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Verizon offers the HTC ThunderBolt for $149 to selected subscribers

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Verizon offers the HTC ThunderBolt for $149 to selected subscribers
If you have your mind set on Verizon's HTC ThunderBolt, one thing that might make you have second thoughts is the $249 price tag attached to it. Our loyal readers should be already aware that Amazon has a much better offer asking only $179 for the exact same smartphone, but we just recently found out that an even cheaper option existed out there.

It seems like Verizon is running a special for some of its existing subscribers, which will have the privilege to purchase the carrier's first LTE smartphone for the price of $149 as long as they commit to a new 2-year contract. If you are wondering why you have not heard about the promo, it is because only selected Verizon customers seem to have received a notification about it in their e-mail inbox. How Verizon picks its fortunate subscribers is not yet clear to us – some suggest that this could be a regional deal focused around the Chicago area, while others think the special could be limited to only those Verizon customers who are allowed to upgrade from another device.

Nevertheless, nothing is holding you back from calling Verizon's customer center (800 437 6132) and finding out whether you are eligible for the discount or not, and if it happens to work for you, do not forget to share it with us in the comments.

source: Droid Life via PhoneDog

Verizon offers the HTC ThunderBolt for $149 to selected subscribers

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posted on 23 Mar 2011, 17:49

1. evo (unregistered)

EVO 3D that's why vm lowerd the price of the blob

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 11:24 1

9. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

I received something similar, but my emailed said that I get $100 off any droid. I wonder if that is the same thing. O' and the pic in my email is different than the one above. :(

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 18:59

2. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)

guarantee thats an indirect store..

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 20:09 5

3. pat (unregistered)

Look at the top of the page, that's clearly VZW's official site. They will def be getting a call from me, it is absurd to think that someone who was eligible for an upgrade and who goes to the store at 9am on the release day pays $250, but the people who wait and aren't sure get $100 off. Way to screw your most loyal fans/customers Verizon. Thank u

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 21:02

5. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

It's not absurd at all. No one forced you to get a thunderbolt. You liked the phone and the price. VZW has a right to make special offers to whoever they want. If I go to a dealership and get a good price on a car does that mean they have to sell it to everyone at that price?

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 13:40 2

11. pat412 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

Like I said, its about loyalty to longtime customers. Obviously they have the right to do it, that doesn't make it right. They make us wait weeks for the release with 10 date changes, then discount the phone 1 week after release. Now if the discount goes to people more "qualified" than me, thats fine, so I really hope that's the case. From a thunderbolt

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 13:42 1

12. pat412 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

And u don't bargain and deal with phone companies like u do with cars. Really, really stupid analogy

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 21:00

4. Shark (unregistered)

I was offered the phone at a discounted rate of $209 (before my every two discount). I really think it has something to do with the kind of subscriber you are and more importantly, how much money you spend with them. The more lines and devices you have, the cheaper the devices will be when its time to upgrade.

Now, I cant confirm any of this, but I wasnt getting any sweet upgrade deals until I added an internet device for the pc. My cousin got the TB 12 hours before I did and paid the regular $249. And we dont live anywhere near Chicago.

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 09:03

7. VERIZONEMP (unregistered)

This deal is only for customer in chicago, because chicago was the 4g test area. Chicago customers are the only ones who can get that deal.

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 11:00 1

8. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)

Not true. My brother got the deal and he lives in NY.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 18:31

19. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

I got it and I live in California. :)

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 11:38

10. dontcallvzw (unregistered)


posted on 13 Apr 2011, 18:33

20. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

cough....cough......I got it, and didn't get a flyer. Just tell them you received a email but it's not working correctly. Like it's not taking you to the correct website. That's all I did, and received two new Thunderbolts for $149.99. CHA CHING!

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 15:00

13. BV (unregistered)

I am in NJ and I received this from Verizon direct and over the phone when I talked to them - credit applies to this phone and the iPhone as well - have not made a move on either.

posted on 25 Mar 2011, 00:20

14. bv is incorrect (unregistered)

The iPhone will never be offered at a lower price for certain customers. Apple does NOT allow any changes on price unless they ok it and give Verizon authorization. Any change in the pricing of an iPhone without their consent is grounds for termination.

posted on 26 Mar 2011, 20:51

15. Chaz (unregistered)

Can I use it in Taiwan?

posted on 28 Mar 2011, 11:34 1

17. w86250 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)

I saved a copy of the pic to my old Incredible and went to my local store all they asked was for me to forward it to the employees email so he could print it out and they honored the price no problem. Had a $50 credit for my new every two so I got the phone, shell/holster case, and screen protectors out the door with tax for $147 so thanks to whoever posted the pic.

posted on 28 Mar 2011, 20:29

18. gary12345 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)

I called the number and the only way to get the $100.00 off is if you are the primary line
and you still have the new every two discount that they quit giving to new customers last year.

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