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Motorola Moto X penny promotion sells out; 64GB model is here, but not everywhere

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Motorola Moto X penny promotion sells out; 64GB model is here, but not everywhere
The other day, we told you about the promotion that Motorola put into play starting today. For 1 cent, you get a two-week trial of the Motorola Moto X, as designed by you on the Moto Maker site (with some restrictions, of course). After two weeks, if you decide to keep the phone, you pay the full retail price which is $349.99 for the 16GB variant of the device. The new 64GB version of the phone costs $499.99, although Verizon will not be offering it.

If you were contemplating taking Motorola up on this offer, forget it. Within hours, Motorola had sold out of the Motorola Moto X units designated for the promotion. In fact, by 9am EDT, Motorola wrote "That's it. Thanks for being a fan! We've sold all the Moto X phones we allotted for this promotion." It might be no surprise that all of the units put aside for the promotion have been accounted for. What is more important is the number of phones that don't get returned to Motorola in two weeks.

Were you able to score a two week trial of the Motorola Moto X for a penny? Let us know by dropping your comments in the box below.

Motorola sells out of the Moto X units put aside for its promotion

Motorola sells out of the Moto X units put aside for its promotion


source: Motorola via PCMag

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posted on 09 Jun 2014, 13:47 2

1. Scott93274 (Posts: 879; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I'm interested in reading a follow-up article in two weeks to see how many were actually sent out and how many were returned.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 21:08 1

15. iCloud (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 May 2014)


I purchased mine a few days before the penny sale and got a $100 off on mine. Will receive it on Wednesday.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 13:58 4

2. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Moto refurbished sale coming soon.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 15:08 1

4. Scott93274 (Posts: 879; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Maybe, but only because they would end up having to pay full price. The Moto X is an awesome phone, even compared to recent flagship phones.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 15:36

5. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I'm not knocking Moto here.

I'm skeptical of the buyers.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 01:18

19. hurrycanger (Posts: 1092; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


with random colors and weird signatures...

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 14:07

3. jeff1000 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jun 2014)


I tried the Moto X in store and thought it was sluggish vs. the LG G2. I got the G2 for $0.00 (with 2 year contract), which has better specs and GB than X.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 15:41 2

6. fzacek (Posts: 1627; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Software sucks balls though...

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 17:21

11. JunitoNH (Posts: 888; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


I have one, it's sluggish, lags, re-boots, and battery life is horrible. Fist Moto device, and my last.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 15:51

7. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


They're charging $500 for a 2013 phone with midrange specs?

They should just charge $249 for 16gb, $299 for 32gb and 64gb at $349?

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 16:15 3

8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6408; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


And you're precious iPhone cost almost 649-865$.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 16:42 3

9. Scott93274 (Posts: 879; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


In addition to your over priced iPhone, Last Years Moto X does all the next new tricks that this years iOS 8 is reported to have... so you have no room to talk.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 16:56 1

10. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4000; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I don't think it's overpriced at all. It's much better than any other mid range option while still being cheaper.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 17:37 3

12. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1352; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


If you're gonna compare, do it on a level playing field. A full retail 64GB 5s runs $849, and a full retail Moto X 64GB runs $499. A full retail 5s in 16GB runs $649 and an X in 16GB runs $349. That's a difference of $300 (almost double) on the low end and $350 on the high end.

Now you may ask what about subsidies? It may seem like less money, but you're not figuring the monthly fees to recover the cost of the phone. T-Mobile is dropping around $15-20 of their fees a month if you buy outright. That figures out to $360-$480 in extra costs over the life of the contract. Either way, a 5s runs almost twice as much as the Moto X. If indeed the X is midrange as you say, doesn't it make sense then that the costs are correct?

The problem is you're comparing a subsidized iPhone to a full retail Moto X, and not accounting for the monthly fees the carrier tacks on to offset the phone's retail price. So either compare them evenly, or don't compare them at all. Otherwise you're using false logic.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 21:25

17. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1352; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Just saw the article on another site and PA got their pricing for the 64GB model wrong. It's not $499, it's $449 on Motorola's website. So that means comparing both 64GB models, the X is $400 less than the 5s, that's just $25 higher than the half price mark.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 01:19

20. hurrycanger (Posts: 1092; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


it starts from $449 for the 64gb. The unlocked version is $499.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 21:11

16. iCloud (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 May 2014)


$349 for the 32gb on previous sale.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 18:23

13. JMartin22 (limited) (Posts: 973; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


I'm betting at least 1/3 of the people didn't read the context of the terms to understand that they would have to pay a full retail price after the promotional offering has expired. I'm willing to bet 50% or more get returned.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 19:24

14. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


It has the same cpu as Nexus 4. It's couple generations behind other flagship devices. Too expensive.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 21:38

18. hal9000 (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Jun 2014)


Wouldn't it have made more sense to buy one during the $100 off sale? You have 14 days to return the device according to their page. There probably won't be any sales now that there's an unknown number of potential full priced phones on the hook. Hopefully 4th of July sale will happen after the trials end.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 13:11

21. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


The previous sale was $299 for the 32 GB model

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