Motorola has announced that it will attempt to make modular smartphones, which can swap out parts to upgrade certain specs without having to purchase a new phone, a viable way to manufacture smartphones.
Motorola last week cut $100 from the price of its Moto X smartphone at three carriers, and orders placed online at its MotoMaker customization site also dropped to just $99 on contract. Motorola originally didn't drop the price on the off-contract price, but that has changed. Customers can now visit MotoMaker.com and place an order that lowers the off-contract price to just $479.99. The website is still limited to AT&T model phones, but customers can pay full price to avoid having to alter or renew their existing AT&T contract.
AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular have slashed the price of the Moto X, Motorola's custom-friendly Android device after only three months on the market. Is the Moto X selling poorly?
Motorola and T-Mobile have updated the Moto X to address the biggest problem with an otherwise phenomenal product - it's camera. The change is reportedly the "biggest ever seen" through an over the air update, according to Brian Klug of Anandtech.
The Moto X is available at the major carriers and typically costs $199 on a two-year agreement or $599 when purchased for full retail price. MVNO Republic Wireless is undercutting the competition by selling the Moto X for only $299 without any contract.
Motorola attracted attention when it opted to restart its manufacturing process in the United States rather than Asia, where the vast majority of smartphones are assembled.
The Moto X release plans have finally gotten clearer for Sprint, which has just announced that it will begin selling the device for $199 on a two-year agreement. The company will also introduce phone personalization with Moto Maker.
Here's a funny story. The Moto Maker website opened up last Friday, but the system was rather silly because it was "open" only if someone went to an AT&T store to get a voucher to use online. Motorola has announced that potential Moto X buyers can now skip that unnecessary step and go directly to MotoMaker.com to customize a Moto X. So if you've wanted a new device and have $199 and two years of your smartphone life to surrender to AT&T, have at it! Just don't make the mistake that I did and consider how your color choices will affect you.
One week after the Motorola Moto X debuted on AT&T, the first Motorola smartphone built from start to finish during the Google era will go on sale at Verizon. The official Verizon Wireless Twitter account has posted that Verizon plans to debut the Moto X online beginning Thursday, August 29, for $199.99 on a two-year agreement. The phone will appear in stores weeks later. The Moto X on Verizon lacks the ability to customize the exterior at the moment, but the phone will be sold in white or black until Verizon joins the Moto Maker ranks at an undisclosed time later this year. Be sure to read the Moto X review to help decide if this will be your next device.
My Moto X has arrived. And when I saw "My," I mean it because the phone was designed by me. I built a device using the Moto Maker website and it's beautiful. My Moto X is also designed in a way that made me momentarily hate it.