Rogers’ Moto X price dropped, US variants to follow by year-end?

Motorola-Moto-X-14The Motorola Moto X on Rogers has seen its price dropped once again, and is now retailing for $149.99 on a 2-year contract (having started at $189.99). And, according to evleaks, the US variants on all carriers should see a price drop of $100 by Q4, with the wooden-back version also finally being released.

Right from its announcement, the Motorola Moto X’s price has been contentious. Many questioned whether the phone stood a chance in the market, regardless of how much money was thrown in marketing, for a phone that cost as much as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. Many jumped to the support of the company, but it looks like sales aren’t quite living up to their expectations.

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  • Wozn2

    Go wood or go home

    • MooseCat

      That’s what I’m waiting for.

    • Blkegk

      that’s what she said.

  • NealJ777

    I’m still waiting on Black Friday to see if there’s any better deals, but $99 is more attractive for this phone vs. $199.

    VZW is selling it for $140 (with coupons). Obviously, the $199 price point is just not doing it for a phone that’s only been out a week.

    If VZW had MotoMaker (and was $99), I would sell my Razr and get the Moto X right now!

  • simpleas

    ewwww

  • Robert Macri

    I love this phone but was very hesitant at 199… 140 changed my mind. Now that I have it, it is so worth it.

    • puppeteer23

      ditto here. great phone, and those coupon codes sealed the deal.

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    “but it looks like sales aren’t quite living up to their expectations.”

    i’ts been out for a week as of yesterday (Fri 8/30/2013). How cold they judge sales in 1 week?

    • OMFCody

      Initial demand gives insight on how well it will do onward.

      • TalkingMoose

        Yes, but initial demand doesn’t mean that people necessarily think the phone is overpriced. It may mean that they just don’t know about it. Price cuts can fix either problem: everyone likes getting a “deal”.

      • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

        While I don’t disagree with you during a normal release. I don’t think initial demand can be measured on 1 carrier with so many obvious variable s causing consumers to wait for. 3-4 more carriers, motomaker not available due to exclusive. Largest network was barely tapped since it just hit on Aug 29. If this is based on initial demand they cut their own foot off because there are too many variables.

  • HeatFan954

    Well, I think $49.99 on contract is appropriate for this phone. Without contract, it should be $300-$400.

    • justin middleton

      spot on

    • Rammstein

      Exactly. Price was way too high to begin with.

    • schitzengigles10

      thank god you aren’t in business, or you’d be bankrupt in a week. The phone’s bare components and labor cost ~200.

      • HeatFan954

        You don’t understand how the phone business works, so I wouldn’t talk. Manufacturers still get money and profit from phones by making agreements with cell phone carriers to resell the phones to the end user. AT&T makes up the money lost via subsidies by charging higher rates for service to make up the difference. One cannot talk if they are ignorant about the industry.

  • jschu22

    Actually use this phone and I dare anyone to provide specifics as exactly how an S4 performs better day to day than it does, with the exception of the camera. I have an S4 and can unequivocally say that the Moto X is a great device and I do not see it as overpriced at $199. it just works great.

    • Anthony Walker

      High end specs equals higher prices and low end specs equals lower prices. That’s the way Android phones have always been priced regardless of what features the phone had. Motorola tried to defy that formula and it may have backfired. It doesn’t help that the camera is mediocre.

      • Adamos Makis

        let alone a smartphone with higher specs it will be more future proof than a lower specced one and this is essential for users locked in 2 years contracts with a phone

        • Defenestratus

          The future proof argument is lost on MotoX fans. They don’t realize that when KLP comes out, and all the best apps are updated to take advantage of new features, the MotoX will be left chugging along on its substandard processor.

          Its a great phone for someone who isn’t interested in software updates (like my parents or your average iPhone user)

          • malcmilli

            I agree that future proofing is necessary but I think it’s a little exaggerated that this phone won’t be able to handle software updates. The processor is far more powerful than that of the galaxy nexus which has received multiple updates and it benchmarks close to that of the snap600.

          • schitzengigles10

            future proof is a term lost on anyone here. No one here holds on to a phone for more than a few months it seems. The future proof argument is irrelevant

  • justin middleton

    three words, GSM. or I mean three letters. you know what I’m trying to say! just make it happen!

  • My name is….

    Why in USA you dont mention unlocked price?

    It escapes me

  • domatau

    pricing strategy for this reminds me of the failed xoom tablet launch. moto should have started out the gate at $99!

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      I’m still waiting on Black Friday to see if there’s any better deals, but $99 is more attractive for this phone vs. $199.

