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Moto X Play Hits Canada on Friday, Looks All Sorts of US Compatible Though

The Moto X Play, Motorola’s battery beast that is avoiding the US like Sepp Blatter after an election, arrives in Canada this Friday, August 21! That’s noteworthy for US customers because it appears – at least according to Motorola’s spec sheet for the phone – that the X Play will work perfectly on your favorite US GSM networks. 

Here are the supported bands:

  • XT1563
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1700 (AWS), 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • 4G LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 28)

See, we have all of the correct GSM bands, but we also have T-Mobile’s LTE bands of 2, 4, and 12, along with AT&T’s of 2, 4, and 17.

Priced at around $299, this is one of those phones that you might want to strongly consider, assuming we can find a way to get it across that border. With its 5.5-inch 1080p display and massive 3630mAh battery, this phone should go and go and go without needing to be charged. Couple those two specs with a new 21MP camera, 16GB of storage (with SD slot), Turbo Charger-readiness, water resistance, and a sleek Moto-esque design, and you have one heck of a budget-minded phone that doesn’t skimp (hear that, OnePlus?).

Stay tuned as we try and figure out a way for you to be able to buy this phone, without paying ridiculous import pricing. Also, remember to avoid the UK and European models, as they don’t support US LTE bands at all. You want model XT1563 of the Moto X Play.

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Via:  @Motorola_CA | Motorola
  • BenSenise

    make sure the X play sold in canada is not locked to canadian carriers before you buy for the US. apparently the latest G was only sold locked. that’s why they are only sold by the carriers and not at best buy for example.

  • Sim Lash

    https://www.motorola.com.mx It looks like it’s cheaper from Mexico and it has Moto Maker. How can US residents get it shipped to them though?

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    You have to buy the device through one of the Canadian carriers and most of them are selling for more than Moto’s starting price. Sasktel is the cheaper option but there wasn’t a purchase now option. LAME

  • perfectlyreasonabletoo

    “XT1563” is the phone’s model number, not a wireless band.

  • needa

    i didn’t give this phone a second thought, or even a first one, until now. this is great news.

  • flosserelli

    Verizon’s exclusive “Droid” deal is the only reason this is not coming to the USA.
    I left VZW over a year ago, and yet they are are still screwing me over. Farking Verizon ╭∩╮(-_-)╭∩╮

    • I too dumped big red nearly two years ago and moved back to big blue. Still running my Nexus 5 and havn’t looked back since. Good riddance to bloat fill phones, carrier logos, and that constant feeling of being hemmed in.

    • T4rd

      I really doubt that’s the reason. The Droid phones always have high end specs and are not budget phones like the X Play is. Whatever ends up being the next Verizon Droid phone will have the same or better specs than the Moto X Style/Pure edition. Last year’s Droid Turbo is already higher spec’d than the current X Play phone, so I doubt they’re going backwards with it.

    • michael arazan

      That’s why Verizon blocked the Moto X and Nexus 6 from sales, because of their Droid lines…………Oh wait, they didn’t

  • Josep Reyes

    haha am i the only one that understood the football reference..

  • StankyChikin

    I know somebody that has dual citizenship and could easily purchase and deliver one to me.. I may have to seriously consider this..

    • Noel

      Ha-ha…u don’t even have to go the dual citizenship route. I am sure Amazon or some other retail outlets will carry it if Moto USA still decides not to sell this money maker to it’s US fans.

  • captainkirk

    This one does not have all of the same bands that the Moto X Pure lists, but is close.

    From the Motorola site, the Pure lists:

    GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    CDMA (800, 850, 1900 MHz)
    4G LTE (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, 38, 41)

    and the Canadian Play shows:

    GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
    UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1700 (AWS), 1900, 2100 MHz)
    4G LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 28)

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    • Eric Butler

      The only band I see missing is on the Pure, 1700 AWS for HSPA+ which T-Mobile uses, but they also use 1900 for HSPA+ so that’s not an issue.

