As with some previous Verizon flagship devices, employees are being given a customized version of the new Motorola DROID Ultra. Well, "given" may be too strong a word - they get a reduced $99 price ($100 off) with a two-year contract. Verizon will also throw in some DROID-branded accessories, namely a free case and some SOL Republic JAX earbuds. Droid-Life spotted the Employee Edition, presumably on an internal store, set to ship on August 20th with the other DROIDs.


As seen in at least one leak, the cosmetic differences to this DROID Ultra are unique. Instead of the full black or red offered on the standard model, it has a "racing stripe" of black and red Kevlar down the back, complete with a red Motorola logo and camera module. It looks like the power and volume buttons are colored red as well. Opinions here at Android Police are divided, but I think it looks pretty swanky - if I worked at Verizon, I'd certainly pick one up. Too bad they don't get a break on that $599.99 off-contract price.

There's no way for non-Verizon employees to buy one, but these special editions do have a habit of showing up on Craigslist, eBay, and even the Android-specific Swappa.com from time to time. Those of you with friends or family behind the red curtain could probably get them to pick one up for you as well.

Via Droid-Life

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Alex Flynn

    I agree, pretty swanky

  • MrHaroHaro

    This phone says "Do you even lift bro?"

  • mechapathy

    Xoom Xoom.

  • ProductFRED

    Braveheart Edition. But red.

  • jamaall

    i don't understand why they can't make the consumer phones cool like this too

    • nxym

      because if they released this as a mainstream device, everyone will say the design is tacky.

  • Cody Shiranai

    If I wanted a DROID ULTRA, I'd get this, I am under an employee account with my friend who is a corporate employee (and I'm trying to get hired with VZW corporate as well). I guess I will wait and see what the Moto X can do.

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  • Freak4Dell

    Swappa isn't Android specific.

  • foghorn67

    Hooray Red Stripe! Hooray Beer!

    • John Smith

      Red Stripe is pretty tasty

  • MeCampbell30

    Or they can just buy a $300 Moto X off contract and be happy. Whatever floats thier boat.