The latest (and maybe greatest) in the smartphone world is here. The Moto Z family, including the Moto Z, the Moto Z Force, and the Moto Mods accessories, are all available starting today directly from Motorola/Lenovo and Verizon. The pricing is what we thought it would be — expensive.
As reported previously, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are $624 and $720, respectively, or $26 per month and $30 per month using Verizon’s monthly payment plans. Both are being released as Droid smartphones, which means they’re Verizon exclusives — there’s no option to buy either unlocked for now. If you’re interested in the back-mounted Moto Mods accessories, pricing for those is as follows: JBL SoundBoost Speaker ($80), Moto Insta-Share Projector ($300), Incipio Style Shells ($15), and Moto Style Shells ($20 to $25). The Style Shells aren’t Moto Mods, but are used as swappable shells to cover the backs of the phones while Mods aren’t in use. The external battery Power Packs from Tumi, Kate Spade, and Incipio are still only available for preorder. The Incipio packs cost $60 and the Tumi and Kate Spade packs cost $70. Wireless charging can be added to any of those for an extra $10.
Because you’ll need to be either a Verizon subscriber or willing to switch to get these, Verizon is offering some incentives. Besides their usual trade-in deal (up to $300 for your used smartphone, with $300 being for a premium smartphone in good condition), Verizon is giving a 20 percent discount on all Moto Mods after your first Moto Mod purchase. For those looking to switch, you can get up to $650 from Verizon in phone trade-in and credit to offset any early termination fees. Key phrase there is still “up to,” but it’s possible to get a good chunk back.
As promised when Motorola and Lenovo introduced the Moto Z, they’ll also be selling a Moto Mods Developer Kit. The Developer Kit is a shell of a Moto Mod — it’s basically a template that developers can add modules and custom electronics to. The point is to make it as easy as possible for third-party developers to create more Moto Mods, and Motorola and Lenovo are still promising a $1 million fund to be split up between the most promising candidates. The idea is to jump start the Moto Mods economy — it’s a new venture, and we’re sure Motorola and Lenovo don’t want to see a promising accessory business dry up like it did with the LG G5.