Droid Day has come and gone but there's still a lot of DROID news to catch up on, here's the latest:
Wirefly Selling DROID for $129.99 & DROID Eris for $29.99
We don't think you can find a better deal for the DROID than Wirefly's current DROID for $129.99 and DROID Eris for $29.99. It's only been three days since launch so to find it for 40% off is a complete steal. If you haven't bought your DROID yet and were planning on it, the best deal is at Wirefly. [wirefly via androinica]
Was the DROID Launch Successful?
There hasn't been too many reported lines for the DROID Launch and some people had pointed that as proof of an unsuccessful launch of the DROID. Obviously, that logic is flawed considering online orders are ignored and different areas have different demands. Overall, it looks like the launch of the DROID has been successful. TechCrunch reports that some Verizon outlets were already onto their next shipment of DROIDs after selling out their initial shipment, accessories are in high demand too. And it looks like everyone is using their DROIDs as well, Pandora CTO Tom Conrad tweeted:
According to TechCrunch, Pandora's download rate has tripled since the launch of DROID--pretty successful in our opinion. Did you guys see lines for the DROID?
Both the Droid and Droid Eris are available online so its not like they've sold out.
Those prices aren't that great when you look at the terms of service. DEACTIVATING THIS PHONE OR DOWNGRADING FEATURES OR THE RATE PLAN MAY LEAD TO ADDITIONAL CHARGES
Our goal is to provide you with the very best purchasing experience possible, including huge savings vs. buying in a retail store. Your phone purchase price was reduced by an Equipment Discount of $200 ($300 for PDA’s/smart phones). By accepting this price reduction, you agreed to repay this discount if, during the 181 days after your new equipment is activated, you: Fail to pay your balance due to your carrier each month
Disconnect this line of service
Transfer this equipment to another line of service
Change your carrier service rate plan to a lower monthly service rate plan
Deactivate the email/data feature if one was required at the point of purchase
Transfer/port an existing phone number from another account if this is a new line of service
Replace an existing account with this account if this is a new line of service
Return or exchange your phone and it is not in its original, new condition with no more than 30 minutes of usage
Eris is $49.99
Lines, or lack thereof, do not determine whether a product as successful or not. People who point to that have flawed thinking and logic. Unlike Apple at launch, this phone was available at SEVERAL outlets, including online. Even Sears (what?) was selling the Droid. Best Buy Mobile was super busy, having a steady stream of ppl coming in. Also, every Verizon & BB store in Chicago were out of the Docks. Completely out. The phone will do fine. Lines are just marketing hype.
I agree with lawilson2, i work at bestbuy mobile and the droid has been selling extremly well. We sold some where between 70 and 90 in 3 days. I dont think we ever had a line of more than 3 peolple but it was none stop ALL weekend. If you take into account the mulitiple outlets, including online, i wouldnt be shocked if we see very high sales numbers anounced soon.
The phone is definitely a success.
And for Verizon, I think this is their first really successful BIG launch in the last 3 years. Never has the company made a big deal about a phone and actually had it in stock. The lack of lines was a worry, but I think many were just expecting sell outs like the Storm and the Voyager of the last few years and figured they'd come later. When word got out that there was actually stock, then people started coming in.
Could a lack of lines mean that Verizon actually did something right? *shudder* I can't believe I just said that.
I haven't seen these prices online. Prices that show for me is $149 for the Droid and $69 for the Eris. I ordered my Droid on Friday anyway...hoping it gets shipped today!!
Check that...the Eris is showing up for $49 for me...but the Droid is still at a firm $149.
"The phone is definitely a success" - my what fanboys you are. Wait and see after 30 days how many get returned. Lots of forums are indicate that no true handsfree voice dialing is turning off alot of people. After the 15th , see how many folks are willing to sign up with that new huge ETF.
considering I wasn't allowed to buy one outright from both stores in my area (corporate) for full retail, I called VZW customer service and got one. Annoyed that I couldn't just buy it, but when they agreed to ship it to my work (major hospital) I got the phone for the contract price of 299 - 100$ MIR somehow! Should have the phone tomorrow, can't wait!
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The fact that people don't choose to queue up to buy a device does not make the launch a failure. The only device that has had substantial queues at the launch is the iPhone and the only reason for that is because the are a large number of Apple fanatics out there who will buy any old shit that Apple puts out. Normal people just don't queue to buy a phone!
The droid phone is great ..a few of my friends work at a bar and grill and they see about 20 to 25 people with it every week and everyone who see mine wants it bad...and I love the fact you can't mess up the screen !!! So don't wast your money on a screen proect
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