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Verizon Drops DROID2 Global Price, We Know What That Means

Some time over the last week, Verizon dropped the price of the DROID2 Global $50 down to $149 which is usually a pretty good sign that something else is on the way.  What could that “something new” possibly be, you ask?  We’ll have to assume that it’s the DROID3 and that all of those back alley June release rumors were somewhat on point.  In fact, we’ve heard from two separate sources who expect the device to launch towards the end of June or early July.  

In the past, these price drops are usually pretty good indicators that a device will be replaced within a couple of weeks.  We saw it with the original DROID2 when it was upstaged by this device, and then we also saw it when the DROIDX took over for the original DROID.

The Verizon pricing guides are also showing a “while supplies last” note next to the D2 Global:

Everyone ready for the D3?

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Cheers Noah!

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  • walderrama

    and I still can’t sim unlock mine… damn!

  • Gee

    This isnt a price change, we have been running it at 149.99 at my shop for months now….

  • Djstar2k2

    im gonna wait till the final curtain for a android stock and kb and fcc and dually and whoever bring this will have my money

  • Real4life45

    Yeah, they are dropping the price because it’s a piece of crap!!!

  • Tomgillotti

    I had the OG Droid, I currently own the Droid X. I miss the physical keyboard, but I’ve lasted a test without it. Should I go with the D3 or hold out for the Bionic even though I don’t have 4G in my area yet (mainly for the purpose of getting in while it’s still unlimited to be grandfathered)?

    Follow me on twitter (tomgillotti) and let me know what you think.

  • Donnydon

    The Fascinate never had a locked bootloader but never had AOSP rom….every rom still ran off of TOUCHWIZ!!!

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

    Bootloader situation I can (kinda) understand.  Even though I’d prefer to NOT have my bootloader locked for obvious reasons, the PRIMARY reason is so I can upgrade the phone without having to wait around endlessly for the carriers.  If the announcement a few weeks back that Google is going to work more closely with carriers/manufacturers in ensuring that updates are timely, then for me that takes away a big draw for me to root.  With the insane processing power on this, not really a whole lot of need to overclock, so that reasoning is out as well.  So that only leaves:

    Custom Roms (I’ve been hooked on Pete’s stock gb ROMS, so timely updates will wipe out this reason)
    Bloatware (for Christ sake’s load it up to the effing brim if you want, but just make it to where we can remove this happy horse shit)
    Themes (I don’t really use anyway so not really interested, and PS launcher pro is theme-able)
    Overclock (with a dual core OMAP 4430 are we really going to need to OC?)
    Updates (quit horsing around with updates and we’re good)
    Tether (I do this responsibly with wired tether only when I absolutely need it.  This occurs MAYBE once a month, and I don’t do dumb stuff like download torrents or play online games.  And the wired tethering solutions on the market (PDANed, tetherberry) still work as far as I know)

    So in other words, the only major reason to root is to get that effing bloatware off the phone.  If carriers weren’t greed stricken imbeciles they would make it to where you could uninstall.  Don’t they realize that now that Android is mainstream there will be more than enough morons who don’t even know how to uninstall stuff?  Believe me, Verizon, there will be plenty of dummies out there that you can constantly read their phone state and identity, private contact data, and the like with your crapware because they won’t ever take it off the phone.   

    • Bossman

      Don’t forget an easy way to do screenshots as a reason for rooting. I create a lot of documentation for these phones and iPhones and it would be nice if that process didn’t involve installing an entire SDK to get it working.

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

        Yeah I guess that’s true.  I had an screenshot app, but I really only used it once total.  Uninstalled.  But some people may have a good use for it.  I think the reasons I listed probably have a wider fanbase:)

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

    If Froyo is on the D3 I’m going to blow my brains out!

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

    If Froyo is on the D3 I’m going to blow my brains out!

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

    If Froyo is on the D3 I’m going to blow my brains out!

    • RW-1

      Grab your weapon and load it, coming with 2.3.4

  • http://twitter.com/sparkimus Bret Williams

    Sweet action. This is going to be my next phone for sure.

    Since I like this one, I’m going to make a point by complaining about every other phone that is coming out. I hate when my open platform of choice has options! :P

  • CaptainHowdy

    Dont we all want IOS because they have notifications now? And there own version of BBM! LETS JUMP SIDES NOW!

    I remember when I got my D2 right before the price drop, sad days. I learned my lesson get a phone when its new or dont get it at all.

  • Mctypething

    Locked bootloader? Not interested.

  • Anonymous

    The droid 2 global has been saying while supplies last for months.

  • Tomgillotti

    I had the OG Droid, I currently own the Droid X. I miss the physical keyboard, but I’ve lasted a year without it. Should I go with the D3 or hold out for the Bionic even though I don’t have 4G in my area yet (mainly for the purpose of getting in while it’s still unlimited to be grandfathered)?

    Follow me on twitter (tomgillotti) and let me know what you think.

  • Mr.Joe

    Of course we know what the means!

    Droid 3 in 3-6 months!

    I CAN’T WAIT! 

  • http://twitter.com/batfandotcom Ben Rollier

    Any news on Gingerbread for the D2/D2G?

  • Anonymous

    I just can justify being trapped in a 2 year contract with no LTE and a locked bootloader.

    • Knightcrusader

      You can?

      • Anonymous

        Typo

      • Mr.Joe

        That is because he is a trooper! 

