Wake Up, Humans: DROID by Motorola Goes on Sale Early

droid_by_motorola_frontopen_vzw_eye_lrExtended Hours, In-Store Demos, Unique Times Sq. Billboard, Other Events Planned For Nationwide Debut at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores

 Many of Verizon Wireless’ more than 2,000 Communications Stores will open early Friday (Nov. 6) to give customers the earliest opportunity to purchase the DROID by Motorola on its first day of sale. Some stores will open at 7 a.m. and others at 8 a.m. Customers should check local stores for their opening hours. (Mall stores will not open early.)

Customers visiting Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on or after Friday, Nov. 6, will not only be able to purchase the world’s first smartphone with Android(TM) 2.0, they can also learn about its variety of advanced features and functions. Verizon Wireless will host demonstrations at select locations to help customers get the most from their new DROID by Motorola devices.

Also on Friday, Verizon Wireless will create a first-of-its-kind interactive experience in New York City called, “DROID Does Times Square.” This experience will let callers control two of Times Square’s largest digital billboards — the NASDAQ and Reuters signs — using only voice commands.

The digital billboards will instruct passersby to call a toll-free number (1-888-376-4336) to search locations in the Times Square area. Participants can search for practically anything (e.g. their favorite cuisines, plays, movies, stores), and the search results will be displayed on the digital billboards using Google Maps. This activity takes place from Nov. 6 through Nov. 20, daily from 12:30 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. and from 6:00 a.m. on Nov. 27 through 2:00 a.m. on Nov. 28. Beginning Nov. 6, Internet fans worldwide can also view the experience in real-time by visiting www.droiddoes.com/timessquare.

DROID by Motorola will be available in the United States exclusively at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online on Friday, Nov. 6, for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

The DROID by Motorola features high-speed Web browsing, voice-activated search, a customizable large screen, access to thousands of Android applications and hundreds of widgets, and the largest 3G mobile network in the country. To learn more, visit http://news.vzw.com/news/2009/10/pr2009-10-27.html  Experience the all-new DROID by Motorola at www.droiddoes.com.

For a list of Verizon Wireless Communications Store locations, visit www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/storelocator/index.jsp

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving 89 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD).