Verizon Wireless said July 16 the Motorola Droid X has sold out online and at Verizon and Best Buy retail stores across the country, with new shipments slated for July 23.
Demand for the Motorola Droid
X proved greater than anticipated as Verizon Wireless struggled to put one in
the hands of everyone who waited in line at its stores July 15 to buy the
The Android 2.1-based
handset, which has a major multimedia focus, is sold out online and at most
Verizon retail stores and Best Buy. This happened despite Verizon's promises
there would be no shortages of the Droid X.
When customers try to buy the
phone through the Verizon Droid Does Web page
, they are greeted with this
note: "Due to high demand, this device will ship by 7/23."
A Verizon spokesperson
confirmed the delay for eWEEK July 16:
"Customers have been
enthusiastic about the launch of the Droid X by Motorola, and inventory is
either out or very low in some parts of the country. Customers may continue to
order their phones, and our expectation is the phones will ship on or before
July 23. We have weekly shipments scheduled."
Android Central that customers waited in line early July 15
to buy the device.
This isn't the first time
Verizon and its phone maker partners have struggled to meet demand. The HTC Droid Incredible, another
popular Android 2.1 device, is out of stock until Aug. 9.
Endowed with a 4.3-inch
screen and 8-megapixel camera, the Droid X is a smartphone with a multimedia
focus, recording HD video at 720p HD and offering an HDMI-out port to let
people play their shoots on a bigger screen.
The battery life is surprisingly strong
for a smartphone with such a big,
graphics-intensive screen, which will benefit from the faster forthcoming
Android 2.2 build.
Verizon's shortage is a spot
of bad news for the No. 1 wireless company in the United States.
But it is bound to put a
smile on the face of the Google Android team, which has seen more than 60
smartphones based on its OS come to market. Sellouts mean a lot of people are
buying the phones, which Google hopes to seed with mobile ads.
Google executives said
on the company's financial earnings call
July 14 that growth prospects for mobile
advertising on Android and other smartphones remain great.