Updated: November 26, 2013 9:36AM
NEW YORK — Motorola will start selling a cheap smartphone in the U.S. more than a month ahead of schedule.
The company says it was able to produce the Moto G phones faster than expected. The U.S. launch was initially planned for January. But it is going on sale Tuesday.
The phone starts at $179 without a contract requirement. That compares with $600 or more that people must typically pay for high-end phones without traditional two-year service agreements.
With the Moto G, Motorola is trying to offer a device that is closer to what’s currently available on leading high-end phones, although it won’t work on the faster 4G LTE networks.
Motorola is owned by Google Inc.
The phone launched in Brazil and parts of Europe two weeks ago.