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Goodbye Original DROID, Officially “Out of Stock”?

Sad, sad day indeed.  The original Motorola Droid is now listed as “out of stock” on VerizonWireless.com.  We had received word that this had happened a few days ago, but were unable to produce the same image and continued to hold out some hope that it was a regional thing.  It’s not.

It was a good almost 9 month run wouldn’t you say?  Time for it’s replacement.  A locked down beast.  The Droid 2.

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  • Jokeking240

    It has been removed from the Verizon website. ;( it truly IS a sad day

  • Jokeking240

    It has been removed from the Verizon website. ;( it truly IS a sad day

  • Ryan

    The saddest thing about it is that my Droid 1 was stolen at work 2 weeks ago. I had insurance and claimes my lost. Well they said that the Droid is out of stock and I'd have to get a Ally, Devour, or Eris. Why would I have insurance on a phone to pay $80 dollars to get a less of a phone. I bought a Droid and had insurance on one, Thta's what I should get in return! I am very unhappy about this and might just switch companies and phones altogether!

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  • Ieieie

    When Verizon gets the iPhone, Motorola and Google will wish they treated us Droid-1 people with
    more respect!
    Also, you can get the Droid-1 at Best Buy for $50.00.

  • StrifeJester

    Just went online for an upgrade for one of my lines that is eligible and there is nothing on the site about the Droid out of stock. I could order 2 today if I wanted.

  • some needs to hack the droid x and the droid 2 to make them more like the droid with vanilla android

  • indiana85

    so what about replacement phones with asurion will they give u another droid or a phone they believe is equal value???

  • Joey

    To Much Freedom I guess.
    Seems like another Apple and AT&T deal.

  • guz1115

    Went to the verizonwireless site and the droid is still in stock, Could be a hoax? lol

  • John

    I dont know what everyone is worried about, they said the Droid X was locked down too,
    and it was rooted roughly 1 week after it was released.
    They build the walls as high as they want, hackers/modders will always find a way.

  • SecurityNick

    I used to work for a cell phone company (one that somewhat was recently purchased by Big Red). I've been out of that industry for almost 5 years now, which is a lifetime in technology. But I remember the days we were lucky to get 1 new phone during the course of a year, let alone retiring a phone within that time. Droid 1 has rocked, and will most likely continue to rock for me through the rest of my contract. I'm not going to jump ship to any new phone any time soon (provided I don't have to do an insurance claim). At the rate these new phones are coming out, when my contract is up, I'll have some phone that will run circles around the X, D2, and the Incredible. I will say that even though they fixed the design flaw in the keyboard on this version of Droid, my next Droid will not have a physical keyboard. That was one of the biggest selling features as to why I bought the D1 to begin with, and at the same time, the biggest flaw the phone had (2nd biggest, still think it sucks I had to pay $20 for a good Exchange App and Android still hasn't gotten Exchange right…even with 2.2..rooted 2.2).

  • Patsycolletti

    didn't receive 2.2 update

  • Ulnek75

    what if someone needed a replacement for original droid? O.o

  • Uscuba2_2001

    Actually, I just looked at the Verizon wireless site. It's STILL in stock,

    • Matt_M

      Yeah, I just did the same thing just now after reading the headline. It allowed be to go all the way to checkout. I wonder if it was a mistake last time?

      • Mike

        I just checked it and it says out of stock.

  • Screw this, if I am to upgrade to the D2 give me stock android, not some s*** that moto decided to put on there that lags the phone. Htc has the better skin so stop trying and give us what we want instead of trying to play catchup.

  • Annoynimous

    Bye bye to freedom, welcome to Hell, *plays the Empire soundtrack* Motorola CEO Sanjay – “Join us, or DIE!!”

  • Rubenvalerio

    Questions about the Droid and it's OS. Does any one know of any plans to allow us to increase the font size. Plenty of comments about this option but Google, Motorola an Ascender don't seem to be taking this seriously.

    Any one have any good news?

  • The Dominator

    Don't know what site your viewing. But i just went to verizonwireless.com and the Droid does not show out of stock.

