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DROID 2 Pre-Sale Starts 8/11, Officially On-sale 8/12

And finally, we have an announcement from Verizon.  Just 1 day before the pre-sale starts and only 2 before it hits stores, the Droid 2 is official…

Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a pioneer in the mobile industry, today announced that DROID™ 2 by Motorola will be available for pre-sale on August 11. Hitting all the right keys, DROID 2 is a feature-packed device that helps manage work and social life with an enhanced QWERTY keyboard, ultra high-speed Web browsing, 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities, full push corporate e-mail, intuitive social messaging and Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 for access to the full web – all built on Android 2.2.

Standard pricing as we had previously mentioned, with the device hitting stores on August 12th…

Pricing and Availability
DROID 2 by Motorola will be available at www.verizonwireless.com on August 11, and it will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning August 12 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. In addition to subscribing to a Nationwide Talk plan or a Nationwide Talk & Text plan, customers will also need to subscribe to an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.

But what about the special edition R2-D2 unit?  Oh it’s coming too…

R2-D2 DROID 2
In honor of the iconic Astromech Droid from the Star Wars™ Saga, Verizon Wireless will offer a limited-edition R2-D2 version of the DROID 2, available only online in September. The special version of the phone will feature exclusive Star Wars content and external hardware designed to look like the trusty Droid from the film saga. Visitors to the upcoming Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Fla., can see a preview of the limited edition phone and sign up to receive alerts when the phone is ready for sale.

Full press release available here.

Anyone headed to the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando?  Would love to have a correspondent to check out the R2-D2 model first!  Hit us up via contact form!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Squeak-Sciacca/100000569051399 'Squeak Sciacca

    DITTO…..i liked my storm when it came out, but it has really fallen to the way side….prob never own another BB again. I feel the android pull.

  • Jmprstar7

    OK awesome, thanks! I can't wait to get rid of my BB and move over to the droid world :)

  • http://twitter.com/hijackerjack Rohil Thopu

    Preorders on my birthday. Yay… not. Im in love with my D1 and always will be. DX is alright.. I still dont like LOCKED boot loaders.

  • http://twitter.com/zachattack112 Zach Loe

    So if my phone breaks on the 12, will I still get the originall droid or this locked down phone?

  • Not you

    Probably not – unless your insurance plan states you will get a NEW phone. Most phones they exchange a damage phone with are refurbished. There are plenty of refurbished phones available.

  • Not You

    It's considered a world phone because cdma works in 40 different countries.

  • Neo1738

    if it's truly a world phone that means it is either GSM or CDMA/GSM. This phone is just CDMA as per the fact sheet so it is NOT a world phone. Maybe they will have a world phone version but this one isn't it.

  • Rdogg

    Hey guys HUGE fan of the site I wanted to get all of your opinions. I have the Original Droid and I have been due for an upgrade for almost 2 years now (Bought the Droid on Craigslist) And I really want to get a new phone kinda for the sake of getting a new phone (possibly to show off) The Droid X and Incredible don't seem worth it but the Droid 2 kinda does. I really want to wait until January because that's when I think Verizon gets the iPhone which is the phone I really want. So I ask you – Do you think I should upgrade now to the Droid 2 or keep waiting until that next big phone?

  • PSU

    No to Europe this phone is strictly CDMA

  • http://twitter.com/hijackerjack Rohil Thopu

    Preorders on my birthday. Yay… not. Im in love with my D1 and always will be. DX is alright.. I still dont like LOCKED boot loaders.

  • http://twitter.com/zachattack112 Zach Loe

    So if my phone breaks on the 12, will I still get the originall droid or this locked down phone?

  • Rdogg

    Hey guys HUGE fan of the site I wanted to get all of your opinions. I have the Original Droid and I have been due for an upgrade for almost 2 years now (Bought the Droid on Craigslist) And I really want to get a new phone kinda for the sake of getting a new phone (possibly to show off) The Droid X and Incredible don't seem worth it but the Droid 2 kinda does. I really want to wait until January because that's when I think Verizon gets the iPhone which is the phone I really want. So I ask you – Do you think I should upgrade now to the Droid 2 or keep waiting until that next big phone?

