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Motorola Releases Developer Editions for the RAZR M and RAZR HD, RAZR M Can be Pre-ordered Today for $549

During today’s Motorola event in NYC, new CEO Dennis Woodside stood on stage and referenced the “tinkerers and hackers” and how the “new” Motorola wants to renew their commitment to customers. In order to do that, he mentioned that “developer editions” of the phones they announced would be available. He wasn’t lying. The DROID RAZR M Developer Edition is already up for pre-order if  you want to spend $549. The DROID RAZR HD Developer Edition on the other hand, is not available yet, but you can sign up to be notified of future changes to it. We wouldn’t be surprised if it came in at $649. 

We are assuming that they will have limited warranties and will only be available at full retail, but hey, at least it’s an option. You wanted a Motorola phone that runs on Verizon’s network that has an unlockable bootloader, right? These are going to be your choices, even if you have to come to terms with paying a hefty fee. Even I’ll admit that these are going to be tempting. This hardware, running stock Android 4.1? How fun would that be?

Links:  RAZR M Developer Edition | RAZR HD

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  • RussyJo

    Does this mean that those with non-developer models cant install custom roms? Or do developer models just have unlocked bootloaders?

  • machete

    i like this idea. Honestly paying the full price would keep me unlimited data so i could kill two birds with one stone.

  • i have a galaxy s3 so no reason to buy a new phone already but if i needed to buy one id get the dev phone under the consideration that it till carried some sort of warranty and it was released at the same time as the regular phone… after all i am 4G LTE Unlimited f0 LIFE so im pay full retail anyway…

  • Considering that having to buy a phone at full retail to keep my unlimited data plan with Verizon, I may as well buy the developer edition.

  • my biggest concern with the unlocking system that motorola uses is I am sure they record your IMEI and will thus refuse any repair even if the repair is hardware related..at least the nexus just lets you know you “MAY” void your warranty.. The motorola system pretty much tells you that your warranty is void.. Case in point I recently had to send my Maxx to moto for repair the issue was clearly hardware related, but with this new system if I unlocked my bootloader with their system them I am sure my unit would have been returned un-repaired or I would have been charged a repair fee.. I think that is messed up..

  • tlspatt

    $549 sounds hefty, but if you (i.e. me and many others) want to keep our unlimited data plan then we’ll get stuck paying retail anyway. but maybe if there are multiple manufacturers for the next Nexus we’ll get a Nexus MAXX?!

  • ok

    Aaaaand no subsidy. Cool beans, Moto, ya butchered it again.

  • RW-1

    This is just pure BS, plain and simple. There is no excuse that justifies a Dev edition of the same hardware. There is no carrier justifiable excuse as well towards how an unlocked BL affects the network.

    Pass for the next Nexus.

  • Not that I’ve been waiting around, but one more release cycle should paint a pretty clear picture of whether Google’s purchase of Motorola and subsequent management reorganization has any effect on the company’s subservience to Verizon with this inane locked bootloader policy.

    Google-owned or not, as of today I STILL will not recommend Motorola hardware to my friends because of this anti-trust, engineered obsolescence BS policy. Likewise for Verizon: if all unlocked phones go away, so will my business.

  • Detonation

    When will this community realize Verizon is in the business of selling smartphones to millions and millions of people, the vast majority of which don’t care about an unlockable bootloader (let alone know what one is even) as well as don’t know or care what version of Android they’re on. Whine and bash all you want, but the locked down bootloaders and slow/lack of updates are obviously not affecting Verizon’s sales one bit.

  • Grizzly21

    Still on an OG Droid waiting for the perfect phone to upgrade to.

    Maybe I should just get a Galaxy S3? or should I wait few months :/

    • TheDrizzle

      Just upgrade. The S3 is a beast of a phone which is now unlocked. The OG Droid is ancient by now. I think you’ll be glad you did.

      • Grizzly21

        I’m just worried a phone even better will come out in a month or so. lol. But my OG isn’t too slow. It’s relatively fast. But I think I’ll go for a GS3.

        • Detonation

          A newer, better phone will always be around the corner….

        • TheDrizzle

          There will always be a better phone out in a couple months. The longest phones stay “the best” nowadays is very short. Just get a phone you like and know you will enjoy when the next new thing comes out. Personally I love my Nexus even though the S3 is out and has better specs.

          Just keep in mind that the next Nexuses will be out around the end of the year.

          • I agree with you. People need to settle of what devices they chose to buy and not have buyers remorse when a new one comes out.

          • Grizzly21

            I could get a GS3. Or should I wait for the next Nexus?

    • Raven

      Still on a Droid 2 myself and have been holding out for the next great physical keyboard phone. I was hoping for, but not expecting at all, the announcement of the Droid 5. Give us a new physical keyboard slider Motorola/Verizon!

    • brando56894

      Wow you’re still rocking the OG? I ditched mine for an incredible after about a year. I’d say wait for the RAZR HD MAXX, my GF has the SGS3 and it’s nice but it no moto phone.

  • Inquizitor

    Makes sense, since many of us would need to buy at full price anyway to keep our unlimited plans.

