Star Wars-themed R2-D2 Smartphone With Binoculars App to Launch

Attention Star Wars fans: Verizon Wireless will begin selling its Motorola Droid R2-D2 smartphone Sept. 30 for $249.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. It’s the Droid 2, only geekier.

Proving that some iconic movies never lose their appeal, Verizon Wireless will launch a limited edition Motorola Droid R2-D2 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back smartphone at midnight on Sept. 30. Photo: Verizon Wireless/Motorola Droid

Verizon Wireless will begin selling its limited edition Motorola Droid R2-D2 smartphone on Sept. 30 for $249.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a new two-year contract, along with a subscription to a phone and an email/web plan.

Available online and in some Verizon Wireless stores this Thursday, the Droid R2-D2 is a Star Wars-themed version of the Motorola Droid 2 handset Verizon launched for $199.99 almost 50 days ago. That means it’s heavy on the geek factor and in limited edition.

The device, which customers can see on a special Droid R2-D2 Web page complete with a nifty introduction, will come in a custom box resembling carbonite, the fictional ionic compound bounty hunter Boba Fett used to encase Han Solo for transport.

The special edition device features include a digital dual mode 3G, Bluetooth, an 854 x 480 resolution, 8GB, 5-megapixel camera, and 3.5mm audio jack. Photo: Verizon Wireless/Motorola Droid

In addition to the phone, consumers will also receive a Star Wars-themed media dock, a wired stereo headset, and exclusive, pre-loaded content including R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones,

They will also receive four live wallpapers, an R2-D2 clock widget and “The Best of R2-D2” video with the original music from the Cantina on the pirate city of Mos Eisley, which is visited by Han Solo in Star Wars Episode IV.

Beyond these cosmetics, audio and video features, the Droid R2-D2 is straight Droid 2, sporting the Android 2.2 operating system, a virtual keyboard and improved slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Droid R2-D2 will also feature a 3.7-inch screen, a 5-megapixel camera and a 1GHz OMAP processor.

The smartphone will also come with exclusive Star Wars content from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, such as R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones; four live wallpapers; an R2-D2 clock widget; "The Best of R2-D2" video with the original Cantina music; and a binoculars app, the carrier said. Photo: Verizon Wireless/Motorola Droid

Other perks include the gesture-typing application Swype and 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities, allowing users to connect up to five computers and other WiFi-enabled devices in the home.

Soon, Verizon Wireless customers with Android devices running Android 2.1 or higher will be able to download the Empire Strikes Back app from Android Market. For $2.99, Jedi Masters (otherwise known as Android 2.1 or above phone owners) can download Star Wars content related to ‘Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.’

The Star Wars mobile app will offer Bounty Hunt Visual ID, Sound and Photo Gallery, Live Wallpapers, and features such as Blast the Probe Droid, Luke Balancing Yoda, Navigating the Asteroid Field, Watch Bespin’s Cloud City and an Empire Strikes Back trivia challenge. [Droid R2-D2 Web page via Information Week and Daily Telgraph (UK)]

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