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Motorola Offers “Try Then Buy” Campaign for Moto X

If you have been thinking that the Moto X is the perfect phone for you, but are just afraid to take the plunge, Motorola is offering you a chance to test the phone for yourself for two weeks, then you can choose to either send it back or pay for it.

It’s all part of a new “Try Then Buy” campaign, which will allow users to create their very own Moto X through MotoMaker, then they can use the device to see if its everything they ever dreamed of. If you are not satisfied after two weeks, just send the phone back, hassle free. 

While the device is in your possession, Motorola will hold a $0.01 charge on your credit card, which anyone should be able to handle. Pretty sweet deal, right? It doesn’t end there, though. For $100 more than the 16GB version, you can select a 64GB version, bringing the off-contract price to $449.99.

Here’s how “Try Then Buy” works:

  • Consumers go to motorola.com starting Sunday, June 8, at 11:00 p.m. to sign up and receive a special code.
  • Then it’s over to Moto Maker, our online studio, to design a custom, no-contract device. A penny charge will be placed on their credit card while the try out the device for the next two weeks.
  • After 14 days, if the consumer likes their phone, their credit card will be charged. If not, Motorola will pay to ship the Moto X back. Those who keep the phone get a promo code for 30% off accessories as a welcome to the Moto X family.

On Sunday, June 9 at 12am EST (9pm Pacific), you will want to be at www.motorola.com for your opportunity to be a part of this event. Supplies will be limited.

Will you be taking advantage of this?

Via: Motorola
  • Scott Van Maldegiam

    The best question is how can we pick up a discounted returned Moto X from the few people that will be returning theirs?

  • wolfedude88

    Anyone get a code they don’t need. I was going to get one for my dad, he currently has an iphone 4 and this would have been good to try out before he commits.


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  • 18footJ

    Estimated deliver for me is 6/17 and I will be charged for the phone on 6/28. Not exactly a 14-day test drive, is it? Who cares it’s free.

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  • Jeremiah Hawkins

    64GB is $18349.99 right now, lol.

  • DanielMena9

    Got in on that Moto X promo code 🙂

    Too bad I have an iPhone 5s coming in as well, that iOS 8 looks sweet. Currently rocking an Xperia Z1 Compact.

    • Jared Denman

      i signed up. Still haven’t received my code

      • DanielMena9

        Received it at 12:16AM Est / 9:16 PM my time 🙂

        Code expires June 10th

  • Jeremiah Hawkins
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    • Jeremiah Hawkins

      Just did it.

  • Jeremiah Hawkins

    Waiting, and continuously clicking the refresh button. 4 more minutes until 9pm PDT though.

  • Kevin Yau

    same here dude…one of the website I saw said 1 am EST

  • some i’m watching the Motorola website since 11 EST and nothing to sign up for a promo code, yet.

    • akazerotime

      Looks like Tim forgot to mention it’s 11pm CT or 12AM here in the east.

  • chris125

    Trying to get rid of all those moto x sitting around collecting dust. If it had a better camera, I would have been all over it

  • Tyrone_83

    This sucks cause it only applies to the Motorola in the US.

  • Justin Kos

    Is this worth hanging up my note 3 for?

    • PoisonApple31

      Only if you break your Note 3 and don’t have enough money to replace it.

  • ki11ak3nn

    I wonder if I can design my X right now and since I live in Seattle right at 9pm put the order in. I just want to make sure I get one before the promotion is gone.

  • me

    to bad u only get it for 7 days … they have to ship it to u … unless of course u choose 1 day shipping.

    • Droid22

      From when you receive it the trial starts. Also the 14th day you can tell them to take it back.

  • akazerotime

    OK, Google set a reminder..

  • lamenting

    “On Sunday, June 9 at 12am EST (9pm Pacific)” – you mean Monday..

    • ki11ak3nn

      Sunday night for people on the West Coast. Monday morning for people on the East Coast.

  • Droid22

    Will this work on the verizon version?

  • Kris

    too little too late. This phone is “old news” at this point.

    • guess what

      old ..but still all of its features are still unique ..not found on any recently launched flagships ..which keeps getting better with updates through play store ..sldi 4.4.3 is rolling out ..moto x is still one of the best devices

  • Colton

    can i buy one that was used for 2 weeks and returned for a (even more) discounted price 🙂

  • Steve Swall

    I’ll try it. If I love it, I’ll sell my S4.

