The Samsung Droid Charge joins the Pantech Breakout, LG Revolution, and record-setting HTC Thunderbolt, as one of the most recent first-generation 4G smartphones to receive a one penny retail price with two-year activation. Another thing that the above mentioned four phones have in common is the Verizon 4G LTE network. The HTC Thunderbolt was the first phone to arrive on Verizon’s 4G LTE mobile broadband platform, and immediately set records for upload and download speeds with a 4G handset. Buy the Samsung Droid Charge 4G for only $0.01 for new customers with two year contract.
According to Verizon, 4G LTE handset owners can expect speeds when downloading of 5 to 12Mbps, and consistent upload speeds of 2 to 5Mbps. There are currently only five handsets which support Verizon’s 4G LTE wireless network, the Motorola Droid Bionic ($129.99) being the fifth and most recent to land on that wireless platform. The recent lowering of these very popular 4G handsets to the one penny retail price with a two-year activation comes in advance of the Samsung Stratosphere 4G Galaxy S-class smartphone, launching on October 13. So for those looking for a solid 4G phone for less, the Samsung Droid Charge is a great option.
As most wireless carriers do, in advance of the release of a new product, the retail price on existing products is dropped drastically. The Samsung Stratosphere 4G Android smartphone will retail for $149 with a two-year contract, and carries the second lowest launch price of any LTE handset yet. Previously, the September 22 release of the Pantech Breakout at $99 was and still is the lowest launch price of any 4G Verizon handset.
When the Samsung Droid Charge was first released in May of this year, it arrived as one of the most powerful mobile handsets ever designed. The Samsung Droid Charge uses the familiar black, rectangular, slab form factor with large 4.3 inch screen and 480 x 800 pixel resolution employing Samsung’s own Super AMOLED Plus display technology. The capacitive touchscreen offers multitouch navigation, and has built in light and proximity sensors.
The Samsung Droid Charge also employs dual cameras, a rear facing eight megapixel and forward facing 1.3 megapixel camcorder, 1.0 GHz processor, microUSB and microSD slots, DLNA and HDMI video mirroring, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless connectivity. Out-of-the-box, Android’s 2.2 Froyo operating system is present, but a recent unofficial upgrade allows for the most recent version of Android’s 2.3.4 Gingerbread OS, with an official one supposedly on the way. Check out the Samsung Droid Charge review for more info.