Motorola DROID 3 Quietly Available Online From Verizon for $199.99


We told you folks that Verizon doesn’t like to drum up much official noise leading to the release of a sequel device and that they liked to release devices on Thursdays, traditionally. A quick trip to VerizonWireless.com shows me that the Motorola DROID 3 is indeed available.

It was listed on their site as early as last night, but there was no real way to buy it. You could get in on the device via telesales at this point, but you should now be able to purchase one online. As for in-store, all we’re hearing is direct fulfillment, meaning you may have to wait a bit (July 14th) to check one out in person.

The specs are all what we expected – a 4-inch qHD display, a 1GHz dual-core processor (we believe it’s OMAP4, but they haven’t confirmed), 16GB of internal storage, a 5-row QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.3 and GSM radios for global use.

Remember that today marks the start of new usage-based data plans for Verizon so if you’re coming from a different carrier or if this is your first smartphone, you’ll be subject to those rates instead of the unlimited data that we hold so dear to our hearts.

Things should be picking up soon at the DROID 3 section of AndroidForums.com so keep your eye on it for interesting discussion and energetic “I got it!!1!” posts in the coming days and weeks. Head over to Verizon Wireless to purchase this thing for $200 ($460 outright). You’ll be able to get it in stores July 14th. Press details are below.

Verizon Wireless Introduces the Next Generation Droid Delivering Power and Performance: The Droid 3 by Motorola

Full keyboard, no compromises; DROID 3 by Motorola available online today

July 07, 2011

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – July 7, 2011 – Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the new Android™-powered DROID 3 by Motorola, a global smartphone that delivers power for work and play without making compromises.

DROID 3 by Motorola is the world’s thinnest full QWERTY smartphone, and still delivers the power of a dual-core 1 GHz processor for fast multi-tasking. Customers can take stunning photos with the 8-megapixel camera or capture the moment in 1080p HD video. Equipped with Android 2.3, the DROID 3 by Motorola features a brilliant 4-inch qHD display, a roomy 5-row QWERTY keyboard and 3G Mobile Hotspot capabilities, with the ability to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. DROID 3 by Motorola delivers the power needed to conquer the day whether customers are at home, work or somewhere in between.

Additional features:

  • Powered by Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Mirror mode allows you to view and share photos, videos and movies on a larger TV via HDMI output (requires HDMI cable)
  • Global ready, allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice and data service in more than 200 countries, including more than 125 with 3G speeds
  • Enterprise ready with advanced security policies, device and SD card encryption, complex password support, remote data wipe of device and SD card; document and presentation viewing and editing with Quickoffice®
  • Citrix® GoToMeeting® for Android, gives users the ability to attend online meetings while on-the-go, and Citrix Receiver® for Android, a universal software client that allows companies to deliver corporate apps, desktops and data to any corporate- or employee-owned device
  • ESP smart dock technology for a tailored experience based on whether DROID 3 is docked in home, office or car settings
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10
  • Front-facing camera for still shots and video chat
  • Video playback in 1080p HD in mirror mode

Pricing and availability:

  • DROID 3 by Motorola is now available online at www.verizonwireless.com, and will be available in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores by July 14 for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
  • Customers that purchase a DROID 3 will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package. New Verizon Wireless customers will have the option of smartphone plans starting at $30 for 2GB of data. Current Verizon Wireless smartphone customers who are upgrading their smartphone can keep their current data plan.

For more 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.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 104 million total wireless connections, including more than 88 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library atwww.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.



Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. this or the bionic…..?
    On a droid X now but I soo miss the hardware keyboard. Not for typing, but for my handy little gamegripper. Wonder if the gamegripper dude will be making one for this thing….

  2. Oh, they tantalize us! We who got the D1 on launch day as new VZ customers are not eligible for New Every Two until Saturday. It’s the carrot on the stick, this is.

    1. Interesting as I also bought the D1 on launch day, and my eligible upgrade date was 6/28?

      1. even more interesting, I bought my Droid 1 on launch day and my whopping $30 upgrade credit hit yesterday.

        1. You have to admire their consistency. They probably use a random number generator to pick the dates.

      2. I bought the D1 on launch day, and was eligible for an upgrade at the end of February. I know a few other people with two-year contracts who got the same deal. I bought a Thunderbolt on launch day on a NE2, and the Droid was on a NE2. My guess is that they offered it to some people in the hopes that they’d buy an iPhone since I noticed I was suddenly due for an upgrade around the time VZW got it.

    2. Launch day was Nov 6, 2009. The 20-month NE2 upgrade date should be July 6, 2011.

  3. Hopefully this means that my Droid 2 will be quietly receiving the gingerbread update in the next week or so!

  4. if I buy this outright ($460), do I get to keep my grandfathered unlimited data plan?

    1. you can upgrade and still keep unlimited

  5. If I upgrade and renew my contract, will Verizon switch me over to the tiered data plan or can I keep my “unlimited”?

    1. yes, you’ll be “grandfathered” in.

  6. I just got off the phone with Verizon and they claim that if I renew my contract I will be grandfathered in with the “unlimited” plan. Very tempting…

  7. why no LTE? think I will wait for a slider with LTE.

  8. I just bought the phone online… it was a contract renewel. It had the option of selecting the 29.99 unlimited plan since I was upgrading!

  9. Why would you buy a phone without 4G or LTE these days? And even more curious, why would Verizon & Motorola introduce the Droid 3 without LTE capabilities? (even upgradable would get them more sales)

    1. Because not everyone has LTE in their area or wants to pay an extra 50-100 dollars for a phone. I would never get a 3g phone again but if you dont live in a LTE area and wont have it for awhile some dont see the need.

    2. Because there’s more to making a decision based on whether it has the latest shiny. D3 has a from factor I prefer. LTE data rates are not necessary for most tasks, unless you’re heavy on streaming video. LTE phones are still inconsistent with power performance.

    3. Mainly because you don’t have those options available in your area, and you prize battery life. I’m sure those speeds must be awesome if you are in one of the chosen areas. I’m just disappointed in the screen size, and various other mediocre specs.

  10. how much RAM?

  11. I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, LiveCent.com

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