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New Verizon MAP Released, Both Galaxy Nexus and HTC Rezound Appear at $299

The new Verizon MAP (minimum advertised list) is out and it includes two devices you have all been waiting for. First, you’ll see the Samsung Galaxy Nexus dropping in at a minimum price of $299 (contract price of course) followed by the HTC Rezound at that same $299 level. Those are pretty standard for all of Verizon’s big 4G LTE devices at this point, so not really surprising. The thing we’ll be watching for now is the full retail. If they match up to the Bionic, we could see them around $589.

The other thing to note here is the “MAP Period” beginning date of 11/10. That isn’t necessarily a launch date, but would be sort of surprised to see the phone launch before it can be advertised at a minimum price. Previous rumors pegged both devices anywhere from the 20th of October up to the 3rd of November. Might want to consider the idea that we won’t see either until the 10th now. That’s not official by any means, but wouldn’t be surprised.

Cheers ___!

  • Anonymous

    so what if best buy has an exclusive for a week. verizon cant start selling it till its up bam we get nov 3 as anticipated in that poem. im hoping im right bc i cant stand to wait that long.

    • Anonymous

      the thunderbolt was “exclusive” to best buy and verizon still had it come launch day. I think it is just exclusive for 3rd party retailers(bestbuy)

  • http://twitter.com/dcdevito Dominick C DeVito

    Perhaps the Nov 3rd date is for preorder?? In any event, glad to see things are moving along. 

    Unless of course Google and Samsung decide to postpone the event out of respect of Dennis Ritchie’s passing. :-)

  • GotSka81

    Does this debunk the idea that the Galaxy Nexus would be a Best Buy exclusive?  Why would VZW have a MAP for a product they don’t carry?

  • Booboolala2000

    SSSSSweet. If the Nexus hits at $589 it won’t cost me a dime. Selling my D3 and Droid Charge on ebay, should get a total of $600 – $650 for them.

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      seller and paypal fees will cost you at least $75

  • BionicCommando4231

    If you don’t like the price, don’t buy a top-tier phone OR wait a bit until the price drops, which they always do fairly quickly.

    Compare this to the 64GB iFail4S at 399. How fast will that price fall? The 32 gb iF4 was 299 a month ago.

    VZW will charge what they can for the phones. Gotta pay to play.

  • Anonymous

    Where is the Razr?

  • Anonymous

    $300 is fine, but that release date sucks.  I was seriously hoping to take this phone on my 11/4 trip.

    • Sporty

      I hear ya. We’re headed up to Minneapolis next weekend and was hoping to get the Rezound/Vigor/Inc HD whatever it’s called. Was supposed to hit on the 20th….so much for that….

  • Tomgillotti

    I’ll take the 10th! I might actually be around to purchase it then… I’m “away” right now and won’t be able to see it on day one if it drops in October or even on the third. Let’s go 10th!! (But no later!)

    Samsung Galaxy Nexus!

  • Anonymous

    If I die of old age before this thing comes out, nobody gets my money.

  • Anonymous

    Apparently trolls love the taste of Ice Cream Sandwiches

  • Earleepa

    I’ll wait till they both show up in letstalk.com’s inventory.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

    Its only worth what were willing to pay for it and im willing to pay $300 for some  reason

  • Anonymous

    Why? I just want this freakin phone my og droid is on its deathbed. Please Verizon/Google take my money. I feel like tweak from south park while waiting for this phone. and after little tidbit of news it gets worse.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KTGKBDMFNMTHTXUT3ILVEUOKEE matts

      It’s more like Cartman waiting for the Wii for me.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know if the Nexus will be both CDMA and GSM? Global capabilities would be awesome.

    • Bionic

      No sorry its not a global phone

  • Sp4rxx

    Where’s the RAZR?  It’s not on that list?

  • http://www.facebook.com/japultra Jason Nguyen

    We all know Verizon can price these phones at $199. They think that just because these phones are 4G that they can price them at this price point. And we are the suckers who will pay for it. 3G phones were priced at a retail that was THE SAME as these 4G phones, yet their subsidized price was $199. So… WTF?

  • Anonymous

    I doubt verizon would launch them both on the same day. Could it be that the g-nex will launch earlier as a best buy exclusive and then come to verizon on the 10th? I’ve heard rumors it might be a bb exclusive for a period of time, and we’ve also heard firm leaks about g-nex on the 3rd. This might be a way to reconcile those disparate rumors. I hope so at least.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dawhyte86 David Whyte

    Could be a possibility it launches as a Best Buy exclusive for a couple weeks before hitting Verizon. Hasn’t that happened before with phones launching to 3rd party before Verizon actually gets it?

    • Bionic

      No way in hell verizon lets it go to BB first.  sorry dude

  • Adammogk

    I’m eligible for new every two on Oct 22, and I have been looking forward to it since Oct 23rd of last year, considering I’ve been suffering with the droid eris for the last 24 months. It’ll be tough for me to wait the extra few weeks for either of these phones to be released, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it in the long run!

  • http://www.facebook.com/BlakeO Blake Power Surge Ourso

    Didn’t verizon cancel the 1 year upgrades and then follow it up with statements and trends of phones costing less money to the end users?  What end users are we referring to?  People who sign new 2 year contracts coming from AT&T?

    • Anonymous

      no they took away 1 year contracts because they said it would be less confusing for the customer.

