Verizon Wireless said it will sell the Samsung Droid Charge 4G LTE Android smartphone April 28 for $299.99. Meanwhile, it's pushing out HTC ThunderBolts for half price on Amazon.
Verizon Wireless said
it will begin selling the Samsung
Droid Charge 4G smartphone April 28 for $299.99 with a two-year deal from its
Website and its retail stores.
As the first Samsung-built phone with the Droid brand,
the Droid Charge
is clearly Samsung's answer to the popular HTC ThunderBolt 4G.
That speedy device has sold
to the tune of 260,000-plus units
since its March 17 debut.
The Samsung Droid Charge offers a 4.3-inch touch screen
with Super AMOLED Plus technology. Like the ThunderBolt, the Droid Charge runs
Android 2.2, is powered by a 1GHz processor, supports Adobe Flash and features
an 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 1.3 megapixel camera in the front for
Verizon said Droid Charge customers can expect download
speeds of 5-12M bps and upload speeds of 2-5M bps in 4G LTE coverage
areas, or pretty much the same Verizon offered for the ThundeBolt. eWEEK found Verizon's 4G LTE network shuttled data
across the ThunderBolt at an
The Droid Charge also boasts Verizon's mobile hotspot
capability, connecting up to 10 WiFi-enabled devices over 4G and five devices via 3G.
This will be available for free for a limited time, a departure from Verizon's
typical $20 per month fee for up to 1GB for the mobile broadband tethering service.
Verizon and Samsung are offering other promotions for the
service. For a limited time, those who buy the phone will get a free
$25 movie credit
for movie rentals or purchases via the Samsung Movie Hub.
Also, anyone over the age of 18 can participate in a
Droid Charge Scavenger Hunt
by following online clues to find hidden locations
in 16 different U.S. cities to win a Droid Charge.
Per custom, Droid Charge buyers must subscribe to a
Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a 4G LTE data package, starting at
$39.99 and $29.99 per month, respectively.
The arrival of the Droid Charge only 42 days after the
ThunderBolt could explain why Verizon is making its normally $249.99
for $129.99 via AmazonWireless.com until Monday, April 25: the carrier
is looking to clear off shelf space for its new 4G smartphone.
News of the Droid Charge also comes a day after Motorola said
it is pushing back the
of its Droid Bionic, another 4G LTE Android 2.2 smartphone that was due
from Verizon in the second quarter, to the summer.
Motorola said it wanted to improve the device's hardware
and software. Perhaps Motorola saw some things in the Droid Charge or other
devices coming down the pipeline that warranted serious upgrading.