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Update, 12-2 7:30 PM Pacific: Moto Maker has been slammed all day, so Motorola is planning on offering the Moto X discount again on both Wednesday and next Friday.

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Update, 12-2 9 AM Pacific: The deal is live, and discounted Moto X phones for all carriers are now available. You can get contract-free 16GB models in the Moto Maker website for $349.99, or upgrade to 32GB for $399.99. Developer editions for Verizon and GSM networks are $399.99 in the Motorola Store.

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The site is struggling under a massive load of users, and is periodically showing the "coming soon" boilerplate in Moto Maker. Keep trying if you want that price. The Developer Editions don't seem to be affected. Hurry: supplies are limited, and these phone will go quickly.

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If you've been shopping for a new phone, Cyber Monday might be your chance to save some real cash. Motorola has just announced that it will be offering $150 discounts on all off-contract Moto X purchases that day. That includes the carrier-locked phones and the developer editions.

Holiday Phone Capture

That means the carrier versions of the phone from Moto Maker will only cost $349 (usually $499) and the developer editions (usually $549) will work out to $399. Motorola hasn't provided any specific details about how the promotion will work, but it did point out that supplies will be limited. With a hefty discount like that, it's more than likely the online store will be cleared out before the day is through. Because it's the Moto X, we're probably looking at a US-only deal.

Motorola will provide more information as the day approaches (December 2nd, by the way). For now, consume your holiday bird and bide your time.

[+Motorola, Moto X – Thanks, Vinu]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Cherokee4life

    Good thing I am in the market for a new phone..

  • Cory Wilson

    That's a damn good deal. Hey gnex owners, good replacement idea

    • Jonathan Berry

      Precisely.

    • Cory_S

      Anyone know off hand if the AT&T & T-Mobile versions are the same SKU, as in both will work fully cross network?

      • MrJigolo

        someone pls respond. I need to know which is best for Tmobile radios

        • veRdiKt

          they are the same

          • Matt

            No, they're not.

        • Matt

          See my response to Cory_S.

      • Matt

        According to PCMag, the AT&T variant won't work *as well* on T-Mobile. The reverse, however, doesn't appear to be true.

        "The reason T-Mobile users need to get this
        model is because it's the only Moto X which supports T-Mobile's HSPA+
        42 network on the AWS band. The AT&T-compatible Moto X supports
        T-Mobile's LTE, but not the HSPA band, which means that if you fall off
        of LTE you'll be in T-Mobile's much more limited, slower 1900MHz HSPA+
        21 coverage."

        http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2425106,00.asp

        I posted this below, but here are the differences between the bands.

        "The T-Mobile variant covers GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900), UMTS (Bands I,II, IV, V, VIII) and 4G LTE (Bands 2, 4, 17). The AT&T version covers GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900, 1700/2100, 2100), and 4G LTE (bands 2, 4, 5, and 13). Somebody correct me if I'm wrong (for some reason the AT&T specs are not super easy to find)."

        • Cory

          So the T-Mobile version would fully support both networks then?

          • Matt

            I'm not sure about how the LTE networks differ (and which bands are predominantly used by AT&T), but considering that the T-Mobile version lacks band 5, I imagine it won't be 100% on AT&T.

          • anezarati

            The Moto X wikipedia page used to have a nice table that broke down what bands each variant supported, but it looks like someone edited it out.

            If you can find a list then use this to see what bands ATT, Tmobile, etc use

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LTE_networks#Americas

          • Matt

            Awesome, thanks. I found it in the revision history!

          • Zreh Sahukar

            I have reverted the page back to the edition with the Variant Table, It seems like it was mistakenly removed.

          • Anthony James

            Take a swing at the widget below if you're ready to prove that you're the best

          • ProductFRED

            Yes. The AT&T version has two additional bands for LTE that aren't yet being used (850 and 1900 MHz), but the T-Mobile version will work fully on AT&T regardless (EDGE, 4G, LTE)

    • Steve Freeman

      Just what I was thinking :P

  • merman1983

    My goodness gracious - severely tempted to grad a Moto (ne)X(us) - with the timely updates and now great off-contract pricing - just wow. (still going to wait for the X2)

  • Matt

    Thanks for making the decision between the Nexus 5 and the Moto X even harder, especially now that the developer edition (with unlockable bootloader) is the same price as the 32GB Nexus 5. Ahh, forget it...it's too hard to decide; I'll just stick with the Nexus 4 until next year.

    • zephiK

      Its not making the decision even harder. Nexus 5 wins over a Moto X by a large margin. Nexus 5 is better in specs all around, has a bigger screen, faster CPU, faster everything and bigger everything.

      Not to mention the developer community for Nexus devices will be longer lasting than a Moto X.

      • Shawn Lee

        Why do i feel you're the same zephiK from XDA.

