The Limited Edition DROID R2D2 from Verizon will be available Thursday

If you’ve been waiting for the special edition Star Wars R2D2 Droid 2 smartphone from Verizon, you’ll be happy to know that will be available on September 30th. Show off your geekiness by sporting a Droid 2 with cool R2D2 graphics on the back and exclusive Star Wars inspired content such as:
Exclusive content comes pre-loaded on the special edition smartphone, including:

  • R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones
  • Four live wallpapers
  • R2-D2 Clock Widget
  • “The Best of R2-D2” video with the original Cantina music
  • Exclusive Binoculars App

I am confident that we have some Gadgeteer readers that held out for this bad boy. Send me a picture of you holding your Droid R2D2 and I’ll post them to this news item 🙂 Come on, I know you’re out there … in a galaxy far far away. Sorry, I couldn’t help it 😉 Full press release after the jump.


DROID™ R2-D2™ by Motorola Brings the Galactic Empire to Customers

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Verizon Wireless announced that the highly anticipated limited edition DROID™ R2-D2™ by Motorola will be available online at and in select Verizon Wireless Communication stores beginning Sept. 30.  With a graphic design to look like the iconic Astromech Droid from the Star Wars™ Saga, the DROID™ R2-D2™ by Motorola will be packaged in a custom box resembling carbonite and come with a Star Wars media dock and wired stereo headset.  Exclusive content comes pre-loaded on the special edition smartphone, including:

  • R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones
  • Four live wallpapers
  • R2-D2 Clock Widget
  • “The Best of R2-D2” video with the original Cantina music
  • Exclusive Binoculars App

Star Wars Mobile App Available for All Customers with Android 2.1 phones

To celebrate 30 years since the film hit theaters, customers with Android devices running Android 2.1 or higher will soon be able to get the Empire Strikes Back app from Android Market™.  The app, only for Verizon Wireless customers, allows Jedi Masters to browse, preview and download Star Wars content related to Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.  Verizon Wireless customers can access premium Star Wars content for a one-time charge of $2.99.

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The Star Wars mobile app will have the following features and content:

  • Bounty Hunt Visual ID: Find and capture images around the Star Wars universe to unlock hidden content
  • Sound and Photo Gallery
  • Live Wallpapers:

o    Blast the Probe Droid

o    Luke Balancing Yoda

o    Navigating the Asteroid Field

o    Watch Bespin’s Cloud City

  • Trivia Challenge: Answer trivia questions about The Empire Strikes Back
  • Widgets

The DROID™ R2-D2™ by Motorola will be available for $249 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers will need to subscribe to a Nationwide Talk plan or a Nationwide Talk & Text plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan (beginning at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access).  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.

For more information on DROID™ R2-D2™ by Motorola, go to

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with  79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit  To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at

About Motorola

Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to mobile and wireline digital communication devices that provide compelling experiences, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE: MOT) had sales of US $22 billion in 2009. For more information, please visit

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6 comments… add one
  • Adam Scinto September 28, 2010, 12:00 pm

    This is… Embarrassing.

    • Julie September 28, 2010, 4:27 pm

      @Adam Awwwww… come on 🙂 You know you want one!

  • Adam Scinto September 29, 2010, 5:28 pm

    Maybe the screensavers and stuff… But that back is terrible, and the dock is really ugly. Totally personal taste, but this is like a 5 year olds toy to me. The back should have been pearl white with that deep indigo metallic sheen that A2D2 actually has. Instead, it looks like a big sticker!

    They could have done much better… It just seems like a throwaway effort on Moto’s part.

  • Adam Scinto September 30, 2010, 9:16 pm

    Engadet’s got some shots of it up:

  • BabieBwat1989 October 2, 2010, 4:41 pm

    I bought this phone today and I think it is sick! It is the coolest thing ever!!

  • Adam Scinto October 2, 2010, 4:55 pm

    Does the design look better in person?

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