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Moto X “Designed by You” MotoMaker Page Goes Live on Verizon’s Site

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Last week, multiple sources confirmed to us that Motorola would make its MotoMaker service available to the Verizon version of the Moto X on November 11. This morning, a landing page for the device with mentions of the phone being “designed by you with more than 2,000 combinations went live, all but re-confirming that tomorrow should be the day. It’s currently showing as being temporarily out of stock, but that’s likely because everything isn’t quite ready yet. If you cruise over to MotoMaker.com, you won’t see Verizon yet listed as an option. 

The page gives us the first looks at custom Moto Xs with Verizon branding on them. The AT&T custom versions have their logo globe towards the bottom, while Verizon is going with their standard “Verizon” logo. It even appears as if Motorola is bringing back engravings for the backside, something that was killed prior to launch while Moto worked on improving the process.

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If you have been holding out for a custom Moto X on Big Red, the time has almost arrived. Get your $99 ready.

Update: Annnnnnd they pulled it.

Via:  Verizon

Cheers Scott!

  • Derek

    It’s back on the site, it’s on the main page

  • Scott

    Man, I would have loved that wood back.

  • Jeff

    I did a check through the carriers and plans available for the Moto X bot off and on contract. I just can’t see paying $150 more for the phone over a Nexus 5 and then at least $15 more per month for any of the no contract plans over Straight Talk. I guess I’ll be heavily recommending the Nexus 5 to my mom in a few months when her 2-year contract is up.

  • Josh B

    Is the 32g option a dev version or just a regular version with 32g instead of 16g?

    • gooner13

      Regular version with 32gb.

  • MaddHatterr

    Update your update DL, Verizon re-posted their Moto X Designed by You page. Brings you to the Motomaker with Verizon available at checkout.

  • Jason B

    Bought mine. 32GB. Still comes with a free Skip. I really wanted a wood backed one, but I just can’t wait any longer.

  • anyone else have problems trying to checkout through the site? It keeps saying it is having problems locating my verizon account

  • Cathy Fleming

    Where are the wood backs for Verizon?

    • EC8CH

      Wood backs aren’t available yet for any carrier.

      They are expected to be released before the end of the year.

  • Andrew Keller

    just went through the whole process…engravings are there too, and I got all the way to the checkout for a 16gb version on Verizon, off-contract pricing. still don’t want to bite a $549 bullet to keep unlimited data. where’s a glitch when you need one?

    • Yeah I checked for the glitch first too, doesn’t seem to be there today 🙁

  • Chris

    Has anyone found a way to use alternate / transferred upgrade on the Moto Maker site? I transferred the upgrade in MyVerizon but Moto Maker will only allow me to select the line that originally had the upgrade available. The known Verizon coupon codes also don’t seem to work on the MotoMaker site. Ideas?

    • Linda

      I have the exact same problem – any answers?

    • Ryan Powell

      I’m in the same boat. Made the change on Verizon site beforehand but it doesn’t stick on the Moto site. Walked through the process two different ways with a Verizon rep on chat and still no luck. They asked that I call their customer service number at 800-922-0204 and have them make the change. I’ll update if I have any luck with that route.

      • Linda

        The person I talked to on chat told me to just check the box by the phone that is highlighted (the one that has the current upgrade) and I can change it when I activate the phone. Does that sound right???

        • Chris

          If you buy the subsidized phone on the unlimited line with an upgrade available, its my understanding you will lose unlimited data regardless which line you activate the device on.

        • Ryan Powell

          That sounds risky to me. I considered doing the same thing but didn’t want to end up in a position where I had to spend hours on the phone with a customer service rep or in a store to fix it if that wasn’t the case. Did you try it? I’m going to stop in a store tomorrow to see if it’s something they can resolve on their end before I order through the Moto maker site.

          • Tyler

            I am having the same issue as well. Stopped in to the Verizon store today, they were no help. rales Rep knew nothing about motomaker or anything about ordering the moto x. He called a customer service line and ended up telling me they can no longer transfer upgrades to a different line in the store. I would have to do it myself online. Basically, got no help and Verizon employees were uninformed. Has anyone checked the box by the phone that is highlighted and just activated it under their number?

        • Tyler

          I also spoke with someone on verizon wireless chat and they “assured” me that it was okay to do that. I spoke with someone on motomaker chat and they told me it would come preactivated under the number chosen…

  • kelly

    But no Wood :'(

  • Lunkman

    Go through Verizon’s site…though woven white not available?

    • Ryan Powell

      I know! What’s up with that? I wanted the woven white back. I’ve had to wait months and now I have to compromise even more.

    • EC8CH

      Looks like the woven white is not available on any carrier. It shows that option as grayed out even before you select a carrier. Maybe it’s back-ordered?

      • Ryan Powell

        Just my luck. And the waiting must continue.

