Good News / Bad News: Motorola Moto G (3rd generation) arrives at Virgin Mobile USA for $150

This is a good news / bad news type of a thing. The good news is that the third generation (latest model as of writing time) Motorola Moto G has arrived at Virgin Mobile USA and it is available for purchase for $150.

The bad news is that this is the entry-level model with 1GB RAM and 8GB on-board. This is the only model they currently offer. This is clear in their product description, see annotated screenshot below:


Other carriers and/or unlocked, they also have a 2GB RAM with 16GB on-board version that sells for +$40 the standard price. If only they had that too, even if it sold for $200! But as of the time of writing, only the 1/8 model is available 🙁

Regardless, this is a pretty good phone. I have the first generation and it holds up pretty well for a two year old budget phone with lesser specs than the 3rd generation. This new one, two years later, the third generation, has among other things:

  • microSD slot
  • Android 5.1
  • 5-inch 720p Gorilla Glass 3 display
  • 1.4 GHz quad-core processor (Snapdragon 410)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE (no NFC)
  • IPX-7 water-resistant
  • non-removable 2470 mah battery

Check the interwebs for reviews and more detailed specs as VM is typically light on the technical specs. There’s a handful of reviews out for it as well, just be sure to make the distinction in the reviews between the 1/8 and 2/16 models.

Virgin Mobile had been stagnant for a while, but now it seems to have a flurry of new phone launches, including the new brand new iPhone 6S ($550/16GB), and the HTC Desire 626s ($130).

One more thing – remember, if you have a big balance in your VM account, you can also use it towards the purchase of a newer phone. Your balance must cover the total purchase amount, they can’t do partial balance and partial credit card. If you are close, you can also reload your VM account with some more money to get there.