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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.

  • Rbess1965

    Would any of you reconsider this phone if you could get it for $199 with the NE2 discount?

  • Missthetrain

    $300 ha ha ha you got me…wait a minute, kind of late for April Fools isn’t it?
    Kidding a side, that is one UGLY phone.

  • Anonymous

    .vipshopper.us

  • No dual-core = no buy.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah…I wouldn’t be surprised if there were price cuts in a few months.

  • $300 for a phone on a two-year contract that’s obsolete before it hits shelves. Just what I was looking for.

  • chris

    whats better? droid charge or thunderbolt?

  • This just seems like Verizon trying to Shoehorn the Droid name on that nameless Samsung phone. Will this thing even get timely updates, I doubt it.

  • This just seems like Verizon trying to Shoehorn the Droid name on that nameless Samsung phone. Will this thing even get timely updates, I doubt it.

  • TheVoiceOfReason

    This phone is actually not that much different from the Thunderbolt, except for the price. The Super AMOLED display is nice, and hdmi out, but the phone itself is pretty ugly. Too bad it doesn’t come with Gingerbread and Samsung sucks for updates, atleast samsung got rid of the Bing bullshht though. Believe it or not, I would actually prefer this over the Thunderbolt though, cuz I freakin hate uglyass HTC Sense, Touchwiz isn’t much better but once you put launcher pro on it touchwiz wouldn’t be intrusive at all. I would assume the bootloader is unlockable like the previous samsung’s have been, so the ability load custom roms like cyanogen on this would be a HUGE plus! Too bad this thing has to be so cotdamn ugly!!

  • TheVoiceOfReason

    Unlockable Bootloader?????

  • What is with Verizon putting out overpriced phone’s? They keep this up and I’m going to Sprint.

  • What is with Verizon putting out overpriced phone’s? They keep this up and I’m going to Sprint.

  • Toodoo

    Prices like this cause me to swing for the iPhone. That’s ridiculous and to top it off its a Samsung

  • Droidz

    For that price do I at least get a reach around, or a happy ending? If not is seems a bit overpriced for 2010 hardware.

  • just for the record, data plans have always “started at” $29.99. This is because if you sign up on a business plan, data is $44.99… and I believe the only thing you get for the extra $15 is the ability to sync with enterprise servers.

  • 299 on an aged version of Android? Singly core processor? Guaranteed no updates? Goofy skin? Uhhh…..hmmmm…..let me think about this for a second

    PASS!

  • I currently own the OG and I’m waiting for the Galaxy S II. The fact that Samsung released the Charge on VZW makes be believe it’s going to be a few months before we see the new Galaxy phone on Verizon.

  • Tomclancysrainbowsix

    Wait it has hdmi…I must be worth $300. VZW you are killing android you scumbags.

  • Ilhe1s

    Alll I want is that DRIOD EYE! Badass! Can’t wait to make it my bootanimation.

  • Anonymous

    Pushing Froyo out the door (finally) is not going to save Samsung from their (well earned) reputation as day late and dollar short… and to have to pay $300 for something with TouchWiz on it? Bwahahaha! The only sad thing is the tarnishing of the Droid brand with this thing.

  • Anonymous

    haha, who here will buy this at $300?

  • Can’t wait to get that Charge Red Eye bootanimation on my OG Droid

  • Kierra

    Child please

  • Anonymous

    It comes with free tethering… maybe that’s where the price comes from?

  • Great news…

    Now GIMME MY INC2!!!
    🙂

  • Robvanwinkle

    It looks like Verizon is purposely trying to kill the Droid brand to get more people to buy iphones. VZW wasted a lot of money on the iphone and are not seeing the return they expected, hence they are onto plan b…killing the Droid.

  • Robvanwinkle

    It looks like Verizon is purposely trying to kill the Droid brand to get more people to buy iphones. VZW wasted a lot of money on the iphone and are not seeing the return they expected, hence they are onto plan b…killing the Droid.

  • Anonymous

    not sure if I like the curved bottom. But then I have a TB anyway.:)

  • no one is going to buy this thing for $299

  • Anonymous

    Have fun pouring money into the marketing of this device, Verizon. No one is going to pay $300 for this thing.

    I would pay $300 for a phone, but it would have to be the absolute PERFECT phone: 4G, quad core processor, amazing battery life, vanilla Android v4.0, free tethering, 12MP camera with 8MP front facing, 4.3″ screen, 64GB internal storage with 32GB microSD preinstalled…need I go on?

