Originally Posted by magdelaine
With that said, do you think that August 18 is the announcement date or the release date? How far ahead do carriers usually announce? I remember seeing ads for the Droid like the day before it was released (and they worked; I was immediately sold). Do they usually announce a few weeks out from a release?
Well, I'm not sure what happened with the Droid because I was out of the country for about a year and a half, and I actually came back the same weekend it was out. My wife and I needed cell phones since we are planning on staying in the US until 2012 or so, so we went to Verizon and picked out the phones we liked best. I hadn't even heard of the Droid. I was wondering why the store was so full; we had to wait like 45 minutes just to talk to someone.
Having said that, I strongly believe that the August 18 will merely be an announcement that the Bionic is coming. They will probably announce that pre-orders will begin September 1, and that it will be available in stores on the 8th.
I have no actual info to back that up; it's just a gut feeling.