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I absolutely love posting deals and helping save our readers money, especially if the devices in question are brand spanking new. Therefore, today's late-Friday price drop on the Verizon Motorola Droid 3 that literally came out within the last few days, gives me double the pleasure.

Motorola's first dual-core phone in the Droid series, the Droid 3 sells for $199.99 directly from Verizon but was being offered at a discounted online price of $149.99 at Wirefly and Amazon Wireless as of yesterday.

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Today, Amazon Wireless decided to throw down the gloves and pushed down the Droid 3 price for new accounts to only $69.99. Let me be perfectly clear - that's a hell of a deal on a brand new slider with a 4" qHD screen and 2 cores that are faster than Tegra 2 (TI OMAP 4430). Sure, it may not have 4G LTE, but it does have 1080p video capture and Android 2.3 to make up for it.

Oh, and don't forget the bonus Amazon is currently throwing in - $15 to spend on apps, MP3s, and Kindle content. Every dollar counts, right?

If you've been saving up and eyeing the Droid 3, waiting for a price drop, this deal is for you. I'm not sure how long it'll last, but don't test your luck and grab it before it disappears - in my experience, Amazon doesn't keep prices this low on new devices for too long.

Here's the full breakdown of the deal:

  • new accounts on both individual and family plans: $69.99
  • individual plan upgrades: $129.99
  • family plan upgrades and adding new lines: $149.99
  • phone only: $549.99

[Source: Droid 3 at Amazon Wireless] Thanks @RigWig!

Artem Russakovskii
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  • Shmoopty

    Keep in mind that Amazon Wireless (or any third-party seller) makes its money by forcing you into a contract that's lucrative enough to carry a bounty.

    • scott

      How so? They require you not to early terminate for 180 days. Contract length, returns and plan costs are the same. The only bad thing about these purchases is you forfeit in store tech support. Some will help regardless, but they aren't obligated to. That is the only tradeoff.

      • http://gplus.to/LAmDroid LAmDroid

        it's not just about the 180 lockdown, it's that if u decide to terminate under 180days Amazon loses their commission, so u pay double ETF: one to Amazon, one to VZW.

      • Shmoopty

        It's also about the choice of contracts.

        Whoever your carrier is, you know that carrier has some plans that make them more money than other plans.

        The more profitable contracts will be the ones a third party will offer.

        Amazon shares that profit. It's not nefarious - my only point is that you will pay for that phone in full one way or another.

  • Chris

    The Droid Incredible 2 has been on Amazon Wireless at $80 for about 2 months now, right? Is that just rare?

  • Richard Yarrell

    Let's hope the Droid 3 does better than that USELESS DEVICE THE THUNDERBOLT ON VERIZON... http://www.androidguys.com/2011/07/14/updates-htc-thunderbolt-problem/

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    It sucks that being a loyal customer by renewing our contract, we always have to pay more for phones than new customers.

    You know what, when Google announced that we can port mobile phone number back to Google Voice, I was thinking "Great! When my Verizon contract expires, I am going to port my number to Google Voice, cancel my current line, then buy as a NEW CUSTOMER to get one of those 3rd party new account deals."

    Too bad, Verizon gets rid of the unlimited data plan, which means if I want to grandfather my current plan, I will have to stick with it forever :-(

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      The deal is from a reseller who likely gets a higher bounty for new contracts compared to upgrades, so it makes sense that they discount those more. I'm sure the new/upgrade price at carriers' own stores is most of the time the same.