Droid X Latest Victim Of Summer Smartphone Shortage


Despite Verizon's insistence that the Motorola Droid X would have ample supply to meet the demand when it hit stores on Thursday, Verizon sold out of the hot smartphone online and the shelves in some Best Buy and other retail stores have gone bare.

The Motorola Droid X, the latest Google Android smartphone, now joins the ranks of other hot smartphones that have sold out this summer, leaving the gadget-hungry masses scrambling for some of 2010's hottest smartphones.

The Droid X deficiency comes just days after Verizon promised that there would be plenty of Droid Xs to go around. The Droid X is one of the most anticipated smartphones of the season. The Verizon Web site on Friday indicated that the Droid X was out of stock: "Due to high demand, this device will ship by 7/23," the site noted.

In addition, a statement from Verizon posted on Android Central read: "This has been a very good day one for Droid X sales. Customers were in line at midnight in some markets, in other places there were lines when the stores opened and in other stores there has been a steady stream of customers. We have been successful at keeping up with early demand but at present inventory in some parts of the country is either low or out. (It truly varies around the country.) Since we have weekly shipments planned, customers can still order phones and can expect them to be shipped on or before July 23."

Verizon's guarantee that the supply of Droid Xs would meet the demand, and its subsequent shortfall, comes on the heels of three of the most coveted smartphones this summer selling out or being back-ordered.

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 seen perpetual delays and shortages since Sprint launched the device in early June.