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Motorola Teases Moto X Wood Backs, Tells You to Put Your DIY Wood Project on Hold

Did our holiday wish come true? Is Motorola on the verge of releasing wood backs as a MotoMaker option for the Moto X? According to a Tweet that was published today by the official Motorola account, we have been told to officially put our DIY wood projects “on hold.” 

The last status update we had heard on the wood backs for the Moto X suggested that we wouldn’t see them until after Thanksgiving, but that they would arrive in time for the holidays. With X-mas less than two weeks away, the time could be here. Motorola is certainly cutting it close, but you know what, we won’t complain for a second.

Wood options should be available to all carriers, with Verizon all-but-confirmed thanks to @evleaks. The wood options that have been in the pipeline since launch are Teak, Ebony, Rosewood, and Bamboo, potentially at an additional $50 charge.

Should we look for tomorrow to be the day? Who wants wood?

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Via:  @Motorola
Cheers Albert, Patrick and Bobby!
  • Rodney Banner

    MOTO X $150 off code H2DM-FSSX-D9FG-CFLH-7SVI Expires at 12/16/13 11:59PM EST

  • Chester

    Another $150 OFF code that expires tonight (12/16) at 11:59PM:


  • M3D1T8R

    $150 off Motomaker code, expires in five minutes! I couldn’t do it myself, someone use it please!


  • optimus

    i already have a moto x, but holding out to use my code for 150$ for wood. if not then im moving on. this whole moto x release has been an epic fail. good product, bad marketing.

    • NexusMan

      No way they were ever gonna release the wood backs while those discount codes were still active. I always predicted the wood release date to happen sometime between 12/17 and the end of February 2014.

  • Sean Walton

    “Should we look for tomorrow to be the day? Who wants wood?”

    I WANT WOOD, wait that doesn’t sound right LOL.

  • SmokeNMirrors

    The future is almost here!

  • Trueblue711

    What? Wasn’t this one of the originally teased/advertised options? You mean it wasn’t available all this time… yet another disappointment to this product. That was one of the things that made this phone stand out.

    • NexusMan

      “Another?” What are the others?

      • Trueblue711

        1.) AT&T exclusivity for the first couple months on the Moto X’s most stand-out feature: MotoMaker.
        2.) Off-contract pricing for the phone is standard, despite lower-specs. (Yes, I know it’s optimized and specs aren’t everything)
        3.) This phone was hyped to be the one that changed everything. It brought some nice new things to the table, but it’s not revolutionary.

        • NexusMan

          I’ll give you number 1, though it wasn’t an actual disappointment to me since I wasn’t ready to upgrade until December. As for the price, it absolutely is commensurate with the performance, innovation and build quality of the device, and my short use of the phone, mainly Active Notifications, and the fact that yesterday, for the 1st time IN MY LIFE, I placed my phone in my pocket and left it there ALL DAY (6am-1am the next morning), and never ONCE plugged it into a charger, is pretty revolutionary…for me.

  • AndroidUser00110001

    huh huh huh…he said hold your wood 😉


  • Snowbo13

    should be on all carriers??? Yeah right all except us cellular. they still have not gotten moto maker or a 32gb moto x yet. they are too busy being in bed with samsung.

  • Joe Cross

    They’ll wait until tomorrow so that everyone who has a $150 voucher (like myself) can’t get one since they expire tonight at midnight

  • mcdonsco

    $50 extra? Damn

  • DJ SPY

    They’ll be available on Tuesday. After all the MotoMaker codes have expired.

  • Todd Bettenhausen

    I am sporting tremendous wood!

  • JDMendiola

    i never thought id say this , but i want wood in my pocket , on my hand , near my ear . . . . . 😡

  • Rob S.

    *Gasp* Just saw the Tweet, clicked the picture link, and now it’s deleted!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I hope it explodes and burns. I also hope I don’t ignore my priorities and splurge on this.

  • evltwn

    I hope they’re released tomorrow….I still have my discount code that’s good until 11:59pm tomorrow.

  • NyReynolds

    will there be wood developer editions?

    • NexusMan

      There aren’t even colored Developer Editions.

      • NyReynolds

        I know. I was hoping they’d at least get wood. Instead they’re just getting the shaft.

  • french toast ghost

    i know this would never happen- but it would be awesome if they did some type of deal where you could pay a certain amount, and replace your old moto x with a wood back option. i know i would throw at least 50-75 bucks at some kind of option like this.

    • needa

      they will be on ebay soon enough. just diy it.

  • MikeSaver

    Give me wood

  • AndrewScottRox

    I’m ready to get my cottonwood on!

  • Kisuk3

    Ordering the day it’s available.

    • EC8CH

      Ditto, hope there’s enough inventory built up to avoid long build times from quickly appearing.

  • Rodeojones000

    So ugly.

    • Philip J. Fry

      So troll.

  • hyperbeatser

    how incredibly disappointing would it be if they just released a wooden case/backplate…

  • sc4fpse

    DIY Wood? Putting said wood on “hold”? Okay, tell me someone other than the 13-year-old in me snickered at that.

  • Detonation

    Please be tomorrow so I don’t have to deal with a return/exchange on my discounted one

  • WillSympson

    Hoping it comes out by tomorrow, been holding out using my code. The two week exchange policy might come in handy.