  • Anonymous

    tiny.cc/qcfnd

  • Anonymous

    Mid to low end devices are typically absent from MAP pricing. I work for an Indirect Verizon Agent.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone else curious about this leak.  I just don’t feel like they would release 2 big phones like this on the same day.  I have a feeling we’ll see the Rezound first, then the Nexus later. 

  • LiterofCola

    Killing me that ill have to wait almost another month to upgrade from my og droid.

  • Anonymous

    Time to take out a second mortage

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    It shows the Bionic’s launch date as Sept, 8th, which is exactly when it actually did launch.  I’d say we have a real launch date for the Nexus now, the 10th of November.

    • Anonymous

      The Rhyme’s launch date was also 9/29. I was hoping 11/3 would’ve been the date :( oh well – still soon.

  • Jasonharris42

    About what I figured unfortunately…

  • Anonymous

    I was really excited about the Nexus then I saw that it may not have an microsd card slot. I’m not sure I can get past that. I just bought a 32gb card and I’m gonna want to use it. I’d consider the Razr if the bootloader would be unlocked but I know that’s not going to happen.

  • http://twitter.com/Scotty_Braun Scotty Braun

    This looks fake to me..  why wouldn’t the Stratosphere and any other products be on that if it was real?? 

    • Anonymous

      because usually mid and low range devices aren’t shown on map

  • nxusnow

    I think the nexus should have been 350.00, just sayin.

    • Anonymous

      no

    • Bear0013

      Up yours buddy! …just saying

    • Anonymous

      Shut up

  • Alucard9114

    Not a Thursday most likely a ruff draft until announcement.  

    • Noble Four

      Check again. The tenth is in fact a Thursday.

  • TheDave

    What about BBYM first, then goes to Verizon a few weeks later?

  • Anonymous

    a damn. day before skyrim release date? vigor and nexus released the same day?

    • Alucard9114

      new phone and skyrim sweet

      • Anonymous

        hell yes

        • Cheuh!

          +3

      • Drewfus0929

        And Megadeth album.

  • Justreboot

    Ha my upgrade date is 11-11-11 its a sign :) happy binary day

    • Anonymous

      So is my wedding day. Sounds like a great wedding gift. I gotta tell the soon to be wife.

      • Anonymous

        Lol. I can just imagine your bride on your wedding night… “Honey, put the phone down already and come to bed!”

        • Anonymous

          Haha… true. But I then have a week in sunny Cancun of nothing but Sex, Drinks and Food so hopefully I can get some phone time in while she is sunning at the pool.

          • Peter Kelly

            Ah.. the hope of the soon-to-be-married.

            I hope you got a two year contract :)

            Truly, congrats.

    • Drewfus0929

      So not only can you upgrade your phone, but you can play Skyrim and listen to the new Megadeth album! Sounds like the best day ever.

  • Anonymous

    Would have preferred it come sooner, but I’ll take a nice birthday Nexus!

  • CharlieBukkits

    I personally think it would be a bad business idea for the Rezound and the Galaxy Nexus to be released the same day. Seems like a really bad plan and will severely divide the market. I am still holding out hope for an October 27 release date for the G-Nex. I bet we find out Tuesday late night!

  • Anonymous

    The Bionic launched on 9/8 so if the Galaxy Nexus follows the same pattern it should be available on 11/10.

  • Anonymous

    I fully expected the Galaxy Nexus to be $300.  It’s a 4G device with state of the art specs, plus the first Android 4.0 device.  I’m just glad it’s not more than that.  The Droid Charge was NOT worth $300, but this phone will be.

    • Anonymous

      None of them are worth $300 on a two year contract. The phones are about $200 overpriced as it is full retail.

      • Anonymous

        agreeed

      • DBK

        Considering the tech these phones carry, I’m surprised we aren’t paying more for them.

        And to be honest, the phones coming out now (post-Bionic) are definitely worth it. The phones that came out beginning of the year, not so much.

        • Anonymous

          I have to agree here.  These are very high end devices that are coming out.  I don’t think the Bionic was worth the $299 (Obviously neither did anyone else since it’s price has dropped like a rock) but these phones that are coming out are top of the line and are feature rich. 

          Are we probably getting worked over by the big corporations?  Most likely.  But that’s honestly the name of the game.  We’re willing to pay it, so they’re willing to set the price high.  I think both the Rezound and the Nexus are worth $300.  Either one will last 2 years easily and that is pretty much unheard of in the tech world as most of you know. 

          Try building custom computers, by the time you receive the boxes from the stores, the product is out of date.  And their prices don’t drop nearly as quick as cell phones do.  You can wait a month after a phone release and get it $50-100 less, which is a nearly 33% price reduction.  That’s really unheard of anywhere else.  I can’t think of anything else in the tech world that drops in price so quickly. 

          That allows people to use that to their advantage, if you can’t afford, or don’t wish to pay $300 for a top of the line device, wait 30 days and pay a lot less.

          In the end, it’s your call.

          • DBK

            Agreed. People need to realize that this is (currently) top of the line tech. It probably costs a little more to make/market/distribute them then what they actually charge (although it’s most likely about the same). Expecting (and sometimes demanding) to pay what you would pay for a calculator or keyboard for this level of tech is ridiculous (and shows how cheap you are).

            And lets not forget that not to long ago (or ages ago if you are a tech head) we were paying this much for the OG Droid and the other first gen droids/androids (and they aren’t even in the same league as these phones). If you factor in inflation, then we should actually be paying MORE than what we actually are. So instead of bichen and complaining, start saving up now for said phones if you really want them and don’t wait till the last minute.

