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# 136720 6-Dec-2013 17:34
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Hi guys,

As many of you may know, the Moto X is currently on sale through Moto Maker for $150 off. I've tried purchasing it but I have run into some enormous complications. I'm hoping some of you might be able to give some advice/assistance...

First off, I'm aware that I can get it through Mobicity, but I don't think anybody should pay close to $1000 for a phone, so that's not an option.
Secondly, I know that I could buy it through eBay, but I don't want to go down that road either, for reasons I won't bother getting into.

With the 150 off sale, this phone is finally affordable to me. However, the problem lies with actually paying for it. I made a purchase on Monday for the Dev edition of the phone, and it went through. Two hours later, I got an email saying that my order was cancelled. Numerous chats and phonecalls to Motorola have given me one clear message - they don't want my Kiwi money! In spite of the order going through, the purchase needs to be made with a US credit card. I have also heard that there is another stringent condition - that the shipping name/address must batch the credit card name/address.

I have explored virtual visa cards such as that of EntroPay, but these don't allow me to modify the name/address of the card, so I would waste time/money topping one up only for it to be rejected again. I don't have any friends in the US who are able to make the purchase for me, so I don't really see myself as having any options.

Can you offer any advice on other methods I might not have realised? Or would you be willing to lend a hand in purchasing it? I'm desperate as desperate can be 

Thanks in advance 

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  # 946697 6-Dec-2013 17:47
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I find that an AMEX card or a MasterCard / Visa debit card like the AirNZ OneSmart cards seem to get around these Address Verification procedures. Hopefully you know someone with one of those CCs

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  # 946726 6-Dec-2013 19:12
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Never tried it, but ShipItTo has an assisted purchase service. The company has a good reputation so it's worth considering. Alternately you'll probably have to know someone in the USA. I'm a member of international forums and I've always found someone trustworthy to help out with a purchase, but it's more risky than using a company.


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  # 947619 8-Dec-2013 19:58
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Thanks for the tips, guys. I haven't been able to find anybody with a usable credit card, and the virtual credit card services I can find online are either not US cards, or take too long to set up (won't be active in time for the sale).

It looks like I'm going to have to go for the Shipito (or Shopito) service. It's pretty expensive, but it's my only shot!


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  # 947621 8-Dec-2013 20:05
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Try the Air NZ One Smart. You can load a USD wallet on it. A friend explained to me that because its intended for travel it has an "international" credit card number it, though I coudn't personally vouch that explanation. She certainly uses it for Netflix without a hitch. No first (or even second) hand experience of the Motorolla shop though.

The fees aren't the cheapest, but I believe you can minimise these by zeroing your balance. They won't charge you fees that take you into overdraft.

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