According to Engadget, Verizon Wireless announced yesterday that the R2-D2 version of the Droid 2 will launch this Thursday, September 30th, for $249 after a mail-in rebate. The extra price for the phone is not just for the cosmetic changes to the phone, as the special edition pack will also come with a R2-D2 themed phone dock, as well as special pacakaging, some interesting software additions, and a possible performance boost.
Software-wise, AndroidandMe adds that the phone comes with "a whole mess of ringtones, live wallpapers, widgets, and photos. You even get a “binoculars” app to provide you with a Star Wars lens through which to view your ordinary world."
Phandroid writes that for Verizon customers that want some of the Star Wars experience on their Android 2.1 device, there will be a $2.99 download featuring possibly all of the software features that come with the Droid 2 R2-D2.
In addition, the Droid 2 world phone and Droid 2 R2-D2 phone share a similar looking appearance, with both devices having a silver bezel and white casing, with the only outer differences being a special bezel decal and the R2-D2 backing of the phone.
According to BoyGeniusReport, the stores that are receiving copies of the handsets will only get 200 units each, and after that, there will be no more.
Androinica notes that "if past Star Wars collectibles are any indication, they’ll probably be sold-out in a short matter of time (hours, not days)."
AndroidandMe mentions that there were early rumors that the Droid 2 R2-D2 special edition "would be available online only, so unless this is a total reversal you might be able to save yourself the trip and just pick it up online at midnight on the 30th."
Unfortunately, I have yet to see any listing for the phone availabile online, so don't put too much trust into that advice.
Interested in the phone? Check out the launch/teaser page for the device here to help you decide if this phone is for you. I recommend calling your local Verizon store and asking them if they know the best way to get one of the limited edition devices.
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