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Verizon Finally Drops Moto X Price to $99 On-contract, $499 Full Retail

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A couple of weeks back, Motorola slashed the on-contract and full retail prices of the Moto X at AT&T by $100 to $99 (on-contract) and $479 (full retail) (MotoMaker included). At the time, we questioned whether or not we’d see a similar price drop from Verizon in the near future, since they are selling the exact same phone sans MotoMaker. They had also already dropped the prices of the entire DROID line, but for whatever reason held off initially on the Moto X. Well, the price on the Moto X is now $99 on-contract and the full retail price is $100 less as well, now at $499.

If you were considering the Moto X, but didn’t like the price, I’m not sure you can do much better than this at the moment. We’re still huge fans of Motorola’s 2013 flagship, and may be missing it a tad already after taking on the Nexus 5 this week. There is something about the Moto X that continues to keep us coming back for more (Active Display, that beautiful feel in hand, etc.). Our full review is here if you haven’t read it yet.

Just in time for MotoMaker, right?

Via:  Verizon

Cheers William and Adam!

  • kerplunk

    Just called VZW sales directly and paid $499 for a 32G Moto X. Surprisingly, this was $50 less than the online price.

  • dmagicp

    I know that there are a lot of moto X fans as well as nexus 5 fans and I have a question. Since the Nexus 5 has just been released, which phone will you guys be getting? Do you like the Nexus 5 better, or are the features like active notifications and customizing options of the moto X something that you like more?

  • Peter Blanco

    That is an enticing price…

  • joejoe5709

    Alright. Now the next step – bring us MotoMaker and a 32GB model for 199.99.

  • chris125

    They are killing the resale value for this phone. I’ll wait a few more months and grab one super cheap off ebay to use as a backup and just to mess around with, since it seems they are really supporting it and updates should come pretty quickly as we have seen so far.

  • chris125

    This is what it should have been to start. I hope this is a move in the right direction for all devices with lower full retail prices.

  • M3D1T8R

    Great news. This is what I thought the Moto X should have launched at two months ago. Now they have two months of bad sales and the phone is two months “old”. They should have launched at this price and made a bigger splash. But maybe there’s a legit reason like they needed time to ramp up production.

    Unfortunately from Motorola’s web site the Verizon Developer Edition (32GB) is still $650. For comparison the T-Mobile version (16GB) is still unchanged as well, at $600.

    So I’ll be waiting for them to drop the Dev. Edition to $550, and give it some serious thought. I will never buy another device without at least 32GB storage. I really need 64GB+ so will probably end up waiting until (hopefully) next year’s Moto X. But when Motomaker opens up to Verizon probably next week, we will see our options. 32GB and wood back might be tempting at $600.

    Question is, will we be able to buy the Motomaker Verizon version outright, or will we have to get it as an upgrade through Verizon? I guess we should find out in a few days.

    Of course all of this is just insulting to us stuck on Verizon, considering the Nexus 5 with mostly better specs just launched for $400. But I’ll take what I can get.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Sorry Verizon but even a 32GB Nexus 5 is still $100 cheaper than a 16GB MotoX. You made the wrong choice.

  • Patrick Flanigan

    So Verizon more or less confirmed to me that Motomaker is coming on Monday because I was just chatting with customer support to see if I could exchange the moto x I got during the unlimited data glitch and he said that my 14 days ends the day after Motomaker launches for Verizon. FYI my moto x arrived last Tuesday, so that means it will launch on the 11th like evleaks said. I’m hoping to exchange it for a motomaker code and buy a wood backed 32 GB moto x for the same price I paid for the 16 GB black one.

    • frosty_nerd

      Does that mean that they confirmed MotoMaker will include the wood backed phones on Monday too?

      • Patrick Flanigan

        Not to me, I hope they do launch on Monday but if not I might hang on to my voucher for a while and just keep using me old galaxy nexus.

  • mattybeee

    Ummm – where is the 32GB version Verizon – COME ON. Can’t this company give their customers ANYTHING we want? Anything at all?

    • crazed_z06

      Note 3 comes with 32 gb standard.

    • M3D1T8R

      I hear ya. I’m waiting for a 64GB Moto X…hopefully next year. But we should be at least getting the 32GB option when Motomaker opens up to other carriers probably next Monday.

  • Raven

    Think there will ever be a chance of getting a 32GB MotoMaker Dev Edition on Verizon?
    Like about a snowball’s chance in hell?

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Anyone want to buy an HTC Rezound? :-)

  • trixnkix637

    Buy the Moto X full price to stay on VZW with unlimited or go to T Mobile for the N5 with unlimited…. Decisions decisions.

