It looks like the Moto G is now available online and in-store at Staples Canada.
The exact model for sale is the XT1034, with 16GB of onboard storage and support for AWS. Yup, it’s the same phone you’d get from WIND Mobile—except that this one comes unlocked for a $21 premium. If you like buying your hardware outright that’s not a bad deal…
Product details from Staples are as follows:
- OS: Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
- Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8226
- CPU: Quad-Core 1.2GHz
- Internal 16GB, 1GB RAM
- Bluetooth: Yes, v4.0 LE+EDR with A2DP
- Sensors: Accelerometer; Ambient Light Sensor; eCompass; Hall Effect Sensor; Magnetometer; Proximity Sensor
- Browser: HTML
- GPS: Yes, with aGPS (assisted); AGPS (autonomous); sGPS (simultaneous); Standalone GPS; eCompass
- Battery: Li-Ion 2070mAh battery, standby 400 hrs, Talk Time up to 14Hrs
- Colours: Black (front panel), 20 colour/style options (back panel)
Unfortunately it doesn’t look like Staples is selling any official Moto G accessories as of yet; hopefully that will change. One good thing about buying from Staples is that they’ve traditionally offered a very generous 7-day, no-questions-asked return policy on electronics. Not sure if it applies to mobiles, though.
There’s a bit of confusion out there in regards to which models of the G support which bands. Putting together pieces from various sources (mostly XDA) I believe this to be correct:
- XT1032 – International GSM version sold by TELUS and Koodo
- XT1033 – Dual-SIM GSM version
- XT1034 – US GSM version with AWS
- XT1040 – LTE Model, coming next month to Rogers and Fido
For the sake of comparison, the going rate for a 16GB Nexus 5 is $500 CAD—although good guy Koodo is currently selling it for $400 and you can get the 16GB model direct from Google for even less than that. So is an unlocked 16GB AWS Moto G more than half the Nexus 5 at potentially half the price? I’d say yes!