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MotoMaker is Live If You Want to Custom Design a Phone, You Just Can’t Buy It Yet

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The Moto X is now available from AT&T if you are interested in the woven black or white versions of the phone, but most of you (if you are buying a Moto X) are likely more interested in designing your own through MotoMaker. I have both good news and bad news on that front. MotoMaker.com is now live for those who want to see what it’s like to design a smartphone. You can walk from stage one, which is picking the back color, all the way up to having the phone logged in with your Google account upon arrival. Unfortunately, it’s only there to “play” with, as the option to buy is still “coming soon.” 

No word on when MotoMaker will give you the option to purchase a phone, but we’d imagine it can’t be long. This is one of, if not the, most important selling features of the phone. After an initial test run over the last week that included press and friends and family of Motorola employees, I’d imagine that some tweaks are in store to get the service ready for a mass rollout.

We should point out that there is an option to “Redeem Moto X Card.” Those can be purchased at AT&T stores, so there is still a chance that you could custom design a Moto X today, and purchase it. So as we mentioned last night, feel free to stop by an AT&T store, check out the colors, and if you decide this is the phone for you, buy a Moto X card on the spot, return home, and order.

For now, head over to MotoMaker through the link below, create some phones, and share them in the comments. I’m dying to see what kinds of designs you can come up with.

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Via:  Motorola

  • Daryle Barden Jr

    New England Patriots Edition

  • schoat333

    I love olive and orange.

  • Anna

    Estimated delivery is 12 days at the moment for any customized…. 🙁

  • SparkysShocker

    I was all excited for Motomaker but kinda let down…

    No gold accents – cant do 49ers
    No golden yellow – cant Sun Devils

    Guess it’s Giants colors or Black and Red

  • MagnificentN

    Best thing ever.

  • Al-Burrit0

    Torn between these two designs. On the blue thinking of changing the accent to sliver and on red the accent to black maybe. I wanted woven back but only if i could of added blue or red to the front…maybe, in the future?

  • GentlemanScholar

    Do we know if they will ever offer woven in any other color than black and white? I love the woven look, but want to apply it to other colors.

  • Joaquín Tuduri


  • annahuffington9

    This is mine

  • HeartStrong07

    Tempting … tempting …. however, Galaxy Note 3 it is 🙂


    Here’s my design, but don’t know how long I can wait before I just get the regular black one at VZW (I have 4GB plan) or thinking of leaving to Tmo or AT&T

    • Guest

      or this one… 🙂

    • CARPDM

      or this one…

    • GentlemanScholar

      My 2 year Verizon contract is up in December. I’m leaving Verizon for AT&T. I get $200 a month phone bill paid for from work so I’m not worried about Verizon’s and AT&T’s price differences. I want this phone now though.

  • wade_county

    Went with a Art Deco look. Still wish they had Wood and Verizon launch =/

  • Alex Goings

    Back: Terqwoise
    Front: Black
    Accent: Metallic Purple

  • Daniel Clifford

    I thought we could get textures on the color options? Am I totally mistaken?

    • jaybar


  • Nick

    Hokie love! Can’t decide between white or black front. O well, I’m on verizon….

    • Eric

      That’s the most important option if you are on verizon.

  • mi470

    Digging the orange on red here. Hoping for custom engraving soon.

  • jaybar

    Woven White, Black, Red Accent – says performance to me

  • jwildman16

    As close as you can get to some Spartan love…

    • GentlemanScholar

      Go Blue!

  • fritzo2162

    Purple fur is not an option. This phone is officially off my list.

  • Eric

    Front: White
    Back: Chalk
    Accent: Blue

  • They need to enable the 360* view on the Accents page. I had to switch back to the front tab in order to see how the whole thing would look.

  • onDroid

    I just wish the accent color changed the color of the Moto ‘M’ on the back of the device. That would look awesome

    • Al-Burrit0

      Same thought for a second i thought it did when i clicked on silver for accent..hehe

  • Buur

    My as-close-as-I-can-get-to-Michigan colors phone.

    • Daniel Clifford

      Same. Now I just need it on Verizon. GO BLUE!

    • GentlemanScholar

      Go Blue indeed. I designed a similar version, but I’m not sure if I’m going to go with that or something else.

    • Stevedub40

      M GO BLUE!

    • chris420o

      more like seahawks

    • Peter Stover

      Change the front to white. M GO BLUE!!

  • ManiDePRico

    My personal fave:
    Black front, turquoise back, metallic orange accents
    (EDIT: This pic does make them look yellow instead of orange though)

  • Fresh360

    I have just come to the realization that phone design is a lot harder than I thought and apparently I have no idea what the hell I am doing. All of my phones are hideous, and I find myself going right back 2 woven black : (

  • Jeremy Gross


    • We tried to make one as well, went with grey accents. Just wasn’t quite pink enough.

