Sep 19 AT 12:43 PM Dima Aryeh 8 Comments

Moto X Developer Edition now available for Verizon for $649, GSM variant comes tomorrow

Moto X Developer Edition

Carrier control over devices is disappointingly strong. Locked bootloaders and tons of bloatware are what make or break a phone for many tech enthusiasts, and the Moto X is no different. On both AT&T and Verizon, the devices have permanently locked bootloaders with no unlock method. Trying to appeal to the tech crowd, Motorola has released a Developer Edition Moto X that works on the Verizon network and can be modified to your hearts content.

The device will have a black front and white textured back, along with the words “Developer Edition” inscribed on the back. And as a bonus, you’ll also be getting 32GB of memory instead of 16. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use your upgrade on one, and you’ll be forced to pay full price. The device will set you back $649.99.

If you’re an AT&T customer, the GSM Developer Edition device will be released tomorrow in the same color and with the same price. Neither can be customized with Moto Maker, so you’ll have to deal with the half black half white color scheme (I personally like it).

Not many people will be getting these devices, purely because most people don’t care about locked bootloaders and would rather get it subsidized. Plus, at such a high price, buying this device is a little prohibitive. But if you’re serious about the Moto X and want full control over it, this is the device for you. Hit the source links to go to the sale pages. The Verizon model is currently out of stock, so you’ll have to wait until they restock it. Will you be getting a Developer Edition?

Source: Moto X Developer Edition (Verizon), Moto X Developer Edition (GSM)
Via: The Verge

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • jaxidian

    Man, do I want this GSM Dev edition but I *really really* wish it was more inline with the $300 MotoX price that Republic Wireless is offering. I simply can’t justify to my wife the $650 expense to “upgrade” from my Nexus 4. :-(

    • mattcoz

      In the same boat, would jump all over this if it wasn’t for the price. I’d really like to know if a customizable unlocked version will ever be available, but that’s probably asking too much.

  • vforvortex

    Are the Moto X features like active notifications and always listening functions available in the dev edition ?

    @jaxidian and @mattoz : wouldnt you might as well just wait to get a Nexus 5 now if you are going for stock experience and constricted by price?

    • mattcoz

      I prefer the size of the Moto X, and we don’t know what the price of the Nexus 5 will be.

  • renyo

    I wonder how Cyanogen is going to make this phone even more awesome…

  • Pravas

    Naaice to hear that. Hopefully more customization now.

  • donger

    It’s disappointing that you can’t customize it.

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