  • Mr. Smith

    All theses comments are really dumb read a review of the x its a great phone and does things better than most current phones out but I have been wondering if i ordered a at&t version and unlocked it could it be used on T-Mobile i really want to design my own moto x

    • Wozn2

      The problem is not the phone, it’s the availability. They spent a lot of time and effort leaking this and generating “buzz”, but that is now ebbing away and only a small number of potential customers are able to buy the phone with the much touted customisations.

      Motorola are not Apple, their brand has no cachet – in fact, it is actually perceived negatively in some quarters. To launch this and make it the success they wanted it to be, they needed to (a) price it right and (b) have it ready to sell to all consumers the day of the launch. They did neither of these things and are this doomed to fail, almost regardless of the device, which seems quite good.

      Google & Motorola need to take a few lessons from Apple regarding how you launch a product.

      • ari_free

        We say google google google as if they know what they are doing to turn Moto around but they really don’t have much experience in selling real stuff.

        • Wozn2

          They’re a company with a big fat wallet and over 40,000 employees. Surely a slick product launch is not beyond them – hell, they should even get one by accident at some point.

      • Mr. Smith

        I see nothing wrong with the prices reviews and scores match the prices sure they couldnt release it on all carriers but I am sure At&t paid alot for exclusive and T-mobile refuses to confirm if they are in fact getting the phone we know for sure that 3 of carriers will carry phone just without motomaker its not like you could have the iphone on all carriers when it launched most phandroid people want to much but this phone was not made for them it was made for general population

        • Wozn2

          Whatever AT&T paid, it won’t be worth it in terms of lost sales. Limiting the release to North America was another own goal. Do you think people in London or Sydney can’t buy an iPhone? Do you get punished for being on the wrong network it you want an iPhone? They are attempting to compete against the iPhone in terms of “experience vs hardware”, but have tied both hands behind their back.

          There is a month or two for a device to get traction, then it falls off the radar. The X will be off the radar and forgotten about before it’s even generally available.

          The best thing Google could have done for Motorola is to have given them the backing to get this out there, SIM-free and on contract… E_V_E_R_Y_W_H_E_R_E.

          • VersedNJ

            Any exclusives AT&T has with the Moto X has nothing to do with carriers in London or Sydney. Email Motorola and ask them why outside of Canada, it has not been released in other parts of the world? VZW got the X a few days after AT&T, wooptedo, this has happened in the past with other devices. Only point is Moto Maker, that is the only exclusive for the time being and not sure of the logic in that. Money maybe, not being able to handle the expected deluge of orders, maybe.
            I never understood all the hype over the X, nor some of the hate directed at it.

          • Mr. Smith

            Special x chip great battery near stock voice control gestures great build quality.

          • Wozn2

            No, my point was Moto Maker – this is a big part of the phones USP. As was wood backs and (supposedly) other materials like metal and fabric. Can you buy a custom X on anyone except AT&T today? Can you even buy a custom X without an AT&T contract? It’s FAIL squared.

            One other point – I believe the much touted voice recognition will only work with a North American accent at this point. This just emphasises the US-centric view that Motorola have increasingly had. I could almost forgive that, except they didn’t even launch to the whole US market!

          • Mr. Smith

            When the iphone was released it was not on every carrier in Europe or European Union it took awhile for it to roll out to other carriers so its really not a big deal the phone will be on just about every major carrier at some point which is fine its not like they have to ship iphone numbers or galaxy numbers its a new phone give it time I am just hoping Google and Motorola market the device more not that many people know about it.

          • Wozn2

            What happened when the iPhone was released isn’t relevant any more – because it NOW available in just about every country. The 5S will be and so will the 5C. You can’t hope to compete if you are only facing your self proclaimed competitor in two markets.

          • ari_free

            But this is the first Google Moto X

          • Wozn2

            And possibly the last if this launch is anything to go by. When the iPhone was released it was (a) revolutionary (b) the first Apple phone. It took them time to strike deals with carriers, they had the “visual voicemail” network config problems.

            Motorola are the worlds oldest mobile phone company. Google are one of the largest corporations in the world. Are you seriously saying the Moto X is as much of a stretch for them as the first iPhone was for Apple? Are you on drugs?

  • justalive

    I’m on Verizon. I was very interested in this phone. But once I found out Motomaker was not going to be available till Q4 I decided to get the Droid Maxx instead. Plus I found it, via 3rd party, for the same price as the Moto X. It was really a no brainer.