  • AnDroidSepTIX

    Im imagining a custom boot animation with R2D2 rolling in making some typical R2D2 sounds then displaying a holographic image of a DROID EYE. Sorry that would be sick.

  • Jmprstar7

    Do we know what time the pre-sale will start? like say… midnight? (please)

    • PSU

      The rep I spoke with mentioned I could order it at 12:01 if I wanted to, so I'm assuming midnight would be correct.

      • Jmprstar7

        OK awesome, thanks! I can't wait to get rid of my BB and move over to the droid world :)

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Squeak-Sciacca/100000569051399 'Squeak Sciacca

          DITTO…..i liked my storm when it came out, but it has really fallen to the way side….prob never own another BB again. I feel the android pull.

  • PSU

    I ordered an Incredible(I'm a current Inc owner) for my wife over the phone a couple days ago, because the DX was out of stock for another month. Well I just canceled the Inc order and the rep let me place an order for a D2. They didn't even know about the press release this morning. The rep said the system won't take the order today but assured me that it will go through first thing in tomorrow morning. I'm so glad this dropped when it did. Even if it has a locked boot loader it's still is one of the best devices you can get on VZW.

  • The350zWolf

    I just realized that motorola and verizon have the option that would actually make everyone happy and even propel these companies even further; do what Google is doing now with the Nexus one: Offer a development version (read unlocked bootloader) of all of their phones! Supply all the people that want to mess with these phones with this unlocked version and sell the locked ones to the general non-tech savvy folks. What do you say Motorola!!!! ARE YOU LISTENING!!!! We don't care for R2-D2, we care for an UNLOCKED bootloader!

  • Gochin

    They said its a worldphone? would this mean that i can use it in europe?

    • PSU

      No to Europe this phone is strictly CDMA

      • Neo1738

        if it's truly a world phone that means it is either GSM or CDMA/GSM. This phone is just CDMA as per the fact sheet so it is NOT a world phone. Maybe they will have a world phone version but this one isn't it.

        • Not You

          It's considered a world phone because cdma works in 40 different countries.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Shanklin/100000620941274 Ryan Shanklin

    would of been nice to have it all black like d1 but im still thinkin these colors arent soooo bad

  • xFenixKnightx

    So if my phone gets jacked up and I need to replace it will they (ins) get me one of these now?

    • Not you

      Probably not – unless your insurance plan states you will get a NEW phone. Most phones they exchange a damage phone with are refurbished. There are plenty of refurbished phones available.

  • Mii

    Is there a way to sign up for notifications for the r2-d2 if your not at this convention?

  • mlawlor777

    i wish they put a bigger screen on it. a droid x screen would have been nice. the size of the screen is a deal breaker for me even though i have the original droid. im looking for an upgrade not an exchange. not impressed motorola.

  • Annoynimous

    my money stands on droid 1 getting gingerbread ROM before this POS

    • WhereIsTony

      Sour Grapes much?

      • EC8CH

        Sour Grapes? more like Absolute Fact…

        The Droid will have a custom gingerbread ROM long before the D2 gets its official gingerbread ROM from Verizon, and with the D2's locked Bootloader it will just have to sit and wait.

        • WhereIsTony

          A phone has been declared a POS pre-release? yes I would call that a bit of a stretch. I don't doubt the Moto Droid will get a gingerbread ROM before the D2 if the bootloader is not hacked by then.

          But the Droid X which has the same bootloader is far from a POS.

    • EC8CH

      The Droid will take it's gingerbread and build a house out of it before gingerbread is bestowed upon the D2 by the Verizon Gods.

      • Droidzilla

        OG Droid be chillin' in its Gingerbread house, sippin' on eggnog, be lookin' at Droid 2 wit' his busted froyo and sayin', “Upgrade, what?! I's playin' the ginger, son!”

      • Annoynimous

        Motorola will sit on a pool of cash from DX and D2 while munching on a gingerbread man, “you want it?? buy droid 3 thank you!!”, its all business as usual.

