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DROID Charge Price Tags Show Up at Wal-mart Stores, is $298.88 Far Too High?

Maybe it’s the “DROID” tag that has been attached to it, otherwise, I can’t figure out how Samsung or Verizon can justify a $300 price tag for this phone.  Sure, the DROID Charge has a beautiful 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen, but it’s still running Android 2.2 and TouchWiz with a single-core processor.  It also doesn’t appear to be launching with the 32GB SD card or even close to the 768MB of RAM that the Thunderbolt has.  I keep expecting there to be a surprise announcement about it having a dual-core or something, but so far haven’t heard a thing.  This has to be coming down at final launch, right?  Our MAP’d pricing list sure isn’t suggesting so though.

Oh, and all signs are pointing to April 28th for this device to be released.  If I were a betting man, I’d peg the Incredible 2 for next Thursday, with the Charge jumping in right behind it the following week.

Cheers S!

  • BaskinRobbins

    Since Verizon is charging a higher price for their phones, I bet you ANYHING other carriers will do the same. So expect $300 to be the new $200 price.

  • Mr.Joe

    This is BAD. No one will spend this much on a 2 year contract phone. Seriously this isn’t 2006.

  • Mcrutchf

    no way in hell

  • Anonymous

    It’s time for a boycott and/or a petition. Seriously. Not just of the phone manufacturers, but the carriers (all of them) too.

  • Anonymous

    It’s time for a boycott and/or a petition. Seriously. Not just of the phone manufacturers, but the carriers (all of them) too.

  • Anonymous

    I thought Verizon got rid of 1 year contracts.

  • Anonymous

    We ARE still talking about phones here right? 7 bills for a damn phone? 300+- for a contracted phone? WTF are these things made with, baby parts and gold?
    Personally, I’m done. Long as the phone works, this is the last one I’m buying until they make it where it won’t work on the network and I have to upgrade. Tablet prices are bad enough, but when a phone costs as much as a mid to high end laptop, it’s getting a bit much. Charge my ass. Next one will be called the Droid ColonBlow and it’ll be a grand out the door, battery cover included.

  • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

    The prices are creeping up, at $200 or $250 the carriers are selling them for a bit under what they pay the manufactures. At $300 they make a bit of profit on the sale of the phone so even if people get out of their contract without an ETF they will still make money.

  • http://twitter.com/Tcalight Tcal

    Ugh… At this rate I might have to keep my Droid for a while longer…

  • el_R

    LOL I’m calling it; POS

  • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson

    WAIT WAIT WAIT….. we have forgotten the most important feature of the Charge… It has the new Droid eye!!!! I change my mind I would pay $700 just to have a phone with that eye. It doesn’t even need to make calls. I will just let it bootloop. that way every 15 to 30 seconds I can see the eye and hear “Droid”

  • Anonymous

    no wonder it’s called the charge…jeezuz. should be renamed the overcharge

  • Geckos

    Who would buy a samsung after their history

  • Anonymous

    The only way I could see this phone being worth $300 is if they released it a year ago when we were unaware of their absolute inability to update a phone and before dual core phones were all geared up to flood the market. This really shows that Sammy is out of touch with their consumer base and falling behind the wave.

  • http://profiles.google.com/statsprofessor Jakub Palka

    This should be a $99 phone on contract.

    There is nothing new or interesting about it. Nothing.

    Just a waste of space shelf.

    I’m sure there will be some suckers buying it though. lol

  • Anonymous

    The only possible explanation I can think of is that they think people will see the Super amoled+ screen and not be able to resist.

    Or it actually has a 720p screen, a quad core cpu, a GPU as fast as desktop video card and 15 hours of battery life when playing video :)

    3 weeks after it is released Amazon or Wirefly will have it for under $200.

  • Jim Dandy

    Hopefully this will be samsung’s wake up call. But something tells me more than one person will fall for okey doke.