  • Artune

    All these offers about the X is just telling me to wait on the next gen version which has to be coming soon by the look of all these fire sales. I wouldn’t touch this deal IMO

  • verZion

    i switched to at&t about 45 days ago and have been through a iphone 5, note 2, note 3, s4, s5, htc m7, moto x, gear 2 (watch), toq (watch) since the switch. I’ve decided to keep the moto x and toq. why? the moto x’s form factor is perfect and the ability to speak to the phone from 15′ away and have it respond and obey with 100% accuracy is in and of itself a huge selling point for me. i’ve been a huge samsung fan since the s3 and was sold on keeping the s5 and gear 2 combo, but i’ve found the combined use of the toq and moto x to be superior to the s5 and gear 2 for my usage. i purchased the s5 to pair up with the gear 2 to be “active” and have the phone record my motions, but having to charge the phone 1/2 way through the day and the watch every other day has become a chore. i feel the moto x lasts much longer for me than the s5 now using it with a toq and vivofit from garmin.

    i use my phone along with groundwire and have 6 additional lines ring through voip. my phone is very important to me. i know a lot of you might thing i’m an idiot for choosing an “inferior” device, but the moto x really is a gem. the best part is i picked it up for $150 on craigslist and the toq for $125. it’s honestly not about the cost, but seeing what motorola was able to do at the pricepoint they released is just amazing. compare that to the $400+ for the note3/s5 and $225 for gear 2. the s5/gear2 combo are not worth $350 more than the moto x / toq combo.

    on a side note. i’ve received 6-7 compliments on the toq from all females. i’ve received zero compliments on the gear 2 to the point of my wife noticing the attention the toq gets. i’ve received zero compliments on the gear 2 from anyone. the toq and moto x combo is what im sticking too and I’m actually about to list the note 3, s5, and gear 2 on craigslist next week. I’m going to keep the moto x until the moto x+1 or G3 come down in price on the secondary market. honestly, there has to be something better than the current line of phones… until then, i’m sticking with the moto x.

    • tu3218

      Is the Toq watch waterproof or resistant?

      • verZion

        it doesn’t say inside the packaging, but i wouldn’t wear the toq into the shower even if it was waterproof. i actually got yet another compliment yesterday so now it’s up to 7… here in sunny california it’s extremely hard to see screens in direct sunlight, but this mirasol display stands out and really shines. i’ve been using the moto x / toq combo again since my post and it’s what i’m sticking too for right now.

  • mcdonsco

    Just noticed this in article:

    “you can select a 64GB version”

    What 64gb version?

  • kellythetechguy

    I wonder will the wood cost extra or its included in the 1 cent charge if so I’m in !

  • Adam

    What are the chances of you designing it and you want to return it but moto said we don’t want your designed phone back so you can keep it. I’m doing it anyways.

  • trophynuts

    They’re really doing all they can to finish every drop of milk left in this thing. Just announce the new one and put this one on a super discount already geez.

  • Mario

    better not break that phone while you have 2 week trial LOL.

  • moew

    They will charge you a penny, but “charge AUTH” the full price. Your CC might deduct that from your available funds immediately. Please note that in the article.

  • ki11ak3nn

    I’ll be getting one in Michigan Wolverine colors. If I can. Don’t know if I’ll keep it though.

    • Jonathan Williams

      The Victors thank you.

  • Trevor

    64GB is very promising. I can’t see them not offering this storage size on the X+1 now.

  • Joel Vasallo

    Gonna do this and try T-Mobile! SWEET!

    • Suman Gandham

      Good call 🙂 come join the pink side!

      • picaso86

        That’s what she said!

        *obligatory post*

  • Matt G

    14 Days with a wooden Moto X here I come

    • WAldenIV

      Call your doctor after four hours.

    • mcdonsco

      Kind of what I’m thinking…I have a matte black motomaker one now (new $275 via Swappa)…if the wood one I ordered (walnut) is that kick ass, I’ll sell this Swappa one…if not, return time.

      Swappa one is only 16gb though, but i have it loaded with everything I need now and still have like 8gb free.

  • Kayak83

    Almost bought one with the last deal but no real returns was a dealbreaker. Might try this out now.

    What’s battery life like on verizon? I’m coming from a note 2.

    • I got 16 hours on my Verizon motox at first launch in November. Today I get between 13 and 14. I know One guys opinion doesnt speak for the whole group so Take it or leave it as you wish.

    • cgalyon

      Battery life is good. I also had a Note 2 and didn’t feel that the battery life was any worse when I switched to the X (maybe even better?). It’s a good phone, but it’s greatest strength for me was near-stock Android and a more manageable size

      • Kayak83

        Thanks. Battery life is awesome on my note but I’m looking for something smaller. Just not sure if it’s worth the $375 upgrade.