        • EC8CH

          don’t they carry that one in stores??? unless you want the black front that is.

          • Ryan Powell

            Yeah, wanted the black front, white woven back, blue accents, and 32GB. Might sacrifice and go with black woven back with white front.

          • EC8CH

            Stay strong!!! white bezels…bleck 🙁

          • Ryan Powell

            Haha I know. Wish I knew how long the white woven back was unavailable. My Gnex is so sluggish.

          • EC8CH

            I’d take a beige back, black front with silver accents, but they don’t have beige, so I’ll probably hold out for the wood.

            If they’d fix the GPU bug in Shiny for the G-Nex the wait would be more bearable.

  • hokieputter
  • Hothfox

    Honestly, if there hadn’t been an AT&T exclusive for so long, I would have gotten one on Verizon instead of leaving Verizon and going to AT&T for the Nexus 5.

  • Greg

    Listed as available on the motorola site but not an available option yet…

  • Sarah Lyman

    And it is LIVE!!

  • Jeremy Gross

    where is it? 11th has came i want to order

  • chris kilps

    the link is back up, but the site never loads

  • Tony

    and it’s live!!!

    • Cptn Krak

      Not showing up for me

      • gooner13

        It’s there, well, it’s there at least on the Verizon site. MotoMaker is taking forever to load.

  • Snowbo13

    CAN you say US CELLULAR ALSO!!! thank god now I can get a 32 gb moto X

    • Snowbo13

      nevermind just making my self think that it was up…. went to motomaker and saw us cellular

  • Fuzz427

    FWIW: just chatted up a Verizon rep on line and she said the MotoMaker should be available at 10:00(EST?) and the 32gb would be available.

  • ddevito

    The X is a great phone, it has features and standout quality every phone should have.

    But expensive off contract pricing, carrier interference, slow updates (any delay for a Google owned company, political or not, is straight up stupid), and not-the-best specs – make this an “almost” phone to get. Right now it’s a great phone, but what about 12 months from now?

    Active notifications are nice but limited to the most recent notification, touchless controls aren’t worth anything if you have a pass code or if you’re not using trusted Bluetooth connections, and even you don’t they’re still somewhat half baked since you almost always have to touch the screen anyway (I.e., text Bob I will see you at 8 – you still have to touch the screen to send it. Stupid. The quick camera launch gesture is cool but doesn’t work consistently. It’s the first iteration so I hope Moto gets it right with the X2.

    • gooner13

      What would you get on Verizon other than it right now? As for the 12 months, you can pretty much say that about any phone out now….and take it down to 6 months 😉

  • gregba

    I really hope that the stores will also carry a 32gb version. I’d rather not wait 4-5 days to get it after I order.

  • silverbadge

    Just spoke with a VZW Rep on their chat. Here is the log:

    You: at 4:30:28

    Hello do you offer the Moto X Developer Edition?

    Michael: at 4:30:48

    IT should be up in the next few hours.

    You: at 4:31:06

    Ok, so it isn’t being offered as of yet, but will be sometime today?

    Michael: at 4:31:23

    Correct.

  • The phone is really bad design. I do not see in it anything special characteristics noticeable at all. This is very disappointing about it

    • bd1212

      Okay.

    • Chad

      What?

    • carluverdrm2004

      Then don’t buy it. 😀 The shining reception from several people whose opinions I value highly (The Droid Life writers being a few of them) and the fact that I can design my own are reasons enough for me to buy one myself.

    • ddevito

      Based on? The X is a great phone, hands down. Bad design? Its form factor is its best quality

    • Ian

      There’s this word….starts with ‘T’ and ends with ‘roll’ …..know anything about that?

  • Ronald Bernard

    Would have liked to customize my MotoX but it was worth losing that option to keep my unlimited data.

    • NexusMan

      Can’t you customize it and keep unlimited data if you buy the phone off contract?

      • Ronald Bernard

        Of course. If I could afford to be paying for a phone off contract.

  • Guest

    If you go to the Motomaker site right now you can choose Verizon as a carrier. At least at 6:45 pm Arizona time.

    • M3D1T8R

      That just links you to Verizon’s site. Not Motomaker compatible yet.

    • 10:38 PM EST, not seeing Verizon on the checkout page at all.

    • Guest

      My bad, it was just the same stuff that’s been there for the black or white standard versions. I hadn’t been on the main page before so I was surprised when I saw Verizon as an option.

      Carry on.

  • Dev_Edition

    Don’t know if anyone else saw, but the Moto X Developer Editions dropped to $549 for both Verizon and GSM yesterday.

    http://www.motorola.com/us/shop-all-mobile-phones-1/Moto-X-Developer-Edition-Verizon/moto-x-developer-edition-verizon.html

    • M3D1T8R

      Beat ya by 45 mins. : ) see my post below.

