Motorola: Sprint customers should call our new phone the Moto Ex

Motorola: Sprint customers should call our new phone the Moto Ex
A tweet sent out from Motorola Mobility reveals that Sprint customers will not be getting the opportunity to buy the new Motorola Moto X, even though the first generation model was offered by the nation's third largest carrier. And since this information comes directly from Motorola, it does look legitimate.

It's possible that the reason for Sprint's decision to bypass the Moto X has to do with the original model's failure to support Sprint Spark. This is the tri-band LTE network used by Sprint to offer faster data speeds to customers. Spark requires a handset to be modified to work on the network. The technology added allows the phone to decide which of three LTE bands is best suited for a particular task. 

Pre-orders for the Motorola Moto X started on Tuesday for AT&T customers.


source: @Motorola via GigaOm, AndroidandMe

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Moto X (2014)
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh

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22 Comments

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Sprint is pretty bad with phones. They carry very little phones, with WP and BB being almost nonexistent. And they don't even carry that many androids either. And their prices aren't anything to brag about either

8. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

lol so what do they sell? pagers?? commone man....

20. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

how many phones do they carry compared to ATT and Verizon? and they are about the same cost as them

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Not good. :-(

9. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

meehh..., i like and have Sprint (unltd. data) but i wasnt going to buy it anyway. i only like that it kinda started the trend (a good one tho) of lower power auxillary processors for always on (voice command) functions. THAT is inovation, Thank you.

3. JOHNNY8573

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

you figure being owned softbank they would get very cool phone....but not...same old sprint

4. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

That's why fancy tricks to mask a bad network is merely papering over the problem. In the end, manufacturers refuse to invest in a bespoke phone for a falling carrier in a falling country.

5. eman99

Posts: 409; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

this burns

10. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

not 4 me

6. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The XT1092 variant of the Moto X has all the bands for Sprint Spark, I don't see why they wouldn't carry it.

11. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Not just that, but it carries all the bands of Sprint's new rural roaming partners. Including Band 12. In fact it is the first phone to carry all of those bands. Maybe there is a special announcement for it?

13. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Nope, apparently Sprint said Motorola didn't want to have the Moto X on their network. Quote from Sprint Care on Twitter; "Unfortunately, we are at the behest of the manufacturer with regards to this."

14. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Why in the world would they include literally all the bands specific to Sprint and the rural roaming partners in that case? It makes no sense. Unless it is launching on one of the rural partners...but why even go through that trouble if you won't launch it on the much bigger customer base at Sprint?

15. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I don't know, it's pretty confusing.

16. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

It really is...hopefully the Nexus 6 comes to Sprint this year. I don't see why it wouldn't with how big a success the Nexus 5 was. But as this shows, you never know.

7. Ducfranz

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

That's scares me. Now I'm afraid they won't get the nexus x. If so I'm leaving sprint og. I need the nexus in my life.

19. thunder18

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

With the Nexus, the decision of which bands to carry lies solely with Google. Also, if you haven't followed the news, Sprint typically has a compatible Nexus device. The only manufacturer that messed that up is Verizon.

21. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

And Google added the Sprint Spark bands to the Nexus 5, so did Motorola with the new Moto X which is exactly why this is so strange. The Nexus 5 did very well on Sprint, the original Moto X on the other hand didn't do particularly well on any major carrier which is part of the reason Google dumped Moto to Lenovo and shut down their US manufacturing plant. Something is up with this and we shall find out soon. Maybe Sprint will allow an unlocked model on their network similar to what Verizon did with the Nexus 7. Wait, did they ever allow it on their network?

12. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Makes my decision to leave Sprint a little bit easier. They rather have ZTE this and Kyocera that rather than something good.

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Welp, I *was* considering looking into Sprint's plans if I can't stay with Verizon, but now I guess I'm not. Is Spark the new version of WiMax? Something Sprint's going to push until they realize it only puts them at a dead end?

18. vinnyb4202

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

This affects the 4 people left on Sprint!

22. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

55 million + or so, and many of them are enterprise customers but yeah, thanks for the nonsense.

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