Verizon wrapped-up the first week in May with its announcement of the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE, news that we had been expecting for some time. Despite making things official for the handset, Verizon didn’t have much in the way of specific launch details to share, with neither the phone’s price nor a release windows any more specific than “in the coming weeks” to share. With May now behind us, just when can we expect the Android to actually get here? A few small bits of info in Verizon’s computers give us a little insight into its availability, as well as its price, and make it look like the phone could nearly be ready to land.
First up, the Incredible 4G makes an appearance on Verizon’s TestMan site. While not hard-and-fast confirmation of any particular release date itself, it does seem to suggest that the carrier is nearly read to kick-off sales of the handset. While that data reflects a nearly $300 on-contract price tag, that information is supposedly just the default placeholder value, and may not be indicative of the phone’s actual cost.
While we’re still not to the point where we can nail down the final retail price, a separate find in Verizon retail systems shows that the phone will get here with a $50 rebate, so perhaps now we should be thinking of $250 as the high mark for its launch price, with the possibility to come down even farther from there.
That same rebate information suggests that Verizon may have been planning to release the phone sometime this week, so there’s the chance that a short delay may have actually befallen the handset. If we don’t see it arrive next week, then we’ll think about getting concerned; no one wants another Bionic situation.