    • 4n1m4L

      I wish I could make one with Dev edition insides and custom outsides. Don’t feel like buying 2 phones though.

    • TheDrunkenClam

      Are there big ROM communities for the Dev edition?

  • M3D1T8R

    FYI, “TECHBAR” is another coupon code that currently gives you $50 off. Allows purchase of contract upgrade Moto X for $80, or G2 for $30. (G2 at $80 is supposedly a “sale” that ends tomorrow 11/11). Note, $30 “upgrade fee” is included in my above price quotes. I refuse to go along with Verizon’s bogus marketing numbers.

    I’m hoping it still works with Motomaker version tomorrow, though I have my doubts. Don’t care too much about the custom colors, but need 32GB (more really), so might consider it for $130/contract.

    Moto X Dev edition has now dropped to $550. Almost tempting. Could take my $500 profit from a dumbphone upgrade Iphone 5s sale and get that. Still likely to keep waiting though.

    • thedonxr

      Thats what I just did, got the iPhone 5s during the unlimited extravaganza and sold it for 575, just bought the dev edition shipped for 582. $7 dollars isn’t bad…

      • M3D1T8R

        Do you mean $575 profit? Or $575 outright? They’re going for nearly $800 new still. Anyway, yeah, good deal. I’m going to see what options are available through Motomaker tomorrow, but that Dev Edition is tempting.

        • thedonxr

          575 outright, I didn’t want to ebay it. I started at 675 on craigslist and got so many offers for 550 or less I just took 575 but it all worked out now that the Dev Edition dropped 100 bucks in price.

          • Hothfox

            The one time I tried to eBay an iPhone turned out to be my last time, so I just deal on Craigslist now. I’ll probably pull in less, but the fact that we can meet at a carrier’s store and I can see that they were able to activate is worth that.

  • Bryan

    I don’t have an upgrade available but I called Verizon today to see what they could do.

    Apparently, one of my kid’s phones (a basic phone) had some promo on it (they called it an ineligible device promo) where they gave me $300 off the full retail price of any 4G phone. Since the Moto X is $499, it made my price $199 for the phone. I know this is $100 more than I would pay on a legit upgrade, but I didn’t have one, so I took it.

    The contract on that basic phone line gets extended out (was Feb 2015, now Nov 2015), but I get to keep my unlimited data and get a somewhat subsidized price on the phone. In the end, it’s basically like using the basic phone upgrade and transferring to my line loophole. Except I didn’t have any upgrades and they are throwing me a bone.

    I don’t know if this would work for MotoMaker because they didn’t have it active yet. I was going to hold out for MotoMaker so I could get a 32GB, but I realized I really didn’t need the extra 16GB (and extra $50). Also, I didn’t really need to customize the phone – I like the look of the black weave.

    I am happy! I should get it on Wednesday, just in time for my trip to New York next week! I have been waiting to get this phone for the past few months once it was released.

    • M3D1T8R

      If the dumbphone is off contract, like it should be, you can use that line to upgrade at the lowest available upgrade price (see my post above yours). You’ll have to add a 2gb plan to that line, do the upgrade, then when you get it activate it online on that line, then move it to your line, then have Verizon remove the $30 2gb data plan and reactivate the old dumbphone. With this method, and TECHBAR coupon, you could get the Moto X for $50 ($80 with $30 upgrade fee) instead of $230. Only thing is you’ll now have the dumbphone line contract for 2 yrs (but only at $10/mo again now w/o data). But if you were planning on keeping that line anyway next two years, might as well.

      Edit: your dumbphone line contract is already being extended via the ripoff method Verizon talked you into, so no reason to not do it this way.

      Better yet use the upgrade for a stupid Iphone 5s for $230, sell it to some idiot for $750, buy outright the Moto X for $500/550 or whatever phone of your choice, and you’ll end up getting the Moto X free or even making money off the deal. That last one is what I did, still waiting on buying a new phone though (DNA still good enough for now, though a 32GB wood backed Moto X might be tempting).

      • Bryan

        None of my phones (including the dumb phones) are off contract. They all are under contract and I don’t have any free lines that had an upgrade, so that’s why I did it the way I did it. This aint my first rodeo.

        I am not interested in messing around with trying to sell an iPhone to see if maybe I come out ahead or break even. I was thinking I was going to have to fork out the full price for the phone, so getting $300 off (really $270 with the upgrade fee) is still coming out ahead for me.

  • the link doesn’t seem to be going to the same page anymore. i’m redirected to a page full of random products.

  • FragDroid

    Verizon page now has a clickable link that takes you to the motomaker page but it won’t load yet. Getting close!

  • EC8CH

    Wonder if the wooden backs will carry the mark of the beast as well? Probably but I can always hope.

    • Brady KEITH

      FWIW my guess is no…screen printing on wood seems less than versatile.

      • EC8CH

        Well they have to print the Moto logo on the back, so there already is a marking process in place for that.

