Verizon offering Motorola Moto X through Moto Maker for $49 on contract through November 18th
0. phoneArena 14 Nov 2013, 01:27 posted on
Just this past Monday, AT&T lost its exclusivity on the customized Motorola Moto X models made using the Moto Maker web site. Already, Verizon is causing quite a commotion by cutting the price by $50 to $49 with a signed two year contract. This comes only a few days after Verizon cut the price of the Motorola Moto X to $99 from $199...
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1. GeekMovement (Posts: 2109; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
That's a really good deal! I'd be really tempted.
2. KillgoreTrout (Posts: 53; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)
If it had come out two months ago and offered the wood back options, then I would have been tempted, but not now.
7. GeekMovement (Posts: 2109; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
True, would have been much better few months ago..
3. Sniggly (Posts: 7297; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Good deal for those who are in the market, to be sure.
Even this quarter won't be a *full* quarter with Moto Maker being on all carriers, since it started at the beginning of October, and exclusivity ended this week. It will be the first full quarter of Moto X sales period though.
A big key in getting this phone sold is getting salespeople behind it. I guarantee you that if you walk into most carrier stores or Best Buys, you'll get a lot of condescension about the Moto X versus other phone models. That's what I've experienced so far, anyway. No one knows what makes it special, what its selling points are, etc.
I'll tell you what I haven't gotten when selling the phone, though; I haven't gotten any returns since the first one I sold (which suffered the audio issues that the update fixed).
If this phone fails to sell well, it's not because Google and Motorola failed to sell a quality product. It's because the Moto X hasn't been enough to kick-start the paradigm shift in customers' thinking, and their understanding that they don't always need the biggest everything in order for the device to be a positive force in their lives.
And while I still don't think the phone was overpriced compared to its capabilities (especially compared to the iPhone 5/5s) I'll admit that Motorola and Google should have set out with a lower contract price point, because psychologically people stopped paying attention when they heard "dual core and 720p for 200 dollars." This isn't a reflection on Google and Motorola so much as it is on consumer mindset. Really uninformed people are going to rely on those "in the know" or their family members to tell them what to get. For years that was the iPhone. Now it's the iPhone or Samsung, because family members and friends "all have it" or their "tech savvy" people (who are only tech savvy enough to read processor speeds and assume that faster is always better, or that Apple Good, Anything Else Bad, depending on how much of an elitist douche they are) recommend it.
The ONLY spec that I wish had been increased by default on the Moto X relative to its price was its storage space, but Google and Motorola sought to remedy that with the free Drive space.
I know this is a silly dissertation that no one asked for, but I have seen the clinically uninformed bash this phone for no good reason for three months now, and enough is enough.
4. JC557 (Posts: 1266; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I'd consider it if they dropped the full retail price to $350 or $400 (since the Droid Mini is at $400). Either that or if Verizon does a holiday promotion where data plans are upped from 2GB to 4/5/6 GB then I'd use my upgrade.
Otherwise I'll just wait to see what's around the corner.
5. Sniggly (Posts: 7297; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
If you're holding onto your upgrade because of unlimited data, Verizon now has a feature available for those upgrading who would lose unlimited data by doing so called the data max plan or something. Basically, instead of the 2GB you would normally get for 30 bucks, you get 6GB instead. They did it recently after all the middle fingers emailed to them, in addition to Sprint's network actually becoming somewhat worth a damn.
8. tedkord (Posts: 8314; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Still not enough. I use well over 6gb every month. And I insist in unlimited, since when I got my first smartphone through verizon, I didn't want data because Verizon's data speed made it pointless. I couldn't stream music, video, web pages took minutes to load. They told me I had to have unlimited data if I wanted to use the phone.
Now that I can actually do all those things, they want to limit my data. Screw em. They owe me for years of paying for data that I couldn't use.
Plus, I'm going to like being able to just drop them on a whim if they try to take my data back. No more contracts for me.
13. JC557 (Posts: 1266; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I heard about that yet many are still poo pooing that idea/ notion since you have to be on EDGE to get it.
I just found out that I get a discount on handsets which will bring the Moto X to $375 w/ tax off contract ($450 off contract as of today/ no tax). I'll probably hold out and see if there will be any more price drops. I don't need a new phone... just would like another and put the others on craigslist.
15. Sniggly (Posts: 7297; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I don't think you need to be on EDGE, since we can do it at Best Buy and we can't even get anyone on EDGE.
Also, Best Buy is price matching local brick and mortar competitors again, so they'll match the 50 buck price Verizon offers.
16. JC557 (Posts: 1266; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Yeah, I took those posts with a grain of salt and will look into it next time I'm at Verizon (all the whining on those forums do get annoying).
I get a 20% discount on my plan and 25% off phones and accessories at Verizon. I may hold off on the Moto X unless it drops to $400 off contract or see how far the HTC One and LG G2 price will drop to off contract.
10. LordCaedus (Posts: 80; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)
Does this work on the 32GB version as well?
12. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Ordering my Fiance's Moto X in T-Minus 3.2.1...