Finally, the HTC ThunderBolt reaches that familiar $0.01 on-contract pricing with Amazon

Finally, the HTC ThunderBolt reaches that familiar $0.01 on-contract pricing with Amazon
In what seems to be an eternity in the making, we are finally seeing the HTC ThunderBolt getting down and dirty with that almost free on-contract pricing courtesy of Amazon.

In the past, we’ve seen the handset’s price being dropped progressively over the course of the last few months since debuting back in March. However, we’ve reached that monumental point where it’s finally becoming a no-brainer decision to buy because of its low price. Granted that it might not be the newest thing out there, Amazon is now selling the HTC ThunderBolt for $0.01 for new customers. Obviously, the only thing better that we can see happening at this point is seeing it become actually free or being given money to buy it.

Still, it’s worth noting that existing owners with qualified upgrades will need to shell out $119.99 to get the handset, which is still far better than the $250 that Big Red is offering. Thankfully, Amazon is making much easier to slide into an LTE smartphone without draining your pockets.

source: Amazon via Unwired View

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  • Battery 1400 mAh(6.30h talk time)



1. ecml

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

Well that pisses me off! I purchased the incredible 2 on Amazon just because it was one cent and now they make the Thunderbolt one cent a week later. Sucks!

8. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Even though it's not saying much, the Incredible is much better than the T-Bolt considering the T-Bolt has so many problems along with the typical Android problems.

11. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

I agree, Amazon saved you a FAT headache. LOL! The Thunderbolt is a POS to say it lightly.

13. ecml490 unregistered

Well that's good to hear then. Lol. I wasn't aware of the numerous issues the Thunderbolt had ...

2. kazzy unregistered

Buyers remorse? You should have at least 2 weeks to return it.

3. nate dogg unregistered

well i was happy until i saw the renewal of contract :( price

4. lookingforaphone unregistered

Not surprised at All....Shame on you HTC for the first LTE failure phone on VW....1400mah battery, skipped gingerbread release, reboots--All the marketing that came before this phone and the under par performance. Should be called Bolt..

5. lookingforaphone unregistered

This is what kills Android devices---They are released at $249.00 and barely 5 months later--free or one cents.....You don't Apple phones depreciated like this.....iphone4 has been out how long---and still carrying it's original price tag....

12. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

I would like to think it's because there's only one iPhone, and hundreds of models of Android. Just a thought thou.. :p An just to add, I really think Apple buyers are brain washed. Apple Rep: get this old new phone for just 199.99 and it comes with a new technology called "Notifications". LOL

6. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

That's about right for an obsolete phone.....

7. tbolthasissues unregistered

Seriously lol... I've got the Charge and I'm so glad I went with it over the Thunderbolt. That thing has some ISSUES.

9. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

All Android phones have issues lol.

10. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

What issues does it have after the last update? Seriously, this thing works flawlessly. It freezes up every now and then if you don't restart it occasionally, but you people are just hating for no reason... The Charge is slower then the Thunderbolt, and the Revolutions UI alone should make you run, and they all have the best 4G available.... So why the hate again?

14. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

The Thunderbolt can be on the same boat as the HP Touchpad....Released two months ago for $499.00, a month later $399.00, and the following month $99.00...The same goes for the Thunderbolt-supposed to have been the Flagship phone of the year...delayed release, horrible battery life, skipped Gingerbread update, numerous OTA's--$249 price back in March, now only five months later 0.01 cent. Thanks HTC!!! and you wonder now why Apple products lead the way--no matter how many isheep followers they have.....

15. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Wait until Microsoft get's their act together....Android and Apple will all be playing catchup---Reason's being----Android--way, way, way too much fragmentation--and I have an Android---none of the updates are consistent--Eclair-Froyo-Gingerbread-IceCream and whatever name they come up with next...How many times has the Gingerbread ota been pulled from the air--How many devices is the current Gingerbread system running on--- For Apple---they are way behind..same ui since inception,,same look, same feel, same design, no flash, ui is basic, features are inferior to Android--come on just getting notification--face time has to run on out for WP7 in the future.....

16. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I will not bash on the T-bolt this time... but for some people looking for a decent phone the t-bolt is the answer... is a win for consumers.... some though..

17. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

after the update a few weeks ago the phone chance alot, its very reliable now..i use to hate this phone because it use to reboot at least 3 times a week(most of the time on youtube), since the update never again

19. downbeat4

Posts: 94; Member since: Dec 03, 2010

Perfect since update...perfect. Now where's that Vigor??

20. lubbalots unregistered

Android phone devalue as fast as they come. The minute you buy one off the shelf, a new model shows up.

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