  • rwilliams268

    Well I just checked and at this moment the Droid by Motorola is still available at Verizon's site at $149.99 for a new 2-yr contract. Also in the market of cellular devices a 9 month run of a device is not uncommon. Most devices go the full 12 months, but everyone has to realize that this was done due to supply of stock of the device and not the amount of support of the device, When a device is manufactured it is done with a certain number in mind and yes second and third runs happen, but they don't keep making a phone just like car manufacturers don't keep making the same device, GM makes a certain model for 10 months then that's it. Doesn't mean they stop support or you can't get the vehicle serviced at a dealer for years, just means GM makes another model. Just like Motorola has done with the X and Droid2. Most of the available Droid's that have been manufactured are now at Asurion's warehouse with some still being in Corporate and Premium Retailers stores. So everyone hold off on your cries of foul and enjoy your device and if it's defective or broken have it replaced because the idea of it getting replaced with an X or even a DInc won't be happening until the end of your contract. All of this is said from personal experience with both insurance claims and watching the market.

  • country83

    I like the D1 and all the Rom options i have, and for this reason ill be keeping the D1 until it breaks. Thanks Droid Life.

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  • um…im on verizon right now and it doesnt say out of stock for the droid…

  • Sprider82

    i just went to verizon site and the droid is not out of stock man…

  • Dsalinas_1985

    so, can you not even buy parts for it anymore?…like the battery cover?

  • I can't believe its gonna be locked down again. That's such a deal breaker for some people. I mean why would you get this phone is its a small droidx?

  • The only thing not making the original DROID the perfect anddroid smartphone is its lack of 1GHz processor and only 256Mb RAM. Even with that, I will match any stock droid X against my droid running BB 0.4 OC'd at 1 GHz. Having unlocked bootloader makes the droid phone a superior phone.

  • Pog-Mo-Thoin

    A sad day? Was it sad day when Steve Austin was rebuilt into the Six Million Dollar Man after his horrific crash? Hell no. He was better, stronger, and faster than before. Was it a sad day when C-3PO talked Luke Skywalker into buying R2-D2 from the Jawas after the droid he was going to buy blew up? Not a chance. That little blue bastard was carrying the secret message that jumped started Luke's ass into joining up with the Rebel Alliance and taking down the Empire. Or, was it a sad day when on June 24th, i*hone 4 hell was unleashed on us all? Negatory, as that was the first day the masses saw the chink in Apple's armor with their flawed antenna technology and how much of a tool Steve Job's really is. So Verizon and Motorola have moved on and kicked the Droid to the curb like a red-headed stepchild, it doesn't matter, because with the developer community that backs this phone, finding ways to push it and do things that we didn't think possible at first, and web communities that support it, like Droid-Life, the only thing sad about this day is that there won't be more people who will be able to experience how awesome the OG Droid really is.

  • Steven Q

    You can still get the original @ the Amazon Wireless store. I just bought mine for $.01 with new contract 🙂

  • Well this sucks! Am I the only one who thinks that it is complete and total BS that Verizon would do this 9 months into a 2 yr. Contract? I have no problem with bigger and better things hiring the market for the consumers but how do you put a device out and don't even support it for a full year! My Droid was purchased in Dec. Of 2010 and technically should still be covered by the manufacturers one year warranty not to mention the extra money I pay for insurance. I guess ill be keeping my Droid 1 with broken headphone Jack and loose camera button! It was a great run for the OGD and being rooted will just insure I get my money's worth out of my device. What a joke, $125.00 month service contract plus insurance and they didn't even produce/ stock enough to make through the one year manufacturer warranty. A BIG FU TO BIG RED, ILL BE MOVING TO SPRINT. DROID1 ROOTED, BBV.04 OVERCLOCKED. OH yeah, almost forgot, STOCK FROYO SUCKS! If you push a release of a new os at least make sure its better than what its meant to replace. Everyone root and keep your D1 for as long as possible. Verizon and Motorola want them off the market asap, they can't stand we have so much control, why do you think they are giving out early upgrades and such!

    • 7r1ck13

      easy dude.. I had to have a phone replaced after it was no longer sold, the store still kept stock on hand for swaps.. Its not like they take all the refurb stock and toss it in a dumpster..