  • BobbyG

    So headphones cost extra? Don’t all phones come with headphones?

    • chris420o


  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    last couple i swear

  • moozicmon


  • Shane Redman


  • Kyle Miller

    Bear Down!

    • Kyle Miller

      Or What’s Gucci!?

  • LP @ThisisEther

    this whole site would literally buy these custom phones if it wasn’t for the exclusive deal….Brilliant idea, timid execution.

  • Logan Berry

    Back: Woven White.
    Front: Black.
    Accent: Metallic Blue.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths


      • genahamilton

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        hour working from home. I was shocked when my neighbour told me she was
        averaging $95 but I see how it works now. I feel so much freedom now that I’m
        my own boss. This is what I do, http://www.Jℴℬs34.cℴℳ

      • carmen_bender12

        If you think
        Tiffany`s story is terrific,, won weak-ago my uncle basically easily made
        $4861 sitting there sixteen hours a week at home and their friend’s
        step-mother`s neighbour did this for 5 months and got paid more than $4861 in
        their spare time on their labtop. applie the advice on this

      • michael arazan

        Exact Colors I wanted as well, great minds think alike

    • mustbepbs

      I like that.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      this with metallic yellow accents is also nice.

    • Shane Redman

      I literally just made that before seeing this

    • GentlemanScholar

      I made the exact same phone. I wish they offered the woven back in all of the colors instead of just the black and white.

    • LP @ThisisEther

      just made this earlier…the exact same phone…

    • jenniferfuller88

      The sooner you get behind in your work, the more time you have
      to catch up. Here you can make money be spending some hours on your laptop.,,

  • MikeSaver

    This is where 250 dollars of mine would go right now if Moto didn’t have a stupid exclusivity deal with AT&T. Instead, I might just pick up the next Nexus in October. Then again I’m on Verizon, so maybe I can’t. Just F@#$#k all around


  • Guest

    Back: Woven White
    Front: Black
    Accent: Metallic Blue

  • iheardulikemlg

    Here’s one for America.

    • Justin W

      That actually looks better than I thought it would. I went with maroon and black, but I’ve seen some awesome ideas here and I’m pretty sure I’m not sticking with this color choice (the wallpaper is not good either).


    • chris420o


      • iheardulikemlg

        Rangers too 😉

  • MikeSaver

    I just customized a phone. Can’t wait to buy it in 3 months!

    Stupid #%$^)ing Motorola.

  • I wish green was an accent color option…here’s the next best for me.

    • GoBlue

      GO BLUE!!

  • Elliot Kotis

    I wish it was in Australia, I had a play with Moto Maker, and who knows how many phones I would buy just because of the customisation 😛

  • RGibs

    So what happened to all the fancy designs like wood grain and plaid? Or the whole idea of uploading an image? Did that all go by the wayside?

  • John B

    Phillies colors

  • Ryan Laursen

    I WANT an Orange back though…

  • Terrance Steiner

    No wood backs?!?!? I think the wood option they showed off at release are awesome (especially the bamboo). I will wait for those to come out.

  • Travis

    What a botched launch this is turning out to be! First the AT&T exclusivity. Then they back-peddled on custom engraving. And now you can’t even buy the phone on the website after customizing it… you have to go to the store to buy the phone and then come back to customize it. This does not give me one bit of confidence in Moto or their decisions. Come’on Google, just completely take complete control over Motorola and stop playing games about being “fair” to other OEM’s. It’s not like Samsung wouldn’t turn on you the moment their Tizen OS takes flight… or Amazon who forks your OS and uses their own App Store.

    • Elliot Kotis

      Yep agreed, plus it is only in the US and like 2 other markets! WTF!

    • bkosh84

      First off, you’ve had to go to the store and get a promo/gift card from the very beginning.. That never changed.. Secondly, the AT&T Exclusivity is AT&T’s fault not Motorola.. Motorola would not have done it if AT&T didn’t throw money at them for it.

      • Travis

        Wow. First of all, it was stated many times that you’d be able to buy the phone directly from Moto Maker OR in the store. As one example, look at Android Central’s preview of Moto Maker where they clearly say you would be able to buy it online or in store (look at the bullet points further down):


        And regarding your comment about AT&T, your reasoning stinks. It is arguable whether the amount of money offered by AT&T will offset the lost sales by customers on other carriers. Furthermore, you implied that Motorola had no choice because money was thrown at them, when in fact they could have simply said no. I would argue that they have lost more good will from customers by taking this deal, in addition to having a much softer launch now when it could have made a big splash.

    • tuname1t

      Cause Google does such a great job with the Nexus launches… /s

  • Daniel Tifft

    This. I love bright colors!

  • MikeSaver

    I wante dto make that yellow one because its like x-men colors LOL

  • Butters619

    What I want to know is how do I get my hands on a Moto X card?

