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Just the other day, Cricket Wireless announced that they would offer the Motorola Moto E LTE starting March 13th, for $129.99 which at the time of the announcement made it the cheapest place where you could purchase the phone. That all changed today when Verizon Prepaid announced they are now offering the Moto E LTE for $99.99. Whether or not you actually find this to be a better value over Cricket Wireless's offering depends on how much you value Verizon's coverage. You see, prepaid phone service with Cricket is significantly cheaper than with Verizon and they offer far better value for your dollar. $35 on Cricket gets you unlimited talk, text and data with the first 2.5 GB being LTE, although LTE download speeds are throttled to 8 Mbps while uploading is not throttled. After your high speed data is up for the month speeds get reduced to 128 kbps. With Verizon you have to spend $45 to get unlimited talk and text, and enable autopay to get 1.5 GB of LTE data that is not throttled though once your data is used up for the month you have to either purchase more or wait for the next month to renew and have more. Unlimited texting to Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico is also included.
Motorola Mote E LTE Features
The phone itself is a budget model that includes 4.5-inch 540 x 960 qHD display, a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 CPU with 1GB RAM and 8GB of on board storage. Storage can be expanded with use of the microSD card slot. A 5 MP camera is on the back while a 0.3 MP selfie camera module braces the front. The phone is powered by a 2,390 mAh battery which given the phones screen size and processor should be plenty enough to get you through the day. The phone comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop installed and is about as close to stock Android as you can get without owning a Nexus or running a custom rom. Motorola has generally been quick to update its phones to the latest versions of Android for those of you who have concerns about that.
So what do you think of these deals? Are any of you about to bite the bullet and pick up one of these phones with either of these carriers?