    Basically, there’s no way in hell I’d pay $300 for a phone. I wouldn’t even pay $200 for the Charge.

  • Rbess1965

    If you want NFL, Verizon apps and an HDMI port on a 4G phone, the Charge is the only choice right now. Tbolt won’t do those things. With my new every2 discounts, I’d be able to get the price down to reasonable but all you guys have me worried about the UI, slower updates (was hoping would be different since its a Droid branded device) and lower RAM. I had the Tbolt and liked it, but man it was power hungry and lacked the stuff I mentioned above. Almost interested in the HTC Incredible 2 because it does everything I need, just in 3G only. Decisions, decisions. Ugggg.

    • Amp8587

      TBolt does NFL now as of yesterday night. As for Verizon your making a huge assumption the Verizon specific apps work on this phone as well when its not released. Only plus depending if you want HDMI port or DLNA.

      • Rbess1965

        Thanks for that update. I did not know that and it might be a tipping point for me. It wasn’t so much that I would be choosing a phone just for NFL. In the Verizon App world I kept seeing the words “Thunderbolt does not support this app” on many of the staple apps they are supposed to offer and I was like what the hell? I got concerned about what else will never be supported on it like Swype and all that other cool stuff. I’m calling the store right now to confirm your update. Thanks.

      • Rbess1965

        Thanks for that update. I did not know that and it might be a tipping point for me. It wasn’t so much that I would be choosing a phone just for NFL. In the Verizon App world I kept seeing the words “Thunderbolt does not support this app” on many of the staple apps they are supposed to offer and I was like what the hell? I got concerned about what else will never be supported on it like Swype and all that other cool stuff. I’m calling the store right now to confirm your update. Thanks.

      • Rbess1965

        Went by and checked. NFL will download on the Bolt now, but it wouldn’t run the videos or nfl channel because that’s linked to Vcast Video app that still won’t load from the market. Just sayin.

  • Rizzidy

    $299???? craq smoq

  • DanSke

    Geez, this phone is fugly.

    Its the abomination of a Blackberry and Droid X mating.

  • Igor

    Fugly Discharge from Samsung

  • Trophynuts

    no Gingerbread?……anyone know what full retail will be?

  • Anonymous

    Wow. A whole 1ghz single core processor running last year’s OS? Maybe in 2012 it will get Gingerbread. All for the low low price of $300. Verizon killed the Xoom with their pricing. Now they’re getting ready to kill the Droid brand. I wonder if killing Android was part of the iphone deal. They couldn’t possibly be this greedy and stupid, could they?

  • assman

    Charge is short for “charge too much”.

  • Anonymous

    Like some here said before

    Droid Charge: Because you will be charging it… ALL. DAY.

  • regardless of price, touchwiz and lack of updates from samsung the screen on this phone is something to be seen. its actually quite amazing. will i buy? not at all regardless how much it cost

  • Jim Dandy

    This droid has character written all over it 😛 Welcome to the family!!

  • Tesseract 3

    So the droid overcharge’s price is not being dropped. Figures.

  • For me, the price isn’t a big deal. My problem is that it’s a Samsung and every Samsung I’ve owned or my family members have owned has felt cheap and aged badly. Add to that Samsung’s horrid reputation for updates and unpopular UI, they just don’t seem like a good bet.

  • Way over-priced. I hope this thing completely bombs, so companies like VZW stop raising prices on phones. The max price for a new phone with a 2 year contract was always $200, why do they have to mess with that?

  • WormDoes

    $300??? LOL, no thanks!

  • Next.

  • Mithedhel11

    Hey every family has a black sheep of the bunch. Droid Charge just found its niche. Welcome home my new red haired-stepchild. With one eye even…

  • thebigmann

    I will never consider buying a phone with TouchWiz. By far the lamest looking UI.

  • Not worth it. Wait till the summer for dual core phones…I just hope this isn’t the beginning of a trend in terms of how they start charging their LTE phones.

  • Customer: Why would I pay $299 for a phone?

    VZW: IT’s The Droid CHARGE that’s why.

    Customer: What?

    VZW: We named it the Charge because we are going to charge the hell out of you for it. See the irony?

