If you are in the market for a smartphone, and have been eyeballing the Droid Incredible or the Droid 2, today might not be a bad time to shop. Best Buy has added the Droid Incredible to its Free Phone Friday promotion. Further, according to Droid-Life.com, the Droid 2 will join the Friday Feebie party, though I have yet to see confirmation of the Droid 2 in today’s Best Buy’s Free Phone Friday promotion online.
Verizon is offering something nearly as good as free. Big Red currently has a BOGO (buy one, get one free) offer on the Droid Incredible.
ALERT: The word on the street is that the Incredible and Droid 2, though both released this year, already have an EOL (End-of-Life) date set within the next three of four months. Rumor is there is an Incredible HD on the way, and the Droid 2, will be replaced by a Droid 2 Global (running on CDMA domestically and on a SIM card internationally). Add to that, the HTC Merge will be out soon, too. Finally, Verizon is switching over to a 4G network in the coming months, and there will be a number of new phones introduced to take advantage of the increased speed.
With all of that said, both phones are more than capable, and will be so for some time. The only unknown is how long Verizon will support these phones — namely with updates — into the future of a two-year contract. For example, the Droid Eris was barely on the market for one year before it reached it’s EOL date. Additionally, Verizon pushed out one update (Android 2.1) and will no longer support the phone with updates. It’s, unfortunately, that’s how things are going to be for a while.
So…here’s my advice. If you’re someone who loves to have the latest…wait. If you’ve been looking to upgrade to a smartphone, and want a reliable device, I would consider taking advantage of the Best Buy free or Verizon BOGO offer. Naturally, if you’re holding out for the iPhone to debut on Verizon, you were just reading this blog piece to humor yourself…or me.