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Verizon's Motorola DROID 3 Priced and Dated

Thursday Verizon Wireless announced that the Motorola DROID 3 is now available to purchase online for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement, but it won't actually be available in brick-and-mortar shops until July 14. Those who purchase a DROID 3 will be required to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package.

As reported earlier, Verizon finally scrapped its unlimited service and now offers tiered pricing for new customers. These include $30 for 2 GB, $50 for 5 GB or $80 for 10 GB. Customers will be required to pay $10 for each additional GB they use beyond their plan, but there will be safeguards set in place to warn users of their data usage before they cross the allowed limits.

As expected, the DROID 3 is a nice improvement over the DROID 2, upgrading the previous single-core processor to a 1 GHz dual-core offering. The screen is also bigger, moving from 3.7-inches to 4-inches while also increasing to a 960 x 540 (qHD) resolution. Verizon also dubs the DROID 3 as the world's thinnest full QWERTY smartphone, measuring at just 2.5 (w) x 4.9 (h) x 0.5 (d) and weighing 5.9-oz.

Additionally, the DROID 3 also sports an 8MP camera that shoots 1080p video, an HDMI jack for viewing media stored on the phone on an HDTV (in mirror mode), 3G Mobile Hotspot capabilities, Wi-Fi, a MicroSD Card slot, 16 GB of internal storage, a front-facing camera for video chats, a "roomy" 5-row QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth v2.1+ EDR, ESP smart dock technology, and even Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The phone is also global ready and enterprise ready.

To lean more about the Motorola DROID 3, head here.