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DROID ULTRA and MAXX Pre-orders Already Shipping, Should Arrive a Day Before Launch

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Did you pre-order a DROID MAXX or ULTRA? If so, don’t be surprised if you receive a shipment notification today along with an expected arrival date of Monday, August 19, a day before the phone goes on sale in stores. At least two of our readers received their shipment notifications, which has been the trend for pre-orders of Verizon devices over the last couple of years. I think Big Red wants to make sure your device arrives at least on the day they hit store shelves, so they ship them extra early to reward you for pre-ordering.

The MAXX and ULTRA will officially go on sale August 20 for $299 and $199 on-contract, respectively.

Be sure to check out our expansive coverage of the ULTRA from yesterday, where we unboxed it, compared it to the Moto X, and even highlighted its DROID Zap feature.

Anyone else pre-order? Has your device shipped?

Cheers Matt, LiterofCola, and Ethan!

  • chris

    I called my local Verizon store today to ask when they would expect the new droids and the moto x in store… The employee responded as if i was speaking another language.

  • Jeremy B.

    So did anyone get their maxx today? If so please describe to us how awesome it is. Thanks.

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  • Chris Taylor

    Mine is in my state at a sort facility, normally it would list as “out for delivery” at this point, wondering if there is one of those “Hold for delivery 8/20/13″ stickers on it.

  • Pretribrapper

    I pre-ordered from Wirefly and have not even got a notification that the devices are on their way to Wirefly distribution center. Not liking the delay as they have stated that the devices should ship same time as Verizon. I only went with wirefly to save huge as I ordered the Maxx at $199 and the Mini @ $49. I guess it is still worth the wait.I already saw that the cases are at local Verizon stores.

    • Jeff McLean

      I did the same thing. Ordered a Maxx on probably ~15th and my status hasn’t changed since then….

      • Pretribrapper

        I wonder if Verizon is holding out until tomorrow for the release of Edge and Max programs to see if anyone will bite before sending the devices out to Wirefly, Best Buy, Amazon and the like. just a thought.

    • beejaycee

      I know this is an old conversation but double check the price you are charged when Wirefly ships to you. The receipt dated 8/21 showed $209 ($199 + shipping) but the price charged to my card today 9/24 was $259. After a prolonged back and forth where they would not honor the price or justify the change, I cancelled so they have another Maxx to sell but buyer beware. (I know I was still saving $50 but it wasn’t worth it to me.)

  • DJ SPY

    I hope these babies get rooted soon and the sqlite hack works. I hate that they switched toa nano sim card. When I got the Maxx HD and there was no root method i simply switched the sim to my RAZR to use mobile hot spot.

  • mcdonsco

    My only hope is that the mobile hotspot works…considering the last few moto phones didn’t have working hotspot, I’m a bit worried…crossing my fingers now.

  • blackdaug

    Okay. I am expiring this month with my unlimited data Razr. Like a lot of people on here, I started with the OG droid, rooted ect..and got the Razr instead of waiting like two months for the Max version back then. It’s been two years, so hard to remember all the gory details (the various better battery life phones that came out within months of the Razr.)
    I cannot lose unlimited data. I spend half my time in the countryside and the phone is my only data connection, which I use to run various tablets, laptops.
    I am sticking with Moto..and I guess biting the bullet for a full price phone.
    I don’t really care about camera quality, but since I will be using it heavily as a data connection…wifi hotspot: Which of these new moto phones should I get? or Since I am buying off plan should I just wait a month or so? Will these phones be cheaper at full retail from somebody else in December?

    • Chris Taylor

      you’re going to lose Unlimited data either way. I’m in a same boat as you, same phones and got shocked when I saw my unlimited data was going to be gone. I don’t do more than 700 MB a month with heavy GPS usage, so it’s not too bad. I am bummed they’re taking away my “work” discount.

      • blackdaug

        If you pay full retail, you can keep unlimited. You are not changing plans.

        • Chris Taylor

          why in the hell would I pay full retail? It’s actually worse than adhering to a plan.

  • Jeremy B.

    guys i have a problem….and i placed my pre order on 8/13

    • LiterofCola

      Yeah I think that your pre-order was placed a bit too late to take advantage of the 8/20 shipping. I placed mine on 7/23 and got it. Always pre-order as soon as you can, they wont even charge your card until the device ships, so you can back out at any time before then.

