Droid Bonic MAP pricing

OK, so my hopes that the Motorola Droid Bionic would go for $250 or so appear to be dashed. Boy can dream, eh? Here we have the minimum-advertised pricing for the Droid Bionic, marked at $299 (with contract and rebate, natch) starting Sept. 8.

The deal is that's the minimum price at which the DB can be advertised. You'll find it cheaper, but it'll be one of those "Our prices are so good, we can't even tell you" deals.

Thanks, anon!

 
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Oh well. . . still going to get it. . . with the lapdoc too (thank you BestBuy card and 18 months no interest)

About time, 2 weeks from now Pre-Order Oh yeah

Coolaaron88 says:

Whoa, thats a lot

tehsusenoh says:

For a Verizon LTE phone? Nope.

Coolaaron88 says:

Well it makes the Droid Charge at 299, a total rip off

d-backs1#AC says:

Just wait 3rd party retailers will have it much cheaper about a week or two after launch.

BarryManilow says:

Nice, but wasn't the charge released substantially after the MAP period started? Just one example, the others might be like this also. Would like to see it on the 8th though.

durthquake says:

I have an early upgrade... can I use it at an authorized retailer, or only a corporate store?

tehsusenoh says:

Either.

mully says:

Only from a corporate store. I tried to do it at Costco and it was a no go. Called around...Best Buy, etc were the same.

ZDriver says:

Hope Sprint don't get no ideas with the epic 4g touch, $299 is too much

El Jefe says:

When you want the best carrier, you sometimes have to pay a premium price.

Coolaaron88 says:

No phone in my opinion should be worth $299, especially when you have phones on other carriers with the same specs tapering out at $199

tehsusenoh says:

But it has LTEEEEEEE.

Noble.Four says:

None of those phones operate on the fastest most reliable network in the states.

Oh give it up already!

StefanYFC says:

In Canada 3-year contracts are the standard, so I often find myself paying full price ($599) for a phone just so I don't have to re-sign for another 3 years.

heraldo says:

I have to disagree. The phone is actually about $600.00 and you get a discount for signing a contract. A practice not found many places but america.

AnGeLFaCe77 says:

i agree there are a lot of cheap people in here demanding the best

TallyHo says:

That's the face of the 20 somethings in the US today. They expect everything for nothing. Give me free hotspot, give me a $199 phone that actually retails at $600, give me $30 unlimited data, blah blah blah wah wah wah. It's pathetic actually. How about this.....go get an education and get yourself a real job that pays more than your bartending gig. Company's are in business to make money, not to provide you a service at the rate you expect. if you don't like it, go to Sprint and see how happy you are with their coverage.

dhoshman says:

Ok buddy, Keep telling yourself that. My best friend has Verizon and gets raped up the butt for his plan and phones and 9 times out of 10 I have better data and voice quality on Sprint then he does. Now I wont argue that LTE takes a dump on wimax but your thought process is flawed. If that's the case I have a $60,000 Honda civic for you to buy. Oh that's too much stop you're complaining companies are in it too make money, stop being a cheapskate. See how ridiculous I/You sound. Just saying....

d-backs1#AC says:

Im on verizon and have friends on sprint and multiple times I have had service when they didnt. I'd rather pay a little more each month and know I will have service wherever I go than save a few bucks and get in a jam and be unable to use my phone when I really need it.

I'm on sprint and have absolutely no problems with coverage or signal. Nice try.

Who? says:

The $299 price is only justified if it comes with 32gb of capacity.

d-backs1#AC says:

up to 48gb with a larger memory card. Everyone complains yet a 32gb iphone which you can't expand the memory is 299.

patfactorx says:

U guys realize that it will be $199 or lower on Amazon right?

rsrwnab says:

that is the HOPE!!

KillerG says:

That's what I was wondering. I'll check there first as soon as the phone comes out to see the price. It's usually at least $50 cheaper from Amazon.

It could be worse! You could pay $299 for a new BlackBerry Bold that has all the specs of last years best phones! LMAO FAIL

This is a pretty slick lookin' phone. I've been telling my buddy who has an OG Droid about the Bionic for a while now and he's just waiting to use his upgrade. Verizon needs to get this out the damn door already! Is it possible that Verizon or some other outfit (BestBuy, The Shack, Wirefly) might offer a $50 or $100 rebate to make it $249 or $199 in the long run? Hence, "our prices are so low we can't even tell you".

