Best Buy starts accepting pre-orders for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint branded Motorola Moto X
0. phoneArena 03 Aug 2013, 16:17 posted on
Those interested in the Motorola Moto X can reserve their phone right now from Best Buy; the big box retailer is accepting pre-orders for the Verizon, Sprint and AT&T version of the handset. The 16GB variant of the phone will cost you $199.99 with a signed two-year pact. As we've told you before, the version of the Moto X that is being offered by the carriers is not the customized model that can be designed by the buyer...
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1. PootisMan (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
I just really hope they release a Google Play edition version for a good price. This phone will be a huge success if they manage to pull that off.
3. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
I assume by good price you mean $199 off-contract like some hopeless people thought the Moto X would be priced at? (yes, some actually believed that... sigh)
It'll probably be around $550 for 16gb as usual. I don't know why anyone would even want to get it at that point, though. Since it is stock, it'll lose the cool features like Active Display and Touchless Control. Yeah, you'll have an unlocked bootloader, full access etc. But you can already find ways to bypass them for carrier versions.
The Galaxy S4 Google Edition will have all the sensors sitting there rotting, and for what? I can't understand why people want that. Just get a plain jane high spec monster with stock Android. These specialized phones with stock Android is just wasted hardware and potential.
4. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Actually the rumor was $300-$400 off contract. nobody was expecting $550 because this is considered a midrange device.
Sony, well known for over priced phones, has the Xperia SP which is one of the closest specs wise to this phone and it cost $350-$400 off contract brand new. The SP also has a micro sd slot.
5. Captain_Doug (Posts: 951; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Exactly this. I'd price the Moto X at around $350-400. IF Google Play can match that it's a no brainer. I'll probably still but it if it's more but I'd feel a little bummed.
14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
One of the articles that PA posted on the heels of the X's release was that a Play edition for the major carriers would be available toward the end of 2013. That kind of tracks to when the major carriers would start to cut the subsidized price to clear out their stock of X phones. Only issue is whether the X is worth waiting for 3 to 4 months for the Play edition?
7. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
This is what is so funny to me. People hear an unrealistic rumor, buy into it with fervor, then blame Motorola and even Google when the rumor some d-bag spread was wrong. Do I think $550 is high? Yes, personally, I really do. That isn't the same as raging on about it though.
Now with a new assembly plant in Forth Worth there will be higher overhead from American labor as well as customizable parts. If you want that lower price, you better hop on a plane to China and start cracking that whip that many people apparently 'oppose'... So I guess slave labor is bad until it makes your smartphones more expensive, then it's ok again? 'Geev uz er jerbz agen!' but when costs elevate accordingly, it's not fair?
Google promised Motorola to be run independently in certain ways, because they had to. That means Google, who has a lot of extra cash and is affluent, cannot subsidize ANYTHING without severe repercussions. It's been mentioned countless times but people still don't get it.
10. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
After import fees and the continuing rise of Chinese workers demanding higher pay it barley cost anything more to make in USA.
11. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
It's true, the Chinese cannot suppress the Yuan forever, and it's starting to show.
That doesn't change anything though -- they can just move production to Vietnam, Indonesia, etc. They're far from out of options.
Think about this: even after these so called import fees, with the currently 'higher wages' the Chinese workers are getting, they still work out a bigger profit AND a lower price point that we Americans are used to comparatively.
Lets face it -- the public speaks out against sweatshop labor and taking local jobs away, but that is not what their actions reflect.
15. jdoee100 (Posts: 334; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
I got this from another tech site, "the full price for the Moto X is listed as $699.99 by Best Buy." Apparently, it's a top of the line, high-end device(according to one of the PA authors anyways), and priced like it.
19. sniper1087 (Posts: 475; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
Just because it doesnt have 1080p display and quadcore cou, doesnt make it mid range, the X8 has first the best gpu a dual core clocked at 1.7ghz and yes you would think it would lag, but with the context computing core and language core I think performance might be up to par with any high end phone, if it performs like the HTC One and give me touchless voice controls, with a decent camera why not? I think the way you access google now on the moto x, is the way it should have been done in the first place.
21. jdoee100 (Posts: 334; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
If display, cpu, camera, and battery(four main components of smartphone) are not enough to convince you, then read other tech site's reviews. Most tech sites, analysts and reviewers think this is mid range device. WSJ is disappointed with this device because of price and spec. Read comments, majority of commenters think this is mid-range. Victor from this site think this is mid-range. If you think all these reviewers, commenters, and tech sites are wrong, then I have nothing more to add.
22. jdoee100 (Posts: 334; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
I probably won't object as much, if people claimed Moto X is a superior device because of usability, practicality, and its new features. Focus on its strengths, and stop trying to compare it spec for spec because it's going to lose. Moto X is just not a high-end device in terms hardware or overall performance(speed wise).
23. sniper1087 (Posts: 475; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
what? the only thing that has validity is the display, camera requires more testing, and some pics look very similar to the lumia 1020 in how it handles color, battery nobody has tested it, but moto claims 24 hours with everything on which is great, cpu might not be huge, but it might not require that much to run smooth, remember they have 2 other cores taking care of some of the functions if thats the case and can run a smooth as the HTC One people will be happy with it, I agree the display could have been better but most people are fine with 720p counting me which I used both, while you can see the difference side by side, but is not a deal breaker, no tech site has validity when they had the phone for less than 24 hours, nobody should be mentioning battery life until they have gone through a full charge cycle.
20. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
When they do release a GOOGLE PLAY EDITION hopefully it will be customizeable on MOTOROLA site. think I'll buy the X phone when it release.
2. PootisMan (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
By the way it's at&t not att&t. Just wanted to let you know.
12. roldefol (Posts: 3572; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
American Telephone, Telegraph & Teleport
6. kozza3 (Posts: 653; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
i don't see this phone doing great, good maybe, but not great. Its a game changer for sure, but Motorola is gonna have to find a very clever way of convincing people its not all about the specs with Android anymore...
8. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
If they would of used a 1080p screen and quad core cpu nobody would of questioned the price.
9. roscuthiii (Posts: 1949; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Yep... wouldn't even have to be S600 for me. A quad-core of their custom S4 Pro would have been fine. But as this phone ages I can't help but feel it will be getting a little longer in the tooth then its contemporaries. After two years I *like* to upgrade my phone, I don't want to *have to* upgrade it.
That's a little bit of a tall order considering the pace of consumer technology advancement, but as it is I think I'l wait for the Moto X 2.
Maybe the 32GB Developer Edition will be reasonable enough to sway me back though.
13. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
If this phone is a success, ill be waiting for Samsung to get "inspired" and start putting some kind of similar feature as the voice commands on the X, on their galaxies....... :(
lol sorry for trolling
16. scsa852k (Posts: 329; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
T-Mo used to have Nexus 4 for $199.99 for 2-yr pact for some odd reason.
So I think Moto X could be around $350~450 for GPE.
18. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Tmobile charged MSRP for the nexus 4 I think it was $500 off contract for the 8GB, its still like $400 and its almost a year later.
24. TechBlue (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 May 2010)
from my perspective any phone with a non-removable battery is a disposable phone. anything goes wrong with the battery, and they got your $.....epic fail on these kinds of phones
25. DechyX (Posts: 125; Member since: 16 May 2011)
drop the price to $100 even $50 and advertise the heck out of it, otherwise this won't be successful... so underwhelming.