How much is too much? I mean, if you’re pretty much forced to sign a two-year contract with a carrier, you should at least get very good upfront prices for phones, right? Look, over in the UK they can have any phone for free (except the iPhone perhaps). Not so in the US, but still – during the past few years all the carriers have charged a maximum of $199.99 for new high-end devices. With some exceptions, sure, but that was generally the unwritten rule.
A rule that Verizon seems intent on changing. First with its HTC Thunderbolt 4G which it priced at $249.99. But that, apparently, wasn’t enough, for the upcoming Samsung Droid Charge, another 4G LTE capable device, will cost $50 more than that. Yes, the information that leaked at the end of March seems to have been correct after all, no matter how implausible it sounded. The Samsung Droid Charge will set you back $299.99 with a new two-year contract.
How do we know? What you see above are Walmart’s price tags for the superphone. And Walmart usually shaves exactly $1.11 off the carriers’ prices, since it seems to love the number 8 for some reason. So, you’ll be able to get a Droid Charge from Walmart for $298.88, and from Verizon for $299.99 – it’s pretty clear right now.
What remains to be seen is whether anyone will end up actually shelling out that much cash for a device that’s very similar to the Thunderbolt, which is cheaper – or, if you disregard the 4G LTE data capabilities, they’re both very similar to many other high-end devices priced $100 or $50 less, respectively.
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