The Samsung DROID Charge has certainly had a strange life so far. It was supposed to launch at the end of April but was ultimately delayed, and now it's the middle of May and we still haven't heard a peep from Verizon or Samsung about when the Charge will finally be made available. If reports from Droid-Life and Engadget are legit, though, you could be riding Verizon's LTE airwaves with a DROID Charge before the weekend is up. Both sites have gotten word that Sammy's handset will be going on sale tomorrow, May 14th.
Verizon normally waits until Thursday to put out its new handsets, but considering that the Charge was originally supposed to come out a little over two weeks ago, I'm sure Big Red would just like to get it out to customers as soon as it can. The question is, are any of you going to fork over $299.99 for the privilege of owning one? If you need help deciding, you can check out Aaron's two-part review of the DROID Charge right here and here.
UPDATE: And just like that, Verizon has confirmed that the DROID Charge will indeed be going on sale tomorrow. Additionally, the Charge will include Mobile Hotspot functionality for free, although Verizon would only say that that offer will be available "for a limited time."
VERIZON WIRELESS UNLEASHES DROID CHARGE BY SAMSUNG
DROID Charge Joins Verizon Wireless’ Android Family
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced that the DROID Charge by Samsung will be available for purchase in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.
The DROID Charge is designed with Samsung’s 4.3-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus display, setting a new touchscreen standard for brightness, clarity and outdoor visibility. The DROID Charge is equipped with both a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for both stills and video chatting. The smartphone’s 1 GHz application processor and HTML 5 Web browser maximizes high-speed 4G LTE connectivity for faster downloads and graphics processing.
4G LTE – Customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage area
Android 2.2 platform – Support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk, Google Search, Google Maps and access to more than 200,000 apps available to download from Android Market™
Adobe® Flash® Player compatible
Mobile Hotspot capability – Share 4G connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices or a 3G connection with up to 5 devices
Samsung Media Hub – Samsung’s own content service, offering a vast lineup of critically acclaimed films and TV programs for rent or purchase
Virtual QWERTY keyboard featuring Swype technology
Pricing and data plans:
The DROID Charge by Samsung will be available for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
DROID Charge customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a 4G LTE data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Unlimited 4G LTE data packages start at $29.99 monthly access. Mobile Hotspot feature will be included for a limited time at no additional charge.
For more information about the DROID Charge by Samsung, visit www.droiddoes.com/charge. For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.