Droid users will have to pay at least an additional $15 a month on top of their data plan for Exchange access. That means $45 a month including Exchange support instead of $30 a month for a data only plan. Droid will be exclusively available on the Verizon netwo
rk for $200 and with a two-year contract.
Verizon says the additional fees are justified because the Droid is a primarily targeted at consumers. The fee also applies to all smartphones, including the BlackBerry, that want to access corporate email, says Verizon.
But that may not be telling the whole story. In the case of the BlackBerry, users pay additional fees because the phones connect with a company’s BlackBerry Enterprise Systems and not the consumer-focused BlackBerry Internet System, points out Mashable. And that involves additional licensing fees.