    • Anonymous

      I think this wake-up call will be a very rude one…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1465651056 Robert Lacy

    #notwinning

  • LivinFree

    Are they insane. Who in there right mind would be dumb enough to buy this thing at that price. And my lord 7 bills for full retail. They are living in a pipe dream

  • Anonymous

    2GB memory card and a price of $300 lol and probably 2 years for updates like the Fascinate

  • Anonymous

    2GB of internal memory. 32GB micro sd included. 32GB Micro SD = $150. That’s half your price right there. I’d pay $100 more for an LTE device than a Droid X2 and get 10x the data speeds and a brighter screen, plus twice the memory.

    I think the price is about right.

    The iPhone 4 32 GB is $299.99 and not LTE. That seems like the real rip-off.

    • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson

      this page does not say it comes with a 32GB SD card. it says MicroSD up to 32GB

      • Anonymous

        Trust me

        • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson

          “If it does, is it worth the money?”

          No. single core, 2.2 (with Samsung it will stay at that), Ram is nothing to write home about…. this is nothing about this phone that says I’m worth $300. Buy the T-bolt, wait for the Bionic, wait for the Revolution… hell I would take the Incredible 2 over this. at least the Dinc2 is a global phone.

          • Anonymous

            I would stick with my OG for that…

          • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson

            Agreed. The Tegra sounds like and looks like a sweet phone. I would hold out until at least the end of the year. I don’t see the point in spending this much on a phone yet. wait untill apps truly use the dual cores. or if you are just in it for the 4g wait a month for the price to drop (but I guess that is easy for me to say, 4g wont be in my area untill end of summer)

      • Anonymous
        • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson

          Ok. even if it does come with a SD card what is your point? It’s still $300! and what does it offer you that the Thunderbolt doesn’t offer you? For $300 and a 2-year contract the phone needs to be amazing.. but when there is already 4g phones on the same network.. there is soon to be dual core phones on the same network this phone doesn’t offer anything special. and I think the argument of “but it comes with a 32gb sd card” just isn’t enough. I personally feel VZW has the worst “coming soon” android lineup unless they are going to release the bionic with a web top dock. but I don’t want them to do that because I don’t think having a different web top dock for every phone is the answer, Needs to be 1dock that fits more then one phone.

          but to get back on point. this phone isn’t special… this phone isn’t worth $300.. spend your money elsewhere. Go Buy a thunderbolt and spend the money you save on some music from Amazon and then you can have 20GB of cloud storage and now you have 52GB on your phone.

    • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson
  • http://www.facebook.com/nathanielnewmanmusic Nathaniel Newman

    I can barely pay $199 for a phone with NO rebates. But $299. Not a chance. I’m not the only one. Alot of people are struggling now. Why they can’t offer a discount even but if to the $249 of the Thunderbolt.

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

    What a load of bullsh*t. F*ck you Verizon, f*ck you Samsung. You have both obviously lost your GD minds.

    • el_R

      I think i hate this phone so much I actually wish harm on those behind it and those who buy it. It’s similar to my feelings about charlie sheen. I want it and anyone who supports it to feel pain.

    • http://twitter.com/Tcalight Tcal

      Again, Verizon at fault here, not Samsung.

      • Anonymous

        Its Samsung’s fault for making a phone so fugly that we can’t ever justify paying that much for it.

      • Anonymous

        Samsung makes the phone and sets the prices… soooo explain to me how its verizon’s fault, considering they don’t make the phone.

        • Tcal

          Verizon subsidizes the price.

  • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson

    I’m calling BS on this.

    2 year price is 298.88 but 1 year and 0 year is $700.00

    Maybe I have just missed it but what company sells a phone for $700? $699.99 I will believe.

    Also if it is any more then $200 I think its over priced. running 2.2 wont get upgraded 2GB micro SD card? might as well give me a free cookie. Single core… why Samsung? Go make something with out Android on it, because your pissing me off!

  • Anonymous

    Good luck with that Verizon.

