Motorola Skip NFC tag arriving as Moto X accessory

We just shared news with you of AT&T’s retail launch date for the Moto X, and along with that, the kicking-off of the Moto Maker online tool. Users who order their phones through the custom site won’t just get a new Moto X that stands out from everyone else’s, but they’ll also score a free accessory: Motorola’s NFC-based Skip tag. Just what exactly is Skip, though, and how does it work?

The main component of Skip is a little clip-on thumb-sized NFC tag that you can attach to clothing or a bag – something you’ll have on you. The idea is that you can use Skip to unlock your phone, saving precious moments otherwise spent keying-in a PIN; instead, just raising the Moto X up against the Skip tag instantly unlocks the handset.

Beyond that, Skip also comes with Skip “dots,” stickers which you can use to help keep the phone’s always-listening Touchless Control a little more secure; when configured for use with Skip, the phone will only listen to commands when it’s placed on one of these dots. Skip comes with three, letting you set up secure zones at home, work, and in the car.

Skip will run Moto X users $20 if bought separately, or like we said, it’s free with orders placed through Moto Maker.

Source: Motorola

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