Moto G Release Date Set for January 9 on Verizon

The Moto G official Verizon release date will be on Jan. 9.

The carrier was already offering the handset through Best Buy for $99. Verizon now confirmed that it will sell the handset online starting next week and it will arrive in the company's retail stores during the next few weeks.

The Verizon version of the Moto G will not work with any other carrier. However, the normal GSM version should function with different SIM cards.

A Google+ user named Josue Joseph who also claims to be a Best Buy employee posted up a picture of the Moto G in its packaging and also wrote "look at what just arrived" earlier this week hinting at its imminent launch through the Best Buy. Nothing was mentioned regarding the direct Verizon release until the end of this week.

Joseph didn't know the official "street date" at the time. He clarified that the deal for the Moto G will not require customers to sign a new contract with Verizon and that this model will not work on any other carrier. This is the reason Verizon is able to charge so little for it.

The Moto G was launched earlier this year and is similar to the Moto X. The device packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front shooter, Android 4.4, KitKat or Android 4.3 depending on the variant, a 4.5-inch LCD display with 720 x 1280 resolution at 329 ppi and 16GB of internal storage.

The Moto G received rave reviews and was even crowned Product of the Year at the 2013 TrustedReviews Awards. The smartphone is an extremely affordable SIM-free handset which makes it even more appealing to the average customer not looking to lock into a contract.