      • Jeremy B.

        does this mean that so since the stores will be getting them in on the 20th i should cancel my pre order and just go pick it up at the store? To get my maxx sooner?

        • LiterofCola

          I’d go in store or best buy to pick one up, chances are they’re not going to run out at any location, especially since they’ve hardly advertised them.

  • Spider210

    Played with all the devices so far, hands down the maxx is the best of the 3! Size isn’t actually bad, very similar to a DNA weight is not too bad either, screen is nice!

  • harryballs

    I received my shipping notice today for my MAXX but they shipped two day air so I won’t get it till the 20th… :-( On another note we STILL don’t have 4G in York Nebraska!!

    • jdaviddean

      That’s surprising…. I have it when I visit my family in Auburn. And of course, where I live in Lincoln, I’m covered. strange…

  • Scroat

    Crapdroids require massive processors to compete with iPhones. This will put them on par with the iPhone 3G

    • LiterofCola

      You’re an idiot

    • chris420o

      really….im going to buy an iphone today bc of this logical argument!
      said no one ever

  • Sam

    Weird, previously on my order status it changed from “Being shippied on 8/20″ to “We received your order and it is in process – Expected Ship Date: Not available at this time. ”

    Did this happen to anyone else? Or does that mean they’re about to ship it?

  • moosc

    Is it rooted yet?

  • p0k3y

    No more Droids or VZ for me – The OG droid was good, but nothing out of MOT is of interest to me now. My Razr is so slow that I am counting the days (87) until I can dump my VZ contract and get N5.

  • DCABuckeye

    Goodbye GNex. I anticipated you so much two years ago Dec 15. But your day has come to an end. You chug along, but having to plug you to a wall all day, and carry the extra battery your entire life has grown tired on me. You’ve been a good soldier, and it’s not your fault that Verizon didn’t truly let you be a Nexus. But on Tuesday, we shall part.

    • KleenDroid

      Enjoy your new phone.

  • bp

    They look hideous.

  • Larry Bublitz

    Envious of the feeling of anticipation the MAXX pre-orderers must be feeling right now. Enjoy the phone, folks, and savor the unboxing and playing with the battery life :-)

  • christophermcconkey

    Yeah it looks like my MAXX has shipped!!!!

  • Jerrod Schultz

    I really want the Maxx for it’s battery life
    I really don’t want to lose my unlimited data
    I really don’t want to pay full retail price for the phone

    *1st world problems*

    • chris125

      Wait a month or so and I’m sure there will be plenty for sale and prob save a couple hundred compared to what Verizon charges

      • Alan

        Where do full retail Verizon phones go on sale without changing plans, being a new customer or being used?

        • chris125

          EBay, craigslist, swappa or a host of sites(android central, phandroid, etc) all have a market place section where you can buy phones. Some are used and some are brand new

    • Drew

      it wasn’t my upgrade date thats next year. i did like the edge plan and it let me keep the unlimted data plan.

  • brianbrain

    Wirefly better not be too far behind. The $100+Tax savings is nice, but if I get my MAXX two weeks later, I might regret that decision..hah.

  • aholland1

    Seriously torn between the Maxx and the already proven to be hacked S4. Battery life is very important to me after living with the GNex for 2 years, but so is extensibility after the stock luster wears off (aka I want to know I can get Cyanogenmod on it eventually if I want). I do see they’ve gotten through the barriers for rooting the previous Droids, but this new line is unproven, not that I’d want to lose the features I’d be getting the new Maxx for until they’ve figured out how to bake those features into CM. Thoughts?

  • RoadsterHD1

    Where is the REVIEW?

  • John

    My 2 MAXX’s shipped today! Still cant track and I had free 2nd day fedex, so I expect it to arrive Tuesday :)

    • RoadsterHD1

      Congrats

  • mule0331

    Mine says order shipped but scheduled delivery is the 20th

  • LiterofCola

    Shipped, arriving on the 19th :-)

    • Trooper

      Pre-ordered mine on 8/2. Never received tracking number. Called today and was told my order was cancelled on 8/12. WTF? Spoke to two different CSR’s with no explanation given of why. Said they could pre-order again but would have to wait until 8/27 for shipping. Said I had to speak to Supervisor, which upon forwarding to me to him, I got his vm. Left him a vm but no call back. I am pretty pissed to say the least. All this went down today on Saturday 8/17.

