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Verizon Continues with Lowered Full Retail Pricing, DROID Incredible 2 at just $439

Just 2 weeks ago, one of our astute readers noticed that full retail prices on smartphones at Verizon seemed to have dropped significantly over night, leading many of us to wonder if this was the new pricing model now that 1-year contracts had been eliminated.  Big Red was quick to deny any connection between these lowered prices and their approach to contracts, but it is looking like this new lowered pricing is here to stay.  The brand spankin’ new DROID Incredible 2 which comes out this Thursday, will launch at just $439 without a contract, according to the employee flyer you are seeing above.

While many of us weren’t excited to see 1-year contracts go, it’s hard to be too disappointed in this new approach to full retail pricing.  We may only have two options when buying a phone now, but at least Big Red appears to have met us somewhere in the middle.

Change anyone’s mind on the Incredible 2?

Via:  TheDroidGuy

  • http://twitter.com/tarund TarunD

    Best Buy will still sell these for $700… those greedy bastards!

  • cowdog

    This is definitely a step in the right direction. Let’s hope this kind of pricing carries over to all of Verizon’s phones.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Not trying to bash the phone, but it’s essentially a spec bumped DInc1 so one would expect the price not to be at the high end. This is what HTC did with WinMo too, they would run the same core hardware of a phone in its sequel just with a spec bump as I’m sure it gives them much better profitability to use as much of the same parts as possible. Again not bashing but since there are no cutting edge components in there, nothing that hasn’t been on the market for a while in their or another phone, it would have made no sense for it to cost as much as a flagship phone.

  • Anonymous

    Not trying to bash the phone, but it’s essentially a spec bumped DInc1 so one would expect the price not to be at the high end. This is what HTC did with WinMo too, they would run the same core hardware of a phone in its sequel just with a spec bump as I’m sure it gives them much better profitability to use as much of the same parts as possible. Again not bashing but since there are no cutting edge components in there, nothing that hasn’t been on the market for a while in their or another phone, it would have made no sense for it to cost as much as a flagship phone.

  • Anonymous

    for me that its still expensive…. maybe for the Tbolt or Bionic I will consider that price…

  • Anonymous
  • Geckos

    If they got rid of contracts I wonder how low those prices would be..

    • http://twitter.com/tarund TarunD

      Uh, did you not just read the article? It says Full Retail Price is $439 for Incredible 2, which is no contract pricing. Not bad but I think $399 would’ve been the sweeter spot. I had guessed it would be $449 so only $10 cheaper.

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  • Trophynuts

    i’m totally fine with this 439$ retail price.

  • Owewil3225

    I’m thinking about upgrading from my droid x to this. What the draw backs to this besides no lte? I live no where near a 4g area anyway & I’m ready to get away frm motoblur.

  • http://twitter.com/anaphora68 anaphora68

    I’m ok with the price as posted. My wife’s Fascinate is on its last leg. If the Incredible 2 has an unlockable bootloader, I’m all over it. I’m running an Inspire 4G on ATT and I absolutely love the phone. Wife doesn’t need LTE, just needs something that works well.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, I don’t feel quite so bad about the cancellation of the 1-yr plan, now. Glad I saw this news before I upgraded a globe trotter in the family to the DInc 2 under a 2-yr contract. Thanks, Droid-Life.

  • Anonymous

    All fine and dandy, but what about a price break on the plans for those who pay full retail. I mean really…Verizon would love for you to pay full price and still pay for their overpriced plans.

  • Anonymous

    I STILL won’t buy from a vzw store. eBay for off-contract, amazon for upgrades etc…. im still happy its driving the price on ebay down :)

  • http://twitter.com/NemaCystX NemaCystX

    I think this is a win for hardcore tech lovers like myself, the elimination of the 1 year contract pricing is a blessing rather than a disappointment since you can get a new device any time a new one comes out now without being locked into a contract with a much lower full cost on the device. And seeing how Android gets new devices every few months, this is a huge win for Android fans, albeit yes its like paying for two phones on a 2 year contract but would you rather pay $700 or so for a phone off contract? Smart move Verizon

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=649257134 John Hance

    At $439 I’m tempted to sell the DX and upgrade to the Incredible 2. Like some others have said, it would be nice to own this outright, then upgrade again in the winter for a lot cheaper than usual. I haven’t seen anything interesting coming in the near future anyway, might as well jump on this.

  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing since the Incredible 2 doesn’t have LTE Verizon is pricing it aggressively. I wonder if the Droid Charge will be priced as good…

    Still though this is an excellent deal.

    • Firemanprice

      That is a good point, about the phone not being a LTE device. That would explain why the price for retail is aggressive low. I didn’t think of that at first.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah well idk how LTE radio can cost so much I mean look at the G2x the full retail was 499 why cant verizon’s phones be priced like this? I mean they do have similar or lesser specs with phones on other carriers.

