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Why carriers chose Moto G "Global" version?


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The Moto G comes in 2 GSM flavours, the "US" version and the "Global". The "US" variety supports the band 4 "AWS" data frequencies used by T-mobile and others, while the "Global" doesn't (but adds band 1 (2100Mhz) that is used internationally. When I saw that the major Canadian carriers were selling the "Global" variant, I assume it supported some GSM band used by Telus/Bell that the "US" didn't. But as far as I can tell, the Telus/Bell/Rogers use band 2 (1900) and band 5 (850) for their 3G networks, and the band 1/band 8 support of the "Global" variant isn't needed? Am I missing anything with frequency usages? Suspicious me is thinking that they might have chosen the "Global" in part to prevent the phones from walking over to the smaller AWS carriers (Wind, Mobilicity) etc? "Global" owners have better roaming options in Europe and elsewhere, but worse choices here and the US.

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Userlevel 7
Competitively it would make sense. Also keep in mind the Moto G was a Koodo exclusive for a short time.
Userlevel 2
Chad Burr wrote:

Competitively it would make sense. Also keep in mind the Moto G was a Koodo exclusive for a short...

The exclusivity wouldn't affect which variant they carried. "Competitively" = "Suspicious me" … 🙂 It actually works out for me since I'll be travelling to the UK before the US. I'm curious as to whether the new LTE version of the Moto G will be able to combine all the necessary bands in one phone.
Userlevel 5
I would assume the reason is two fold and you listed both of them. 1. Better roaming coverage/options 2. To keep people from buying phones to use with the competitors. Nothing wrong with either reason being the decision. Also as far as the exclusivity it was a Telus/Koodo exclusivity and for obvious reasons they'd get the same model, and I assume option 1 was more important to Telus.

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