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Moto X Developer Editions sell out, MotoMaker still down

Moto X Developer Editions sell out, MotoMaker still down
Motorola has been planning for a while to run a Cyber Monday deal which would sell the various models of the Moto X for $150 off of the full retail pricing. This would mean $349 for the 16GB model and $399 for the 32GB model. Apparently, Motorola didn't learn from the mistakes of Google Play during the Nexus 4 launch, because the Moto Maker software has had its storefront shut down all day.

Motorola was planning to launch the promotion at 9AM EST today, but instead sent out a tweet around 10AM saying that the traffic to Moto Maker had caused problems; Motorola was working on fixing the problem; and, the promotion wouldn't begin until the issues were fixed. That still hasn't happened, but Motorola did put the Developer Edition of the Moto X up for sale with the $150 off deal. 

The Verizon and GSM models of the Moto X Developer Edition were sold for $399 (because they are 32GB models), and went on sale at around 3PM EST today. The Verizon model went out of stock in just about 30 minutes, and the GSM model sold out shortly after that. We're hoping that there is more stock available for the Moto Maker versions, because otherwise there will be a lot of annoyed customers. 

*Update* At just after 7PM EST, Motorola once again apologized for Moto Maker being down, and has promised that there will be "extra product available until it sells out" when the device is finally up for sale.

source: @Motorola 1 & 2 & 3

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posted on 02 Dec 2013, 17:01 3

1. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Way to go Moto. Minus the site going down LoL

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 17:16 3

2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3326; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Either Google and Motorola have poor logistics or they have the same programmers of healthcare.gov working for them.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 17:50 8

3. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


iTunes crashed during every major launch of an Apple iPhone for 3 years. What does that say about your precious Apple?

That was also the only way to activate their products at the time. On top of that they were only available on one major provider, not every single one in the US.

Drinking that Haterade still?

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 21:33

7. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3326; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Your grasping at the straws. This has nothing to do with iTunes. Apple had a contract with att. Wasn't much they could do at the time. Stop living in the past.

There's no excuse for the site to be crashing like that considering google owns them .

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 21:59 3

8. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1303; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


"Stop living in the past."

Maybe try taking your own advice. You seem to be looking for any screw up to justify your feelings towards Motorola. S#*t happens from time to time, that's life. But calling out someone else for doing the same thing you do is hypocrisy, plain and simple.

I know, I know, you just wanna make sure that their customers aren't getting the shaft, as you've said previously. It's one thing to warn them, it's quite another to harp on it in every article. If someone took you're beliefs as gospel, they'd believe that Apple is flawless, Android is flawed and stolen, and Motorola is Satan himself. It's a very black and white view of things, the problem is the real world deals in infinite shades of gray.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 22:59

11. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3326; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You're being defensive because I never made any comments on things I've said before about Motorola's policies on previous devices. My comment was solely about this little mishap and this mishap alone. I know $%^@ happens, I wasn't born yesterday. But Google is a billion dollar company so you'd think after several mishaps they'd get it right this time.

You clearly are looking for material to egg this on since your argument just fell flat on its face.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 23:57 3

12. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1303; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


So what you're saying is no one can bring previous behavior into an argument to prove a point? Am I getting that right? Because you didn't say it here in the comments section of this article, it's not relevant? MY point was that in almost EVERY article about Motorola you come in and spew crap because of a bad experience you had with them in the past. How the f#*k can I not bring up things you've said in the past to illustrate that?

As far as knowing there would be a huge demand, it is possible to know that and still not have enough resources in place to handle it, because if they go too far overboard on their resources, the profits would be either reduced or eliminated if the demand isn't as high as they were expecting.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 22:05 3

9. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1303; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


And by the way, Google owning them is irrelevant. The servers crashed, it happens. You act like they planned it. Did they underestimate the traffic they were going to have? Yes. Whenever something like this is offered, it's pretty much a given that it will happen at some point or another, especially if it's a limited time offering. If the Nexus phones were only offered at their regular price for a limited time, it would probably be no different. What do you think would happen if Apple offered the 5s for $400 off contract for one day only? Here's a hint, it wouldn't be much different.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 22:54

10. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3326; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Don't insult my intelligence. They should have known dropping a price like that on a big day would entice demand. The same thing happened with the Nexus 5 even though it was a high end phone. I never said they planned. I said they could have prepared better for it.

I know it flew over your head but Google has had several poor launches with the N7, the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 4, and the Nexus 5. So don't act like this was an unfortunate circumstance because it wasn't.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 00:09 3

13. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1303; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I didn't know there was any to insult, my apologies. So have you forgotten that the same thing has happened to other companies when running specials like this? Hell, look at the last iPhone release. Apple didn't gauge the demand for the gold 5s, how did they let that happen?

As far as the Galaxy Nexus, the only launch I recall them having issues with was Verizon, and that was more to do with them than with Google. There's a reason why they don't carry any Nexus devices and that's because they don't like giving up control. So far Apple and to a lesser extent Samsung have been the only companies to strongarm them in those matters.

But either way, they could throw tons of resources at events like this, but if they do that and the demand does meet their expectations, that money for the extra resources and any profits go down the drain. They're taking a $150 hit in profits with the promo, if they lose too much more they start taking a loss with every device sold. And while Google can afford that because they'll get money back through advertising, Moto doesn't have that to fall back on. There in lies the difference between Google's Nexus line and Moto's phones, they've got no back end way to recover the costs if they take a loss, where Google does.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 00:20 3

14. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1303; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Also, you're comparing launches to a sale. There are very few launches that go off without a hitch, unless the demand is poor and they don't sell anything. But the thing is a launch is different, because demand should be at it's peak. This phone is now 4 months old, is not outside the realm of possibility to reason that most who wanted the phone would've already gotten it by now. Even if you throw in the exclusivity deal with AT&T, that ended a month ago. Besides, didn't you say that sales were so weak that no one wanted this phone? Oh, sorry, there I go bringing up a comment you posted on another article to prove a point. Mea culpa.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 03:02 2

15. techguyone (Posts: 96; Member since: 18 May 2013)


LOL too funny, man you're LIVING in the past (Myxtroll), you show it every time you trundle up to a Motorola article and spout your trollishness. too funny man, too funny.

By the way, bet you're #burned at how a phone you dismissed as no one wanted to buy, seems to be so popular the server crashes! (don't forget it's been out a while now so it's not pre launch excitement)

I think you just got PWNED (again) but hey it makes for light entertainment.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 18:04 2

4. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Damn... That was good :)

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 18:48 1

5. PootisMan (Posts: 200; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I have been waiting since 8:40 this morning for this phone, I think I can wait a little longer.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 20:43

6. yzzir (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 May 2013)


I was one of the lucky ones...I was able to snatch up a Verizon developer's edition model.

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