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Considering the fact that the original Motorola Milestone was launched almost a year ago alongside the original Droid, it may seem a bit ridiculous that the device has just now landed in Alltel's measly lineup of Android phones (the only other option is the HTC Hero). Again, that's the original Milestone, not its recently announced successor, which closely mimics the Droid 2, nor a version that, if nothing else, includes a processor upgrade or at least a camera upgrade of some sort, but the original, unmodified, device.

Even more unbelievably, Alltel is somehow expecting customers to cough up $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate and on a new two-year contract, with the off-contract price remaining a steep $499.

While I do believe that the original Droid (the Milestone is the Droid's GSM cousin) was a game-changing phone, I don't believe that re-releasing it about ten months later is a fair decision on Alltel's part, especially when they're selling it at the price of most modern top-of-the-line devices and when their only other Android-based alternative is an even older phone that will never see the light of official FroYo. I have three words of advice for Alltel: get the EVO. Otherwise, if this is the best phone Alltel can score, we certainly won't be taking it on as our wingman.

Source: Alltel via DroidLife

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • http://www.twitter.com/omegablaze Omega Blaze

    The phone is great.

    It's called a "Motorola Milestone" because it Verizon has exclusive right to the name "Droid". (It's just a droid.)

    I bought this phone yesterday and i already have froyo 2.2 on it.

    Wayyy better than the HTC Hero that Alltel has to offer.

    -Omega Blaze

    • mitch

      How did you get the froyo update? I bought this phone about a week ago and it won't let me download it.

  • ankou0

    alltel is owned by vzw, so this price is a tactic to get alltel customers to switch to vzw based services. vzw is trying to screw people to following their lineup and no one else's

    • MWhite

      Not all Alltel market were purchased by Verizon. This has been released to the original Alltel markets that are not Verizon, which I am in. So we tend to get the left overs for a while til the other carriers get first run devices. So this is released in a true Alltel market.

  • http://data5torm.com alfalfa

    looks like the best phone they got, all the others look like crap. i will probably get this phone later when the price drops. while the atni alltel service has 5 bars here compared to verizon with 1 or 2 bars, at&t has zero. doesn't make sense since verizon had control of the towers at one point, why they did not integrate it into their service is just plain stupid. now i hear they putting up a new tower, but that just a rumor that's been going around for a year.