Cross-carrier Moto Maker teased in new leaks


Motorola’s Moto X is neither the newest nor most powerful Android around, but the smartphone continues to hold a special place in our hearts, with performance that belies its meager hardware. Of course, if you really want to do the Moto X right, that means having a custom handset assembled just for you, using the online Moto Maker tool. So far, AT&T’s had an exclusive on such custom designs, but lately rumors have been talking about the service finally opening itself up to the other carriers. We heard one claim that Sprint might get access to Moto Maker this coming Monday, and another that T-Mobile could get it today. Well, we haven’t seen that T-Mobile support arrive just yet, but a couple new leaks sure make it seem like an inevitably, painting the picture of a cross-carrier Moto Maker that’s just aching to launch.

First up, we have the render above, depicting a few custom Moto X designs, but unlike every such phone produced to date, these custom shells are rocking Verizon logos – while we hadn’t heard any recent rumors specifically addressing Verizon’s access to Moto Maker, if Sprint and T-Mobile really were about to get it, Verizon seemed like an inevitability.

In addition to that, we have a screenshot from the Moto Maker itself, suggesting how the tool will present us with the option of ordering phones for these additional carriers once that choice arrives.

Maybe it’s not happening today, and maybe Monday will miss the mark as well, but all indications sure point to this expanded Moto Maker access happening quite soon.


Source: @evleaks 1,2 (Twitter)

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!