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Exclusive: DROID3 Launching July 7 Via Direct Fill, Hits All Stores July 14

Well, we told you long ago that the DROID3 was launching on July 7 and just had it confirmed through our friends at Verizon.  The device will be available via direct fill next Thursday followed by a mass store rollout on July 14 as a Big Red exclusive.  Pricing is still unconfirmed, but we can almost guarantee that it’ll be $199 on a 2-year contract.

Specs are as we’ve known all along:  dual-core processor, 5-row keyboard, front and back cameras, 1080p recording, HDMI mirroring, no LTE, 16GB internal storage, and Blur (the newest version).

We knew those accessories that showed up in our inbox an hour or so ago were a good sign of a date to come, but who knew we’d have it this soon.

Who’s ready for some D3?  

Cheers ___!

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  • Augster1

    wow, excellent device

  • Teh only straight dude.

    Im seeing a ton of faggots here, all praising a phone that didnt come out and they are relying on guesses on how it acts. Yet they say this one sucks but they never owned a droid 1 2 or 3

  • I wish it had LTE, but I’m not going to be picky.  I’ll take the Keyboard over almost any other feature.  I’ll be there the day this come out.  Anything would be a welcome upgrade from my much used and well loved LG Ally.

    •  I used to have a Nokia n900, which has a physical keyboard.  It was hard to go from a keyboard to touch screen…but you get used to it. and with touchscreen, it’s nice being able to type with one hand.

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  • FakeEmail

    “Specs are as we’ve known all along:  dual-core processor, 5-row
    keyboard, front and back cameras, 1080p recording, HDMI mirroring, no
    LTE, 16GB internal storage, and Blur (the newest version).”

    What about the RAM?! Because I am reading everywhere except for like 1 article that it is only going to have 512MB.. which is exactly what it had in the Droid 2.. hardly an upgrade. Why are they not going for a full gig of RAM. This phone is getting left behind in the dust.. 🙁

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  • Nameless9024

    Any idea when a good Verizon  android phone with a physical keyboard will come out? -__-

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    Well if one still has unlimited data, one is not getting “raped”. Name on phone AT&T has put out that is better? Manufacturers make same phones for all, just differnet names for most part..

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  • Dellbx

    Wow the industrial design for the Droid3 is sooo new and refreshing. Never seen anything like it…Nice to see that Motorola is on the cutting edge of mobile phone industrial design.

  • Pnoymagnetix

    blur schmur…im going to replace it with launcherpro anyway 🙂  no LTE kinda sucks but oh well.

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  • James_Ever

    Is there a gel skin cover available for the keyboard, I hate the yellow in failed attempt to make it appear that will have as powerful an impact as the OG. I am still buying the Droid3 I just wish they had left the keyboard blue like the Milestone3.

  • Robert Thalheim

    NO LTE? I really don’t get it. Sitting here stearing at my original Milestone^^ D3 is my choice but no LTE?  What?

  • Daniel Gallo

    So am I one of the few people that felt like the 2.3 version of Motorola’s UI (aka GingerBlur) was actually NOT horrible? I can’t imagine they would take the platform back to the stone age of what MotoBlur was originally. Not to say that it’s preferred over a stock interface and system, but what’s with all the hate?

    • I honestly like the 2.2 blur, its quite fast on my Droid2 Global and doesn’t seem to eat battery

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know if you can get the D3 with an unlimited data plan, since it releases on July 7th, the day when unlimited data plans end?It’s like Verizon is playing mind games with me ._.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    can anyone tell me if i can by the phone on the 7th at my vzw store

    • Anonymous

      You should be able to but they may not have them in stock so it’ll be shipped to you.

      • Anonymous

        thanks bro

  • Anonymous

    No doubt.  If this phone supported 4G I would be all over it.  Locked bootloader or not. 

  • I’m very much looking forward to it. I don’t need 4G. It doesn’t make that big of a difference for me at the moment. 

  • DracoZaroff

    Forgive my ignorance but what is direct fill?

  • Anonymous

    Sounds to me like they might jsut be onto something.


  • Anonymous

    This is a big case of ‘shut up and take my money’ for me.
    Pretty excited about this phone – and I’m tired of waiting around for the Xperia Pro.

  • it looks  so damn good without the bezel 🙁

  • Ryancooper143

    What does direct fill mean?

  • DigDoug

    Sorry I’m new to all this…”newb”…what exactly is BLUR?

  • Wife was planning on getting the D3… just got the Charge to lock in the unlimited plan and was gonna exchange in 14 days for the D3. Have to say the Charge is pretty awesome though so we might keep that. Plus the X2 screen in the store looked awful.

  • nessa

    Gonna return my thunderbolt at best buy for this. I need a keyboard and multi colored notification led red and green only isn’t cutting it.

