2014-06-08 23_36_37-Moto Maker by Motorola - A Google Company

Get your clicking fingers ready, because Motorola has thrown the switch on its Try Then Buy deal. For 24 hours, you can design a Moto X and have it shipped to you for a two week trial run. You can even get one of those brand spanking new 64GB devices with the trial. Update: The promo codes allotted for the Try Then Buy program are all gone. Apparently people really like paying $0.01 to try a phone for two weeks.

2014-06-08 23_34_34-Motorola - A Google Company

The trial promotion is pretty simple – you design the phone and pay $0.01 to have it shipped. You get to use it for 14 days with no strings attached. It can be returned at any time, or you can keep it and pay the agreed upon price. You also get a 30% off promo code to buy accessories if you keep it. Note: return shipping is free. The necessary promo codes are available at the link below.


There were some hiccups getting the Moto Maker site updated with the new model – it's fine now

The Moto Maker 16GB Moto X is still going for $399.99 on most carriers (Republic Wireless is $50 less). It's $449.99 for the 32GB, and the new 64GB is $499.99. Note that Verizon is not offering a 64GB model right now (or possibly ever). The Developer edition phones for Verizon and GSM networks ($449.99) are also part of the Try Then Buy deal, but still only have 32GB of storage.

[Motorola, Try Then Buy Info]

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  • oneyedmonkey

    Damn if the 64gb would have only been 18, 339.99 I would have considered.

  • Boba

    Not worth getting such an old phone now, especially with the X+1 due in a month or 2.

    • Connor Mason

      but surely worth trying out for $0.01

      • sssgadget

        And returning in 2 weeks? Doesn't make sense unless you are trying to convince a friend or relative to upgrade their phone.

        • Aki I.

          I have an international note2 that I use on tmobile.. Im going to use mine to see how tmobile service actually is in the places I frequent. I'm sure there are plenty of reasons why someone wouldn't mind having a phone to test for 2 weeks With no penalties

  • http://www.twitter.com/thewizkid95 Jesus Otero

    I'm going through the checkout right now and it says that I'd be billed on the 28th of the month. Which is weird, because while customizing it, estimated delivery is 9 days. In the checkout, it says availability is June 17th. Which means I'd have a little over a week to actually TRY the device. Can anyone confirm?

    • Josh Crumley

      The help page says the 14 days starts from the moment you receive your device. That's what I'm betting on.

  • Jephri

    Wonder if the next promo will be 50 percent off lightly used moto x's...

    • dogulas

      I have often wondered what is done with returned, lightly used phones. Because I never notice ads for them at all. Maybe manufacturers see it as poor taste to sell lightly used devices, and just sell them to employee friends for cheap or something.

      • El Presidente

        Maybe they're sold as refurbished, or used for warranty replacements?

      • HotInEER

        They are used as warranty replacements and refurbished. By law they can't sell them as new again, however, I wouldn't be surprised if some companies don't.

        Apple sells their new devices as refurbished and their returns. When they have overstock, instead of them putting their phones on sale at a decent discount they sell them as refurbished. They just put a different box on them. That way they don't tarnish their brand by being on sale.

        • Jillxz

          Verizon does. Was going to replace my brand new phone with a slightly used or refurbished one and I would not. kept my phone defects and all since I was paying for a new phone and would not pay for a used one.

      • Jillxz

        Slightly used devices are refurbished then given to subscribers who have bought a phone with some sort of defect and needs another phone. i know because I bought a phone that I thought had a problem and Verizon said I could send it back for another phone , but it would be a like new refurbished phone. I said no way.

        • Heimrik

          I know right? Thats crap and a ripoff. When I buy a new device and it doesn't perform as it should, It should be replaced with another NEW device. NOT some used fixed jalopy.... When I buy a new device I expect it to be unused and mint. NOT get a used, previously defective device for the price of a new device.... I just dont see the logic there and why its pushed on customers as if its no big deal.... When I take my brand new car in to be fixed when its under warranty, I expect to get my NEW car to either be fixed or I get another NEW car.... Anything else is just robbery...

          • Jillxz

            Exactly .

    • Aki I.

      With that in mind I got the 64gb version to help flood the refurb market with that capacity.

      • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

        Ditto here

  • Josh Crumley

    Ordered one for my mom to try out, I've been trying to get her to upgrade to a smartphone for a while (she has a generic dumbphone from AT&T right now). Comes with the Moto Skip free as well.

  • valapsp

    do they pay for return shipping?

    • Josh Crumley

      Correct, they pay return shipping.

  • Anotherworld

    SHould of been 400 for 64gb...Especially this phone.

  • valapsp

    is that $18,349.99??????????

    • Vishnu Vadlamudi

      That's going to be one huge credit card bill if you miss the 14 day limit!!

  • rmeden

    Just tried to order one. "Get Promo Code" says they've already sold all the Moto X phones allocated for this promotion. (00:58 CDT)

    • http://jonathangrubb.net/ Jonathan Grubb

      I get the same thing. Could they really have sold out 2hrs (EST) into the event?

  • dogulas

    That was fast! I got an order in for myself but not a second one for a family member.

