Originally Posted by Teksu
Just wanted to let everyone know i saw that the 16gb/32gb motox on verizon wireless is on sale through motomaker.com for $0.01/$50.01 respectively, if you have an upgrade available. off-contract is still at $329 / $379.
This is just my personal opinion, but with the off contract prices being so low, I think you are better off buying the Moto X full retail, using your upgrade to buy an iPhone 5s, and selling the iPhone 5s to recoup the cost of the Moto X.
Right now the iPhone 5s 16GB is on sale at Best Buy for $150 and if you signed up for the BB reserve gift card, you can get it for $100 + tax. So for me, it would cost $140 after taxes and the upgrade fee. Since the Verizon iPhone 5s is GSM SIM unlocked, you can sell one of those mint/new on swappa for a minimum $550. After swappa fee, paypal fees and shipping insured/signature required you can net $500. So after you subtract the $140 you paid for the iPhone, your profit is $360, which would cover the cost of a 16GB Moto X + tax and still leave you with $10 to spare where I live so you would end up with a free Moto X + $10 profit.
If you use your upgrade, you still have to pay the upgrade fee of $30 and where I live and you pay tax on that so it would be $32. So with the $10 profit, you end up $42 ahead selling the iPhone, which is enough to buy the car dock with tax where I live. So if you go this route, you basically get a free 16GB Moto X + car dock as opposed to just using your upgrade.
Now that is a lot of work for a car dock and you are risking that you won't be able to sell a brand new iPhone for $550.
If you live in California you get taxed on the full retail value of the phone when you use an upgrade so it may or may not be worth it in California; you would have to do the math.
Also if you really want a Dev Ed, you can't get those using an upgrade so here is how the math works out for the Dev Ed using my state's sales tax rate of 6%:
iPhone 5s at Best Buy using reserve gift card, factoring in upgrade fee and sale price = $140
Moto X Dev Ed including sales tax = $403
Net from Sale of iPhone 5s assuming sale price of $550 after you pay swappa fee/paypal fees/shipping = $500
$500 - $140 - $403 = -$43.
So you would end up with a Moto X Dev Ed for $43 and since you can't get a Dev Ed with an upgrade, that is not a bad price at all!
Don't forget to score yourself a Motorola Admiral off of ebay for about $25 and do the tradeup program for the $100 gift card so you net $75 on that.
Then $75 - $43 = $32 so if you are willing to do that, too, you end up getting a free Moto X Dev Ed and profit $32, which should be enough to get you a decent case and a screen protector off of Amazon. So basically you can turn your upgrade into a free Moto X Dev Ed, case and screen protector if you are willing to do some work and take a risk on the sale price of the iPhone!