Deal alert: Off-contract Moto X purchase gets you free Chromecast

by: Chris SmithJanuary 9, 2014


In case you didn’t know, Motorola has permanently dropped the price of its Moto X flagship handset to $399 (the 16GB version,) which is great news for those potential buyers that don’t want to ink new contracts with their carriers. However, it gets even better than that.

For a limited time, Motorola will throw in a free Chromecast with each off-contract Moto X purchase. That means for the $399 entry price you get a free dongle that otherwise retails for $35. Even if you already have one, considering how cheap it is, you can always benefit from having a second one around, or you can give it away to a friend. Either way, the deal is certainly one to follow.

The good news is that you can customize your Moto X just as you’d expect to, via the MotoMaker application. Furthermore, if you choose to buy a developer edition of the handset, you still get the free dongle. In case you were wondering, purchasing the 32GB Moto X model off-contract directly for will also get you a free Chromecast.


However, in order to receive the free dongle, you’ll have to make sure you purchase the handset directly from Motorola, add the Chromecast to your cart and then to enter the code STREAM when checking out – in case you forgot, Motorola sells the Chromecast directly on its website as well.

You’ll have a few more days to take advantage of the special offer, which expires on January 14, at 11:59pm ET. Are you getting the Moto X and Chromecast combo?

  • AndroidBoss

    Good deal but a Nexus 5 is a better deal since you get the 32 GB at that price of the 16 GB Moto X. I personally like my Nexus 5 and there are many reasons why its better than the X, but still the Moto X is a really good phone.

    • Jayfeather787

      Nexus 5 is the king, and many of Moto X’s awesome software features can be ported to the Nexus 5. Apps can do the same thing as activating google now with screen off (uses more battery) and active notifications, which may also use more battery because of LCD screen. Performance wise, Nexus 5 is better, especially with the optimized dalvik and bionic libraries of the Moto X. The Moto X was definitely a real product of innovation and trail blazing. Maybe their next phone will have reall awesome specs.

      • AndroidBoss

        Yeah and the screen on the Nexus 5 is awesome.

      • needa

        im running art on my x. anyone on 4.4 can. and in my short three year history on android… one thing has always held true…. porting over apps like that does nothing but run the battery down, like you said, and jank out the os. i always found myself doing a factory reset days after.

        nexus 5 is a decent phone i guess. huge specs, rock bottom internals, and poor engineering in the build is not my cup of tea. if i had to pick a king of specs and all together great package it would be the g2 by a landslide.
        not trolling… just convaersating.

        • Jayfeather787

          What? The only difference between the G2 and this is the camera, button location, and screen size.

          • needa

            that is not entirely true… at all.

          • Jayfeather787

            How so? The battery is larger, I forgot, and has LG’s user interface on it. It has a different camera, button location, screen size, and build material. Other than that, they are internally the same.

  • Luka Mlinar

    So much for “Motorola is it’s own company. Google will stay out of it.” and all that bull.

    • AndroidBoss

      Google owns Motorola.

      • AbbyZFresh

        Yeah right. Looking at the Chromecast adapter, looks like Motorola probably had a hand in creating the Chromecast.

      • John Garlits

        Well, either way, maybe it’s a good thing. Notice how fast Moto is doing updates, even beating Nexi in some cases?

        • AndroidBoss

          I never said it was a bad thing lol, it’s actually a really good thing in my opinion.

          • John Garlits


  • [email protected]

    Damn so much awesome deal only available for US. :(

  • Joe

    I just bought one from the Motorola store and did not reap this deal. Wondering if I can still get it even though I’m already using my Moto X.

    • John Garlits

      That kinda sucks, but the Chromecast isn’t that expensive. Can’t hurt to ask, though. You could theoretically return yours and reorder, or maybe just call and threaten to.

  • VasyaPupkin

    they already don’t know what to invent to sell this over priced phone.

  • mohamed ahmed

    should i buy note 3 or z1 ???

  • John Garlits

    So, I tried out the X from Republic Wireless and loved it, but some spectacular failures of the underlying Sprint network and the lack of auto-connect to Wifi (software oversight?) made it a no-go for me, so I’m sending it back for refund after a near-month trial. With this deal, though, I think I should probably just go for it. My GNex is killing me. Already have a Chromecast, but maybe I can resell or gift it. Just not sure whether to go custom or Developer Edition. The phone is so stock, I’m not sure I would ever use the DE, but you never know what the future holds. What do you all think? Seems the DE sells for a higher value than others on Ebay currently.

  • DexterMorgan

    You must really want a 720p 4.7″ display if you’d take this over buying a 32 GB Nexus 5, a Chromecast and still have money left over.

    Perhaps I’m being too harsh but I just don’t see the appeal of the Moto X now that the Nexus 5 is available.

    • Jayfeather787

      I think that the Nexus 5 is much better in terms of everything, but some people may want a phone that works when you buy it (don’t buy a Nexus device and expect everything to work), has better battery life, and use the active notifications and off-screen google now, and like AMOLED screens. If you flash a custom kernel, like franco kernel on the Nexus 5, the battery life will last forever.