Nov 05 AT 12:26 AM Taylor Wimberly 18 Comments

A few notes before you stand in line for the Verizon Droid

Friday marks the biggest phone launch in Android history when the Motorola Droid goes on sale at Verizon Wireless. Many of our readers have told us they plan to wait in line early in the morning to purchase the phone, so we have a few tips.

1. Call your local Verizon Store

Some Verizon stores open at 7AM and others are opening at 8AM. Call the store you plan to visit to make sure you have the right time.

2. Get on the waiting list

I called my local Verizon store and asked how many phones they had available. They would not provide the actual number, but they did take down my information and placed me on a list. Check with your store and see if they have a waiting list.

3. Read your contract before you sign it

BGR is reporting that Verizon is planning to raise the fee for early termination of your contract. It went from $200 $175 up to $350. The $350 ETF will be decreased $10 for each month of service completed. Make sure you really love Verizon and want to stick with them for 2 years.

Update: As noted in the comments the $350 ETF does not go in effect till November 15, 2009 (thanks guys).

4. You will pay $299+ in a Verizon store

The Droid is being advertised as $199, but that is after a $100 mail in rebate. Best Buy Mobile has it for $199 in store with 2yr contract. A tipster also reported Walmart will have the Droid for $188.00 with 2yr contract.

5. Personal unlimited data is $30

There was some confusion that users would have to pay an extra $15 for exchange support. Gearlog has clarified this – personal accounts will pay $30 for a data package and corporate accounts get charged $45 for data.

Have something else to add to the list? Did we make any mistakes? Leave a comment.

For anyone who missed it, check out the new Droid TV spot.

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  • matty

    am i the only one that is dissapointed that actual verizon stores are 299 with a rebate while all other places are charging the 199 straight up? looks like thats how vzw is going to screw up the launch

    • Christine

      Talk to your Verizon rep about this. Mine has set up my account so that she always does the mail-in rebate for me. Tomorrow my price is $99. ($299 – $100 rebate – $100 New Every Two)

  • Jeff

    1) Some stores are even opening at 6am. I know mine is.
    2) I suggest getting buddy buddy with a Verizon rep. Know them by name if you really want a phone.
    3) The $350 ETF doesn’t go into effect until November 15th, so if you get your Droid before then, you’re ETF will be $175 – $5/month.
    4) The mail-in rebate does stink.
    5) Usually corporate accounts are paid by employers, so the most a personal user will pay for data is $30.

  • ryan

    Walmart here I come gonna call tomorrow see if walmart have in stock for Friday

  • Deez

    Screw up the launch? Have you ever bought anything at a vzw corporate store? They pretty much always have mail-in-rebates unless you shop at a premium retailer or best buy/walmart..

  • Straightening You Out

    1) ETF increase isn’t until November 15.

    2) I’m no iPhone fan, but seriously, lining up is necessary only for iPhones. Relax, there won’t be shortages.

  • Deez

    Vzw’s etf is $175, not $200

  • Titty!

    OR wait till it comes out on T-Mobile(:

  • mulda71

    350 is insane for an ETF… I dont plan on leaving vz, but i’m not comfortable with that…

  • Jeff


    Best Buy does the mail in rebate for you, so it will be $199 at the store.

  • RJ

    My corporate owned Verizon store (outside of Chicago) told me that they were only shipped 50 units for Friday’s launch. If they are gone you can be added to a list and they will order you one and mail it to your house. Suspect a 7 day waiting period for mailing it. Again, that was the corporate owned Verizon store outside of Chicago.

  • Erwin Araos

    My wife is currently a Verizon customer not under contract. She has no desire to get a smartphone.
    I will be a new Verizon customer when I switch service providers and purchase the Droid.

    Is is possible for us to do a family plan so that we share the minutes and just tack on the extra $30 for the Droid’s data plan? If so which Nationwide family plan will we need to get (Basic, Select, Connect, or Premium?)

  • Scott

    $350 is outrageous for ETF!! I switch phones so often that this is a deal breaker for me.

    Don’t worry there will be plenty for everyone as nobody is lining up except us geeks. This really isn’t “exciting” for anyone except geeks. Apple had soccer moms lining up for crying out loud!

    Droid will be discounted by another $50 after 30 days because it’s not a mass market device. Verizon is even targeting all their ads at geeks. Robots, Stealth bombers, asteroids? Seems pretty stupid to me. They are ignoring the mass market that they need to adopt this.

  • Chris

    If you buy it on the Verizon website the rebate is instant as well. It will come from their warehouse so it is less likely to run out. You get it for $199 but any oddities you have you won’t be able to work out like if you contract isn’t quite up or you are using the primary user’s early upgrade but actually putting the phone on a secondary account or anything weird like that you would have to go to the store or call in.

  • Mike

    How about the activation fee? Will the stores waive it?

  • dedroid

    From what I understand the ETF fee increase only applies if you get a new smartphone after Nov 15th. If you currently have a smartphone (or regular phone) it does not apply to you until you upgrade.

    In any case it is a STUPID move on Verizon’s part. This will just drive people away from their service. The other carriers will be loving this. Foolish move Verizon … foolish.

  • Bradford

    High ETF is to prevent flipping smart phones on ebay. Fee decreases by $10 for every month you’re signed up.

  • Former Big Iron Guy

    I had some things to do, so it was about 3 pm before I got there. Plenty of phones, no wait for me. (Of course I’d come in and bumped other parts of my plan two days before with the store manager, and she was HAPPY to see me.) Only flies in the ointment were:
    (1) That they were out of docks. Mine arrived by Fedex by 4 pm on Tuesday.
    (2) The wired boom headset I got turned out to be defective. (Not a first for either VZW or Cingular I used before…)
    (3) They couldn’t get my contacts off my XV6700 (again). This was the second time that I’d had them try. The first was earlier when I bumped the plan. I decided to carry two handsets, a Smart Phone for personal (the XV6700 then the Droid) so when I got the second handset (an En V := LG9100) that one didn’t take the transfer either. I might have stayed with the 6700 longer, but the usb port on it is shot, won’t do data and won’t take a charge. Have to charge my “PDA” now, as for some time, by swapping batteries thru the cradle. All in all, it took about 90 minutes, while they tried to get the plan straight and transfer the contacts.