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Getting a Droid or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Droid

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid' started by Kaostick, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. Kaostick
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    I've been stuck in the limbo that is WM for what feels like way too long. I was comfortable with it; I knew it. But recently I started a love affair with Android on my Touch Pro 2 thanks to HaRET and my unending curiosity. So I put a listing up on craigslist asking if anyone had an Android device they wanted to sell at a reasonable price. Within minutes, I had an e-mail from someone almost a hundred miles away saying he had a Droid he would sell for $200.. Seems like a good deal as most of the Droids on e-bay are still ~$300. Unfortunately, he wants to do this deal tomorrow, and has committed to driving most of the way to my city to do it.

    So I come to this wonderful community in the hopes that you can give me the heads up. What do I need to know, and what do I need to look for?

    Naturally, the first thing I am going to do is call the big V and confirm that the ESN is clean. But what about the phone itself? Is there anything I need to look out for? Any known issues? I read something about the back of the screen getting scratched from the sliding mechanism in another forum. Is that just the plastic that gets scratched up, or can the LCD itself get damaged?

    I have also read a lot about this "locked bootloader." I think I understand this as not being able to install custom roms, but still allowing you to root. I was under the impression that rooting your device basically took care of that, so now I think I understand that I was wrong, and will further research what rooting is on my own. But I also see that some people have custom roms available on XDA (looked there first since I'm familiar with that community due to my WM predicament) and that others are running Froyo on their Droids. Its all very confusing, and under normal circumstances, I would take a few weeks to read, research, and teach myself. But at the moment, I feel a little under the gun, and pressed for time as this deal won't last forever.

    Anything you guys or gals can tell me would probably be more helpful than you think. I feel like I'm trying to make the switch from XP to Ubuntu.. (heh) Any and all posts will be read. Thanks.
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    You can get a brand new one for $199 upon a 2 year VZW contract. Don't give that dude $200 for a used one. If you already have a line, add a line and get a brand new one. That's what I'd do anyways.
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    The locked bootloader does not pertain to the original Droid. No need to worry about that.
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    I'm spoiled and refuse to use other peoples used products unless my phone is DEAD. Don't do it! You have NO idea what issues this person's droid may have. He might just want to get a new X, or Incredible, but maybe he dropped it and it freezes? Maybe he's skeezy and the reason he is desperate to sell it TOMORROW is that he knows it typically takes a little bit for some users to report a phone stolen. Whatever the case may be, you are setting yourself up to lose $200 and not have a phone in the end.

    Wait until your WM contract is up, or better yet upgrade early at the 6 months before your contract is up date. You'll be glad you did!
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    lol, calm down man not everyone is out to con someone.. I just bought a droid off ebay for 192.50 + shipping, and its flawless condition. The owner had a case on it and a screen protector at all times (came with it) and i've had no problems. Not saying there's a possibility he could get scammed but..... dancedroid
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    I opted out of the craigslist deal I was originally going for. I started to get an unsettling feeling, and my gut has never once led me the wrong way. It looks like the second line deal is going to be the way to go.

    The circumstances are strange, but I've been through 12 HTC devices in about a year and half. I'm about to active my 13th one once I finish getting this one all backed up. Before you freak out and ask what I did to them, none of them were ever dropped, banged, bruised or mistreated in any way. I even dedicated my left front pocket to just them. No keys, change, or even receipts. Just the phone. But I managed to go from a Touch 6900 to a Touch Pro, and then to a Touch Pro 2, and no cost. Free upgrades thanks to lemon laws. This had the side effect of extending my contract a full two years each time, and also (according to the guy at the store) taking off of the "upgrade early" plan or whatever.

    So what I've decided to do is buy the cheapest, crappiest phone I can find on the internet, add a second line to get a Droid (Incredible, X?) for $199 (after rebate >_<) and then swap the number so the crap phone is on the second line and the Droid is on my original number.

    Anyway, thanks for talking me out of getting the used one. Once I told him I could get a new one from Verizon for $149, he quit emailing me. lol
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    Just a suggestion the name of the thread should have been Dr. Droidlove to fit with what came next, lol. But in all seriousness you made the right choice declining the craigslist deal IMO.
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    Kaostick, call Verizon and ask them how much it would cost to pay the ETF on your original line. If you don't have too much time left on the contract, it might be cheaper to drop the line and pay the ETF vs paying for the additional line for 2 years.

    The only drawback is you don't get to keep your old number. :(
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    Since my contract has been extended twice already and I have a full year and a half on my current contract, I'm pretty sure the ETF will be the full $350 or whatever it is now. I'll look into it though.
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    Kaostick i went through the same things u did. had a Touch Pro 2 then after using Heret's Android flashed rom on it i liked it better than Windows Mobile operating system. i only had tp2 for a month then sold it and bought a used Motorola Droid off of craigslist for $290. Droid works perfectly. its been since febuary 2010 and i still like my Droid :D