By Stephen Schenck | February 21, 2012 8:06 PM
Last week we heard about a new variant on the Motorola Droid RAZR that was set to arrive, and this time not just one with a larger battery. We learned that Verizon was going to start selling limited edition versions of the phone, both the original and the RAZR Maxx, as part of a numbered series and featuring a nice-looking red pattern on the phone’s rear. The only bad news we had at time was that this offer would be exclusive to Verizon employees, so it seemed like you’d have to be friends with one or luck-out on eBay to score one of the handsets. Now, though, it’s looking like Verizon won’t be having any of that, and is taking efforts to keep these handsets exclusively in the hands of its employees.
Nothing’s been confirmed yet, but after the first limited edition Droid RAZR showed-up on eBay, word began to spread that Verizon wouldn’t allow non-employee customers to activate the phone. After paying $2250 for the handset, that’s not news the “lucky” buyer is going to like hearing.
Verizon is supposedly keeping track of the ESNs for these limited edition phones, and won’t allow any to be used on non-employee accounts. We guess that’s still a nice treat for Verizon staffers, with their solidly-enforced exclusive access, but it’s no fun for the rest of us smartphone fans.