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MAP price for Motorola DROID BIONIC is $299 with possible September 8th release date

0. phoneArena 18 Aug 2011, 20:34 posted on

It looks like we now might have all of the missing pieces of information about the Motorola DROID BIONIC as a leaked screenshot of Verizon's Minimum Advertised Prices shows a $299.99 MAP for the handset; the dates listed for the MAP hint at a release date of September 8th...

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posted on 18 Aug 2011, 20:42 2

1. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


wow. thats a high price. I was hopeing the rumors of the 249.99 would be true :( Price drop for the holidays? :)

wasnt the charge around the same price when it came out?

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 20:51

3. beatlesfan (Posts: 150; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


Charge was and still is the same price. I knew this phone would be $299, bit hoped for a little cheaper.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 21:26

5. slgnsgs (unregistered)


the charge is $80 @ Amazon LOL

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 22:41

9. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


no way this phone is going to sell good at that price. Im happy with my tb n leaked gb for now.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 20:50 2

2. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


most expensive service AND least discounted phones. Yikes. At least VZW has the coverage to back up their pricing unlike ATT though.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 21:25 6

4. nastynaps (Posts: 93; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I think I'll just wait like a week for a better phone.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 00:50

14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Or, wait a bit longer than a week and the price will start to drop. I wonder how long it will be before the Bionic is priced at less than $100? Maybe as soon as 30 days after release.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 00:53 1

15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


And if the iPhone 4G/5 is priced at $199 on contract, the Bionic will magically have its price dropped to at least $199 the day after the iPhone announcement.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 09:16

21. tshow84 (Posts: 65; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)


the droid bionic has 32gb out of the box which equals the price of the 32gb iphone....nice try though...

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 17:27

26. StillStuckWithDroid (Posts: 65; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Are you sure about that because that would be a nice selling feature for me....I have to get my kid a phone by them for his birthday but I was thinking about holding out a few weeks to see what Samsung had to offer (stratosphere, Function)

but a 32GB would justify 299 over 249

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 21:44 1

6. IEatApples (Posts: 66; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


amazon will have it for 200 after the first week or two. If you wait a month or so for the first firmware updates to work out all the bugs you would probably get it for 100-150 on amazon. I appreciate all of the people that absolutely have to have it at launch so they can report all the bugs and I'll have a non buggy phone when a buy it a few months later.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 21:49 1

7. justAthought (unregistered)


Verizon must we really pay the most for everything? The highest monthly costs and highest phone prices? Your even screwing your union workers out of benefits and all this right after you have huge quarter and make a killing. Is lte rollout that hard that you have to gouge us for everything? Perhaps sprint has a point about the twin bells thing because I don't like this trend at all. I wont be getting this device.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 23:25 2

11. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the union has more benefits than the non union employees. they are only trying to even the field. quit whining because they are trying to scale down the Cadillac plans into something more reasonable.. yet still at the top of the industry in pay in benefits.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 08:28

17. binglut9 (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 Dec 2010)


are you kidding me....They make record sales and they want to screw them out of their pension?? Give me a break .....You know what I am part of this union and scabs taking my job because verizon doesnt want to pay us a competitive salary with good benefits screw them....Then we have people like you that have no idea what your talking about... So let the top heads make millions of dollar and then take middle class america's money ohh makes tons of sense...Dont post unless you know the facts a hole

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 06:11

33. StillStuckWithDroid (Posts: 65; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


yeah because that type of rhetoric will always get people to see your point or sympathize with your group. I think before you go on ranting about competitive wages and benefits you should go out and look at what most non union people make and what their benefits are. The problem with union workers in this type of case is that they have no understanding of how good they had it. I used to laugh my ass off when the UAW used to go on strike saying they just want competitive wages.....they were actually making more than a lot of doctors and lawyers

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 18:07 1

39. cnwwyo (Posts: 126; Member since: 26 May 2011)


The unions arent helping anything except making things more expensive. Second, verizon is a business, the whole point is to make money (profit).

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 22:08

8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Wait until amazonwireless offers it, they will drop the price 100 off at least.

And why should anyone be surprised? All LTE phones are 200 plus and they offer very outdated hardware so this isn't too bad.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 23:19

10. gs2ismuchbetter (unregistered)


gs2 will be cheaper and better

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 23:25 2

12. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it probably will be the same price.. especially if the VZW version is LTE capable.
but yea, it will be better for sure. :)

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 08:32 1

18. binglut9 (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 Dec 2010)


no it wont

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 16:27

25. Chakra (Posts: 125; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)


sure sure... nope

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 23:53 1

13. cr8tive007 (Posts: 53; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Yeah, count me out... I'm a gotta have it kinda guy, but LTE is not working in my area yet, so I'll probably wait to see what the new iphone or Samsung brings out, I read Samsungs own chip they came out with is supposed to be smoking fast....I like the moto ddr2 ram though... I guess that is quite a machine in there for 299..... hmmmm see there I go again... don't forget people, another bummer is you gotta pay taxes on what the retail price of the phone is so if this one is close to 600 retail, I gotta add 9.75 percent on top, close to another 60 bucks I'm really looking at $360.00 phone.... and a 29.95 protector case and car charger... I just spent 400. I agree with the above comment and wait to see what bugs it might have, battery life, and who knows what's in store just around the corner?

