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Promoted 08-16-2015 by brisar at 04:16 AM View Original Post
UPDATE: Ships by September 21, 2015.

Frys.com has Motorola Moto E 4.5" Verizon Prepaid No-Contract Smartphone (MOTXT1528PP-D) for $39.99. Shipping is Free. Thanks zapDeal

Specs:
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 1.2 GHz
  • 4.5" qHD TFT display
  • 4G LTE/WiFi/Bluetooth
  • Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
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Edited September 7, 2015 at 05:54 PM by widgit
Was a prior popular deal at $50. Can price match to Best Buy. Can be used on ATT, TMO, TruPhone.

http://frys.com/product/8466258

See the following for info on using on NON verizon networks:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/m...n-t3137015

http://forum.xda-developers.com/m...k-t3098953 .
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Last Edited by alabbit August 24, 2015 at 01:28 AM
For those who want to use the Verizon model on AT&T/T-Mobile/GSM, see this XDA Developers thread for the trick to switch this phone's preferred network type to GSM/LTE, and to keep it from switching back to CDMA/LTE.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/m...k-t3098953

If you're not comfortable with using Android Debug Bridge (ADB) shell commands, do not remove your SIM card or hard reset your phone after the Android 5.1 update. This will revert the preferred network type to CDMA/LTE, and you won't be able to set it back without using adb.

The device is SIM-unlocked, and can be used on any GSM network, but you need to switch the preferred network type to GSM/LTE or "4G" (Mode 9) and manually enter your carrier's Access Point Name (APN)
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Moto E = Verizon Prepaid Moto E 2nd Gen LTE XT1528PP 2015 Model

Q: Can I use the Moto E on T-Mobile (or T-Mobile MVNO's like MetroPCS)?
A: Yes, you can follow dzap's instructions on enabling GSM/LTE mode here

Q: What Network Performace Can I expect with T-Mobile for the Moto E?
A: For T-Mobile:
  • 4G LTE Band 4 AWS 1700 (primary) - YES
  • 4G LTE Band 2 PCS 1900 (secondary) - YES
  • 4G LTE Band 12 700-A (supplementary) - No
  • 3G/4G HSPA/HSPA+ Band 4 AWS 1700 (legacy) - YES
  • 3G/4G HSPA/HSPA+ Band 2 PCS 1900 (primary) - YES
  • 2G EDGE 1900Mz (primary) - YES
  • 2G EDGE 850Mz (super very limited) - YES

Q: Can I use the Moto E on AT&T (or AT&T MVNO's like Cricket)?
A: Yes, you can follow dzap's instructions on enabling GSM/LTE mode here

Q: What Network Performace Can I expect with AT&T for the Moto E?
A: For AT&T:
  • 4G LTE Band 17 700bc (primary) - No
  • 4G LTE Band 4 AWS 1700 (secondary) - YES
  • 4G LTE Band 2 PCS 1900 (secondary) - YES
  • 4G LTE Band 5 850 CLR (semi-primary) - YES
  • 4G LTE Band 29 700de (upcoming) - No
  • 4G LTE Band 30 WCS (upcoming) - No
  • 3G/4G HSPA/HSPA+ Band 5 CLR 850 (primary) - YES
  • 3G/4G HSPA/HSPA+ Band 2 PCS 1900 (secondary) - YES
  • 2G EDGE 850Mz (primary) - YES
  • 2G EDGE 1900Mz (secondary) - YES

Q: Can I use the Moto E on Verizon Postpaid?
A: Officially, you can use the Moto E on Verizon Postpaid only after it's been activated once, and only after waiting 6 months after initial activation date.
However, there is a small loophole where if, before you ever turn on the phone, you swap the SIM inside with your own Postpaid SIM (MicroSIM) then it will work no problem!

If you have an active post paid nano SIM, you can buy a nano to micro SIM card adapter off of ebay or amazon for cheap and use the nano SIM in the adapter.

How to prevent OTA system update, self activation and other annoying notifications (such as none VZ SIM etc.):

http://kingoftweaks.blogspot.com/...oto-e.html
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If you are on TMobile buy it only if you can do software surgery on it . Just pay more and buy a tmobile phone . I have 2 of these on a a tmobile reseller . It's not worth the trouble .
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Bought one a couple of days ago. Using it on postpaid acct.

Quote from hweori981 View Post :
Bought one a couple of days ago. Using it on postpaid acct.
Price matched at BB btw and its a very good deal for a LTE smart phone
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Quote from zapDeal View Post :
See the following for info on using on NON verizon networks:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/m...n-t3137015

http://forum.xda-developers.com/m...k-t3098953
Is there also a process to allow this to be use on Verizon MVNOs, or is this only to use it for non-Verizon options?
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If you have to replace your kids cell phone every few months because they lost it or broke the screen this phone will save you money big time .
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is there a front facing camera? better than moto g?
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is there a front facing camera?
1.3 MP Front Camera
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is there a front facing camera? better than moto g?
Better than the Moto g 2nd gen yes. But not the g 3rd gen. Then again, you are talking about $40 vs $179. For $40,you get the same cpu, gpu, internal memory, and ram. The display is a little smaller and lower resolution, but still decent considering the price point. The camera is good for the price but not as good as the g. And of course no water resistance. No flash.
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Is there also a process to allow this to be use on Verizon MVNOs, or is this only to use it for non-Verizon options?
Just use your current sim card
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Better than the Moto g 2nd gen yes. But not the g 3rd gen. Then again, you are talking about $40 vs $179. For $40,you get the same cpu, gpu, internal memory, and ram. The display is a little smaller and lower resolution, but still decent considering the price point. The camera is good for the price but not as good as the g. And of course no water resistance. No flash.
Camera on the Moto E is good for the price, even though it has no flash. Not sure on your comment about the water resistance, though. To be clear, the Moto E 2015 (this phone) does have a water resistant coating. It's a good all around phone and considering it's running the latest Android OS with virtually no bloatware, it's that much better. Unless you need/want the latest and greatest display and camera, this is the phone to get. And it even supports an SD card.
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Just use your current sim card
I thought the deal was that Verizon's prepaid phones had to be activated for 6months before they could be used on MVNOs like StraightTalk or PagePlus
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If you are on TMobile buy it only if you can do software surgery on it . Just pay more and buy a tmobile phone . I have 2 of these on a a tmobile reseller . It's not worth the trouble .
Lol, only add APN and go with tmobile, no trouble.

Quote from JameyJ View Post :
I thought the deal was that Verizon's prepaid phones had to be activated for 6months before they could be used on MVNOs like StraightTalk or PagePlus
GSM/LTE phone never needs activation, just put an activated SIM card to go ...
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GSM/LTE phone never needs activation, just put an activated SIM card to go ...
Perhaps all the 6-month talk is only 2G/3G CDMA based? If that's the case, then would the phone only work with 4G coverage since this is a CDMA/LTE phone?
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