  • ThaRealDon

    So with it out of stock there was a earlier post of asurion giving droid xs and droid incredibles as a replacement for a droid has any one had success with trying to get a replacement? I keep calling to try to see if I can get a droid x but they keep saying they have droids in stock.

    • Cpt Mike Beard

      I'm thinking it will be Droid2. I'm hoping so at least. And if so, I may soon “misplace” my Droid1.

    • DanielD1

      i really dont use the roms and such, and i would replace my D1 with a DX or even a D2. Either would be good, i just need confirmation that they can replace it with either and then i can put my D1 to the grave. I guess i'd have to wait for confirmation til thursday. (D2 release)

  • quadrilacious

    This is weird considering my local stores (San Francisco Bay Area) said they still had plenty of stock. Their online support chat and hotline said they were getting more online stock by the end of August.

  • Jevfr

    Still shows in stock for me.

  • So what's happens with an insurance claim now if u r unfortunate enough to have one? Don't tell me we r sol. Do I. Now have to treat my droid like a new born baby.

    • Olgarcu7

      No when you do an insurance claim, they have a different inventory than big red. Called today and told them i lost my phone and i would have to do an insurance claim and if they still had some in stock for me to get a replacement or would i be getting a different phone. The rep informed me that the insurance had plenty in stock, they were just out at the store.

    • Cpt Mike Beard

      Yes. So shake it briskly when it won't stop making noises.

  • Ketto

    Is it even confirmed that the Droid 2 will be locked up like the Droid X?

  • we need some taps playing during this article

  • Jmswim35

    When I go to the website it doesn't say that it is out of stock…?

  • Justin

    4 out of 5 stars?
    “i only gave it 4 stars cause it can't please my girlfriend”

    • Mine does. ??? Have you downloaded *ildroid? 😉

      • Justin

        I checked it out, interesting

  • dylan84

    Still in stock for me in Asheville, NC

  • dannyyang524

    Damn. It was this phone that started the big Android explosion! Sad to see it go! 🙁

  • Sooner or later, Motorola has GOT to pull their heads out of the asses and quit encrypting their bootloaders. They'll only learn once we refuse to support them with our money, choosing HTC, LG, Dell, or Samsung Android devices instead. If we don't send Moto a message, Droid 1 will be the last truly open-source phone from Motorola. {{-_-}}

    • Justin

      please motorola, save us from ourselves!

  • jiggaman508

    I feel like the droid is the godfather of all android devices lol….i will take my droid to the grave 🙂

  • Stephen D

    :'( I still love my Droid. I won't give it up until the Droid Pro comes out.

  • Scottholstein

    So the Droid X will never be unlocked? Not even a hack? Can anyone speak accurately to that question?

    • Justin

      Maybe yes no

  • Jus4mee

    I'm in LOVE with my DROID………My Big DAdDy!!….my 1st.

  • I will always treasure the times I had and will have with my D1. I feel like there wont be another phone like it. As far as the fun factor is concerned. I do hope Verizon brings some sort of galaxy phone to the table

  • RIP!!!!

  • Littlemanjdm6

    Chicago still has them

  • Ramelo27

    I Love my Droid 1. Holding on to it for a long while. always will be loved amd in our hearts.

  • …playing Taps…
    goodbye to a great phone….

  • aczm1988

    Ok im not sure what the deal is but i just got this screenshot from verizon.com and the droid1 (at least for me) is not sold out ppl. Heres a link to the screenshot


  • Littlemanjdm6

    Still in stock online and at the stores – Chicago.

  • AnDroidSepTIX

    Im a little surprised they dont keep the phone available for a cheaper entry level introduction to a smartphone. Basically to get people not willig to make the full jump to the newest smartphone. But its make business sense just to force people to buy the newest most expensive phone and not leave them with an option. But my droid continues to live through my girlfriend. I just switch the roms on it and it drives her crazy.

  • kluuuz

    in mexico the droid 1 have like 3 weeks…. i contract it for 2 years 🙁 lol

  • balthuszar

    i'm in eastern iowa, and i dont get the “out of stock” image when i go to http://www.vzw.com

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  • tiptoptommy

    Noooooooooooooooooo it cant be!!!

