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Moto G4 arrives July 12 for $200 and works on all major US carriers

A SIM card from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon is your ticket to using Motorola's G4 and G4 Plus, which sell unlocked in the US.

Motorola is bringing its pair of super-budget-friendly phones, the G4 and G4 Plus, to the US. They cost $200 and $250, respectively, which are highly competitive prices. In contrast, the OnePlus 3, which CNET editor Lynn La just declared the budget phone winner, costs about $400.

Unlike the upcoming Moto Z, which will be exclusive to Verizon here, these unlocked devices will work with all carriers using the GSM and CDMA technologies -- that's AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and all their prepaid brands, too. This means you can add a SIM card from all these carriers to start using the G4 or G4 Plus.

But don't expect to find the G4 and G4 Plus selling with most carriers. The phones will launch on July 12 from Motorola.com, Best Buy and Amazon.com, as well as Walmart, Sam's Club, Fry's and B&H, among a few other retailers.

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The Moto G4 is shaping up to be a high-value budget buy.

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One exception is Republic Wireless, a Wi-Fi first carrier that will sell the duo on July 28 (the G4 Plus will cost $300 there).

Motorola's G4 comes in a variety of colors you can customize, thanks to the Moto Maker website, and it packs an octa-core processor with the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software. Meanwhile, the G4 Plus gets "TurboPower" charging and a larger, 16-megapixel rear camera. You can see the full specifications for both below:

Moto G4

  • 5.5-inch, 1,920x1,080-pixel-resolution HD display
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot
  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM
  • 3,000 mAh battery

Moto G4 Plus

  • 5.5-inch, 1,920x1,080-pixel-resolution HD display
  • Android 6.0.01 Marshmallow software
  • 16-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Either 16GB or 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot
  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor with 2GB or 4GB of RAM
  • 3,000 mAh battery

See how we liked these phones in CNET's Moto G4 and G4 Plus hands-on.