Share this Story

FYI: Off-contract MotoMaker Moto X Prices Dropped $100 as Well, Now Start at $479

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 8.02.30 AM

At the end of last week, Motorola dropped the price of on-contract MotoMaker-designed Moto X devices by $100 to $99 (16GB) and $149 (32GB). Initially, the off-contract or full retail prices surprisingly remained at their original $579 and $629 points, which seemed like an odd move. Thankfully, that has now changed. If you were interested in a custom Moto X but weren’t ecstatic about signing up for 2 years of service with AT&T and also wanted a price drop, get your credit cards ready.

The Moto X can now be had at full retail for $479 (16GB) and $529 (32GB). I don’t want to call those Nexus-like prices, but a flagship-type phone at under $500 off-contract is a pretty damn good deal. Couple that with the fact that you can design it at no extra cost and you’ve got one of the better tech packages around.

Any takers? Or are you now holding out for the Nexus 5 unveiling?

Via:  MotoMaker

Cheers HR!

  • TC Infantino

    I jumped on the Moto Droid Maxx because I didn’t want to wait for VZ to get the MotoMaker option, and I needed the full battery power of the Maxx. I like the look and feel of the X, but I just needed the extra battery, plus the 32gb storage as well.

  • Anon

    I really wanted this phone, it was going to be my first smartphone. The
    price however is down right absurd. I don’t understand why all these
    websites are saying the Moto X is either $99 or $149 but in reality the
    phones are more than the Ps4 or the Xbox one. What bull crap? I’m not
    buying a tiny piece of technology that is the equivalent in price to a
    quarter at a community college including text books. Technology is
    expensive and I just wish people weren’t so reliable on it. Smartphones
    are making people STUPID. F*ck this price!

    • Taglogical

      imo, these pocketable computers are remarkable beyond words and are worth every penny @ $500-600. The consoles are also worth much more than they retail for.

  • chris_johns

    off topic but hows the development for thsi phone? if i cant have carbon goodness not sure ima upgrade my razr hd less its the n5 on verizon(hah!)

  • chris_johns

    wooo….u will be mine nov 11 ahhhh yeahhh

  • Logan Powell

    This has probably been my favorite phone I have ever owned. Plainly put.

  • bleehhh

    waiting for the nexus 5 ofc. my advice is wait till you at see some full on reviews and judge for yourself. i really wanted this phone but the price for a mid range spec phone like this and living outside of america not really a deal breaker

  • KidFlash1904

    Will the price also drop for the T-Mobile one? :l that’s what I’m really interested in

  • Kree Terry

    is this for the verizon moto x too?

  • droidrazredge

    My mind , body, and wallet are ready for November 11th O_O.

  • fishermanners

    No discount for the T-Mobile (1700Mhz HSPA+) version. It’s still listing on their website at $599.

  • Anonymous

    This needs to be dropped to $249 off-contract. Otherwise, the Nexus 5 will always be a better choice.

  • PowersUSA

    Getting closer

  • MikeSaver

    Moto actually did have a good marketing campaign behind this phone and I wouldn’t expect them to surpass Samsung with their very first new phone.

    Still, Motomaker being AT&T exclusive was a big fail. They could’ve really capitalized on that in late August early September before the iPhone 5C came out. The colors, while very superior to the iPhone’s, are now just kind of muddled in a trend of colorized hardware. Its a brilliant feature, but it doesn’t stand out as much as it could’ve.

    Oh it also doesn’t help that Verizon doesnt even carry the phone in their stores apparently, and won’t sell the 32GB version. The sales for the phone might improve once its on Verizon with motomaker and 32gb, but even then many may have already moved on.

    Still, I would hope that the second generation would yield better results sales wise. Even Nexus fans should be pulling for motorola, since the Moto X is really the closest “mainstream” phone (on all 4 carriers with heavy ads) to represent best Google’s vision of a phone that we all love, with Stock android (basically), on screen nav buttons, etc etc.