    • valapsp

      from an AT&T store i guess.

      • Butters619

        AH poo. That makes sense. I was thinking more along the lines of free phone lol. It’s early.

  • Bassdj

    Definitely the phone I’d go for if I didn’t like the HTC One’s Boomsound more! Maroon and Gold!

  • valapsp

    Moto X if-I-had-money edition ….

  • Guest

    Moto X if-I-had-money edition …

  • Guest

    Moto X would-have-chosen-this-if-I-had-money edition…

  • Guest

    How about this?

  • Guest

    how about this?

  • Chris Bailey

    Joker Phone

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      the orange trim seems to go with everything

  • trav

    Buying 2 when Verizon gets it….

  • valapsp

    Here’s how to engrave the word Android if anyone needs. —> &Roid

  • breadable

    I may get a year out of this before I’d get sick of the colors.

  • Shadowstare

    This is such a cool idea for a phone. I hope Motorola succeeds so more phones can be made with Moto Maker. The second generation Moto X (with hopefully a 1080p display or better) could be amazing.

  • chris420o

    I just made a new york giants/yankees/and knicks phone…if this comes to verizon ima be in on it for a week before i make a decision…im at work so i cant post pics but they came out pretty sick lol

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    before i wanted wood.

    • jbdan

      eek! :p

    • anezarati

      i just made one like this except with a black front

  • Max

    Let’s Go Niners!

    • Al-Burrit0

      the blue i posted is kinda reference to the chargers 😉 Need golden yellow for the accents!

  • Walter Partlo
    • Walter Partlo

      Pic upload

      • Chris Bailey

        MotoX – tactical edition

        • jose

          My kinda phone!

      • GentlemanScholar

        It would be nice if they had an FDE color option.

  • HeartStrong07

    You know … I really want a Galaxy Note 3 to replace my Galaxy Nexus on Verizon … but, man, I went to MotoMaker and designed a Moto X … and … damn …. if I don’t really, really, want the phone I designed … I started researching the AT&T coverage in my area … 🙂

    • Justin W

      They have pretty good coverage, and are expanding their LTE coverage fairly quickly. Worst-case, get the phone, have AT&T CS unlock it, use it on StraightTalk or something. I’m going to do just that until we get LTE in my area, and then I’ll be using AT&T’s prepaid plans so I can use LTE with it.

      • GoBlue

        Wouldn’t you get a early termination fee?

        • John Galt

          Not if you buy it outright.

        • Justin W

          Not if you buy it at full price, which was my plan until Moto said it would be days until it would be rolled out as other carriers/dev editions.

      • HeartStrong07

        Thanks.. a reasonable plan …

  • Any word on when they will start offering the wood surfaces for the back of the Moto X?

    • epps720

      I believe they’re still testing it. Not ready for production yet

  • Guest

    I’ve been wanting this one since the first time they showed us the colors.

  • Wes Jordan

    Exclusivity deals make me sad.

  • MichaelFranz

    Probably my first choice

    • guest


      • MichaelFranz

        lol gotta catch em all….

        i really wish some pieces were interchangeable….i would pay $40 for a kit of a new back and accents with tools. obviously you can not replace the front but still

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      You should try another color on the VOL rocker

  • MichaelFranz

    might be one of my first choices

    • Ewww, bro. Go NETS!

      • MichaelFranz

        brooklyn celtics?

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          OHHHH SNAP!

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      i’m a knicks fan, this is how it came out

      • Walter Partlo

        I designed the same Tigers phone. 🙂

      • GoBlue

        Michigan Colors!! GO BLUE!!

        • Walter Partlo

          The Orange comes out looking gold on the pic. Its a bit annoying.

  • TuckandRoll84

    I’ve wanted this one since the first time they showed off the colors.

  • Surfbm

    Cement Back with Metallic Blue Accent. Trying to go with something neutral that wont get old after 6 months

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      The cement is really nice :0

    • socarwolverine

      I say take a chance on a color you like. You can get a white or black phone anywhere these days.

      • Elliot Kotis

        That is….cement grey (gray).

        • socarwolverine

          I’m looking at this on a fairly crappy monitor so it just looks white. Though my statement still stands, just not for this case.

    • BobbyG

      Designed the same one. Nice

  • marko358

    AT&T exclusivity ruined it for me. Picked up the One from a VZW store and already rooted. Couldn’t get in store pickup in my area to work for the online promo code.

    • kixofmyg0t

      Its a timed exclusive.

      • Cliff Wynne

        yes its a time exclusive but its still what 2-3 months exclusivity so of course if a consumer is on VZW they may move on to other phones.

  • chris420o

    Woo thanks for this kellex been waiting on this…should entertain me at work today…what else would i be doing…work?