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Amazon has the Moto G8 play in gray for $145, and G8 plus for $205. Even less if you get it from their Amazon Warehouse.

Motorola Moto G8 Play XT2015-2 (32GB) 6.2" (19:9) HD+ 4G LTE GSM Factory Unlocked Smartphone (International Version) (Obsidian Grey)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZG6W4S2

Specs:

https://www.phonemore.com/specs/m.../xt2015-2/

In short: it works with GSM carriers, but not with CDMA (Verizon, Sprint). It doesn't have all T-Mobile bands.
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please define International Version
for someone wanting to use this in the USA


LOOK NO FURTHER this just went from a maybe SD to a worthless pile of !@#$
i now see this a MediaTek SoC CPU
NOT A Snapdragon SO STAY FAR AWAY
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Ooh good deal. Will this play PUBG Mobile without any crashes/stuttering?
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Quote from thegreatfixer
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please define International Version
for someone wanting to use this in the USA
Please see:

https://www.phonemore.com/specs/m.../xt2015-2/

In short: it works with GSM carriers, but not CDMA (Verizon, Sprint).
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Quote from thegreatfixer
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please define International Version
for someone wanting to use this in the USA
It will have GSM only capabilities(no sprint, no verizon. No CDMA support at all.) Also may not have every ATT/TMOBILE band. I also believe these international models arent warrantied by the manufacturer in the US.
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It will have GSM only capabilities(no sprint, no verizon. No CDMA support at all.) Also may not have every ATT/TMOBILE band. I also believe these international models arent warrantied by the manufacturer in the US.
Thank you, I added your info to the OP.
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thank you
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Please see:

https://www.phonemore.com/specs/m.../xt2015-2/

In short: it works with GSM carriers, but not CDMA (Verizon, Sprint).
The data works perfectly on Verizon with activated Verizon SIM . (Although it doesn't have all VZ LTE bands).
Verizon is shutting down all it's CDMA towers by the end of the year.
If you don't know rather not say
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Avoiding Moto like the Virus until they fix the weak antenna problem they've had since the 5 series.
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This is a Latin America Model, don't waste your money.

T-Mobile: Supports B2, B4, B66. (Missing B12, 71)
AT&T: Supports B2, B4, B66 (Missing B14, B17, B29, B30)
Sprint: No Carrier Support
Verizon: No Carrier Support (Supports B2, B4 with a pre-activated SIM, data-only)

The other issue is probably VoLTE. It may work on T-Mobile, but definitely won't work on AT&T and Verizon. Without any low-band support, this not a daily driver, but useful as a cheap WiFi device paired with a data-only sim. You can do better with a used device from Swappa.

Also, it's a MediaTek SoC, so no XDA root/ROMs.
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Please see:

https://www.phonemore.com/specs/m.../xt2015-2/

In short: it works with GSM carriers, but not CDMA (Verizon, Sprint).
sorry, but that's too simplistic to be useful.
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This is a Latin America Model, don't waste your money.

T-Mobile: Supports B2, B4, B66. (Missing B12, 71)
AT&T: Supports B2, B4, B66 (Missing B14, B17, B29, B30)
Sprint: No Carrier Support
Verizon: No Carrier Support (Supports B2, B4 with a pre-activated SIM, data-only)

The other issue is probably VoLTE. It may work on T-Mobile, but definitely won't work on AT&T and Verizon. Without any low-band support, this not a daily driver, but useful as a cheap WiFi device paired with a data-only sim. You can do better with a used device from Swappa.

Also, it's a MediaTek SoC, so no XDA root/ROMs.
this is the best answer
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I have been using the international version of the G8+, found here:
https://www.amazon.com/Motorola-Unlocked-T-Mobile-MetroPCS-XT2019-2/dp/B082WNRSPY/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=moto+g8+international&qid=1585055091&sr=8-1

It has been my "daily driver" for the past few months using Mint and I have had no issues locally in Texas. My last phone was the international version of the G6+ and I used it traveling all over the United States and Mexico with no issues as well.
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The Helio P70 is quite a good CPU for this price actually. I know people here have a reflexive dislike of mediatek but please take a look at benchmarks and such. Moto devices often don't have custom roms anyway.

However, this phone is missing a lot of important bands for service in the US. You might get service but you're really limiting your connection options and taking a gamble outside of Central/South America (Mexico might be ok as well).

The US versions of the Moto G series often come out ~April each year, but who knows this year.
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Quote from DrRad
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This is a Latin America Model, don't waste your money.

T-Mobile: Supports B2, B4, B66. (Missing B12, 71)
AT&T: Supports B2, B4, B66 (Missing B14, B17, B29, B30)
Sprint: No Carrier Support
Verizon: No Carrier Support (Supports B2, B4 with a pre-activated SIM, data-only)

The other issue is probably VoLTE. It may work on T-Mobile, but definitely won't work on AT&T and Verizon. Without any low-band support, this not a daily driver, but useful as a cheap WiFi device paired with a data-only sim. You can do better with a used device from Swappa.

Also, it's a MediaTek SoC, so no XDA root/ROMs.
Missing B71 for T-Mobile is okay and it's still very rare to have. Missing B12 is unacceptable and makes it unusable.
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