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Motorola unveils more affordable smartphone

Nov. 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

NEW YORK -- Motorola wants to equip the world with the latest smartphone technology at less than a third the typical price.

The new Moto G phone starts at $179 in the U.S. without a contract requirement. That compares with $600 or more that people must pay for phones without traditional two-year service agreements.

Motorola, which is owned by Google Inc., said Wednesday that it will target an estimated 500 million people worldwide who can't afford phones costing more than $200. The company is targeting not just emerging markets, but budget-conscious consumers in the U.S. Although people can often get phones with contracts at the lower price, service fees are higher because they include the cost of subsidizing those phones.

Gas prices drop more than 5 cents in W.Va.

CHARLESTON -- Gasoline prices in West Virginia have fallen more than 5 cents per gallon in the past week.

AAA East Central says the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in the state is $3.26. That's 28 cents cheaper than the same week a year ago.

This week's prices range from $3.16 per gallon in Parkersburg to $3.40 in Martinsburg.

Nationally, gas prices average $3.18 per gallon, the lowest since February 2011.

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