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Motorola DROID 4 cut to $199.99 before launch according to the latest Verizon MAP

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Motorola DROID 4 cut to $199.99 before launch according to the latest Verizon MAP
The MAP list shows a $199.99 contract price for the Motorola DROID 4

The MAP list shows a $199.99 contract price for the Motorola DROID 4

Let's say you paid $199.99 with a 2-year contract this past summer for the Motorola DROID 3. How would you feel now that the same amount of cash might net you the LTE enabled, significantly cooler looking Motorola DROID 4? Verizon's latest MAP was obtained by Droid-Life and while it is not an official list of Big Red's pricing, it has been pretty accurate in the past for certain models and based on the MAP, the next model in the iconic DROID series will have a 2-year contract price of $199.99. During CES, the MAP price for the thinnest LTE powered side-slider was $50 more at $249.99.

Another phone dropping in price based on the MAP is the much maligned Motorola DROID BIONIC which appears on the list at $149.99. That is half the price of the model's launch price. The 32GB Motorola DROID RAZR will also get a haircut to $279.99 on contract.

The actual use of the MAP list is based on the words behind the acronym. The list shows the Minimum Advertised Price which is the lowest price that Verizon resellers can offer each model for in an advertisement. The reason for the list is to prevent a reseller from advertising, say, a Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX at $129 which might make Verizon customers think that something is wrong with the phone, or that it is closer to its EOL than it truly is. The MAP list is not an official Verizon price guide and while it has predicted a phone's price before, you are advised to wait to hear the official numbers from the carrier.

source: DroidLife

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posted on 26 Jan 2012, 23:24

1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5588; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i totally called everything but the 32GB Razr. xD
now tells me how much the Droid 4 will be off contract.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 23:42

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5722; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Why don't VZW and Moto just launch the f*cking handset?! At the rate they are going with virtual launches, the D4 will be down to BOGO pricing when it actually launches....

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 23:56

3. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


They have to not overlap another phones release, especially the Droid lineup. D4 going for $199 seems about right, the last time the OG droid was at $249 was when it was the D2 R2D2. If this price is correct that would be a nice outgoing gift as this will probably be the end of the OG Droid. Might show up as the Razr X or something to differentiate it as having a Razr with a physical keyboard and Razr without one. My money is on the two types of Razr's just like the Galaxy line. Stream lined and made out of the best designed and powered phones in Moto's line up.

posted on 27 Jan 2012, 00:08

4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5588; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


nope! Droid will continue! :P

posted on 27 Jan 2012, 13:45

5. fleanote (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Jan 2011)


The price points on all Verizon mega-phones is too high. As a custom of theirs due an upgrade, I just can't take the plunge on these $299+ units. This 'pricing exclusivity' needs to stop. Does anybody remember when no matter how new the phone was, it was still a penny? Your 2 year contract guarantees a minimum of $2K back from each unit sold, so stop making us feel like a horse's *ss for plucking down $300 for a unit, when you turn around in 30 days and drop it a $100, then another 30days and it's practically free. You're scaring your market away. You want Apple like success, put a price point on your units and NEVER change it. That's why Iphone's sell so well. Not just because of the technology but because of the $200 investment. Anyone on the site will agree that the $200 Iphone 4S will still be $200 a year from now.

posted on 27 Jan 2012, 14:58

6. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Know your facts, the reason why VZW phones tend to cost so much is to offset the premium Apple charges the carrier to stock their iPhone. It's great the sell a boatload of iPhones to get customers but VZW isn't making much on each of those devices sold at all. They probably make more selling any other manufacturers phones even the cheaper ones. AT&T does it too, any Network that carries the iPhone has to agree to Apples terms because the iPhone is the hottest device on the planet, once it dies down then Apple won't be able to command the Networks like they are doing right now.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 01:02 1

7. snowgator (Posts: 3205; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


This is a premium handset price point on any other carrier, but a price drop on Verizon. Geez. But, this will be arguably the best physical keyboard device on the market this year. It is most likely worth every penny. I am always glad to see a lowered price for any handset. But this LTE monster is going to be worth it.

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