The Droid Bionic just hit Verizon’s minimum advertised price list sitting at $299 on a 2-year contract. The MAP also shows more solid evidence that the Droid Bionic will be launching on September 8th. Just in case you missed it, yesterday we showed you the supposed retail price of the Bionic along with pics from the Tips and Tricks manual. We’ve been following this phone for some time now, and with the hype that’s been behind it, this new Droid should fly off the shelves and shift some people to Verizon. Let us know in the comments if you’ll be snagging one on release or waiting for the next big thing.
As I say every time that I review market statistics, we’ve seen a million different ways to prove how one provider is more successful than the next. While Chitika’s statistics don’t really provide anything we haven’t already seen, they do tell us that Verizon is slowly on the decline, and AT&T is on a definite rise. Verizon holds four of the five top smartphones (Droid X, HTC Droid Incredible, Samsung Fascinate, Droid), has hands-down the best service in the country, and provides excellent customer service. So, why does AT&T continue rise while Verizon loses market share? Perhaps the popularity of recent devices (like the HTC Inspire) or growing service area is the culprit, but this reviewer finds the numbers strange. If AT&T’s merge with T-Mobile is blessed, they are even set to overtake Sprint for a solid 2nd place. Here’s to hoping that with the increased user base comes more responsibility to the customer on AT&T’s part.
Recognize this? Over a month ago we were teased by this ad for the DROID Bionic, to find that nothing ever became of it. Well, we now know where it was headed, as September’s Buyer’s Guide features the exact same mockup. We’ve heard that the Bionic could be released as early as the 26th, but we wouldn’t bet on it. With nearly 4 months worth of setbacks, this device has left doubt in this author’s mind. With 4 month’s time to work on it, Verizon had better ship this phone with no problems. And quick.
The Gingerbread (Android 2.3.4) update for the Droid Incredible has been delayed according to VZW Support. The reason given was that additional testing was being done by the production team, and a new release date will be posted once they know when it is coming.
This is disappointing news to those hoping to update to Gingerbread this week, but at least it’s not as bad as when we thought the Incredible was not going to get a sniff of Gingerbread at all.
[via verizon forums]
With technology moving at the speed of light, no phone can stay in the market forever. We are always yearning for fresh blood, and the above document confirms some end-of-life information for some Verizon Wireless devices.
First off, the Motorola DROID 3 seems to be out of stock. This obviously has nothing to do with the end for the newest DROID, but it it is good news that sales seem strong. One other newer device is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 gray version, which will have constrained supplies for the next few weeks.
As for the end-of-life and other supply issues we have the following:
Samsung Continuum – might already be done since a lot of the supply has been depleted.
Samsung Galaxy Tab – supply is limited so if you want to grab one, you better get to your local store now. It will end by September / October.
Motorola Citrus – will be done by late August / early September
Motorola Droid 2 Global (Blue and Whilte) – done by August
Verizon’s 4G LTE continues to expand, and it is hard to believe that they now cover more than half of the United States with today’s rollout. If you live in the following 15 cities, it is time to dropping some cash on a shiny new LTE phone at your local Verizon Wireless store. The Bionic is almost here and ready to handle all of your data needs.
- Tucson, Ariz.
- Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Ark.
- Bakersfield and Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, CA.
- Fort Collins, Colo
- Frederick, Md.
- Worcester, Mass.
- Omaha, Neb.
- Council Bluffs, Iowa
- Albany, Ithaca and Syracuse, N.Y.
- Altoona and Johnstown, Pa.
- Memphis, Tenn.
- Provo, Utah.
Verizon is also expanding its 4G LTE network in Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Baltimore, Md.; Boston, Mass.; Lansing, Mich.; New York, N.Y.; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; and Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah.
Full Press Release after the break:
We first told you about the Saygus VPhone back in 2009, but never heard a thing about it until now. It should have been on the market by June 2010, but it took way longer to get approved than anyone expected.
Verizon’s open development program (ODI) was designed for machine-to-machine devices like power meters and thermostats, but 9 phones have been approved before the VPhone. The fact that it took this long to get approved shows you how difficult it is for mobile phone companies to pass through the carrier labs.
What does any of this mean? You will be able to buy the phone and use Verizon Wireless’s network, but it won’t be supported by them. That means it will be free of bloatware so it will be the closest thing to a Nexus device.
Unfortunately the specs are nothing to rave about. As for what Android version, we have no idea, but wouldn’t be surprised if it is a Froyo device. Hit the break for the rest of the specs.
Here is a pretty clean snapshot of the Droid Bionic strutting its 4G LTE speeds. In case you missed them, there’s also some pictures here showing the device’s size in hand along with the Lapdock. Hopefully, the possible delays and other new powerhouses on the horizon haven’t turned everyone off at this point.
Is new news for the Bionic falling on deaf ears now? It feels like we’ve been waiting for this device forever, but it shouldn’t be much longer now (hopefully September). Verizon is certainly still capable of a marketing campaign to create Bionic hype for the masses. Who’s still on board for this new Droid? Hit us up in the comments.
Verizon has announced a new $20/300MB promotional plan to existing Verizon customers from DC, Maryland and Virginia for any 3G or LTE device. This is a marvelously cheap plan for low-use customers or those fortunate enough to be around WiFi throughout the day. Each month starts you off fresh at 300MB’s and if you happen to go over, you are merely billed another $20 for another 300MB. Simple enough, right? If you’re interested, you had better act soon though, the deal starts August 18th and ends September 30th.
Hit the break for Verizon’s press release. Read more
Remember the rumors that Gingerbread would not be coming to the Incredible? How about the HTC rep reversal e-mail stating that it would? Well, try to forget all that as Verizon’s support website has gone live with a change log and upgrade instructions for Android 2.3.4.
The change log states:
- MMS messages will now send correctly
- Properly save audio files from MMS messages
- Successfully play audio from MMS messages
- Internet connection via Bluetooth now enabled
- VZ Navigator now operates on Wifi
- Change songs in the music widget by tapping the forward button
- Camera functions successfully without inserting SD card
The update is said to start pushing to devices on Tuesday, Aug. 16, with 10,000 updates hitting first, 50,000 more on Wednesday, and everyone else on Friday. This is a huge win for Incredible owners to get to enjoy some stock Gingerbread goodness if ROMs aren’t your thing.