It looks like the rumors were right on the money, as mere hours after Motorola unveiled Moto X’s highly anticipated sequel, AT&T and Verizon came forward with vague public announcements of their release plans for the “new” Moto X.
The bad news here is Sprint and T-Mobile don’t seem to be getting (subsidized) love, while the pleasant surprise comes from US Cellular’s camp. The regional carrier, which currently serves over 4 million stateside customers, enough for fifth place in the wireless provider ranks, will be scoring a piece of the new Moto X action in the coming weeks, just like Big Red and Ma Bell.
The specific launch dates are kept under wraps, although we know it’s all going down in September, whereas pricing with two-year contracts is already carved in stone at $99.99. Outright, the 2014 X should go for $499 in a 16 GB configuration, and $549 with 32 GB of internal storage space, including in unlocked versions compatible with T-Mobile and Sprint.
There’s obviously no need to panic if you’re a Magenta or Now Network fan, albeit I’m sure you’d have loved to be able to purchase the 5.2-inch Android on T-Mo’s value plans, with no upfront tax and uber-lucrative monthly installments.
On a semi-unrelated note, AT&T has also confirmed it’ll sell the Moto Hint in the near future, and a New X + Hint bundle at a promotional price is therefore imminent. The minuscule Bluetooth headset/wearable earpiece is appraised at $150 solo, but alongside the 2014 Moto X, it may be cheaper. All’s well that ends well, eh?