      • LiterofCola

        That’s rough dude! At this point, just go in store and snap one up, there’ll be plenty of them at Vz or Best Buy.

  • Jared Muskovitz

    I’m actually planning on getting a MAXX and am excited. I think people are really underestimating the X8 processor Motoogle is flaunting here. Saw some benchmarks in other reviews of the Moto X that actually out-pace the GS4 and HTC One. If it’s as fast/close to those devices and packs the Nexus layout for capacitive buttons and has that huge battery, I’m in.

    Being able to use Google Music Unlimited with this is my main reason though. I’m tired of having a phone and an iPod so the battery will allow me to consolidate down to one device that will definitely last the day.

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      I really wish I could upgrade to the Maxx! Stupid Verizon and their policies on Unlimited Data!

      • Tyler Durden

        Do the monthly payments. Sure you’re paying more but gives you time

        • Charlie R.

          I’m pretty sure unlimited data users aren’t eligible for the monthly payment plans.

        • LiterofCola

          Can’t keep unlimited that way

          • Tyler Durden

            What kind if communist crap is that

          • Spider210

            12 month device installment plan you CAN keep unlimited data…its $2/m finance fee… the new edge program you cannot keep unlimited and must be on share everything plan…reason its not proactively offered as the sales reps do not get paid off of it.

          • LiterofCola

            I was told by Vz that I couldn’t keep unlimited if I wanted to take advantage of that program. Had to buy the phone outright

          • KleenDroid

            Yes you can.

      • KleenDroid

        You can. They have no policy keeping you from getting any phone you want whenever you want. And yes you can keep your unlimited data.

        Is money the issue instead of verizon?

        • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

          My only issue is that Verizon wants almost $700 for the Maxx off contract! To me it is absolutely absurd to pay anywhere over $499 for a phone, I don’t care if it is on contract or off, that is my absolute max for buying a phone! If they would have priced this like a Nexus then I would have been the first in line but $700 for a 720p five inch screen and some stupid software gimmicks, NO WAY!

          • Needs Da Help

            Yup, if I’m paying that much for a phone, I might as well get something with higher specs. Except I don’t want the S4, One, or the LG phone.

            That’s why the Moto X broke heart! I would have bought it for no more than $550, but that’s if I could customize it on Verizon next within then next few weeks.

          • Nige

            Buy it on Verizon Edge and only pay for half of it.

          • KleenDroid

            I bought two S4’s at $650+ each so I know what you mean. I may even buy a couple X’s or Maxx’s also.

            After you can’t stand whatever phone you have any longer you will have to make a choice. Stay with what you have forever, subsidize and lose unlimited, or just spend the little extra.

            The first month my son and I had our new S4s we used almost 40 gig of data. So it’s worth keeping the unlimited.

            Just go for it and get yourself a new phone. You won’t regret it.

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            I mean I know I will eventually have to bite the bullet (one of the devices I have on unlimited data is a Droid 2 for crying out loud) but its definitely gonna take a lot of justification to buy new 3 new devices outright especially when two of my lines don’t even cross the 2gb / month threshold. I’m really the only one in the family that actually cares about keeping unlimited data and the only reason I don’t want the others to give it up is because on those months when we travel for vacation and stuff, I don’t wanna have to worry about going over. Oh and so far I have had luck with Asurion and getting free “upgrades” through them when my phones start having software issues (every phone has at least one or two glitches that can be exploited).

          • EdubE24

            Why not get a feature phone for 10 bucks a month? Transfer your upgrade to that line, switch it back while still at the Verizon store. Then put the feature phone on the microwave and call it your home phone. This way you justify paying the 10 spot to your wife and keep unlimited data. That’s my story, works like a charm!!

          • Joe

            does that really work???

          • EdubE24

            They do…it’s really bad ass. And don’t add a lot to the phone!!

          • BP

            Can you explain this in a little more detail? Does Verizon allow you to renew a contract once your contract is up, and still keep the unlimited data ($29.99) pricing plus what used to be their lowest plan (450 min $39.99) if you buy a new phone for full price? I know it would work for the remainder of your contract, but do they allow you to renew now and still keep the exact same pricing you had before (when paying full price for an upgrade)?

