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Droid Charge Release May be Delayed Due to Verizon LTE Outage

Droid ChargeThe Verizon 4G LTE outage may have another victim beyond your lack of ability to connect: The sale of the Droid Charge.

While Verizon is sorting out the issues it is having with its 4G LTE network right now, there is a deadline looming beyond getting customers back online, and that is the scheduled release of the Droid Charge tomorrow, April 28th.  We’ve been following this phone ever since it didn’t have a name back at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and we even got some spy video of it earlier this month, so we’ve been quite excited for this handset, so imagine how crestfallen we will be if it can’t be purchased tomorrow.

As we noted earlier, no activations of new 4G LTE devices are possible while the network is down.  As Kyle Sandler of The Droid Guy points out, Verizon won’t sell a device on contract without activation, so there would be no way to get the Droid Charge tomorrow at the subsidized price.  You could, in theory, pick it up at full price and activate it later, but who is going to want to do that?

It’s possible that the LTE network will be back up by tomorrow morning and this will be a moot point, but if it isn’t up and running, the phone you’ve been waiting for may have to wait just a little while longer.  Sure it’ll be disappointing, but it’s definitely better than paying full price for a handset when it might be a matter of just a day, or even mere hours, before you can get it at the contract price.

For those who don’t remember the specs of this new phone, here you go.

Samsung Droid Charge Specs

  • Android 2.2, Froyo
  • 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED Plus display (same as on the Galaxy S II)
  • Rear 8 MP camera with LED flash, front 1.3 MP cam
  • 1GHz processor
  • 4G LTE compatible, including hotspot (for up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices on LTE, and 5 devices on 3G)
  • microSD, microSDHC
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • A-GPS
  • Accelerometer

Will you wait until you can activate the Droid Charge on contract?  Are you disappointed?


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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...


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