  • I just got my droid end of Jan now droid 2 coming out at this rate I predict droid 3 coming out early 2011

  • Wow a sad day indeed! I just got a replacement Droid 1 on Friday. At that time the Verizon Rep told me there was 1,000 in stock.

  • Tjs

    Real nice.
    Less than a year. I got mine last November and now with over a year left on my contract, which I pay insurance on,I won't be able to get a replacement Droid. Just some something less.
    I was born with an a**hole. I don't need Verizon.

  • JosueD

    The Droid to me is still awesome, Its my 1st Android phone, It showed me want Android is really capable of, I think we can all say Droid1 4 Life!


  • Neo1738

    2 things

    1) my location is set to Florida and shows Droid 1 in stock
    2) My Droid X shipped today! (my first Droid as I have been out of the country the last 16 months). Can't wait to get home to it all charged and ready to go!

  • Drudometkin

    Ended the 00 decade with a bang

  • matt

    hahaha i just bought my droidOG a month ago

  • Porschephile2k3

    Off topic, but I finally turned to the dark side and rooted. Flashed in FRG22 and said I would give Froyo one more chance. That is after finally finding a PC where RSD Lite recognizes my phone. Flashed in the 2.1 update 1 SBF file from Pete's website, got nervous since I couldn't reactivate my phone, deleted data and cache, breathed a sigh of relief, got my 2.1 back (yay). I kinda hesitated but what the hell, followed great instructions from kellex on flashing in the SP Recovery SBF file and never looked back.

    I was then on the fence whether to flash a rooted 2.1 or 2.2, so I decided to go with FRG22. I'll say this, after all the complaints I posted here about Froyo, FRG22 and FRG01B are night and day! My phone seems to be running cooler than it did with the OTA build. Battery level seems to be better too, but speedwise, I think they'[email protected] the same. I woke up this [email protected] to check the temps and my phone was at 67 degrees when normally or would be at 85 while in sleep mode. Plus now I have my Ninja buddy in my app drawer. I have yet to see how everything else works, but so [email protected]
    Looks like Froyo and I can be friends after all. /me shakes Froyo's hand.

  • Lincoln, NE has still got it.

  • Evermour

    I woke up happy and now im sad = i wont forget the DROID. It was the best phone i had ever had. I felt like a kid opening his presents when i had mine. It was awesome.

  • Guy Franco

    good by my friend go with the robotic Gods 🙁

  • Still allowing me to add it to my cart here:

    It sees my location as Tampa, FL.

    • droidaholic

      Same here: North Carolina

      do you think they're doing it by areas or something? were both in the east

    • You are able to add it to your cart but verizon wont ship it out to you. We do not have any in stock anymore

  • Yeah but have you ever read up on how much these phones cost to produce? Not a whole lot.

  • Swould333

    Still shows up on when i pull up the verizon wireless site in Winston-Salem,NC.. maybe it is a regional thing or they haven't updated the site here….

  • Gardner24

    I just checked verizon and its not gone. LONG LIVE DROID

  • Still in stock when I checked. (Nashville, TN)

    • scruggie

      hey buddy some locale

  • Maizekid

    It will always be remember

  • AndroidAddict

    You may be gone, but you'll never be forgotten. RIP Droid 1.

  • ugh long live the droid but I may just trade for a DX or DI when my droid gets lost

    • Pbonello90

      Same, I'm in Minneapolis

  • snafu009

    So what will the next Android dev phone be, what with the Nexus One and the Droid now dead?

    • The nexus one IS the next dev phone.

    • Why should there have to be a dev phone? They should ALL be dev phones. I hate how Motorola is telling its customers who wish to use custom ROMs to look for another phone. Epitome of arrogance; very Jobs-like. {{-_-}}

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think everyone wants root access to the phone. I think some people like the custom Android skins (Sense, Blur, Sony’s UI, Touchwiz, etc.). I prefer full control and vanilla Android which is the general formula a dev phone adheres to. I, for one, do not mind the variations that exist, and I will look for my next phone to have stock Android with the easiest “hackability”.