        Question is are they going to carry inventory of different wood backs for each carrier just because the branding is different, or is carrier brand something that is applied at the very end? If at the end I wonder how durable the mark would be.

        • Hothfox

          You could probably sand it off and refinish it if it bothered you.

          • EC8CH

            I can live with the VZW brand on the Moto X (it’s even less than what’s on my G-Nex). Would be nice if the woods backs had nothing at all, but that is at least somewhat tasteful… unlike the G2.

          • Hothfox

            I’d be okay with the Verizon logo if it was just the check mark V. I like AT&T’s little circle globe thing. Very unobtrusive.

  • Reginald Jefferson

    Good news. Too bad I got my Moto X a week ago. Just couldn’t pass up that $49 upgrade offer on Amazon that has ended (surprise surprise).

    • M3D1T8R

      Still available at that price directly from Verizon with TECHBAR coupon, plus $30 upgrade fee.

  • chris125

    Too little too late moto. Maybe next year, and without the exclusive you can really have a huge seller. With the right advertising and pricing this could be a good seller over the holidays if they really push the moto maker customizabilty

  • Razma

    any chance the VERIZON30 discount will work with motomaker? being that it’s listed on verizon’s site. i seriously doubt it but I have my fingers crossed. would it work for off contract too? I still got like 8 months left on my contract

    • M3D1T8R

      8 months left, might as well hold out til next year’s (hopefully) improved Moto X. Unless your current phone is totally bad.Or get a used DNA and hold out til next year with that.

  • Jason B

    The code is already in the MotoMaker website. They’re just hiding the carrier options until tomorrow. I think T-Mobile will also be added, along with Sprint and Verizon.

    They have the CDMA network logos up already:
    https://www.motorola.com/on/demandware.static/Sites-Motorola_US-Site/-/en_US/v1384042088995/img/config/tools/cdma.jpg

    And some code to select Verizon as a carrier, but as I said, it’s set to be hidden at this time.

    • Varun Sharma
      • Jason B

        Of course:

        “activation”:{“id”:”activation”,”name”:”Activation”,”features”:[{“id”:”carriers”,”name”:”Carriers”,”type”:null,”options”:[{“id”:”ATO100001″,”name”:”AT&T”,”previewURL”:”/on/demandware.static/Sites-Motorola_US-Site/Sites-motorola_master_catalog/en_US/v1384174843338/Products/ATO/att.jpg”},{“id”:”ATO100003″,”name”:”Sprint”,”previewURL”:”/on/demandware.static/Sites-Motorola_US-Site/Sites-motorola_master_catalog/en_US/v1384174843338/Products/ATO/sprint.jpg”},{“id”:”ATO100002″,”name”:”T-Mobile”,”previewURL”:”/on/demandware.static/Sites-Motorola_US-Site/Sites-motorola_master_catalog/en_US/v1384174843338/Products/ATO/t-mobile.jpg”},{“id”:”ATO100004″,”name”:”Verizon”,”previewURL”:”/on/demandware.static/Sites-Motorola_US-Site/Sites-motorola_master_catalog/en_US/v1384174843338/Products/ATO/verizon.jpg”}]}]},”promotions”:[],”cached”:true},

  • This, my friend, is the hypebeast train i’ve been waiting for!!!

    • EC8CH

      ALL ABOARD!!!

      COO COO MUDAF#*kER

  • KH

    Now if someone could just do a quick tutorial of how to order a moto maker moto x full retail on the zvw site (for those of us w/ unlimited plans), that would be great. The website is really confusing and even the corp. store reps don’t fully understand it (though not surprising). I really hate when the options aren’t made clear on purpose (or at least it seems that way).

    • Matthew Rebmann

      use the DPP! That’s what I’m going to do tomorrow 🙂 Finance that bitch.

      • DJ SPY

        DPP?

        • Matthew Rebmann

          Device Payment Plan. This used to be reserved for tablets and such only but now is open for phones. It finances the price of the phone to 12 payments with only one extra charge, depending on the phone.

          https://insidersguide.vzw.com/network-and-plans/device-payment-plan/

          This will not effect your contract what-so-ever.

          • DJ SPY

            It sounds enticing but it looks like you have to jump through some hoops. I wonder if a Verizon rep will tell you “sorry, you’re not eligible. You paid late 8 years ago. That’s what it says on the computer, can’t change it. But let me tell you about Edge!” My friend works for Verizon and she told me that if it involves paying full retail and them not getting a commission than forget about it. They will try their hardest to not help and try to get you hooked in to another option that ends with them getting a commission. Hopefully your experience is good and you’re able to get on that payment plan. Let us know how it goes.