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 20:46

30. Scourge (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Is that the policy of where you live? I've been selling VZW for a retailer for several years, and never heard of the selling price + tax of the retail price... When I ring out the Charge at $299.99 it comes to $328.49 with our local area 9.5% tax. If I would be adding tax of retail on it, it would come out to being $356.99 (assuming the retail is $600)

However, I do see your point with case, car charger, etc. Most of the time the total invoice (with accessories and such) comes out to being between $375-$400 for the $299.99 phones that I've seen.

Just curious on the retail price tax is all.. :)

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 23:49 1

31. cr8tive007 (Posts: 53; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Hmmm... I wish people who gives a thumbs down had some ACTUAL BALLS to back up their petty thumbs down opinion. Price of the phone is too high, plus it has a hump in the back of it that takes up about a third of the phone. I'll wait to see what Samsung brings, but I hate all the plastic. Iphone comes out in Oct so who knows. These are all facts and if you want to give me a thumbs down back it up, don't be a little girl, at least say why dumb ass. As to the cool dude who wrote asking about the taxes, yeah man it sucks. I live in Los Angeles and they charge you the tax on the full amount of the would be retail phone price, not the subsidized price, bummer I know... they said it's corporate policy. Who knows... I probably would buy that phone for 199 but with that stupid hump in it forget it. It wasn't there at CES in Feb.

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 11:28

36. cr8tive007 (Posts: 53; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


like I said, if you can't leave a comment with your thumbs down YOUR A PUSSY!

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 02:04 1

16. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Just wait for the new iPhone or galaxy Sll they are both superior and will most likely be cheaper.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 08:33 1

19. binglut9 (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 Dec 2010)


how and no

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 17:29 1

27. StillStuckWithDroid (Posts: 65; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Galaxy yes.....iPhone....LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!

outdated on release day

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 11:26 1

35. cr8tive007 (Posts: 53; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


your probably right on the iphone being outdated

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 23:55 2

32. cr8tive007 (Posts: 53; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


exactly what I am thinking my brother... the hump design of the BIONIC is what really killed it for me.... and the price... and how long it took... I mean comon, you know something better is going to pop up the moment you sign that new two year contract... and what's up with LG? I was an ENVY fan for years.... the revolutions the size of a brick!

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 10:11

22. Rich (unregistered)


6 months and $50 less... glad i went with my TB :)

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 12:29 1

23. unregistered user (unregistered)


Verizon Wireless isnt unionized. Only the Verizon parent company.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 12:49

24. tichtech (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


FALSE! Minimum Advertised Price.... read that again. MAP the is minimum price that any agent can advertise a phone at (online, posters, flyers, etc). They are ALWAYS free to sell the phone at whatever price they want to. There is no "under the table" selling going on. That is why sometimes you see those "Price so low, add to your cart to find out" listed as the price. Please, do some research, Phone Arena.

On a note, most agents do sell at the MAP price, but again, they can sell it at ANY price they want. They just can't advertise a specific price if it's lower than the MAP.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 10:25

28. NetNet (unregistered)


Verizon still has quite a few users who have been waiting for the Motorola Droid Bionic, and who will qualify for the New Every Two program, so it may be that Moto is taking this large distribution partner's (Verizon) net expected revenue into consideration. I think most marketers want to skim the early adopters' willingness to pay premium prices to buy the next best toy. I imagine the price will drop about the time the new iPhone is released. Is the new iPhone going to be an "everywhere phone"? Is it going to be a 4G LTE phone? Is the next iPhone going to have 32 gigs of exchangeable micro-chip flash memory?

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 11:42

37. cr8tive007 (Posts: 53; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I agree, I have a 50 NE2 credit, putting it at 250 but I just don't like the hump in the phone. No one else has a hump, why motorola?

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 09:27

34. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)


bionic this and bionic that. just another huge pile of $*** failure from motorola. the same can be said for the GS2, samsung and motorola=junk. I will stick with my HTC phones.

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 13:33 1

38. StillStuckWithDroid (Posts: 65; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


yeah.....because the Eris was such a engineering marvel....they discontinued that hunk of s**t after 3 months.

and LOL at the Thunderbolt.....nice battery life there

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 16:10

41. tansuperman (unregistered)


I am union, and i know we have better wages and benefits than non union. I use to ve non union. I hate seeing these greedy unions that dont know how to negotiate because of of non educated people at the top. I dont like verizon either, because they are blood sucking vampires takining all our money, and now they have these 2gig caps, that cost an arm and a leg, since they saw att do it, so they said, oh lets be like att. I stay with them because i an grandfathered in on data at unlimited for 29.99, which is a good price for lte, not their slow 3g. I sure do stick it to em by trying not to use wifi, and roiting so i dont have to pay them some 30 bucks a month for mhs. I love lte. Highest speefd i seen is 46mbps, and i average in twenties on rooted thunderbolt in las vegas.

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