          • BP

            Actually nevermind..I’m not thinking straight today. Obviously you wouldn’t wanna renew your contract and you’d still be able to keep your plan month to month for the same pricing (I would think) once the current contract is up. But can you explain further what you said in your original post? (about the feature phone line)

          • BP

            I guess I could call them to find out the answer to that question but sometimes when you deal with them..especially about something like this, they’ll try to keep you away from doing it by telling you some bs…because we know they want everyone to switch over to the new pricing..but when dealing with an online system there’s none of that to deal with..so I’d rather know from someone who truly knows the answer and doesn’t work for Verizon.

          • EdubE24

            Sorry I responded to the wrong post earlier!!

          • Frank512

            I’m kind of in the same boat. I don’t really want to put down $600-700+ on a phone, buuut with the promo I have and after work discount I only pay $68.xx a month after tax. I have unlimtied txt/data and only have 450 mins but I don’t care because I don’t use them anyway. If I upgrade on contract to get the phone cheaper and switch to share everything I’d probably pay $110+tax/mo with only 4 gig data (used over 7 gig last mo). That comes out to over $900+ MORE over the course of the two year contract for less service (ok so it’s unlimited mins instead of data, but useless to me). Doesn’t make sense for me to upgrade on contract at all.

        • Cowboydroid

          The issue is that even if he buys the device outright to keep unlimited data, Verizon is still charging him a monthly subsidy for a device that he did not get. His total cost for the device would well exceed $1000 over the course of the contract.

          • KleenDroid

            Who cares. I used 40 gig of data the first month my son and I had two new S4s I paid full price for.

            How much would that cost?

          • Cowboydroid

            Data should not be sold by the gigabyte. That’s the point. The scarcity of data is in the current available bandwidth, not in the total amount that is available. Thus, charging per gigabyte makes little sense, unless your aim is to fleece your unwitting customers.

            So, to answer your question, the amount you use in a month should cost the same, regardless of how much you use.

          • Kanaga Deepan N

            Think this way as that extra 10 to 20$ per month is for KEEPING the UnLimited data… If 2GB costs 20$, then that extra 20$ is nothing if you are using minimum 5GB per month…

          • Cowboydroid

            Sorry, that doesn’t follow if the scarcity of data is in the limited availability of bandwidth. You’re still thinking as if there is a limited availability of total data in the universe, which isn’t true. The scarcity lies in the bandwidth availability.

            Verizon is still fleecing you by charging you per gigabyte. If they charged for download speed, like most ISPs, their pricing would be a little more defensible.

    • Butters619

      The Snapdragon they used has the same quad core Ardeno 320 as the the SGS4 and One but beats both (by a small amount) in graphics tests and so far wins in browser tests. However, in floating point arithmetic (raw CPU power) the X gets owned. In real life usage, you probably wouldn’t notice it much.

      Having said that, “X8″ is merely marketing jargon. 2 cores are Krait 300 (CPU), 4 are the Ardeno 320 (GPU), and the other two are probably used for always listening and notifications. However, under that counting scheme, the One and SGS4 already have “X8″ just by the CPU (quad core krait) and GPU (quad core Ardeno). And I’m sure the One could probably count it’s dedicated camera processor as another core so make the One an “X9″

      And after having said all that, I’d still get the Moto X. Nearly stock Android + small form factor + better battery life = a winner.

      • DanielP

        Its not just the SoC, its the camera too, and the display to a lesser extent.

        I just cant bring myself to click that pre-order button.

        I don’t want a 5.7″ Note 3/ HTC one max though, so I’m not sure what im waiting for.

    • M3D1T8R

      Yes on using one device instead of two (eliminating MP3 Players), that’s what I’m waiting for too. But with only 32GB, this is still not there. If this Maxx just had 64 internal I would seriously consider it. Would solve the only two issues I have with my DNA: Storage, and battery (though the battery is surprisingly great coming from G.Nex). Add in the extra bonus of those great Moto radios, and I’d probably be in.

      Hopefully next year we’ll finally see the long waited jump to 32GB minimum and 64GB upgrad options.

      • Sporttster

        I’m with ya. Wanted soo bad to get the Maxx but can’t due to the limited storage on it. Otherwise I’d be getting it. Moto blew it badly taking the sd slot out. Gonna wait….

