The Moto X will launch with various U.S. carriers starting with late August, although not all Moto X offers from mobile operators will be similar at launch.
AT&T for example has a special exclusivity deal in place with Motorola: the carrier will be the only one to offer customized Moto X versions in the USA for a while.
However, that MotoMaker customization feature will come to other mobile operators later, with Verizon already having confirmed via Twitter that it will offer the feature to its subscribers later this year:
— Verizon Wireless (@VZWnews) August 1, 2013
Considering that the handset will launch in late August / early September in the USA, that means that AT&T will have a very short exclusive Moto X offer.
The Verizon Moto X is also expected to be priced at $199 (16GB version) and $299 (32GB version), although it’s not yet clear whether the carrier will have both models in store.
As expected with carrier-subsidized Android smartphones, the Moto X will not be spared the bloatware treatment, with Verizon Moto X being singled out by both The Verge and Droid-Life for its pre-loaded software – that’s not to say that other carrier Moto X handsets will be bloatware-free though.
The Verge specifically mentioned the Verizon Moto X when talking about the upcoming Moto X Google Play edition:
The Verizon Wireless Moto X, for example, is pre-loaded with a number of apps, including NFL Mobile, VZ Navigator, Verizon Tones, a voicemail app, a caller ID app, and a setup wizard. The device also has a Verizon Wireless logo on the back, and the phone checks with the carrier to see if tethering is enabled on your account before letting you share your internet connection.
Droid-Life managed to score some screenshots for the Verizon Moto X version, which show nine pre-installed apps:
In the set of screenshots above, we’re counting nine (9) in total – Caller Name ID, Mobile Hotspot, NFL Mobile, QuickOffice, Verizon Tones, Voicemail, Setup, My Verizon, and VZ Navigator. Now, you could argue that a couple of those aren’t actually bloatware and that they are useful, but by our standards, they make the cut.
On top of everything, the Moto X versions selling with carriers will come with locked bootloaders.
Are you buying a Verizon Moto X?