Why Is Samsung's LTE-Packing Droid Charge $300 on Verizon?

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The Droid Charge is, on paper, a very good phone—at least from the hardware perspective. It's Verizon's second LTE phone, but it's likely got a better display than the Thunderbolt (a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, to be precise), an 8-megapixel rear camera plus 1.3-megapixel front camera. And it's gonna be all fast and stuff.

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But! It's $300 after a 2-year agreement. I thought we all agreed, people, that smartphones shouldn't cost more than $200—$250 max? [Samsung]

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Who is in charge of setting these prices? Most people can't afford an upfront charge of $300 for a phone in this economy. We should all charge in there and demand a lower price!! Or I suppose we could just charge it to our credit cards and pay even more in charges for our sweet Charge. Although according to the site the "Mobile hotspot feature will be included for a limited time at no additional charge." Does anyone know if it has NFC so we could actually charge items to our Charge when shopping?