    Otherwise we might be forced to deal with Android always being represented to the public through Samsung’s iphone knockoff with the physical home button and janky touchwiz.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Verizon has Moto X in their stores I even saw dedicated posters of the Moto X in every one of them. Does that sound like they don’t care about the X to you?

      • MikeSaver

        Well I guess I just heard people saying that at least at launch they didn’t seem to have them in stores, maybe that’s changed.

  • TylerChappell

    All these pathetic, half-assed botched phones launches are killing their chances. They have the juggernaut of Samsung’s marketing to compete with, and what do they do? The HTC One gets released on Verizon 5 months late, the Moto X gets an exclusive with AT&T’s Motomaker months ahead of Verizon, LG puts its power and volume buttons in an awkward location on the back of the device, and the Nexus 5 won’t even be released on Verizon, and these stupid companies wonder why they don’t get the sales numbers of other phones.
    This shits so annoying because it makes it impossible to recommend a phone to anyone who sees any of the major flaws and decides “well I don’t wanna wait for this or that, so I guess I’ll just get a Galaxy” rawr.

  • gadget_hero

    It is pathetic that the Moto X can’t have one hardware model for T-Mobile and AT&T. I would be all over the Moto X w/MotoMaker if they would allow for an unlock, but falling from LTE to Edge is not really a good option for me.

  • cucabueno

    I don’t think you can customize it (using MotoMaker) without a contract. If so, can someone tell me how?

    • trixnkix637

      I believe you have to do it straight from the moto website.

    • Sean Bello

      you can as long as it’s AT&T

  • Still….waiting….on….Verizon…….
    AT&T sucks around my work and my home. Got unlimited data. I’ll give it to mid-November but if there is not MotoMaker on Verizon or at least an official notice as to when, I’ll probably have to go with a G2. And then root it…but [email protected] it I want that activate notifications and touchless control!

  • loony2nz

    will it work on T-Mobile LTE?

  • Brian

    Make it $379 so I can finally trade in my old Motorola to get a $100 rebate and make it $279.

  • Stewie

    I’m wondering why then all weekend I had been seeing $0 moto X designed by motomaker for ATT commercials …

    • Stewie

      Ahh, $0 down …. My bad …

  • MikeSaver

    i’ll be a taker on November 11th when its on Verizon

  • Daniel Clifford

    Loving the X since I got it a few weeks ago. Active notifications are great, a feature I didn’t know I wanted until I had it. Its so simple an idea and is executed very well. The battery life of device is also a massive step up from my previous phone. I am currently at 1D 8h 39m 55s with 3h 14m 35s of screen time and am at 8% battery life. Unless you are looking at phones side by side, I can’t see a user having any complaints about the screen quality. Only complaint is that I couldn’t customize the phone (Verizon). Just my 2 cents.

    • sr_erick

      My thoughts exactly. I came from a Note 2 and love the X. Active display is definitely my favorite feature I thought would be somewhat of a gimmick until I got the phone. I’m not sure I’d want to go back to a phone without it now. I also love the compact size, and that the power/volume buttons are both on the same side (works better for watching video).

  • Trysta

    Still $599 for the T-mobile version 🙁

    Any chances we’ll see a price drop for the T-mobile version (which can only be bought at full price)?

  • Dave

    I’d imagine it will come down again. I have friends that work and manage at all 3 major carrier large market stand alone stores. They told me they move a couple of these a week at best. I still haven’t seen a single one in public. Another $100 off and I’ll start weighing this hard against a N5.

  • Butters619

    Man that is getting tempting. Nexus or X? Nexus or X? Had this started at $480, I probably would have pulled the trigger. Too late.

    • moelsen8

      get yourself a used at&t one on swappa and keep your options open. i got one for $390 after returning two dev editions for nitpicking on physical defects. so, after saving $310 off the full retail price, i’m going to feel a whole heck of a lot less guilty drooling over the nexus 5. and if someone should hack my google account and purchase one, i don’t know if i’d keep it or not! 😛

  • trwb

    $300 on no-contract carrier republic wireless in november. $300 seems like a good price for this phone. Anything higher is just overpriced imo

  • interstellarmind

    hahaha – this wouldn’t be in response to a certain all Google phone coming out (probably) at the end of this week starting at $350, now would it?

