Verizon Delays Droid Charge Sales as LTE Comes Back Online
Yesterday, with Verizon LTE service still down, we started getting nervous about the prospects for today’s planned launch of the Samsung Droid Charge. While Verizon wouldn’t speculate as to what would happen today, company policies certainly gave the impression that, failing an LTE resurrection, anyone looking to buy a Charge today would be out of luck. While the day has started off with no Charge to be found, a newly-restored LTE network means we could end up seeing the phone, after all.
Verizon had said that it would not be activating any LTE-capable phones until its LTE network was fully up-and-running again; no activation means no sales. In spite of this, as late as yesterday evening we had heard that Verizon stores were still anticipating to start selling the Charge today, just as planned. As dawn broke today, we could see that Verizon had gone live with sales of the HTC Droid Incredible 2 and the Casio G’zOne Commando, but sure enough: no Droid Charge to be found.
Engadget has reported seeing an internal Verizon communication describing “unexpected delays” forcing the launch to be postponed, though with no word of when sales might finally be able to begin, or what would need to occur to make that happen.
Most recently, Verizon’s managed to restore nationwide LTE service, but there’s been no further word about the Charge. Everything’s clearly in place for sales to begin, as soon as the carrier gives the nod. It’s possible that it may want to see how LTE holds up throughout the rest of the day, but Charge sales could start as soon as this afternoon. Erring on the side of caution, it may simply wait until tomorrow to launch the smartphone. At least this delay promises to be one of the shortest we’ve seen.