Thursday, September 30, 2010

Droid X is Coming!

We never made it to the Verizon store yesterday.  I had a few questions I needed answered, so I called Verizon.  I found out that Al can give his "new every two" credits to another line on the plan.  This way, he can keep his old phone and number that he wanted and we can put the Droid phone on my line.  All we have have to do is call them and have it activated on my line :)

We went ahead and ordered the phone online.  It was $199.  If I had picked it up at the local Verizon store, I would have to pay $299 and then send for a $100 rebate.  It's ordered, free shipping and two day Fed-Ex delivery!  The monthly fee is $29.99, but I have a 22% discount so that will help a little.

Frequently when we're going somewhere, we wish we had internet, and this will give us that.  It's small enough that I'll be able to carry it, and the screen is big enough so that I can see it (I think).  When we're traveling I can tether it to my laptop and I think there is a way to tether 2 laptops without any additional fees for Verizon.

I've been doing some reading on the Droid.  I will need to install a program called Pda-net to allow free tethering.  The phone comes with unlimited data.  I hear this may be changing soon, so that's another reason I wanted to go ahead and get it.  Hopefully my unlimited data will be grandfathered in.  There is another fix I have been reading about that would allow the phone to be a "hotspot".  It's called rooting.  Rooting basically unlocks all the features of the phone and gives you administrative control on the phone.  It's not something for the faint of heart though, because if you mess up, you can ruin the phone.  Maybe I don't need to do that!  

I can't wait to get it!

Nothing much planned today.  We kind of thought of taking a day trip somewhere, but there is really no place close to home and we're not really in the mood to drive too far.  I think we may just stay here and get more things ready to go to the garage sale this week-end.  We're hoping for a big day because it's the first of the month, and the weather should be really nice.  We may even sit on the front porch, read, and watch the birds!


  1. The Droid X sound interesting let us know how its working for you.

  2. Might want to check with Verizon, I've heard from some people that their unlimited plan is really set at 5GB per month.

  3. Congrats on your new Droid X, I've heard a lot of great reports about it. I'm due for a phone upgrade soon, so I'll have to decide on the Iphone vs Android. Luckily, all the cellphone companies here in Canada carry and support both products so we have a choice of carriers and plans.

  4. How exciting to be getting the Droid X! I absolutely love having the Internet with me all the time and I know you will too.

  5. My son who is our go to internet guy has the Droid X and loves it. He uses PDA net to tether and says that works great but would recommend holding off on the hot spot thing. He says it won't be long before that will be an easy fix but the gurus say that has not been perfected and has some issues yet. I think you are going to like it. Like I've said before it is what I wish I had.

  6. Janie & John
    Thanks for giving your son's advice. I always appreciate tips from "computer" guys! I think he's right about the hot spot thing. The more I read about it, the scarier it became. If you mess up you've ruined your phone....and I would probably mess up. I can't wait to get it, but their "2day shipping" is really going to be 5 days : (



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