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The Moto Z3 is now available for purchase from Verizon

You can buy the Moto Z3 starting today, but the 5G Moto Mod won't be ready until next year.

Published onAugust 16, 2018

  • The Motorola Moto Z3 is available to purchase from Verizon.
  • The handset costs $480 or $20 a month for 24 months on a Verizon device payment plan.
  • While the Moto Z3 will be able to run on Verizon’s 5G network, it will require a 5G Moto Mod that won’t be released until 2019.

Motorola held a press event earlier this month to officially unveil the Moto Z3. Verizon had a prominent presence at the announcement, as the Z3 would be one of the first to work on the network’s 5G network. As of today, the Moto Z3 is now available for purchase directly from Verizon.

The Moto Z3 doesn’t differ much when compared to last year’s Moto Z2 Force. The overall build remains almost identical to its predecessor featuring a 6.01-inch Full HD+ (non-shatterproof) display, a thin design, a glass back, and a metal frame. Unfortunately, Motorola wasn’t able to change much as the phone had to remain compatible with every Moto Mod released over the last several years.

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Internally, the Moto Z3 is specced like a phone from 2017. This means a Snapdragon 835 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 3,000mAh battery. While these are decent specs, it’s rather strange to see a flagship smartphone released with last year’s processor.

But what makes this device so unique is its ability to one day work on Verizon’s 5G network with the use of a Moto Mod. Unfortunately, the Mod won’t be available until sometime in 2019. At that point, phones from other manufacturers like Samsung will have the 5G functionality built into the handset and won’t require a thick accessory to be mounted onto the rear of the device. 

Moto Z3's Mod reveals the problem with 5G

Customers who wish to buy the Moto Z3 can do it directly from Verizon’s website or by visiting a retail location. The handset retails for $480 but can be had for $20 a month for 24 months on a Verizon device payment plan.

For new customers, Verizon is offering up to $300 in credit towards the price of the phone when a line is opened and an eligible phone is traded in.

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