If you play your cards right, the modular Moto Z3 Play can be yours for just $100

No longer very active in the high-end segment, Motorola still makes some of the best low to mid-end smartphones around, many of which continue to sell like hotcakes in both unlocked and carrier-specific variants stateside. Originally released in the summer of 2018, the Moto Z3 Play is one of the market's greatest bargains right now, frequently scoring massive discounts at major retailers like Amazon and Best Buy, as well as directly on its manufacturer's official website.

Sold for as little as 150 bucks just last month, the 6-inch handset is available even cheaper today from Best Buy as long as you don't have a problem committing to Verizon straight off the bat. Fret not, as the killer new deal doesn't require signing a lengthy contract or a monthly installment plan. All you have to do is agree to activate the technically unlocked Z3 Play on a new line of Verizon service or new account altogether to lower the aforementioned price to an outright insane $99.99.

Existing Verizon customers looking for an upgrade and those interested in activating the upper mid-ranger on AT&T are also eligible for hefty discounts, having to cough up a very reasonable $149.99 of their own upfront. Last but certainly not least, the unlocked phone with absolutely no strings attached can be yours in exchange for $199.99, which is also not a bad price to pay for a versatile modular platform packing a decent octa-core Snapdragon 636 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage space, and a 3,000mAh battery.

Granted, that juicer could be larger, but then the Moto Z3 Play wouldn't measure an incredible 6.8mm in thickness and weigh in at 156 grams with a 6-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display in tow sporting relatively thin bezels. Besides, there's a Moto Mod you can (separately) buy at an ultra-low price to boost the handset's battery life. Out of the box, the Z3 Play also comes with Android 9.0 Pie on the software side of things, a versatile 12 + 5MP dual rear camera system, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a premium combination of glass and aluminum build materials. Not too shabby for $100 and up, eh?

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1. Vancetastic

Posts: 1508; Member since: May 17, 2017

Anyone here have any experience with these? I'm considering a Moto for a cheap backup phone.

2. Tony2

Posts: 22; Member since: May 21, 2019

Hi. Not 1 of these but a different moto. There support is terrible should you have a problem, all never buy anything from them again. Nor do I recommend there products. Very problematic!!!


Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 23, 2019

I do. Just purchased the Z3 and I like the JBL speakers mod. Just be forewarned that getting the mod for wireless charging and the Motorola Turbo 3000 mAH is near impossible. They've sold out and available only through other avenues. I had to purchase my wireless mod via Russia. Turbo through eBay. The JBL they still have on Motorola site. The picture are ok. Unfortunately, VIEWING them in my Motorola screen is a bummer because i got a "blued" out screen. On my wife's iPhone when I send them to her it's really nice the pics I took. The software isn't laggy, long battery life and fast charging. Overall only because of the mods I give this a solid B+.

6. phatmanXXL

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

No support? Both my Moto X4 and my Z3 Play get updates every two months or so, also the X4 being a 2017 phone and still supported is impressive.

5. phatmanXXL

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

I have one it's a decent phone. The game pad and JBL speaker mod makes it worth it. My only complaint is no headphone jack.

7. Heyfernan

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 01, 2017

I do. I had a Z2 play e now I have a Z3 Play. I also have the stereo speakers which my sister gave me because her Z3's came in a bundle. I also have the battery mod that has 2116mah in it. So in my daily basis I have more than 5000mah. For 99 bucks, it's worth it. But I paid 300. It's decent but not more than that. And since Lenovo bought Motorola, they no longer update the OS consistently. Don't expect them, even if they promise, it's like one year to arrive. For instance, I went to the official forums to see if there was any news regarding Android 10. There was nothing which I found strange. I posted asking if an when it is going to get updated to Android 10. The post was deleted. That's why there was nothing, they probably deleted posts regarding the same subject from other users too.

4. Tony2

Posts: 22; Member since: May 21, 2019

It's $300 on motos site? Hardly a good deal.

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