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Wild Rumor: Motorola X Phone to Multiple Carriers, Sold Cheaply in Google Play, and Unlockable on Verizon

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Brace yourself, the hypebeasting is about to commence. A bit of info was handed to us a by a long time reader and we’re not really sure what to make of it. What we do know, is that one of [redacted] forum members who has long been a source of Motorola information, posted up the details about the “X” phone that is said to be Moto’s next big release. We thought we’d share, even if it does sound way too good to be true. Feel free to attack it, poke holes in it, drool over it, or daydream about a life with this phone in this sort of scenario. Again, it’s been flagged as a “wild rumor” on purpose. 

Here is the word on the streets:

  • Motorola X Phone will be announced at Google I/O in May.
  • Current target for release is July 8 (definitely subject to change).
  • All carriers will sell the X Phone.
  • Verizon will sell it for $299 on contract.
  • All versions will also be sold through the Google Play store at similar off-contract price to Nexus line.
  • If you want to unlock the bootloader through Verizon, they will charge a $15/month fee.
  • If you buy it through Google Play, it comes unlocked with no fee.
  • Not a “Nexus” but will come running stock Android and with some bloatware.
  • Bloatware can apparently be removed once unlocked.

I don’t even know where to begin with this. An X Phone on all carriers, running stock, that will be sold directly through Google Play at an insanely low price, and with an unlockable bootloader? Doesn’t it sound way too good? That’s a dream scenario right there, but then again, with the new Google leadership, maybe Motorola is going big. They certainly have a lot of ground to make up on the rest of the Android players.

So what do you think? Sound crazy?

Feel free to hit up the [redacted] thread as well, since it’s 600+ pages of all sorts of info.

Via:  [Redacted]

*Forum thread with source info was closed. Forum also asked to no longer be credited.

Cheers S!

  • Benmartin1974

    I had been pondering buying a Motorola droid for a couple of weeks. I read loads of reviews and this one was very helpful http://search4reviews.net/ , I received my order last week and am very happy. I Would highly recommend to anyone still unsure.

  • Dale Griggs

    If this is the phone that will not go splat when it is dropped, you can kiss a removable battery goodbye. But, if they put one that will run 16 hours with heavy use, I could care less.

  • Obvious Sarcasm

    Already pre-ordering the pre-ordered pre-orders.

  • I’ve on ginormous and unreasonable request of Verizon – can you please DITCH CDMA from the X Phone? Thank you!

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  • RoninX

    If they offer a version of the X Phone with a QWERTY keyboard, it would be perfect.

  • joe

    who are your sources?

  • Verizon will sell it for $299 on contract.

    All versions will also be sold through the Google Play store at similar off-contract price to Nexus line.

    Given the usual carrier subsidy of $300 – $400, this means the phone would list for $600 – $700 on Google Play, unless Google are so desperate to stem the Samsung tide they’re willing to spend billions severely undercutting the GS3/4.

    Or maybe the X Phone will be like the Nexus 4: a device with nearly no useful storage and no 4G. I’m not holding my breath.

  • Lte_Addict

    this can mean one major thing, it will have LTE! it has to in order for it to sell on galaxy s and iphone levels, and i really hope it has expandable memory, with unmatched camera software and other features. T

    • Hunter

      It has to just to go to Verizon, as of last year they no longer sell any smartphone that is not LTE capable

  • Stewie

    What crap … Moto lost me a long time ago, GNex and have not looked back. There’s nothing they can do now that will make me consider coming back.

    • Mark Mann

      even though they’ve changed ownership and we have yet to see what the new ownership is going to do with moto’s products…the x phone will be the first of the new owner’s phones

  • Fattie McDoogles

    Kellex you need to add ” and Verizon will lower the cost of all their plans and add unlimited data back to all their data plans.”

  • That $15 a month charge is complete BS. The sad thing is, I am almost certain they won’t be selling the VZW or even Sprint models on the play store. Meaning we are screwed into it unless a dev gets by their lock. Has any moto (Atrix Leak aside) gotten a dev unlock? I can’t think of one.

    It will be just like the Galaxy Nexus. Hopefully the unlocked GSM one from google is probably an actual nexus… If they really do charge the $15, i’m gone.

    • JoshGroff

      Unlock, I’m not sure, bypass, yes.

    • Mark Mann

      there’s the part where it says that it will be sold through the google play store unlocked for ALL carriers

  • I heard it’s gonna have a built in cutting laser

  • as long as theres expandable memory unlike any nexus device ill probably get it

  • I can’t wait to leave Verizon

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Sounds like BS.
    The people who would want an unlocked bootloader know better than to pay $15/month.

    Some 13 yr old wannabe came up with this list.

  • I was thinking of jumping the VZW ship for a N4 (if/when they ever come back to the play store), but this is really what I have been waiting for. My DroidX is still limping along. As much as I hate Moto bloat, IMO they build a the best feeling phones. Part of me thinks though that there is no way a CDMA phone would be sold through Google Play. I pretty sure only a GSM variant will be sold through Google. My unlimited data is the only think I worry about.

  • carluverdrm2004

    As long as it had the latest version of Android, and I could remove the bloatware, I wouldn’t need to unlock my bootloader. The only reason I rooted my VZW Nexus was to get Jelly Bean. And I used a root tool kit….haha. (noob)

  • DRaY

    Please dont let this thing be larger than a Galaxy S3/Nexus 4. Give it 16g/32g/64g/storage options and i’m interested!!! Long battery life(3000mah), inductive charging, direct updates from Google and I am sold!!!! I can dump my G-Nex and my S3 for this one deivce to rule them all!!!!

  • Dean Milord

    Thinking about it. There is always a hand full of people who do not pay attention to stories like this (more so once confirmed) and will buy the phone from Verizon – who may force majority of CDMA stock to come to them over Google Play. The people who have to have the latest and greatest first and do not want to deal with the Google Play Nexus 4 waiting game for available stock; will buy the phone from Verizon thinking that they could unlock the bootloader themselves. To find out that they’ve been bent over by Verizon w/ the $15 a month.