  • Droidz

    Lower prices are awesome, but if you ask me, even at these lower prices we’re still over paying for the 2010 shit that Verizon continues to shovel our way. Seriously, why can’t we get some dual core love already?

  • Anonymous

    Do people throw their phones away? If I wanted a dinc2 right now, I could sell my Droid X for an easy 200 and then shell out 200$to out of pocket and own the new phone for less than the price of the 2yr price. Top that off with the fact that without a contract I would sell this phone later this summer for closer to 350 and then pay 50-100 for the Bionic. In 6dec months I can try 2 top of the line phones all while spending less out of pocket than a 2yr Thunderbolt price. AND…. If a smoking deal comes along, I can lock into a contract and get yet another phone.

    • Csquared17

      Actually your gonna spend at least $250, same price as a Thunderbolt on 2 year :P

    • Anonymous

      That scenario has me thinking of getting the DI2 now and the BIONIC later

    • droidzilla

      Sold my x for $325 on ebay 2 weeks ago. You can get more out of your x than $200 easily. Good point though on the wheeling and dealing of phones.

  • Jim Dandy

    Can’t wait to see the prices when phones are at the end of their cycle. This has potential.

  • Anonymous

    Must…wait…for…better…phone.

    • Mr. Joe

      So does that mean you’ll be waiting forever?

    • http://twitter.com/NemaCystX NemaCystX

      You’ll be waiting forever then since a better phone comes out almost every few months, but you could always get them off contract thanks to the new full retail pricing structure. If you keep waiting for the best, you’ll be waiting forever, just like with TV’s or a car, there’s always something that will best it, its your timing that makes your decision to buy that item that makes it seem the best choice until the right one is out and theres a technology time gap.

  • Finire

    I love that Casio, but why are we seriously still making 3g phones?

    • Anonymous

      because not everyone is in a 4g area.

  • Mr.Joe

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO emulator!

  • Anonymous

    maybe I am missing something here.. why would anyone buy the phone outright? Here in the US, what other carrier are you gonna take your phone too that isn’t owned by Verizon? CDMA not GSM am I right? Unless this is a global phone (obv Dinc2 is), but you see what I mean…

    • Anonymous

      the incredible 2 is a global phone

    • Anonymous

      the incredible 2 is a global phone

      • Anonymous

        Not to mention there are a group of individuals who refuse to be tied to any type of contract, and tend to upgrade phones routinely; something that is not so easily done when one signs a contract.

        • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

          You can change phone at any time on contract (just pay a full price for a new one). You can’t leave the carrier without ETF though.

      • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

        He said it was….It won’t work on any US GSM carriers though.

    • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

      People don’t like contracts. Simple as that.

      Plus. Just because you can’t bring your phone with you doesn’t mean people don’t want the option to switch carriers (Buy a new phone) and leave without a ETF.

    • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

      I wish the service would be cheaper if one bought the phone at full price. In that case I bet a lot more people would exercise that option.

  • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

    Doesn’t the DROID Incredible 2 have Sense 2.1 not 2.0?

    The App drawer icon in the picture (And on the DROID Incredible 2) was first used in 2.1. Not 2.0 which is what is on the Thunderbolt. which clearly has the older icon.

  • Anonymous

    Nice. Wonder how much 4G phones will be full retail. Probably $539

  • http://twitter.com/PhonzoXD Wei Wu

    No do it for the thunderbolt

  • http://twitter.com/Mooem7 Dave Trivino

    Awfully tempting…

  • Retrokid223

    damn… wish my thunderbolt was $439 full retail, could have saved $200 bucks >_>

    • Kevoskee

      This is true

  • http://twitter.com/dancingcrab dancingcrab

    4GB internal memory??

    • DROID

      I know. Thats less than the original.

      If you lose that memory card, your screwed and basically forced to buy another.

      Come on VZ, at least make it worth the amount of $$ it is.

      • Anonymous

        4GB is half the original’s, true, but my point is that everything else points to the DInc having only 1GB…

        • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

          I am pretty sure it has 1GB of internal memory too. Its not the only thing wrong on that ad. The DROID Incredible 2 has Sense 2.1 not 2.0.

          • http://twitter.com/NemaCystX NemaCystX

            Not until Gingerbread, and the 2.0 is confirmed in the Manual, the Press Release and HTC’s website. Only difference with 2.0 and 2.1 is the App’s grid/filters drawer and some enhancements, but this device does NOT have HTC Sense/HTC Hub access, the second HTC device on Verizon without the access after the ThunderBolt.

  • Budcar38

    1st