Aug 10 AT 10:35 AM Taylor Wimberly 14 Comments

Motorola Charm coming soon, price still up in the air

T-Mobile announced the Motorola Charm early last month and we expected the device to launch on July 21st, but test devices were rumored to have issues and the release date was moved back to August. Most sources now agree that T-Mobile could launch the Charm on August 25, but there is still conflicting information about the retail pricing.

Originally T-Mobile was scheduled to offer the Charm for free as part of a special back-to-school promotion, but there is no guarantee that sale will still happen. Demo units started to appear in stores last month listing the Charm for $74.99 with 2-year contract and $269.99 off-contract, but newer displays now show the phone at $189.99 with 2-year contract and $309.99 off-contract.

Based on the current T-Mobile Android lineup, I believe the Charm will launch at $189. This places it between the myTouch Slide ($179) and Samsung Vibrant ($199), which is where the phone belongs based on its performance. The Charm packs quite a punch with a 600 MHz OMAP3 processor which supports Adobe’s Flash 10.1, a claim the Slide phone can’t make.

A full retail price around $300 would make the Charm one of the lowest priced Android phones off-contract. This means it would pair nicely with one of the Even More Plus plans which require no annual contract.

Motorola said during their recent Q2 2010 earnings call that they had already shipped Charm units to T-Mobile, so it sounds like only software tweaks are holding up the release at this point. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see yet another delay, but hopefully a listing on the official T-Mobile site is a good sign.

Via: AndroidGuys

Source: T-Mobile

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  • http://Website cz

    The blackberry and android had a retarded baby.

    • http://Website elvinu

      ROFL! +1

      Seriously, motorola tries to copy blackberry here…

      • http://Website Drew

        Oh, how I agree! I think this phone is hideous (no offense to anyone who doesn’t!) and I’m so tired of T Mobile pushing out these sub-par phones! Yeah, the vibrant is nice but Scamsung already sold me a Behold II so they can suck it! Come on Tmo, Daddy needs a new baby and he REALLY wants it to come from HTC with Gingerbread pre-installed!

  • http://Website Drunken john

    I’ve had hands on with this device. the back track is interesting however the keys are small and no option for on screen keyboard (at least not on my test device). good for a student i suppose.

  • http://Website James

    I predict sales numbers along those of the Kin/KinTwo. I just don’t see this taking off with such a small screen.

    • Nick Gray

      I say it’ll outsell the Kin in less than an hour. The Moto Charm may not be something that current Android users are looking forward to, but it’s a great phone for those who simply buy devices like the Blackberry of the T-Mobile HTC Dash becasue of the keyboard.

      Keep in mind that the Kin did a whole lot of social networking and that’s about it. The Charm will have a great web browsing experience, Android Market, games, and a lot more.

  • http://Website Nicholas

    The phone is a rip off. I wouldn’t expect any students to buy it. The only person who would buy it would be someone who likes the blackberry and doesn’t mind android being polluted with motoblur. If you want to spend that kind of money on a phone, then pay an extra $20 on the vibrant.

    • http://Website DROID Sam

      You don’t get it. It’s not about money, it’s about form factor. People who would buy this phone are those who looked at the Vibrant and said “I’ll pass. I want an Android phone with a keyboard on the front.”

      My wife is actually thinking about trading in here Nexus One for the Charm (I’m trying to talk her out of it). She has the T-Mobile Dash for 3 years before updating to the N1, but she missed her front facing keyboard too much. I was actually hoping that the HTC Salsa would materialize this year, but who knows where that went.

  • Sc4R3d

    It should be 269.99. If you look at the disclaimer at the bottom of the page it outlines payments for Even More Plus. “†On approved credit. $67.50 down payment, plus 3 monthly payments of $67.50, required. 0% APR. Taxes & fees additional. Available only at T-Mobile-owned retail stores; see store for details. “

  • PatrickHuey

    Honestly, its kind of an interesting phone. Imagine if the entire phone was just larger in size. It would be appealing to more people

  • Robert

    The phone looks interesting in this full size, but actually it is too small to effectively use the keyboard. At least with my big fingers…

  • Mike

    I love Tmobile’s branding approach with this phone, unlike another carrier and their treatment of an another upcoming Moto Android offering…

    *cough* Verizon*cough*

  • http://Website Andy

    I saw a dummy model yesterday at a T-Mobile store near my house, it was listed for $114.99 with a two year contract.

  • http://Website Zoltán

    This cell looks very good and I would be very happy, if could try it out and buy it in Europe..especially in Hungary asap. I can’t wait!!