Interview: Motorola Talks Big 2013 Moments, Choice, Value, a Love for Stock Android, and the Future

During last week’s CES, I had a chance to sit down with Motorola executives Steve Horowitz (SVP software engineering) and William Moss (director of corporate communications) to talk the year that was, what they took away from all that happened in 2013, their thoughts on wearables, and where we are headed in 2014. Our chat was a brief 30 minutes, but we managed to cruise through all sorts of topics including how they managed to update the Moto X to Kit Kat in under three weeks.

I think you’ll notice a theme quickly emerging throughout that most of you will all be fans of:  Motorola wants to do more of the same, which means continuing to provide value and choice with a stock Android experience anchoring it all. While they wouldn’t give up their roadmap for 2014 (don’t worry I tried to get it), I think it’s safe to assume that we’ll see MotoMaker stick around, new choices of materials will be a part of the scheme, new features will be added onto their suite of Touchless Control and Active Display, and prices will remain as good as ever.

Let’s run through it. (Sorry for the delay, but man, do I have new love for professional transcribers.) (more…)

Verizon Moto X Through MotoMaker Drops to $49.99 On-Contract

Not sure exactly when this happened, but the Moto X with MotoMaker customizations for Verizon is available for $49.99 at the moment on-contract. None of the other carriers are offering the discounted price and are still showing $99.99. If you don’t want a custom device, you can also order the black or white woven models directly through Verizon’s site at the same price.  (more…)

Moto X $150 Off Full Retail Promo Returns, 50% Off Accessories Too

Kicking yourself over missing out on the Cyber Monday Moto X deal that granted customers $150 off the full retail price? You, my friends, are in luck today. Thanks to a promo running through the Today Show (yes, that Today Show), you have a second chance at the same deal as long as you are interested in buying Sprint or AT&T models of the phone through MotoMaker (Edit: it now appears to be for all carrier models). Once again, you can grab a custom made Moto X at $350 without a contract for a limited time. 
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Motorola Details New 2-Day $150-off Moto X Deal, No Rush This Time Thanks to Promo Code

After yesterday’s Cyber Monday fiasco, Motorola has unveiled their new plan to award many of you with a Moto X for $150 off the full retail price. Instead of dealing with “rushed checkouts” and a flood of traffic to their site all at once, Motorola has decided to hand out coupon codes that can be redeemed for the $150-off promo price within a week. In other words, on either Wednesday (December 4, tomorrow) or next Monday (December 9), you’ll have the chance to register for a coupon code that can later be redeemed for a custom made Moto X through MotoMaker for the discounted Cyber Monday price.  (more…)

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside Issues Apology Over Cyber Monday Site Crash, Talks New Deal Days

Motorola would probably like to forget 2013’s Cyber Monday as quickly as possible. The day started with excitement over the Moto X deal they planned to kick off – $150 off full retail phones – but quickly turned into a disaster once their site buckled under the heavy amounts of traffic that flooded in minutes before the sale was to begin. Customers sat on their MotoMaker site for hours trying to get in orders and as they waited for some sort of word out of Motorola’s camp as to what was happening. We didn’t know much until we were 12 hours in, something their CEO is now apologizing for.  (more…)

Motorola had a Rough Cyber Monday: If MotoMaker Not Up by 9:30PM ET, They’ll do the $150 Off Deal on Wednesday

Well, folks, today didn’t exactly goes as planned if your calendar included a scheduled appearance on Motorola’s MotoMaker site. As you are all well aware, Motorola wanted to kick off a Cyber Monday deal at 9AM ET that would let you walk into a custom made Moto X for $349, which is $150 off the full retail price of their 2013 flagship. It was supposed to be the deal of the day, at least in our books. Unfortunately, we never got to the deal thanks to a massive amount of traffic flooding Motorola’s site before the deal kicked off, crashing it into oblivion.  (more…)

Moto X With MotoMaker Now Available for $350 Off Contract (Updated)

Update:  It’s pretty obvious that Motorola’s site isn’t currently able to handle the amount of traffic that has flooded upon it for this deal. Should the site come back up and the deal be in place, we’ll update this post. Hang with us!

Update 2 (6:49AM):  Motorola’s support account on Twitter had this to say – “Lots of traffic; promo not started yet. Wait to order until you see promo in cart. Watch http://twitter.com/motorola  for updates!” and “As posted above, it has not started yet. We need to get the site up first. Wait until you see the promo in your cart to order.”

Update 3 (6:58AM):  And now the official Motorola account has posted this – “Our website is down due to traffic & we’re working quickly to restore it. Watch here for updates & for when our Cyber Monday deal starts.”

Update 4 (8:17AM):  New word in from Motorola – “We’re currently restoring online services. Some may have site-access, but Cyber Monday deal prices won’t begin until all systems are a go.”

Update 5 (8:44AM):  Moto X Developer Edition (GSM) and (CDMA) models are now available for $399! [GSM Link] [CDMA Link]

Update 6 (11:38AM):  Shortly after going live, the Developer Editions both sold out. And then now they have come back. We’re not exactly sure even Motorola knows what’s going on at this point. Feel free to try the links in Update 5, just to make sure. If you were waiting for MotoMaker orders, we think they may still be coming. Try to sit tight through this 6-hour wait.

Update 7 (11:55AM):  Yep, the Developer Editions are back again, according to official word from Motorola. And Motomaker is still apparently on the way, if you can believe that. Here are the direct DE links – [GSM Link] [CDMA Link]

Update 8 (6:20PM):  Well, Motorola has issued a new statement with a potential new schedule. If they are not up and running by 6:30PM Pacific, they are moving the deal to Wednesday, December 4, with a second sale happening on Monday, December 9.

Update 9 (11:00PM):  Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has apologized for today’s debacle. They will indeed open up two more sale days – December 4 (this Wednesday) and December 9 (next Monday). Details here.

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Motorola’s discount on the full retail price of the Moto X – what may be the best Cyber Monday deal of them all – is now live (at least it’s supposed to be, but their site is struggling at the moment). Announced last week, we were told to expect to see a $150 discount from off-contract pricing on Moto X models through MotoMaker and Developer Editions. For those keeping track of current Moto X pricing, that puts custom made MotoMaker models with 16GB at just $349 without a contract. Should you go 32GB of storage, you’ll be paying $399.  (more…)