  • dogulas

    It's like Motorola just wanted an ego boost, and sold 100 of these on this promotion, and stopped there, with a "Yep, we've still got it." Can't wait to see what they do with Moto 360 and X+1

  • Sam Del Valle

    So. Tempted.

  • Bill

    Not true. They are all already gone, according to Motorola. That sure was a quick 24 hours. It lasted a whole 18 minutes. Hmmmmm......Can you say marketing gimmick?

  • Brandon Trivett

    And...their gone!!

  • jamesinkorea

    If you think they're sold out, just wait 2 weeks and they'll be available again once people see how weak the battery life and camera are.

    • HotInEER

      I owned a Moto X, and one for my wife. We found the battery to be pretty decent. It would get us through most of the day, but you're right about the camera. Just plain horrible especially on a device that at the time was $500 or more.

      The phone ran great, the screen was decent, my only knocks were the camera, better battery life would have been better, and I had issues with signal at times. Nothing major, but enough that it drove me crazy and I sold them both after 3 or 4 months.

      • samsunite00

        I was also looking at getting the moto X, hoping that it has a decent camera. What did you end up getting that had a better camera than the moto X?

        • HotInEER

          I buy lots of phones. I ended up going back to my LG G2 which was and still is a spectacular device. I now have the HTC One M8 which is far superior in all aspects to the Moto X.

          The camera was horrible on the Moto X. My wife could only take it for a month and had me but her a G2 also.

        • RTWright

          I'm sticking with buying a OnePlus One, 64GB / 3GB RAM and 801 for only $349. I've still to see a phone that can beat that hardware and it comes with CM11s, no warranty issues if you root it on top of it all. The Moto X never impressed me but for the fact you could customize it's looks. Which is neat I'll admit, but.... This phone was only ever good for those that just want an okay phone and nothing major. Problem is, it's always had mediocre hardware specs for the same price from others you could get much better.

  • http://Compositry.com Allie-J

    I have an extra promo code that I didn't use

    • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

      I'll take it off you :) Michael.Ugarte@gmail.com


      • http://Compositry.com Allie-J

        Sent it your way. Let me know if it works out.

        • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

          I just got you email. Thanks a lot. I will try it out.

  • Your Mother

    $18,000. no thanks. lol.

  • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

    If anyone doesn't want their code I'll take one. By the time I got on they were gone :(



  • Shaun Gregor

    anyone else have a code they aren't using? shaungregg@yahoo.com thanks!

    • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

      UPDATE from Motorola: Someone here gave me a valid code. I call Moto because it was not working on the site during checkout. Well guess what? Motorola sold out of phones so ALL codes that are "valid" are not currently valid.

      Customer service didn't have an ETA on new stock or if the "valid" codes could be used in the future - what a joke!

      Customer service was nice and offered to tessellate my question about using the code in the future as it relates to the penny promo.

      • Kevin Vesga

        Well that explains why my code wasn't working. What use is my code now then?

        • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

          Useless at this point. I told the CSR to let his bosses know that this over-sending of codes is getting old and they should only send out what they can back up with inventory.

        • Mardochée Gaston

          It's working now! I had a valid code that didn't work earlier, but I just went on right now and it applied the code.

          • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

            Seems to be working now. Going through the order. Now to 64gig or not? Hmmmmmm

          • Kevin Vesga

            Yay it works!

      • Connor Mason

        sold out of phones? I find that extremely hard to believe.

  • Ruth

    Who does the email message come from?

    I got the message that they are sending the code soon BUT have not received it yet.


  • Aki I.

    I got sent an extra promo code. Who wants to try?

    • RD

      Me please!!

  • rmeden

    I suspect Moto realized that this promo was a bad idea. Many/most folks will play with the phone and then just send it back unless they massively drop the price. That was my plan. :) (I'm considering the One+One, but the screen size scares me!)

  • Connor Mason

    I'm at checkout and the code I received says "Not Applied"... any ideas?

    • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

      See my comment above as to why it's not working.

      • Mardochée Gaston

        It's working now! I had a valid code that didn't work earlier, but I just went on right now and it applied the code.

  • Eric Vaughan

    If anyone has an extra code and could let me know, I would be grateful :)

  • Cupidhunters

    Does anyone still have any extra Promo codes fr penny trial? Email me Please : jose1970us@hotmail.com

  • jr

    I have codes that I can't use. This is ridiculous! I should be able to use my codes if they are still valid.

    • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

      I agree. I have a code to that is saved in my cart but can't be applied. :/

  • Lex_407

    Glad I was able to scoop one of these up before they were gone.

  • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

    When you guys received your order confirmation, did it show the total amount (to be charged) or did it just show a penny? Mine says 566.99 "charged"

    My card says a dollar was charged, returned and then a penny charged (not returned) so I guess the order went through.

  • johndoejew

    if anyone still has a code that will not use it please email me moneyforus@gmail.com
    thanks in advance

  • Ami

    have two extra codes, msg if interested.

  • Guest

    If anyone has a code that would be great looking to buy a father's day present effort I ship out :-) thank you

    • Guest

      you can't keep it