The original Moto X was a breath of fresh air when it debuted in 2013, but Verizon didn't want any part of Motorola's relatively open stance when it came to unlockable bootloaders and customization (as usual). To alleviate this for users who wanted an easy path to root, software backups, and custom ROMs, Motorola offered the Moto X Developer Edition, a full-priced 32GB phone that users could unlock by requesting a code. It debuted at a whopping $650, but today you can grab one for just $199.99.
A single eBay merchant seems to have a stockpile of unsold Moto X Developer Edition phones. These are (according to the description) new, unused phones with the black-on-white color scheme and the Developer Edition badge, in addition to the standard Verizon branding. The Moto X Developer Edition runs exactly the same software as the standard consumer version — including over-the-air updates — which is currently on Android 4.4 and slated for Lollipop. The Moto X, including the Verizon Developer Edition, has a strong backing from the custom ROM community. The Verizon model should work on GSM networks with NanoSIM cards from around the world, though LTE will be hit and miss.
The eBay listing offers free economy shipping to the United States, and you can skip the sales tax outside of New Hampshire. International readers, the seller will ship to the following countries:
Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Korea, South, South Africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russian Federation, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Republic of, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic
$200 is a great price for a phone that's still very solid, and comes with some of the best software available. If you're a Verizon customer looking for a great budget deal or you just want an upgrade over phones like the Moto G and E, pick one up now. The inventory is likely to go quickly.