Deal: Brand New, Unlocked AT&T Moto X on eBay for $275

The Moto X may be almost a year old, but you could argue that it is still one of the best smartphone values on the market, and that’s with its current full retail price of around $399. When you consider today’s deal on eBay, that lists an unlocked AT&T model for $275, you are in full “steal” territory, approaching the exit for “impulse buy” territory.

The deal, which is available in limited quantities, includes a brand new (not refurbished or any of that jazz), in-the-original-box Moto X (XT1058) in white with 16GB of storage. We are talking $275 for a brand new phone that we called the best smartphone of 2013. The listing claims that this is the XT1058, which is the AT&T model. If you buy it, you should have great service on LTE with AT&T service.

Free shipping is included as well.

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Motorola Confirms That Moto Maker Will Continue

This morning, Motorola told members of the press that they would be closing the Texas plant where they assemble custom orders for their 2013 flagship, Moto X. The first question we asked after being told this news was, “What about Moto Maker?”

Moto Maker, for those not familiar, is the web interface that allows customers to customize a Moto X through options like the color and material used on its back plate, how much storage is included, and if your phone will greet you with a saying upon boot-up. It is without a doubt, one of the biggest selling points for the Moto X, and a service we hope lives on for future Motorola products.

According to a short-but-sweet note from Motorola, we now know that Moto Maker will indeed continue on.  (more…)

Motorola is Closing Its Texas Smartphone Factory (Updated)

According to the Wall Street Journal, Motorola is closing its Texas factory that has been used to build custom versions of its Moto X due to weak sales and high costs. The close isn’t happening immediately, but will be done before the end of the year.

As you all know, the factory opened only a year ago and was used to build custom versions of the Moto X through a site called MotoMaker. The whole point was to quickly assemble made-to-order devices that could be shipped to US customers within a couple of days. Since sales of the Moto X did not exactly top charts, Motorola wasn’t able to keep costs low enough.  (more…)

Moto X+1 Makes First Appearance?

Is that the first image of the Moto X+1, the rumored Moto X follow-up from Motorola? That we don’t know, but there are some clues that could help us decide what it is.

Well, it certainly isn’t the original Moto X. On the original, the sensors, speaker grill, and front-facing camera are pushed up to the top of the phone and also not perfectly centered together. The Moto X also does not come with a gold front. The only front panel color options for the Moto X are white or black.  (more…)

T-Mobile Moto X Update on the Way, What is It?

Motorola is inviting owners of the T-Mobile Moto X to participate in a soak test for a new software update. No other details have been provided to members of the Motorola Feedback Network. Keep in mind that the phone is already running the most current version of Android, which is 4.4.2. So what is it? Your guess is as good as ours.

We did see a Motorola exec tease something for this week, saying that his company has a release that we will “really enjoy,” but that could be app-related rather than firmware-related.

Once this update begins rolling out, we will try to find out what is new.  (more…)

Moto X+1 Reportedly Pictured in Chicago Subway, Could Sport 5″+ Display

A purported picture of the Moto X+1 has hit the web, said to be taken recently in a Chicago subway. The device, whatever it may be exactly, is clearly being used inside of a dummy box, which OEMs often use when an unreleased device is out for field testing.

The only true sign that points to it being Motorola property is the company’s logo which is spotted, albeit a bit blurry, in the top left corner of the device. We have seen this mark on all leaked images from Motorola for the past year. (more…)

Rosewood Replaces Walnut for Custom Moto X Orders (Updated: or not)

Update:  Motorola reached out to let us know that Rosewood replacing Walnut was a back-end bug or issue that has been fixed. In other words, Walnut is back, Rosewood is gone again.

Rosewood, one of the original “natural” backs shown off at last year’s Moto X launch, is now available as an option through MotoMaker. We aren’t sure why it took this long to get Rosewood in the line-up, but we should point out that it seems to have replaced Walnut. So if you had your sights still set on a custom Moto X with a Walnut finish, those days are over. Rosewood is here.

The finish is still an additional $25 add-on, just like Ebony, Teak, and Bamboo.  (more…)

Motorola Updates Contextual Services Too, Teases New Release Next Week

Motorola updated Contextual Services for the Moto X and DROID line this morning, in addition to the update to Modality Services that we saw yesterday. The update adds “support for location detection,” improves driving detection using audio (similar to what the Modality update did), and fixes bugs.

Motorola doesn’t appear to be done, though. In a post to G+, Mark Rose (senior director product management) told us to expect another release next week that Motorola thinks we will “really enjoy.” Tough to tell if it’s related to the updates to Contextual and Modality services or not, but either way, we have something to look forward to from Moto next week.  (more…)