Basking Ridge, N.J. – Verizon will join AT&T in offering Motorola’s second-generation Moto X on Sept. 26, when the carrier will offer the XLTE-ready 16 GB version of Moto X in black through its online and brick-and-mortar stores at $99 with two-year contract.
For a limited time, the Moto X in white with bamboo back will be $99 with two-year activation. Fully customizable 32GB and 16GB XLTE-equipped models will also be available through Motorola’s Moto Maker web store at $149 and $99, respectively, with contract.
The phone will also be available unsubsidized through Verizon’s Edge installment-payment and upgrade plan, which divides the cost into 20 monthly payments. Users can upgrade to a new device once 60 percent of the phone’s price is paid off.
XLTE accelerates LTS download speeds via the inclusion of two LTE bands – 700MHz and AWS – in the device.
AT&T is offering the 16GB version of the phone with bamboo back ($119), black-resin back ($99), and black-leather back ($119) with two–year contract as well as unsubsidized on the Next installment/upgrade plan.
Motorola also offers the phone unlocked and with pure Android UI through Motorola.com at $499.
Last year at launch, the original Moto X was available at $199 with contract for a 16GB version and $249 for a 32GB version.
The latest Moto X features a 5.2-inch 1080p OLED display, 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, water-repellant coating, rounded edges and a metal frame.
The new model also offers voice commands to control apps, such as Facebook posting and pausing YouTube.
Consumers twist their wrist to launch the camera app, and the phone takes multiple pictures before and after touching the touchscreen so users can choose the best shot. Ringing can be silenced with the wave of a hand, and the device adjusts its settings based on context. When the phone is in a moving vehicle, for example, it can go automatically into hands-free mode, and when in a meeting, the ringer will be silenced.