An Update on Activating Moto X Pure Editions at Verizon (Updated)

Update:  Verizon says we should be good to go. Feel free to activate on their site or head into a store.

A week ago, just as Moto X Pure Edition orders were arriving on doorsteps, Verizon confirmed to us that they were ready for Motorola’s new unlocked phone and that stores would be able to activate them. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case just yet for many of you who are attempting to get the phone activated on Big Red’s network.

We reached back out to Verizon to see if they could provide an update on the status of the situation and were told that the phone is indeed certified and supported, but there is some sort of issue that they are working to resolve with Motorola in order to get the activation process up and working.

The short statement is below.  (more…)

It’s Official: Verizon Approves Android 5.1 Lollipop for Moto X (1st Gen)

Over the weekend, Motorola began a soak test of Android 5.1 Lollipop for the Moto X (1st gen) on Verizon. At the time, we told you that it could begin rolling out to non-soak testers within the week, assuming it was successful. Well, Verizon must be pleased with the Lollipop build, as they have approved the update for rollout.

The update is arriving as software version 222.21.39, which is different than the version we saw hit soak testers’ phones.  (more…)

Probably Temporary: Verizon Unlimited Users Can Tether Out of the Box for Free With Moto X Pure

If you picked up a Moto X Pure Edition and are using it on Verizon with your unlimited data plan, feel free to flip on the phone’s WiFi Hotspot and see if tethering works. It’s working on my phone. It’s working for a handful of others over at XDA as well, plus a source told us it would work day 1 out of the box. And I’m talking about free WiFi Hotspot and tethering without a subscription check, not for users who pay the $29.99 per month that Verizon charges unlimited data users.  (more…)

Video: SIM Swapping on the Moto X Pure Edition

How easy is it to get your new Moto X Pure Edition up and running on your carrier of choice? As easy as swapping in a nano SIM from that carrier. Have activated service on AT&T? Just put your SIM in. Same thing with Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, or a variety of prepaid carriers. Remember, the phone is fully unlocked with supported bands for all of the major US carriers, so it should just work out of the box.

Because we wanted to show how easy it is to get your new Moto X Pure Edition working with your carrier of choice, we put together this quick video of a SIM swap from no SIM to AT&T to Verizon within a matter of minutes. It’s amazing how quickly you can get from one network to another with this phone.  (more…)

Where is the Moto X Pure Edition SD Card Slot? In the SIM Tray.

One of the most important features of the Moto X Pure Edition for many is the inclusion of a microSD card slot by Motorola. I wouldn’t be shocked if a majority of buyers went for the $399 16GB model since you can slap in a 128GB microSD card and have all of the storage a smartphone user ever dreamed of. That’s a big deal not only because it reduces the price you may have to spend on the phone, but it also fills a gap left by Samsung after they ditched microSD cards in this year’s line-up of Galaxy phones.

With that in mind, assuming a number of you pick up the Moto X Pure Edition, you may be wondering where the SD card slot is. Since it’s not in a typical side slot, we thought we should make sure you all knew ahead of your phone arriving.  (more…)

Moto X Pure Edition Unboxing and Tour!

The Moto X Pure Edition is here! The excitement is needed because this is the 3rd generation of a phone that we called the phone of the year in both 2013 and 2014. Or maybe better put, this pone has some big shoes to fill.

With a Moto Maker designed Moto X Pure Edition (MXPE) in house, we thought we would kick off our coverage as we always do, with a quick unboxing. In this quick video, you’ll see some initial reactions, even though this is the 3rd time I’ve had the phone in hand, the fact that Motorola tossed in a Turbo Charger and free bumper case, both of which do not seem to be affecting the still-rock-bottom price, and another run-through of specs. (more…)

Verizon Will Allow You to Activate the Moto X Pure Edition

You know how users initially reported all sorts of issues activating the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE and the Nexus 6 on Verizon shortly after they each launched, even though each device was technically fully capable of attaching to Verizon’s network? That whole situation stemmed from Verizon not having certified those devices at the time of the attempted activations. Since they weren’t certified, and likely not in Verizon’s systems, they couldn’t be activated, thus creating the issues. We walked you through all sorts of work-arounds, but it was still a problem. With the Moto X Pure Edition and its fully unlocked self arriving on doorsteps of many this week, we reached out to Verizon to see if customers would run into similar issues.  (more…)