I've been looking at Moto recently and if they can get that souped-up XPRT/PRO, QWERTY dual core beast out to the masses, that'll be my next phone. I came from BB and honestly, nothing beats tactile feedback. I've tried all the keyboards from swype to swiftkey but still, nothing beats the real thing. I see big things happening for Moto in the future, especially after the mega merger!

AnGeLFaCe77 says:

nothing beats swiftkey

So what they are saying is that this phone is worth atleast $100 more than the ; Sensation, evo 3d, and the photon?

So what they are saying is that this phone is worth atleast $100 more than the ; Sensation, evo 3d, and the photon?

mjforte says:

No. Essentially they are saying the network it's running on is superior. LTE is better than Wimax and HSPA+.

.... And that network is reflected in our plan prices, and shouldn't be reflected on our devices.

TallyHo says:

Um.....price plans for existing customers haven't changed, so they have to make it up soemwhere. It's called business. Deal with it.

mully says:

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mully says:

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So what will be verizons argument when everyone is running lte in the future??

El Jefe says:

Considering that all those phones, as nice as they are, are on carriers using inferior networks that even THEY are ditching for LTE...it's no contest...YES!

Besides, if you average the higher price over the 24mo contract, it works out to only $4.17 per month more. That's less than 1 lunch out per month. If anyone STILL can't afford that, they have no business paying monthly service fees on ANY carrier!

AnGeLFaCe77 says:

yea why not it has let and it will have better specs and software than those phones

I think verizons LTE phones are a little over priced, am I really pay $100 more for a data boost? I know its really fast but its a little much, maybe $50 more would be more sensable. I remember when I was hearing rumors about the epic being $250 that seem liked a lot at the time when I bought and I think other people thought that but not $250 is nothing.

NOBODY will have to worry about sprint following behind anything verizon does especially when it comes to proper pricing. Sprint is going on there 3rd and 4th dualcore monster device while verizon just has there 1st and the Droid X2 doesn't count since it is a 3g device. Sprint's lineup clearly rules all carriers period.

El Jefe says:

(says Richardyarrell as he stands by the window to get a WiMax signal indoors to voice his opinion)

dan4patriots says:

someone hasnt done their homework, the Droid X2 was the first dual core device, second was the motorola droid 3, third will be the bionic

even though they may be 3G devices, they are still very good devices, no use to being "4G WiMax" if you cannot get a signal

Sprint's lineup does not rule all carriers but Verizon's lineup with LTE Beasts (thunderbolt, droid charge, revolution), Droid Incredible 1&2, Motorola Droid series, iPhone

mhmmdy123 says:

Good for you and VZW network, I had VZW TBOLT, I can't get even one par inside. The clinic were I work, and I had drop calls on I-96 in Detroit, MI. And in my house really weak signal too, I live in Canton,MI, I took it back and return to Sprint, at leas I have no drop calls. And cheaper. Price too.

That's exactly why I got rid of Verizon, dropped calls! It was ridiculous.

AnGeLFaCe77 says:

verizon and moto will always win no matter how people think. The first dual core was a moto phone but it was the atrix first :) Moto will always come up with the latest technology

The LG Optimus 2X was the first.

AnGeLFaCe77 says:

not it does not verizon let them go first and then verizon phones always destroy sprint phones. i have to admit the photon its looking pretttty nicee on sprint :)

AnGeLFaCe77 says:

not it does not verizon let them go first and then verizon phones always destroy sprint phones. i have to admit the photon its looking pretttty nicee on sprint :)

NerveBag says:

At that price point, what the hell? Might as well just buy it full price and not be locked in for two years. I'm still limping along with my OG Droid (since 11/2009). I'll definitely check out the Bionic in person and see if the pentile screen kills my buzz. The only problem I've ever really had with my Droid is that the headphone jack SUCKS! Hopefully they've fixed that.

