Verizon and Motorola have had something of a connected relationship for the last several years. Motorola brings its Motorola devices to many carriers, but provides exclusive handsets for Verizon and its customer base such as the Droid Turbo series and now, the Moto Z Force Droid (a ruggedized version of its quasi-modular handset). The Moto 360 has been available from the Google Store, but Verizon has also been selling the smartwatch in its stores. We've seen Motorola discount the Moto 360 2nd-Gen. smartwatch by $50, but, as I've said before, $50 discounts are no discounts. Give me a $200 discount anyday; then, I'll believe it and take advantage of it.
Well, I've got some good news and bad news: first, let's get the bad news over with. There won't be any $200 discounts with this new deal, but there will be a one-third discount on the Moto 360. That's right: you can now pick up the Moto 360 2nd-Gen. smartwatch (men's brown leather, black leather, and metal variants) for up to 33 percent off the original retail price. For the metal 46mm version, you'll pay $279.99 instead of $399.99; the 46mm brown leather costs $239.99 as opposed to $349.99, and the 42mm black leather costs $199.99 as opposed to $299.99 (33% off).
While these prices are a welcome change from the usual over-$250 price tags we've seen for Motorola's 2016 smartwatch and its various design variants, remember that Motorola just recently said it wouldn't release a new smartwatch for Android Wear 2.0 and that it is leaving the smartwatch market for now. We presume the second-generation Moto 360 will get Android Wear 2.0 (that Google will bring to market in early 2017), though we don't know for sure now with Motorola's latest statement. We don't even know if the Chicago Moto 360 boutique will remain open in light of this decision, now that the company is owned by Lenovo rather than Google.
All of this comes just three months after Motorola said it wouldn't make any additional smartwatches for 2016, so Motorola's latest announcement casts gloom over its products. Still, for those who fear Motorola may pull its products and want a little memorabilia, it's a sentimental buy.