By far one of the worst aspects of the launch of the Moto Z has been Verizon exclusivity. Since the phone’s launch, it has been available only through “The Big Red”, with the eventual promise of the device going up for sale unlocked. Now, Lenovo is finally revealing when that new model will be available.

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Starting on September 15th, the GSM unlocked Moto Z will go up for pre-order through Motorola’s website, for $699.99. If you’re keeping track, that’s nearly $80 higher than Verizon’s retail pricing, ouch.

This unlocked model will, of course, have the same basic specifications, 5.5-inch SuperAMOLED display, Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and the crazy thin design with Moto Mod capabilities. Unfortunately, this model will be GSM only, meaning no luck for those who want to use the device on Sprint or smaller CDMA carriers.

As good as the Moto Z is, $699 is going to be a tough sell, not to mention the fact that mods cost extra…

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