        • cgalyon

          There was a sale going on for $299, but maybe not going anymore? Not sure.

          • Kayak83

            Yeah. That’s what it’ll be for the 32gb with a wood back and tax with the $100 off sale and the trial period coming up.

        • mcdonsco

          Well you can likely get close to that for your note 2 selling it, would probably be out of pocket maybe $100 at most?

          But, battery life in my experience with the x is not good. My g2 and previous note 3 lasted A LOT longer; like twice as long.

          Course it could be 4.4.2. With that on my g2 battery life was also pretty bad.

      • mcdonsco

        Huh? I’ve had the x again now for a few days…been averaging having to charge it 2-3 times a day.

        Didn’t have that issue when I had the note 2 a long while back.

        That’s the only thing I DON’T like about the x…everything else I really like…but battery life on it stinks.

        • cgalyon

          Don’t know what to tell you. Have been using the X since around November without any battery problems. I easily make it through a day with fairly heavy use, and sometimes make it through much of the next day if I forgot to charge it. My typical use may be lighter than yours? Or maybe there’s something wrong with your X?

          • mcdonsco

            Dunno…I have a walnut one coming next week…well see.

            I’m a pretty heavy user, but even like right now. On battery for an hour and a half, 7 min on screen time android os at 32% of battery and I’m at 89%.

            Seems like I should still be around 96% or better.

    • mcdonsco

      No real returns? I bought one back in the black Friday /cyber Monday deal when their site crashed…at that time decided to stick with the phone I had….returned it no problems.

      • Kayak83

        Policy says exchange only on customized versions.

        • jtc276

          Yeah, I definitely returned my customized version a few months ago after about a week. I had no problems at all.

  • Jared Denman

    Is this for Dev editions too?

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  • Dave

    I did when it came out, and returned it after 5 days. Don’t get me wrong, it was nice, but I couldn’t give up my 14 month old GN2 performance, features, and battery life. Hoping for better results with the X+1.

  • Desperation, it’s sad.

    • guesswhat

      its a brilliant sales idea ..to get the phone in to the hands of more people.without actually selling the phone with lessprice with flash sales.

  • Bionicman

    yup if i get lucky i’ll definitely try it for my wife. she needs a new phone and while we are eyeing the S5, ive thought that maybe the moto X would be a nice fit for her. i guess we’ll see!

  • Eric Whitaker

    What are the odds that I can do this deal and get a sweet colorful one, then return it with my dinged up all white one?

    • d-rock

      Go ahead and try and fraud them!

      • Eric Whitaker

        I mean its kind of fraud… I will return the Moto X… Maybe just the wrong colored one. They probably won’t do anything with the returned ones.

        • jtc276

          Definitely fraud, but I doubt they’d do anything to you, so why not? Worst case scenario is that they realize you sent them the wrong phone, keep the one you sent them, and charge you for the new one.

        • niuguy

          Totally fraud.

    • Chris Hughes

      Well, for one it’s fraud and theft. Secondly, phones have many ways to identify them uniquely outside of their appearance…

  • anon

    Ill try the moto X again with this deal.

  • Tony Byatt

    Just received one after taking advantage of the deals lately…then sent it back…

    WiFi and cellular radios didn’t work…at all…

    I guess I had a ~6 hour “try then buy”…I am disappointed to say the least…

    But I got some free Sol Republic earbuds so maybe all is not lost…

  • Luke Pellegrini

    Is 64 gb correct? I’ve never seen an X with that much capacity.

    • Yup, it’s correct. 64GB.

      • jimt

        Could the X+1 be the X+64? Not a math question.

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          Moto x64 would be sick. Maybe next year.

      • Jason B

        Seems the market is moving in that direction (finally). I had to read it twice to make sure I read that correctly. I could use 64GB on my X. 1080p videos and full-res pictures can eat up space in seconds.

        So, the X+1 will definitely have a 64GB option if this revised X is being offered with 64GB. Bulk discounts from suppliers, you know.

      • Lucky Armpit

        But not on Verizon, right? Only GSM models get 64 GB?

  • mcdonsco

    Anyone with an X that got the 4.4.3 update; did it fix the 4.4.2 battery drain issues?