  • AbbyZFresh

    Still too expensive. And the fact that it has last year’s specs is only making it worse.

    Once the price hits around $300-350 than you got yourself a deal Motorola.

    In the meantime until then i will be enjoying my eventual Nexus 5.

    • malcmilli

      $350 is not a reasonable price for any non-nexus flagship.
      Edit: let me rephrase, a $350 price point for a flagship is unfair to ask of any manufacturer that makes money off of hardware sales.

    • Butters619

      The “last year’s specs” thing just isn’t true.

      • Poocaster


        • Butters619

          Krait 300 cores first started appearing in devices in 2013. That would be this year..

    • trixnkix637

      Really gotta get over the whole “last years specs” thing. Especially when a) it’s not true, b) it has no bearing on the phone’s performance, & c) it increases overall battery life.

  • clobberedchina

    AIO wireless or GoPhone and a Moto X? That’s a proposition worthy of consideration. It’s $130 more than the Nexus 5 but you get those nifty active notifications with the Moto X. It’s a little smaller and a little lighter and that is a consideration too. Hmmm…

    And besides, MKBHD likes it.

    • Steve B

      MKBHD will like the N5 more.

  • cobalt27

    Great to see! Hope this off-contract price sticks when Motomaker comes to Verizon. Still waiting for those wood backs.

  • Jason Sipes

    Ok, I realize this is probably a dumb question, but can you buy the phone online without renewing/signing a new contract?

    • Buur

      Ya, customize the phone for AT&T then at the end of the process pick “No Contract”.

  • chaoslimits

    Dev edition is still 650? No Moto. Just no.

  • Intellectua1

    I guess I’m the only one who hates this phone.. It should just die already. Moto maker was a great idea but in my opinion the phone itself socks..

    • tyguy829

      You clearly haven’t actually used one

    • Buur

      Out of curiosity, have you used the phone?

    • iamjackspost

      No, you sock

    • Butters619

      Sounds like you have never even used one. The phone feels great in hand. The screen looks gorgeous. And Android feels fast and zippy on it.

    • Simon Belmont

      Why don’t you put a SoC in it. An X8 SoC, that is.

      The Moto X is a nice piece of hardware. A $100 price drop is nothing to sneer at.

      • trixnkix637

        Agreed. Especially for a phone that only came out 3 months ago or so.

  • Sean Bello

    Odd, in AT&T’s POS system, it comes up as $440 for a custom one.

  • Jaxon Wright

    Oh man. If the Verizon MotoMaker version is at this price………

    • hkklife

      Don’t worry, it will certainly be higher on VZW. Paying Qualcomm for that proprietary CDMA tech & IP costs big bucks. The sooner we can get rid of all of that legacy crap the better!

      • michael arazan

        Reports are coming out that even when Verizon goes VoLTE, they will still have cdma radios to fall back on just in case. Reasons are because whole areas and highways will never get lte, and that Verizon won’t give up control over their phones.

  • How about the developer edition gsm?

  • Jim trayer

    They are saving them for the nexus 5.

  • carluverdrm2004

    You think the lower prices will carry over to Verizon in a few weeks?

    • Mike Henderson

      Hope so, still holding out for Verizon.

    • Silver Veloz

      I’m holding out for Verizon and MotoMaker also. Hopefully at this new price.

    • randomdroid

      Hope so as well but DE did not drop on price. So the VZW versions might not be cheaper. If the price drop happened on the DE I would have pulled the trigger this morning.

      • carluverdrm2004

        Oh,I don’t need the developer edition, just a custom Moto X. 😉

  • 655321

    Because it’s Motorola dropping the price rather than AT&T this leads me to believe, encouragingly that all other providers will follow suit. Now where are the farking wood backs!?!?