  • Knightcrusader

    Since this thing will have an unlocked bootloader, I can’t wait to get one!

    Oh, wait….

  • Anonymous

    If the full retail price is $449 then maybe I will get it.

  • Get Quad

    After getting a D2 global last week, I have to say it’s a no-brainer upgrade if you still have a D1. The D3 will be plagued by software bugs for early adopters anyhow (new motoblah anyone?). Good to know I have an upgrade on standby for when the D3 is confirmed worthy and any kinks are worked out.

    • hfoster52

      As a D2G owner I would take back the phone and get something else.

    • mbanicek

      see your point, but there are significant hardware changes that would make this worthwhile. The droid 2 was pretty sloppy out of the gate too.

  • Valinor

    any idea about pricing for the DROID 3?  what about a wait list?  think it will be readily available in most/all verizon stores, or will we have to scramble to get one?

    • Immolate

      With the Bionic out there ready to drop in the next month or two, I can’t see demand for the D3 being high enough to cause a shortage. If it is LTE, assume $250/$300 on contract. If not LTE assume $200.

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

    so is it confirmed yet, no 4g on the droid 3?

    • Fd2blk78

      Define “confirmed” haha

      • Fd2blk78

        Fingers crossed though

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

          yea for sure if it is 4G i’ll def. be using my upgrade on it, cause it’ll have all the features for us physical keyboard loving folk.

  • Anonymous

    Santa gives Blur to naughty children and LTE to good children.

    Anyone who even thinks about buying the Droid 3 is a very, very bad boy/girl.

    • Knightcrusader

      Some people like keyboards more than 4G service. I personally prefer unlocked bootloaders over both, so I’ll be passing on this one.

      Anyone seen where I can get a Merge? lol

      • Rizzidy

        No one in their right mind would rather have a keyboard than 4G.

        • Knightcrusader

          I live in a rural area that -just- got 3G, so it will be a while before we get 4G down here.

        • Knightcrusader

          I live in a rural area that -just- got 3G, so it will be a while before we get 4G down here.

        • ChaosRV

          I’d rather have a keyboard than 4G.  I live in NYC  – plenty of 4G coverage but for the rare instances it would be nice to have, there is almost always an available wifi connection.  Do I need to download new apps every day?  No.  Will I want to stream video? Occasionally but rarely – I have a computer & tv at home, a computer (and wifi if needed) at work so that leaves the subway.. no service down there at all.  Besides, most things I’d want to watch (or game roms to play) I can put on the sd card manually.  That takes care of 90% or more of the 4G use for me.  The occasional youtube video will just have to buffer for a minute.  I’m out Don’t get me wrong, 4G would be great to have but it isn’t the deal breaker most think it is.  I’d rather have a keyboard so as not to take up the precious viewable real estate with a virtual keyboard as well as my thumbs when playing a (s)nes games and the like plus the tons of work emails I write on my phone too – but really it is for the games and viewable screen space.   Of course my hatred of touchscreen keyboards could possibly be attributed to my first touch enabled phone – the bberry storm.  I still have nightmares about that thing..

          • Rizzidy

            So…why do you even want a smartphone if you aren’t going to use the data connection?  Think before you speak.

          • Knightcrusader

            Not everyone who uses a smartphone needs a data plan. He said he has plenty of Wifi in the areas he is at, so he probably has the data requirement covered.

          • chaosrv

            I didn’t say I don’t need the data plan.  I said I don’t need 4G, read before you speak.

      • Rizzidy

        No one in their right mind would rather have a keyboard than 4G.

  • Chris

    I really like the Droid 3 and the Bionic, but with Samsung doing their thing, I might be waiting until the SGS2 comes to Verizon with an unlocked bootloader and tons of developer support already established…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      That unlocked bootloader isn’t guaranteed. Verizon might decide otherwise.

      • Mr.Joe

        Say it ain’t so Michael!  Say it ain’t so!

        Though from what I’ve heard the Charge is more open then a hooker on VJ day.  So who knows. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

          True the Charge was open, but I can see the GS2 being a better seller so they may decide to lock it down. The Xperia Play was locked even though the European version wasn’t so who knows. We know Verizon doesn’t like open devices so we’ll see what happens.

          • Mr.Joe

            The Revolution is also wide open from what I hear. 

          • http://tristanleawesome.tumblr.com Tristan the Marine

            The Revolution may be open, but it is not worth it. I’ve had this phone for 2 days, and I want to smash it. Returning and waiting on the Bionic/ Targa.

          • Mr.Joe

            Maybe a custom ROM will help it =)

      • Anonymous

        Not to mention it could be a highly watered down version like the fascinate was of the original galaxy s

      • Knightcrusader

        I’ll believe that when my shit turns purple, and smells like rainbow sherbert.

        Now excuse me while I go get another liter of cola…

    • Anonymous

      Is that the Galaxy Function I keep hearing about?

  • http://profiles.google.com/gonnadie4thegov Jeremy Wray

    With all the other deals going on 150 doesn’t seem like a great price.

  • guest

    yup…

  • http://twitter.com/rkein87 Rob Kein

    BIONIC would be better than D3, please!

    • Anonymous

      Agree but that isnt going to happen. Who knows maybe launch them both at the same time since one is 3g and 1 is 4g. I mean they did that with the revolution and the dx2/xperia play