    I’ve had both the X and G2 both before Kit Kat and up to 4.4.2 and both before Kit Kat had WAY better battery life than on 4.4.2 and I know from forums/blogs etc like DL that’s its been a commonly reported issue on 4.4.2…hoping someone here that has an X that got the update to 4.4.3 can confirm if it fixed that?


    • Jeff C

      No idea, but I’d like to know. I’m still on 4.4, rooted with Xposed and Gravity Box. The phone is perfect and I’m trying to figure out if I’m going to take this update or not.

  • Kenny Woodard

    I kinda wish I could try it, but I really don’t wanna mess with switching out for a nano SIM card.. I wouldn’t want to buy it, I’m happy with my M7, but I’d like to use the Moto X just to experience it.

    • Suman Gandham

      Yeah nano SIM is a major ball ache… I didn’t think of that :/

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Yea, a lot of calls will be made to customer support on Day 15, once full price dumps onto that credit card

  • Mike Aurin

    The Moto X has had more deals and discount promotions than (insert a device that has had an equally large number of promotions)…

  • Jame

    I hope everyone who has ever said a bad work about Moto X here – without real first hand experience to back it up – will take advantage of this offer and experience the magic for themselves.

    • d-rock

      I really liked the moto x I bought of CL, but my G2 was better…I liked the little conveniences of the moto x, but I liked the G2 better…might be silly, but I really like the IR ports on my phones.

      • TopXKiller

        Hopefully the G3 IR will be better then G2

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    • Bryan Mills

      Nah my G3 is coming soon. Thanks but no thanks.

  • Tyrone Biggums

    Done deal!

  • Daniel Russell

    Man, all these deals are just telling everyone that they really aren’t selling anything and have to resort to whatever sale is necessary to get purchases. Sucks for Moto.

    • I don’t see it that way at all. While I do see how it could be interpreted like that, I think this is Moto just trying to get everyone to fall in love with the device. To me, the Moto X is aging, and the camera is pretty bad at times, but the device feels great in hand. Plus, it has timely updates for Android. Just the ability to customize a device, then try it for two weeks is worth a penny to me.

      • Jprime

        I do find a lot of the moto x features sometimes fail to work. Sometimes when I say OK Google now take me home it launches maps and other times it just Google searches the phrase

        • Kevin

          That’s not Motorola’s fault. That part is on Google’s end.

          • Jprime

            How so? Google doesn’t write software to interact with touchless control, but Motorola writes it to work with Google search. Unless u mean Google owner of motorola lol

          • Suralin

            Moto’s application is only listening for your prompt and commands while your phone is locked. It is Google’s server that translates it into commands that Google Now must parse. You should instead use a different command like “Navigate Home” or “Navigate to Work”. Google Now isn’t infallible, so it’s still up to the user to make it easier to parse.

      • Daniel Russell

        You don’t see apple or samsung putting massive sales on their flagships. I seriously doubt they would be putting this many sales on the device if it were selling as a S5 does. Don’t get me wrong, I love the phone. My brother has a Moto X and I have a Maxx. Hopefully all of this will spark some love for the new release of the X+1, but it just doesn’t bode well.

        • Nikuliai

          Motorola is selling to Lenovo.. OF COURSE they will try to sell whatever unit possible until the deal is approved, it’s pretty basic, besides, Morotola

          and to be fair ~~13.8M is not a bad number

          • michael arazan

            Then release the X+1 sooner, that’s what Sammy and HTC seem to be doing, gets ealier and earlier every year a month or two

          • Nikuliai

            There is no point to the X+1 if people don’t know the work made with the X

      • Did your research show whether or not this is valid for a Verizon version? I only ask because phandroid specifically says no Verizon option. I trust you guys more on that though.

        • chris125

          64gb is what they talked about not being on Verizon

          • OK. Thanks. why the hay would Verizon restrict any options, especially memory…

          • chris125

            Idk maybe try and push cloud storage and a potential other source of revenue? Who knows its Verizon, nothing they do makes sense to we the consumer.

      • Tee

        Are you only speaking about this particular sale? What about the other 100 sad sale attempts?

        • Tee

          They can’t get this phone in anyone’s hands and there are clear reasons for that.

          The phone was a flop. They need to move on from it.

    • JoshGroff

      This is something all companies should do when they’re trying to sell off inventory of last year’s flagship.

    • michael arazan

      After I get the device, can I get a discount for it being used after the trial period.

      Can’t wait for Moto to offer up a haggling price form like a car lot

  • Sean Plantz

    That’s a pretty sweet deal. If I didn’t already have the maxx I would do it.

  • Paul

    Apply this to the X+1 and I’m in.