Motorola wants you to try a custom Moto X, and it'll only cost a penny

Motorola wants you to try a custom Moto X, and it'll only cost a penny
So, right about now, it is fair to assume that Motorola wants to get rid of its Moto X stock before announcing the Moto X+1 (and before closing down the Texas assembly plant), which is why we've seen various promotions from Motorola recently. But, it also seems that Motorola might have figured out one of the main barriers to selling the Moto X: customers may not realize how good the phone is without trying it. Now, Motorola has a deal to sort that out as well. 

On Monday June 9th, Motorola will take orders to build you a custom Moto X, and for just one penny, you'll get a chance to try out the phone at home for two weeks. Motorola hasn't laid out what stipulations there may be on the deal. For example, it is unclear if the wood backing options will be available (we would presume so) or the engraving option (we would presume not). It is assumed that if you decide to keep the no-contract Moto X when the two weeks is up, you will be charged the full price for the device, which would be $349.99 for the 16GB model.

Motorola may want to reduce stock before the Moto X+1 announcement, but it would be smart of Motorola to design the X+1 in a way that it could reuse the Moto X backings and accent components. Either way, Motorola likely doesn't want to have too much stock in the Texas plant, since it is scheduled to be closed down by the end of the year. 

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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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36 Comments

1. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Heck yeah!

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not a good deal. If they want to move stock charge $249 for the 16gb but no more than $299. Otherwise why else get the X when the Nexus 5 offers far better specs for the same price.

13. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

You might not have read the article. You keep the phone for 2 weeks (cost is 1 cent) and return it. If you don't return it, you pay the retail price.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Thank you captain obvious

24. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Thank you for being the most incompetent person on this blog site. you hate anything Android that's not APPLE RELATED. There's no such thing as a penny for a phone. It's a TRIAL RUN, learn how to read a article first before bashing anything. If it was a Apple deal you be first in line like always.

34. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Can someone translate that for me please. "If it was a Apple deal you be first in line like always." Actually I got the 5S a month and a half later after it was released.

29. sgodsell

Posts: 7244; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why can't they do this in other countries like Canada.

23. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Really? You would price it just $50 more than the Moto G? That's ridiculous. The Nexus 5 is the great exception to the fact that nearly all flagship devices are overpriced. The Moto X is currently the same price as it, but it's still much cheaper than all the other flagships from early 2013 while still having great performance. And it's much cheaper than any other major competitor's (Samsung, Apple, HTC) mid range options while offering better specs, and better software support (apart from Apple). And not everyone is on a GSM network. I would love to have a Nexus 5, but Verizon won't allow it. The Moto X and latest Droids were the next best thing.

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not my fault CDMA is being used when gsm is the global standard. Blame Verizon on that one. The only think Motorola has going for the X is a few gimmick features. The hardware and 720p screen screams midrange.

35. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

And the low price compared to the Galaxy S4 Mini, HTC One mini, and iPhone 5C, while still offering better specs.

36. troutsy

Posts: 382; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Hardware and 720p screen screams iPhone to me...

2. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Nice. However, what are the conditions?

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

A surveillance camera in each of your rooms

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Yep. A camera and microphone for every person, every room.

30. sgodsell

Posts: 7244; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The moto x is an excellent smartphone. Still the only phone with true touchless controls, active notifications, moto assist, moto skip, and more.

4. skatrdie0

Posts: 37; Member since: May 09, 2014

So basically it's not a penny it's a trial. It cost $350 lol

6. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Costs 350 if you decide to keep the phone..... A penny if you only use it for the 2 weeks then return

11. jesusnexo unregistered

what if i dont deposit 350 on my card?

9. Frankiebeans

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

$350.01

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

$349.99 + $.01 = $350.00 R.I.F.

31. Frankiebeans

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

thought i finally had my internet smart ass moment, dam you -.-

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I'm waiting for the Moto X+1 with improved specs...

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

That is why I didn't go with MOTO X since first flag ship phones usually have low end specs.

10. jesusnexo unregistered

so what happens if i get it for more than two weeks but i dont have 350 on my debit card??

15. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

You'll be sued maybe.?

18. jesusnexo unregistered

Would i really?

20. hurrycanger

Posts: 1760; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

"If you keep your phone and refuse to pay, our lawyers get involved. And that’s not fun." Straight from Motorola, lol. https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/prod_answer_detail/a_id/100122

16. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"so what happens if i get it for more than two weeks but i dont have 350 on my debit card??" The local SWAT team makes a friendly visit to your house early in the morning and arrests you for penny-ante terrorism.

17. hal9000

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 06, 2014

Realistically the basic 16GB phone is $400 not $350. If they want to clear out stock they should really think about having sales longer than 24 or 48 hours. They should also drop the price a little. I plan on buying one before they close the factory. No interest in the +1 unless they decide to assemble it in the US and keep the physical dimensions the same. Both pretty much not happening. Would love to be able to get a wood-backed 32GB for $300 or less before they close their doors in Texas.

19. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Price is just too high for what you get. A Nexus 5 is a way better phone in almost all respects. A One+One is even better albeit very hard to get a hold of. Moto should just take the hit on this $225 for the 16 GB, $275 for the 32. Flush out the stock and do the X-1 right.

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