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Evleaks: Moto X Price Drop to $100 On-contract Coming Q4

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According to famed leaker @evleaks, we could be looking at an on-contract price drop of the Moto X within the next month or so. The Moto X currently sells for $199 on contract at both AT&T and Verizon, but Evan is under the impression that the price will be as low as $100 some time during Q4 of this year. 

Price drops of this magnitude aren’t out of the ordinary by any means, but often times won’t happen for months down the road or unless a phone isn’t selling well. Since the Moto X has only been available for a week or two, we can’t imagine that carriers or Motorola would have enough numbers to already think about  slashing its price. If anything, this move seems like it may have been planned from day 1.

Also, the Galaxy S4 and HTC One both still seem to be holding onto their initial launch prices of $199, yet we are 5 and 6 months out from their debuts.

On a related note, Evan has echoed our report that the wood backs for the Moto X will cost customers an extra $50 once they become available.

Via:  @evleaks

  • levar01

    awesome, im off contract now with VZW (gnexus) and went to ATT to play with the X.felt nice and familiar to gnex, which I think is the perfect size. gonna try to wait til next month then make a move. thanks for replying.

  • rdoib

    Good job moto, after the bionic razr maxx dibacle you as all set to give it to the early adopters once again, keep up the good work.

  • PolarBear

    Why not $100 off-contract?

  • Al-Burrit0

    Their probably getting ready for there s800 dual core variant 😉
    I could wait a another month for the price drop though.

  • Qwerty

    Quarter 4 price drop would be in line for the holidays, so perhaps it isn’t permanent.

  • Rich Robinson

    Will the wood back be available to replace if the black one is purchased today? Does this have a removable battery?

  • Neil Fujiwara

    Yeah for price drop, boo for repeating the same mistakes with the whole Bionic–>Razr–>Razr Maxx fiasco.

  • 4 shades of wood.

  • Here’s to hoping they are slashing the on contract price for when the Play Store version drops for $350!

  • JamesU513

    Wonder if Verizon will brand it

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I wait until saturday, saw nothing announced. Paid the $140. Not being rooted won’t be the death of me. But i will be pissed when the wood backs are released.

    • chris

      I did the same. Once I receive it, I’m looking forward to turning in my Droid 3 for another $100 off.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        MMM supersaver!!! i like that.

  • Mort

    Sounds like the right price for such a phone. Too bad the full retail price may not drop $100 as well.

    • michael arazan

      I could justify $500 a lot more than 600

  • Robert Boluyt

    Seems like a quick price cut . . . something to motivate sluggish sales?

  • bonix

    I still can’t decide if I need the dev edition or not. 32g + easy root vs 16g but $400 cheaper and available now.

    • Rammstein

      In the long run you’ll probably be happier with the dev edition.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      what can u do with root, that u…YOU… can’t do with an app? the 50gb of drive storage isn’t bad and that’s clearly where tech is headed. Key lime pie is almost out, i’m sure it’ll solve many over ur current qualms. Take the risk, buy it now.

      • How about install custom ROM’s? Tweak build.prop settings, change the DPI, change the battery icon to be for instance a circle with percentage, use apps such as Cerberus to their full advantage, wireless tether, do I need to continue?

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          When I put emphasis on the YOU, i meant for his personal device. Not Geoff’s. I don’t mean to bark at you, but not everyone does all the custom stuff.

          • Well if I have these uses for root, chances are if he’s asking for root he has needs for it as well.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            If he’s even considering a phone that’s unrootable chances are, he doesn’t really care about root. See what I did there? :p

          • Who said the Moto X is unrootable? There’s a very high likely hood it will be rooted.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            I didn’t mean it like that. I know you know what I meant. Because i’ll be in the first 1000’s to root mine if it happens.

    • Qwerty

      $400 dollars cheaper than the developer edition? Its price has already been announced?

      • bonix

        its going to be at least full retail price if not more.

        • Qwerty

          I figured as much. I take it you expect the developer edition to cost at least $600 and since the Moto X on contract is $200, that’s where you got the $400 difference?

  • lgreg64

    I agree this seems planned to drop this soon.

  • KleenDroid

    Does nothing about the full retail price.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      I wonder if that means the off contract will drop $100.

      • Rammstein

        Hi Tyler.

        • StuckOnVerizonForever

          I’m flattered you think I’m somebody named Tyler but I’m not. Sorry. You can call me Brad if you’d like.

          • Rammstein

            Well you’re not really Tyler, but you were Tyler Durden. Trying to start a clean slate I see by keeping your account private. My disqus email informing me of your response to my old post links me to your new “StuckOnVerizonForever” account.

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            Well, looks like we have a mix up. Sorry for the inconvenience. I’m sure disqus would be glad to help.

          • Rammstein

            Nice try, but no.

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            Life doesn’t solve its own problems. Dr Phil can help.

          • Rammstein

            Typical Tyler Durden response.

          • Rammstein

            Nothing better to do on a Sunday night but do some simple detective work. Have a good night, Brad.

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            Photoshop can do the darndest things these says. Technology keeps progressing.

          • Gnex


          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            Well if it wasn’t for those meddling kids. Guess we can get back to our lives now.

          • Gnex

            Well at least you were stealthier then Bionic err uhh Godzilla.

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            Godzilla is already gone again it seems.

          • Rammstein

            I prefer you over Bionic/Godzilla anyways. Curious though, why did you change it from TheGreatGatsby to StuckOn….?

