 128gb, though perhaps not officially. If you have a lot of media then the new g can make sense over the x.

    On my note 3, some apps can be moved to sd card

    dpham00, Android Central Moderator
    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3
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    I tried to order the Moto X as an unlocked GSM phone and the website tags a $50 carrier charge. The only Moto X you can get for $299 is the CDMA Republic locked Moto X!

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