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It’s Official: R2-D2 DROID 2 Priced at $249 on 2 Year Contract

Verizon made the R2-D2 Droid 2 official today a set its price tag at $249 on 2-year contract after $100 mail in rebate.  No mention of full retail price, but we’re thinking $649 assuming they’ll even let you buy one at full retail.  As we all know, the special edition Star Wars device comes out on September 30th, with some stores opening at midnight on the 29th to get the release party going.

Oh, they also plan on releasing a special edition Empires Strikes Back app, but no date was given.

Full press release after the jump.  

BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LIBERTYVILLE, IL — Verizon Wireless announced that the highly anticipated limited edition DROID™ R2-D2™ by Motorola will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com and in select Verizon Wireless Communication stores beginning Sept. 30. With a graphic design to look like the iconic Astromech Droid from the Star Wars™ Saga, the DROID™ R2-D2™ by Motorola will be packaged in a custom box resembling carbonite and come with a Star Wars media dock and wired stereo headset. Exclusive content comes pre-loaded on the special edition smartphone, including:

  • R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones
  • Four live wallpapers
  • R2-D2 Clock Widget
  • “The Best of R2-D2” video with the original Cantina music
  • Exclusive Binoculars App

Star Wars Mobile App Available for All Customers with Android 2.1 phones
To celebrate 30 years since the film hit theaters, customers with Android devices running Android 2.1 or higher will soon be able to get the Empire Strikes Back app from Android Market™. The app, only for Verizon Wireless customers, allows Jedi Masters to browse, preview and download Star Wars content related to Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Verizon Wireless customers can access premium Star Wars content for a one-time charge of $2.99.The Star Wars mobile app will have the following features and content:

  • Bounty Hunt Visual ID: Find and capture images around the Star Wars universe to unlock hidden content
  • Sound and Photo Gallery
  • Live Wallpapers:  Blast the Probe Droid, Luke Balancing Yoda, Navigating the Asteroid Field, Watch Bespin’s Cloud City
  • Trivia Challenge: Answer trivia questions about the Empire Strikes Back
  • Widgets

The DROID™ R2-D2™ by Motorola will be available for $249 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will need to subscribe to a Nationwide Talk plan or a Nationwide Talk & Text plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan (beginning at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access). 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.

For more information on DROID™ R2-D2™ by Motorola, go to www.droiddoes.com/r2d2.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Motorola
Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to mobile and wireline digital communication devices that provide compelling experiences, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE: MOT) had sales of US $22 billion in 2009. For more information, please visit www.motorola.com.

STAR WARS™, DROID™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under license. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

Android, Android Market are trademarks of Google Inc.

Via: Verizon

  • RTurnD2

    Uh… doesn't look THAT great. I'm all about star wars, and the features seem cool… but not worth $50 extra. No way

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Danny-Yang/100000650290495 Danny Yang

    im so getting one.

  • Danalla

    When someone makes a case similar to the phone then you can have an R2-D2 Droid for $20.

  • sylent101

    I'm not paying 250 dollars just to look extra nerdy at parties…

  • http://twitter.com/BWAppraisal Brian Ward

    As a kid, Star Wars was my life… And I think this is pretty lame. Sorry GL !

  • Scea0512

    so what FOOL is going to buy this??? and for anyone out there that thinks this is a collectors item , think again , unless you plan on buying it , never ever using it and then trying to resell it 50 years from now for a tiny little profit , please get a life !

    • wyrm12

      Wow you really need to relax. It's still a “collector's item” even if you aren't trying to sell it for a profit.

  • 1bad69z28

    I think this is cool for all of you Star Wars junkies out there. If I had the cash laying around I would pick one up just for collectors rasons. This is pretty cool, but I don;t think I could sport this phone to business meetings and trips.

    Imagine your with your boss and clients and the wife call, “Luke, I am your Father, NOOOOO” LMAO

  • http://twitter.com/Pollita_Droid Erica Marchand

    this is so lame! I'm over it already. on to the next droid please…

  • motoconvert

    I was thinking, all someone would have to do is make a faceplate to look like that! (The battery door will probably keep falling off like the droid1…lol)

  • Maansova

    Damn, I have all those live wallpapers and ring tones are easy 2 get now about the damn sticker in the back is just Silly………..GO FOR IT NERDS LOL.

  • Rick Lopez1

    From what it says its coming with a dock?

    • http://harrellj.livejournal.com/ J Harrell

      From the article: With a graphic design to look like the iconic Astromech Droid from the Star Wars™ Saga, the DROID™ R2-D2™ by Motorola will be packaged in a custom box resembling carbonite and come with a Star Wars media dock and wired stereo headset.

    • CoconutJD

      The part that says “…the DROID™ R2-D2™ by Motorola will be packaged in a custom box resembling carbonite and come with a Star Wars media dock and wired stereo headset.”

  • Zach

    You are paying more but it's also because it comes with the Dock.

    • Timoh

      You're paying for the licensing fees from Lucas.

      • Smellyman

        So are you, if you own any “Droid” phone. Check the small print on every Verizon “droid” ad…used under license

    • Bigsike

      Dock or Dork? lol

  • KillaPenguin

    Seriously? You have to be a Star Wars F-A-N-B-O-Y to want to pay $50 extra for an ugly sticker on the back and some ringtones that are available on Droid Life. WOW. I'm not quite sure what to say about this.

    One thing is for sure: Verizon and LucasFilm Marketing Teams FTW

    • Tommyt_dagoat

      I've seen it and they're not “stickers”, its an actual paintjob…

    • jeremytheindian

      It comes with the docking station. However, a r2d2 sticker will get you halfway there.

  • Stupid

    Anyone who pays an extra $50 for this over the Droid 2 needs some seriously mental health counseling…

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      It's only an extra $50 for a collectors item. I mean come on, it's a freakin' STAR WARS phone! That's pretty awesome. Minus the whole Droid-2 thing :P
      If I had just cash sitting around (If I sold drugs) I would snatch one of these bad boys up.
      Just saying….my opinion :)

      • Jaqual

        So you are never going to open the box or use this “collectors item”, but pay the monthly fees?

        • Johnnypooppants

          They have said they’ll activate the phone without removing it from the packaging, so one would assume that someone with a phone they’re currently happy with, or with an upgrade available on another line of a family plan that is not being used will use their upgrade eligibility to purchase a phone at the discounted price, and save it for resale. It’s not rocket science, and it will likely turn out to be a good investment, based on the rumored scarceness.

      • Jibbetyjoobah

        A standard multimedia dock is 30 bucks. There’s a “stereo headset” included thats not part of the standard Droid 2 package. A *very* conservative price for that would be $10, assuming they are of very poor quality. If they’re of even average quality, that’s a $20 value.

        That takes care of your price increase there. Exclusive content, casing design, etc. complimentary.

  • Tracy Wilborn

    First

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      Brownies points are being sent to you account….Congrats!