          • Matthew Rebmann

            Sorry, I didn’t get back. I only had issues with one rep. He wouldn’t do it for me simply due to the fact that he wouldn’t get credited for a sale. (the next rep I talked to informed of this) so I had one irritating hoop to jump through but over all it was a very very smooth process. I’m happily waiting for my Spearmint Green Moto X today. FedEx says it’s out for delivery. Not bad for having ordered it Monday night and it’s Thursday afternoon!

    • MikeSaver

      why not just order it from motomaker.com?

  • Tony Byatt

    I wonder why an unlocked Moto X Moto Maker hasn’t been introduced…If priced right I think we’d all be on it…

    • Jeremy Wray

      because the unlocked version comes with its own black/white case and “developers edition” engraved on the back

      • Tony Byatt

        In other words, you don’t know…

        • M3D1T8R

          They already have the unique 32GB Dev Edition. The market for yet another version (Dev Edition +Motomaker color options), is too small to do that. I personally would love to see it…along with 64GB. But for now not enough market for those options it seems.

        • Jeremy Wray

          Reading > You

          The Dev edition already has it’s own color scheme and engraving. I’m sorry but I dunno how to put it any simpler then that.

  • No_Smoking
    • AbbyZFresh

      that says AT&T.

      • No_Smoking

        indeed it does. I linked it for the “regular price” =)

        • Razma

          it’s….over 9000

          • panicswhenubered

            Only quads can kill the ATT Moto Maker now.

  • George Davis

    Anyone know the off contract price on VZW? I looked all over that site but couldn’t find it…

    • Detonation

      Currently $500. I would hope they wouldn’t increase it for MotoMaker

      • George Davis

        Thanks. That’s interesting considering the Droid Maxx is currently $500 as well, with twice the storage, bigger screen, larger battery, and wireless charging. I know some people will still prefer the Moto X, but presumably the 32gb version will be even more than that which is kinda nuts.

        • Smaller form factor (a huge plus for many people), less bloatware, customization, an even closer to stock version of Android, virtual buttons, more likely to get faster updates, etc.

          The only real advantage I would give to the Maxx (for me personally) would be the larger battery.

          • George Davis

            As I said, I know some people will prefer the Moto X. I like both phones personally, but battery life is very important to me so I went with the Maxx. I don’t think it’s true that the Moto X has less bloatware or is closer to stock Android though — the VZW version is almost identical to the Maxx software-wise. It does get slightly faster updates though, by a few weeks if the first OTA is any indication.

          • Jeremy Wray

            Moto X does not have Blur (or whats left of it at this point) so no the Moto X still has a 95% stock experience except for the active notifications and the voice controls.

            The rest of the Droid line has Blur.

            http://blog.wirelessworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Moto-Comparison.png

          • George Davis

            The 2013 Droid line does not have Blur. All it has is the Droid Command Center and Droid Zap, both of which can be disabled if desired.

          • EC8CH

            Only thing I really wish the X had is wireless charging. That would be nice on the maxx… But ain’t buying a Verizon branded phone… I’ve got principles.

          • tyguy829

            they messed with the icons too btw. but a custom launcher can fix that of course

          • George Davis

            Good point, I’m a Nova Launcher / custom icons guy so I hadn’t noticed that on my Maxx. The point is that for anyone who prefers the larger battery / screen / storage of the Maxx, don’t be deterred by fear of Blur or bloatware because it’s roughly on par with the Moto X. Wireless charging is also a nice feature — it’s great to not have to fumble around in the dark getting it plugged in just right.

          • The Moto X and MAXX have the same OS, same features like active display, etc.

        • zurginator

          It’s expensive as hell to set up the infrastructure for the assembly of custom units. Next year will be where you see the X2 which competes closer to everything else in specs and price.

  • theoschao

    I’ve got a question guys. If I’m planning on using another family member’s line’s upgrade to get a motomaker motox (trying to avoid losing my unlmtd data), what’s the best way to go about doing this? Once I get the phone in the mail, I should be able to just activate it on my own line without altering the upgraded line at all. Is this correct?

    • tyguy829

      Nope pretty sure you’ll lose your unlimited. I believe you first have to activate it on the other line. Then you can put your Sim in it.

      • theoschao

        Don’t you have to do more than a sim swap?

        • tyguy829

          well to activate the feature phone or whatever back on the other line, you need to call customer service or use the website, but to switch the moto x to your line, you can just put in your sim. (you may need to get a micro sim). here, kellen did a post on it a while ago. http://www.droid-life.com/2013/09/17/keep-unlimited-data-verizon-upgrade/

          • theoschao

            Thanks! I had completely forgotten about that post!

    • Neil Fujiwara

      I haven’t seen this done with Motomaker, but transfer the upgrade to the limited line or a feature phone. Upgrade the line to get the new phone of your choice. Activate the phone on the upgraded line, place a phone call or something like that. Then activate your line on the new phone, transfer the upgraded line to the previous phone. It is a shell game.

