HTC ThunderBolt to be offered for free from Verizon?

HTC ThunderBolt to be offered for free from Verizon?
Now that the latest Verizon promotion on the HTC ThunderBolt expires at the stroke of midnight, that would mean that the marketing suits at Big Red need to come up with the next brilliant idea on how to market the LTE enabled device. According to a leaked screenshot of the new Verizon web site, Verizon customers could be in for some huge savings.

If the leaked picture is legit, it would appear that Verizon is breaking one of the rules of nature that should not be tampered with, sort of like "Don't cross the streams". Without a new model introduced, Big Red is apparently ready to discount the 16GB Apple iPhone 4 to $150.99 from the current subsidized price of $199.99. But wait, there's more. According to the screenshot, the LTE enabled HTC ThunderBolt would be discounted to the low, low, low price of...zero! Both deals would require your signature on a 2 year contract.

The value of phone updates is certainly high these days with amazing dual-core models and 3D handsets being launched. Verizon customers have been holding on for the Motorola DROID Bionic, which we reported on Monday could be rolled out on August 4th. Do you use your update for a free ThunderBolt, or do you hold on to see what the final form of the DROID Bionic will look like?

Other smartphones shown in the ad include the BlackBerry Bold 9650 for $99.99, a CLN Motorola DROID X for $99.99, and the Motorola Citrus for $14.99. One accessory, the Plantronics MX200 Universal earbud headset would be cut in price to $19.99.

There is no word when this sale will take place, but the chance of getting an HTC ThunderBolt for free should certainly get your adrenalin flowing.

source: VZBuzz via DroidLife

This leaked screenshot of the revamoed Verizon website shows some great deals are coming to Big Red's customers

This leaked screenshot of the revamoed Verizon website shows some great deals are coming to Big Red's customers



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14 Comments

2. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

damn! that's good news! this could be the solution to anyone trying to grandfather themselves. o:

3. krauser1 unregistered

Don't buy into this bull s***. The thunderbolt was rumored to have gingerbread on June 30th and that screenshot was a bunch of crap.

4. John unregistered

FAKE!!! THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY.. FAKE.. 1) THATS NOT WHAT VZW WEBSITE.. 2) HOW COME THERE IS 2 THUNDERBOLT AND DROID Xs?? 3) TBOLT WAS NEVER $299.. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN $249 4) IF THE TBOLT IS FREE FROM $299 HOW COME SAVINGS ARE ONLY 50%?? SHOULD IT BE 100% SAVINGS?? 5) THE CITRUS HAS BEEN FREE FOR MONTHS.. 6) BOLD IS NOT $199 IT'S $149.99 MINUS $50MIR I CAN KEEP GOING BUT I WON'T.. WHAT A FAKE.. IF U WANT PEOPLE TO BELIEVE YOU SHOULD DO A LIL MORE RESEARCH.. GOSH

8. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Stop yelling.

15. CJ unregistered

I said the same thing when it first posted but look at VZW website today.

5. John unregistered

OH I FORGOT ONE MORE.. iPhone PRICES ARE UNTOUCHABLE.. WELL BESIDES THAT 25% OFF OF 199.99 IS $50.. SO PRICE SHOULD BE 149.99.. WHERE'S THE EXTRA DOLLAR COMING FROM?? THEN IT'S 24.??% NOT 25%..

6. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Will you please stop yelling or leaving the CAPS lock on?

9. JC unregistered

SALE AT VERIZON WIRELESS! EVERYTHING MUST GO! *inflatable arm flailing thing*

7. Tom unregistered

"revamoed" I must learn this newly invented word - tell us what it means, Phone Arena!!! It sounds so futuristicky.

10. Better Not! unregistered

I just purchased the T-Bolt yesterday (the 4th) ... if they drop it to free within the next 15 days ... I am sending it back ... cancelling ... and signing back up... or demanding a $200 credit (corporate discount of 20%).

11. Scribed3d

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 08, 2010

@ John... Man, please, fix your keyboard's Caps Lock key. Since both of your posts were that way, I am assuming that your keyboard is defective... instead of you being defective.@Better Not... Verizon does a price match/adjustment thing as long as it is within 14 days of purchase. So does Best Buy and Amazon. I am not sure about Wirefly and other retailers though.

12. stealthd unregistered

Makes sense. Free phone so they can reel in the cash on their new tiered data.

13. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

With the problems the phone has. Why not OFFER it for free No gingerbread on 30 June Last OTA has put my phone in a constant reboot (10 times per day and that's when I'm looking at it---could be more) 4 hour battery life Hot spot does not stay connected No purpose for front facing camera---No Skype Video MY Verizon App does not work GPS takes over 5 minutes to load---says searching for GPS..... So why not offer it for free vice charging $249.00 for a phone that doesn't work!

14. rich unregistered

im not sure wat u r doing with ur TB.... skype leaked... so u DO have skype video... mine reboots rarely... GPS is normal to search for minutes.... and u have to check ur apps for battery life. get ridda QiK if u have it, or sign out. same with skype. improves battery 100% right there. i take mine off charger 8am. normal use and at 10pm i still have 30%. its about management.

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