  • Calvin Singh

    Can someone explain what direct fill. I read a comment saying you go to the store and order it there and it will be shipped by mail. Does the phone come on the 14th if i do this?

  • Anonymous


  • John Doran

    So can anyone comment on how easy it is to switch phones on your account… for example, I buy the D3 now to replace my OG and when something better comes along (Bionic, GS2, ???) I buy that on my wife’s plan, which is shared with mine, to replace her Ally… then activate the D3 on her number and activate the new hotness on mine.

    Is that scenario possible? Or am I somehow screwing up my contract on the D3 by doing that?

    • Mike Lampasone

      Very easy for VZW to do.  Just a simple hardware swap, shouldn’t take a competent employee any more than 5 minutes to do.

    • Telephoneteck

      You can do it yourself at Verizon’s website, pretty easy.

    • John Doran

      Perfect. Thank you both for the response!

  • John Doran

    So can anyone comment on how easy it is to switch phones on your account… for example, I buy the D3 now to replace my OG and when something better comes along (Bionic, GS2, ???) I buy that on my wife’s plan, which is shared with mine, to replace her Ally… then activate the D3 on her number and activate the new hotness on mine.

    Is that scenario possible? Or am I somehow screwing up my contract on the D3 by doing that?

  • But seriously, what is up with reusing the DROID 2 eye for the D3?

  • Not really too concerned with the lack of 4G at the moment. This will be a nice upgrade from my D2 (which likes to freeze after every phone call).  I am looking forward to the bigger screen, 5 row keyboard, and duel processor. I want one as soon as it becomes available!

  • Kunte Kinte


    After it is completely rooted and a nice variety of custom de-Blurred roms are available for it.   Until then my OG Droid will continue to suit me just fine.   

  • “Specs are as we’ve known all along: no LTE”

    There are no words to express my rage.

  • Anonymous

    Bootloader, Blur, LTE.. whatever, this phone will ROCK! and I will purchase it as soon as its out!!
    Seriously people, get off the Anit-Blur Bandwagon and shut up! put on ADW Launcher and stop pissing me off in this AWESOME Droid-Life forum.

  • Anonymous

    hey what does direct-fill mean and does that mean i can buy it at my verizion corporate store on the 7th

    • Anonymous

      i want it nowah but the 7th isnt to bad 

  • Thanks fpr the update, GF has had upgrade for 4 months now but needs a physical keyboard…VZW has been very lacking in that department..doesnt care about lte either

  • Waiting until Verizon makes a 4G version of this phone. {{-_-}}

  • Anonymous

    i want an lte phone but my og droid is falling apart…its still strong but its lost some of its ooomph… i need some youtube walk throughs of this phone to see if i can deal with blur… granted if a phone i want comes out in 6 months i’ll sell this on ebay and trade up…i want the nexus 3 thats for damn sure but not sure if verizon will allow it on its network. such a tough choice wait for winter or upgrade in a couple of weeks?

  • DroidTre

    I really would have wanted this phone even if it has blur but I can’t commit to a new phone that I’ll be stuck with for 2 years if it doesn’t have LTE. What a tease!

  • Anonymous

    Hell no


  • IM SO GETTNG ONE!!!!!! prefered HTC but i aint got forever!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Blur=No Sale

    • Anonymous

      It is not Blur anymore, it is Motorola Application Platform, so hate on that, if you will, because D3 has no Blur… LOL!!

    • Anonymous

      You can’t call this blur anymore, it’s nothing like the old blur software. Whine more.

  • 0mie

    BTW, you can order online/over the phone Wednesday 9PM PST and have it at your door Friday morning…you can also pick it up in some stores, they will start getting shipments on Tuesday. A few stores already have the devices and it’s up to the Manager if they want to sell them.

  • 0mie

    Can I say I told you so…..like 2 months ago? 😉

  • If this phone had LTE and NO qHD display it would kill! Now it just dies.

  • Anonymous

    Could we assume that it has Android 2.3.4 with front facing camera though?

    • Anonymous

      It’s 2.3.3 with an ffc.

  • Gmbeyer7

    Galaxy s2 please

  • Upr0ck1718

    droid bionic just cleared FCC via android central whoot whoot

    • Anonymous

      hasnt it done that before?

      • Upr0ck1718

        Not sure has it?

        • Anonymous

          i remember back at the begining of the year there were a few stories on it… just googled it and the stories were updated the devices seemed to be xoom’s not bionics.

    • Anonymous

      Wasn’t confirmed to be the Bionic, was it?  I was hoping it was the Function even though people aren’t expecting it to have LTE =(.  I can hope though.

      • Not confirmed. But it was a Motorola phone with support for Verizon 3G and LTE. So yeah…….

