Verizon to Host Star Wars Costume Contest

To give consumers a chance to win or buy the limited edition DROID R2-D2 smartphone, Verizon Wireless is hosting a Star Wars costume contest/party September 29 in four select Florida locations just before the phone goes on sale online in the U.S.

Locations include:

  • Hialeah – 1599 West 49th Ave.  (305-819-6443)
  • Orlando – 3742 E. Colonial Drive (407-894-5770)
  • Saint Petersburg – 4870 Park Street (727-544-4676)
  • Jacksonville/Orange Park – 1911-1 Wells Road (904-214-9444)

About 150 to 200 phones will be available for purchase at each event (first come, first-served with a limit of two per person, one of which must be activated on a new two-year contract).

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Other fans also will win phones in a Star Wars costume contest, trivia games, raffles and other activities. Special Star Wars prizes and giveaways, refreshments, special offers and other entertainment also will be featured.

The phone and the events are generating great amounts of buzz with Star Wars enthusiasts.  Full-costumed members of the 501st Battalion and Rebel Legion fan groups will be appearing at all Florida events, which begin at 9:30 p.m. Online sales begin at midnight.

“We created these events because there was so much interest and anticipation by Star Wars and DROID fans who love to display their allegiance,” said Pam Tope, Florida region president of Verizon Wireless.

“We’re glad to give them this opportunity with the special sneak peek, and also with a fantastic new phone.”

The special edition DROID R2-D2 by Motorola will feature all the latest specifications and capabilities of the Motorola DROID 2, plus special Star Wars markings, start-up sequence, wallpapers and displays, applications and widgets, exclusive content and more.

The collector’s edition phone is a collaboration of Verizon Wireless, Motorola and Lucasfilm, the creator of the Star Wars series.

The DROID R2-D2 will be available for $249 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

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