Motorola’s Droid Bionic on AT&T – Surely Not: And Yet…

Regular readers of ours will know that the Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone coming to Verizon has been a topic of conversation for some time now. We’ve written countless articles about this handset, which was notoriously delayed for ‘enhancements’ and more recently started to hear rumors of actual release dates. However news we’ve heard today is very interesting indeed as it appear that there might even be a Droid Bionic coming to AT&T as well as the Big Red.

We heard rumors of a possible August 4 release date on Verizon a while ago and since then further rumors have come and gone, some seeming to back that up and others suggesting it may still be as far away as September. Many have been waiting for the Bionic for Verizon as it will be a 4G LTE handset, as were the HTC Thunderbolt and Samsung Droid Charge, also on Verizon. However until now we’d heard nothing about a possible AT&T Droid Bionic and although none of the following is confirmed we thought you’d be interested to hear it nonetheless.

Over on IntoMobile, Blake Stimac has an interesting story to tell of a screenshot that seems to imply a Droid Bionic release for AT&T. The screenshot lists 4 versions of Motorola’s Motoblur UI for AT&T with codes that don’t mean much to the unknowing eye but IntoMobile has explained what those codes mean. Different versions of Motoblur are detailed and one has the code of MB860, which shows as the Motorola Atrix for AT&T on a Google search. Another code is MB865, which apparently equates to the Droid Bionic. Initially IntoMobile thought this must be a mix-up as everyone knows the Droid Bionic is heading to Verizon but then further investigation seemed to add to the possibility of an AT&T Droid Bionic.

IntoMobile points out that AT&T model numbers come with MB at the beginning while Verizon uses more than one set of codes but they often begin with XT. Apparently on the Motorola website a search of XT865 (and Google search, we checked) will show the result as the Droid Bionic for Verizon while the XT862 is the Droid 3. The fact that MB865 is clearly listed on the screenshot therefore definitely suggests a Droid Bionic but for AT&T.

As we said there’s nothing concrete about this and even if the Bionic is coming to AT&T there’s no way of telling if it will be 4G LTE-equipped although it would be a great start for AT&T’s newly-formed LTE network. Also George Wong of Ubergizmo adds another interesting twist to this as he informs us of a Twitter account apparently belonging to the Droid Bionic, MDB228. This account is creating a lot of attention but is as yet unconfirmed but contains a tweet reading, “Landing sites being acquired. Launch approaching quickly.” Note the plural of sites suggesting more than one carrier.

It’s certainly food for thought for now and begs the following question as we know how many of our readers have been waiting for it. If a Droid Bionic for AT&T is on the way that is LTE and is released on AT&T before Verizon, will you buy the AT&T version or wait for the Big Red release? Let us know what you think of these latest observations by sending us your comments.