Thinking of buying Moto E4 - any advice, suggestions?

So I need a phone and am looking at the Moto E4 (https://www.motorola.com/us/products/moto-e-gen-4) mainly because of the price and because it says it can be used on all 4 carriers.

Do you guys know of any cheaper alternatives or hacks? (Don't want to buy a used or refurbished phone though). TIA for any advice, tips or suggestions!

The moto E4 is my favorite budget phone that I own. Great choice if you can get a good price. $70 is good.

I would look at the moto X4 too if you are willing to spend more. It is a significantly better phone and fairly cheap these days. You get a ton of extras like ip68, ultra wide camera, larger screen, updated os, better processor and ram etc.

It is $150 at BH photo with a 3 month mint sim plan included for free (worth $60) https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1449873-REG/moto_pa8s0024us_moto_x4_android_one.html

You can also get a moto g6 by signing up for googlefi, activating and cancelling service pretty much straight away. They only charge you for the day or so you have it activated so maybe a buck extra. $100.

Thanks for the suggestions, mmface. About the G6, are GoogleFi phones kinda like TextNow phones -- where you have to modify/root the phone in order to get it to work on other carriers?

No it is completely unlocked.

The Moto E4 is a great deal at $70! We have one, and my only complaint is that it does not have persistent audio notifications for missed calls or texts. (I found a good free app on Google play that works well for persistent notifications, although the $2.99 premium version is needed if you use Google Voice. I'm using a different free app that works fine with Google Voice & the native number, but it's a pain to set up.....)

This is the cheapest 4 carrier phone I'm aware of new, and it is certified for VoLTE on Verizon.

About the GoogleFi Moto G6 - has anyone canceled service and gotten away with keeping the G6? (I have tried contacting Google in the past and it was almost impossible to get any help. That wasn't for GoogleFi but it still makes me apprehensive to have to deal with anything Google).

So I guess my question is - will it be painful to cancel GoogleFi service and get to keep the G6?

I am interest in this e4 too. My questions is it compatible with sprint? since Sprint has different LTE bands and I need both T-mobile and Sprint, that means I need LTE band 2 and band 4 on tmovile and able to register on Sprint.
I look up the Sprint version xt1755 that don't have band 2 and 4, if I order from the web, which one I should order
Thanks for suggestion.

carrier compatibility chart shows all 4 major carriers, including Sprint https://www.motorola.com/us/carrier-compatibility

Moto E4 bands from Motorola website:

GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

WCDMA B1 (2100)/ B2 (1900)/ B4 (1700/2100)/ B5 (850)/ B8 (900)MHz

CDMA BC0 (850) BC1 (1900) BC10 (850+)

LTE TDD 38/41

FDD Band 1/2/4/5/7/8/12(lower 700 1bc)/13 (upper 700)/17 (lower 700 bc)/25/26/66

I would get the one from Motorola as the Sprint one would most likely be limited to Sprint.

My wife used our factory-unlocked Moto E4 on Sprint for a while, and it worked great, with reception as good or better than the Sprint-branded LG she'd used before.. (She since switched back to the LG, just because she liked the swipe-to-answer setup better on the LG.)

I used the factory-unlocked Moto E4 on a T-Mobile MVNO (Mint Mobile) for a couple of months, and it worked great there, too. It doesn't have the newest T-Mo band 71, but that isn't active in our area yet anyway-- and very few phones support it.

KentE wrote: "My wife used our factory-unlocked Moto E4 on Sprint for a while, and it worked great, with reception as good or better than the Sprint-branded LG she'd used before.. (She since switched back to the LG, just because she liked the swipe-to-answer setup better on the LG.)"

How do you answer on the Moto E4? TIA.

Not personally but plenty have done it. Check out slickdeals.

Plus the terms clearly state that activation is required but "There is no minimum activation period needed to be eligible for the discount."

You can always port out to cleanly break free but canceling is usually straightforward with Fi.

KentE wrote: "I used the factory-unlocked Moto E4 on a T-Mobile MVNO (Mint Mobile) for a couple of months, and it worked great there, too. It doesn't have the newest T-Mo band 71, but that isn't active in our area yet anyway-- and very few phones support it."

KentE, is it a XT1755?

It's a Moto E4 XT1768, which is the same model as the one linked in the first post in this thread

(XT1755 seems to be a Moto C.)

Peterquinn: re: my comment about the answer function on the Moto E4: I don't have an active SIM in the Moto E4 at the moment, and don't remember precisely what the 'answer' function looks like. I use Google Voice, and swap between several active phones regularly. The Moto E4 is not 'outside of the normal range' of 'answer' response required, and did not cause me problems when I used it. It was somehow not exactly like the answer function on the LG Tribute HD phone my wife had been using, and it bothered her. She only uses about 40 minutes in an average month, so it would take her a while to adjust. She liked everything else about the Moto E4, though.

xt1768 seems a verizon version that sprint can't activate

I believe the Verizon version is XT1767.

"It seems that the Verizon version is XT1767 while the unlocked version is XT1768. According to frequencycheck.com, the XT1767 has less frequencies supported than the XT1768."

https://forum.xda-developers.com/moto-e4/help/confused-e4-variants-t3750857

From a short thread in the lenova forum,
https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/MOTO-E-4th-Gen-MOTO-E-4th-Gen/Different-E4-models-interchangeable-parts/td-p/3838545

a motorola agent says: "XT1768 is an unlocked version of Moto E phone while XT1767 is locked with Verizon. "

So:
XT1767 is the locked Verizon version, that was for a while unlockable for GSM use via 3rd-party unlockers, but would remain ineligible for Sprint. (And ineligible for Verizon MVNOs unless you used it for the minimum requirement on Verizon prepaid first.)

XT1768 is the factory unlocked 'universal' carrier version.

What you might have seen a reference to is a variant of the XT1768 sold as a branded U.S. Cellular (CDMA) phone.. (Same model #, for reasons known only to Motorola......) That one is hardware-identical to the factory-universal-unlocked XT1768. and apparently usable out of the box on Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile: , but the IMEI's were not entered into Sprint's whitelist database. I've been told that it's possible to get it added to Sprint's whitelist database if you're a Sprint Postpaid customer.
I think I've also seen a reference that some of the first run of XT1768 were not entered properly into the Sprint whitelist database. Again, Sprint should be able to add it-- but my guess is that any remaining stock of E4's is far past that initial production run.

We did GoogleFi Moto G6.

Cancellation wans painless, & online. The first month service cost less than $5 because we canceled a day or two after activation.

Worked with FreedomPop ATT LTE SIM & now on Spint 1 year free.

$99 today for GoogleFi Moto G6

https://fi.google.com/about/phones/moto-g6/?rc=XUWKJ3

Might go beyond today.

Read the terms

Some walmarts have been clearing out the E4 for $30.

mmfacemm:Some walmarts have been clearing out the E4 for $30.
link please, can't find it.