Verizon Rolls Out Motorola Droid 3, Thinnest QWERTY Smartphone

Verizon has announced official pricing and availability for their upcoming Droid 3. With a dedicated slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the Motorola Droid 3 keeps the same form-factor as its predecessor, but it now it is able to claim special status as the world’s thinnest full QWERTY smartphone. Under the hood the Motorola Droid 3 is packing in a 1GHz dual-core processor, an 8MP camera with 1080P video recording support, a 4-inch qHD display, a 3G mobile hotspot, the ability to view photos and movies on a TV via HDMI output, and a front-facing camera. The Droid 3 is also running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and will retail for $199 with a new 2 year contract when it becomes available on July 14th.

Verizon also released new tired Data plans this week, and today they are talking about several new ways that customers can monitor and manage their data usage. For starters, they say that both smartphone and tablet customers will receive free text message alerts when their data usage exceeds 50%, 75%, 90%, 100%, and 110% of their monthly allowances. Additionally, if a customer is signed up with Verizon’s online account management system, My Verizon, then they can opt in to receive email alerts for to up-to three email address.

Customers can also check their current data usage by dialing #DATA and they will instantly be sent a text message. Finally, Verizon will also be offering a special Data Usage Widget that is available for most Android and BlackBerry smartphones and tablets.

Overall, between all of these options for monitoring data usage, it shouldn’t be difficult for customers to keep tabs on their data allowance. We hope that other carriers follow suit and offer up similar ways to make it easier for users to keep on top of how much data they are gobbling up, especially now that unlimited data plans are going the way of the dinosaur.

Update 08/10/2011: Check out our Motorola Droid 3 Review

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