    • socarwolverine

      Droid Maxx, if you’re alread looking at the N5 then size can’t be that big of an issue, and size is the Moto X’s only advantage over the Maxx. Well that and looks, but that’s subjective.

      • trixnkix637

        The Maxx is certainly an option, but I’m not a huge fan of it’s look. The battery is only thing making me consider it.

      • nosn

        I activated my N5 on T-Mobile today.. Also picked up a Maxx for 500 on unlimited. I have 14 days to make a decision on which to keep. I am torn as of now. So far the T-Mobile data has been pretty much LTE all around my area. The Maxx seems like a better quality phone and surprisingly the screen appears more vibrant. VZW workers were not very friendly vs. T-Mobile. I told them at the end of the transaction that I was comparing the Maxx to a N5 and they didn’t look happy. I told them if VZW would have had the N5, there would have been no issues here. Response was “you are the only one that complained so far – the shared data plan will actually save you money”..
        Anyways, this decision is killing me…

        • Big_EZ

          Everytime I call they ask if I would like to save money with the shared data plans. I reply by telling them I’m not an idiot, and my bill would double. Most continue to argue that a 2, or even 4 gb plan would save me money, but me and my wife use between 20-25 gb per month.

    • donkeykong85

      i am going moto x though not happy about it. if i didnt need to stay verizon i would go n5 in a heartbeat.

      • Pakmann2k

        I went with the ultra for $99. I am the opposite of many and liked the gloss look to it. Battery is leaps and bounds above my gnex so I didn’t need the extra battery life. Also kept unlimited so my 50gigs of Free Drive will keep my memory slim without killing my data usage.

      • trixnkix637

        I might be in the same boat as you.

    • http://www.mecha-digital.com/ Jason@MechaDigital

      Don’t forget about a used HTC Thunderbolt from Swappa. Decisions indeed!

      • trixnkix637

        I’ve tried the Thunderbolt before & it just never really felt like a daily device for me. I’m coming from a GNEX right now.

    • M3D1T8R

      I’d say it’s easily worth the $150 price difference to keep unlimited. Wait for Motomaker Verizon next week and hopefully will have the 32GB X for $550 (vs $400 for 32GB N5), or 500/350 for 16GB.

      • A.Miller

        For me, there is that plus an extra $20/ month. I’m not sure unlimited is worth that much to me anymore.

  • MikeSaver

    MOTO X 4 THE WINNN

  • Ronald Bernard

    What would be really awesome seeing that Motomaker was exclusive to AT&T off the batt. If you could maybe pay a small fee and return your MotoX to create a custom one. Think it’s kinda BS that we all had to pay the same price to purchase the phone out of the gate, yet did not get the same options. AM I bitching too much..lol

  • Ronald Bernard

    Had to see this coming but I guess with the VZW code it was a small price to pay to keep unlimited. On another note….since the camera update I feel like the battery on the MotoX has gotten a bit worse. Anyone else experiencing the same thing?

  • CensoredByU

    Come on 349 out the door.

  • Rob Black

    Damn! This drop comes 10 days too late… :(

    • Franz

      You should have up to 14 days to get a refund or difference! Go talk to Verizon!

      • Rob Black

        Thanks for the heads-up! I will definitely do that!!

      • Rob Black

        Done and Done!!! Thanks again, Franz!!

        • Franz

          Glad to see it helped!

  • cheezer88

    MotoX or the LG G2???

    • fauxshizzl

      G2 for specs and performance, MotoX for features and customization. Pick your poison.

      • http://www.mecha-digital.com/ Jason@MechaDigital

        I’ve read some random comments that the G2 performance is not all that it’s cracked up to be due to the skin, one guy in particular returned his G2 for an X. Take that for what it’s worth….

        • fauxshizzl

          I was just basing off what they look like on paper, I should have maybe mentioned that.

          • Taglogical

            To these eyes, the Moto X is the superior approach, technologically – I’d go Moto X for ‘specs bragging rights’ (2 powerful cores with dedicated helper cores ala X8 for efficient, lag-free computing and extended battery life + permitting revolutionary features as described in DL’s review)

    • joejoe5709

      Moto X if you want something nearly Nexus on Verizon with only minimal, but useful features. Then again the specs aren’t much better than my GNex.

      LG G2 if you want to have specs bragging rights. But the software is atrocious and without that software, you might actually lose some functionality.

      Neither is a perfect option if you ask me. Something in the middle would be nice. Oh wait that’s an N5. Lol. I’m waiting to see what the smartphone landscape looks like post-holiday. Maybe VoLTE (Nexus 5?) or maybe Galaxy S5.

