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.