Lenovo quietly revealed at its IFA 2016 event when you’ll be able to buy unlocked models of its 2016 flagship. Finally, after spending months as an exclusive for Verizon and its customers, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force will be offered to the masses around the world.
When announced at Lenovo Tech World 2016 in June, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force impressed people with their slim, premium builds and high-end specifications. The not-so-great part about these phones involved Verizon, who inked a deal to maintain exclusive selling rights for them for the entire summer. This is after the Moto X Pure Edition burst onto the scene unlocked and ready to be used on any network including Verizon’s, but Verizon must have showed Lenovo big bucks wanting to dust off its DROID brand for a return.
Fortunately, we finally know when the Moto Z and Moto Z Play will be offered in unlocked varieties. It’s not looking like the Moto Z Force will ever leave Verizon’s grip, however.
While not giving specific dates, Lenovo named the months to expect the phones’ unlocked models to go up for sale. The unlocked Moto Z will be available in the United States in October for $699, which is a huge jump from the Moto X Pure Edition’s $399 starting price. As for the smaller and newer phone, you’ll be able to buy the Moto Z Play for $449 in October as well. Again, it’s odd considering the Moto Z Play is a lesser phone than the Moto X Pure Edition but carries a bigger price tag.
Keep in mind, regardless of the Moto Z device you get, Lenovo isn’t going to be on top of software updates including monthly security patches.
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