When Motorola announced the Moto X this past summer, many were excited for the phone and the possibilities of it bringing Motorola back into the limelight. While the phone itself is an amazing phone, sporting things like incredibly fast and fluid performance, great battery life and an amazing always-on hands-free voice control, the biggest hurdle Motorola encountered was the price. The Moto X didn’t launch at the value price that many were expecting as the Nexus line of phones from Google is priced at, rather it went for $199 on a 2-year contract on most carriers, and a full $599 unlocked from Motorola. Worse yet the biggest feature of the phone, MotoMaker, which allows you to customize your Moto X in hundreds of ways, was restricted to AT&T only.
Thankfully this restriction on MotoMaker was lifted just this week and is now available for all carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon. Better yet if you’re a Verizon customer and want the Moto X, you can get it for a low $49.99 on a 2-year contract! This is a fantastic deal for those looking to stick with Verizon and would rather have a phone updated by Motorola itself instead of being stuck with waiting for Verizon’s approval of updates. This deal is only good until November 18th though, so if you’re wanting to jump on it you better get it done by the end of this weekend.
If you haven’t been in the whole hoopla surrounding the Moto X, well let’s just say it’s a pretty sweet phone. It’s essentially the only “smaller” phone sold in the US that has nearly top-of-the-line specs, sporting Motorola’s own X8 Mobile Computing System, with dedicated cores for things like always-on listening for commands and other cores dedicated to helping save your battery while still providing some of the best performance you can get.
Motorola has seriously optimized their software and in our review we were unable to slow the phone down at all. What’s more Motorola is clearly committed to providing its users with the latest version of Android before anyone else (outside of Google’s Nexus line of course), and there’s already a leaked version of the Android 4.4 KitKat update floating out there. That’s faster than some manufacturers have even announced their update plans for their phones, much less than the couple of months that most phones take to receive an update after it’s announced. $49 for a Moto X is a steal any way you cut it, so make sure to check out that deal on the Moto Maker, customize your very own Moto X, select Verizon as your carrier and they’ll take $50 off the already cheap $99 automatically.