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A quick heads-up -- Amazon Wireless is now offering HTC's Droid DNA for $149.99 with a two-year service plan. That's a $50 saving compared to Verizon's own list price of $199.99 -- not a heap of cash, but every little helps with a major purchase like a new smartphone.

The Droid DNA is the first "full HD" smartphone to hit the U.S. market, with a whopping 5-inch screen packing in 1920x1080 pixels. It's powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, with 2GB of RAM, and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and HTC's Sense 4+ UI.

For more on the DNA, be sure to check out our full review.

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Droid DNA down to $149.99 on Amazon Wireless


Go back and ask them to price match, if they don't you can return it because you're within the 14 day window. I'm not the kind of guy that likes to play hard-ball, but it may work. (i'm assuming you know the extra requirements that come with buying from amazon/wirefly/etc, not a problem if you're planning to keep it activated).

@revtech, yep even for preorders on wirefly it was 149, i wonder why none of these sites mentioned it until amazonwireless marked down theirs to 149

Wow I wasn't aware of that, I don't think I'd bother taking it back to save 50 if its going to cost me 35, not woth it imo

Sorry if I sound ignorant. But what are the "extra requirements" that are associated with amazonwireless/wirefly? And how to these offers work with upgrades?

I've got a friend who fought his Thunderbolt for over a year and just finally tried returning it to Verizon. They took his phone and said we'll send another Thunderbolt in a few days. He wasn't even given a loaner for those 4 days. (Fri-tues) And they made him use his old battery?

His upgrade is ready next month and he's asking for advice/looking for new phone options and I'm thinking this would be a good deal for him.

If you buy a phone at the lower than retail contract price you pay an etf (early termination fee) to verizon if you do not keep it activated. This is because their "subsidized" price is "recovered" over the life of your two year contract, if you leave early they take a pro-rated portion of that subsidy back from you. If you buy from amazon or wirefly (etc) you will also pay an etf to them in addition to what you pay to verizon. So, its not a problem if you buy the phone and intend to keep it for the contract period.

Are discounts on the full retail ($599.99) very common?

I have Unlimited Data and I'm a "month to month" user. I would have contracted for two years and bought this phone for $199 but that's no longer an option unless I agree to take Verizon's crappy Shared Data plan.

I like the DNA but it's not worth $600 to me and the Shared Data pricing for a single user seems like a rip-off.

I don't ever recall seeing a discount on a full retail price unless the phone has been discontinued & they are trying to get rid of stock.

Your best bet would probably be to buy the phone you want off of Ebay, Craigslist, or if you want to buy the DNA for a little less than $600.

Thanks for the reply.

I bought my Razr Maxx via Craigslist and it turned out to be a lemon. (3G to 4G transition issue.) Fortunately Motorola worked with Verizon and I got a replacement (Certified/Used) phone. I'd prefer not to take that risk again.

I remember last year Verizon did a "Buy one get one" promotion for the Razr Maxx - maybe they'll have something like that for the DNA and the availability of DNAs on Craigslist/Ebay will spike up.

Oddly, eBay and Craigslist sellers seem to want (and get!) a premium for the DNA - they're asking OVER $600 for them. Makes no sense that someone would pay more than Verizon's retail price for one, unless they're in extremely short supply. But people seem to be bidding them up. I guess P.T. Barnum was right.