Moto X Developer Edition now available on Verizon for $650 [UPDATE]

Moto X Developer Edition

If you’ve been holding out for the Moto X in hopes of snagging the fully unlocked Moto X Developer Edition, the device is now finally available for purchase from Motorola. The device comes in two 32GB models: the GSM version for use on AT&T and/or T-Mobile, and the Verizon version. Both are being sold at $650 — SIM cards not included.

UPDATE: Looks like the GSM version was never available for sale but will be this Friday, Sept 20th.

It appears Motorola wasn’t able to anticipate demand for these devices, as the GSM version is already showing up as “out of stock”. Well, there’s still the Verizon version for those of you looking for something a little more developer friendly on Big Red. You might be wondering why no Sprint or US Cellular version? Well, those versions (including the T-Mobile Moto X) are all currently supported by Motorola’s bootloader unlock program. That means they’re good right out of the box.

If you were hoping on snagging one, better hurry. No telling how much longer the Verizon version will last.

[Moto X Developer Edition on Verizon Wireless | Moto X Developer Edition for AT&T/T-Mobile]

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  • Demi

    Are they serious with this price-point? I know the X is a great phone with awesome reviews, but wow. Lots of markup when we know the estimated production cost.

    • Andrew torres

      Dead serious enough that its sold out…..

      • makapav

        And they don’t even let you customize for that price! Bastards!

      • bob

        They could have accomplished that feat by only making 4 available. Not real hard to fake demand.

  • cooljames

    Careful. Unlocked does not mean “compatible with T-Mobile”. I got bit by that on an HTC One. In many (most?) areas, their LTE needs customized software to work. At my home, and for the bulk of towers in Seattle, I get no better than 2G on T-Mobile.

    • Demi

      Motorola website says compatible with T-Mo…

    • Guest

      Must have gotten a dude. My HTC One in Seattle is always on LTE or I am on 3G on the refarmed 1900 Mhz band.

      • cooljames

        Must have been a double-dude ;). I returned a Samsung S4 with the same issue, both bought from Google Play store. Also, a T-Mobile phone rep explained the whole thing to me. Some older towers require phones to have a custom ROM to accommodate T-Mo’s fake LTE (“HSPA+”).

        • mcl630

          LTE and HSPA+ are totally different. It is my understanding that the HTC One Google Edition doesn’t support T-Mo’s HSPA+, unless they have “refarmed” the 1900MHz band in your area. I think it does support T-Mo’s LTE though.

          • cooljames

            That’s exactly it. Instead of “fake LTE”, a better description is “fake 4G”.

            You clearly understand T-Mobile’s infrastructure better than most T-Mobile engineers and support reps ;).

    • ChristianMcC

      It looks like we’re good there this time, as it supports pentaband HSPA+ 42, and has bands 2/4/17 for LTE.

  • flyinggerbil

    just bought mine for verizon. hope i don’t come to regret this decision.

    • phinn

      You bought an Android phone on Verizon, yea you’ll probably regret it.

      • flyinggerbil

        if i relied on verizon for updates you’d be dead on. i, however, let the devs do that for me. viva xda.

    • David Osborn

      Why not wait for the Nexus 5… It’s almost here.

      • flyinggerbil

        because it won’t be on verizon. i wish it would be but we all know it won’t happen, not after the gnex debacle.

  • ChristianMcC

    And now it seems the site has crashed for GSM version, as I can’t view it like I did 10 minutes ago…

  • phinn

    Darn, I don’t want a white phone and $650 is way too much. No interest in more than $199 on contract.

  • Justin Ross

    I just got the moto X for ATT and I had to voice my opinion: I am a long time iPhone owner and a week ago I bought the HTC one, and yesterday I returned the One for the Moto X and let me tell you…this is the best decision I ever made. Where the HTC One was just too delicate feeling and LARGE, plus it got a little too sophisticated for its own good (a couple lags here and there) – the Moto X just flyyyyyys. Admittedly, I use the phone for primarily phone reasons: calls, texts, web surfing, some youtube-ing…but I’m not trying to hack the entire internet or anything from my phone ;) as some of you android/phone buyers seem to be looking to do from your phone these days. AS a phone…the Moto X is just what you want. The entire UI is seemless, not once did I say “oh well this feature makes no sense” as I did with the One several times. AND the active notifications are INCREDIBLE…Apple really screwed the pooch on the 5S by not putting active notifications into their OS – I’m sure they will steal the concept for iPhone 6, but in the meantime…I have the best phone on the market AND it looks good. SAME SIZE SCREEN AS THE BEHEMOTH HTC One but way thinner, way lighter and way smaller dimensions all around. When I left the ATT store with the HTC one I didn’t feel as good as I should have for getting a new phone (maybe thats because the phone was ripping out of my pocket :) ) but when I left with the Moto X – I had a great feeling and the phone just seamlessly fit right into my life. I hope this helps someone who is on the fence. Don’t get caught up in specs, the Moto X is just as fast as my HTC One…..and WAAAYYYYY more practical.

    Oh and PS – the speaker on the Moto X gets as loud as my HTC One that had “Boom Sound” – I bought into the boom sound thing at first too, but the difference in sound output quality is so marginal. The HTC one is a tiny bit richer, but both get to the same loudness.
    Plus my HTC had all kind of connectivity issues, had a lot of trouble going on and off wifi, etc.

    You get the idea ;)

    • ari_free

      Active Display needs an amoled screen, which Apple doesn’t use. Yup, here’s an example of hardware/software integration.

  • pookietookie

    Ok so my question now is, since we already have root on the regular edition Moto X (as well as the new Droids), is there anything developers out there could do as far as swapping bootloader code from a developer edition to a regular edition in order to get an unlocked bootloader for all Moto Xs? Then you’re spending $199 for an unlockable device that is essentially the same (minus the expanded memory) as the $650 model.

  • chumawumba

    Thanks apple for starting the $650 phone trend

    • ari_free

      What about the ‘do whatever you want with your phone’ trend?

      • C-Law

        I wish

  • Alu Zeros

    why would you want one, when you can already root for free.

    • C-Law

      Boot loader unlock to get android 4.3 out any future version before Verizon releases it. No way to do that currently but it will happen if devs get on board and there’s an unlocked boot loader

  • NardVa

    This phone should be 500 at the most.

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      Are they serious with this price-point? I know the X is a great phone with awesome reviews, but wow. Lots of markup when we know the estimated production cost.

  • http://www.elijahlynn.net/ Elijah Lynn

    So am I correct in reading the Moto X Dev Edition (Verizon) specs in that it will also work on GSM networks?

    NetworksGSM/GPRS/EDGE – UMTS/HSPA + up to 42 Mbps – CDMA/EVDO Rev. A – 4G LTE2G/2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE bands850/900/1800/1900 MHz3G UMTS bands850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps (B5/B8/B2/B1)3G CDMA bandsEVDO Rev. A: 850/1900 MHz (BC0/BC1)4G LTE bands750 MHz (B13)
    Source: http://www.motorola.com/us/shop-all-mobile-phones/Moto-X-Developer-Edition-%28Verizon%29/moto-x-developer-edition-verizon.html

  • crackers8199

    planning on getting the dev edition, since i have to pay full price anyway to keep unlimited data…might as well guarantee an unlockable bootloader. it’s out of stock already, though…