Unlocked Moto Z will work on T-Mobile and AT&T, but not on Verizon and Sprint

Unlocked Moto Z will work on T-Mobile and AT&T, but not on Verizon and Sprint
Announced yesterday, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force will be available in the US as Verizon-exclusive handsets called Moto Z Droid Edition and Moto Z Force Droid Edition. However, starting September, Motorola will also sell an unlocked Moto Z.

If you're planning to buy the unlocked Moto Z and use it on Verizon or Sprint, you'll be out of luck. That's because, according to Droid-life, Motorola confirmed that the handset will be compatible only with GSM networks - like AT&T and T-Mobile. Thus, the phone won't work on CDMA carriers (Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular are included here). We assume that this has something to do with the fact that Verizon wants to have full control over the CDMA variants of the new Moto devices.

Motorola has yet to announce the price of the Moto Z, though it's said that the handset will be cheaper than flagship smartphones from Apple or Samsung - which means it could cost under $600 unlocked.

Until the new Moto-Lenovo smartphones hit the market, you can find out more about them by checking out our Moto Z hands-on, our Moto Z Force hands-on, and our Moto Z and Moto Z Force new features overview.

source: Droid-life

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Moto Z
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh



1. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

This price should be under 600. The mods are what separate it from the current top of the line smartphones and we have to pay for all of those separately.

2. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Should be 500.

7. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yeah 499 USD for the normal Z and 599 for the force version sound good to me.

3. macawmatt

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Not that I was seriously considering this phone, but without having an unlocked version available on VZW its definitely a no go. Hate staying on the network, but it doesn't mean I have to buy phones with their junk on it.

17. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

The iPhone still has that advantage, has all the radios.

19. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

that's true my complements to apple on getting the network connectivity right

4. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Well I'm SOL with shtty Sprint


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Will be happy to see you leave.... One a side note making phones that only can be used on selective carriers is not good for a company in need of sales.

21. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Sprint won't be happy. They have been bleeding customers, so everyone of them counts.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Sprint has been rebuilding their network from the ground up since the Light Sqaured failure. Many people including myself endured rolling outtages when this was happening. Now because of the new upgrades here in NYC they are great. Doakie talks about speeds, and a network is not all about speed. Tmobile is fast in some places and works in less places than Sprint. I speak from being a Sprint member , while 2 family members are on Tmobile. They lose service when ever we leave the city. Just so you know Sprint has finally started to add customers because of the new Network. Doakie sounds like a jaded lover bashing Sprint every chance he gets because of the outtages and slower speeds. Well that's all coming to an end as we speak. http://www.cellreception.com/coverage/ny/new-york/page1.html Go to S4GRU.com to find out whats going on with Sprint rather than listen to fooloish jaded misinformed bull#@$%! NYC users have reported 92mb/40mb speeds all over the city. As Sprint increases it's network density and convert 2500, and 800 LTE to every area they will be a force to be reconned with. So as for the "They have been bleeding customers" you are talking of the past because the new reports say that they have stopped the bleed, and just added a million cusotmers recently...do your homework before talking false nonsense.

6. Senthilg

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 07, 2016

Do these carriers provide funds to OEM's for any development of these phones? I do not understand the business logic in selling it to only one carrier. Why does Motrola want to reduce the audience for these phones except for Verizon's marketing muscle!!

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I agree Sony been doing the same crap.

9. Senthilg

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 07, 2016

I believe the companies should accept preorders within a week of any product announcement and ship it within 3- 4 weeks. if they do not have a clear plan on their delivery timeline why not postpone the announcement till the product is ready??

10. bonnie100th

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 01, 2010

So no unlock CDMA version? Silly... what the f... Motorola is doing here???

18. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Verizon wants to add their thirty-five bloat apps, that's what is going on.

11. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Here comes thr special MOD

12. Rashaan75

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 17, 2015

Damn Motorola is killing themselves with this exclusively on Verizon!

14. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

i want moto Z Force unlocked ;(

25. Gadgetex

Posts: 199; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Phone seems to have very few international LTE bands support

27. JasonX

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Moto needs to get out from under Verizon.

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