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MotoMaker Opens up to T-Mobile on November 8 According to Evleaks

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According to @evleaks, the man who seems to know everything before it’s ever made official, T-Mobile customers should see access to MotoMaker starting November 8. Motorola’s customization service for the Moto X still remains an AT&T exclusive, but from other reports we have seen, it should be open to all other US carriers by November 11. 

If all of this pans out, new Moto X buyers can start designing and personalizing their very own smartphones, an idea that Google and Motorola have been running with since its launch a couple of months ago.

The only real question we keep asking is, “where is the wood?”

Via: @evleaks

  • Today is Nov 8, 2013 time is 2:02 PM EST. Where is it @evleaks?

  • yankeesusa

    Although its a good looking phone, why pay so much money for a customizable phone that has mediocre specs compared to say the n5 or even the off contract htc one. If I’m paying that much money for it I will get the note 3 off swappa.

    • Michigan Guy

      This “mediocre specs” comment is tired and ignorant.

      • yankeesusa


  • Jeff

    Good deal, I’ve been wanting to get my mom on a no contract plan and she really liked the Moto X when I showed it to her.

  • I like it. I will share with my friends. I hope that many people also have hobby the same as me.

  • NexusMan

    Can anyone with the Verizon Moto X tell me exactly what bloatware is on the device?

    • ranlil

      VZW here… Not too much. VZ Navigator, My VZW, NFL, Verizon Tones, Voicemail. That’s about it.

      • Hothfox

        Good news is, you can disable all those apps too, so it’s like they’re not even there <.<

  • Timothy Sternig

    I should just read @evleaks from now on and forget about Droid Life since it seems you just repost and rehash whatever they say. Do you guys ever get exclusive information? Ever? Seriously…

  • CensoredByU

    A day late and a dollar short.

  • Pat Leck

    I hope these tech companies get it together. Please


  • Who gives a f*ck about the T-Mobile version? In the current US smartphone market, it isn’t available on contract. That means almost nobody actually bought it. I bet less than 10 people actually use MotoMaker for the T-Mobile version.

    • NexusMan

      Anyone looking for an affordable alternative to Verizon, who’s lucky enough to get good T Mo service in they’re area.

      • Most people who would do that would buy a phone from T-Mobile so they could take advantage of the financing and paying over time. You can’t do that with the T-Mobile Moto X. You can only but it directly from Motorola for full price, cash money. T-Mobile won’t have anything to do with the phone.

        • NexusMan

          True…but I’m still mulling my options…possible we could se a price drop.

    • AbbyZFresh

      buying it off contract is a good thing to most people. I don’t see the point in what you’re trying to say here.

      • People like you and I understand that. However, the overwhelming majority of US customers care about nothing but the bottom line dollar figure coming out of their wallet at the time if purchase. If that means contract, then so be it. Add to that the fact that most customers have no idea that a T-Mobile version even exists since neither T-Mobile not Motorola market it. And why would they? If they’re charging full price and it’s not available in T-Mobile stores, no marketing person in their right mind would throw resources it. It’s dead on arrival.

        • Weber

          …how do you know it won’t be heavily marketed once it’s made available? The $500m of marketing money has to be spent somehow. The option hasn’t been made available for the other carriers yet, so you have no idea what’s going to happen.
          Also, if people see the phone in a T-Mo store, love the form factor, and can get the card (or whatever it was that lets you Motomake your phone once you go home), then where’s the issue?

          Edit: Just saw your comment below about financing the phone with T-Mo. I didn’t realize that. But, again, what if the option is made available once Motomaker comes around?

    • mike dunham

      I plan to buy one off contract from T-Mobile so I care.

      • Except you can’t buy one from T-Mobile. The T-Mobile version of the Moto X is only sold directly through Motorola for full retail price. T-Mobile doesn’t even acknowledge its existence. As far as they’re concerned it’s just another unlocked device that works in their network.

        • Dominic Powell

          I know 4 people personally waiting in line to get one as soon as Motomaker is available outside of at&t. Also they probably didn’t do any in store promotions because they were waiting on Moto Maker. Maybe their initial stance will change after AT&T exclusivity. Tmobile in no way wants to be seen as “behind” AT&T whether it comes to phones, pricing etc.

          • Anything’s possible, but I can’t help but look at the history of T-Mobile and Motorola’s relationship. What I’m referring to is the fact that no Motorola flagship device has ever been offered on T-Mobile since Moto started making Android devices. The only Motorola Android devices ever offered on T-Mobile (that I’m aware of) are the CLIQ, CLIQ XT and CLIQ 2. All of those were bargain basement phones. The CLIQ 2 was the last Motorola phone to launch on T-Mobile and that’s going on 3 years ago. Clearly there’s something going on there.

            The fact that T-Mobile wouldn’t be a partner on the Moto X, leaving Motorola to fend for themselves on a T-Mobile version of the X does nothing to dispel the belief that there’s bad blood there for whatever reason.

