The Moto G launched earlier this month in the U.S., giving American Android phones a chance to grab Motorola’s capable new smartphone unlocked for just $179. The only problem? Motorola’s version of the budget-friendly handset is restricted to the GSM standard, meaning it only works on AT&T and T-Mobile. Thankfully that may change next year when the device lands on Boost Mobile, according to the latest leak from Twitter tipster @evleaks.
The press render above shows Boost Mobile’s orange logo clearly displayed as the Moto G’s background with practically everything else about the device left unchanged, suggesting the pre-paid wireless company won’t smother the device will its own apps and bloatware. Verizon previously announced it would start selling the Moto G in the first quarter of 2014. If we had to guess, we’d say Boost Mobile will receive the device around the same time, similar to the way Motorola opened up the Moto Maker to all major carriers as soon as its exclusive contract with AT&T had ended.
Boost Mobile, which operates on Nextel’s iDEN network, sells its smartphones at full cost. The company then offers monthly and daily plans at a number of tiers. Monthly plans range from $45 to $60 per month, but decrease by $5 for every six on-time monthly payments made—though there’s always a limit to how low your rate can drop. The carrier also offers unlimited talk, text, web and email for $2 per day, or $3 per day for the same deal plus access to Google Play content and apps.
Hopefully it won’t be long before the Moto G lands on Boost Mobile and Verizon, though it could take until March for the device to launch on Big Red and maybe even longer for the pre-paid network to catch up.