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Best Buy sets $249.99 contract price for HTC Thunderbolt; displays pop up at Verizon stores

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Best Buy sets $249.99 contract price for HTC Thunderbolt; displays pop up at Verizon stores
It seems that every few seconds, some new developments occur when it comes to the HTC Thunderbolt. Verizon's first 4G handset is expected to launch February 24th as we reported. But the way things are happening so quickly, anything could happen. A few days ago, we showed you leaked internal communications from Verizon that basically said that in-house promotional material would arrive at stores close to launch. As you can see from the picture below, some of the carrier's retail units have received a display to put up to promote the device. This should indicate that the launch of the Thunderbolt is imminent and perhaps closer than February 24th.

A leak of a Best Buy advertisement shows that the HTC Thunderbolt will be sold for $249.99 at the big box retailer with a signed 2 year contract. Off contract, the price will be a hefty $749.99.

source: Droid-Life, AndroidCentral

In-store display at Verizon (L) for the HTC 
Thunderbolt could mean a launch is imminent, Best Buy plans to offer the
 device (R) for $249.99 with a signed 2-year pact
In-store display at Verizon (L) for the HTC 
Thunderbolt could mean a launch is imminent, Best Buy plans to offer the
 device (R) for $249.99 with a signed 2-year pact

In-store display at Verizon (L) for the HTC Thunderbolt could mean a launch is imminent, Best Buy plans to offer the device (R) for $249.99 with a signed 2-year pact



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posted on 11 Feb 2011, 16:38 4

1. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 816; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


hahahahaaaaa 250 on contract?! Crazy ish

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 18:07 2

6. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


i dont get it atts Inspire is the same thing except 99 dollars

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 22:04

15. hmcougar09 (Posts: 137; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


No it's not. It doesn't have a kickstand, or ffc. Do you know if ATT's comes with a 32GB preinstalled? IDK. But if not, that's another reason for the price hike.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 16:58

2. Mike727 (unregistered)


Any word on the 4g data plan pricing?

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 17:57 2

4. Verizon Customer (unregistered)


I asked a Verizon rep yesterday and she said that, to start, 4g plans will be the same price.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 21:03 2

10. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


can you say Grandfather!!! OOOHHH YEAAHHHH!

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 21:36

14. lance j (unregistered)


4G plans will not cost extra.... as long as you have the unlimited $30 plan, it will not be extra. So for the extra $50 they are charging for the phone, its still a better deal than what Sprints premium charge of $10 for 4G.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 17:24 3

3. VerizonCorporate (unregistered)


$250 for the number 1 phone on the market is reasonable. If you're not interested in paying that much, feel free to stick with a less capable model.

This phone will be the phone to have.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 18:50 3

8. Napoleon (Posts: 60; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


Number 1 phone on the market?!? Are you kidding me? Have you seen the phones that are planned to launch on other carriers? Lol thanks I needed a laugh tonight... And the price is ridiculous... A 32gb card is not worth an extra $100...

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 21:17 4

12. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


actually, yes it is worth a 100$ ....Thanks I needed a laugh -

What other carrier is launching a better phone?
AT&T - Moto apex(?) a signal losing 4G wannabe? Fail
Sprint - Evo Shift? Evo is old - Wimax Blows (so does sprint)
TMobile ( maybe the only contender w/ Google Phone) Still has fake 4G and with a mild portfolio.


Verizon? WEll lets see- iPhone 4, Droid bionic, LG Evolution, Samsung LTE, HTC Vivo 3G, Blackberry madness and XOOM.

So im curious what you meant by "phones planned to launch" how thats a valid argument
1. because this phone will launch befire your "said phones"
2. "on the market" refers to whats launching now, now whats planned.

So lets hear it ass hole.

posted on 12 Feb 2011, 20:57

25. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 816; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


Unless it can freakin auto dial hookers on random late nights...
250 is wayyyyyyy to much, even for the "phone to have"

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 18:03 4

5. Phone Guru (unregistered)


That so called #1 phone will be old news in a few months when Verizon starts selling the Bionic. $250 is too much for a repackaged EVO, 12 months late. Verizon is just testing the pricing waters. Hopefully, people don't bite at this price point.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 18:29 3

7. downbeat4 (Posts: 71; Member since: 03 Dec 2010)


Oh I'll be biting.... and chewing and spitting ;-)

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 19:54

9. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Yea this phone is the EVO just on Verizon's network. It just depends on what better service you have in your area. Sprint and Verizon get great service where I live and the EVO is just much cheaper but basically the same phone. It comes down to your location.