    • needa

      “that the X Play will work perfectly on your favorite US GSM networks.”

  • Logan

    Do not worry guys B&H Photo always have international models available. They have good prices and customer service. I bought a Galaxy Alpha from them and I couldn’t be happier. I will buy this one from them………………:)

    • domatau

      here’s to hoping you are right!

  • Daniel Moshee

    Meanwhile, it’s already up for order in the UK and Germany via Moto Maker.



    France and Spain are next.

  • jbdan

    Didn’t I read that Rick said “don’t worry we have a surprise coming to USA” regarding the play version not being available here? Meaning a US version of the play? Maybe I’m wrong…

    • MrQ

      They probably meant Verizon Droids

      • jbdan

        That’s a bummer if so. I thought it sounded more like something that’d be available to all… You know…. Get the masses to grab a style/X then come out with this play version couple months later

        • Ian Case

          They do this constantly, even with the regular X’s colorways and materials. I’m an early adopter, I bought both X’s on launch day on Verizon and thus, no MotoMaker on the first one and 3 weeks after I got my 2014 X, the football leather one was released. It bummed me out, but I do love the phones.

          I also don’t learn cuz I’ll be first in line for the Style, too.

        • ultravisitor

          I think Google’s done with Play Edition phones.

    • perfectlyreasonabletoo

      Maybe it’ll have a Google Play edition in the US and they don’t want to confuse things by having both a Moto X Play and a Moto X Google Play.

  • Trysta

    At least according to motorola.com the Canadian Moto X play has better support for T-mobile (AWS 1700 HSPA+) than the Moto X Pure edition being sold in the US. I really hope that is a typo on the US motorola site but it hasn’t changed yet…

    • Guest

      It probably isn’t
      Wasn’t last year model(s) supposedly getting more LTE bands support?

    • Ian Case

      No, the new Style Pure edition has support for an unprecedented number of LTE bands, relaly.

  • Arty McBert

    The Canadians who’ll sell this to US buyers will probably jack up the price of this phone by at least a hundred or two more dollars, sadly. This to me is the perfect phone, besides my issue with it being a phablet.

  • Pressed

    This is silly like when Motorola excluseivly sold the OG Moto X to AT&T. Why doesn’t Motorola just offer this in the U.S.? I I have to jump through hoops to get my hands on one, I’ll likely just wait for the Nexus.

    • ThomasMoneyhon

      they had a gsm developer edition. It came with a t-mobile sim but was sim unlocked.

  • ThomasMoneyhon

    Just remember no warranty if you brick it or it craps out on you if you reside in the USA. Combine that with motorola’s notoriously fantasic support and you will be screwed.

    • Ralph Bretz

      I’ve never had any issues with Motorola customer service. I’ve had 3 phones replaced through advanced RMA with no problem.
      I always wonder what people do or say to the reps that cause them to have such issues.
      I’ve even gotten free goodies from Motorola.

      • Ian Case

        Same here. I think people just are a-holes a lot of the time and get even more upset.

        • Ralph Bretz

          Years ago when I had a customer service job in college, if a person called in and was an a$$hole right out of the gate, they got bad service. If someone was nice and polite, they got whatever I could do.

    • Suicide_Note

      Motorola support has been nothing but aces when I’ve had to call them.

      • TopXKiller

        I can dodge bullets baby!

  • Nate3D

    I think I may wait to see what happens at IFA here in a couple weeks, maybe wait for some more details on the 2015 Nexus 5. If nothing really special turns up, its import time!!

  • jer85008

    If it’s $299 CAD it would still be worth it with the import taxes/etc. if you can get one.
    I would buy this in a second if they had it in the Motorola store online.

    • MrQ

      It’s very likely 299 USD and 399 CAD

      • Ian Case

        Why would there be prices in USD for a product never intended to be sold in the US market?

