This article is obviously not Verizon based, since it entails a phone that is only going to be released in Japan; however, the idea was cool enough (especially for Anime fans) that we thought it worth sharing. Android fans living in Japan who also happen to be Anime fans (and especially Evangelion fans), you may want to take not of this story. The Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo will soon be offering a very limited edition Neon Genesis Evangelion NERV Edition SH-06D Android smartphone. Both the external aesthetics of the phone, and the version of Android have been heavily modified to fit the Evangelion theme. Here's a quote with some additional details:
Here is a themed "in-universe" story video designed to showcase the origins of the phone:It appears there will only be 10,000 of the phones available, with 3,000 sold via NTT DoCoMo's online store starting June 29th over three days, with 1,000 of them going on sale each day at noon. The rest will be sold at other retailers with preorders kicking off June 16th and although there's no price specified, we're expecting it to be around 25,000 - 30,000 yen with a two year contract. As we saw when the phone was announced in March, it features a heavily customized case, hardware buttons and 3D Android 2.3 skin designed to reflect its heritage. Getting one may require some camping out either in front of a store or on the carrier's website (in Japan of course, we don't expect ot see any of these overseas), but at least it's got to be easier than life in Tokyo-3.
What do you guys think? Do you think "themed" Android phones would sell well here in the United States? Would you get one?