Verizon’s Second LTE Phone Now Available: Samsung Droid Charge is $299.99

Without any explanation for its two-week delay, Verizon on Saturday announced availability of the Samsung Droid Charge, the second smartphone for the company’s new 4G LTE wireless network. Priced at $299.99 with a 2-year contract the Droid Charge has charged to the top of the pricing tier of fast smartphones, $50 more expensive than the HTC ThunderBolt, Verizon’s first 4G phone.

Originally scheduled to launch on April 28, the Droid Charge’s debut was delayed without explanation when Verizon’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) network suffered a one-day outage just before the phone was due. Verizon remained mum about the Droid Charge’s delay until Saturday, when marketing emails heralded the phone’s availability.

Like the ThunderBolt, the Droid Charge requires at least a $29.99 monthly data plan in addition to a required voice plan. Adding the phone’s capability to act as a mobile hotspot requires an additional $20 monthly fee, which covers the first 2 GB per month of shared data. Any data above that limit is billed at $20 per GB.

 

About Paul Kapustka

Paul Kapustka is a longtime journalist who has spent more than two decades covering the information technology business, Paul most recently has been focusing on mobility and how it has changed the computing and collaborative landscape. His newest project outside Mobile Enterprise 360 is a research and analysis operation called WiFi Journal. He is also editor in chief of Mobile Sports Report, which covers the intersection of mobile technology and sports business. Paul is also the founder of Sidecut Reports, a research firm that covered the emergence of 4G technology in the cellular marketplace.