Moto X for T-Mobile drops to $499

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So far, the only way to get the Moto X for T-Mobile has been to pay $599.99 and buy it directly from Motorola’s own site. And – although you still have to go through Motorola to get the magenta-flavored version – you now only need to pay $499.99. If you head on over to Motorola.com, you can order either the black or white versions now, for $100 less than the original price.

This news comes just in time, as rumors recently had been predicting that T-Mobile  stores would be getting the Moto Maker tool today, Friday November 8th. Whether or not that comes to pass is yet to be seen. It’s around 7am Eastern as I type this and so far, there’s nothing on the T-Mobile US website. Be sure to let me know if you spot anything during the day. Either hit me up on Twitter or email me: cam@tmonews.com.

Via: Motorola

Thanks, Rafael

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  • Big Alan

    But will it have Wifi calling?

    • yeah right

      Probably not. But its also seemingly updated directly by Motorola (got camera update 2 weeks before sprint which was next best)

    • Sean

      Might I suggest the Republic Wireless Moto X?

      It has default wireless calling, afaik

      • PiCASSiMO

        Are you suggesting some one to use a Republic Wireless phone on T-Mobile’s network to get WiFi calling? RB uses Sprint’s WiMAX and CDMA network and will not be compatible on T-Mobile’s GSM frequencies.

        • Sean

          I was suggesting jumping ship.
          Are you on month-to-month with T-Mobile?

        • PiCASSiMO

          No thanks… I know that I could theoretically save some money, but at the end of the day Sprint’s WiMAX and CDMA network sucks ass. Besides, Republic Wireless relies on you having majority of your connection to be WiFi based. If not, you will be subject to excess CDMA use for voice/data.

        • Sean

          I’m mostly at home or work.

          Not for everyone, I guess.

  • ogopogo

    Pretty silly to have a “T-Mobile” device that doesn’t have wifi calling. This is the main feature that distinguishes T-Mobile from other carriers.

    • Sean

      Might I suggest the Republic Wireless Moto X?
      It has default wireless calling, I believe.

    • Paul

      As well, the Nexus doesn’t offer WiFi Calling. I am with you, though, it’s a feature I look for in a Magenta device.

    • PiCASSiMO

      It will change soon when Google releases Hangout that has Google Voice calling capability via WiFi just like on the recent iOS release.

      • zx6guy

        You can’t read texts sent to your # with google hangouts.

        • PiCASSiMO

          Not true. Works like a charm. Between my. Wife’s nexus 4 and my new nexus 5

        • zx6guy

          Those messages do not come from your phone #. Maybe your Google # but not your carrier issued #. Hangouts is a great proprietary messaging app but does not replace wifi calling.

        • ziggy123

          I tried it. It works

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  • LAGURL

    for that price u can get a way better phone with a 1080 screen and wifi calling cuz from what i heard this phones screen is 720.

    • Turb0wned

      Yet it performs better than those other phones. How about trying things before knocking on it.

      • LAGURL

        umm i guess i should of mentioned i had the att moto x lol my lg g2 performs much better . I like more the g2 feels smoother even with lots of apps open. I gave my moto x to my sis when i cancelled my att line and got the g2 with tmobile.

    • brenda223

      i agree lg g2 performs much better and its also cheaper not 499 i had both lg g2 wins in my book ,better camera, better screen buttery smooth even with a dozen apps running on backround no lag .

  • Dakota

    Xso do you have to pay an extra $100 if you want the customization features? Has T Mobile yet announced what they will charge for the Nexus 5? They really should make a big push with that phone at 3:49 with a prepaid plan it would be very attractive to a lot of budget customers

    • TechTinker11

      No. The customization price is all built in except for the extra storage, and wood backs.
      I think T-Mob is charging $100 more.

  • PiCASSiMO

    Still $100 too expensive.
    I understand the whole MADE IN USA scenario which additional cost need to be applied to this MOTOX phone, but honestly the 16GB version should cost $399 compared to the KOREAN sourced LG Nexus 5 for $349.

    • Hank S

      The Nexus 5 is not $349 if you buy it from a carrier. Why? I don’t think it is because of costs. I believe Google is selling that phone at a loss for the same reason Amazon devices are cheap: Google and Amazon get paid for music, apps, and ebooks that are purchased. Google is trying to get countries like China to use Google Play by offering a phone they can afford so they won’t buy the knock off that uses another store. It is the old “give away the razor and sell the blades” idea.

      • PiCASSiMO

        I don’t think you know the TRUE COST of manufacturing a smartphone. If Amazon and Google can sell $250 7″ tablets, they can certainly cell the same for a smart phone. Google IS making money on the Nexus 5. Cost of making the Nexus 5 is in the $225-$250. So there is still plenty of margins to make. So you can just imagine the margins Apple, Samsung, and HTC make when they can sell $600-$650 iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, and One.

        Yes, the tablets market is certainly near if not at cost market, but not the smartphone which is very profitable if you can sell it in the current market costs of $600-$650. Making $100 on each Nexus 5 is not bad for Google. Sure, they will probably end up selling about 750,000 to 1,250,000 units through out it’s life, but still decent money. It’s not Apple’s cashflow, but it doesn’t matter for Google.

        Until ALL carriers get off the subsidized model, people will continue to pay the $600-$650 for their phones through Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and yes T-Mobile. But once the true cost is exposed (like it is with T-Mobile), the OEMs will have to price and sell their phones similar to Google’s pricing strategy that will lower the margins in order to compete.

        Remember when last years HTC One S came out? It was $250 subsidized before the $50 rebate (net $200). Add another $20 per month for subsidies, you are looking at $200 + $480 = $680 phone. Well, a little more than a year later it’s available on Amazon for $200 unsubsidized. So people who will be finishing off their contracts in April/May next year with the HTC One S will be finally paying it off in full.

        Bottom line, Google’s Nexus $350 is NOT selling it at a loss. Believe you me. :)

        • Hank S

          Ahh, I half expected that lecture. But no, I’m not talking about the costs of the hardware components only, I’m talking about the costs of running a business. After a while, component prices do drop, but you’ve also paid down your costs in software, design, manufacturing ramp up, marketing, and the other overhead. Only then can you have your HTC One S for $200 unsubsidized.

          Also, you can’t use Amazon and Google as counter arguments when my point was that those 2 are the exeptions because they make money off the app store sales. Besides, tablets should be cheaper because they don’t have the size constraints and cellular connectivity issues that make engineering more difficult.

    • Turb0wned

      Seriously, STFU with the over priced under spec’d nonsense. Don’t like it? GTFO and go buy yourself something with “better” specs.

      • Dakota

        Why so angry. Can people not have opinions anymore? Jeez

      • moises1204

        Dude relax he is just telling the true, what is the matter with you! you can’t handle the true!!

  • deng

    Motorola X should have come with the Qualcomm snapdragon 800.

    • Kofi Williams

      Why? Apple doesn’t have it but it’s still the fastest phone out. The Moto X was made special.

  • Geek Man

    Lol at this GS3 spec phone at this insane price.