FCC visited by the Motorola DROID Bionic?

FCC visited by the Motorola DROID Bionic?
The FCC has given thumbs up to a Motorola device that sounds suspiciously like the eagerly awaited Motorola DROID Bionic. The model examined by the Feds contained Ev-Do and LTE 700MHz radios. So far, so good. Add in the fact that photographs of the phone and its user manual are under a confidentiality agreement that doesn't expire until August 7th, and this is looking more and more like the mythical, magical model that is on the mind of every Verizon customer with an update to spend.

Of course, FCC filings really do not often give definitive word on a launch. In many cases, like this one, we can't even be 100% sure of which model was examined by the suits in D.C. In this case though, we can put our Sherlock Holmes hat on and look at the clues. We know that it is a Motorola model with an LTE radio and an inductive rear battery cover, which sounds like the DROID Bionic. The Ev-Do radio suggests Verizon while the embargo on the photos and manual suggests a launch before the end of the first week of August. As we reported on Friday, a leaked Verizon roadmap shows a late July launch for the device.

Adding up all the clues, we didn't even need our magnifying glass to figure out that it was most likely the Motorola DROID Bionic that met the FCC. And if we are wrong, we can't be too upset because it would mean that Motorola has another hot phone coming to Verizon.

source: FCC via AndroidCentral

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1. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Hard choice, buying the bionic retail, or buying a tablet.

2. urthatguy

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 22, 2011

bleh, pass.

3. josh unregistered

This phone will be awesome whenever it does finally come out but I hope your ready to spend $300+ dollars for it. For me, not worth it. Yet no doubt an awesome phone.

4. MpowerSkills

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 19, 2011

What scares and confuses me is the whole unlimited data plan thingy. I've talked to VZ several time, and what I've "learned" from those conversations seem to conflict which I've read in the comments here at PhoneArena. Big Red told me that the only grandfathering that will be going on if a data plan goes away is when you already own a phone that has the plan. If you get a new phone you do not ever get to carry over a plan to it. The way it now works is the plan is per phone not per customer. So if we hear that VZ is actually going to pull the plug on the unlimited plan on July 7th, and I rush in there to buy the Thunderbolt, it doesn't mean I can exchange it for the Bionic and continue the unlimited plan, because it will not be available on the Bionic. Does everyone concur?

5. se7en11

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 05, 2009

This would make sense from a business point of view. And I've heard it put like this before - "your phone is your plan". So if you switch phones, you're switching plans

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I don't agree with the assertion that your phone is your plan. Your plan is determined by your phone, but if your plan accomodates a prospective phone, you are not changing plans. The larger question is whether your plan presently provides for unlimited data with LTE service.

7. StillStuckWithDroid unregistered

I take it you havent seen the Docs that were leaked? They specifically said that anyone that has unlimited data now will keep it....regardless of upgrading phone. VZW has said it every way from Sunday and people still think it is going to be the other way. The people I talked to said not only are we grandfathered in but the switch from 3G to 4G isn't a problem either. Verizon can be dumb but they weren't going to be totally stupid.....they have had a hard year so far as it is with the changes.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And Verizon would never lie. Unless they were speaking. Verizon phone reps are the most unreliable source there is. I've never been able to call two different reps about the same issue and gotten matching responses. Always two totally different answers. When I got on the Talk, Text and Data promo, I specifically asked if upgrading would drop the promo. "No," I was assured. Two months later I got the wife's and daughter's NE2 upgrades, and the promo dropped. Called in and the first rep stated there was nothing that could be done, once a promo dropped, there was no physical way to re-enter it on the account. The computer system would not allow it. Hung up, dialed again, and rep #2 said, "No problem." Three minutes later, it was back on.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I'm not defending Verizon when I say this, but that pretty much describes EVERY CUSTOMER SERVICE. You can call any kind of customer service line and you can get different answers about things. One will say yes, one will say they don't know, and the other will say no way.

20. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Also sometimes with Verizon you may get a Verizon employee, or you may get an outsourced cust service rep. Also just in general you get good and bad employees. Good ones find solutions bad ones try to get a break.

24. careatasu unregistered

Verizon doesn't outsource any customer service reps.

26. yep unregistered

You better believe they do. Not over seas, but domestically they do. 100%

30. notheydon't unregistered

My Wife works at Verizon Corporate. They DO NOT outsource at all. However, they do hire many mentally defective dolts.

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well. The Bionic is one step closer to reality.

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

With the various changes that have occurred regarding the Bionic (in testing, pulled from testing, release delayed, etc.), I wonder if the specs have changed as well? How much RAM? What GPU? What CPU? Is it still equipped with a 4.3" qHD screen? And, and, and.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I am willing to bet that this phone only has 512 MB of RAM and the same dual core processor of the Droid X 2. The kicker is that it has LTE and apparently a 4.5 inch display with gingerbread 2.3.4

13. trailblazen unregistered

rory, if you check over at android central there is a post from DaBlackMamba about some leaked specs for the bionic he came across at his job and it looks to have been bumped up to the 1ghz DDR2 from 512 and for the processor a dual core TI OMAP 4440/4460 chipset.

14. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Apparently since I have an iPad which I like for the most part won't let me reply to each post but to the three hundred price tag I garantee it will go down fast soon that's how they all do it. To the grandfathered people they will try and say you have to switch to some people and it will trick a lot to switch but people still have alltel plans and older don't think even if they Chang there minds you can't talk to the right manager and keep your plan. I really like this phone and it looks like it might be released at the same time Portland area gets 4g but also the same as the iPhone. I have an iPhone 4 and a droid x and I like the both for different reasons so I am really not sure what to get I have been up for an upgrade since January and am not satisfied with any phone enough that makes me want to use it yet.

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If your iPad was Flash friendly, you would be able to reply to each post.... :-). BTW, this reply is being made from an HTC Flyer.

23. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Doug your an a hole. Instead of helping you brag about your tablet. Btw this reply was done with an iPhone. Yeah just use skyfire then click on the name of the person you want to reply to and bam it works. Suck on that.

28. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

the same can be done without skyfire. if they are registered click on their name...if they are unregistered click on the image icon.

27. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

I can reply to every post on my iPad...

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered


21. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

When there damb good and ready.

19. shevy unregistered

I don't know about u guys, but I'm sick of waiting on this phone. Yes, I have no patients but that's life..I'm going to just get the nexus 4g...Motorola is full of sh....don't u guys thinking this phone is going to be a hunk of junk...red flag...if the manufacturer says, it has to delay a phone due to bugs.then you guys should be worried..it don't take 7 months to fix a bug or update the the phone's software ... this phone has been bad from the start ..proceed with caution ..

29. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Why should we be cautious? Every smartphone starts with bugs...Motorola was just voicing the obvious. I'd rather have them fix as many issues as they can point out vs. rushing to release a half done device b/c people are getting impatient.

22. bcandrews

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 03, 2011

I am due for an upgrade on July 27th. I was very concerned when I heard the news about Verizon taking away the unlimited data plan. After contacting customer service, I was told that as long as I continued with my current unlimited data plan, it would could carry over with my next upgrade. Like many people, I am holding out for the Motorola Droid Bionic and currently have the first Droid phone. The customer service rep told me if I ever decided to drop the unlimited plan in the future, then I would not be able to get it back. So basically, I feel more confident knowing that I'll be able to hold onto my unlimited plan and am eagerly awaiting my upgrade!

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