Motorola's Moto G – one of the best budget smartphone for business users -- just got a lot cheaper. This week Best Buy announced it is selling the Moto G smartphone on Verizon for $99 off-contract. You can also snag the contract-free Moto G on Boost Mobile for the same price, down from the original retail price of $199. And neither deal requires buyers to commit to a two-year contract with a wireless carrier. In fact, the Moto G is not currently available for a subsidized, on-contract price. Instead, Motorola is opting to give users more flexibility while still offering the handset at a low price.
AT&T and T-Mobile users will still have to shell out $179 for the Moto G. But that’s far cheaper than flagship phones such as Motorola's Moto X, which costs $399 when purchased off-contract. The contract-free iPhone 5S, meanwhile, starts at $649.
The Moto G isn't a typical budget phone. It has the stylish look and many of the features of the Moto X, including an update to Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. And it packs decent specs for the price; its midrange 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor is a few generations behind the chips in flagship Android handsets, but it’s still speedier than other budget phones. The 4.5-inch display also isn’t as roomy as the screen on the Moto X, so it may not be the right device for business users who rely on their phone to do real work. The Moto G also lacks 4G LTE support, so users will have to deal with slower data speeds when on the go.