  • Kevin

    whatever happened to the wood backs?

    • dtraini30

      Last I heard is that they were coming in Q4. Now that we are in Q4, I’d expect to see them around the same time Verizon gets Moto Maker.

      • kixofmyg0t

        So in 3 weeks is what you’re saying?

        • michael arazan

          Wood backs will be the Verizon Exclusive /s

    • tyguy829

      My guess is that they will come when the att exclusivity ends, rumored to be nov 11

      • Pierito

        I’m hoping for Verizon Moto Maker +Wooden Backs on Nov. 11…then my patience will have paid off.

        • It would just suck big fat baboon nuts if these price drops were only for the end of the ATT exclusive and then they jump back up to the original prices once it’s available on other carriers?

          • Pierito

            Yes that would suck big fat baboon nuts….big ol’ fat ones.

          • michael arazan

            When the hell has Verizon ever dropped the price on retail for a phone? Never. Fran Shammo would probably charge his own grandparents an ETF if they died on contract

          • Very true on the full retail side. but even so, I’m wouldn’t be surprised if good ole VZW keeps theirs at $199 even on the contract side after motomaker releases for them.

      • blix247

        Wooden backs on the same day they go across all carriers? Thats quite a bit to chew at once for them. If you don’t see them before it goes to all carriers I bet it won’t be until the end of December.

        I plan to buy a wooden back one, unless the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 just blows me away.

        • Jaxon Wright

          gross! Don’t chew on the wood. That’s not good for you. 😀

  • Buur

    They probably should have launched at this price. As it stands the price is decent but you can still only do MotoMaker for AT&T. Just a botched launch and probably too late to fix it.

    • red014

      Seriously, it’s been out for months now and I haven’t seen a single one in the wild. It reminds me of the Palm Pre launch.

      • hkklife

        No, at least this one has already received one solid update and works flawlessly out of the box. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, will ever match the WebOS/Pre/Pre Plus launch for sheer train wreck entertainment value.

      • kixofmyg0t

        Not a single one? I’ve seen 3(not counting mine) personally. I haven’t seen a single iPhone 5S or C though. I’ve only seen 2 Galaxy S4’s as well. No Note 3’s or G2’s.

        • red014

          None. But I plan on seeing one every time I reach into my pocket (as soon as I can get a 32GB VZW one). I think I live in an iPhone stronghold. They’re everywhere.

      • Calvin Yanish

        I saw one in some local diner the other day. I could tell it was a Moto X even though it had an Otterbox on it, because it had a curved back and I recognize what the front of the phone looks like. I keep my eye out for this kind of stuff though.

    • Big_EZ

      I understand a limited launch since it’s a new concept, but I think it’s been to long. I think 2 weeks would have been fine, 4 weeks max.

    • zurginator

      Considering they lost money last quarter, I don’t think lopping $100 off the price would have helped – they would have had to sell at a 11 to 1 ratio to make the same amount of money (that’s 66 million phones, double what Samsung sold).

      • NBM

        I imagine cost to carriers is the same as it’s been ($350?). Seems like ATTs just adjusting the amount of profit they make

        • michael arazan

          Would of been the phone of the year had they sold for $450 and straight from Motorola for every carrier with Moto-Maker

  • Joshua Bailey

    Another $100 off and unlocked and I will buy the 16GB version for the wifey.

    • Big_EZ

      Moto maker on Verizon and safestrap is what I’m waiting for to get my wife one.

  • If I could have gotten this on launch day(ish) at this price and not carrier-locked nor bootloader-locked, then I would have. If I could get it at this price and not carrier-locked nor bootloader-locked today, I’d consider that as well.

    Sadly, this still isn’t an option. 🙁

    (No, I don’t want a dev edition. I want a MotoMaker edition, custom colors, and unlockable.)

  • dtraini30

    Insert comment stating either:
    A. Crying
    B. Excitement

    • I took option C: I complained. 😉

      • dtraini30

        Touche 🙂