Motorola Quickly Sells Out of Verizon Moto X on Moto Maker (Updated)

Shortly after the new Moto X (2nd gen) went on sale for Verizon customers through Moto Maker, readers of ours were quick to point out that the 32GB option was gone within a few minutes. Now that the weekend is over with, it appears as if Motorola is completely sold out of all Verizon variants through their customization site. If you wanted to buy a Moto X for Verizon and customize it through Moto Maker, you can no longer do so.  (more…)

You are Not Alone: “Large Number” of Moto X Pre-Orders are Delayed (Updated)

Yesterday, you may have noticed on Twitter that we asked for feedback from those who had pre-ordered the new Moto X. We asked about your Moto Maker order status, which type of back you had chosen, and if it had shipped yet. We were curious because the order we placed minutes after the pre-order period opened up had not yet shipped, while a handful of readers had already received their units ordered around the same time. According to the feedback we got from you all, it seemed as if order shipments were pretty hit or miss. Some had received theirs, while others’ were in the same boat as us.

As it turns out, there is a large enough pool of delayed pre-orders that Motorola customer support sent us an email acknowledging the delay without us even inquiring.  (more…)

Moto Maker Now Available for Verizon’s Moto X (2nd Gen)

The new Moto X (2nd gen) became available last night through Verizon, an hour or so before the clock flipped the day to September 26. We pointed it out, but also noted that Moto Maker was not available just yet. If you were hoping to customize a new Moto X or make one with a leather back, you had some more waiting to do. That wait is now over.

If you cruise through Motorola’s store, choose the Moto X (2nd gen), customize it, and then click the “Buy” button, you will see Verizon listed as a carrier option.  (more…)

New Moto X With Moto Maker Officially Arrives Tomorrow at Verizon

The new Moto X is officially arriving tomorrow, September 26, at Verizon.

The Moto X (2nd generation) will run $99 on new 2-year contract with 16GB of storage. Verizon didn’t state the off-contract price, but Motorola announced at the beginning of September that it would cost just $499, a full $100 cheaper than most other flagships. Moto Maker customizations will also be available if you don’t want one of the stock models sold directly from Verizon.  (more…)

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…)