The only other near-term phone I have a jones for is the Vigor. I like HTC. But I'm not sure if I have the willpower to wait for it. And I'm afraid the battery life is going to kill it. I know you're all gaga about the GSII, but I know too many people with Samsung phones that have myriad problems. And they're terrible about updating to the latest version of Android. Plus, Sammy screwed me for a LONG time on my "3D-ready" 67" DLP TV getting 3D capability, so I have a bad taste in my mouth for them. Not that that's directly related. :-)

I can't wait long enough for the Prime, especially if it's a Samsung phone -- as much as I'd like another vanilla Android experience. I have to jump in again at some point, and unless the Bionic just absolutely blows, I may have to accept it and hope I can sell it for a couple hundred if the Vigor ends up being the be-all end-all. That HD screen's going to suck the battery dry though, I'm afraid. Maybe pentile is worth it if I can get a full day's use without recharging.

Just my two cents.

feivel#AC says:

Worth it if easily rooted from day one, with LTE. If locked down, worth much less.

techninja says:

I'm hearing so many people say $299 is understandable for 4G. I guess whenever a duo core Iphone 4G release it'll cost $299...yeah, I'm sure it'll be a much more reasonable $199 like every other iphone.

I don't understand the whole "it has lte!" thing anyway. You can't use it for more than a half hour because of killing the battery.

afazel says:

Like I posted on the Android Central Facebook page:

Ha. Hah. Hahaha.

IceDree says:

Why people are upset about the BIOINC costs 299 on contract ? while the Charge & the ThunderBolt costs the same ?
You guys got it easier with the whole contract thing , even at full price the BIONIC's - 600 USD is very good deal

that's a bit pricey.

If people could just wait 3-6 months, ICS will be out, and on even better phones. now is a terrible time to start a 2 year contract.

And who knows when they'll update the Bionic to ICS. They're having a hard enough time just getting the phone released.

kandiman1224 says:

"FUCK YOU" Verizon/moto, with a two year fucking agreement and 6 months waiting and lower tech screen, sincerely FUCK YOU VERIZON! You god aweful pricks

TTGTOVR4 says:

U mad

dacp283 says:

Someone obviously didn't get enough hugs from his mom.... geez

AnGeLFaCe77 says:

you need to fuck yourself first now shut up

mufc1991 says:

For Dual Core AND LTE I say fine...But not for that Droid Charge. Amazaon will have it cheap soon enough though. I hope it isn't too long after it's release. By October I'm sure we'll see some deals.

DWR_31 says:

All this talk about which network is better. If you want faster speeds and don't mind getting rapped on data charges, than Verizon is for you.

If you want unlimited data (when you can get a signal), try Sprint.

KillerG says:

Ehhh I've been thinking it would end up being $300. Amazon should have it cheaper (I think I've seen every new Verizon phone get on there at least $50 cheaper on launch day). I don't mind as much, if I'm going to buy a phone for 2 years, might as well get what I want. No way I can wait any longer for any other phone that I "might" like, compared to a phone I know I'll like since I like Motorola phones in general.

icu says:

Sorry I haven't been following the Bionic drama, but am I the only one that sees that the word "Droid" does not appear in front of "Bionic"? Are we certain it will be in the Droid line?

How does a significantly lower retail cost lead to an $100 higher cost with upgrade?

They think the phone is worth less and costs them less to make, but the phone costs as much or more then any other phone when on contract?

Makes no sense...

Mepaphoros says:

Let's face it, many of you would still be defending this thing if it was $399.

Mmmmmh, I think I'll pass. $299 is too much money upfront, even if it is the Bionic.

Cipherr says:

$299 is ridiculous, I dont care what anyone says. In 2 months a boatload of us will be buying ICS based Android Nexus Prime phones which all appear so far to ship with 720p screens, no capacitive buttons for larger displays (or smaller phones) and 1.5 ghz dual core chips and 4g/Wimax/LTE/HSPA+ or WHATEVER flavor your carrier offers. A phone like the Bionic has no damn business going for 299 with those phones right around the corner. Its ridiculous. Wait 3 months and the demand for the ICS phones and the IPhone 5 will absolutely gut the prices of phones like the Photon, Galaxy S2, and the Bionic.

The same way the droid 3 went from like 199, to being $49.99 on Amazon before you could even unbox the darn thing.