Unlike last year’s Moto X Pure Edition, the unlocked Moto Z will be GSM only


Logic would dictate that since the Moto Z is going to be a Verizon exclusive until the fall, when the unlocked version finally does arrive it would work with CDMA carriers, such as Verizon itself, as well as GSM carriers. Another indicator pointing to this multi-network functionality is that last year’s Moto X Pure Edition worked across both CDMA AND GSM networks. This, however, will not be the case. It looks like, for some inexplicable reason, Lenovo has decided to take a step back and ‘lock’ the unlocked version of the Moto Z to GSM carriers only.

If you were hoping to wait until the fall to purchase the variant of the phone that would work on any network here in the U.S. Lenovo just threw a huge wrench in the works. If you have Verizon you are going to just have to pony up and buy the DROID variant of the phone and live with the fact that you are going to be locked into the Verizon network for the life of the device. For those of you, like me, on the Sprint network we very well could be screwed out of even being able to purchase a compatible variant of this device altogether.

It is pretty amazing to see Lenovo go this path in regards to cellular connectivity. Not only are they going the archaic timed exclusive route, but now they are taking out great features, which have worked in the past, for inexplicable reasons. Lenovo is trying to fix things that aren’t broke and that could be bad news on the sales sheet.

Via: DroidLife

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Born and raised right outside of Philadelphia, Ryan recently defected to the west, now residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh studying political science. Ryan loves all things political, with aspirations to attend law school in the Fall, followed by a career in the world of politics. When not debating politics or hunkered down studying in the Cathedral of Learning, you can find Ryan having an epic catch or wandering God’s country, Pittsburgh’s South Side. In addition to politics, Ryan has loved Android ever since getting his first Android phone, the HTC EVO 4G, almost 6 years ago. Currently though, Ryan sports a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but he can hear that Nexus 6P calling his name.