The Motorola Moto G is a mid-range 4G LTE device. You know how we roll here at MobilityArena.com. Knowing that subscribers of Smile 4G/LTE would be interested in knowing whether their SIMs work on it like it does with the TECNO Phantom 5 (see This was what happened when I put my Smile 4G SIM in TECNO Phantom 5), we put it to the test.
There are three variants of the Moto G:
XT1540 – US market, GSM unlocked
XT1548 – US market, locked to CDMA networks
XT1550 – Indian market, GSM unlocked.
Our model is the XT1540. We inserted the Smile 4G SIM into the phone, adjusted every setting, and got….zilch. It wouldn’t pick a signal.
We can authoritatively tell you that if you have a Smile 4G SIM and you are looking for a smartphone to use it with, the Moto G 2015 is not that phone. None of the available variants support the LTE-800 (20 band) that Smile 4G runs on.
If you want the Moto G for a different reason, it really is a nice phone. See our review here: Budget Overkill! The Moto G (2015) Review.
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