          • Pdxfrolfer

            Hell, I remember paying almost 2 bills for my Nokia 6500. 300 every 2 for top of the line is easy.

          • Anonymous

            The rezound does not worth 300 nexus, droid razor and bionic yea. Rezound has old gpu and bad battery life.

          • Anonymous

            English fail.

            I love how you know the Rezound has poor battery life, when we haven’t seen one review or even a leak suggesting what you’ve said.

          • Anonymous

            Your English failed :) the rezound will suck grammar nazi.

          • Manatti

            I wanna know how the Bionic is not close to spec with the Galaxy Nexus..? (apart from Ice cream sandwich)

          • Anonymous

            I was mostly talking about the huge difference in screen and camera quality.  Two areas where the Bionic fall severely short.  The Prime will be clocked higher, but it shouldn’t make a large difference and they have the same amount of memory.  The difference is, what they’re able to do with the specs, aka, HD screen, much better camera and as you said, a newer OS.

        • Anonymous

          I feel all lte devices are worth 300. 200 is a steal.

      • Anonymous

        Can u please say it again! Wait I’ll say it for you. No phone is worth that much! +1111

      • Ravnos CC

        Wait a month, $99… 2 months, $49, or 1 cent… but tiered data, maybe 2 year renewals will drop to $120ish, if you have a loyalty credit… or go through wirefly and f’ shit up ;-)

        • Sporty

          How long has the Charge been out and it JUST dropped in price recently. It isn’t goin down to $99 in a month,that you can bet on. It’ll take quite awhile to drop price seriously. The Bionic came down because it wasn’t selling well. These you can bet WILL be….

          • Anonymous

            The Bionic hasn’t come down either, it’s still $300 at Verizon and I believe $220 to $250 at Amazon unless you’re a new customer.

          • Ravnos CC

            well I guess a 27% drop in price isn’t worth the wait :P

          • Anonymous

            The Bionic has been out for like a month, the Charge has been out for….4 months? More?  I dunno, I don’t pay attention to Samsung products that aren’t TVs or computer monitors.

          • Anonymous

            Your point being…what exactly?  He said the Bionic came down in price, that’s not true.

      • Anonymous

        Well a lot of people are still buying them at that price over cheaper phones so apparently they are worth it.

      • Anonymous

        I had a bunch of meaningful stuff to say in response, then I remembered you are just a troll who rarely has anything worthwhile to say.

        • Anonymous

          Oh another witless wonder calling me a troll, I’m so hurt…..

    • http://profiles.google.com/staticx57 staticx57 is the best at every

      Lets be honest, by far from what I have read, the galaxy nexus is most likely inferior to the rezound in more ways than it is better. Both will get ICS and the only thing it has on the rezound is the AMOLED. I am actually kind of dissapointed thus far.

      What I am trying to say is that none of these devices are killer devices. Each one has just one thing wrong that another phone does better. I’d easily pay for a true superphone but each one is just a step or two away from being it.

  • http://twitter.com/James_C_L James C. L.

    I really think the Most you should be paying for a phone on contract is $249, and even that’s another.

    Just lookbat tmobile, sprints, and at&t’s gs2 and amaze…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1478220487 Chris Spearman

    I’ll be buying it either way since it’ll be one of the longer-lasting android phones since cyanogenmod should keep it updated for the foreseeable future. Here’s to hoping amazon wireless offers it for 250 or less like they did the bionic!

  • Anonymous

    Ding…ding….ding……FIGHT!

  • Noble Four

    I hate you. Totally ruined my weekend. Though a new phone the day before Skyrim would be nice.

  • MOTOX

    hmm, if its 300…maybe the new wireless beats? lol, never know but probably not… :( it’l get ice cream sandwhich eventually though and it has good specs so id buy it over the nexus…or buy both…

  • 6895533

    oh ya 1st

  • Anonymous

    Can someone tell me why does Verizon always try to get $300 for these phones on contract? Paying those high monthly cell phone bills isn’t enough? Geez!!

    • Crazydog

      THE FOUR GEES COST A HUNDRED DOLLARS!

      But seriously, at $200, me buying the Galaxy Nexus was a done deal. Now I have to think. Especially ’cause there’s no 4G where I live.

      • Peter Kelly

        “THE FOUR GEES COST A HUNDRED DOLLARS!”

        Isn’t that $25 a G?  And isn’t a G $1000?  Sounds like a bargain!

    • Anonymous

      I’d happily pay an extra $100 up front for a 4G LTE phone than pay an extra $10 a month for 2+ years.

      • http://MobileTechSpot.Blogspot.com Webmaster

        Yeah well…. 90% of people cant get unlimited plans when they are new to Verizon, on the other hand every living soul can opt to use the Simply Everything Plus Plan and save 10$ a month off of their sprint bill essentially nullifying that 10 dollar fee forever. Not only that, but they get unlimited data for their trouble on a network that will also have LTE starting in 2012. I love Verizon, but they seem to have gotten so much success that they are completely moving away from recruitment mode. They aren’t competitive in pricing, in tiers nor in subsidized phone costs at all. They are charging the highest of all the US carriers in every category except text messaging.

        Its like they don’t care anymore, and have stopping trying.

        • http://www.facebook.com/borgey401 Andrew Borges

          I understand what you’re saying but nobody is holding a gun to your head saying “zomg you muzt stay wit Verizon or you die!”. But like I said before I guess I would be a little upset if I didn’t have unlimited 4G data for 30 a month….. I’ve been on Verizon for 11 years so far and I do see them kind of going in the direction you speak of.

