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DROID CHARGE Minimum Advertised Price at $299, DROID Incredible 2 at $199?

You may be feasting your eyes on initial pricing of the soon-to-be-announced DROID CHARGE and HTC Incredible 2 which we are expecting to land in Verizon stores some time in April.  We’re a little shocked at the CHARGE $299 price, but will have to assume that it will drop to $249 or even $199 at stores through instant discounts because there is no way in you-know-what, that they’ll move any units if it comes in at that price.  This phone has received zero love from our readers on every poll we’ve run with it as a choice, so hopefully they have a plan that includes immediate cuts from that “MAP’d” price.

Seeing the Incredible 2 at $199 though, seems just about where we’d expect it to be.  The previous version was at $199, so was the DROIDX, DROID2 and every other non-4G high-end Android device that’s come through Verizon.  I hate to say this, but isn’t $199 almost looking inexpensive these days?  I feel as if $249 for the Thunderbolt was just the beginning of a trend towards ridiculously expensive handsets.

Cheers SV!

  • BenRx

    Maybe the extra $100 gets you an update….. unlike the Samsung Fascinate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545634778 Alan Paone

    The pricing thing is because of the i*one. when the 3G came out, they slashed the price form $500 all the way down to $200 on a two year, pretty much forcing the whole industry to sell for less, because, lets face it, the next best thing was the storm, and who was gonna pay more and definitely get less?
    Now, android phones are spanking the i*hone, so they can (should?) cost more, because you get more. Either way, the up-front cost is pretty unimportant when you realize that either way you’re paying a couple grand over your two or three years, whats $50?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545634778 Alan Paone

    The pricing thing is because of the i*one. when the 3G came out, they slashed the price form $500 all the way down to $200 on a two year, pretty much forcing the whole industry to sell for less, because, lets face it, the next best thing was the storm, and who was gonna pay more and definitely get less?
    Now, android phones are spanking the i*hone, so they can (should?) cost more, because you get more. Either way, the up-front cost is pretty unimportant when you realize that either way you’re paying a couple grand over your two or three years, whats $50?

  • http://twitter.com/mikeszekely Mike Szekely

    These prices are extra ridiculous when you consider that they’re already getting the costs subsidized by the carriers. I don’t know if Verizon’s trying to recoup some of it or if it’s the manufacturers, but when you look at the non-subsidized prices they’re insane.

  • d-roids

    what the hell is samsung thinking…. are charging a dollar for every extra pixel they put on the screen???? or it could be verizon… not really sure

  • Mr.Joe

    If the Thunderbolt was $249 and the Charge $299. How much will the Bionic be?

  • http://twitter.com/amd683 AMD Dude

    who in their right minds would pay 300$ for an ugly single core uoutdated phone by SAMSUNG

    • d-roids

      my thoughts exactly

  • Dlewis

    It is amazing how many different prices people ended up paying for the Tbolt. I ended up at $215 on a one year contract with overnight shipping. Just goes to show that every price is subject to individual circumstances.

  • Dlewis

    It is amazing how many different prices people ended up paying for the Tbolt. I ended up at $215 on a one year contract with overnight shipping. Just goes to show that every price is subject to individual circumstances.

  • Anonymous

    As if I needed another reason to steer clear of a Samsung device. That price should help sell more Droid X2 and Droid Incredible 2 devices.

  • Rmcomer

    When comparing Tbolt to something like the DX, remember the Tbolt comes standard with a 32gb sd card and the DX come with a 16gb sd card. With all the discounts VZW has, you can usually get a phone for less than what they advertise. I got the Tbolt for $149 due to my final ne2 $100 discount. I got charged $20 for early updgrade but had a coupon code for $20 off so it offset the early upgrade charge.

  • Logan

    Does anyone know if the Incredible 2 will come with a wireless charger? Seems to me like it would make anyone still choosing lean more towards HTC :)

  • loyal vz customer

    No, $199 isn’t “inexpensive”– it has been and should continue to be the high end. $249 is expensive and I won’t pay it on principle. I get it, it has 4G, but that should flow through access charges not the device– if you feel the need to extract more money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    It really is weird how 199 is looking inexpensive these days. If they have the balls to sell the Charge at 299, I’m worried about what they’ll do with the Bionic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bhaxprime Ben Hackney

    Bionic or bust!

  • Anonymous

    I understand people’s frustration with increased phone cost BUT do you remember it was not long ago when the LG V was 249.99 on a 2yr contract??? That’s right the LGVX 9800 remember the phone that really kicked off the qwerty keyboard era??? Hell the razr was almost 200$ when it first launched. Just think how far phones have come. Not to mention treo’s were 400 bucks. Yes we can all make the argument that yes the average bill has increased also due to required data packages but if your on this site right now you would be paying for the data regardless even if it still was an option. So I don’t think anyone should be complaining about phone price.