HOWEVER I will say this. I bought my Epic for $99 on Amazon when it was still $250 from Sprint directly. If you want this phone so bad, I would suggest to wait until Amazon offers it and knocks the price down.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 21:21 2

13. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


The fact that its Verizon, AND that its LTE makes it ok for a fasionably late appearence. IMO - Yes I prefer Verizon.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 22:51 2

16. hello (Posts: 25; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


the evo is cheaper because it is older. and since it is older, and for some other reasons (better kickstand, better memory,verizon LTE not Sprint's WiMax, etc.) , this phone is better

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 21:10 1

11. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


iPhone 4 (3g 16gb no expansion) - 199.99 w/ 2 year Agreement
iPhone 4 (3g 32gb no expansio) - 299.99 w/ 2 year Agreement

HTC Thunderbolt 4G (4G 32gb preinstall w/ 8gb internal +expansion) - 249.99 w/2yr

Hmmm, doesnt seem to add up, and when you spec the phones the iPhone is still behind. NOT to mention Ive seen this phone in person and photo's dont do it justice, the screen is glass with a nice built sturdy and heavy design metal and glass, similar to the build on iPhone, I would pay 299.99 w/ out rebate gladly and still have room to justify the cost. Oh and the 1ghz snap draggy part 2 is super slick and quick.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 22:57

17. jay (unregistered)


I don't get why people are complaining about this phone, the specs are amazing, the bionic will not be that much better if at all although it has "better" specs. And it's less then the 32gb iphone and it comes with its own 32gb sd card.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 23:01

18. unregistered (unregistered)


For the idiot hating on the thunderbolt and waiting for the bionic..please give me ur number so I can call u and laugh when your front facing camera doesn't work b/c its vga

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 23:42

19. mannyfs (Posts: 63; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)


any rumors on how much the 4g is going to cost? i heard its going to be $30 data for 3g + 10 on top just to add the 4g on verizon. anybody heard anything on this?

posted on 12 Feb 2011, 10:03

20. wgavzwemp22 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Oct 2010)


WHAT IS EVERYBODY BITCHING ABOUT A $249.99 PRICE TAG FOR? The Droid X was 299.99 for the longest time and so was the Droid 2 and Droid 2 Global when they came out. This phone has 4g capabilities and has a front facing camera. Plus it its ten times better than the iphone 4!!

posted on 12 Feb 2011, 13:31

22. KingK (unregistered)


$299.99 since when?

Never. Shut up.

Droid's for $299, morons.

Its just an overpriced Evo, who cares, let suckers buy it.

Bionic or Atrix or no care

posted on 12 Feb 2011, 12:27

21. joe567 (unregistered)


The Epic was $250 on contract with Sprint..I cant wait til this phone gets to $50..ahahaha

posted on 12 Feb 2011, 17:08

23. Qui3tStorm (Posts: 11; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


Your basically paying for the included 32G SD card. Decent price!

posted on 12 Feb 2011, 17:49

24. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)


oh god, its $50! so freakin what!? big deal. yes, the droids, mainly the droid x were $299 with $100 main in rebate, but technically speaking it was not "as much phone" as the bionic or thunderbolt. larger memory card, front facing cameras, i am guessing global capabilities and the like. in the grand scheme of things, you are going to have this phone for about 2 years give or take a little bit, and its $50!! get over it! if its that big of a deal, wait a little bit and you will be able to get it other places for a bit cheaper.

posted on 12 Feb 2011, 21:50

26. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)


If your gona buy this with a contract, you might as well buy a Samsung Indulge from METRO PCS OR A VIRGIN MOBILE PHONE! This phone will probably be surparssed soon.

posted on 12 Feb 2011, 22:43 1

27. tuminatr (Posts: 682; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


I will take one please

posted on 13 Feb 2011, 21:59

28. unknown (unregistered)


I find it funny how all these people are complaining about it being single core when there isn't even a real dual core phone released yet. Froyo doesn't even support Dual Core processors so all a dual core processor is going to do is kill your battery even faster. Sure, I'd love a tegra2 in every phone, but I'd want the platform to fully support it first.

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