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DROID Charge Announced by Verizon, Available April 28 for $299 on Contract

Well, we wish there was a surprised tucked into the DROID Charge press release, but we’ve pretty much shared with you all there is to know by now.  The phone as we said, will launch on April 28 for $299 on 2-year contract, and has all of the same specs we saw back at CES.  The device will sport a 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display, 1GHz single-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, HDMI-out, will run Samsung’s TouchWiz, and fly on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.  A new landing page has been set up for the phone here.

An interesting note from the press releases talks about signing up for a 4G LTE data plan that starts at $29.99 per month.  New plans being introduced soon?  Oh, and free mobile hotspot for a limited time.

And as expected, a new scavenger hunt will start any minute.  Follow it at www.chargelanding.com.

Full release after the break.    

VERIZON WIRELESS UNLEASHES DROID CHARGE BY SAMSUNG

DROID Charge Joins Verizon Wireless’ Android Family as Samsung’s First 4G LTE Smartphone

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced that the DROID Charge by Samsung will be available for purchase on April 28 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.

The DROID Charge is designed with Samsung’s 4.3-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus display, setting a new touchscreen standard for brightness, clarity and outdoor visibility.  The DROID Charge is equipped with both a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for both stills and video chatting.  The smartphone’s 1 GHz application processor and HTML 5 Web browser maximizes high-speed 4G LTE connectivity for faster downloads and graphics processing

Additional features:

  • 4G LTE – Customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage area
  • Android 2.2 platform – Support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Search, Google Maps and access to more than 150,000 apps available to download from Android Market
  • Adobe® Flash® Player compatible
  • Mobile Hotspot capability – Share 4G connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices or a 3G connection with up to 5 devices
  • Samsung Media Hub – Samsung’s own content service, offering a vast lineup of critically acclaimed films and TV programs for rent or purchase
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard featuring Swype technology

Pricing and data plans:

  • The DROID Charge by Samsung will be available for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
  • DROID Charge customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a 4G LTE data package.  Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access.  Unlimited 4G LTE data packages start at $29.99 monthly access.  Mobile Hotspot feature will be included for a limited time at no additional charge.

Find the DROID Charge

Beginning April 21, anyone over the age of 18 can participate in an exclusive DROID Charge Scavenger Hunt.  Follow the online clues to find hidden locations in 16 different U.S. cities to win a DROID Charge by Samsung.  For additional information about the DROID Charge Scavenger Hunt, visit: www.chargelanding.com.

For more information about the DROID Charge by Samsung, visit www.droiddoes.com/charge.  For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, serving more than 104 million total connections, including 88.4 million retail customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 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 Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones.

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