Motorola shipping 100,000 Moto X devices per week from Texas

Motorola shipping 100,000 Moto X devices per week from Texas

Summary: Motorola has their Moto X facility in Texas up and running at a current rate of 100,000 units per week. Three US carriers now sell the Moto X with only one supporting custom options.

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Motorola shipping 100,000 Moto X devices per week from Texas

I didn't want to send back the custom Moto X I checked out and am considering the device for Verizon. Part of the appeal of the Moto X for me is the assembly and customization in the USA and Reuters reports that Motorola is shipping 100,000 phones per week from its Texas facility.

The Moto X is now available from T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon with the custom models still only supported by AT&T. While 100,000 per week is not a record-setting pace, it is still a healthy number for a new US facility. We don't know how many have been sold yet either.

Reuters also reports that workers are paid $12 to $14 per hour, which is about three times higher than what manufacturers pay workers in China to make phones. I'm personally willing to pay more to support workers in the US, but want a custom option on T-Mobile or Verizon.

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  • Can you be more specific on what "Custom Models" offer..

    is it bloatware and will it slow down future updates or is it something else ?
    jkohut
    • Not really Custom

      You pick your front and back from a few colors. Other than that there is no "customization".
      itguy10
      • Thank you ! One would wonder if that couldn't have been described as

        "cosmetic customization" or something similar to differentiate from somethat that could really be of concern. Sigh ...
        jkohut
  • removable battery

    I too want to support American manufacturing. Let me know the moment Motorola makes a model with a removable battery.
    BoloMKXXVIII
    • Errr....

      You think all the components are made in the US?
      Gisabun
  • Thank you google/moto for bringing jobs back to america

    every bit helps. I would actually consider the moto X in part because of this. I also keep hearing what a great phone it is, regardless of middle of the road specs.
    Apple could surely take a little hit on their massive profit margins and do something similar. They just don't seem to care about the poor chinese workers, standing 12 hrs a day, in unsafe conditions for very low wages.
    drwong
    • Bring back jobs?

      Do you know how many were given pink slips at Motorola Mobility after Google bought them?
      Search with https://www.google.ca/#q=motorola%20mobility%20layoffs%202013
      Repeat for 2012 [and if you want 2011].
      Gisabun
    • This "briinging jobs back to America" is just a gimmick,

      and it's totally useless public relations tactic, since 99% of the people will make their purchases based on pricing as being the major factor, after considering the worthiness of the device as compared to the competition. The price of the device won't be noticeable when the consumer's cost is hidden in the 2 year smartphone/cell-plan which they have to sign in order to get the device.
      adornoe@...