Motorola X won’t be coming to Australia — Motorola source

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EXCLUSIVE: Yesterday we had two Motorola X stories, the first one seemed to be debunked as inaccurate rumour (if not complete garbage) fairly quickly, and the second was picked up and run by a few other news sources as well, but regardless of the coverage, the second story we thought had some merit.

Before you read further, please note our disclaimer: This is firmly in the rumour file. While the information is quite specific, we have been unable to independently verify it. Accordingly, make of this what you will — we can neither confirm, nor disprove, what we’ve been told, and while we ordinarily might not report such things, we thought this worthy enough to carry on. -Ed.

Well, it seems that same source — well placed within Motorola’s Australian operations — has found out some more information for Ausdroid, and the news is not looking good. Not if you’re interested in seeing the Motorola X in Australia, that is.

Yesterday, we sought confirmation of the information we received from our anonymous source — something to substantiate what we had been told. In response to that request for information, we’ve been told the following:

  • All hard copy information regarding the Motorola X is being gathered up in Motorola’s offices in Australia, and being (a) destroyed, or (b) returned to the US. Motorola doesn’t want this information hanging around in Australia.
  • Why? Because the Motorola X won’t be launched here. It seems that Telstra isn’t interested in the product and (seemingly) doesn’t believe it can deliver the numbers that Motorola wants — to refresh your memories, Motorola wants a commitment to sell 25,000 handsets, and Telstra has apparently only committed to 15,000.
  • All Motorola Australia staff have been instructed by Motorola managing director for Australia New Zealand and Pacific, Timo Brouwer, to delete all emails regarding the X Phone project and to place all hard-copy materials in the conference room at Motorola’s Melbourne HQ to be destroyed.
  • Our source claims that emails referring to the Motorola X have been remotely deleted.
  • Telstra have apparently told Motorola to announce the Motorola X won’t be coming to Australia once the official launch of the handset has occurred.
  • In lieu of the Motorola X, it seems Australia might be getting a phone known as the DVX, a quad core device but on the cheaper scale of things in other respects. This device — possibly the one that The Verge wrote about earlier today — is rumoured to be a multi-carrier mid-range handset, rather than a Telstra exclusive top-shelf handset.

We have to admit, the ‘slash-and-burn’ within Motorola of any information — hard copy or electronic — seems a little bit odd, and perhaps over the top. Moreso, why would Telstra be telling Motorola to specifically announce that the Motorola X would not be coming to Australia? Not a common tactic. A few things don’t quite add up, but then again, we understand there might be quite some animosity flying around following this apparent breakdown between the two companies.

Our source tells us that things have definitely taken on a weird feeling in Motorola at the moment, with the prime handset under development not coming to the local market, being replaced instead by a multi-carrier non-exclusive handset later in the year (as late as Q4).

We haven’t any verification of this, except to say that our source has been fairly reliable in the past. You’re welcome to take what you need from our bag of salt, but if there’s even a little bit of truth to this story, then it’s undoubtedly a pretty miserable time in Motorola Australia at the moment.

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  • vijay alapati

    may be this is a CDMA version like Motorola Droid. Which is no use to us

  • http://twitter.com/gregmcph Greg McPherson

    Ahh well. Hello Kogan and Mobicity.

    • Indra

      Even Kogan and Mobocity do not stock the mobiles which aren’t officially released in Australia…I tried finding some couple of handsets…wasn’t there…

      • Hikari0307

        Don’t know about Kogan, but mobicity has stocked plenty of phones that was never released in Australia, even some phone that was only released in markets like japan and south korea.

      • http://ausdroid.net/ Chris

        Dunno about that Indra, MobiCity stock plenty of handsets that you can’t get through carriers or other ‘official’ channels in Australia.

  • Matt

    Well this was the phone I am hanging out for so big F you to Moto. Just put it in Play Store (that works..) and your job is done…

  • Shaun Brown

    Strange considering Motorola are trying for a comeback. Australia has a good take up of tech so why not try it out here. If you dont have a flagship device you dont have presence.

    • dazweeja

      If it doesn’t have the support of the carriers, it’s a big expense to launch a phone in a country, provide warranty, support, etc., especially when the numbers of unlocked phones sold here is pretty low. If it’s a hit elsewhere, the carriers might be more likely to get behind the following Motorola model.

  • chris

    Goodnight moto don’t forget to turn off the light before you depart the country. Really why do they bother

  • thernus

    Doesnt surprise me at all. They failed miserably with the last several phones and tablets they have launched here.

    They could of had the original XOOM as a Telstra LTE tablet even the second one bloody 3g , they could of actually launched a decent LTE phone in either the RAZR MAXX (xt910) or RAZR MAXX HD (xt925) but they didn’t and look how long the HD lasted on telstra it was gone basically straight after it got 4.1 even the RAZR M isn’t on their website anymore.

    I bet telstra sold bugger all of them.

    Doesn’t surprise me at all.

  • http://twitter.com/gregmcph Greg McPherson

    Well, Moto is saying “Go Big, of Go Home”.
    Telstra isn’t prepared to Go Big…

  • enrico

    Does Motorola have exclusive deal with Telstra? Why can’t they launch with another carrier?

  • NotHappy

    As this post (http://ausdroid.net/2013/07/14/motorola-moto-x-being-released-in-august-in-black-and-white-always-on-voice-commands/) says “Unfortunately LTE bands in the US and Canada aren’t very compatible with our 1800MHz network here in Australia”. If you check out the Rogers network (where the Moto X is being advertised) in Canada on this page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LTE_networks it’s showing 1700MHz instead of our 1800MHz – if correct, I doubt we’ll see it in Aus – very sad.