          • Dominic Powell

            yeah Motorola and Tmobile have a troubled history. But Google and Tmobile do not. Matter of fact Tmobile is probably in love with Google for propping up its business prior to carrying the iPhone. Don’t underestimate the fact that you are not looking at Motorola but “Motorola – A Google Company”

        • mike dunham

          I am aware, the article is about MotoMaker opening up for T-Mobile on Friday, which is where I plan to purchase one from.

          • That’s not what the article is about. What it means is that MotoMaker will be available on the T-Mobile version of the phone. It doesn’t mean T-Mobile will sell the phone or offer cards so you can go online and build your phone. You stated in your first post “buy one off contract FROM T-MOBILE” (emphasis mine). That’s the point I was making. No, you won’t buy one from T-Mobile. You’ll buy it directly from Motorola.

            All this article means is that if you want to pay full retail (which you’re obviously willing to do), that you can now do it through MotoMaker rather than only buying the style Motorola tells you you can have. You’ll still have to buy it for full retail price through Motorola without the option to finance through T-Mobile.

            There is no reason to believe that making the T-Mobile version of the phone available through MotoMaker will have any bearing on its current retail distribution. I’d be shocked if suddenly T-Mobile decided to start selling the Moto X.

            But hey, I could be wrong. Stranger things have happened. I guess we’ll find out.

          • mike dunham

            Jesus Christ man get over it! I plan to buy a T-Mobile variant of the Moto X from motomaker.com. Is that clear enough? I really think you read way to far into my comment which only stated that I want to buy one.

    • Michigan Guy

      Maybe it’ll be in stores after it gets MotoMaker?

      • I highly doubt it. MotoMaker on other carriers is too little too late. The Moto X is yesterday’s news and carriers know it, I think. If T-Mobile were planning to sell the phone after MotoMaker, you figure TmoNews would have picked up on a leak or something by now. So far, nothing.

  • CharlesJorgenson

    too little too late, when will they ever figure out that carrier exclusives basically mean “PLEASE, I DONT WANT MY PHONE TO SELL AT ALL, COULD YOU PLEASE MAKE SURE NO ONE CAN BUY IT?”

    • The first iPhone would like to have a word with you.

      • CharlesJorgenson

        those were different times, these days exclusives dont work

      • CharlesJorgenson

        And its also one of the reasons android overtook the iPhone so quickly and on such a massive scale, among others

  • Snowbo13

    Does that mean us cellular on the 11th? I need a 32gb not the 16gb they have in store and online.

  • carluverdrm2004

    If T-Mo gets this before Verizon, I will complain for 3 days straight.
    Nah, just kidding. Just hurry up, Verizon!

  • Godzilla

    screw wood, we want faux leather

    • 655321


      • JoshGroff


        • Teng Taing

          PLASTIC!!!…. oh wait…

    • Dominic Powell

      The wood backs are too sexy.

    • desert_dweller0211

      screw wood?

  • MikeSaver


  • Jeremy Gill

    Will you be able to make payments on the phone like other T-Mobile phones now?

    • Nope.

      • Dominic Powell

        How about you comment after the 8th and we get to see what the deal is with Tmobile’s version of Moto maker?

  • Noel

    About time they open it up…should have been open to all carriers when it launched. I want my daughter to design her own moto X on moto maker for her not so surprise Xmas gift.


    So should I get a Moto X on T-Mo or a Nexus 5??
    I’m so CONFuSED!@#!#

    • Godzilla

      nexus 5 is more future proof than moto x

      • LIL TIMMY

        I know, but the Moto Maker and the active display/always listening are really tempting me :/

        • C-Law

          I love active display! Go with the x if you like the smaller form factor

      • NexusMan

        Moto X is the future…and besides, most people buying a Nexus 5 will be frantically hitting refresh this time next year to buy the Nexus 6.

    • Ryan

      This is a subjective opinion, but the Moto X could be a pseudo-nexus device, and since the bootloader on the GSM variants (minus AT&T, they lock theirs just as tight as Verizon’s) and Sprint’s version can be unlocked, dev support should be fairly good. Of course, the Nexus 5 will always have a lot on its own, so that should be no surprise there to begin with. If you like a 5″ screen, go for the N5. If you want something a little bit smaller, the Moto X should be good.

      • LIL TIMMY

        I think I will need to wait to see the battery life on the N5.
        But the pull is very strong from both directions.

  • Tony Byatt

    Oh boy, cue Liam Neeson as Zeus…

  • AbbyZFresh

    Before Verizon? What the hell.

    • Ryan

      As if this is a surprise? lol

    • EC8CH


  • thedonxr

    Just talked to a Motorola rep. He said that moto maker would be available on Verizon on Monday and wood backs would be available before the holidays.

    • dtraini30

      Cmon it is not that easy.

      • runner30

        evleaks has always said the 11th for verizon

        can’t wait to finally upgrade!

      • thedonxr

        Lol no lie I was calling to see if there was still a 7 day wait on the moto x Dev edition and 30 min later he hooked me up with $50 Google play credit because I couldn’t unlock a moto maker Verizon phone. Awesome customer service at Motorola!