  • carluverdrm2004

    I misinterpreted the title…. I thought that meant was ready for me to place my order. 🙁 Hah. Tomorrow!

  • steve30x

    So how this work, if you already have the moto X are you out of luck or is this just for those who are about to order the phone??

    • Chris

      This is for people ordering a new Moto X.

      • steve30x

        wow, I knew at&t had rights first to use moto maker, but this is crazy for those that got the phone already..they should have thought this through more.

        • Omar Amer

          they did. they started offering the phone who doesnt care about moto maker and just wants the moto x. everyone else who wants the customized moto x waited for it to be offered.

        • MikeSaver

          maybe if you wanted motomaker and knew it was a timed at&t exclusive, you should’ve waited. Not sure what you were expecting.

          • steve30x

            I was just curious I don’t have moto x..

          • Jeremy Wray

            Unlimited data doesn’t wait around……

          • MikeSaver

            I also have unlimited data. So I can’t buy a motomaker moto x off contract?

          • La2da

            No, unfortunately. There have a developer edition available for Verizon, but the default back color is white with a black front and no Motomaker option.

          • La2da

            Sorry, I misspoke a little. The developer edition is off contract but but no Motomaker

          • MikeSaver

            But on motomaker there is an option for no contract when you go to purchase. Why is that there if you can’t buy a custom phone off contract?

          • Jeremy Wray

            Because they are wrong, you obviously can

          • Jeremy Wray

            You misspoke again, of course you can buy a normal store version or the motomaker version off contract. You HAVE to buy the Dev Edition off contract if you want it.

          • Jeremy Wray

            Of course you can buy it off contract, but I upgraded when Verizon had their glitch so I took advantage of it then.

  • MikeSaver

    So I am buying this off contract, how does this work logistically as far as activating it? When I receive it in the mail, do I need to bring it to the store? Anyone have a step by step instruction of how to activate this?

    • Dreas

      Can activate it via verizon website.

      • MikeSaver

        do you know where on verizon site?

        • Toby

          Just stick the sim card in. Done.

          • Walter Partlo

            This. Cut down you GNex sim, and slap it in.

    • Pakmann2k

      Actually pretty easy. You can do it online or call them and have them do it. Online has step by step instructions. Takes about 5 minutes.

      • Detonation

        If you already have a sim card can’t you just put it in and that’s it?

        • Pakmann2k

          I think if you buy the device from Verizon, they put the ESN into your account and it just sits and waits for the device to activate. I can’t remember but I want to say when I bought a device from outside VZW, I had to go into my account and enter the ESN. If you have the right Sim, you can use your own. The new ones use nano Sims. My Gnex had the micro sim and it was too big.
          Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

  • MikeSaver

    Current Moto X users, how do you like this phone, is it fast, smooth, great battery life? I am 99% getting it coming from a Gnex

    • Qwerty

      I’ll answer both your questions!

      I got my Dev Edition Moto X with a micro SIM card in the phone out of the box. All I had to do to activate the phone from there was to follow the steps on Verizon’s website.

      I had also made the jump from a Galaxy Nexus to the Moto X and my experience so far has been fantastic to say the least. It is definitely better that the GNex on several levels (e.g. battery life, reception, fluidity, performance, speaker volumes). What I found even more interesting was that I don’t feel the need to flash ROMs or even root the phone. Most of the Verizon bloatware I disabled using Android alone. I absolutely love this phone and I don’t think you’ll go wrong getting one.

      • MikeSaver

        Thank you sir, very informative!

        • Qwerty

          No problem!

          • MikeSaver

            What is this I hear about even if I buy the motomaker moto x off contract, I still can’t keep my unlimited data? Is this true and can someone explain it? I was planning on paying full price for the 32 GB.

          • Walter Partlo

            I doubt that this is the case. I would just buy it and throw your sim into it. You can cut down your sim using online templates. Just need a printer, a piece of tape, and scissors. You don’t even need to talk to verizon.

          • MikeSaver

            Ok what do you mean by my sim? I just take it out of my phone and put it in the Moto X?

            How would my gf activate hers if shes coming from an iphone?

          • Walter Partlo

            If you have a GNex, you have a micro sim, whereas the the X takes a nano sim. The difference is just how much cardboard is around the sim. If you use an available template, you can take it out of you GNex, trim it, and pop it into your X. Once you power it up, you are set. For you gf, it would depend on the size of the sim in her fruitphone. If you F up the sim card, the worst case scenario is calling VZW, and having them register the sim to your line.

            Tmaplate: http://www.airportal.de/nanosim/

          • MikeSaver

            Aight, is there an alternative to cutting down my sim? Feeling a bit nervous about this DIY method.

          • thedonxr

            Get a new SIM from Verizon or get a SIM cutter (amazon has them for 7 bucks) If you try to cut your SIM and mess it up then you can just go to verizon and tell them you need a new one anyway.