        • http://twitter.com/GeekforGoogle Brandon Sikes

          But you are neglecting the fact that any phone you buy right now for Sprint will not work on it’s LTE network when it does come out. Not only that but the spectrum they are using for their LTE is apparently horrible for building penetration. There is also still plenty of time for Sprint to change things for the LTE launch, like get rid of unlimited data, which I’m sure they’ll do eventually to appease the Apple gods.

          • http://MobileTechSpot.Blogspot.com Webmaster

            The info you are speaking of is outdated, the spectrum they are using will have building penetration on par with big red, that wont be a problem with them. But that’s really irrelevant. I’m with Verizon now as they have the best network and I am also grandfathered into unlimited data, its just hard to sort of recommend them to anyone not grandfathered like me. I mean, can they at least drop the month to month a little bit? Do they have to be the most expensive in every category and have the most expensive phones? Its just a bit much is all, stuff like this is opening a door for the other networks to catch up. And there’s no reason for them to do that.

          • Drewfus0929

            Ummmm…. No. Sprint announced LTE in the 1900 MHZ spectrum. High frequency does not penetrate as well as low frequency does. Big Red 700 MHZ> Sprint 1900 MHZ.

          • http://MobileTechSpot.Blogspot.com Webmaster

            Actually Sprint announced 1900 MHZ spectrum for mid 2012 with a shift to 800 MHZ and will move CDMA traffic off its 800 MHZ to the 1900 MHz spectrum to make way for the LTE band starting in late 2012 early 2013 which, like I said, will have just as good penetration as big red. This information is terribly easy to find. You need only google it.

          • Drewfus0929

            Sorry but that’s two+ years away. That’s a full 2 year plan, which most people think in terms of plan time. Saying Sprint has just as good of penetration as Big Red is very misleading, especially when it takes 2 years to get even within the same ballpark. 700>800, as well as being in place for 2+ years.

          • Anonymous

            So he proved you wrong and instead of acknowledging it you simply try to come up other crap to put in the mix.

          • http://MobileTechSpot.Blogspot.com Webmaster

            I was going to reply and ask why exactly you are changing the subject. Nothing you said in this reply refutes any of the facts I presented, but it looks like Swan has already pointed that out to you, so I will leave it alone and just accept that empty response of yours as the end of our little discussion.

            Try and remember that me, and 99% of the rest of us posting on “Droid Life” are Verizon subscribers, you don’t need to preach to us about who has LTE right now and 2 years from now, I have the service, I have a Droid Charge. I posted a few facts about another carriers service, and you got hot under the collar jumped to conclusions. I backed up every single thing I said, and you haven’t refuted any of it. No need to go on the attack here buddy, we are all on the same team.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Alexander-Thacker/597252629 John Alexander Thacker

          “Its like they don’t care anymore, and have stopping trying.”

          No, if there were losing customers rapidly and doing nothing about it, it would be like they weren’t caring and had stopped trying.  They aren’t, they’re doing just fine.

          What they’re doing is successfully selling the idea that their network is a premium product that they can charge premium prices for.  You might think that their network isn’t worth it, in which case you should be on Sprint or whomever, but they’ve successfully convinced a lot of people that “It’s the Network.”

          Do you think that BMW and Mercedes “don’t care anymore, and have stopped trying” because they manage to charge more for their cars than other cars that also get you from point A to point B?  Do you think that Apple “doesn’t care anymore” because it charges premium prices?

        • Anonymous

          I could opt for the Spring simply everything plan; however, I can get LTE speeds where I live from Verizon.  I can’t get WiMax speeds from Sprint (or HSPA+ on AT&T).  I highly doubt I will see Sprint LTE coverage in my area either.  I am willing to pay more for better coverage and right now the best coverage for me is Verizon.  AT&T would be second and Sprint would be a FAR 3rd.  

      • Anonymous

        What are you doing crackhead math? How is $100 up front better than paying $10 more a month, when verizon plans are way more expensive that Sprint’s in the first place. In the long run over a two yr period you will pay way more for your plan on Verizon than I ever will on Sprint!

        But hey you will happily pay an extra $100 up front.

        • Anonymous

          $240 vs $100

          • Anonymous

            Lol, math pwn

        • Anonymous

          I’m not arguing Sprint vs. Verizon plans, I’m saying Verizon could have easily said (just as Sprint did) that if you want 4G you have to pay an extra $10 a month, but they didn’t. Instead they said 4G costs the same as 3G but some of our 4G phones will cost a little extra up front, which is fine by me.

        • andrew

          TMan nobody wants to hear you troll this lovely verizon site. Go troll on a sprint site or better yet go hang yourself.

      • Anonymous

        Upfront or not, u still pay more than me on Sprint. Just on a monthly bill alone.

        • http://twitter.com/OptimusIM Olatunji

          I pay 54.63 on my monthly verizon bill with the OG *Troll*

          • Anonymous

            Wow, someone is mad and lying! Calm down young blood it’s not that serious. Don’t have a stroke over this.

          • http://www.facebook.com/Thismikeisapipebomb Michael Hilmer

            39.99 for 450 minutes, 0 for text messaging since anybody on Verizon with half a brain should be using Google Voice for SMS, and another 30 for unlimited data.  69.99 base, plus an 18% Illinois State Employee discount gets me to 56 and some change.  I can’t complain about that, and while Sprint has a discount, it’s much less than Verizon’s, plus they still want me to pay 10 bucks a month for a 4G fee.

