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Friendly Notice: Verizon Prepaid Moto G for $20 at Best Buy!

Looks like it’s back yet again, folks! You can score the Verizon Prepaid Moto G for $20 at Best Buy again.

I’ve written about this deal fairly recently and it’s nice to see it happening again.


I know it says “with a plan” there in the screenshot, but when adding to cart select “unactivated” and the price will change to $19.99 and you’ll be good to go.

Oh yeah, if you’ve got a Best Buy account then you also get a $25 gift certificate when you make the purchase, at least that’s the info I just saw. I could be wrong.

As for the phone itself, let’s run down what I know about it from my previous purchase of it.

It is the first generation Moto G. It comes with Android KitKat 4.4.4 out of the box. (Currently there is no way to root this device, although it has been rooted by someone and they’ve said they’d release their method as soon as they made it a bit easier. For those of you who care about this kind of thing.)


It comes with 8 GB of internal storage, of which 4.98 gigs is free for you to use out of the box. There is not a microSD card slot built into the phone, so expanding the storage is not possible at all. It also features a built in FM radio, although you’ll need to hook up headphones to the phone to use said feature (as the headphones act as the antenna).

You do not need to activate the phone in any way to use it as a media player or a dedicated Chromecast remote (like a coworker and I both respectively did) or even a WiFi only capable phones of making calls and sending/receiving messages (both which you can do with Hangouts). On a related note, technically you can just swipe down from the top screen when you see the screen asking you to setup a Verizon prepaid account and you should see the onscreen buttons at that point and you can just hit the right most one and then swipe away that activation app and you’ll never see it again. (If you do, just put the phone into Airplane mode. You can still use WiFi in said mode, before anyone ask about that.)


If you’re a Verizon customer you can technically get this phone onto your plan, although the current rule is that you must use it prepaid for six months. However, I’ve seen people state that by calling and talking to reps they were able to eventually get them to waive that requirement. (Although your mileage may vary in that regard because Verizon is evil.)

If you’re at all interested in picking this phone up then get your order in ASAP, last time it was a one day deal only and the time before that it was limited to only four hours. So make this count while you can.


Edit. And just because some bastards on reddit now got this song stuck in my head for the remainder of the day I am in turn doing the same to you. Give it a listen. If you dare. Aruba, Jamaica, ohh I wanna take ya...

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