        Hmm, honestly, given a choice, i would have gotten the Moto X instead of my N5. Touchless control, Active Display, Better Battery Life.
        Specs the N5 wins hands down, but usability, the Moto X definitely.

      • ProductFRED

        True. However in regards to CPU, it has the GPU of a Snapdragon 600 even though it's only a dual core Snapdragon S4 Pro. It's more efficient and the reason why it gets great battery life.

        • Mark Curtis

          but...but....higher numbers = better than

      • Matt

        Yeah, but it also doesn't have the driving assist features, the always on "Ok Google", the active notifications, or the customizability of MotoMaker. The battery life is supposedly neck-and-neck (or even somewhat better on the Moto X) and neither camera is supposed to be fantastic. Certainly, there are no guaranteed 18 months of updates for the Moto X and the carrier-branded devices are bootloader-locked, but the Moto X seems to be getting a fair bit of developer support as well right now.

        When looking at the two feature sets, it just seems somewhat like a draw: better processor vs. more features, larger screen with higher resolution or completely customizable and more intriguing appearance. Specs aren't everything when it comes to phone choice.

      • n0th1ng_r3al

        I have the N5 and I m dissapointed This is coming from the Galaxy Nexus. AMOLED is way better than the crappy screen on the N5. Also the speaker is useless.

      • Bootleg Zani

        I have the Nexus 5 and the Moto X Dev Edition. The Nexus 5 has better specs on paper but I prefer using the Moto X over it. The Active Notifications, Touchless Controls and the overall feel of the device in my hand just feels great.

      • thedosbox

        And yet, so many people who've used both prefer the Moto X.

    • motoridersd

      I have both the N5 and the Moto X. The Moto X version I have is an XT1053 from Nextel México that is SIM unlocked but the bootloader is locked. I am stuck with whatever Motorola images I can find and can't update to 4.4 yet, but, in its stock 4.2 form, the Moto X is pretty nice. The form factor is much nicer on the X than on the N5, the N5 borders on too big for my hands.

      Battery life on the Moto X has not been that great for me. I get the same amount of battery life on both, but I run a lot of apps that keep the phone awake a lot (MightyText, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp). I started greenifying them and the Nexus 5 is performing much better. The speaker on the Moto X is better than the N5.

      The camera on the Moto X is super fast to shoot and focus, and the N5's is slow to focus and shoot. But, when it comes to macro or low light shots, the N5's HDR+ does a much better job than the Moto X. Low light is helped a lot by the OIS in the N5. The Moto X has more noise. Hope a software update on the N5 can fix things up.

      Now dev. The Moto X thread on XDA is sad, there are very few (if any, can't remember) custom ROMs because the locked bootloaders are impossible to get around and almost everyone has a locked bootloader. I am running Cataclysm on the N5 and it is so easy to install TWRP and any ROM and recover from issues. I would probably have much better luck with that on the Moto X if I could unlock the bootloader. If you look at the N5 dev community, you have tons of ROMs, custom kernels (I run Faux Kernel on the N5 which also helps give me much better battery life) and recoveries. I don't think I've seen any custom kernels for the Moto X.

      The Moto X features are cool, but I am having a hard time getting used to Active Notifications. I miss the notification LED. The voice commands on the Moto X are nice.

      I do like the N5 screen better than the AMOLED of the Moto X, but the Moto X screen is pretty good. I don't notice 1080p vs 720p to be honest. I've never been a big fan of AMOLED, but they have their advantages, like better battery life.

      Now that Motorola has said people can keep their warranties when unlocking the bootloader, maybe we will see more development happening. The lower price should help get these in developer hands and a whole world might open up.

      Tough choice indeed.

      • Matt

        Good to hear from somebody who has firsthand experience with both. The locked bootloader has troubled me somewhat as well, but the tradeoffs with the Nexus 5 are tradeoffs I've made twice before with the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus and am not super keen on making again (speaker quality, camera, battery life...though it's interesting to hear that it's much better with Greenify). Still, I feel like I might just be happy enough with the Nexus 4 through this generation to wait until next year, but these price drops are mighty tempting.

        • motoridersd

          Greenify and the custom kernel are making it much better. I see people on the custom kernel Google+ thread posting battery stats that are incredible. Over a day with 6 hours of screen on time. These people obviously don't use their phones that much, but my N5 lasts me through a day. I unplug at 7 AM, run Waze and stream music through bluetooth in the car (but I plug it into the car charger during my 30-45 minute commute) and I have about 10% left at midnight. I also do a lot of tweeting, whatsapp, pictures and sms and a few calls here and there, plus gmail and exchange notifications on all the time.

          With the use I give my phone, I think my battery life is great. If I had the 3,000 mAh battery of the G2 it would be much better of course.