  • Sob157

    So remove the NE2 discount, start upping the handset prices, implement a tiered lte pricing scheme in the near future. At what point does enough become enough? I know that Im not obligated to buy anything if I do not want to, but the more common these technologies get, the more affordable for the consumer base these things should get? I dont know, I hope these a$$holes price themselves out of the business (not likely) just hoping

  • http://twitter.com/aaronhurt Aaron Hurt

    I’m ok with this pricing. How else are handset MFR and the carrier supposed to recoup costs?

    • http://twitter.com/aaronhurt Aaron Hurt

      I’m fine with unsubsidized hand sets (which is what I normally buy anyway) and no contract. This way I can be as flexible with the carrier and handset as possible.

    • Anuraj Bhatt

      Alright, Captain Moneybags.

  • Anonymous

    yeah I will not pay anymore that $249 for a phone

  • Anonymous

    according to your chart the DINC 2 was supposed to come out yesterday

    • Anonymous

      Those are not release dates.

      • Anonymous

        but arent the other dates close to the release dates?
        thunderbolt expected in jan, droid pro in nov..i dont know any exact dates but just saying

  • Anonymous

    Any place to see which phones are LTE?

    • palomosan

      The Charge is, the Incredible 2 is not but It’s a global phone.

  • Dshudson

    I’d pay 999.99 for a phone if it was the best phone.. I currently have TB it is the best phone. :-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Poe/1126894244 Gregory Poe

      wow, really? Shhh, Verizon might hear you!

  • Anonymous

    Droid OverCharge.

  • Anonymous

    Droid OverCharge.

    • Kevoskee

      Exactly. The phone is ugly with a single core. I Really didn’t want samsung to add this to the Droid line. It’s not as high end as the bionic plus updates will take forever to push

      • DroidzFX

        Its like the Eris2

        • Kevoskee

          If it was HTC, I would of said the same thing (not because the eris was made by them) but since this is samsung we are taking about, I just would compare this to their other stuff that won’t update. I believe the epic was priced at 249 when that first came out

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    If they start selling these phones at $249-$299 with a 2-year contract, I can’t imagine what they will cost on a 1-year contract.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    If they start selling these phones at $249-$299 with a 2-year contract, I can’t imagine what they will cost on a 1-year contract.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    If they start selling these phones at $249-$299 with a 2-year contract, I can’t imagine what they will cost on a 1-year contract.

    • Anonymous

      Generally add another 60-70 bucks for a 1year on newer phones.

      • palomosan

        Yep, $70 more, that’s what I did with Tbolt.

      • palomosan

        Yep, $70 more, that’s what I did with Tbolt.

    • Anonymous

      There is a standard 70 increase for any device on a 1 commitment

    • Anonymous

      I thought their plan was to stop offering one-year contacts altogether…

  • Wctaylor79

    The thunderbolt was shown as 249.99 on the MAP priceeak and look what it sold for. Just sayin.. I wouldn’t pay 299 for Samsung though.. heck I got TB for 199 thanks to corp discounts..

  • Wctaylor79

    The thunderbolt was shown as 249.99 on the MAP priceeak and look what it sold for. Just sayin.. I wouldn’t pay 299 for Samsung though.. heck I got TB for 199 thanks to corp discounts..

  • Wctaylor79

    The thunderbolt was shown as 249.99 on the MAP priceeak and look what it sold for. Just sayin.. I wouldn’t pay 299 for Samsung though.. heck I got TB for 199 thanks to corp discounts..

  • Anonymous

    There is at least one good thing if prices go up. It makes off contract purchasing even more attractive.

  • Anonymous

    There is at least one good thing if prices go up. It makes off contract purchasing even more attractive.

  • Anonymous

    There is at least one good thing if prices go up. It makes off contract purchasing even more attractive.

  • http://twitter.com/diegosocart12 James Ditmer

    I really hope $249 isn’t a trend. I know it costs manufacturers a lot to make the phones but $199 is expensive enough more most consumers and me. In fact with the increase in smartphone purchases/users I was hoping to see a decrease in price or hoping they at least stay around $199.

  • Anonymous

    I will never pay more than $199 for a phone on contract

  • http://twitter.com/RaymondK RaymondK

    Isn’t that what they tried to say with the Thunderbolt and you were able to get it off of Amazon for like $129. And they also tried to say the TBolt would be 750$ off contract. None of this price speculation ever means anything until the product is actually announced by the carrier.

  • blakjakdavy

    I wouldn’t pay $300 to be 2 android versions behind everyone else…

  • Mike

    $299.99? psshhh yeah right. Who would really pay that much for that phone?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Poe/1126894244 Gregory Poe

      Considering how much money you pay monthly, I say buy whatever phone you want. In the grand scheme of things, the price of the phone is small compared to how much we pay verizon every year

  • http://twitter.com/Payaso_113 Nightmares

    HA!