          • Papoose34238

            if only google voice had a better notification system, then i would definitely do the same. the notifications i get for texts through google voice seem to always be delayed. i usually seem to get notifications for texts that are sent back to back, but if i get a text a couple of minutes later, i don’t get notified until about an hour later. i’m on an OG droid running GB so it could be that the app keeps getting killed and thus, killing the notification. has anyone had this problem? is it not that much of an issue for newer phones that have more RAM?

          • Anonymous

            I pay 290-310 a month. The difference in price is because of 411 calls. I have 3 smart phones on my account. One is on the corporate email package so it is 45 a month. The other 2 phones are on unlimited data. I have a Xoom and a iPad 2 on 1gb plan. I have 1400 minutes and unlimited texting. I pay a lot to Verizon but I will never leave them. The service is just to good.

          • Anonymous

            GV is shit and unreliable and you can’t get anything done without a data connection

          • http://twitter.com/deadly_v2 Jeff Stewart

            1500min unl txt unl data ringback tonesand insurance on my phone end cost $19.62 with indirect agent plan.

          • Bioniccommando4231

            I pay 125/ mo for two lines on fam plan. 700 mins, no sms, two data lines. GVoice works great for me. Fast even with people on other networks. Gtalk is useful too.
            Dont need many mins as everyone is o n vzw, so m2m is free. Work discount too.

            Plus I actually get reception everywhere, unlike other carriers.

          • Silly Chicken

            Wow! How did you manage to get so low?

          • Trdracer21

            me 2 actually 65.22 discounts man discount i think u get discount for AAA

        • Anonymous

          And I get true 4G in 90% of my travel area.

          • Anonymous

            how many times does it drop back to 3g and vice versa?

            *troll face*

          • Anonymous

            That is pretty much impossible since no U.S. carrier has “True 4G” that meets ITU-R 4G speed requirements.  

          • Anonymous

            Okay let’s get off the “true 4G” BS.

            Truth 1: Verizon has the fastest network currently available to consumers.
            Truth 2: HSPA+ is capable of speeds faster then LTE currently, BUT it is NOT utilized by any company. Therefore Truth 1 still holds. This still does not mean that LTE can’t be faster than it’s current speed.
            Truth 3: No company has true 4G, so bringing that up when Verizon currenlty does have the fastest network is useless and irrelevant and annoying. 4G, 3.5G freakin XGLTVZE; what ever you want to call it, Verizon’s is still the fastest.

            So until someone else actually has true 4G speeds, shut it.

      • Anonymous

        People are cheap. I bet they don’t complain when they spend 1000 on a trip.

    • Naergoth

      Why do people complain about $300 on an android phone, but have zero problems paying the same amount or more for an iphone?

      • Anonymous

        I wouldn’t know, I don’t and won’t own a iPhone!

        • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

          But you’re missing out on Siri.

          • Anonymous

            Siri is overrated and a thing of the past. People won’t use it no way.

          • Drewfus0929

            I agree with it being over-rated, but my guess is that it will be utilized by the older generation, who is unable to adapt to most technology interfaces as well as young people who grew up with technology. The one thing older people know how to do well is talk. Only place I can see it being useful is when driving.

          • Sporty

            No 4g means no iPhone…..enuff said…

          • Anonymous

            Not everyone is in a 4G coverage area and it does affect battery life.  It is an emerging technology, something Apple does not dabble in.  If you were expecting this iteration of the iPhone to include 4G then you set yourself up for a hard fall. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Alexander-Thacker/597252629 John Alexander Thacker

            Yes, Apple chose not to release an iPhone with 4G because in order to do so they’d have to sacrifice form factor (especially thinness) and battery life.  This is because Apple uses the same chips for their radios as everyone else in the business.

            It’s their decision, and it makes sense since design is such a big part of the Apple appeal.  But it’s no surprise that some users, if not all, do really care about LTE speeds and choose to go to other phones that have it.

            Different solutions are right for different people.

          • Anonymous

            But if Google released it it would be the next best thing since sliced bread. 

          • Bioniccommando4231

            Yea.. bc android phones never get flamed here, other than those couple thousand times.

          • Anonymous

            Not to the degree and regularity that Apple and the iPhone do.  People go out of there way, include Kellex, to mention Apple and the iPhone.  I expect some flamming as this is Droid-Life, but it is seriously dragging down this site.

          • Anonymous

            I honestly feel like the Bionic gets flamed way harder than any Apple product here.

          • Anonymous

            Maybe slightly more than most Android powered phones but no where near the degree that the iPhone does.

          • Anonymous

            I’d be really interested in seeing the numbers.  The iPhone gets mentioned on occasion, but the Bionic gets flamed on any article that mentions Android, DROID, Motorola, the Galaxy Nexus Prime 2000, bootloaders, any polls that are posted, and of course…Bionic posts.

          • Bioniccommando4231

            +1. Esp considering this is a Droid site…

            We have the top end Droid constantly bashed, and the one phone not completely flamed is a Nexus, not a Droid. So if Apple gets an occasional roasting, you can hardly be shocked. Dont come here if you are just going to whine about it.

          • Anonymous

            Can’t wait until Android gets to the “S” iteration of the OS.

          • Anonymous

            There is no S iteration of iOS.  Fail. 

          • Anonymous

            I was talking about the “s” iteration of Android being called sliced bread. ifan troll fail…?