  • The Observer

    Charge = instant fail

    • Jay

      My thoughts exactly! WTF is Samsung thinking! I have a Fascinate ( Yea I know!!! ) and I would never ever get a Samsung phone again. And they come out with this crap for $300?! If you want your product to sell, price it under the competition you idiots! Oh its the same or comparable to Apple…. Ya that might be true but if you want people buying your products price it lower then Apple you monkies! Wow shocker the XOOM is not selling… well I wonder why! Companies need to start selling their products for less then Apple. Ya they are waaay better but still Apple is so far ahead with loyal customers that people will buy and Apple over anything else anyday!

      • http://twitter.com/Tcalight Tcal

        Not Samsung’s fault; It’s Verizon Wireless who creates the subsidy.

      • Anonymous

        Not verizon’s fault, it’s samsungs fault they make the phone.

  • Anonymous

    I thought Verizon eliminated 1 year contracts?????/

    • Anonymous

      hence the prices for no contract and 1 year contract being the same

  • Anonymous

    Curious. It is LTE right? Like I’ve been saying, I’d rather pay more up front for an LTE phone rather than an increased data plan cost, but why is it priced above the Thunderbolt?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Larvia-III/41904444 Thomas Larvia III

    Don’t think that’s too much I remember just about 3 years ago getting a brand new LG Voyager “dumbphone” for the $299 pricetag with contract! So this doesn’t seem far off for what it can do, I think we’ve actually been getting lucky getting all these beautiful androids for $200-50 pricetags…

  • Mike

    yo kellex… suggestions on seeing the tbolt better in bright light?

    or am i just screwed until i get a phone with super amoled plus squared?

  • Tesseract 3

    The Droid Overcharge more like. Why anyone would buy Samsung at this point is beyond me. Gingerbread has been out for awhile, but you can pay 300 on contract, or 700 off for a touchwiz infested phone that probably has bing bloatware, and will most likely start with 2.2. Which means it will have 2.2 forever. Lovely.

  • Anonymous

    does it morph into a hot chick and blow me? For that price I expect more than just a phone. Especially a samsung that probably won’t be updated for a year or two or ever.

    • el_R

      depends how hot.

    • Anthony

      you can spend 250 less on a street corner an have a real one do that for you.

      and the irony of it all?

      wouldnt matter wether your choice was the charge or the street corner, both will have infected bloatware.

  • Fresh

    I thought there was no such thing as a 1 year contract anymore?

  • Andrew Hewitt

    Now we know where the name CHARGE comes from…

    • Fresh

      … zing!

    • Muddy B00ts

      heyooooooooooooo!

    • Cjreyes666

      i know uh

    • Anonymous

      Right… the 1yr contract is the same as outright… thats really F’d up

  • Anonymous

    With all the Sense 3.0 talk and new LTE phones around the corner I was starting to question my impatience and buying my Thunderbolt. But that $50+ price difference (depending on where you buy) and dualcore/battery life issues with the Bionic, I’m feeling a little bit better. Oh well, I’m looking at 2013 for another discounted phone anyway…guess I should just be happy with my purchase and look forward to those octocore hologram phones

  • Anonymous

    LMAO @ 1yr cost = $700, no contract cost = $700

    • FortitudineVincimus

      I am laughing at any a-hole that would pay $700

      • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

        People will, those who lose or break their phones before they are upgrade eligible, every one of those has a >100% profit margin for the carriers.

        • FortitudineVincimus

          and those a-holes need to learn about eBay and Craigslist..

      • http://profiles.google.com/willfake84 will fake

        rather pay 700 for this than a stupid iphone. it’s true 4g, has a screen visible in direct sunlight, Samsung processors tend to be more efficient, and has goodies like hdmi, a decent battery, good camera, sywpe, and Samsung touch wiz interface actually is really quick and user friendly. From past experience you always get more money when your ready to sell if you are selling a Samsung on sites like gazelle. i normally got 200 to 300 on phones over a year old so they are built with good quality parts and hold value decent as well.

