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

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.


source: Motorola via PCMag

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Moto X
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2200 mAh(13h talk time)

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21 Comments

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

15. iCloud

Posts: 126; Member since: May 15, 2014

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

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Moto refurbished sale coming soon.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'm not knocking Moto here. I'm skeptical of the buyers.

19. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

with random colors and weird signatures...

3. jeff1000

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

6. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Software sucks balls though...

11. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

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

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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?

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

20. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

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

16. iCloud

Posts: 126; Member since: May 15, 2014

$349 for the 32gb on previous sale.

13. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

14. orca99

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

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

18. hal9000

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

21. Techboi

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

The previous sale was $299 for the 32 GB model

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