Feeds

SCREW IT, says Motorola: Moto G mobe goes on sale two months EARLY

Now taking preorders in America for phones to ship in December

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Motorola has offered an early Christmas present to its US customers by making its new, low-cost Moto G handset available for preorder in time for the holidays.

Up until now, the Moto X's cheaper, younger sibling wasn't expected to reach the US until January. That's still the case if you want to purchase it through a carrier, but Motorola unexpectedly began taking orders for the devices on its own website on Tuesday and says it will begin shipping them in December.

As previously announced, the handsets are selling for $179 for a model with 8GB of onboard storage or $199 for a 16GB model. Neither version has a microSD card for expansion, but both also come bundled with 50GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years.

Only the GSM version of the phone will be available before January. The Moto G is not an LTE handset, and Motorola is not offering a CDMA version for preorder. The handsets are unlocked, however, and they support all of the global GSM bands, so they should work with AT&T, T-Mobile, or any other GSM network.

For either version of the phone, you can also choose between a chipset that's been optimized for US 3G (UMTS/HSPA+) networks or one that works best on global networks when roaming outside the US.

The version of the handset that will arrive in December will ship with Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean," but Motorola has said that it will have an upgrade to Android 4.4 "KitKat" ready by January, and that all Moto G owners are guaranteed to receive it free of charge.

Those who would like to receive the devices by Christmas might be advised to move fast, though. Motorola's website says the phones will start shipping on December 2, but as we go to push the big, red "Publish" button on this story, the ship dates for certain models have already slipped to December 9. ®

Application security programs and practises

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Microsoft confirms secret Surface will never see the light of day
Microsoft's form 8-K records decision 'not to ship a new form factor'
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.