After months of constant backtracking on software updates, Motorola has finally revealed its highly anticipated $100 trade-up program. There’s only one slight problem–it’s garbage.
Owners of Motorola devices not slated to receive an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean need only apply. This means if you’ve got a Droid 3, Droid X2, Admiral, Atrix 2, Atrix 4G, Cliq2, Electrify, Photon 4G,XPRT, Titanium, or Triumph you’re eligible to receive $100 towards the purchase of a new Motorola smartphone. Unfortunately, this “cash” will come in the form of a rebate card rather than an up-front discount.
For example, if you choose to go with a new Motorola device on Big Red you can take your old device into a carrier store and you will be presented with a $100 Verizon gift card which you can then use to pay your bill or purchase accessories. Due to Motorola’s close partnership with Verizon, the process of getting a phone on any other carrier is a complete hassle. Say you opt for the Atrix HD on AT&T. You will have to purchase the phone outright and then send your receipt, along with your old phone, into Motorola. Within 6 weeks you can expect a $100 Visa gift card to arrive in your mailbox.
Sure, Motorola is trying to rectify things with its disgruntled user base, and we applaud them for that. But seriously, every eligible phone on the list is worth more than $100 if you were to sell it on Craigslist or eBay, and cold hard cash is a lot more useful than any sort of silly gift card.