  • Mordecaidrake

    This is insanity, I’m getting closer and closer to jumping ship to iOS. The only phone that offers the experience I want is the Nexus, and Verizon has constantly kicked out it’s legs.

    • fixxmyhead

      why dont u get the real GSM nexus. problem solved

      • moelsen8

        yeah really. if they don’t get in on the next batch of nexi, i’m jumping on the prepaid bandwagon. i don’t know if i’ll be able to stop myself.

        • JB

          Straight Talk: $45/month unlimited everything on AT&T’s network.

          • Diablo81588

            Yeah, but then you’re using ATT so……

      • Mordecaidrake

        Because Verizon is the only good carrier in my area.

    • Diablo81588

      I don’t understand. The iphone is the most limited experience out of every smartphone available. What would make you jump ship to ios??

      • Mordecaidrake

        Because they update their software in a timely manner. I could root, which I am rooted on my Gnex(not my N7 because it’s perfect as is) but I’m getting tired of doing it :/

    • Goose306

      Why jump ship to iOS iPhone 5 hardware specs that have been leaked are already outdated based on existing devices such as the GSIII (and you can now unlock the GSIII bootloader…)

      • Mordecaidrake

        I say this based soley of their speedy updates to software.

  • moelsen8

    this dev edition stuff is stupid. nice gesture on moto’s part, but that’s all it’ll really ever be unless they’re stocked in verizon stores next to the regular editions and subsidized just the same. the dev community would be ridiculously small.

    wtf is so difficult about allowing anyone to use their bootloader unlock tool to unlock their (“normal edition”) phone and void their warranty if they so choose.

    • Goose306

      Blame Verizon. Moto clearly stated they will allow unlockable bootloaders on future devices as long as carriers allow it. They are making good on other phones, however these are Verizon exclusives. A non-subsidized device means Verizon can’t lock them out of rolling it out – Verizon isn’t selling it/warrantying it, it just runs on their airwaves…

      • moelsen8

        it was more rhetorical, i know verizon’s at fault here. i just wish motorola (and sammy with the sgs3) would’ve taken more of a stand. no unlockable bootloader for our customers? fine, have fun selling blackberries and lumias instead of droid razrs and the galaxy products.

        • And for what? Moto runs a business, and they are in deep with a partnership with Verizon. VZW is where most of their sales in the US are from, so refusing to release devices on Big Red would be proverbially cutting off their nose to spite their face. And if Samsung hadn’t launched the SGS3 on VZW, they would have lost any of their potential sales other companies.

        • Big_EZ

          They will sell a lot of what they advertise. If they lost Moto or samsung then HTC or Apple would sell (which ever one they advertise for). This is why Motorola does what Verizon wants and why Motorola is Verizons top sellers.

  • strikeir13

    Yeah I would consider paying full retail for a Moto dev phone but only ONLY for the MAXX version…

    • wickets

      but what about the plan costs? There is no discount for paying full price, ergo no incentive to do so?

      • smwandrie93

        his incentive is just to have an unlocked bootloader…

        • Big_EZ

          and to keep unlimited data if he has it.

      • Incentive: keep unlimited data plan

    • brando56894

      I would gladly pay full price for this phone, it looks pretty damn nice and is way better than my Rezound. The problem is my extreme lack of money lol

  • NAM37

    Those of us with grandfather-ed data plans will be buying our hardware outright from now one anyway so this could workout fine.

    • KleenDroid

      Yes I agree. But sadly I doubt many can actually afford to pay full price. Because of this I think the developer communities will be limited at best.

      • It’s a bit of a dilemma to be honest. I have a grandfathered plan with my S3 and I understand buying a phone outright is going to be outright expensive, but paying for the amount of data I need to not worry about going over would cost more on a monthly basis. It’s all about the cost analysis.

        • Saving as noc mentioned it is the best option. Unlimited data is priceless 🙂

      • noc007

        Save and budget it out. I’m grandfathered on unlimited as well and I’m taking the difference of money I would be paying for their tiered data and putting it into a savings account; from there I’ll take the money I saved from not going along with VZW’s price gouging and buying a phone off-contract when I need to. Example:
        $20 x 24 months = 480
        $30 x 24 months = 720

        Looks like plenty of money to go towards one. Budget out what one would have paid for the on-contract price, add to the pool, and there’s more to go towards a phone.

        • KleenDroid

          Yes I think that would be a good way for those that need to plan for it. I also think we need to pick the best phone that will have a good community behind it. I’m happy with my Nexus for now and will continue to wait for the next big thing.

      • If people are satisfied with what they buy and they wait a year or two, they can buy full price devices.

  • Matias Daniels

    Let someone who knows what they are doing go for it and release us all!

  • blackcatroad

    So much for their promise to unlock future bootloaders. Unless of course you pay a premium price and void any warranty.

    • Diablo81588

      These are for Verizon only.

      • Big_EZ

        The statement I read that they released said all future phones, not all future phone except verizon (although we all knew this anyway)

        • smwandrie93

          link, because tahts what i read but on a blog, not offically from moto…

        • BSweetness

          They never said that. They said future phones with carrier approval:

          This depends on a few factors. First is whether the device ships with a bootloader that is capable of being unlocked or re-locked. Second is whether the wireless carrier that sells the device allows the bootloader to be unlocked, as each of our operator partners has their own policy.”