          • Walter Partlo

            Activating the nano sim through VZW. The DIY is just tracing and cutting with scissors though. Not much to mess up, and if you F up your sim, you can just activate the nano sim that comes with the phone.

          • MikeSaver

            Oh ok, I’ll give it a shot. If there is no disadvantage to just activating the nano sim that comes with the phone, why do the DIY method? Just curious.

          • Walter Partlo

            I was hesitant to do it because I gave Verizon a chance to notice that I was activating the phone I got for a different line on my unlimited line. Also, it is stupid easy and take a less time than talking to customer service.

          • thedonxr

            On Verizon 4G LTE phones you can swap the SIMS and it will activate the new phone. If your GF is coming from a iPhone 4S or earlier than she will need to get a SIM from Verizon and activate it on her account. But it will not change anything with her plan, worst case she may have to pay an activation fee but usually you can get that waived.

          • MikeSaver

            Yeah she’s on an iPhone 4. So she’d just have to goto a Verizon store then?

          • thedonxr

            Not true your plan will not change. I am also cutting my current SIM so I don’t have to go through Verizon to activate the new one that comes with the phone.

      • runner30

        Just double checking. You said it came with a microSim? I thought the moto x uses a nanoSim? Do new phones come with sims, I’ve always bought at store so I don’t know how ordering works.

        • Qwerty

          I think you might be right more than likely. To be perfectly honest, I don’t even know the difference between the two haha.

    • Shawn Burke

      Just got one from the Amazon glitch last week and so far I love it. So much more fluid than my Gnex, active notifications are great and voice actions are awesome. battery life is average, 45% left after 12hrs with 2hr screen time and 4G all day.

      • MikeSaver

        lol average? I’ll be lucky if my Gnex lasts 6 straight hours. This makes me excited

        • M3D1T8R

          Yeah, coming from a Verizon G.Nex you’re going to be very happy. Waaaaay better battery life (talking three times). Much better signal. Better call quality. And, everything else also better (CPU, memory, speed/smoothness), besides 16gb but you can get the 32gb version tomorrow presumably. Active notifications, always on listening are just the cherries on top.

      • NexusMan

        THAT’s average? LOL I’d say thats freaking fantastic. I’d love to be at 45% after 5 hours.

    • Albert

      I came from the Gnex to a developer edition of the Moto X. The phone is straight quality. In my opinion, one of the best phones you can buy right now. You can’t tell its a 720p display, it just looks far better than the one in the Gnex. The phone never lags, and it multitasks gracefully. I can’t say that any of the apps in the recents menu ever even leave memory thanks to the 2 gigs of RAM. The battery life is excellent. It last me 18 hours + with 2-3 hours of screen time and usually about 10-20% remaining respectively.

      • NexusMan

        And I still think my GNex screen looks fantastic, so that’s saying a lot.

    • Chad

      http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?bundled=null&item=phoneFirst&action=viewPhoneDetail&selectedPhoneId=6957&checkedId=oneOrTwoYearPrice6957#pdpTab

      I’m in the same boat as you. Reviews have been mostly positive, except for the camera. Various blogs noted that the camera update helped a lot, and it seems like moto/google has been taking feedback and updates very seriously with this phone so far. I get the sense Google doesn’t want to blow it, and is giving moto whatever resources they need to make this phone do well.

    • ddevito

      It depends on how much of an enthusiast you are. I came from a GNex as well…

      If you don’t care about specs and long term longevity of a device than yes this phone is great. I owned one for almost two months, it was by far the greatest device I ever owned.

      I think some of its unique features (albeit are great) are a tad overrated, but the call quality, form factor and speaker are its best qualities – what every phone should have. Battery life – wow – it doesn’t disappoint there either. I’d easily get 22 hours a day.

      I’m just concerned that the phone won’t hold up all that well after a year or so, given its specs.

      • MikeSaver

        The bit about longevity is a point of contention though, right? for instance iPhones have great shelf life with far inferior specs than most android phones. My gf’s iPhone 4 is still holding its own for instance. Thought the selling point of the Moto X was the software is optimized for the hardware, much like the iPhone, so in theory this would be a non issue. I guess time will tell.

  • gooner13

    I wonder if it will be available in 32gb?

    EDIT: actually, it may since i see it says “starting at” 99.99.

    • Lunkman

      “Starting at” could also indicate that the wood may be in the mix as well… I too am hoping for 32gb.

      • gooner13

        Good point. Fingers crossed on both.

  • yodatom10

    Don’t forget about the required Verizon Wireless engraving 😀

  • cheese

    Verizon is horrible. So glad I’m not indebted to contracts and have a multitude of choices for phones on GSM now.

    I have awoken from the Verizon Distortion Field

    • Detonation

      Other than the Nexus 4 & 5, what phones are you really missing out on? I’m not under contract with Verizon anymore and buy my phones full retail or used and there are plenty of choices.

