Should I buy droid 3?

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    I currently have a droid 2. There isn't anything wrong with it at all, other than the numerous well documented bugs in the firmware.

    Is the droid 3 worth upgrading to from the droid 2? I don't have an upgrade available. So my only option is to buy it off contract. Is it worth it?

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    Eh, steep price to pay without an upgrade. I got the Droid 2 originally by adding a line when it came out. Then my original line was due for the upgrade this time for me to get the Droid 3. :)

    Also, the for the Droid 2, Android 2.3 Gingerbread will be coming to it soon - which will make a huge difference on the phone compared to the now Froyo 2.2 on there now. Might be kinda like a whole new phone, in a way. lol
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    Well, I'm part of a family plan. My mom owns the primary line.

    Do you think adding a fifth line (we currently have 4) and suspending service (therefore only paying the 10 per month minimum charge) and using the fifth lines upgrade to get the droid 3 for 200 would be a good idea?

    I think it would be. Since 10 per month for 24 months would be roughly 240 dollars plus taxes. The phone is 200 on contract. Total is 440 so far. The phone costs 600 on verizon I think.

    Any opinions or recommendations?

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    Actually the D3 is $460 off contract.

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    Yeah it's 460 so you might as well just buy it outright.

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    If you decide to not sign the 2 year contract, inside of the 14 days, can you just pay the difference, and keep unlimited data? Or does month-to-month lose unlimited data?

    Anyone know?
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    Well I feel stupid now, but THANK YOU for pointing that out. I was almost willing to spend 600 on this thing.

    You're probably right. It's 440 after two years with no taxes. With taxes, it'll probably equal or probably exceed 460.

    If you currently have smartphone that got a data plan before July 7 (I believe) than you can upgrade to either a 4G or 3G smartphone and keep your unlimited data plan. If you're trying to activate a smartphone for the first time after July 7th, you're out of luck and stuck with a paltry 2 gigs.



    Anyways, back to my main question:

    Is the Droid 3 a worthy upgrade from the Droid 2?
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    It's definitely a worthy successor. I upgraded from the D2 and couldn't be happier.

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    In what ways specifically is it vastly better/improved compared to the Droid 2? Were there any things that just annoyed you with the Droid 2 that motorola has fixed? How much faster does it feel compared to the d2? Is the new motoblur THAT great? Or is it just better than motoblur on the d2? I'd like to know as much as possible that you can tell me about the phone. I'm already reading as much as I can from reviews. Anything extra would be appreciated.
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    Well I was running the GB leak on my Droid 2 and it was buggy, but GB on the DROID3 is just about flawless. Blur is actually much better. I use the social networking part, but I prefer launcher pro over the Blur launcher. I like the fact that the screen is bigger. To me 4in is the sweet spot for cell phones. The pentile screen is very bright so you can actually see it in the sunlight. While it can be pixelated at times, overall it's a pretty good screen. I love the keyboard. It's practically perfect, much better than the Droid 2. The dual core processor makes this thing fly. I mean it's way faster than my Droid 2. The camera is really good too and the video quality is superb. The DROID3 pretty much outperforms the Droid 2 in every single area. If you don't have any problems with your 2 you may not want to upgrade, but I was tired of the random reboots, the slow downs, and the not so great keyboard so I upgraded and I'm glad I did.

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    Its worth it just for the keyboard... if your a keyboard fan like me

    PhoneDog calls this the best keyboard to ever be put on a smartphone
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    Well no, that wasn't my question at all. I already have the Droid 3 and bought it on contract for 2 years, extending my contract, still have unlimited, etc. The question was that if you changed your mind, within the 14 days, and wanted the phone off contract, does the month to month plan that it changes it to, still get the unlimited grandfathered.

    Not trying to thread jack, was just a simple question that required a simple answer. Having gotten the wrong answer, I have to post/ask again for clarification :(
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    I usually upgrade to the latest phone once per year, and even though I don't have upgrades available, I NEVER pay the off contract price. It's a little trick my boss told me about, my Ally wasn't available for early upgrade until 3/12. Yet here I sit, with a new droid 3 in hand, and only paid $199.
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    So, what's the trick

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    I would say the honor of the best keyboard ever on a smartphone still goes to the HTC Touch Pro 2, but the Droid 3 is definitely the second best that I've ever used.
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    It will currently only work on 3g smartphones (or presumably, any 3g phone). They will NOT honor it on 4g lte devices, or any Iphone devices.

    Basically you call up, tell them you are having problems with your phone. It shuts off randomly, drops calls, wont turn on, etc. These have to be major issues (i.e. NOT "my phone is working slow" or "X,y,z, feature is not working right". They have to be issues which PREVENT your phone from operating as a PHONE, like the ones I listed above.

    They will offer you a refurbished model of your phone, do not accept it. I usually tell them "the phone is a year old now, why would I want a used version of an already year old phone?". At this point, ask for a supervisor. Most times your call will get transferred at least once.

    The second person you get on the phone will usually be a bit tougher (good cop/bad cop). They'll want to insure your phone is updated to the latest signal, you have updated PRM, the latest version of software running, etc, etc. After all that you insist that if you aren't given the option to at least pay for an early upgrade, you're going to switch carries.

    Sprint right now for example is/was offering to pay half of your contract cancelation fee to switch and start with them. My rationale was basically, I'm willing to pay for an upgrade, I don't want outdated/obsolete hardware (lets be honest, the LG ally was pretty obsolete). This is where you ask to speak to this persons' supervisor. This representative, told me she couldn't authorize an early upgrade without a managers approval, but if I was willing to hold on a bit, she could see what she could do (when they do this, you got em).

    5 minutes later they come back saying "My manager is busy right now but she said if that giving you an early upgrade is going to make you happy and keep you as a customer to go ahead and do it, so let me get that started for you." Boom, done. Cash saved: $259, time spent: 33 minutes.

    edit: I'd like to add that, I wasn't lying in my call. All those things really WERE happening with my phone, but they don't make you send it back or anything. So I suppose if you wanted to imbelish a bit, anyone who's within a year of an upgrade being available could try this every so often.
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    So I recently just got done ordering two droid 3s from verizon. We spoke to a great representative. They were able to hook us up with my dads upgrade in october early. Then on top of that, they gave our account a $110 credit on our account, basically 1 month of service for our family account. Then we ordered the second droid 3 as a buy one get one free deal which is A GREAT DEAL by the way. The only thing is you have to pay taxes for the free droid 3, which is still a good deal. We had to activate a 5th line which is going to add 10 dollars per month, were just going to suspend service on that line.

    So we got two droid 3s for the price of one, and a 110 dollar credit on our account. Thank you verizon

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