    • Butters619

      Even the SGS3 ended up with a locked bootloader on Verizon.

      • Goose306

        Not no more… 🙂

        • Due to Samsung’s desire to thumb their nose @ VZW, they didn’t encrypt the bootloader particularly well. Moto will likely continue with the military-level encryption they’ve been employing since the DX

      • and that lasted all of what? Several hours?

  • Flat_Stanley

    And what about the non-subsidized plans to go along with these? Oh wait, they dont exist in the US.

  • chris125

    Except not everyone wants to pay full price and most normal consumers have no idea about these so only a very small people will get and develop for these. Fail moto

    • KleenDroid

      Which would mean a very small developer community.

  • Aardvark99

    So out of the 3 phones a tinker/developer would want one of those two? Not the Maxx. (eyeroll). I also don’t get the point of special developer editions. Whose going to develop a ROM for a phone only a tiny sub-set of owners have?

    • TheDrizzle

      There may not be a lot of choices for ROMs, but I would imagine *someone* would build an AOSP for it. But still, I don’t like this “developer edition” nonsense they are giving us.

    • Well if people really do not want to lose unlimited they could actually sell a lot of these due to off contract price is the same or incredibly close.

      • JB

        Standard editions will be significantly less on the ebay/CL. Most people with a subsidized phone have no idea what it’s actually worth (“I thought it was free!”).

  • muffnman

    If they wanted to make it compelling, they should offer the HD MAXX instead of the regular HD. Enthusiasts are ultra heavy-users. Either way, this hardware is old tech. As per The Verge, all three devices use the same screen technology as the original RAZR (which was hideous). Pass.

  • Brandon Gillis


    ….. Wait what?

    • Diablo81588

      I saw that too lol..

  • MattH818

    If the next Nexus isn’t on VZW these can be a good alternative for those that want them I guess. Some of us (i.e. me) need to buy full retail anyway to keep unlimited data.

    • Andrew

      same here, just waiting to see what nexuses are released first

  • droyd4life

    They should either release all their phones with UNLOCKED BOOTLOADERS. OR.. Let Google directly update them with stock android. (Or both lol).

    • Not everyone wants the bootloader to be unlock. Motorola gave us options.

      • droyd4life

        Then let Google directly update them. Why should RAZR owners have to wait 8 months for an update?

        • smwandrie93

          in that regards its not up to motorola or google on when the update is released, its up to verizon… so dont blame them blame the carrier

      • Goose306

        Not really. I think you are missing the point on how unlockable bootloaders work. There is a big difference on “unlockable” and “encrypted”. “Unlockable” is just like a Nexus and there is absolutely no downside to that. You have to take it through steps where it clearly tells you you are voiding your warranty by doing so, but the options is there and available to anyone. And it is relockable.

      • Raven

        I don’t specifically care about unlocked bootloaders or even installing ROMs. But, what I do care about is rooting my phone. Most phones are currently rooted by some form of exploit that could some day all be fixed, but an unlocked bootloader gives a guaranteed method of root access, and this is what I am most concerned about. If I can’t root a phone to install Titanium Backup and a special VPN app that is required for my job, I don’t want it.

        • You are the type of person the Dev edition is aimed at. Someone who legitimately requires root/bootloader access. Its not meant for the average consumer who would completely destroy their phone and then expect someone else to fix their mistake (no matter how honest or unintended).

        • Back Up pro is great and you do not need to root.

          • Diablo81588

            You cannot restore system files without root. I’ve never used the app you mentioned, but I would guess that it only backs up apps and data.

  • KleenDroid

    Nice… I am very pleased with this. They are finally going in the right direction.

  • John

    I’ll just wait for the next Nexus.

    • Which with a 90% chance won’t be on Verizon…? Okay.

      • moelsen8

        i for one am prepared for the move.

      • TheDrizzle

        Says who?

        • Verizon has been lagging on the launch of the thing, and now they’re lagging on the updates for it. All it causes is trouble for them… but we can only hope. I have an upgrade available and am willing to go to any OS, even if it’s iPhone or Windows Phone. Android is never stable/smooth enough for me… :/ but I’m still in love with it. Especially the customization.

          • Tony Allen

            Verizon will get the next Nexus or one of the next Nexii. It’ll happen.

          • Bro, Verizon has been creating so many problems for Google. I give it a 50% chance.

          • CHRIS42060

            Just curious what you learned in 5 hours that made you change from a 10% chance of VZW getting another Nexus to a 50% chance?

          • Because after thinking about it Verizon made the Nexus much more popular

    • brando56894

      Depends on what the next 6 months holds (for me at least). If I had a job I’d be tempted to buy the dev edition of the HD MAXX (if there even is one) but I want to see what the next Nexus devices are just so I don’t have buyer’s remorse

      • michael arazan

        It was announced 5 months ago, where the heck is the Moto Maxx Dev phone?
        I knda have buyers remorse, i like the sg3, but want it with just stock android.

  • meh, no thanks. Nokia’s 920 looked better.