      • Miguel Angel Portela

        It’s about the freedom of having a SIM, really. Not necessarily missing out on a phone per se, but getting unlocked international versions of phones. There’s also some phones that never made it here like the Meizu MX3, the Xiaomi M3, Toshiba phones on DoCoMo etc. Plus you don’t usually have to deal with carrier restriction like locked bootloaders.

        • sc4fpse

          The SIM (or the GSM SIM, rather) is a valid point. As is the point about bootloaders. But if you’re going to complain about phones, you can try a little harder to give examples of phones that people would actually want.

          • Omar Amer

            what about stuff like the international unlocked GS5 with the super duper hexadecacore processor and its 64gb of RAM and 5 tb of internal storage and its 8k resolution screen with a battery life of 1 year on a single charge?

          • Jonathan Williams

            Take my money lol

          • AndrewScottRox

            I’ll give him a bit of a hand. Verizon customers are missing out on the Nexus line but also have to wait for other phones and often don’t get the same colors as other carriers. GPE phones are non-existent.

            Here are a few examples:

            1. Locked out of the Moto X MotoMaker until exclusivity runs it’s course.

            2. No GPE S4 or HTC One. Probably safe to say no other GPEs will be offered either.

            3. Nearly a six month wait on the HTC One with only one color offered.

            4. Verizon got the G2, but in my opinion, doesn’t look as good as the GSM version (the back buttons). This point probably shouldn’t count in this list but it’s a difference.

            All of these phones are major releases this year and if you are with Verizon, you are either going to wait or choose something else.

            While there are choices, that doesn’t mean they are the popular choices. They should give up dog fooding their customers the tired DROID brand and get up to date with their releases and offerings.

          • Miguel Angel Portela

            This is true. Xperia Z? Nexus 5? Hell, I don’t know. You pointed it out just right, most phones are available. But I guess another point is that there’s more options with GSM, more plans I mean.

          • ddevito

            Nexus 4
            Nexus 5

            Let’s talk tablets – Nexus 7

      • cheese

        Xperia Z phones for one.

        You get phones quicker too. Remember how long it took the HTC One to get to VZW?

        • Jeremy Wray

          You are pointing at an invalid example. HTC released the Droid DNA a few months before the One was released so why release another phone with very similar specs (yeah the One is better but not a whole lot better). So it made sense that the One took so long to go to Verizon. I’n honestly kind of surprised they ever released it at all on VZ.

    • Brady KEITH

      Verizon is a great carrier for my iPhone! bwuahahahaha! (seriously though, I don’t have to wait on updates or deal with bloatware.)

  • blackjaguar25

    I wonder if we get to choose the Verizon logo placement and quantity..

    I know we won’t get to choose logo size – that’ll be set to “Enormous” by default.

    • Jimmy Baez

      Unfortunately, no. It’ll be as big as ever on the bottom on the back. Same for the AT&T logo. I really wish we had an option to not have any carrier logos. 🙁

      • guesswhat

        Verizon logo on moto x is only on the back of the device ..and is device pretty non descript ..i don’t understand why it bothers people at least on moto x..

        • EC8CH

          I’m allows one to bitch about vzw tramp stamps, but I agree if there absolutely has to be one, the X has the least offensive placement. Would be better if they would leave off the stupid checkmark, but whatever.

          The G2 however is the height if VZW branding stupidity.

      • Walter Partlo

        Can’t even see it on my VZW moto X.

        • M3D1T8R

          Is this for real? You got a prerelease Verizon wood backed Moto X? I’m hoping we see wood backs as an option go live tomorrow along with Motomaker ATT exclusivity ending, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

          • ddevito

            It’s just a cover

          • Walter Partlo

            Sorry, I should have came back after posting that. As others have said, its Dbrand vinyl, and it is awesome. http://dbrand.com/purchase/moto-x/ What is not awesome is the horrible pic taken with my GNex.

        • MikeSaver

          whats the deal here?

          • ddevito

            That’s a dbrand skin cover

  • AustinM123

    2 months late as usual.

    • Not Verizon’s fault this time. AT&T paid for exclusive rights to the customizable Moto X at launch.

      Edit: Crap. Did I just defend Verizon? /facepalm

      • deadpenguins

        Get out. Now.

    • Lunkman

      Price drop of $100 = worth the 2 month wait.

      It also allowed those of us who chose to wait to read tons of stellar reviews by users who had it for more than just a few days.

      (… and yes I would have paid $100 more back in August – I’m just looking at the bright side.)

      • Jeremy Wray

        Yeah but too bad the “glitch” in their online upgrade system didnt happen after the exclusivity was done :

      • Hothfox

        If it was originally $100 less, I would have entertained it. When I picked it up, it just didn’t FEEL like a $600 retail piece of equipment.