          • Anonymous

            Sliced bread sounds like a pretty crappy dessert. 

          • Anonymous

            I feel the iphone is very behind, but the operating system works good.

          • Anonymous

            Works well*

          • Anonymous

            android needs to step it up :)

          • Anonymous

            ? I was commenting on your misuse of the english language.  You do realize it’s apparent to all of us that you are either…a troll who is foreign or; a troll who is illiterate.

          • Anonymous

            ohh i dont care about that lol. You could be a tranny or a fatso for all i know. I know two languages. How many languages do you know? go back to your sofa and finish eating your ice cream grammar nazi :)

          • Anonymous

            I could be, but I’m not.  I know two languages.  I’m also lactose intolerant, so no ice cream for me. :( 

          • Anonymous

            Go buy cialis so your wife will not leave you :) you only know English, stop inventing stuffs.

          • LiterofCola

            Angelface’s known dialects include: Bad English and nonsense

          • EC8CH

            HA!

          • Anonymous

            Mock it if you want, but Siri and Apple are ushering in an age where voice commands and integration will be more natural than yelling a set of predetermined words/phrases at your phone.  This site posted over a dozen stories mentioning Siri and most definitely posted a story offering Siri alternatives on Android so let’s not act like it is a drop in the bucket.  If it wasn’t important, useless, or no one would use it anyway why bother to go through all of that? Would you be offering the same sarcastic quip if Google had released Siri? We both know the answer to that.

          • Anonymous

            Siri is excellent technology, but like you said Android has had Siri alternatives for a while now.  Also beyond “Hey check this out” Siri is not going to be used regularly by most i*hone users.  BTW at least when I speak to Google Maps I can get turn by turn spoken directions.  I have an app on my phone that notifies me of text messages, reads them to me, and allows me to speak a reply back.  Just because Siri is breaking technology for Apple doesn’t mean it hasn’t been done before.  

          • Anonymous

            And how do you know it isn’t going to be used regularly?  I’d let things play out before declaring Siri a novelty.  After all, the 4S has only been available for 2 days.  There are equivalents but nothing quite matches the ease of use and integration of Siri, plus it is Apple backed.

      • http://androiddelight.com/ Audio

        Apple users are used to overpaying for a logo.

        • Papoose34238

          i couldnt have said it better myself

        • Anonymous

          You really wish this was true. 

      • Anonymous

        iPhones are only $200 on contract…

        • Anonymous

          Exactly, overpriced!  They make these phones for $200 with left over parts/engineering from last year.   Same goes for the ipad.  

        • Naergoth

          For a 16gb. 32? $299. 64? $399. So please tell the whole story, not just partial.

          • Anonymous

            Like how you left out the fact that there is a $199 iPhone.  So please tell the whole story, not just partial.

          • Naergoth

            ok fan boi.. go troll elsewhere. I stated 16gb in response to $200. Reading comprehension for the win. Try it sometime.

          • Anonymous

            After you got called out on it.  Fanboy indeed. 

          • Anonymous

            No, he was right.  Guy says iPhone is 200, he points out that it runs as high as 400.  You get bent out of shape defending it and mock a random user with a username straight out of AOL. 

            Nice try though. 

          • Anonymous

            “Why do people complain about $300 on an android phone, but have zero
            problems paying the same amount or more for an iphone?”

            The most popular iteration of the iPhone is the 16 GB, which costs $199.  His comment was disingenuous at best.

            Bent out of shape?  Exaggerate much?  Now we are resorting to usernames?  Yeah, you have absolutely nothing TechDeft (awful). 

          • Anonymous

            Ha, says richlizard24. 

            A) Naergoth was responding to someone who implied that all iPhone’s cost 200
            B) He referenced the prices of the two iPhones that are more expensive
            C) I was referring to CHRIS2034720934720348, not you
            D) Yes, you are bent of out shape about it; you are defending a point with no ground, mocking people and the amount of friends they have, and calling people fanboys in a derogatory manner
            E) His comment is only disingenuous if taken out of context..i.e., you ignore the fact that someone stated what you are claiming he disregarded literally less than a 1/4 inch above his comment
            F) I like my username, your horribly constructed insult(? I think it was an insult) doesn’t bother me

          • Anonymous

            A) His original comment was a reply to this, “Can someone tell me why does Verizon always try to get $300 for these
            phones on contract? Paying those high monthly cell phone bills isn’t
            enough? Geez!!”, which doesn’t mention the iPhone at all.
            B) A majority of iPhone buyers choose the lower priced 16 GB model.  This tells you that price is a factor so his comment makes no sense seeing as people do have a problem paying a higher price.
            C) When did I say otherwise?
            D) You are defending a point that you never made, a point that is disingenuous at best. Is the guy your sister?  Mocking?  Like how you are mocking people for their choice in user names?  See your point C.  Dumb to even bring that up.
            E) You don’t even have the proper context.  You don’t even know what his original comment was a reply to.
            F) I never insulted your user name, only that resorting to bashing user names is stupid, pointless and only done when you have no argument.  An insult would be “mock a random user with a username straight out of AOL.”  That should look familiar to you.

            This has been a complete waste of time.  I am done replying to your inane comments. 

          • Doug

            yay! he’s done!

          • Anonymous

            Maybe he can ask Siri “teach me how to read and understand things”  and he will be able to.  lol

          • Anonymous

            ‘Siri, can you find CHRIS42060 a friend?  He seems lonely.”