        • James

          This is why I’m going with the S4. I already have a 64 GB SD card and I can buy an extended battery since I’m not concerned with phone thickness and it’s already ugly looking to begin with.

          Too bad most people care more about looks than function. I guess the majority don’t really do much with their phones beyond playing on social networking sites and texting.

      • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

        Looks like all those morons who dissed Apple for not having an SD slot are changing their tune :’)

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    • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

      DOA. Lower battery capacity than previous models. You fandroids LOVE downgrades lmao!

      • LiterofCola

        you’re an idiot

    • Trab Dub da Vet

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  • twirly

    Chalk up another shipped order. Scheduled for delivery on 8/20 here in Michigan

  • tlspatt

    Dev Edition of the MAXX? Where’s the sign-up page for that one?

    • NexusPhan69

      Ha.

      • Brian Turkel

        I did but then cancelled my maxx going to get the moto x

  • Carl

    How expensive is your coverage?

  • SmokeNMirrors

    I’m so excited I can hardly Zzzzz….

    • Jason

      I’ve pretty much decided to get the HTC One and play with it for 2 weeks then grab the iPhone 5s when it comes out. I’m just frustrated by the crappy camera in the Moto X and One (might seem petty but I absolutely love taking pictures), the slimy plastic feel (and iphone knock off history) of the Galaxy S series, Droid branding, delayed updates by VZW, etc. I’ve been loyal to android since the beginning but I think it’s time for a change of scenery…

      Am I going crazy, Droid-Life??

      • DroidzFX

        Have you taken any pictures with the X?

        • NexusPhan69

          Or the 5s of that matter. The answer is obviously no for both.

      • Tyler Durden

        LOL

        The iPhone 5S isn’t even coming til end of september. Get out crapple kid.

      • NickA

        If you are jumping ship, jump to Windows Phone and get the Lumia 1020. Best camera phone out right now.

      • KleenDroid

        I agree with you…. bye.

  • itsgonnalast

    Verizon is being strange about this. First they were supposed to release it on 8/20, then they pushed it back to 8/27, but now people will get it on 8/19, and according to this article the release date is back to 8/20 again?

    Odd… but maybe I’m just confusing “in store” vs “shipping” dates.

    • John

      Verizon always said for the first set of preorders would ship BY the 20th. Then the first batch sold out and now any new orders are listed to ship BY the 27th. The stores should have them ON the 20th. Not that hard to understand :)

    • mule0331

      The in store date is the 20th. If you pre-ordered early enough the delivery date would have been the 20th. The date you are seeing on the site is because they are already back ordered, and sending the phones on availability. So the shipping date will keep being moved back until supply catches up with demand.

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      Just remember that Verizon typically releases devices on Tuesdays so in store should be the 20th and they typically ship the devices a few days early so they arrive on the 20th but sometimes they mess up and units arrive earlier.

      • chris125

        Nope usually they launch on thursdays

        • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

          Damn, I always get Tuesday and Thursday launches confused!

  • Mike

    Not to be that guy, but shouldn’t it be “expAnsive” in this sentence: “Be sure to check out our expensive” unless it really did cost you guys a lot in that case I apologize!

    • Greg Morgan

      you are correct…but you are that guy… :)

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Heh, indeed I meant expAnsive. :)

      • Xious

        I really think you should’ve left the A capitalized, just to drive the point home.

  • Greg Morgan

    Still tempting fate with the rocks eh?

    • JoshGroff

      I hope he used protection.

  • Mitch Joa

    I really wish they sent a review unit of the MAXX not the Ultra…

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      He said on the show that he expects to get a Maxx early next week.

      I want a Moto X, but being on Verizon, if the two are within $150 reatil I might have to go with the Maxx.

      • Mitch Joa

        Oh joy! I haven’t gotten to watch this week’s show yet.

    • Tyler Durden

      You can expect it to be just as good, if not, better than the other phones.

      • Mitch Joa

        I just wanna see actual real life tests of the battery. I wanna see 48 hours with my own eyes.

        • Tyler Durden

          Lol no phone has the exact life as they say. With a 3500 mAh battery. Expect it to kick the asss of every other phone regardless.

        • Justin W

          I doubt it’s 48 hours screen-on time, but I’m expecting it’ll be around 28 hours talk-time with a screen-on time of around 8-10 hours.

  • KleenDroid

    Amazing