What's a Motorola DROID BIONIC sans microSD card? $99 on contract

What's a Motorola DROID BIONIC sans microSD card? $99 on contract
Remember all of the hype relating to the Motorola DROID BIONIC that peaked during last summer? The model was originally displayed at CES 2011 and caught a buzz from Verizon customers thinking ahead about which handset would replace their current model. But that variant of the phone was pulled by the manufacturer and replaced with a newly configured model. Launched at the high-end price of $299.99 with a signed 2-year contract, the DROID BIONIC's reign as Verizon's flagship model was brief as the "impossibly thin" Motorola DROID RAZR soon took the crown.

With the recent launch of the Motorola DROID 4, the Motorola DROID BIONIC now seems like an afterthought despite having some high-end specs that still sound good today. And you know what sounds even better? The new $99.99 price for the phone at Verizon with a signed 2-year pact. In order to bring the price down, Big Red pulled out the 16GB microSD card that originally came for free with the phone. That still leaves 16GB of native storage, which of course actually offers less than that amount for your use. And if you need more storage, you can take the money you have saved and buy a 16GB microSD card.

The bottom line is that paying just $99.99 for a dual-core phone with LTE connectivity seems like a good deal for Verizon customers, erspecially for a model that at one time was the talk of the town.

source: Verizon via electronista

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



1. StillStuckWithDroid

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Yes Verizon.....just slap us in the face a little more please. First it was delayed forever.....then the flagship phone for about 3 weeks....now we find out it will not get ICS till probably 2013 the phone isnt a bad phone now that it has gone through about 3 updates but still for it to already be down to under $100.....maybe my last foray into Motorola

2. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I was offered it as a refurb to replace my 5th Bolt, and honestly, I still like the bolt and all it's problems better. I'm debating on getting either the Gnex, rezound, or see what else HTC offers in the spring. But I can't deal with this thing for another year. Anyway, I wholeheartedly agree. Unless El Goog can do some major restructuring and get rid of the stupid blur interface.

4. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

just let them replace your Thunderbolt with a Bionic and sell it to bury the cost to buy a Razr or a Rezound or something on craigslist. that's what i did with my Bionic. o:

6. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

What's the magic word? Because I'm on my 3rd Bolt refurb, and have absolutely ZERO thought another would solve anything! They said I could have a Bionic or a Razr and use my upgrade early and I said "Hell no" because I don't feel like having a phone out now until 2014. Then he tried to get me to buy VCast Navigator! WOO!

8. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it's a matter of getting a rep that's not a total stickler.

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The entire staff at Verizon's refurbishing plant in Texas needs to be retrained or fired. They can't "refurbish" phones worth s**t.

7. CellieCell

Posts: 151; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

look on the bright side you could always root your phone and put ice cream sandwich on it :)

3. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I guess that I was never really a fan of the Bionic in the first place. It took forever to active which made for long awkward sales that lasted an extra 45 mins just waiting for the phone. Although it is less ugly than the Droid X, it still left something to be desired in the looks department. The Razr is a much better phone.

5. CellieCell

Posts: 151; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

my best bet is they're doing these price drops to compete with places llike costco. I got my bionic for $150 with all the accessories (extra battery, car charger, carrying pouch, screen protector, external battery charger car dock, and home dock ) but who wouldn't spend the extra 50 and get all the accessories! ? and honestly weather if it's the razor, nexus, Rezound or bionic I personally feel like this is by far the best buy for any average consumer . especially getting it through costco.

12. aar0983

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 26, 2011

Thats what I did too. For the money I spent on this phone I got all the accesories as well. So far it's not the best out but there isnt a phone that would be on top for more than a month or 2 anyways

10. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

This is to get rid of old stock, VZW tends to hold on to phones for possibly a year. This more than likely means that something is going to replace the Bionic. Crappy name but it is a pretty great all round phone. Does what a Droid is supposed to do, keep the product line looking good. Motorola is going to bring down the amount of phones they release each year. So my guess with the Droid 4 being the only new phone released this year from Moto, you would think that they are holding true to reducing the amount of phones. Complainers be damned, really. What the hell do you expect? Electronics game is always this way, something released now will cost a hefty markup, but come back when the it's 6 months old and you can get it for a steal. I don't know why anyone still complains about paying through the nose for the top of the line launch phones then want to complain 6 months later when others can get it for half the price you paid. No one told you to be impatient and no one forced you to buy anything. I'd quickly buy a Motorola phone over any of the other big name guys on VZW. Samsung phones on VZW have been blah, the Droid Charge was a POS, yea you probably can't even remember that phone at all, came out last year early along side that LG Optimus.thing. HTC, well the Incredible 2 was awesome but HTC skins are the bane of their existence and no other manufacturer has more Droid phones than Motorola...wonder why? Their phones are built pretty well and they wow the suits at VZW board meetings and seem to wow the crap out of the Droid customers as well. I think that VZW will currently only keep on hand for warranty replacements dual core phones and 4G enabled devices. So the Bionic will be relegated to replacement status soon, just like the X2 is about to be very soon. Gotta love technology going forward, I get to enjoy some amazing devices for cheap. My contract is almost up and 2 years ago I got a refurbished X for $49 from VZW...so yes I take advantage of everything they give me a chance to. Loyalty to a company can pay off at times, my unlimited text and web/450 mins for $69 speaks volumes. Next upgrade is my new every two, yea I still have that provisioned for my line, I can smile all day everyday.

11. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Yup, I remember the Bionic. I remember the delays, the ads, the everything. But then again, I remember indigestion but that got better.

14. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i'm really sick of you Miz. i'm reporting you.

13. dudro

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Dollar-for-dollar, the BIONIC is a great buy. I found it for less than $20, but also saw the RAZR for under $50...so now I'm torn.

15. TheHulk

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

Where'd you see them at those prices?? The cheapest I've seen the Bionic is $50 and the RAZR at $150

16. dudro

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I saw it on Overstock...

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