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  1. still1's Avatar
    So components cost $209 and manufacturing costs $12. No mention at all of R&D/engineering/software development, advertising, shipping, supply chain, customer support, warranty service, loss on returns, licensing fees and corporate/admin costs. All of those costs factor into whether or not a device is profitable.


    OK, but selling to a carrier in volume reduces your shipping, returns and customer service costs as well as with Verizon, warranty service. That's why in any area you will get a discount on bulk purchases. And the bulk purchasing by a carrier is on a very, very large scale compared to selling to an individual.

    If they sell the device to Verizon for $350, then I am even more certain that they are not making a profit by selling the device to individuals for $400.
    Yes, most moto X units are sold via carrier and only few units are sold off contract
    01-02-2014 11:51 AM
  2. Ry's Avatar
    This is the best option for anyone on Verizon that has unlimited data right now and wants to keep it and still get a brand new (not used) phone.
    01-02-2014 11:54 AM
  3. DayThyme's Avatar
    This is the best option for anyone on Verizon that has unlimited data right now and wants to keep it and still get a brand new (not used) phone.
    If you have a family share plan, there is another option to get an on contract moto x. Check out the verizon forum here:

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/ver...erizon-89.html
    01-02-2014 12:08 PM
  4. Ry's Avatar
    If you have a family share plan, there is another option to get an on contract moto x. Check out the verizon forum here:

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/ver...erizon-89.html
    Regardless, it's still the best option for someone that doesn't want to go through that hassle of line and upgrade transfers and extending contracts and possible ETFs.

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    01-05-2014 02:57 AM
  5. bigdaddytee's Avatar
    Agreed. I was going to buy the Galaxy Nexus when it came out, but when I went to the store and saw how flimsy and cheap the plastic back was I decided against buying it. Even though I'm not really hard on my phones, I couldn't imagine that phone holding up for 2 years.
    Still rocking my dependable, flimsy, original GNex two years later. I guess cheap is in the eye of the beholder.
    You should complain about something important, like the battery. I had to add a 3800 to make it useful.
    I may keep this another year, it's pristine and working flawlessly.

    Sent from the (4.2 updated) redheaded stepchild of the Nexii
    01-05-2014 05:00 AM
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