        • That’s a silly argument. No disrespect to you but the fact that even ONE PERSON in the Android customer base wants a fully customizable phone is proof that Motorola needs to be servicing that one customer. Motorola is shutting people out in the cold, and most of the Android community has done the same. Don’t do that. That’s what iFans do whenever Steve Jobs makes a decree. We can’t become that. We can’t reduce people who prefer the root to second-class Android citizens. That would make us no better than the Evil Empire. We’re supposed to be the Jedi Order. The more Jedis we have on our side, the better. Motorola needs to either realize that or be removed from the Open Handset Alliance. How dare you tell customers to buy from another manufacturer? {{-_-}}

  • eddieonofre

    Sadly the Original Droid the one that started the Droid revolution and that launched android to popularity is now out of stock. ANd believe me dudes seems that with all this boot loader locks and blur and skin over stock there wont be a phone that truly replaces the Original Droid. I'm happy with my droid and will stay with it until the end of the end of its days

  • Gardner24

    I will always love my original droid sorry to see it go. 🙁
    There probably won't ever be another phone like it with open bootloader free for custom roms

  • scruggie

    does this mean ausrion is now giving droidx or incredible for broken droids? my droid has been broken for about a month now and ive been waiting on the droid x to exchange it

    • Robsmith Nikon

      I remember when insurance for a cell phone was $1.00 a month… I wonder what happened.

      • ANTONkoolaid

        Umm what happened is we are dealing with $600 mini computers now and not brick Nokia handsets.

        • Robsmith Nikon

          I was referring to the obvious insurance fraud which has driven the cost of insurance up. Replacement cell phones have always cost a ton of cash. It doesn’t really matter… it was an idle thought.

          • scruggie

            for the record i in no way am attempting fraud, my charging port is broken and doesnt charge so i had to buy an external battery charger to get by until they start exchanging the droidx…just clearing that up

          • scruggie

            alright guy…just to clear it up, i dont care if you care….just clearing that up

    • ANTONkoolaid

      Going through the same situation as you.. as soon as someone can confirm Asurion is replacing the Droid with Droid X I'm pulling the trigger. I'd definitely prefer Droid 2, however.

      • scruggie

        why would you perfer the droid 2?..to me the keyboard just gets in the way i never use it

        • ANTONkoolaid

          To each his own, I suppose. I love the keyboard and use it over any on screen option. Basically, I love my Droid and Droid 2 is basically the exact same thing with a 1 Ghz processor. Would definitely not mind that 8 MP camera, HDMI out and 4.3″ screen though…

          • My Droid 1 has a 1.2 GHz processor.

    • I will let you know shortly…just called in a replacement on my Droid yesterday. Should be shipping this week. Fingers crossed!

      • scruggie

        good luck, your braver than me

      • Baked14

        I got a replacement droid friday. It was one of those “like new” Droids. I still havent used it. im selling it for $350. I think im gonna get the droidx

        • Ibowtoandroid

          You do know that if you don’t return the old one, they charge you $550, right..?

          • Los

            just tell it was stolen my bros phone had a broken screen and he sold the phone to one of his friends and told assurion that it was stolen over the border

          • JohnPA2006

            I’m pretty sure that wont work, when you tell Verizon the ESN upon trying to activate it for someone,
            Verizon reps, will see in their system lost or damaged.

    • A1texn

      They generally replace broken phones with rebuilt stock. I had an original Q (silver) that was no longer available, so when I lost it in the lake I was expecting a black one, but they sent me a rebuilt Silver Q.

      • scruggie

        yeh i get that. there was a report on here a few weeks ago about asurion running out of droids to rebuild and with them going out of stock theyd turn to giving incredibles/droidxs to replace the broken or lost droids

    • Gigi Stickel

      No. Assurion is giving the Devour or the Iris or something….lesser phones. So frustrating. So not cool. You pay for insurance expecting to receive replacement. Wish someone would be accountable. How can it be right that a Verizon corporate store can still sell the Droid at their store…but the “only company” that insures, Assurion, is out of stock for possibly 6 weeks! It should be illegal to still sell the phone until the insurance company has stock of replacement. They will not give you Droid2 or DroidX. I have called 5 times already today. Anyone interested in filling a class action lawsuit against Assurion/ Verizon Wireless? Seems like a waste of time over a $500 phone…but may be entertaining to take a stand against such business practices.

  • First, and this sucks also