          One downside to the Moto X is that it's $399 for 16 GB developer edition, but the N5 is 32 GB. A 32 GB T-Mobile version of the Moto X should be equivalent since it has an unlockable bootloader and comes with an unlocked SIM slot. The dev edition does not have AWS which I guess doesn't matter since the T-Mobile version is pretty much a dev edition with the right frequencies.

  • Tony Byatt

    Amazing...

  • sweenish

    I wish the wooden backs were available for this sale.

  • thartist

    OH GOD!! i was just messing around in the moto X site and had chosen exactly these colors!!! A signal??
    It's talking to me. Definitely.

    • Matt

      That's an...interesting...color combo alright.

      • stang68

        Well, if you're not gonna go interesting, why do it at all?

        • Matt

          You can have a subtle, classic color combo as well. Something that doesn't clash. That's like saying if you're not going to wear hypercolor T-shirts, why not just buy black and white ones.

          P.S. That's not to say thartist can't choose this color combo; it's just not something I would get.

    • Adam B.

      Christmas colours 🎅🎅🎅

      • Mystery Man

        Dat sad santa

  • mr.klee

    I WANT THAT PHONE SO BAD!!!! This is probably what makes me gonna buy it and ship it to Germany, not caring about all the fees.

    • mr.klee

      If I'm getting a version from Moto Maker, will I be able to use it in Europe?

      • Matt

        You'll have to see which bands your carrier uses for LTE, but yes it should.

        The T-Mobile variant covers GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900), UMTS (Bands I,II, IV, V, VIII) and 4G LTE (Bands 2, 4, 17). The AT&T version covers GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900, 1700/2100, 2100), and 4G LTE (bands 2, 4, 5, and 13). Somebody correct me if I'm wrong (for some reason the AT&T specs are not super easy to find).

        • Kenni Odelheim

          I read somewhere that the GSM Developer Version from Motorolas website, is the same as one of the carrier models? Could you confirm that, because the GSM dev version should be able to run on most networks in Europe. Would rather like a moto maker version tbh, and just pay for a sim-unlock.

          • Matt

            The T-Mobile variant is the same as the developer version, although obviously the developer version is the only one with an unlockable bootloader.

    • m477

      I'll buy it and ship it to Italy. The price with taxes and fees would be around 380 for the 32GB version and 330€ for the 16GB version. Everything will work in Europe but LTE.

  • Ryan Lounsbury

    Well, it appears I have my green light to move forward with my Moto X purchase now. :)

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    Will they let you pay it in monthly payments and 0% interest?

    • Gabernasher

      I thought that was $550 and up.

  • challenge_accepted

    Buying this for T-mobile. Hopefully limited supply isn't under 1000 units.

  • anezarati

    Lets hope there is enough stock and that the site doesn't crash.

    • oplix

      as long as Obama didn't build it.

  • fairct

    I bought one last week :(

  • n0th1ng_r3al

    I'm getting one as a backup phone.

  • br_hermon

    Motorola is going HARD after other OEMs in the mobile market! Customization, Dev friendly, available financing, Huge Discounts. They're gunning for customers and I love it! Great new direction for Moto.

    • Chris

      Any time I see anything Motorola related on AP, I immediately click and read. And I am glad I did.

      Now, how awesome would it be if Google did this with the Nexus 5? Wishful thinking :)

    • Idon’t Know

      Easy to do when Daddy Google means you don't have to make money.

      • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

        You won't find a single legitimate article that supports that accusation - it's simply not accurate.

  • Tuấn Ankh

    First we got the Moto G at a great price, and now we get this. It's a great deal, I have to say. The original price of the Moto X made it an absolute no-no to me.

  • mgamerz

    Wow. great deal.

  • alexz

    Now we're talking! This is the right price for Moto X. This is the price they should have started with at the launch.

  • Micko

    I'd love a developers edition from motto maker

  • Idon’t Know

    Was trying to decide between Nexus 5 and Moto X dev versions. This makes it an easy decision. Moto X dev version on Verizon.

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

    As usual there is no world outside of the americas and us not living in the americas will have to suffer for not living in the americas.

    • Gabernasher

      Because everything that is available to you in your country is also locally available here.

      • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

        Its not like everything the rest of the western world gets is always after the americas

  • Anthony James

    It's not necessary, but the choice is yours.

  • Aaron Stevenson

    Wouldn't it be nice if this applied to the off contract moto x from republic wireless? $150 moto x with $10/no unlimited talk and text? Yes, please.

  • oplix

    picking up developer version for myself (selling iphone 5) and a 16gb for my mom for christmas :D

  • Sagar Parikh

    Seems like Motorola got touched by Nexus 5 :D But this, should be the regular price, just like the Moto G, the X too could see volumes with this price regular

  • Sagar Parikh

    I really like Motorola going crazy with pricing... turning off the chinese cheap phones :D