Innovations in packaging that are long overdue for the Android ecosystem.
Until now, the only mainstream all-carrier device has been iPhone. Thanks to Apple’s largess, it was able to negotiate a nifty contract with Qualcomm: Ship every iPhone with CDMA, but only pay for it on the devices that it’s actually used on.
That allowed Apple to ship a single model that worked worldwide, and on every carrier. It saved Apple millions in device adaptation costs too. It was literally cheaper to ship multiple variants of iPhone, than any other phone, thanks to this one little change.
But it now seems Qualcomm is willing to open the floodgates, ahead of VoLTE, and the inevitable phase out of both CDMA and GSM 3G voice networks. And that’s what makes the new Moto X models (Pure and Style) such game changers.
For the first time, you’re going to be able to buy an Android phone at retail, unlock it, and use it on any North American carrier – without strings attached. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile stateside. With the Nexus 6 we came close, but Verizon and AT&T last-minute lockdown issues caused problems. For example, buy a Nexus 6 from Google, and Verizon will claim it’s a “Non VZW device” – which has led many to file FCC complaints against Verizon.
Frankly, the biggest disappointment that one might have with Moto X, is the lack of dual-SIM, something that OnePlus did – but without the crucial support for most customers over here. OnePlus 2 has dual-SIM, but lacks LTE compatibility with Sprint and Verizon.
Starting next year, Verizon will allow VoLTE devices on their network, and Sprint almost certainly will follow before 2016 is done. But, it may not be until 2017 that 3GPP ratifies a true VoLTE calling standard that will allow device makers to universally support every carrier’s VoLTE stack.
Add in that the Moto X will let you unlock the bootloader, without losing the warranty, and do what you want with your device – including updating it after Motorola throws in the towel – is a major good thing.
The Moto X will bridge the gap between now and 2017. Hopefully it won’t be hard to swap SIMs on it… and our fingers are crossed that Motorola will offer a dual-SIM variant essentially. Because having a prepaid SIM for Verizon’s enhanced voice coverage, while being able to use Sprint or T-Mobile for unlimited, unthrottled data – is the dream not just of us… but most ordinary people today.
Article has been revised to clarify the differences/innovations from the Moto X versus the Nexus 6.