While it won’t hold up to the most recent of Verizon’s superphone offerings, the DROID Charge is a downright steal at just north of free. On the Verizon website it’s still a full $199.99 on-contract. Its specs are still pretty high-end, including a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel camera, a 1.3mp front-facing camera, all running on a 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Android 2.2 Froyo and only 2GB of onboard memory are a little hard to swallow, but Gingerbread is coming (right, Verizon?) and what more do you want for a penny? And if that’s not enough, Amazon’s offering $15 of credit to spend on its digital offerings, including apps from the Amazon app store, MP3s or Kindle books.
As of right now, the DROID Charge is the cheapest 4G phone you can get for Verizon, provided that you buy from Amazon. If HTC is more your style, existing customers can get in on a $50 Thunderbolt. Amazon Wireless continues to deliver some stellar deals on Android phones. Just last week the brand new HTC Rhyme was discounted from $199 to $79, including all those color-matched accessories. If you’re in the market for a new phone (and your current contract is up), you might consider waiting a couple of months to see what kind of deals Amazon cooks up.