As new sliders debut from Samsung on Sprint and HTC on T-Mobile, Verizon's Droid 2 is already free with a plan.
Competition is pushing prices down on Verizon's (VZ) Android phones. The newly released Fascinate immediately went free on online discounters like Amazon (AMZN) and Wirefly. But that phone is crippled with Bing so its appeal is limited. Today, Amazon is advertising the Droid 2 for free with plan. That's a significant milestone.
The move could also be a signal that a newer version of the phone may be coming out, the Droid 2 world phone, which will work with SIM cards internationally on GSM networks. Also, there is significant interest in the upcoming Droid Pro, which has a BlackBerry-esque keyboard and works internationally as well.
Microsoft also announced that an LG phone with a slide-out keyboard running Windows Phone 7 will be released with AT&T just in time for the holidays.
The Droid 2 is a tuneup on the original.
Motorola (MOT) didn't have a launch party for the Droid 2 like the one they threw for the Droid X, mostly because it really isn't a huge update. There was no fanfare, no lines, and no special guest appearances by Andy Rubin and Adobe like the Droid X last month. Maybe Verizon should have called it the Droid 1.1...or maaaybe 1.5.
There MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 13, 2010 11:49 PM ET
Mysterious Worldphone (LTE Android device?) with 1.2GHz processor set to debut in 2011.
Verizon (VZ) is notoriously bad at keeping their handsets a secret. For instance, its Droid 2 smartphone has been pictured all over the web for months, yet Verizon or Motorola (MOT), the manufacturer, haven't officially said anything about it.
Is it possible that the Droid 3 is already making the rounds at the rumor sites, even before Verizon and MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 7, 2010 8:24 PM ET
After weeks of speculation, teasers and leaks, the day many Android aficionados have been antsy about has arrived: the unveiling of Verizon's Droid X and Droid 2.
Thanks to a recent "pre-review," we have a pretty good idea of what to expect in terms of features, at least as far the Motorola (MOT) Droid x, including a new 45 nm 1GHz TI OMAP processor that's almost double the raw speed of MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 23, 2010 11:58 AM ET
An Android blog today practically did a review of the soon-to-be-released Motorola Droid 2.
AndroidandMe.com didn't leave much to the imagination in this "pre-review" of the new Motorola Droid 2, which is set to be announced on Wednesday and scheduled for release next month.
The original Droid and its successor are very similar in appearance, with a new larger keyboard being the major difference from the outside. The original Droid is black MORESeth Weintraub - Jun 21, 2010 5:43 AM ET
As stocks of the Incredible and even original Droid are low, help is on the way in the form of new superphones from Motorola.
First the bad news: If you wanted to get your hands on a Droid Incredible, your prospects are pretty low at this point. Verizon is advertising no stock until mid-July but some retailers like Amazon say they they'll have stock by late June (and $50 off). They've MORESeth Weintraub - Jun 12, 2010 9:05 PM ET
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