Motorola is shipping 100,000 Motorola Moto X units a week
Woodside would not breakdown the numbers into those units ordered to be customized through the Moto Maker website, and those standard models headed for carriers like Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. Right now, only AT&T customers can order a customized Moto X although that exclusivity expires in November.
To show what Motorola is giving up to promote that the Motorola Moto X is made in America, Flextronics CEO Mike McNamara notes that labor in the U.S. runs at about $12 to $14 an hour compared with the $4 paid workers on an hourly basis in China.
1. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
$4/hour is ridiculous! Glad the moto X is made in the USA, but still probably won\'t get it due to the cost in relation to the specs as well as the exclusive moto maker for AT&T. Many will not wait until November to get their custom moto X when the Galaxy Note 3, Xperia Z1, iPhone 5S, Lumia 1520, and the One Max is coming just around the corner.
3. Captain_Doug (Posts: 747; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
$4 doesn't seem bad if you compare it to other jobs there. Their average factory job pays less than $2 an hour.
5. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
$2- is even more so, but $4 is still ridiculous.
14. NexusPhan (Posts: 361; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
You can\'t just look at a dollar value. There are many, many other factors. If you look at the purchasing power of dollar in China versus US, you will realize that $4 an hour in China is actually being paid MORE relative to $12 an hour in the US. You have to factor in costs of living/goods/taxes etc. etc.
2. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 846; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Glad to see Moto is doing so well. I just wish they had customizing for all carriers at launch.. This would have gotten them more sells for all those looking to upgrade during the AT&T exclusivity period.
9. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
I sure as hell didn't understand that whole exclusive crap on the vaunted feature of the phone design your own Moto X. Money must have passed hands somewhere for this, because it makes no sense business wise unless someone was paying upfront for that.
17. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Exactly. Of course Motorola knew this feature would be a very nice incentive for a lot of customers...
But AT&T always wants exclusivity -- to have an edge. Just like the iPhone had been tied to AT&T for years. I have no doubt they gave Motorola a deal too hard to refuse to get the most exclusivity time they could.
Honestly, I think we have Google to thank that the exclusivity period doesn't last longer than until november...
20. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Well that and the factory probably couldn't handle it anyway. If they're having trouble meeting demand with customizations coming from just AT&T, imagine how backed up they'd be meeting the demand with just 1 other carrier added on to that. This is still all done at just 1 factory(I think, I might be wrong), and they almost certainly don't have anywhere near the manpower that Foxconn has
I'd like to imagine that AT&T maybe just outbid other carriers on getting the customization at launch...or if I was more cynical, I would say or infer they bribed Motorola for the exclusive.
19. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)
I agree, if customizing the phone was available for all carriers, I would of went with an Moto X instead of a Droid Ultra in Red.
4. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
They wouldn't be shipping the units without an expectation to sell. I hope they keep increasing the factory capacity. Perhaps they can physically expand it/buy more plants in the area or in other areas of the US.
7. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 846; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
I would like to see them expand to other countries as well for example a factory in Europe or other continents to be able to replicate this experience and increase local jobs everywhere.
10. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
That's a rather expensive venture, Motorola will probably keep it stateside for the foreseeable future, until they start making profits then probably branch out. This is all dependant on how well the Moto X is recieved in the market. I seriously hope it does well, I would get one but I just got a phone a few months back. I love the idea behind the Moto X though, I hope that the continue to forge a path doing this different thing.
8. galanoth (Posts: 283; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
This equates to 5 million units per year.
Is that a lot?
How many units has the GS4 and HTC One shipped?
12. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
The Galaxy S4 sold 10 million units in its first week.
However, this isn't bad for reboot numbers, especially for a North America only device, coming out of one factory in the US.
13. Jehovah (Posts: 64; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)
Imagine what a marriage between Nokia and Google would have produced...
15. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2337; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Truly Masterpiece. But sad this never happened.
16. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Nokia was too proud to follow the herd. Unfortunately the path less followed led right into the waiting arms of ...Steve Ballmer.
18. SupermanayrB (Posts: 146; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Nice job Moto. If the contract price was $100 less the shipment amount probably would have doubled.