HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE to launch July 5th according to Verizon's Equipment Guide

HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE to launch July 5th according to Verizon's Equipment Guide
After the HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE failed to launch on June 21st as originally expected, speculation immediately focused on July 5th as a launch date for the phone. That date has now been confirmed by Verizon's Equipment Guide. The HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE appears to have a clean bill of health and the delay seems more likely due to Verizon's inability to figure out where the phone fits in the carrier's summer lineup.

With the Samsung Galaxy S III coming to Verizon around July 11th, that phone will no doubt replace the Motorola DROID MAXX at the top of the Verizon food chain. Releasing the hottest smartphone in the world before the DROID Incredible 4G LTE would certainly put a damper on the latter's sales which is why Verizon plans on launching the HTC unit first. Additionally, with the 16GB variant of the Galaxy S III priced at $199.99 with a 2-year pact, that would make it hard to nearly impossible to find buyers for the mid-level HTC model at the same price. That is why it appears that buyers of the HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE will receive a $50 mail-in-rebate to take its price down to $149.99. The $199.99 price in the Equipment Guide obviously doesn't include the rebate.

Another interesting matter is that starting on June 28th, anyone upgrading to a new phone at Verizon will no longer be grandfathered into the unlimited data program. By waiting until after that date to launch this phone, and the Samsung Galaxy S III for that matter, the carrier is enticing all of those subscribers with unlimited data out of the woodwork to be exterminated and given a tiered data plan as a replacement.

source: DroidLife

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DROID Incredible 4G LTE
  • Display 4.0 inches 960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus 1GB RAM
  • Storage , microSDHC
  • Battery 1700 mAh
  • OS Android 4.0 HTC Sense UI

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