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

MAP price for Motorola DROID BIONIC is $299 with possible September 8th release date
A handset's Minimum Advertised Price, or MAP, is the lowest price that a reseller can price the phone at. The idea is to prevent a reseller from making the phone look less valuable than it is. Pricing a device under the carrier's MAP is a major no-no, but doesn't prevent lower prices from being charged under the table.

And while the MAP isn't the same thing as an official price at launch, the truth is that you can usually use the MAP price to figure out how much a model will cost you when released. That is why many of those who have been waiting for the Motorola DROID BIONIC will be reexamining their personal budget sheet and wished that they had owned a few thousand shares of Motorola Mobility back at $24. It seems that according to a leaked screenshot of Verizon's MAP for a few devices, the Motorola DROID BIONIC will not be advertised at a price under $299.99. That of course, includes all rebates and a signed 2-year contract.

The starting date for the Motorola DROID BIONIC's MAP is September 8th which gives us a clue as to when we might expect to see the long awaited phone launched at last. If the DROID BIONIC is indeed priced at $299.99, will that make you start looking elsewhere?

source: AndroidCentral


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DROID BIONIC
  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1735 mAh(10.83h talk time)

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38 Comments

1. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 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?

3. beatlesfan

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

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

5. slgnsgs unregistered

the charge is $80 @ Amazon LOL

9. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

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

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

4. nastynaps

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

21. tshow84

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

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

26. StillStuckWithDroid

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 19, 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

6. IEatApples

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 06, 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.

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.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

17. binglut9

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 12, 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

33. StillStuckWithDroid

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 19, 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

39. cnwwyo

Posts: 126; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

8. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

10. gs2ismuchbetter unregistered

gs2 will be cheaper and better

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

18. binglut9

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

no it wont

25. Chakra

Posts: 136; Member since: Dec 02, 2009

sure sure... nope

13. cr8tive007

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 30, 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?

30. Scourge

Posts: 11; Member since: May 27, 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.. :)

31. cr8tive007

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

36. cr8tive007

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

16. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

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

19. binglut9

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

how and no

27. StillStuckWithDroid

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Galaxy yes.....iPhone....LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!! outdated on release day

35. cr8tive007

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

your probably right on the iphone being outdated

32. cr8tive007

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 30, 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!

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