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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

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    No dual-core = no buy.

  • Anonymous

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

  • http://profiles.google.com/tjtiernan95 TJ Tiernan

    $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?

  • http://twitter.com/MrUniq78 Christopher

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/MrUniq78 Christopher

    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?????

  • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

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

  • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000475533643 Geoff Atteberry

    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.

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

    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!

  • http://twitter.com/DailyPlunge Michael Henshaw

    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?

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

    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?

  • http://profiles.google.com/amtrombley89 amtrombley89

    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.:)

  • http://twitter.com/tanujrocks Tanuj Chokshi

    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.