        • C-Law

          Damn! That’s awesome. I love my Dev edition x. When I ordered mine it said up to 7 days but I still received it four days after ordering

    • Sarah Lyman

      I just hope a 32 GB version becomes available on Verizon. I’ll take Moto Maker too, but only if I get it in a 32 GB version.

      • thedonxr

        It will have all the options that ATT currently has 🙂

        • Sarah Lyman

          That is awesome. I know what I’m doing on Monday!

    • NexusMan

      Now that’s really stupid if the wood backs don’t come at the same time that Moto Maker open up on these other carriers.

  • Trysta

    Does this mean they will also be adjusting the price?! I don’t need Nexus 5 cheap but $599 for a 16gb phone when other carriers are offering for less (unlocked) seems unfair.

    • Futbolrunner

      The retail price was dropped to $479 last week for the 16 gig/ $529 for the 32 gig

      • Trysta

        Nope. If you want a T-mobile compatible version (AWS bands) you have to pay $599 for the 16gb version. But that is exactly my point. If they are dropping the price for the other carrier versions I’d like to see a price drop for the T-mobile version especially since it can only be purchased full price from moto.

        • moises1204


        • Dominic Powell

          I am expecting a price drop along with the motomaker… It would only make sense.

  • Jpx

    FINALLY I CAN LEAVE SPRINT. I somewhat want to wait for the wood version, but if they don’t have that released by the 15th I don’t care I’ll just MotoMaker it for color

    • AbbyZFresh

      Sprint is getting the Moto Maker on the same day Verizon does. Which is someday next week.

      • Jpx

        I know, but I’m leaving sprint for T-mobile because of Sprints terrible data service. About to go contract free since 2013

  • Bob G

    That’s what she said.

    • Greg


  • Albert

    I hope Motorola never makes a mistake like this again. Making the defining feature of the Moto X exclusive for 3 months or so was a bad idea, can’t believe Google gave them the ok on that.

    • Big_EZ

      I agree. I do think it was wise to test the process out before the full roll out, but I think 2-4 weeks should have been the exclusive period without hurting their sales.

      • moises1204

        even worst is not selling it on tmobile stores.

        • christineschmitt325

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    • dtraini30

      The only way I can see them making this mistake again is if they added user customizable hardware. I understand Motorola taking it one carrier at a time since this is totally new to the business, but the length of the exclusivity was way too long.

      • Michigan Guy

        Probably on the X2. That is what I am waiting for!

    • AbbyZFresh

      It’s too late for Motorola now. A lot of people that were planning to get the X when MotoMaker was available are now moving to the Nexus 5.

      • Jeremy Gross

        the verizon people who want a nexus like experiance

        • MikeSaver

          yeah what this guy said. Also, even if I was on AT&T I would probably still get a Moto X to be honest.

        • michael arazan

          On Verizon it’s the only phone closest to a stock android experience. I’m kind of wondering if they will bump the price back up to $200 and 600 when the Moto maker becomes available, right now it’s $99/ 500

      • mike dunham

        I plan to pick up a Moto X from T-Mobile on Friday. I want a camera that works and a phone that lasts all day.

      • Michigan Guy

        I don’t think so. I think the X stands alone among most consumers. Of course we tech guys are crazy about the 5, but I’m not sure that’s true among the general public. It’s not like Google is spending as much money on the 5 as it has the X so far. I see a commercial for it on almost every ESPN football game this year.

    • Exactly, it’s such a stupid mistake. I was holding on buying the Moto X because of this single reason.

      • Ryan

        Actually, when one thinks about it… Motorola actually discontinued the engraving they were doing due to quality issues. So, its possible that this ‘drawn-out’ period wasn’t so bad afterall. It sucks, I agree.. I’ve been waiting too, but I’m glad I waited, even though I have a Nexus 4.. but I do like Moto’s form-factor personally speaking.

    • mike dunham

      Do you really think Motorola said “Hey lets have AT&T get all the good stuff for 3 months”. I would be willing to wager AT&T gave Motorola a substantial amount of money to make it an exclusive.

      • Jeremy Gross

        thats how its done all the time, why do you think they were the only carriers to get the s4 active

      • starscream

        Do you think the release of the Droids had any influence on their decision? Moto figured Verizon would push those instead so why not do this with AT&T?

        • mike dunham

          Very well could be, but Motorola isn’t going to turn down money to have a product exclusive for a short time.

    • Jason B

      Why? Google does the exact same thing with software builds. Release it to a small set of people, and when no issues are found, release it to everyone else. The Nexus devices get access to new versions of Android before all others. They also get pushed new versions of updated Google Apps before all others, as well. You’re saying this isn’t acceptable?

      MotoMaker had a lot of back-end supplier and logistics to hammer out. If it were released to ALL carriers at launch, and the demand was extremely high, you’d probably have to wait 30 days to get your customized phone. That also loses business because some people simply won’t wait for it.

      So, you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. It’s definitely better to make sure you’ve dealt with any issues that might arise with a smaller subset of people than with the entire U.S. cellular market.