It’s rare to see a company unleash as many promotions for a single handset as we’ve seen Motorola do for the Moto X. The latest will see the Google-owned company provide a free Chromecast streaming dongle to anyone that buys the handset off-contract via Moto Maker.
Those interested in picking up the free Chromecast need to know a thing or two about the process before getting started as it’s not as simple as ordering the phone and getting the dongle free of charge. Potential customers will need to enter the code “STREAM” in the promotion box on the last page of the checkout process to qualify. It’s a small step but one that could easily be skipped, especially if someone isn’t aware of the promotion.
If you need a refresher (and who doesn’t after so many price changes and promos?), the 16GB Moto X currently retails for $400 sans contract. If that’s a bit too much coin to throw down at once, wireless carriers in the US will happily subsidize the phone for you starting at $50.
The fact that Motorola keeps promoting the Moto X tells us a few different things. For one, it shows everyone that even a mid-range phone can be successful among enthusiasts if priced and marketed aggressively. What’s more, the constant news exposure is helping to rebuild the Motorola brand and keep it fresh in the minds of buyers until the next revision is released (no word on when that might happen, unfortunately).
The Moto X / Chromecast promotion is only good through January 14 so you’ll need to act quickly if you want to scoop up the bundle.
The Moto X is the first Motorola smartphone to be assembled in the US and the first big release since Google took over the company. The Moto X is touting out of the box customization, choose one of 18 back colors and designs, colors of the phone buttons and the ring around the lens of the camera. The X is powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.7 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2. It also features a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display and comes in 16GB or 32GB versions.
The Moto G is a low cost Android smartphone from Google-owned Motorola. It features a 4.5-inch, 720p (329 PPI) LCD TFT display, a quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1.3-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel shooter on the back, a 2,070mAh battery and 8GB or 16GB of storage options. On the software side Moto G is launching with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and the promise of an Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade.
Google's Chromecast beams videos from your mobile device or computer directly to your television. The Chromecast is about the size of a USB flash drive and attaches to a spare HDMI port on your TV, it supports Android and iOS on the mobile side and Windows 7 / Mac OS 10.7 and higher on the computer side.
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