  • Anonymous

    instant fail! I hope this doesnt mean LTE devices will be 299.99…. that means they used the thunderbolt in a bait & switch

  • Zach

    Good Job Verizon, DOA.

  • Cjreyes666

    what a joke

  • )v(urphy

    299???

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t give two craps about this phone. I care even less about this than the Thundebolt. LTE is nice, but still, with Samsung being held back by carriers in the U.S. I don’t know why people would expect this to be any different.

    • DJsMom

      You must be joking. You got so much hate for the Thunderbolt, egh? Seems like your a bit jealous there…It’s okay.

      You’re probably a Motorola fan. Here, take this locked bootloader and MotoBlur and go play in the corner by yourself. There you go…Feel better?

      • Azndan4

        hahahahahahahahahaha +1

      • Anonymous

        Nothing better than assumptions right? I could say you’re a Touchwiz fan or just hate updates so much you obviously flock to Samsung.

        But for the record, love the DROID, like the Xoom (except for the pricing) but hate everything else Motorola has produced between those two points. Motorola’s crappy skin and locked bootloaders can die in a fire.

        I am just really a fan of battery life, and not getting hyped for something that doesn’t matter to the majority of people of people right now (ie, LTE). And I hate plastic, creaky phones which seems to be what Samsung produces (maybe the Charge will be different, but besides the Captivate the SGS line has been pretty much the same build quality wise)

      • Anonymous

        Nothing better than assumptions right? I could say you’re a Touchwiz fan or just hate updates so much you obviously flock to Samsung.

        But for the record, love the DROID, like the Xoom (except for the pricing) but hate everything else Motorola has produced between those two points. Motorola’s crappy skin and locked bootloaders can die in a fire.

        I am just really a fan of battery life, and not getting hyped for something that doesn’t matter to the majority of people of people right now (ie, LTE). And I hate plastic, creaky phones which seems to be what Samsung produces (maybe the Charge will be different, but besides the Captivate the SGS line has been pretty much the same build quality wise)

  • AlwaysSunny

    The only thing they did right was actually announce when the phone is coming out.

  • cowdog

    Locked bootloader? Samsung seems to be opening the door lately. Super amoled screens ares supposed to have lower energy use, and if it does have an unlocked bootloader, it could be a good option if it gets some developer love. I’m not likely to fork over for any LTE phone (not an option here), but in my little biased world, the Charge looks a little better than the Tbolt. Just saying.

  • cowdog

    Locked bootloader? Samsung seems to be opening the door lately. Super amoled screens ares supposed to have lower energy use, and if it does have an unlocked bootloader, it could be a good option if it gets some developer love. I’m not likely to fork over for any LTE phone (not an option here), but in my little biased world, the Charge looks a little better than the Tbolt. Just saying.

  • i think Samsung shot themselves in the foot by not keeping up to date w/ the Fascinate. i, for one, am not going to buy another Verizon Samsung phone because of it.

  • i think Samsung shot themselves in the foot by not keeping up to date w/ the Fascinate. i, for one, am not going to buy another Verizon Samsung phone because of it.

  • EC8CH

    In soviet russia phone charge YOU!

  • EC8CH

    In soviet russia phone charge YOU!

  • Anonymous

    hey free give away on the droid landing twitter!!!

    oh one more thing. so pretty much 4G is gonna see a rise in price for unlimited correct?

  • Anonymous

    hey free give away on the droid landing twitter!!!

    oh one more thing. so pretty much 4G is gonna see a rise in price for unlimited correct?

    • EC8CH

      they haven’t…. yet 🙂

  • Mike

    The Droid Charge by Samsung: Charging you the most money for old tech and charging you with anger when you find out it will never be updated.

  • Anonymous

    I love the droid name but for this thing is butt ugly and overpriced. The thunderbolt seems better in every way possible

    • I love my TBolt, but saying it’s better than this in every possible way before there are any comparisons of things like the camera quality and external speaker is jumping the gun a bit.

      • hkklife

        Well, on paper the Samsung has the superior screen and hotspot capabiltiies. The TB has more RAM and built-in storage.

        Unknown factors are the call quality/reception, speaker volume, batery life and the Sammy’s formfactor. The TB is honestly a bit chunky and power-hungry for my tastes.

        HTC is almost totally guaranteed to have a better chance of getting future OS updates and I vastly prefer
        Sense to Touchwiz.

        I’m gonna hold out for a Droid X2 or whatever LTE Droid Moto ends up releasing later this summer.