  • http://techdeft.myopenid.com/ TechDeft

    The Droid 2 seems cool and all, but the Droid 1 was the best Android phone of the year. Just sayin.

    (too late for a Kayne rip?)

    • EC8CH

      Are you sayin' my Droid is Bootylicious?

    • DKyleF

      You did it wrong. This is how it goes: Droid 2, I'm happy for you and Imma let you finish, but Droid 1 was the best phone of the year.

    • Not you

      Best phone of the year? Agreed, but it came out last year so by your statement these 2 phones can't be compared.

  • Neo1738

    it now makes sense why the D2 is blue and sliver…same colors as R2D2

    • EC8CH

      Would have made more sense for it to have black and white stripes… same as an inmate on lockdown.

      BTW 500th Comment… WOOT!

      • The350zWolf

        I'm with you on this one EC8CH. They should call it the “Fort Leavenworth Special Edition”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615125234 Jack Doyle

    And again, no upgrade love for those with ANY of the previous Droid phones.

  • jedijesus95

    Have I seen this phone before? It looks awfully familiar. lol

  • Ius_

    Is the bootloader locked on this one as well?

    • phandroid

      I want to know about this too…have we received any word as to whether or not the bootloader is locked? That's a dealbreaker for me.

      • EC8CH

        Yes the bootloader on the D2 is also encrypted

        • RACER X

          You dont actually know. Your making an assumption just beacuse it has the same moto blur as the X but that doesnt mean the bootloader being encrypted is FACT. You shouldnt make statements you dont actually know are true. Give the people some hope.

          • Droidzilla

            Per Motorola:

            “We understand there is a community of developers interested in going beyond Android application development and experimenting with Android system development and re-flashing phones. For these developers, we highly recommend obtaining either a Google ADP1 developer phone or a Nexus One, both of which are intended for these purposes. At this time, Motorola Android-based handsets are intended for use by consumers and Android application developers, and we have currently chosen not to go into the business of providing fully unlocked developer phones.

            “Securing the software on our handsets, thereby preventing a non-Motorola ROM image from being loaded, has been our common practice for many years. This practice is driven by a number of different business factors. When we do deviate from our normal practice, such as we did with the DROID, there is a specific business reason for doing so. We understand this can result in some confusion, and apologize for any frustration.”

            For now, hope for the rooting community to have a slick, fast phone with all the goodies is spelled SAMSUNG.

          • EC8CH

            If you want to hope that the D2's bootloader isn't encrypted, go right ahead… but it ain't gonna happen.

          • RACER X

            I just want you to admit that you dont actually know. There is a chance they could continue to have the DROID 2 to carry on the DROID had. That being a develpoer phone for MOTO.

          • RACER X

            I just want you to admit that you dont actually know. There is a chance they could continue to have the DROID 2 to carry on what the DROID had. That being a developer phone for MOTO. I had to fix that b/c im sure you will make some crack on typing.

  • GeneralG

    Any leaked pics of the R2-D2 special editon yet? Anxious to see it.

    • JT

      +1 Need leaked photos of the R2-D2. (Verizon Guy on BGR says:
      “It comes in all white, with a few blue and silver accent pieces…The back of the handset, near the camera lens and flash, are done up to make the camera lens look like R2-D2’s “face”. The phone is pre-loaded with custom content (ringtones, notifications, live wallpapers, games etc.) One of the live wallpapers is a view out of the Millenium Falcon’s window–when you shake the phone the stars extend into lines and the Falcon jumps to hyperspace (with R2-D2 and ship sound fx.)”.

  • Colombianhostile

    what to do ? upgrade to droid 2 ,,or play the waiting game till the R2-D2- DROID 2 arrives?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-DeCecco/100000303234711 John DeCecco

    This is the closest to first ill ever get haha. But its good to see the Droid lineup get bigger and badder.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dmondesir82 Denard D Mondesir

    I actually like the design of my original Droid, the Droid 2 loses some of its flare and its missing the accents idk still might get it

    • Droidzilla

      The OG Droid has 37 pieces of flair, and a terrific smile.

