Verizon: There'll Be Enough Motorola Droid Xs For Everyone


Verizon has made it crystal clear that the anticipated Motorola Droid X smartphone won't suffer the same summer smartphone supply shortage as many of its chief rivals.

The carrier this week said the Droid X, which will officially launch on Thursday, will be plentiful and inventory will be sufficient. Verizon's guarantee comes as the HTC Droid Incredible, another Google Android-based smartphone on Verizon's network, has been out of stock and unavailable due to unexpected demand.

"While we are currently experiencing delays on orders of one of our more popular phones, we view that as an anomaly driven by a combination of supply and popularity. At present, we feel that we have done everything possible to ensure we have inventory to meet customer needs around the Droid X -- the proof will be in the execution on July 15," a Verizon spokesperson told CNET in an interview.

The Motorola Droid X is an early contender to be the smartphone to beat this summer. The smartphone packs a 4.3-inch display, video capture for 720p video, HDMI output, 1GHz processor, 8 GB of memory, 16-GB microSD card, 8-megapixel camera, no physical keyboard, Swype touch-screen typing software, version 2.1 of Android (with 2.2 on the way later this summer), 3G Mobile Hotspot capability, and a range of content options thanks to strengthened partnerships with Skype Mobile, Blockbuster, Redzone and other providers.

And the Motorola Droid X, which has already received high praise, has a leg up on its competition if indeed it can fulfill the demand when it hits stores on Thursday.

So far, the hottest smartphones this summer have been plagued by supply shortages, leaving consumers scrambling and searching to get their mitts on the latest and greatest devices.

The Verizon HTC Droid Incredible, which has been on the market since April, is currently on back order, according to Verizon, and won't ship until around Aug. 10, the carrier said on its Web site.

Meanwhile, the Apple iPhone 4 is in short supply nationwide and orders placed today via Apple's Web site aren't expected to ship for three weeks or so.

At the same time, the HTC EVO 4G, another summer smartphone blockbuster, has incurred perpetual delays and shortages since Sprint launched the device in early June.

With three of the season's hottest smartphones MIA, if Verizon keeps its word and has enough Droid Xs to go around, that could be what helps it win the summer smartphone showdown.