Moto Z will cost $900 off contract when it launches in Canada


  • Graham Davidson

    Wow. That makes the Axon 7 ($529.99 on preorder) seem crazy cheap. I know which I’d go for……

    • Roger

      Same here. If my Note 4 broke today, I’d get the Axon 7.

    • Gary Downes

      Absolutely, really disappointed with this pricing. $899+taxes?? Thanks, but no thanks

  • vn33

    At that price, there goes the allure of getting a Moto phone

    • Can’t Fix Stupid

      Must have seen how well the Priv did at that price point and decided it would be great business to price similarly.

  • jfpesant

    Wow! Taxes make this phone over the 1000 $ mark!? No deal for me!

  • deltatux

    I don’t think most buyers can justify this purchase

  • I thought Moto was going for the budget phone approach. This price is not really in anyone’s budget

    • Smanny

      The same phone in the states is $620 USD.

  • Spencer

    If the contract price is around $299, I’ll consider this phone as an upgrade. It’s a little steep for the off-contract price…

  • truthlesshunter

    The only way an Android phone for the non-specific public (like non of those elite gold plated ferrari phones, etc.) could justify that price is if it was the perfect phone: the most up-to-date processor, huge battery while still being thin, best camera on the market, most ram, etc.

    This is a good phone. Is it a $900+ tax phone? Nowhere near it.

  • Garrett Cooper

    Another phone going for thin over battery size.I wish someone would make a phone a bit thicker for those who want great battery life. I know they’ve been providing things like quick charge, but it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to see a 4,000 mAh battery in a 5″ device. I don’t care if it has to be 9mm thin.

    • Donovan

      This is a little different though. They made the phone so thin (presumably) to accommodate the thickness that the Moto Mods add, and half of those Moto Mods seem to have an extra battery built into them. If they made the Moto Z 9mm thin, adding something like the JBL speaker Mod would make the phone a brick.

    • Garrett Cooper

      Fair point!

    • Dante

      I have the Moto X Play. It’s certainly not thin, but it packs about 3500mAh into the back. I’ve had it last up to three days of moderate use. I’ll never buy a phone with a smaller battery again.

      Edit: 5.5″ screen too. You sacrifice a little on horsepower, but the battery life is phenomenal.

  • Techguru86

    And people bitched about the Priv pricing, at least that offers far more for the price, considering Moto said no security updates

    • blzd

      Moto hasn’t committed to monthly security updates, but they say they will release updates 4 times a year with security updates bundled in.

      So quarterly security updates instead of monthly.

  • Smanny

    Why would it be $899 especially when the Moto Z sells for $620 in the US. Even with conversion rates, it should not be $899. This is just greed. I think I will just cross the border and pick one up.

  • fk22

    Hello Moto? Goodbye Moto.

  • Just Jess

    Ouch. I’ll stick with my Asus Zenfone II Laser. Similar specs, actually more batt power, and it was only $250 unlocked. Sure it has less features, but don’t really need half the stuff.

    • Vito R.

      No, the ZenFone doesn’t have the same specs or features. It is a better deal in terms of price/performance though.

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  • eszklar

    And I’m still waiting for the ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe and final pricing to hit Canada.

  • Vito R.

    The pricing of this phone is out to lunch relative to the competition and Moto’s current lack of mind share with the average consumer.

    The reason the price is high is because carriers hope to entice users with favourable on contract pricing and bonus Moto Mods.

    I think this phone is going to completely bomb in the marketplace.

    • Mo Dabbas

      It’ll be 0-99 CAD in a matter of a month or two. But yes, I agree, almost all carrier phones are overpriced and I do believe it is to make signing a contract sound like big savings.

  • jellmoo

    There is an absolutely massive disconnect in pricing right now. When you have devices like the Axon 7 and OnePlus 3 coming in at almost half the price of these other offerings, something is really off.

  • Brad Fortin

    “While it’s not known if all the Moto Mods will come to Canada”

    I have a feeling we’ll see as many Moto Mods as we did LG Friends. That is, maybe 1 of them, in limited quantities, for a few weeks.

    • Mo Dabbas

      probably, motorola always treated Canadian with missing features. Wouldn’t be surprised if we barely get any of those mods.

    • All the Moto Mods mentioned in the story are coming to Canada, at least according to what Motorola told us.

  • KingArt

    Omg!!… I was actually hyped about this phone. Ready to sell my current phone and upgrade to this… but with a $900 price-point, that’s just crazy!

    Good luck Moto… (lenovo)… I’ll wait for MotoZ2 to comes out and hope that I can find a used one later on. (Assuming the new MotoMods will even work on Gen2)

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  • Luiz Amaral ★彡

    I was waiting to see the new Moto line under Lenovo. Well, as expected, they’ll bury Motorola for good. First they say they won’t release the monthly android security updates, then they remove the 3.5mm phone jack, and now a ridiculous price for this? Give me a break.
    I’d rather consider buying the S7 or even an iPhone than this one.
    My Nexus 4 is proving it was worth the price I paid, $450 almost 4 years ago. The new Nexus is coming, let’s see if this time they will convince me to switch.


  • ToniK

    Lol whoa… Damn that’s steep.

  • Hello Moto

    Lenovorolla is pulling an HTC.

  • Gary Downes

    I used to be Samsung, Sony, Nexus and HTC however my last cellphone (Sony Z5) the battery life was terrible. So I decided to look for a smartphone with a larger battery life to use as my daily driver. I found someone selling a brand new, unlocked Moto X Play for $200. I was looking forward to upgrading to the Moto Z Force, however if the thinner phone with a smaller battery and lower pixel camera sensor is $899 + taxes, then what is the Z Force going to sell for??? Well Motorola, it was nice knowing you, but like many others have already said on here, the ZTE Axon 7 or even the OP3 are likely to be my next phone. What a shame

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  • Liquid Snake

    But why?

  • jeff the chef

    Remember when we got excited over the moto x style then all we could get was the X-Play? I have a feeling there’s going to be a repeat.