  • Worst. Exclusive. Ever. For a device that no one wants.

    • Anonymous

      You’re an idiot.

  • Stryker_kun

    I’m actually excited about checking this phone out. I’ve loved my OG and ready to upgrade as it’s been beaten to death.  The lack of 4G is a killing but the physical keyboard is a must for me. I’ll check it out in the store before I make any actual decisions on it. Hopefully the screen complains won’t be as bad in person as they are via some reviews.

  • Andrew Schrauth

    what does Direct fill mean?

    • FormerVZEmp

      Fancy way of saying order and ship from a warehouse. Probably to gauge how much attention the phone will get before they start sending a ton to the stores.

  • man,I wish this phone had LTE

  • Chad


  • if this were LTE, it would no doubt be my next phone…but alas i keep waiting…

  • I think it is time for me to upgrade from my Droid. I will purchase it out right. I don’t want another two year contract.

  • Unexpected62

    what the hell is direct fill?

    • short for “Direct Fulfill”…you can get the upgrade in store and they send you the phone in the mail.

      • Calvin Singh

        Does the phone come on the 14th or later?

        • Anonymous

          You usually get it about a day before the stores do.

  • Man, no LTE? Blur wouldn’t be that big of a deal if it was LTE. Looks like an awesome phone though. Motorola should really look back and base the D3 off it’s grand-dad with vanilla Android and everything unlocked and dev friendly. Even if it wasnt LTE but unlocked and such I would seriously consider it. Oh well. Whats next on our list…

  • FortitudineVincimus

    So, how long before we can expect the “clarification” stories on this? 

  • Javier Esquivel


    • Anonymous

      Just passed through FCC!!

  • max

    yaaaaa that looks alot better than my d2 but hopefully it will be an unlocked bootloader

  • Bryan York


    • Ryancooper143

      512….. 🙁

  • InCogNeato

    And off to bestbuy i go to upgrade early so i get a my unlimited plan. YAY ME

  • so… i’m confused.  can i get the phone on the 7th or do i have to wait till the 14th?

  • nessa

    wait verizon exclusive? best buy wont have it on the 14th??!!

    what is direct fill?

    • Sced06

      All these people insisting on LTE should read all the reviews on LTE Phones.  Tons of problems, much worse battery life and all 4.3 and bigger.  I’ll be happy to get an LTE phone in 2 years when all the bugs have been worked out.

  • Guest

    why would anyone buy this device.  no unlimited data, no LTE, locked bootloader, shitty screen

    • Anonymous

      people not in a 4g area or don’t want to spend 250+ on a phone. Now lets get more info on the bionic!!

    • Anonymous

      Unlimited data if you have service w/ VZ before the 7th

    • Anonymous

      I got a good long look at an Atrix today and you people whining about the screen are little crybabies.  It looks fine, text is very readable.

      Furthermore, we don’t know if this has a locked bootloader.

  • Anonymous

    People are understandably upset with what this phone represents… but I, personally, am probably gonna get it. It suits my needs. Hopefully Costco’ll get it in stock pretty quickly!

    • I agree, I may end up getting this as well since I’d like a device with a decent keyboard.

      • Anonymous

        Ya, this may make a nice phone for the kids. They don’t really need a nicer phone.

  • I’mRIGHTyou’reWRONG

    Verizon still has not released one 2011 worthy phone.

    • I know, instead they rape you with tiered data prices and last gen tech

    • leathernuts

      yeah they did- the iPHone!  

      • Anonymous

        LOL, ifone… wrong forum dude!

      • Ozzzy3z

        Yeah, but I’m a dude and don’t want a chick phone.

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  • Anonymous

    There’s no comments because no one gives a rats ass about this blur infested, locked bootloader, no LTE device. Sorry, had to get that off my chest.


    • DieRogueDie

      uh… I give a rats ass about it.  No LTE where I live, and not coming in the foreseeable future.  Upgrading from a Samsung Rogue, so ANYTHING is better than what I have.  Loves me my physical keyboard, and hopefully the new Blur won’t be horrible, but as I said, I don’t know any better coming from the phone I’ve got now.  Wanted the Bionic, but it’s just too big for me, maybe I’ll be become okay with something that size by my next upgrade.

      • yea i need to get this phone because i want the keyboard and my power button on my og droid doesnt work any more. hahahaha

    • I care about it, it’s a whole lot better than my Ev3.  And I don’t need 4G speeds. There’s wifi practically everywhere I go.  My home, school, church, work, etc. And I really prefer to have a keypad and this one looks amazing!

    • I care about it, it’s a whole lot better than my Ev3.  And I don’t need 4G speeds. There’s wifi practically everywhere I go.  My home, school, church, work, etc. And I really prefer to have a keypad and this one looks amazing!