  • Anonymous

    Mother F-that. 300 for a single core running 2.2 on a 2 year!!! 700 off contract or 1yr? that’s a little fishy. LTE is NOT worth that much.

  • Anonymous

    Mother F-that. 300 for a single core running 2.2 on a 2 year!!! 700 off contract or 1yr? that’s a little fishy. LTE is NOT worth that much.

  • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

    This phone a Samsung right? So kiddie UI and no updates….EVER!?! Didn’t the Nexus One have these same specs, only unlocked bootloader, frequent updates, and launch with the latest version of the vanilla OS? And when was that like 7 years ago? And they want $300 for this? On contract? Am I asking too many questions? Is Samsung out of their minds? Will Godzilla stop mechagodzilla?

  • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

    This phone a Samsung right? So kiddie UI and no updates….EVER!?! Didn’t the Nexus One have these same specs, only unlocked bootloader, frequent updates, and launch with the latest version of the vanilla OS? And when was that like 7 years ago? And they want $300 for this? On contract? Am I asking too many questions? Is Samsung out of their minds? Will Godzilla stop mechagodzilla?

    • Anonymous

      Ha =D!

    • http://profiles.google.com/zshazz Chris Cain

      Find out next time on Dragon Ball Z!

    • http://twitter.com/Tcalight Tcal

      It’s Verizon Wireless who subsidizes the phone; Not Samsung.

      • Sparhawk2k

        But isn’t the unsubsidized price of $700 higher than other phones? Couldn’t that be part of why it ends up higher after the subsidy?

  • Fjnbd

    LOL at the price

  • Fjnbd

    LOL at the price

  • John

    It will go down in price, most likely in the first week,

  • John

    It will go down in price, most likely in the first week,

  • Anonymous

    Every time I see a price like this announced, it makes me happy that I don’t get to upgrade for close to a year. That way I am not tempted to spend WAY TO MUCH for a Verizon smartphone.

    I think the market’s reaction to these out of control prices will bring them down by then, or Sprint or T-Mobile will have high quality alternatives for way less money.

  • Anonymous

    Every time I see a price like this announced, it makes me happy that I don’t get to upgrade for close to a year. That way I am not tempted to spend WAY TO MUCH for a Verizon smartphone.

    I think the market’s reaction to these out of control prices will bring them down by then, or Sprint or T-Mobile will have high quality alternatives for way less money.

    • Anonymous

      It is made by Samsung so I don’t know how Smart it really is. :]

    • hkklife

      Right now, with the T-Bolt (Froyo, low screen res, weak battery, no new Sense), Charge (Froyo, too little RAM, overpriced, low-res screen), and Bionic (delayed or cancelled due to potentially horrible battery life), I am going to go on a limb and say that the Droid X2 is going to be the “safest” bet for those in the market for a new device this summer—-qHD screen, Tegra 2, and a decent, proven formfactor. I am also hoping it ships with 2.3 standard too. And the official Moto high-capacity battery doesn’t make it much thicker, so that should alleviate battery life concerns.

      After seeing how nice the leaked Gingerblur is on my DX, the X2 is what I will be recommending to friends looking to upgrade over the next few months.

  • Gg101

    I thought there were no more 1 year contracts. And why would you sing a contract to get the same price as off contract. This whole things seems pretty bogus.

    • Anonymous

      I would assume that’s Walmart’s system not knowing how to handle the fact that 1-year contracts are now gone.

      • Anonymous

        You do have 3 more days to walk in and sign-up for a 1yr. More important how come Walmart lets you sign up for a 1 year but Best Buy can’t?

    • Anonymous

      And why would you think that singing a contract would get you a discount? Depending on your vocal talent, it might be more justified that you’d have to pay more.

  • guest

    wow

  • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

    FIRST!

  • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

    FIRST!

    • guest

      nope i was below =P

      • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

        Nope that is lie! Your face lies!

      • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

        Nope that is lie! Your face lies!

    • guest

      nope i was below =P