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Motorola to Offer $100 Credit to Owners of Devices Not Eligible for Jelly Bean Update (Update)

In a act of generosity, Motorola is going to offer a $100 credit towards the purchase of a new RAZR device if your current Moto phone is ineligible for an upgrade to Jelly Bean. Naturally, there is bound to be some small print along with that, specifying as to what devices are eligible for the credit, but we’re still awaiting those specific details. From what we gather, any device released in 2011 that is unable to receive the update to Jelly Bean should be eligible for the credit. We’ll keep you posted on the details when they are released.

Update: Motorola’s landing page is now live for the device exchange and $100 credit program. Here’s some details:

If we don’t upgrade your phone to Jelly Bean, we don’t want you to miss out. Buy a select new Motorola smartphone, trade in your old phone, and we’ll give you $100 back. So you always enjoy the best from us.

It sounds like your phone has to be from 2011, although that’s not entirely clear. If your phone does qualify, you will buy your new phone, then trade in your old one and they will send you $100. From what we can tell, it’s not an instant discount.

To learn more about it, head here.

Are you the owner of a 2011 Moto device that isn’t getting Jelly Bean?

Cheers Jared!

  • bearsiji

    Happy to hear! I have a moto V3 and I can not update to JB…

  • Warren

    Cool, they can give me $100 back on what I paid for the Galaxy S3 to replace my Bionic. I might actually consider buying another Motorola product then. When it comes to tech, Motorola is now in very close competition with Apple for #1 on my chit list. I won’t even have Quick Time on my computer.

  • At the rate that Motorola is updating ( or NOT updating their Atrix line ) the Atrix HD won’t get the JB update either. Maybe we’ll get JB for Motorola on AT&T in time for the Atrix Maxx HD 3.5 Super-Ultra Megazord, but somehow I doubt it.

  • so i buy a new phone send the proof of purchase with my old phpone to get 100 dollars straight bs there not giving you 100 dollars they are buying your old phone

  • RussyJo

    My personal opinion is Moto devices that do not yet have ICS (coughBioniccough) will probably not get JB…

  • PyroHoltz

    I want to know how long the $100 off deal will last.

    Many people that purchased a phone in 2011 need to wait a while still before they can purchase a phone at the subsidized price (for the wife’s D3 that isn’t until March of 2013).

  • name

    So when are we gonna find out which devices are upgraded and which are not

  • Maybe this will sound stupid, but if you have to trade in your phone for the 100 bucks, cant you just sell it on ebay with a 100 reserve and easily get at least a hundred bucks on ebay for your device.

  • I think that the original droid razr (and the RoW GSM/CDMA ones) will get Jelly Bean upgrades with not much problem…
    I believe the OMAP 4 series SoCs can still handle it…

  • Bionic

    I’m almost positive bionic won’t get jelly bean. So I will use his program more than likely. Unless I can get more on e bay.

    • Laki S.

      Same here. I was thinking about abandoning Moto outright, but I won’t count them out just yet. That new Maxx HD sounds very enticing.

  • Bharath

    Have a DroidX2 so guess I wont be getting it.

  • Mike

    Looks like I should hang onto my Bionic after all

  • Butters619

    So you have to trade in your old phone? That’s dumb!

  • Hunter

    I enjoy the underlying message: “We’re not going to support your phone you purchased only 1 year ago, even though you are likely on a 2-yr contract and the recommended support life cycle for an android device is at a minimum 18 months. So please, roll the dice, and buy another phone from us!”

    The Nexus endorsement practically writes itself. 🙂

    • Laki S.

      I’m glad someone else noticed the hidden message. My phone is barely a year old, most likely not in line for JB (hasn’t even seen ICS yet), and my consolation is $100 off a $700 phone. You’d think they’d at least support it for the 2 years we signed the contract for. I’m eyeballing the new Nexuses myself, but haven’t counted the Maxx HD out yet.

  • Trueblue711

    The only problem with this is that everyone who bought one is locked into a 2 year contract and can’t upgrade until next year. If I only upgrade on contract (most people do), I’m not going to spend an addition $300-400 to save $100 on an off contract price.

  • a.youth.in.Asia

    Basically, we will buy back your ICS phone from you for $100 and call it a day, you will get a new phone (profit) and then we will sell your old phone when it’s refurbished on Verizon or prepaid for $300 (more profit)

    Man up Moto and let them keep their current phone and take the $100 off the JB smartphone at time of purchase!

  • TheCheapGamer

    Tell you what, I’ll give you $101 for your Droid Razr Maxx if they don’t update it.

  • Aaron

    What about those of us that have a Moto phone NOT on Verizon? My Electrify doesn’t look to get ICS or JB.

  • smwandrie93

    We want to give you the best of smartphone technology. That means not only pushing the boundaries on design, utility, and speed, but also providing the best mobile software out there. Today, that’s Jelly Bean, the newest Android operating system. That’s why we’re upgrading Motorola smartphones first offered for sale in 2011¹and later to Jelly Bean.
    If we don’t upgrade your phone to Jelly Bean, we don’t want you to miss out. Buy a select new Motorola smartphone, trade in your old phone, and we’ll give you $100 back.² So you always enjoy the best from us

    Taken right off that page. so only 2011 phones sorry guys

    forgot the disclaimers on the bottom of the page

    No information should be submitted to or posted on Motorola’s web sites by users under 16 years of age.
    View Terms and Conditions. View Privacy Policy.
    1 Applies to United States sales of Android Motorola smartphones first offered in 2011 or later.
    2 Official program details will be found at this site at a future date. $100 provided in the form of a Gift Card, carrier credit or other cash equivalent at Motorola’s sole discretion.

  • Hmmm… Samsung’s upgrade will pay you up to $300 for your old phone. They offered me $150 for my LG Spectrum. If I buy the Galaxy S3 through Verizon for $199,and get $150 back, that feels like a better deal. Especially since Moto is limiting it to Moto phones.

  • jon knatcal

    LMAO trade it in for $100, no thanks, id sell it on ebay for double that.

  • Rw-1

    To the informed, this is worse than we thought, reeking of desperation, they come up with a credit to entice us back’

    Problem is, that for most of us on the ’12 moto exodus know we’re not coming back until the promises are met. This isn’t one of them, and neither is this dev phone BS

  • Darksthour

    I’m gonna laugh if the only phones they do offer this are the x2 and d3. It’s only two phones just say it. “We are sorry owners of the x2 and Droid 3, we f*cked up but now we are sleeping with Google. We would like to have $100 dollars allowance to forgive us.”

  • Chris Pinola

    I heard someone say that Moto announced today that the original RAZR and RAZR MAXX will be receiving JB updates? Can anyone confirm this?

    • Jim McClain

      well knowing verizon,im guessing 2015 december

  • Jim McClain

    well with verizon that could be a lot of phones ,seeing how slow they are with updates

  • Been rocking a Galaxy Nexus since they came out but I am running my Droid X2 as a DNS server at home would be nice to get something for it since I am looking for a new Moto device since Sammy’s radios are worthless. Might have to actually get rid of a device I still fire up my OG from time to time.

  • dg38

    JB? I’m, I mean my daughter,(since I ditched Motorola for a galaxy s3) is still waiting for ics on her bionic. It would probably be the end of the world(Dec 21st 2012) lol before she gets ics, let alone jelly bean. I used to love all my droids starting with og droid but lack of support drove me away.