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Live Video: Release of Droid R2-D2 at Hialeah Verizon store [UPDATED]

Well, I'm about to head out to the Verizon store for the release of the Droid R2-D2 phone, but I hear there aren't many people there right now -- probably because of the tropical storm. But there might be a big rush of people coming just before at midnight. Guess we'll find out!

Crowds or no crowds, we'll have a live stream for you shortly before midnight. You can watch it below, or by clicking here: http://www.ustream.tv/flash/live/1/5334020?v3=1

[THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE:] Thanks to all who tuned in to see my first attempt at using ustream. It was a little messy, but hey, that's the magic of being live. There's a high-quality video on the way, which I'll post when it's ready. As a Star Wars fan, I was disappointed to see there wasn't a crowd -- especially when Verizon was giving phones away for best costume, trivia contest and a random raffle.

Perhaps the thought of waiting in a tropical storm had fans wanting to stay indoors and buy online. (But it wasn't raining around midnight.) Perhaps the Hialeah store wasn't the best location choice. Or perhaps it wasn't promoted enough. But the force was strong for the handful of fans who showed up to grab the one droid every geek will envy.

Regretting not going? It's not too late. As of noon today, the an employee told me they have plenty available. You can call to double check before you go: 305-819-6443. The store is near Westland Mall, at 1599 W 49th St., Hialeah.

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