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Moto X costs carriers just $350, so the price could drop fast

0. phoneArena 09 Aug 2013, 12:19 posted on

Leo Laporte said on This Week in Google that when the Moto X hits the Google Play Store it will not be a Google Edition device, and will contain all of the Motorola extras. Well, Leo wasn't done with the info, because he has also given some info on what the carriers are paying for the Motorola Moto X, and he gives some guesses about how the pricing will work through carriers...

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posted on 09 Aug 2013, 13:31 2

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I can pay 350 for it unlocked... I don't want it otherwise

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 13:46 1

18. krysis (Posts: 76; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)


So when it goes on the google play store, will it only be 350...?

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 14:18

23. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


This ^

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 16:48 2

41. Professor (Posts: 214; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


The rumors are that is not going to be available at the play store, but that if Google decides to sell it at the play store, it will be basically at the same retail price than Verizon or AT&T is going to sell them, just unlocked. In other words at basically the same price of the Galaxy 4 and HTC One play editions.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 14:01

20. bubbadoes (Posts: 1156; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Not rocket science on this one...buy the phone off contract at $350. Why let the carrier lock you in for two years (VW) with only a subsidy of $150 if the phone does go for $199 on contract.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 14:08

22. ChafedBanana (Posts: 386; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


I can't tell you the last time I sold a Motorola. They have not been good money makers for some time and allot of the ones I sold back when they were, came back with problems. Samsungs have been a good balance of profitability and reliability. If the Moto X has a low enough cost and high enough price tag, I will be pushing it.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 17:45

45. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I assume you don't work for Verizon then? The Motorola Droids are really the only worthwhile phones they seem to come out with until the X. Shame they're exclusive; everyone else is making money by selling on all the major carriers.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 11:06

54. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


All's fair... AT&T has had US exclusives on the Lumia 900 line, the 32 GB Galaxy S line, the 64 GB One, and of course 4 generations of iPhones. It's not a great business model for any manufacturer, but if Motorola and Verizon both still benefit from the deal, it's hard to argue.

They should market them as the Razr Ultra/Maxx overseas though.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 14:21

24. suyash1629 (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


it sounds better

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 14:23

25. suyash1629 (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


carrier unlocked version should be cheaper

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 14:46 1

28. lola99 (Posts: 33; Member since: 03 Aug 2013)


Why would a company who needs to make a profit sell this at a loss? the device costs over $200 to make, and they ar putting a hell of a lot of money into everything else associated with the phone. No way on the $350.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 14:48

30. JunitoNH (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Why are you guys making such a big deal out of this? you are paying for the technology and intellectual property. On that note, Galaxy S4 cost about $237, yet Samsung is charging $659

http://allthingsd.com/20130508/samsung-galaxy-s4-costs-237-to-build-teardown-analysis-shows/

http://www.businessinsider.com/samsung-galaxy-s4-manufacturing-cost-2013-5

plastic in not that expensive anymore.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 15:00

34. najariner (Posts: 24; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)


that doesnt mean diddly squat, tell me when they decrease the off contract price

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 15:00

35. lola99 (Posts: 33; Member since: 03 Aug 2013)


Could someone link us to the quote by Leo that they're selling this for $350? I've looked and i don't see it. Direct quote, or something close, not this very same piece being shown all over the web.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 15:01

36. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4472; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I personally don't see why Google has to worry about what the carriers think. It may have been that way when they first launched as an alternative to WM and the iPhone. But with android now being recognized by the average consumer as something worth considering when looking for a new phone, they're in a better position. If carriers decided to stop carrying android phones, they'll find themselves in the same position as they were when they were unable to carry the iphone, not having access to devices their customers want. While Verizon did that with the Galaxy Nexus, they had other androids to fall back on. Dump the whole android lineup and it's an entirely different matter.

What I don't get is why OEMs should make phones to order for the carriers. The OEMs know more about phones than carriers do. It's not like other situations where you can order a product how you want, because the carrier is not the end user. It's basically the carrier telling the OEM what the customer wants, and going by history, they are clueless in that regard. Why cant carriers simply offer cell service, instead of trying to force their customers into their extra services which most anyone else can do better. All that effort marketing and investing in things many don't want is a waste of time & resources. If they streamlined their offerings down to good cell service, they'd have more money for building out their networks. They need to stop trying to be experts at everything (streaming services, apps, exclusive phones) and focus on their strengths, building a reliable network with good coverage.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 15:50 1

37. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Can I just buy it for $350?

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 16:07

38. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


The nexus 4 is priced at less than what T-Mobile sells it for unlocked on the play store. I don't see why Google would sell the x for carrier prices.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 17:00

42. rtol1 (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Very true, but I think most people interested in a new phone aren't even aware that you can buy a device directly from Google. I could be wrong, but I don't think I've yet to see a commercial for a Google product that mentions anything along the lines of "Purchase directly from Google through the Play Store".

As for the Moto X, I don't think Google was aiming for a low price as the selling point. They just want the device on all carriers to get it in the hands of more people. I really do believe Google is using Motorola to gain some leverage over Samsung.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 09:36

51. lola99 (Posts: 33; Member since: 03 Aug 2013)


Because it is a Motorola phone and motorola while a company owned by google, is a seperate company that needs to turn a profit.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 17:04

43. roscuthiii (Posts: 2226; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Not sure if people are getting it yet, but $350 is not the MSRP, aka not what consumers will pay in store for the device. It's only what Motorola is selling the phones at in bulk to the carriers.
The numbers that would be nice to know are what carriers are paying other manufacturers for their devices. THen compare the mark ups.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 19:29

46. scsa852k (Posts: 329; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


I doubt it.
T-Mo sold Nexus 4 for $500 when it first came out.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 22:09 1

48. RobotMan (Posts: 145; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


You all want the price the same as it was assemble in China. Now can you all think why no body want to manufacture phone in the USA.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 11:02

53. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


But Americans won't pay a premium for "Made in the USA". Just look at the success of Wal-Mart, who gets most of their goods from developing nations. It's a nice marketing tagline and it's great for the people in Texas who have plant jobs, but it's not going to convince people to pay more for the the same or lesser goods.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 18:25

55. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


According to this article the X is being sold to carriers at a lower rate than the phones made in China. That should translate into a lower price for the end user.

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