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Motorola Moto G has ‘shaken up the market’ says Three

Luke Johnson


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The Motorola Moto G and Google Nexus 5 have ‘shaken up’ the smartphone market, network provider Three has suggested.

Speaking with TrustedReviews on the current state of the handset sector, retailer Three has claimed that the budget Motorola and high-specced Nexus 5 are forcing rival manufacturers to alter their approach to the smartphone space.

The Moto G and Google Nexus 5 have absolutely shaken up the market,” Three’s Product Portfolio Manager Brendan Arndt told us.

Launched last November as a mid-range smartphone with an entry-level price tag, the Motorola Moto G, which can be snapped up for just £100, features a 4.5-inch 720p HD display alongside a 1.2GHz quad-core PCU and 1GB of RAM.

Adding a 5-megapixel rear-mounted camera and the choice of 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, the Motorola Moto G became an instant hit, with the wallet friendly price tag meaning many consumers could bypass costly 24 month contracts.

Discussing the Moto G’s new approach to smartphone pricing, Arndt stated: “It will absolutely put pressure on the other guys to up their game a bit.”

The Moto G is not alone in its efforts to push the smartphone sector in a new direction either. The Three Portfolio Manager highlighted the LG-manufactured Google Nexus 5 as another handset that has ‘shaken up’ how consumers view their smartphone buying habits.

“The Nexus is absolutely one of those phones that people will buy outright, because it’s a good deal, and not just buy it on a network,” the Three official told us.

While the Motorola Moto G and Google Nexus 5 might have led the way, Arndt believes they are only the start of a larger movement.

“All the vendors are looking at giving consumers a bit more value, and bringing 4G down,” he told us adding: “Moto G and Nexus 5 have challenged all the other vendors to do that.”

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Prem Desai

March 4, 2014, 11:09 pm

Doesn't take a genius or a marketing bod to tell us that.

The Moto G is a damn good phone at a damn good price. Period.

I have now recommended this phone to more than 7 people - all chuffed as anything.

Alex Walsh

March 5, 2014, 2:15 pm

If the Motorola G was 4G enabled, I think Three might have issues with bandwidth use :)

Given they're not charging a premium for 4G, the widespread availability of 4G handsets cheaply would presumably be problematic for them. In Oxford at the weekend, their 3G was absolutely crawling by 5pm but the 4G was flying...


March 5, 2014, 9:22 pm

To be honest if this was out before i bought my nexus 5 i would have bought the moto g instead .I purchased the 8gb moto g for my other half and its every bit as good as my nexus 5.

Richard F-P

March 5, 2014, 10:08 pm

It's a case of the lesser of two evils - When you buy a premium phone like an iPhone or other similar high value handset, you're also getting the best airtime package bundled in - Unlimited free calls and texts, and in the case of Three, all you can eat data, too.

I have a spare Three account and yes, I bought a Moto G. It's not just the price that astounds, it's how complete a phone it is. The Moto X pulls off a similar trick - Under Google's ownership, Motorola have produced two "Goldilocks" phones with everything you need and nothing you don't. The Moto G in particular deserves to sell by the truck load. It's brilliant.

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