        • MrQ

          For comparisons, or to give people an idea of the price. Plus USD is widely used/understood

  • Joseph Juguilon

    how do we import this??? i have a friend that lives in canada willing to ship it to me in the US. How much do customs charge? or What paper work do i have to do

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Just wait until it pops up on Ebay from one of the popular sellers, which it will.

      EDIT. Or your friend can just ship it to you, I don’t think you’ll have a customs issue…..

  • Razma

    Verizon Exclusive Droid version incoming sporting all of these features

    • Duder12

      With these two additional features:
      1. Verizon Bloatware
      2. 6+ month delayed updates

      • jrbmed08

        Not to mention that super-helpful locked bootloader…

        • TopXKiller

          Think of the children!

      • James_75

        and capacitive buttons… eek!

        • Michael Luscher

          And a non useable FM radio


  • Richard Wright

    I’m heading up to Ottawa in a few weeks. Any place to buy one?

    • From any of these carriers: Bell, Koodo, Telus, Videotron and Wind Mobile

    • Brian

      I called Telus to see if I could buy one, I’m in Michigan. They said I needed an active Telus account, and I would need to have it for 90 days before they’d unlock it. :/

  • jonathan3579

    I seriously hope an easy and inexpensive way to import is found.

  • MJZ

    I’m 20 minutes from Windsor, ONT – I can easily pick one of these babies up.
    $299US or $299CDN?

    THAT is the question… and what retail outlets will it be sold through?

    • It will be available at Bell, Koodo, Telus, Videotron and Wind Mobile and will be around $400 CAD.

    • denlem

      $299 CDN is $229 USD, so hopefully that is the CDN price!

    • ATF6

      USD. The exchange rate would make $299 CAD less than the price of the Moto G.

      • hfoster52

        Hello Ebay!

  • stockandroidguy

    As a Nexus user, and planning to buy the next Nexus this phone at the $299 price point and that awesome battery makes me want to go Moto. Has the T-mobile bands. I’ll be looking at this one hoping to somehow get it in the US

    • Eric Butler

      that’s $299 Canadian too so it’ll be cheaper by about $70

  • Rafa

    I need that wallpaper!!!

    • Daniel Grabowski

      The dark teal backed wallpaper is what’s up.

  • grant swanson

    what about the 2 gb ram and lesser processor. wont slow things down too bad compared to new nexus, oneplus, moto x pure?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I mean if you’re looking at specs, see how the Moto G or E phones perform. Shouldn’t be an issue with base performance.

    • jamaall

      Considering that the Moto G has aa lesser processor and runs fantastic, I’d say you will see no difference. Near stock android Lollipop is great isn’t it?

  • 2 hours from the Canadian boarder. Time to start bootlegging!

    • Eric Butler

      You’ll have to pay duty on it at customs though unless you try your damnedest to hide it.

      • Peter Lynch

        not if its your personal phone

      • Even if I do 10 phones at a time, that is barely a small suitcase. And where I cross, TSA at major airports are more vicious than those border patrol guys.

    • Peter Lynch

      im an hour away and thats what i do ,got a great deal on a inflatable boat saved $3000 on it and only cost $200 customs duty sweet deal

  • hfoster52

    I smell the next droid…. Hence why VZ bands were included.

    • Daniel Grabowski

      While I expect this, I hope they allow everyone to buy that version and work on any carrier, not just Verizon exclusive, seeing as their 2 year contracts are gone. One can hope!

    • John

      Noob here… Article states gsm bands.. will it work on Verizons cdma though? This phone in particular not the mentioned next droid in your comment. Thanks.

      • No Verizon bands supported in this one.

        Guessing there will be a DROID on Verizon that is similar to this phone, though.

        • Brent Cooper

          Isn’t it missing band 13 for Verizon though?

          • Droid22

            No CDMA bands on this phone to work on Verizon

          • This phone won’t work on Verizon at all, the X Play that is.

    • hfoster52

      Sorry I meant to say excluded.