  • http://twitter.com/teck_Z33 teck

    $199.99 after $100 rebate, They are crazy thinking someone would pay $300 so they can discontinue it not even 9 months later.

    • Raprequest

      I fail to see how that in any way affects the quality of this phone, or why it would prevent someone from purchasing one. In 9 months, is your Droid2 suddenly going to stop working, or be a horrible phone? No.. it might be put out to pasture but it will be replaced by better phones.. better is not worse. it's better.

    • http://techdeft.myopenid.com/ TechDeft

      No teck you keep waiting for a phone that will stay on the market and won't be surpassed quickly. I promise you won't be waiting for the rest of your life. I promise.

  • PiggersIsDaMan

    I love my X to much to even consider an upgrade! I am also not a fan of the physical keyboard.

    • Droidzilla

      The Droid 2 is certainly no upgrade from the Droid X. Different, but not better.

      • WhereIsTony

        I think it meant to be seen as an equal, not a better device.

  • tiptoptommy

    Yay lineup now

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    this is coming with 2.2…which can only mean that 2.2 for droid and incredible and droid x will launch at the same time. perhaps that explains the froyo delays.

  • tbaybe

    u have it right!

  • http://twitter.com/The_Kiid Al Briggs

    i love my droid… im attached, and its gonna be tough when it goes to droid heaven… upgrade or not.

  • Colombianhostile

    finnaly

    • briderx

      And you ruined it with a spelling mistake.. ;)

      • Colombianhostile

        no no , i didnt mean finally like I'm first. I ment like finally Verizon stops beating around the bush and announces the D2..lol .. my bad !

        • briderx

          Ha ha.. No problem.. You should get an award for your “First” humbleness.. :)

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707592022 Will Chubbs Ortiz

            briderx, I've ben eligible to upgrade since april, but waited on the incredible which they backordered, then heard about the DX , but then the D2 …im into the physical keyboard but now, what to do ? wait for the r2d2-d2 or upgrade thursday for the d2!

          • briderx

            I take it you like the style of the D2? I have the D1 and can't stand having that keyboard on there. Swype is so easy to use as an on-screen keyboard that it defeats the purpose of having a physical keyboard. If it were my money, I'd either go with the DX or wait for the Droid Pro. Droid X now, because of the screen size (which really works well for phones.. Not too big.) or the Droid Pro because of the front facing camera.

            But, since you were talking about the D2 or the R2-D2 it depends on how big of a star wars buff you are. I am pretty certain you won't get laid with the R2-D2, but you may get lucky with the stock D2.. :)

          • briderx

            Also, remember: There will always be something better right around the corner. I had my upgrade in Feburary and jumped on the D1 for the fact that it IS an awesome phone. I thought about waiting for the Nexus One release on Verizon, but I just didn't care enough to wait (good thing I didn't hold my breath). No matter what flavor you go with, as long as it's one of the powerhouse phones, you really can't go too wrong.. If you keep holding out for something better, you'll never end up getting anything, as there is another device on the horizon.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707592022 Will Chubbs Ortiz

            i replied on ur prior message,
            you are right there is something always out there, thats prob why i havent upgraded..lol .
            and i do like my wifes D1 just not the keyboard for me.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707592022 Will Chubbs Ortiz

            well i hated the d1 keyboard , only because of my fat fingers.lol.. i was addicted to the droid x , but i been using txtn touch screen for a while , LG DARE 08 and i always lagged txt , does the droid x have that same prob ? without using sywper.. not a star wars buff , but i rather rock whiite n blue instead of blue and chrome
            not trying to get laid my wife is a marine so she knows how to kill me in 2 seconds ..lol

          • briderx

            No, the DX doesn't lag on texting. It's crazy fast. I can't text fast with the on-screen keyboard, and have to chicken peck my way through it.. But i have seen others that can fly through it. I use swype exclusively. Even if I switch roms, my first install is swype. I can't live without it now. A paragraph in seconds. If the physical keyboard isn't something you NEED, I personally think the X is a better option.

            As for the wife: We're a select group of married men on this site. :)