          • Anonymous

            Doesn’t mean there isn’t a 200 dollar device.

      • Anonymous

        People Are stupid that’s why.

        • Anonymous

          Including you.  Notice you have been largely ignored lately.  Sigh, sorry DL, I just fed the troll. 

    • Anonymous

      You would think with Verizon’s rates the phones would be a lot cheaper

      • Anonymous

        Exactly, expensive phones and monthly plans! That’s terrible for consumers

        • Silly Chicken

          That’s true, but at least we seen to be getting a true successor, not just a “Nexus S^2″ or something goofy like that. I’ll gladly pay the extra 100 for a beastly phone w/ Verizon’s LTE. You really do get what you pay for, and Verizon’s LTE is really worth it IMO. I’ll be paying full retail price anyways, but at the end it’s all about the Network, and no matter how awesome the phone may be, if the network sucks you don’t get to enjoy it as much, it’s one of the reasons why I haven’t switched carriers jet.

          • Anonymous

            I agree with you

          • Anonymous

            how is paying $100 more for a contracted phone relevant to LTE being worth it? that is why you pay your monthly bill.. because it is worth it.

          • Silly Chicken

            It’s $100 on contract because Verizon has the LTE network to back it up. If you can find me another carrier w/ as good a coverage on LTE as Verizon has here in the US and w/ cheaper phones, then I’ll gladly switch.  Remember they’re not forcing you to buy their LTE phones, you can always get the cheaper 3G phones. 
            Those who want the best are willing to pay the extra fee for a great Verizon LTE phone. I do think it’s overpriced, however it is consistent with other phones and prices. I get LTE all the time, and I’m very happy w/ it, I average between 19-34Mbps.(that’s faster than my home internet) and those speeds are unmatched by the other carriers around here, the most the others will get is 5Mbps on a good day. While that may be good enough for you, I really enjoy saving those 2-3 seconds in buffering time every time I load a webpage or watch a YouTube video in HD. So yes I will pay the extra $100 and enjoy the best experience possible. 

          • Anonymous

            but you didn’t address how paying more for a depreciating asset is worth the extra speed? you pay your monthly charges for the network, not the phone. if you could pay for your phone over 24 monthly payments, fine.

          • Zacharytanksley

            Ahhh, so are out indicating Verizon should charge more for LTE like Sprint and make the phones cheaper? It would net them an additional 240 each month in that case.

          • Zacharytanksley

            Each contract that is.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Alexander-Thacker/597252629 John Alexander Thacker

          If Verizon is so terrible for consumers, why aren’t people switching en masse to Sprint?  It looks like there’s a lot of people who are willing to pay for expensive phones and expensive plans if they get what they think is the best network.

          • Anonymous

            Because Verizon has more towers than Sprint and in some areas better coverage! If your willing to pay more for a phone upfront and more on a monthly bill that’s you. But that doesn’t mean as a overall package Sprint isn’t better.

            Verizon is gauging customers and you know it even if you won’t admit it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Alexander-Thacker/597252629 John Alexander Thacker

            Huh?  You admit that Verizon has more towers and better coverage in some areas, so how can you possibly claim that Sprint’s overall package is definitely better, and that Verizon is gouging customers?

            Some people are willing to pay more for more towers and better coverage (and LTE), some people are not.  No one is being “gouged.”  Different people are exercising their choice.  Some people feel that Sprint’s package of offerings is better, some people feel that Verizon’s is better.

            Why do you and other people insist on uniformity?  Why does one answer have to be the ONE TRUE CHOICE for everyone?  Can’t we have diversity, can’t we admit that different things might be better for different people?

          • Anonymous

            No one is really giving customers trus 4G speeds, that why congress based a bill about data speeds so we the consumers can see what we are really paying for. I never insisted on uniformity, I was making a point of Verizon is price gouging customers with price of plans and phones even tho they have more towers than Sprint. But hey everyone has their opinion like you. In the end Sprint may not have as many towers as Verizon, but you get a better overall package in pricing when it comes to plans and phones!

          • Anonymous

            I hope they aren’t gauging us, I personally find that type of piercing distasteful on the majority of people.

          • IhateSprint

            Is somebody trying to say Sprint has better service at lower price than VZW?  Sprint does have lower price than VZW, but their 3G/4G service SUX in CA.

      • Matthew Rosidivito

        We only have ourselves to blame for giving them our money. Something is only as valuable as someone else will pay for it.

        • Anonymous

          I agree to that. They get away with what we allow by paying for it.

        • Anonymous

          This right here.  This was a basic lesson I learned young when I used to tell my father how much my baseball cards were worth…he just would always remind that ‘things are only worth what people will pay you for them.’

    • palomosan

      It’s all about that 4G antena, prices still high since the demand is low.

      Well, anyways, the half baked Tbolt was the same price and this two are light years ahead of the Tbolt.

      • Anonymous

        Thunderbolt was $250.

    • DroidDoesHD

      Where is the Droid RAZR (Spyder/HD) on this MAP???  And why would the Bionic stay at $299 with the impending release of the new Motorola beast?  Hopefully the RAZR will come in at $249 or even $199.

