Special edition always has to come at a special price. In the case of the original trilogy it was the inclusion of some sort of useless deleted scenes and a lot of unneeded CGI. In the case of the Motorola Droid R2-D2 that price is an extra $50 on top of the Droid 2′s $199 price tag. For $249.99 after a mail-in rebate and two-year contract agreement you can walk with the limited run device come this Thursday, September 30th. Per Verizon’s official announcement, the extra dough will net you a custom Star Wars dock, a special box designed to look like carbonite, and a whole mess of ringtones, live wallpapers, widgets, and photos. You even get a “binoculars” app to provide you with a Star Wars lens through which to view your ordinary world.
Oh, and if you have an Android 2.1 phone on VZW you can download a bit of Star Wars goodness onto your handset so you don’t feel so left out. It will cost you $2.99. Full press release below.
MAY THE DROID BE WITH YOU: LIMITED EDITION DROID™ R2-D2™ BY MOTOROLA LANDS ON VERIZON WIRELESS’ NETWORK
DROID™ R2-D2™ by Motorola Brings the Galactic Empire to Customers
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Verizon Wireless announced that the highly anticipated limited edition DROID™ R2-D2™ by Motorola will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com and in select Verizon Wireless Communication stores beginning Sept. 30. With a graphic design to look like the iconic Astromech Droid from the Star Wars™ Saga, the DROID™ R2-D2™ by Motorola will be packaged in a custom box resembling carbonite and come with a Star Wars media dock and wired stereo headset. Exclusive content comes pre-loaded on the special edition smartphone, including:
· R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones
· Four live wallpapers
· R2-D2 Clock Widget
· “The Best of R2-D2″ video with the original Cantina music
· Exclusive Binoculars App
Star Wars Mobile App Available for All Customers with Android 2.1 phones
To celebrate 30 years since the film hit theaters, customers with Android devices running Android 2.1 or higher will soon be able to get the Empire Strikes Back app from Android Market™. The app, only for Verizon Wireless customers, allows Jedi Masters to browse, preview and download Star Wars content related to Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Verizon Wireless customers can access premium Star Wars content for a one-time charge of $2.99.
The Star Wars mobile app will have the following features and content:
· Bounty Hunt Visual ID: Find and capture images around the Star Wars universe to unlock hidden content
· Sound and Photo Gallery
· Live Wallpapers:
o Blast the Probe Droid
o Luke Balancing Yoda
o Navigating the Asteroid Field
o Watch Bespin’s Cloud City
· Trivia Challenge: Answer trivia questions about The Empire Strikes Back
The DROID™ R2-D2™ by Motorola will be available for $249 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will need to subscribe to a Nationwide Talk plan or a Nationwide Talk & Text plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan (beginning at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access). Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
For more information on DROID™ R2-D2™ by Motorola, go to www.droiddoes.com/r2d2.