  • fauxshizzl

    I wish Google would have been the one to sell this phone. If I could have bought it at Nexus prices right off the bat with Moto Maker it would have been worth a second thought.

  • ThisGuy

    VZWDEAL promo code makes it $49.99.

  • David Narada Brown

    cell phone contracts are so 2011! Every carrier in the U.S has a off contract plan now. I wonder y?

    • A.Miller

      Which makes me wonder, is it really cheaper/better for the consumer.

  • WCM3

    Too many decision these days. Anyone buy the Moto X and is unhappy with it on Verizon? I’m coming from a GS4 and trying to decide between the LG G2 and Moto X.

    Used a Nexus 5 the last few days and I’m extremely impressed with the screen. Trying it out on T-mobile prepaid and then AIO. Thanks, DL! :)

    • Patmw123

      They are both good devices. I would honestly go to the store and try them both out. They are both such different devices that you should have a pretty good idea on which one you prefer. Coming from a Galaxy Nexus, the Moto X was definitely my preference.

      • WCM3

        Thanks! I also had a galaxy nexus before I switched to the GS4. There’s things I love and hate about the stock UI vs. Touchwiz. I’m assuming the same would happen with the LG UI. I played with both in the store a few weeks ago and had pros/cons with both of them. Loved the near stock UI on moto x, but love the screen/camera quality of the G2. Decisions, decisions. guh..

        • Patmw123

          That’s kind of what I like about the Moto X. It has very useful, unique software features without cluttering the stock UI.

        • Wilsonian

          Right there with you on every account. I’m on a GS4 and I want either an X or a G2. I need the 32gb, so I’m waiting to see if it comes out on the 11th. It’s a tough decision for sure. They both have their pros and cons. I can’t decide, either!

        • http://www.mecha-digital.com/ Jason@MechaDigital

          Totally – I think after a going from an OG to a GNex I basically take stock Android completely for granted and if I were to get a phone with a skin I’d regret it immediately. I almost got a G2 a few weeks back and now I’m glad I didn’t.

          • A.Miller

            What did you end up with? I’m in the same boat. Got a N5.

    • pd240

      I have had the G2 for a month now coming from a g-nex then a note 2. I couldnt be happier with this phone. With CM support now, I would put it right up there with Nexus 5. In some ways its slightly better. Bigger screen, better camera, and bigger battery. The only thing that takes some getting used to is the button arrangement.

      • droidftw

        I got my G2 yesterday and I’m loving it so far. The LG UI isn’t terrible and I love the knock on feature.

  • Derek

    You can use the VERIZON30 promo code and it drops the price to $69.99 thru Verizon.

    • Jon Amireh

      This price drop actually started Monday and that’s when I ordered my new woven black Moto X (should arrive today) and I used this promo code: FIFTYRMN and I got $50 off bringing it down to $49.99.

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      • Justin Bontrager

        I used EMAIL50 for $50 off on Monday.

        • stang68

          I’m just waiting for Moto Maker so I can get the 32GB VZW version…I wonder how much that’ll be with contract?

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    Finally! and now bring me MotoMaker and 32GB. Let me add, i tested the VERIZON30 promo code and it still works for this. Brings it down to $69.99.

  • hodgewdm

    I bought mine at Best Buy on Oct. 31st. They price matched Radio Shack who had it for $49.00

    • Patmw123

      Bought mine on the same day at Best Buy for $49.99. Couldn’t enjoy the phone any more than I do. $49.99 for such a killer device is an absurd deal, even if it is on contract.

      • presRC

        Off topic but upvoted for NCSU avatar pic! Shame we lost last weekend though….

  • OG Droid

    I can’t believe it!!!

    http://i.xlu.be/scary.gif

  • brkshr

    Better stay like that when Motomaker is available. I wouldn’t put it past VZW to try to make some extra money on Motomaker.

  • kixofmyg0t

    There ya go. Its $99 on contract now and Moto had a 4.4 build booting the day after 4.4 was announced.

    Are the haters happy now?

    • Kyle Wilkins

      Depends. I’m assuming this is the 16GB model. If so then no I am still not happy. 32GB I’ll do it.

    • talkingshit

      poor people are happy now

      • starnovsky

        No, we waiting for $350 off contract, then we’ll be happy

      • KleenDroid

        Lol. No it’s not about being poor. They should have launched at this full retail or below if they really wanted to sell this mid range spec phone.

        • A.Miller

          Had they done this, I would have bought it full retail and stayed with VZW unlimited.

