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Verizon Stores Preparing for R2-D2 DROID2 Midnight Launch on 9/29

Verizon stores are starting to prepare for the September 30th launch of the special edition R2-D2 Droid 2, some with full on midnight costume parties.  The device will go on sale 9/30 (pricing to be determined), but around 100 stores have been given the opportunity to open late on the 29th to bring in crowds and create buzz around this one of a kind device.  As you can see from the photo above, we’re starting to see stores in early preparation.

Supply will be limited and we heard a couple of months ago that only 50,000 special edition models were made, so these could fly off of store shelves pretty quickly, especially knowing how the Star Wars crowd loves collectibles.  Oh and on that front, apparently it is possible to purchase the device and activate it without removing it from the box or packaging.  So for those of you looking to stash it away unopened hoping it’ll be worth gajillions in 20 years, you are in luck!

And anyone wanting to buy 15 to sell on eBay, you are out of luck. Verizon is going to do their best to limit each customer to two phones.

We’re digging to find a listing of stores opening at midnight.

Don’t forget that you can still try to win one of the R2-D2 hunt phones.  Our forums are on the hunt!

Source:  Verizon Cordoza (pics), Miami Herald

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  • Joeydix

    Please let us know which stores will be having the open late parties etc…

  • Ktmotoxer

    It probably has an R2 D2 themed boot loader, or what that things called wgen you turn the phone on….

  • cheese

    any word on early upgrades?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1276750673 Earl Painter

    May the force be with you.

  • Solo2vtecracer

    Can you buy the damn thing online?

  • El El Kool J

    Rumor: I just heard that this new device can map out your trip from Hoth to the Dantooine in hyperspace… Sweet! lmao.. GO NERRRRRRRDS!!!

  • evltwn

    I thought the R2D2 phone was only being sold online for one day only??? Interesting.

  • Yetanotheremail30

    I like Star Wars but I wouldn't be caught dead with that phone OR at a midnight launch for it OR god forbid dressed up at the launch party.

  • El El Kool J

    If it doesn't come with google maps of Coruscant I don't want it!! :P

  • villian1998

    “some with full on midnight costume parties.” Wow, really. It's a phone….. that looks ugly I might add…. Also “apparently it is possible to purchase the device and activate it without removing it from the box or packaging.” Why would you activate it in the box, are you going to talk to the box when you get a call?

  • Tgraves76

    I thought it was online only?!

  • Ryan Walker

    The Charleston store in Vegas is getting 100 of them

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

    NERDS!

  • JT

    Only 50k made? I say it's sells out within 2 weeks.

    • Dannythegrate

      Two weeks? Man thats generous…. With as many Star Wars nerds out there, i give it two days

  • incredibuyer

    Why activate in the box? Confused.

    • Mrpicolas

      So you don't break the packing seal and can keep it in mint condition

  • Mrpicolas

    First

    • Ss

      nope.

    • incredibuyer

      Order the phone.

      • Mrpicolas

        Oh I know I should its just hard to justify when I have a shopping bag full

        of phones layin around(a really big shopping bag)

  • SS

    YAY