AT&T gets Moto Maker timed-exclusive, Moto X+1 may cost $249

AT&T gets Moto Maker timed-exclusive, Moto X+1 may cost $249
Some new information has leaked tonight regarding the Moto X+1, and the big news may be that the Moto X+1 will cost $249, but that price tag actually makes sense because it will be for a 32GB model. The odd thing is that the "16GB model is not confirmed but could come later at a budget price".

TKTechNews is reporting that AT&T will once again get Moto Maker before any other carriers, but it appears that Moto Maker also won't be available at launch for the Moto X+1. We have heard before that Verizon is scheduled to release the stock black and white models of the device on September 17th, but the new info says AT&T won't have those in store until September 28th. However, Moto Maker sales for AT&T will actually begin earlier. 

Motorola and AT&T might be planning a pre-order deal that will take place on September 6th (this is not yet confirmed), and allow users to design their own Moto X+1 complete with options for wood or leather backing. The deal will allow users to buy a customized AT&T Moto X+1 for $199, which is $50 off the standard price. After that day, Moto Maker sales will continue at the normal price, and be AT&T exclusive for a few weeks or one month. That isn't as long as the three month exclusive it had last year, but still more than we'd like. Also, with the Texas plant shutting down, Moto Maker orders for the U.S. have to come from Mexico, which will also mean a longer turnaround time for custom orders. It could be as long as 14 days. 

source: TKTechNews



1. hurrycanger

Posts: 1772; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Contract... *cough*

13. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Wait for three more months, they will have promotions or sales and finally offer the Moto X+ for only $299 off contract. A good example of a company that learned NOTHING from its previous fatal mistake when it killed Moto X at launch.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Smh Motorola drops the ball yet again.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7535; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

$299 off contract. Not if those specs are correct. Not for a long while until next year, or until the next model comes out next year.

19. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Why do this to yourself Motorola?! No one wins in an exclusive!

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sniggly isn't going to like this. Up to 14 days for orders?

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I don't like any of this news. A fifty dollar INCREASE in contract price over last year? Exclusives AGAIN? A confusing launch schedule for Moto Maker and the stock models? Didn't Motorola learn a single goddamn thing from last year? Are they deliberately trying to sabotage sales of this device?

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

It's not an increase, it's the 32GB model being the base.

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"It's not an increase, it's the 32GB model being the base." We don't know yet if it's an increase because the non-contract price has not been released. $250 for a phone on contract is really not such a great deal unless the phone is pretty awesome. Maybe the X+1 will deliver on this, but I have doubts.

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Okay, but we learned last year that Motorola can't charge the same price or more than its competition. Samsung got away with charging 250 bucks on contract for its 16 gig S4 because it was Samsung. Motorola does not have that kind of equity built up with its customers.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

And when the Moto Maxx launched it was $300 on contract. We all know how people flocked to the Maxx after it dropped to $199 and $99 OC. Everything you've stayed thus far has been 100% spot on.

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Hell, just look at how many people started clamoring after the Moto X when it started going on sale for 350 bucks off contract. They saw it as an excellent deal at that price, or at 100 bucks or less on contract. 200 on contract was considered far overpriced. And since this year the specs on the Moto X still won't be top notch (and because people haven't learned yet that specs are not the be all to end all of smooth, proper operation) history will repeat itself.

16. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Phones like the LG 3 come with 32GB standard here in the US. During initial release the phone was $100 on contract. When will other manufactures understand that 16gig base is useless in a flagship phone? I can live with a 16GB model in a phone that cost half as much but not in a phone that will retail for over $600. 32GB should be the new base for a flagship contract phone.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I mean, I'll wait and see until the official launch, but if this is the way Motorola's planning on doing this, they're going to fall even harder on their faces this year than last in terms of sales. The device itself excites me still, but Motorola can't figure out how to sell a phone to save their damn lives.

6. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

I guess Motorola learned absolutely NOTHING from last years disaster of a launch. Freaking ridiculous.

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

As much progress as Motorola has made, I largely agree. They keep on making the same mistakes when it comes to promoting and selling their devices. They not only keep doing stupid promotions which piss off more customers than they satisfy, but they also go right back to a pricing model that absolutely destroyed their sales last year.

21. Googlethis

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Is Motorola privately owned or does of stock/share holders? (Pardon if I'm using the wrong terminology.)

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Motorola is actually presently owned by Google, who will soon pass it off to Lenovo (as soon as all the legalese is finished). Before that it was a publicly traded corporation.

23. Googlethis

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

OK then I'm assuming your assumption is correct they truly are not learning from past mistakes. Thank you for the information.

12. surethom

Posts: 1730; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

No 16gb please minimum 32gb please & bring to the UK quickly this time not 6 months later.

15. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I'm tired of these exclusives. I really hope it's not an AT&T exclusive, I've been waiting for months for this device, the last thing I want to do is wait for it to be un-exclusive. Heck, I might just get the Nexus X (even if it comes out around the same time as the Moto X + 1 stops being an exclusive).

18. Mrmark

Posts: 409; Member since: Jan 26, 2013


20. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I hate exclusivity! Motorola is going to fail again!

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

People that question exclusive deals have unrealistic expectations. Just because you can buy a Moto x+ 1 at every carrier it doesn't mean you will make more money. No one buying it at multiple carriers is still the same as no one buying at a single carrier. You might as well let AT&T pay for the advertising.

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