        • Taglogical

          Moto’s approach (dual core w/X8 SoC) is the most advanced phone that I see on Verizon…

    • Jeff

      ON CONTRACT = too expensive. Heck, free on contract is too expensive. I don’t mind the $500 off contract though.

      • T4rd

        Indeed. They should credit you $499 when you buy it on contract. =p

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      No, the haters will never be happy. It does make it that much more tempting to get the MotoMaker version when it’s available though. $499 I might could deal with, assuming the resale price isn’t completely tanked by this announcement.

      • fauxshizzl

        This phone will have VERY little resale value period. The specs are low and if you customize it through Maker your chances of any resale at all also drop drastically.

        • http://www.mecha-digital.com/ Jason@MechaDigital

          If you want resale value, buy an iPhone.

    • David Narada Brown

      just because Moto had a 4.4 build doesnt mean Verizon customers will c it any time soon. Im willing to bet that Verizon will be the last carrier with this update.

      • BobbyG

        Weren’t they the first with the S4? Why can’t they be first with the MotoX?

        • David Narada Brown

          Moto and Samsung are to different companies. Verizon cant play the games with Samsung they do with other OEM’s. Pissing Samsung off means pissing off Millions and Millions. Moto will be updated swiftly because it shouldnt be much different from the Droids Verizon love. Only time will tell tho. In the mean while i wouldnt compare the influence Samsung has with Verizon with the less popular handset makers. Just look how long it took for HTC to get the “ONE” on Verizon. Bet u didnt have to wait that long for an S4 or Note 3 and Verizon didnt even carry the note 1. That was proof to Verizon Samsung was too big for their shenanigans.

  • maratu

    I just bought two N5s, but still want to buy one of these because I liked it so much. If MotoMaker really does open up this week, I am gonna have to do some soul searching.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Eric Rees

      Share those deep pockets!

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Eric? In the comment section? MINE EYES, they deceive me…

        • JoshGroff

          Taking a picture with my mind, that one’s going in the memory books.

    • GentlemanScholar

      I did the same. Bought both a black and white N5 (which arrived on Monday) and bought a Moto X (which is getting here today). I still have my Verizon Gnex, which I’m retiring next month when I switch to TMO or AT&T. I’m returning the white N5 and will be testing the black N5 vs the Moto X to see which I like better (might just keep both).

      • maratu

        Let’s do it! lol

    • A.Miller

      Similar. Got a N5 and trying out GoPhone. If I decide I can’t live with ATT 2gb, I guess its MotoX on VZW.

  • Curtis

    I already have the device on contract. If I didn’t, $499 is close enough to an acceptable price that, based on my experience with the device, I would pay it to get it off contract.

  • EdLessard

    Anybody know if they price match within a certain timeframe. I bought mine 8 days ago.

    • Justin_Herrick

      If you call customer service and get the right person, it’s certainly a possibility. I’d say 14 days would be enough.

      • EdLessard

        I got in through the glitch, so I’m tempted not to mess with it. I did the Verizon30 coupon, so it was only $139, but the refund would cover the upgrade fee.

        • Justin_Herrick

          Don’t blow your cover! haha

    • brkshr

      If they won’t. Then return. Buy again.

      • EdLessard

        If I buy again, I’d lose my unlimited data for sure. The glitch was that people were able to go through the entire ungrade process, at the subsidized price, but maintain their legacy unlimited data plan.

        • brkshr

          Then I wouldn’t mess with it. Never give up your unlimited plan! (unless you’re changing carriers for Nexus device :-P )

          • EdLessard

            I frequently use the phrase, “When they pry it from my cold dead hand…”

    • socarwolverine

      They do, within 14 days, you’re good.

  • rphillipps16

    For the record, Dev edition is still $650

    • Wilsonian

      Yeah, I’m waiting to see if that price drops or if 32gb comes out on Nov. 11th like the rumors say. I want this phone, just didn’t want it at that price. And I need 32gb, but I’m not forking out $700 (after taxes) for one.

      • Franz

        Dev edition with Moto Maker would be a dream for $499.

        • Wilsonian

          Yeah, I’m assuming it won’t go down that far, but any little bit would be nice since it runs me about $700 after taxes, as is.

          • http://www.mecha-digital.com/ Jason@MechaDigital

            Is there any point to the dev edition? You lose the Moto customizations which everyone seems to love and it’s not like the phone has a heavy skin. I think the dev edition makes a lot more sense for the S4.

          • Wilsonian

            The only reason I wanted one was because I couldn’t get an X on Verizon with 32gb internally without it being the Dev Edition. If they had 32gb right out of the gate, I would have just gotten a plain ole black one or done something on MotoMaker.