        • palomosan

          Good luck with a lock bootloader my friend.

        • Anonymous

          The look of the phone is one of the most important things to me along with price. In those cases, the thunderbolt kills. Sense vs. touchwiz just makes it an unfair competition

        • Rizzidy

          F Motorola

        • Azndan4

          rofl motorola…

  • d-roids

    is samsung outta their flippin MINDS?!

  • Anthony

    Not getting the phone but I’m sick of u people complaining about the pricing who gives two shits I’ll pay a lot for the phone. I’d rather that then pay for tiered pricing on data.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe this phone is a DROID.. so damn ugly.. I never once thought about purchasing this phone, and that was before they announced it was $50 more than the most expensive phone on verizon

  • Anonymous

    who would buy this p.o.s.

  • Anonymous

    who would buy this p.o.s.

    • palomosan

      At $300, not too many.

  • EC8CH

    They must “CHARGE” a premium for ugly?

  • EC8CH

    They must “CHARGE” a premium for ugly?

  • Now that the FINALLY released official 2.2 for the Fascinate, just pick it up at Best Buy for $49.99 and you’ve got virtually the same phone for a fraction of the cost.

  • Now that the FINALLY released official 2.2 for the Fascinate, just pick it up at Best Buy for $49.99 and you’ve got virtually the same phone for a fraction of the cost.

    • Floyd

      I was thinking the same exact thing. Or hell, if you’re really cheap. Grab a certified previously used one from the Verizon website for $39.99

    • Floyd

      I was thinking the same exact thing. Or hell, if you’re really cheap. Grab a certified previously used one from the Verizon website for $39.99

    • Mr. Joe

      But will the Fascinate get Gingerbread?

      • Dbzster

        But will the Charge? Samsung has been terrible in getting OS updates out

        • Anonymous

          same as Motorola – WTF this is garbage… and be locked for a 2yr contract! HELL NO!!!!

          • Anonymous

            Actually, I have been happy with Motorola’s upgrade. Not quite as good as HTC, but fairly close. Of course, I never bought one of their crap devices (Cliq, XT, Charm, etc).

        • Anonymous

          Very true. Not only overpriced but almost guaranteed to be prematurely obsolete.

      • Rbess1965

        From what’s being posted on the blogs, it appears to me the Gingerbread update isn’t all that great anyway.

        • Anonymous

          I updated my DroidX to 2.3 and it made a significant improvement to its performance, not to mention a lot of app improvements. The problem for the carriers is that my Droid running 2.3 is as fast as the TB and Charge running 2.2. I bet 2.3 deployment is being delayed to convince users to buy the new overpriced phones this spring.

      • Rbess1965

        From what’s being posted on the blogs, it appears to me the Gingerbread update isn’t all that great anyway.

    • I dunno, I’d hate to make that call without reviews of features like the camera quality and external speaker quality to name just a couple items you can’t judge until there are real world comparisons.

    • John

      processors are different.

    • Anonymous

      that’s with a new contract, right?

  • This phone will fail miserably with that price tag.

  • This phone will fail miserably with that price tag.

  • Anonymous

    $299 – yeah, I know this was reported earlier, but they are really serious??? WTF? No way – and this better not be the new pricing scheme for 4G Android phones…I want my “Bionic” (whatever that might be) at the $199 range (or cheaper through other channels). Can’t see this being a big hit at that price.

    • Anonymous

      it could be a good thing.. this thing will fail hard at $299 and maybe VZW will realize $299 is too much for 4g phones

      • Mr. Joe

        Or they will think it’s not enough.

  • GianniOD

    “Unlimited 4G LTE data packages start at $29.99 monthly access.”

    Does this not make sense to anyone else? Are they limiting bandwidth??

    • Mr. Joe

      That wasn’t till like June or something.

    • Mr. Joe

      That wasn’t till like June or something.

    • Scott

      Could it be “starts at $29.99″” because it’s more if you want to add a tethering plan (after the free mobile hotspot period ends)?

  • Overpriced for what it has, rather pay wait to pay $299 for the Droid Bionic if it is even priced that when it releases which I doubt, probably would be $249.

    • Mr. Joe

      I’d rather pay $299 for a tablet.

    • Mr. Joe

      I’d rather pay $299 for a tablet.

  • loyal vz customer

    HA HA HA