DROID Moves Ahead: Here Comes DROID 2

DROID 2 by Motorola will be available for pre-sale on August 11. Verizon Wireless and Motorola are releasing the device.

What it brings for you? The DROID 2 is claimed to be a feature-packed device that helps you manage your work and social life with an enhanced QWERTY keyboard.

It also promises ultra high-speed Web browsing, 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities, full push corporate e-mail, intuitive social messaging and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the web – all built on Android 2.2.

“The DROID by Motorola was our first Android device, so it is important for us to include the successor to that phone in our portfolio.  DROID 2 is not only a continuation of our commitment to Android but offers customers the features and form-factor they crave on the Verizon Wireless network,” said Jeffrey Dietel, vice president – wireless device, marketing and development for Verizon Wireless.

“With the new DROID 2, we’ve taken a big leap forward from the original DROID,” said Bill Ogle, chief marketing officer of Motorola Mobile Devices and Home Business.

Among other features, buyers can also download favorite apps from Android Market, which has more than 70,000 applications. They can store them on 8 GB of preloaded on-board memory and the 8 GB microSD card, which can be upgraded to a 32 GB SD card for a total cargo capacity of 40 GB. 

Popular apps available on DROID 2 include NFL Mobile (downloadable), Skype mobile and BLOCKBUSTER On Demand presented by V CAST Video. 

Buyers can manage their wireless accounts or their contacts from their phones with My Verizon and with Backup Assistant.

In honor of the iconic Astromech Droid from the Star Wars Saga, Verizon Wireless will offer a limited-edition R2-D2 version of the DROID 2, available only online in September. 

The special version of the phone will feature exclusive Star Wars content and external hardware designed to look like the Droid from the film saga. 

Visitors to the upcoming Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Fla., can see a preview of the limited edition phone and sign up to receive alerts when the phone is ready for sale.

DROID 2 will be available at www.verizonwireless.com on August 11, and it will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning August 12 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

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