Try out a Moto X for just $0.01 this Monday, says Motorola

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If you’ve always wanted to put the Moto X through its paces but lacked the cash to do so, circle Monday June 9 in your diary. A new promotion advertised on the Motorola website promises that customers in the U.S. can try out the phone for two weeks and pay just a penny for the privilege.

According to the associated FAQ page, you’ll be asked to register a credit card to qualify, and you have the option to pay full price for the handset if you fall in love with it during testing. You can register for a promo code starting from 12am EST on Monday “while quantities last”, and there’s the option to either get a new SIM with the phone or use your existing one. “We want you to use Moto X as if you owned it,” says Motorola. The company will pay shipping costs both ways.

It’s already been a hectic year for Motorola. After Google sold the firm to Lenovo, it announced that it would be shuttering its factory in Forth Worth, Texas and moving the manufacturing operations overseas. As the dust settles on those developments, we’re expecting both new phones and an Android-powered smartwatch from Motorola in the near future.

If Motorola decides to offer up any more information on how this deal will work, we’ll post it up here. It looks as though you’ll be able to put together a customized Moto X through the usual online ordering process as normal and then play around with it for a fortnight — check out our comprehensive list of tips and tricks if you’re signing up. If you’re not blown away by the experience and decide to send it back, you’ll be $0.01 poorer.

It certainly impressed us when it appeared last fall, earning an Editor’s Choice recommendation in our full review of the phone. Jeffrey Van Camp called it “an amazing phone on almost every level” and praised both the power under the hood and the exterior design. Whether this latest promotion will succeed in getting the mobile into more pockets remains to be seen.


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