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            I felt like it would be too obvious, but I guess it didn’t matter if it all linked back to me lol

          • Marcus Schoen

            I don’t know about you, but from what I have noticed, Godzilla had a much more, how do you say, STRONG opinion than Bionic. Bionic had some useful insights. I think they could just be 2 different people. Tyler on the other hand, his ALTs all act the same.

          • Raun Kunkel

            Oh please. Bionic and Godzilla are the same guy. Useful insight? LOL. People hated the insights of that guy – Per Sarge

          • Gnex

            This guy…

      • KleenDroid

        I doubt it seriously. And as for all those that downvoted us for concern over full retail price….. they are obviously the ones who gave up their unlimited data and are upset that they didn’t use their heads…. 🙂

  • Nicholassss

    Those backs.

  • James Hill

    The Moto X should of launched at $99! When you want market share from the GS4 and the HTC one, you need to undercut the competition. People are more comfortable with an established brand like the One and the GS4, not to mention the G2. With Moto’s past failures fresh in the minds of consumers, there are not a lot of people who trust Motorola anymore.

    • Gnex

      If it launched at $99, people would have thought it was a cheap piece of shlt and picked up the iPhone or GS4 instead without even considering the X.

      • James Hill

        Well… iPhone users will continue to use iPhone. Anyways, I don’t believe selling the Moto X phone at $99 (on contract) would denote that the Moto X was cheap. The Nexus 4 sells at $199 (off contract), and most people understand that that phone, at that price, is a great value. For that matter, I think selling the Moto X at $600 (retail) is a poor decision as well. I believe at this point, the Moto X is a reputation builder for Motogoogle.

        • Gnex

          Yes, but the Nexus 4 and the Moto X are aimed at very different markets. I’m gonna have to agree with you on the off-contract pricing, though. I think $450 for the 16GB version would have been a good deal.

          • LionStone

            And I would’ve been fine with $499. for the wood back.

        • Daniel Rosseau

          Most people have no idea what the Nexus 4 is!

        • StuckOnVerizonForever

          There’s still a lot of people who look at the Nexus 4 as a cheap phone regardless of specs because of its price.

          • James Hill

            OK, Tyler…. JK 🙂

    • Weber

      It’s worth the $199. The carriers are setting that price, anyway, not Motorola. They want their money. Motorola is already getting paid for the phone.

  • ApplesNAndroids

    Got my Moto X for 139. Love this phone. Best Android phone to date IMO.

    • Gnex

      DAMMIT What code did you use?

      • ApplesNAndroids

        Verizon30 lol

        • Gnex

          Mine was $149. My life is over.

    • Tony Spence

      I used that code as well. Received the phone the next day. I have been using heavily for the past 2 days and its a solid device.

    • levar01

      hows the battery life so far for ya?

  • ImmaDroid

    Wood backs = Awesome. I want one!

    • UNCNYY04

      Oh yeah? Well how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

      • Mrpicolas

        none because a woodchuck can’t chuck wood.. no opposable thumbs

        • Gnex

          DL Staff? Dude, who are you? Like, seriously.

          • rthvk

            You just disrespected the great Dr. Root!

          • ReturnOfTheMack


            Scroll all the way down. 🙂

            Most people who have been following DL for a few years remember him as the other Tim.

        • MK17

          How much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could Chuck Norris. ALL OF IT!!!

          • neverused

            Chuck Norris jokes are overdone and not funny.

      • TuckandRoll84

        A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

      • sonicemerald

        X amount

      • La2da

        He could cut a couple quarts if he was paid a quarter for every quart he cut

  • Gnex

    I got mine for like $150 on Verizon with a coupon code. Now I can finally put my galaxy nexus to death rest.

    • Robert Boluyt

      Sell it, someone will buy it.

    • JamesU513

      I went the same route as you – GNEX to Moto X. Have you gotten a case yet? I got a Diztronic case in matte black. Couldn’t be happier with the case and the phone.

      • Gnex

        INDEED!! It kinda reminds me of the Incipio case I have for my Gnex.


    • Al-Burrit0

      So….is the camera software bad?

      • Gnex

        I don’t have it yet, you silly goose :p

        • Al-Burrit0

          oh yea my bad lol

    • Weber

      DAT BATTERY. I keep checking it thinking there’s something wrong with it because it lasts so long (compared to my GNex).

      • Gnex

        But it’s fun being able to watch the battery drop one percent every 30 seconds when you’re on LTE.

        • Weber

          Actually, not true. I’m getting an average of 4 hours of screen-on time, with a battery life of around 22-26 hours, while never having dropped below 4G yet. I didn’t know it was possible.

          EDIT: Not true FOR ME.

  • possibly production costs were lower than forecasted. planning for higher budget will save a project in the end if it actually comes out on the lower end.

    • silver_arrow

      Well the phone had a lower subsidy. Like the phone( at least here in Canada) has a $380 subsidiarity while a phone like the S4, One, iPhone have at least a $500 so they can bring down the price if they want to

  • I can see them reducing the price when the wood ones become available to help make the $50 premium or justifiable.

  • silver_arrow

    Well the Moto X in Canada has seen two price drops already… from $199 to $169 to $149 i believe

    • serotheo

      I think it was $189, $20/week since it had launched.

  • PyroHoltz

    This certainly seems more consistent with the hardware the phone contains, regardless of assumed manufacturing costs and how the device performs. Let’s hope the retail costs come down as well.

    • violator702

      They won’t.

  • George264

    The second one looks REALLY good.

    • ßen Murphy

      Don’t you mean the 3rd one…blacker the berry…

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        sweeter the juice

        • 2Pacalypse

          i say the darker the flesh then, the deeper the roots…

  • thedonxr

    The developer edition better come out soon if they want my money.