New York - Verizon
Wireless plans to give the iPhone 4 a run for its money with the July 15 launch
of the Motorola-made Droid X at $199 (after $100 rebate) and a relaxed upgrade
policy for current Verizon subscribers.
The Droid X is the
carrier's first Droid with HD video capture (720p), HDMI output, Blockbuster
video-download service, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certification
and embedded mobile Wi-Fi hot spot.
For the launch,
the company didn't implement a tiered data plan, opting to continue requiring a
$29.99/month unlimited-data plan for the Droid X and other smartphones.
full-touchscreen Android 2.1 device, which is only 0.39 inches thick, features 16:9 4.3-inch WVGA 480 by 854
multitouch display, 1GHz processor, 8GB embedded memory, included 16GB card and
memory expansion to a total 40GB via 32GB MicroSD card.
An upgrade to the
Android 2.2 OS will be available in late summer, and a mobile version of Flash
10.1 to stream Internet video will be available in the next several weeks for
The device will be
available through Verizon's direct and indirect channels on July 15, said Verizon
Wireless EVP/CMO John Stratton.
To encourage a
swift uptake of the device, the carrier will let current Verizon subscribers
whose contract is up in 2010 to buy the Droid X at $199 or any other smartphone
at the new-subscriber price. Verizon normally requires subscribers to pay full
price for a smartphone if they want to upgrade before their contract is up, a
app that will ship with the phone lets users sign up for a Blockbuster On
Demand account to buy movies and TV shows. Via Wi-Fi, users could
download the movies for local storage on their Droid X. Purchased movies will
be viewable on the phone or on other devices, such as compatible mobile devices
and TVs, equipped with Blockbuster service. Rented movies can be viewed on only
The Droid X will
be Verizon's second Motorola-made Droid with Motoblur service, which aggregates
and pushes all of a user's work and personal emails; text messages; and
social-network posts, messages, photos and the like to the home screen for easy
include 8-megapixel camera/camcorder, preloaded Swype technology to enable
continuous finger motion across the virtual keyboard, diversity antennas, and
separate front and back microphones. One microphone captures audio while the
user takes videos. A third microphone is used for cancelling out background
1540mAh battery delivers eight hours of talk time, and a planned optional
1930mAh battery adds 1mm in depth.
The embedded Wi-Fi
hot spot will connect up to five other mobile devices simultaneously to the
Internet, but the capability will cost an extra $20/month with a cap of 2GB of
data usage. Overages will cost 5 cents per MB.
Apple's iPhone 4
lacks Wi-Fi hot spot but enables Bluetooth tethering to a single mobile
computing device at a time.
New York - Verizon Wireless plans to give the iPhone 4 a run for its money with the July 15 launch of the Motorola-made Droid X at $199 (after $100 rebate) and a relaxed upgrade policy for current Verizon subscribers.