    • Peter Kelly

      A.  People will pay $299 for the hardware
        a.  People will complain on forums about the price, but continue to pay it.
      B.  The real money is in the contract.
      C.  The hardware will still sell at $299

      If you wait for 6 months, it won’t be $299 (on contract).  Of course, there is something better by then.  It’s your choice.  Buy the newest for the bleeding edge price, or wait for the price to drop.  Either way, you have the opportunity to 
        a.  complain on forums about the price, and choose whether or not to pay it

    • Anonymous

      Because the are worth it.  You are buying a phone that is worth 500-800+ dollars.  It has specs on par with a low end computer.  It has a camera.  It can make phone calls, text messages, e-mails, and more.  It can download and install specialized applications from an online source.  It can manage transfer speeds better than the majority of US residents home internet speeds.  It can cook you dinner.  It can lead you to locations with better accuracy than any GPS that is comparably featured. 

      • Anonymous

        No they aren’t worth it. My Htc Evo can do all of that and its almost 2yrs old. The carriers prove they aren’t worth it by 2 to 3 months after release the phone is alot cheaper than when it first released. The carriers determines prices and Verizon is good for added a premium on having the latest and greatest first.

        But you are entitled to your opinion.

    • Anonymous

      They have pretty big discounts. Like buy one get one free for phones. Or if you buy 5 you get something like 30% off your entire order (so they end up being $200).

    • http://MobileTechSpot.Blogspot.com Webmaster

      Its business, Verizon is by far the absolute best network right now. The competition is a ways off, years off in fact when it comes to LTE. They don’t have a lot of incentive to price their tiered plans, nor their phones competitively right now. I will pay for the best, and so will most of us, and they know it. When things get a little closer between the larger carriers, competition will tend to the prices, but for right now, Verizon is so far out front its crazy.

      • Anonymous

        That may be concerning Lte, but to say it’s the best network is a overstatement. Even Lte and 4G is still premature. Even to say they have the best phones is far fetched. I think Sprint has a more solid line up right now as a whole: pricing and phones. 4G is spotty here and there but Lte is also here in northwest Indiana. So for many, LTe or 4G means nothing just yet because of its infant stage.

    • LiterofCola

      Either you can afford to buy the phone, and are willing to, or not.  When you walk into a car dealership, you don’t complain about the price of a GTR, if you can afford it, you put the money down for it.  If you can’t afford it, you don’t go to the sales manager and complain that the price is too high.  Although you can negotiate the price of a car, you can’t necessarily do the same for a phone :p

      • Anonymous

        You are comparing apples to oranges, that is not the same thing. Justify Verizon’s prices for phones and plans however you will. That still doesn’t give consumers answers to why they are so much. So your point is mute. :p

        • LiterofCola

          You mean “moot,” however, there’s probably a lot of R&D that is going on behind the scenes over at ol’ Verizon that get factored into the price of a monthly cost as well as the price of the handsets.  Granted, there is probably the same going on at AT&T, Sprint etc.  

          Buuuut, Verizon is known for having the best service and there’s a reason for that.  I’ve had Airtouch (in CA, before Verizon bought it) Sprint and now Verizon, I can honestly say that Verizon’s service is by fat the best.  That’s why we pay more monthly in bills.  And with them knowing that, they know that people are willing to pay the higher cost of their handsets if they want the superior service, so they charge more.  That’s business.  You can question the business ethics aspect all you want, and in the end, it’s irrelevant.  

          • LiterofCola

            far*

          • Anonymous

            If you like it, I love it. I just can’t see myself paying way more monthly and on a 2yr contract phone! Business or not. It’s not justifiable. How can a #3 carrier be alot cheaper than a #1 carrier and the #1 carrier has more towers and a larger base?

          • LiterofCola

            How do you think they pay for the higher number of towers and broader base?

          • Anonymous

            I know that’s how they do it, put the price on consumers to fund it. Bloody rubbish

  • Jason Purp

    If the Galaxy Nexus is $589, I will be so unbelievably happy. You have no idea. Like, oh my God.

  • Anonymous

    Oct 18 hampton road lte launch. Nov 10 nexus launch im down

    • Boblevel

      Congrats! Richmond finally went live Oct 1st, ’bout time. :)

      • Jac_White

        If Richmond is “live” thats pretty crappy.   There is no 4G downtown.   Only north and east of town.

    • Anonymous

      I heard Hampton went live September 31st

      • Anonymous

        I know they were doing some testing earlier (maybe when it started).  But i talked to a vzw rep today and they told me it goes live the 18. they showed me their bionic and it was using 3g, and its not on the site as it being live.  i just hope it goes live before i get the nexus or vigor

  • pezjono

    Ugh… I don’t want to wait another month! I have been waiting for months since my 2 year expired! My OG is still kicking, but I want to retire him while he is in working order.

    • Small

      at least u don’t have to wait it like bionic o.o

    • Boblevel

      Hang in there, it’ll be worth the wait.. 

  • http://twitter.com/MoonToMike Mike

    I dread having to pay $300 for a phone that I’ll have to keep for 2 years. So it best e the great damn phone ever :] 

    • http://twitter.com/MoonToMike Mike

      You know maybe I should start proof-reading what I post, instead I look like an idiot haha 

    • Boblevel

      Buy it outright for $600, keep it for a year, sell for $300, and then each new phone will only cost $300 off contract. 2 years is waaay too long to keep a phone these days. :)

      • Anonymous

        Technology changes so much in 2 years

  • Doug

    Novermber 10th for the Rezound?!?!? ugh!!!!

    • Anonymous

      …and my upgrade is on the 11th!  Awwwww yeaaaaaaa!

    • Anonymous

      I know !!!!!!!!  Their killing me. And we don’t even know if that is the date.
      I don’t care what the price is. I want it now