Verizon Wireless announces Droid R2-D2


So we know that the entire Star Wars saga is going to come in fill 3D glory from 2012 onwards, and for those whose favorite episodes are in the latter part of the space opera would be disappointed to know that George Lucas will be releasing his movies in sequence – which means you might have to wait until 2017 if Return of the Jedi is your favorite. Having said that, you can get a piece of Star Wars action from tomorrow onwards in the form of the Droid R2-D2 smartphone from Verizon Wireless, where this limited edition smartphone will feature a graphic design that resembles the iconic Astromech Droid from the Star Wars saga. This Motorola-manufactured smartphone will also look great in the box itself, where it will feature a custom box that resembles carbonite while featuring a Star Wars media dock and wired stereo headset. Of course, as with many other limited edition smartphones, this one will also feature exclusive content such as R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones, a quartet of live wallpapers, a R2-D2 Clock Widget and “The Best of R2-D2” video with the original Cantina music. Oh yeah, did we mention it will also feature an exclusive Binoculars App as well?

As for the rest of the populace (who are loyal subscribers to Verizon Wireless, of course), you can always get on the Star Wars action with the Star Wars Mobile App. Available to those who own Android 2.1-powered phones, the Empire Strikes Back app will be available from the Android Market, where customers will be able to access premium Star Wars content for a one-time charge of $2.99. Inside this mobile app, you will be able to find features and content such as :-

  • Bounty Hunt Visual ID: Find and capture images around the Star Wars universe to unlock hidden content
  • Sound and Photo Gallery
  • Live Wallpapers: Blast the Probe Droid, Luke Balancing Yoda, Navigating the Asteroid Field, Watch Bespin’s Cloud City
  • Trivia Challenge: Answer trivia questions about The Empire Strikes Back
  • Widgets

How much for that droid, you ask? Well, the Droid R2-D2 by Motorola will retail for $249 after a $100 mail-in rebate, as long as you agree to a spanking new two-year customer agreement. Apart from that, you will also need to subscribe to a Nationwide Talk plan or a Nationwide Talk & Text plan (monthly access starts from $39.99 onwards) as well as an Email and Web for Smartphone plan (with prices starting from $29.99 for unlimited monthly access).

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