    • nvillaco

      We’re in the same boat. I also got my code on the second day and am holding out until tomorrow at 11:55am to design it in hopes the wood will be available. I didn’t notice that 14 day return policy though so thanks a lot for informing me. Plus, it’s 14 days from the date I receive the phone so basically, you just bought me an extra 3 weeks of stalling. With this recent Moto tweet, they just gotta be out by then. Good call on that return policy.

      • nvillaco

        Wait a second… I think I just found the hole in our plan… If we return the phone, we will get the price that we paid back, but by then, the $150 off deal will be over so if we wanted to redesign and get the wood backs, it will most likely be at full price……. oh well….. Just gotta pray the wooden backs will be released before noon tomorrow.

        • WillSympson

          Hmm, might have to call in to get same $150 off. My code is good until “12/16/13 11:59PM EST” right before midnight

          • nvillaco


            So looks like the bamboo was released today, one day late from our code expiring. I was so sad about it… until I called them and then hit the jackpot. I’m so pumped about it right now and I’m writing you since you were the one to give me the idea to call and ask them in the first place. So last night, I ordered a Moto X and settled for a non-wood one. Today, I called their standard 800 number and the person pretty much immediately helped me out. It’s too late to cancel the initial order but they sent me 3 new promo codes for $50 each that will last 7 days. So I can redesign a new Moto X in wood for myself right now. When the first phone arrives, I’ll just have to pay the shipping cost and return it. 7 days from when they receive it, they’ll credit me back…. Process is sort of annoying but not too big a deal. I think it’s definitely worth it to have the first commercially released wooden cellphone. Also, if you did not order a phone at all yesterday, I still think there is a good chance you could just say, “I didn’t order cause no wood but now that there is, can i get a new code?” I still think they’d allow it just from how they were talking in which case, that would be ideal cause then you wouldn’t have to get charged twice nor have to deal with returns and shipping costs. So ya, just call and you shall receive a wooden Moto X for $150 off. Thanks for the idea as I probably would never have tried.

            Also, just a funny observation… This is the comment section doing more than just sparking conversation. The comment section just made a $150 difference in my life. Thought that was funny.

            Let me know if you do it, I’m curious.

          • WillSympson

            I had ordered a custom one(turquoise) Monday and received it today. I love it, I was hoping for a wood back but for $100 it’s pretty expensive. I had wanted the teak, so I think I’ll be keeping this one..My brother had recently switched from vzw to att for the Nexus 5 but can’t stand the service so he used your phone call idea to grab a moto x late but with the promotion price. I appreciate the reply

  • Caveman

    Woodn’t it suck if moto went the route of the Note 3. Plastic Made To Look Like Wood!

    • onDroid

      Motorola has already said several times that the wood backs are made of real wood. Probably extremely treated wood but still wood.

  • FragDroid

    I doubt this will show up until after last weeks codes expire at the earliest.

  • 655321

    Anyone know if I’ll be able to engrave my own custom wood pun onto them?

    • “Got wood?” 😛

      Or “Wood in my pockets, all day long”

      • Ben Bond

        That’s what she said…

        • She has wood in her pockets? Eww 😛

          • Sean Walton

            LOL. I need a good laugh. Cheers!

  • Jason Stanton

    H2DM-GVTR-DCHS-NIAX-TEOF expires 12/16

  • Tony Byatt
  • Me! Me! I want wood! Gimme wood!

    • Teak, Ebony, Rosewood, or Bamboo? Choices, choices…

      • michael arazan

        Teak is already a water proof wood that is very flexible naturally. Out of all the woods Teak should be everyone’s first choice based on it’s physical qualities.

    • Albert

      Haha when I sent the tip, I mentioned you would be stoked.

    • meijin3

      I saw the post on Google+ and was about to mention you, but thought I’d check the site first. I can tell you’re excited!

  • Nicolas Pipitone

    This is what I’ve been waiting for!

  • hyperbeatser

    *something about having wood* post

    • sc0rch3d

      Moto XXX

  • Derek Traini


  • If they are willing to subsidize my purchase, since I already own an X – I’m down for it. I’ve had my phone since the day that Verizon made it available. I can’t even imagine, if I really wanted a wood back, having waiting until now for it.

    • I think I want one just to say that my phone is made of wood…or at least has real wood on it.

      • Leon

        Totally agree. I think people will freak when you show them a phone made of actual wood. Gotta have one. One more thing Apple fanboys don’t have!!

        • Brady KEITH

          not a fanboy….but, wood replacement back plates are (and have been) available for the 4 & 4S.

          • Leon

            Sure aftermarket ones, absolutely. Has Apple ever offered the iPhone from the factory with a wood back? No.

          • Brady KEITH

            who cares? the implication of your post is that iphone users don’t have wood-backed phones. they can, and do…as can (soon) and will moto x users. now you’re trying to morph your post into some oem vs. aftermarket comment. who cares?

            anyway, it’s cool that moto x buyers will soon be able to choose from wood-backed phones.

          • Leon

            Who cares? You seem to more than I do. The fact is what I stated is correct, much as you seem to try and prove me wrong pal.

          • Brady KEITH

            don’t call me pal, buddy. and don’t get butthurt when someone points out a mistake in your post…nobody’s perfect.

          • Leon

            Sorry but it was you who needed correction, not me. And as far as butthurt goes, your the one picking an argument over nothing. If you want to keep going, be my guest. You won’t win the argument, trust me. PAL.

          • Brady KEITH

            lol *so weak*

      • Detonation

        And so I can always tell people I’ve got wood in my pants