HTC Thunderbolt to cost $299.99 on a contract according to Best Buy

HTC Thunderbolt to cost $299.99 on a contract according to Best Buy
The HTC ThunderBolt is one of the most anticipated handsets to be released in the first half of 2011, and that's at least partly because it's set to be the first LTE-enabled Verizon phone.

This promising handset has experienced a few setbacks - among them numerous delays - and now we can report one extra problem - a Best Buy newsletter shows that the HTC ThunderBolt is to cost $299.99 with a two-year contract.

Fair enough, LTE is one of these features everyone wants to taste, and this phone will offer 8GB build-in storage plus a 32GB microSD card pre-installed. But despite all these goodies, can you justify spending $300 for a phone on a two year contract, no matter how good it is?

This device is set to be available for $699 without a contract, but its official release date is yet to be announced.

Take into account this may not be the final HTC ThunderBolt price on a contract, so keep your fingers crossed Best Buy and Verizon will discount it a little bit.

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  • Display 4.3 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, 0.75GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh
  • OS Android 4.0



29. J-Dizzle unregistered

Check YOUR facts dumb shit , Hannspree TV ? Vizio .. all low end tv's and electronics to name a few from Costco. Hence the NAME Costco .. i know ppl who work there and thats their statement just like Sam's Club. Your a retard .. Costco is a CHEAP retailer. Dont be in a man's world lil boy

30. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011


26. Pathetic HTC unregistered

HTC didn't make any changes to the T-Bolt from the Sprint Evo...Only difference is 756Ram..... I mean really?! c'mon HTC.... 1 year later and making the exact same phone just on a different carrier. Horrible!

24. bwk5150 unregistered

I disagree with those of you who say it is worth it. 32 gig card is nothing internal memory reads and writes sooo much quicker so with all the new phones on the horizon this phone does hold to par for that price. Bionic will have a better display, more memory, 4g so why would I pay more for an inferior phone by htc?

23. tbuchs2001 unregistered

nasty nasty person, get a life, go wash you mouth and get out, you act like a 2 yr old but most of them dont know all those 4 letter words yet.

22. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

all this hype is ridiculous. they are only trying to get this phone to sell in enormous numbers. trying to outsell the iPhone. all this is, is an HTC incredible with a larger screen. there is no reason to get all excited.

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010


16. J-Dizzle unregistered

Costco is a joke ! Cheaper , but then do u get the X in a bundle like toilet paper lol ..Thunderbolt wont go to Costco right away .. too good of a phone to go to cheap Retailers right off the bat :)

27. Suckit unregistered

Check your facts assface, Costco is NOT a "cheap Retailer", go into a warehouse and look at their electronics. All high end goods.

15. lancej70 unregistered

If they do delay the TBolt much longer the Bionic or Samsung 4G may come out before it. If they are having battery issues with it, why didnt they put a larger battery in it like the Bionic that will come with a 1950 mAh battery instead of 1450 mAh that the TBolt is suppose to have.

14. Rich unregistered

ya thats expensive.... BUT HERES A COOKIE FOR ALL YOU... COSTCO!!!! usually get them about 75$-100$ cheaper there. dunno why but you do. the incredible didnt go to costco right away when it was released, but the droid X did. So hopefully this one does too.

13. Napoleon

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

TOO expensive especially given the rollercoaster of delays seen thus far... I lost interest in it and now am looking to Sprint to see what this HTC EVO 3D is going to be all about...

25. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

me too if its anything like the lg optimus 3d only with wimax then I will bust a nut all over my evo when I read about it for the first time on March 22!

12. me unregistered

i think ill wait for the bionic

10. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

That is nothing new. I've seen the T-Bolt in Best Buy ads for the past 4 or 5 weeks. In last weeks ad I saw a price for it in Best Buy's weekly ad.

9. Jarrad unregistered

People paid $300 for the iPhone at one point if I recall, and this is going to blow it out of the water, so I think $300 is totally justifiable.

8. johnnyjohnson unregistered

No way! I am about to get a new phone in mid/late March. Motorola Atrix was selling for $129 and even lower at the beginning with better display and fingerprint reader. You can always throw more card in it later for cheaper. It is a bad idea. 1st they make all this hype about it and keep delaying it - Atrix actually brought the release day earlier - then they put a huge price on it to rip off the people who they should rely on the most. Bad decision from HTC/Verizon.

7. Tottenham

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

No freaking DUH! They've been advertising this price in their Sunday paper inserts for like 4 weeks now.

6. ggp unregistered

Right, folks have been happily plunking down $299 for the 32gb iphone 4... while I'd prefer to not pay this much for a phone, it does beat the ip4 in many ways, total 40gb expandable memory, and 4G compatibility to name just a couple.

5. juju

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

Yes, the 32GB microSD card makes it $100 more. Common practice, why is this one any different?

4. tuminatr

Posts: 1193; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

yea expensive, same price at the iphone 32gb. I have read that the Thunderbolt comes with a 32gb micro sd and Real 4G

11. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

Good point. If iphone 5 had the same exact specs the sheeple would be going nuts calling it the most innovative and greatest phone ever. And price would not even be an issue. But Android people are smarter than that so we question why we should pay over $100 more for an aluminum bodied evo with a 45nm chipset and an lte radio. (of course 32GB sd cards are expensive so I am not really complaining). I just wish it was dual core.

3. bwk5150 unregistered

I cant justify it on that phone. Why the only thing great about it is LTE. It isnt dual-core,not a 1gig of ram, only 8 gig of internal storage, or nothing special about display. Im sorry people but dont waste your money.

19. XxVerbalxX unregistered

everyone keeps talking about the dual core phones, which carrier can i go to, walk into a store right now, and leave with one?

28. kocho unregistered

Quote from above Phone Arena article: "But despite all these goodies, can you justify spending $300 for a phone on a two year contract, no matter how good it is?" Quotes from Phone Arena's review for the $300 iPhone from 2/11/11: "Appleā€™s wonderful smartphone", "radiates with a fantastic look", "even more when every inch of its body resonates with a premium feel", "perfectly sized to accommodate every hand size", "is just one sleek, sexy, and classy looking smartphone"............... If Phone Arena can justify spending that much based on that p*ornoesque review of the $300 iPhone, I can spend the same amount on my T-bolt! Can't wait!

2. One unregistered

Heard Battery was the problem.....

31. Das70

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

LOL. Nope, looks like Verizon is going to release the phone on the new tiered data plans. Thats why the delay.

1. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Holy expensive...

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