Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Aug 2013 11:55 UTC
Google Motorola's Punit Soni on the Moto X and bootloaders:

Moto X on the Sprint, US Cellular, Rogers and T-Mobile networks will have an unlockable bootloader, and in addition, we will be offering a Verizon Wireless Developer Edition and a general North American Developer Edition.

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RE: US only
by WorknMan on Sat 3rd Aug 2013 19:38 UTC in reply to "US only"
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2005-11-13

It would be nice to give a shit about the rest of the world. Moto X will most likely be US only


This phone in particular might be hard to sell anywhere else. There's a factory here in the US so that iDiots can get theirs in wood (or whatever) with their names engraved on it, and have it shipped to them in 4 days. Unless they built factories everywhere it was sold, this would probably greatly increase the delivery times in other parts of the world.

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RE[2]: US only
by orsg on Sat 3rd Aug 2013 21:28 in reply to "RE: US only"
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2011-02-09

As a european I don't care in which factory half around the globe this phone is built, whether it's china, korea or USA. I just want a current phone (N4 is already 9 months old, which is a long time in the phone business) with a sane update cycle. Actually I'd be satisfied with the two standard colors that will be the only available options for all US carriers that are not AT&T.

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RE[3]: US only
by WorknMan on Sun 4th Aug 2013 07:14 in reply to "RE[2]: US only"
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2005-11-13

I'd hardly call this a current phone, or at least flagship - it is mid-range at best. No way I'd take this over the Nexus 4 (which I own).

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RE[2]: US only
by glarepate on Mon 5th Aug 2013 20:04 in reply to "RE: US only"
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2006-01-04

They have to test the waters somewhere. If they can do well here that should mean global production will follow.

And the plant in Texas is a former Nokia factory. There should be some of those available since the collapse of phone sales resulted in sales of production facilities as cost cutting measures. And FedEx isn't all that slow. Say 6 days instead of 4 until non-U.S. plants can come online.

But they might not choose to sell the phones cheaper in the U.S. than in places like China and India like Nokia is doing with their Lumias.

Moto too has lost a lot of market share in the last few years but they have two phones in the top 10 list for customer satisfaction.

I hope it won't take them over 3 years to turn that around like is happening with Nokia who is still losing sales and share.

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