Motorola DROID 4 now at the low, low price of Zero at Verizon
0. phoneArena 20 Oct 2013, 09:46 posted on
Looking for an Android phone with a sweet slideout QWERTY and a tank-like build quality, that is priced at the low, low price of free? Then you must be looking for the Motorola DROID 4 which is now offered for free at Verizon with a signed two-year pact; while the device did launch with Android 2.3 on board, it is presently running Android 4.1.2...
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1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5688; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i hope this means the Droid 5 is incoming. o:
19. roldefol (Posts: 3338; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I doubt it. And if it is, I'm not expecting Moto X specs. There simply aren't enough people clamoring for a qwerty for Moto to offer us a top-notch Droid slider.
2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 7177; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I think the cost outweigh the benefits. It's pretty outdated and support for will probably fizzle out soon if it already hasn't.
10. 14545 (Posts: 1277; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
What costs? It's free on contract? It would be a good phone for someone just now upgrading to a smartphone. Other than the battery life. If it weren't so wide for such a crappy screen and not so hot battery life, I probably would have bought it. I know you are just trolling, but can you not just stay out of one android article.
21. stealthd (Posts: 1067; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
Free on contract does not mean free. You pay more per month to cover the cost of that "free" phone. So sure, it might be okay for someone who doesn't really care, but an informed smartphone buyer wouldn't find it to be that great of a value in the long run.
26. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2755; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
That depends. If you're on any carrier but T-Mobile, no matter what you do you're paying the cost of a subsidized phone every month. Once you're out of contract your monthly bill doesn't go down. As far as I know, only T-Mobile lowers your bill when you're not on contract.
27. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2755; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
The Droid 4 and Stratosphere 2 are the only android phones with slide out physical qwerty keyboards still around. Both are at least a year old, and so far there hasn't been any info on sequels to them, so that if that's something you need, those are your options on Verizon.
3. errodd (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)
Why bother, you can buy one used for about $65 and not lock yourself in a two year contract.
25. vananucho (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)
They're not that cheap, Droid 4 is costing from 100 to 120 bucks, RAZR and Atrix HD are on similar price points too.
4. sprockkets (Posts: 1590; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Been at $0 for sometime now. Oh, and Cyangenomod dropped support for all OMAP devices, which like, includes this one.
9. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)
Galaxy Nexus is still supported by Cynogenmod. It's based on OMAP.
14. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5688; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
16. sprockkets (Posts: 1590; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Official CM post. After 10.2 no more updates.
22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5688; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yet the nightlies are clearly still coming.
28. sprockkets (Posts: 1590; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Re read my post - all Motorola OMAP devices will NOT get 4.4 or CM 10.3 or whatever they will call it.
OF course the Galaxy Nexus won't be dropped. Uh, cause Google will keep supporting it until whenever. They have a lot more support than Motorola every gave their OMAP devices.
What part of that can't you understand? From the actual CM post of the person who is responsible for Moto OMAP devices:
"When I say “ending my custom ROM support”, I mean no more device updates, bugfixes, etc. This mainly has to do with custom ROMs like CM or others. The ROMs that are out there aren’t going to magically disappear, and devs may or may not stop supporting those custom ROMs for the Moto OMAP devices."
5. Jklaz (Posts: 142; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)
Phone stopped at 4.0 and hardware is outdated. Wouldn't do it
6. 14545 (Posts: 1277; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
No, it's on 4.1.2. My fiancee has one. It's a decent phone other than the locked bootloader that moto loves. I doubt it will see anything after 4.1.2 though, because it is a fairly old device and I think the D5 will be probably out soon.
7. JunitoNH (Posts: 1318; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
No, just means Moto is in trouble, and it continues to shed, bleed in the revenue department:
12. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1127; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
They couldn't pay me to take this with free service.
15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5688; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
really? getting paid with free service? i'd take it and take the money i'm gaining/saving and buy something else full retail.
18. roldefol (Posts: 3338; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
This device was such a disappointment to me, spec-wise. Same 4" PenTile LCD as the Droid 3, which I found hard on the eyes. The other hardware is late 2011 standard. The keyboard may be stellar, but I would not waste a 2 year contract on this device.
23. Droidude (Posts: 19; Member since: 04 Jul 2010)
I'm using a Droid 4 currently. With Jellybean the phone performs well. I don't see this phone getting 4.2 either. Sprint just announced a new Photon Q with a hardware keyboard, so there will probably be a Droid 5.