HTC prices its Thunderbolt at $699 without a contract

HTC prices its Thunderbolt at $699 without a contract
The HTC ThunderBolt - the first LTE phone in the Verizon line-up - has been held back from release for quite some time, and we reported to you that the reasons for this are said to be its terrible battery life and reception problems.

Now another date for this much-anticipated handset is available - March 4 - and there is official information how much this phone is going to cost if you buy it directly from the Taiwanese manufacturer.

Although it's now removed, we have a screenshot showing that the HTC ThunderBolt will have a $699 price without a contract when it's available for sale, but it's important to know this may change eventually.

If this is its final price, though, it will make the HTC ThunderBolt one of the most expensive smartphones, which also explains its expected high price with a contract - it is rumoured to be $249.99.

Is this is a fair price for the new HTC flagship smartphone?

source: HTC via Phandroid
HTC prices its Thunderbolt at $699 without a contract


Related phones

ThunderBolt
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh(6.30h talk time)

FEATURED VIDEO

27 Comments

1. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Bargain!

2. kmee unregistered

When it comes in europe?

23. HTC unregistered

Never!

26. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

shut up and get a Desire HD.

3. Tottenham

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

Best Buy has listed for $299.99 with a 2 year contract. It would be really sweet if VZW offered it for $50 less.

6. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Best Buy in Store will sell it at $249.99.

7. Tottenham

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

Don't know what your source is Mr. Suck, but the $299 price comes from yesterday's BB Sunday paper circular. I'm on the VZW notification list, but I have yet to receive anything from them indicating price (or date of availability).

4. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

It is a fine price- so long as the problems which have caused it's delay are fixed. I would really consider waiting on this purchase, it was supposed to be out in the beginning of Feb, and now it is still "rumored" for March 4? I trust HTC to put out a great product, but there are a lot of red flags with this launch.

5. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

If you are setting up a new account, you can probably get this from amazonwireless.com for 200 or less even.

8. ninjakamster1@yahoo.com unregistered

One reason for its high price is that it comes with a 32gb microSD card pre-installed and those cards are quite expensive, they cost more than getting two 16gb cards separatedly.

9. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Wow. That is a lot of thumbs down. Someone really, really just disagrees with everyone.

24. ilikeRED unregistered

Somebody is stupid! Although it's kinda cute, adds some color to page ;)

10. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

all of you *people* (and i have a hard time even calling you that) need to grow up and get a life. for god sakes its a freakin cell phone!! nothing less and CERTAINLY nothing more! why do you all get your diapers in a bunch here?? who cares about the memory card, the contract price- which you will see soon enough, so just WAIT! I have NEVER in my life seen such drama queens over something so insignificant. iPhone is going to blow this thing away anyways.

12. steffy

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 28, 2011

coming from someone named 'mr. droid'

13. Tottenham

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

And yet, you seem to have enough interest in the subject to read the article AND take the time to post a response. You appear to have an obvious bias to Apple products, so why are you even taking up space on this commentary?

14. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

because its funny to see so many people with so little in their lives.

15. Tottenham

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

Again, you obviously appear to have a life that is as "unfulfilled" as those you criticize.

16. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

likewise. since you commented.

20. jayme

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 10, 2011

youre obiously gay......

21. jayme

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 10, 2011

"obviously" regardless....fag

22. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Huh? I didn't notice that...

25. ilikeRED unregistered

jayme=gayme

11. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

:) we should stop the arguments on phonearena :D by thumbing down all comments including mine :) i hate ridiculous people spamming phonearena with their comments that will never make a difference -__- remember thumbs down EVERYONE

17. htc incredible unregistered

well i went to pre order it at my best buy and they had the new mobile catalog sitting out and it says best buy will be selling it for 299.99 so i would probably go with that price

18. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Only 250$ more than an Evo, even though its just an Evo with an LTE instead of Wimax chip and updated snapdragon processor. Good fail verizon, good fail!

19. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Hardly. You are getting 40 GBs of memory vs EVO's 9. You are getting 768 of ram vs EVO's 512. Super LCD vs Evo's regular and yes theres a big difference. It might not be up to par with the super amoled but it's a much needed improvement. I have seen comparisons of the EVO vs the Thunderbolt. All of the tests run show the Thunderbolt gets way higher scores and even with heavy html and heavy flash websites, the thunderbolt can handle them with ease. It might not be dual core, but it runs very fast.

27. joey18

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

699 full price 199 contract termination fet 350 i get on craigslist 3 months for 200

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.