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Update: Where to buy the Moto Z2 Play
The Moto Z and Moto Z Force might have been impressive smartphones in 2016, but the Moto Z Play proved to be one of the better mid-range options. As such, people are understandably excited about its sequel, the Moto Z2 Play, which hopes to once again be one of the better smartphones for your mid-range budget in 2017.
Luckily for those folks, the Moto Z2 Play is already available in the U.S. and Canada, though U.K. residents will need to wait a bit longer to get their hands on the phone. Regardless, we have plenty of information as to where and when you can buy the Moto Z2 Play, as well as how much cheddar you will need to drop.
Moto Z2 Play U.S. availability
In the U.S., you can purchase the Moto Z2 Play in either Lunar Grey or Fine Gold. Regardless of the color choice, people have two versions to pick from: the Verizon or unlocked version, both of which are now available for purchase.
If you opt for Verizon, the carrier throws in the JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod with your purchase. As with any promotion, Verizon’s includes a bit of fine print, but it it results in a cheaper smartphone that gives you a free teaser into the world of Moto Mods.
You do not get the same type of deal if you purchased the unlocked Moto Z2 Play, though there is a small discount if you buy any Moto Mod alongside it.
Either way, keep in mind that, if you want to purchase the Moto Z2 Play through a carrier, Verizon holds the cards.
Here is how much the Moto Z2 Play costs with the current promotion:
- Moto Z2 Play: $408 (full retail) or $10 per month for 24 months
Verizon also has a bundle with your purchase of the Moto Z2 Play, which you can find here:
- Get the Moto Z2 Play with a free JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod (new line of service and $408 device payment purchase required. Less $168 bill credit applied to account over 24 mos; begins w/ 1-2 cycles and ends when balance is paid; 0% APR. Upgrade ineligible. Max 5 lines. Free Moto Mod mailed w/in 6 wks after receipt of claim. While supplies last.)
If visiting a Verizon store is not your cup of tea, you can visit your local Best Buy to purchase the Moto Z2 Play. Carrier exclusivity remains with Verizon, however, so if you want the phone to play nice with AT&T or T-Mobile towers, you will want to wait for the unlocked version.
Similar to Verizon, Best Buy also knocked some dollars off the amount you will pay for the Moto Z2 Play if you opt for monthly payments, but not as much as Big Red. Even so, you can buy the device outright for the same $408, so it comes down to whether a Verizon or Best Buy store is closest to you.
Of course, if you want to get it directly from Motorola, you are more than welcome to. The Verizon and unlocked versions of the Moto Z2 Play are available for purchase, but you will have to wait until August 18 to get your hands on the latter.
There are two major reasons to opt for the unlocked version, the first being that it will work on all four major U.S. networks. Verizon might give you a bit of a headache, but there are few phones that work across Big Red, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. The second benefit is you get 64 GB of storage, which is double what you get on the Verizon variant.
Still, buying the Verizon variant of the Moto Z2 Play carries a nifty benefit: a free JBL SoundBoost 2 Moto Mod. You can also purchase the phone outright for $408, a good bit cheaper than the unlocked version’s $499 asking price. Regardless of the version, the phone can be financed through Affirm.
Moto Z2 Play U.K. availability
Motorola’s U.K. arm kicked off pre-orders for the Moto Z2 Play on July 6 through its official website, as well as retailers like John Lewis, Amazon, and Argos, though there do not appear to be product pages from the latter three just yet. You can pick up the phone in either Lunar Grey or Fine Gold, with estimated delivery from Motorola slated for July 14.
- Moto Z2 Play: £379 (full retail)
Moto Z2 Play Canada availability
Residents of Canada, like their U.S. counterparts, can go out and purchase the Moto Z2 Play right now, though the prices are not to be messed with — $700 to $800 is what you are looking at across various Canadian outlets.
Even with the prices, it looks as if the JBL SoundBoost 2 Moto Mod is thrown in to make the hurt in your wallet a bit less painful. Let us take a look at where you can buy the Moto Z2 Play in the hockey-loving country:
- $800 (full retail)
- $200 down on a two-year term (plans start at $75 per month)
- $800 (full retail)
- $0 down on a two-year term (minimum $85 plan)
- $700 (full retail)
- $100 down on a two-year term (plus $10 per month with Plus Pricing)
- $700 (full retail)
- At least $0 down with (at most) a $35 MyTab Boost
- Product page is live, but no word on when it will be available for purchase
Moto Z2 Play India availability
India is a key market for Lenovo and Motorola, so both will want the Moto Z2 Play to perform well. The phone is available on Flipkart and various offline retailers, with folks getting a discount if the purchase is made with an Axis Bank Buzz credit card.
- Rs. 27,999
- Five percent discount if purchased with Axis Bank Buzz credit card
- Can be paid over 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, or 24 months through several banks
Moto Z2 Play China availability
After pre-orders went live for around a week, the Moto Z2 Play is now available for purchase in China. Whether it’s from Motorola’s website or a third-party retailer, the phone sells for the same price, though additional goodies will differ.
- ¥3299 (full retail – only available in Fine Gold)
- ¥3299 (full retail – financing available)
- Includes separate Moto Style Shell