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Interested in Paying $749 Full Retail for a Thunderbolt?

We’ve been ignoring this story all day while holding out hope that it’s just a placeholder price and would be changed come actual release, but we thought it should be at least mentioned to you all now.  Our peeps deep inside the ropes at Best Buy are showing that a $749 full retail price for the HTC Thunderbolt is currently all up in the joint.  Could be final, could be vapor, could be evil, could be nothing to worry about.  We won’t know until the phone is announced.      

Our buddies at Droid Attic and Android Police have the screenshots to prove it.

Speechless.  Yep, I am.  As someone that only buys phones at full retail to avoid being locked into a contract, this is not exactly getting me excited about the new wave of 4G LTE devices.  A little LTE radio really adds $150 in value to a phone?  I’ll stop my personal comments there until we know if this is true or not.

And hopefully we find out something else after the i*hone lines die down, because man, they were crazy this morning!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUaFywhywjA[/youtube]

  • Funny how to make a jab at the apple store. At least those customers got a welcome and round of applause. You walk into a Verizon store and only get your name on a touch screen……

  • Viper76269

    3 words….Buy Back Program

  • angermeans

    I don’t think it’s so much the LTE radio that may have raised the price on this phone. More the SLCD screen and included 32gb SD card. Those don’t come cheap even if you buy them in bulk and will for sure raise the price of the phone.

  • Best Buy tried charging me that much for the Droid X on its release date. Luckily there was a corporate verizon rep there that was able to price match the real retail price that was on verizons site. They without a doubt jack up the retail price so I wouldn’t go by this price at all.

  • Anonymous

    if 750 is the price. whats stopping me from opening a new line @ 250, then cancel new contract after 30 days and the etf is 375 for a total of 625?

  • Anonymous

    Umm, wow

  • Anonymous

    LOL, 2 suckers lined up for the crap phone. 20 plus store employees for 2 people. Loved it when it panned to Jay Leno at end, what a riot. Nothing to worry about my Android brothers and sisters.

    Oh, back to the phone. $249 on a 2 year contract is starting to look good. I wonder how much the Bionic will cost?

  • Anonymous

    LOL, 2 suckers lined up for the crap phone. 20 plus store employees for 2 people. Loved it when it panned to Jay Leno at end, what a riot. Nothing to worry about my Android brothers and sisters.

    Oh, back to the phone. $249 on a 2 year contract is starting to look good. I wonder how much the Bionic will cost?

  • Jeffejames

    If they think 750 is a reasonable price for this device they can shove a Thunderbolt right in there hole, esp after all the BS games and secrets that have been jerking us around for so long.
    There are not secrets you Jack Wagons!!

  • I dont believe that price, and I cant believe it evey says employee discounts…last time I worked at Bestbuy they didnt offer employee discounts on the cell phones…just on the service

  • Jclose1

    It says in stock on the bottom !2/14/2011

  • Creliandobi

    apparently, according to inventory shots–it’s also being released Monday the 14th…if ya get what i’m saying here.
    i’d say this is an old screen shot. i’ll wait for something final.

  • Mr. Joe

    What’s so surprising? There’s a lot more to this phone besides the LTE chip in it. Like OH I don’t know the 32 GB SD card? Man those are EXPENSIVE like $77 for one.

    It’s a little high but I’ve seen phones priced higher. If you’re used to unocked phones then you really shouldn’t be complaining.

  • I agree as well. Kellex was super cool when he just reported on Droid information and actually respected other technology. Now, he’s just another typical wannabe trying to be like BGR or other techblogs. And yes, I’m still a DROID 1 user. Just can’t stand it any longer.

  • I agree as well. Kellex was super cool when he just reported on Droid information and actually respected other technology. Now, he’s just another typical wannabe trying to be like BGR or other techblogs. And yes, I’m still a DROID 1 user. Just can’t stand it any longer.

    • EC8CH

      This site or it’s style of reporting hasn’t changed since it started. Best thing about Droid-Life is that Kellex and the other contributors to this blog write in such a way that they feel like one of us and not someone trying to act like they are above their readers just so they can pretend to be some kind of self important journalist. Droid-Life is a blog for android fans written by android fans and that’s why I like it.

  • Droidboy

    That video just made me lose all respect for Kleenex, I mean Kellex. He won’t even spell iPhone inside a post for Christ-sake! Once my favorite information for Droid information, now a lost follower and deleted bookmark.

    • huh? That video was awesome

    • huh? That video was awesome

    • Anonymous

      fine try find another amazing droid site.

    • EC8CH

      If this is the first time you’ve seen an *pple reference spelled with an apostrophe, you my friend have not been reading Droid-Life for very long.

  • Ufish2

    in 2-3 months buy from amazon for a penny….glory today…but soon forgotten..< owner of a X ::):)::):)

  • Glpd46

    android central just confirmed an official release date of the 24th. finally we get a date…and that video is too funny.

  • EC8CH

    I love how the second girl stops and waits for a second before going in. Was she thinking they didn’t have enough people inside to help both of them and she needed to wait here turn, or was she thinking:

    “This is nutz… maybe I don’t want to buy a ticket to crazy town.”

  • Mike

    I went on the My Verizon Site just now and it’s sickening how much advertising is there for iPhone. I’m eligible for an upgrade now and it has it’s own button for ordering the iPhone 4. No more Droid advertising…I really hope this isn’t a sign of Verizon bending over backwards for Apple like AT&T did.

    • Anonymous

      It’s there whether you’re eligible or not. I actually wrote an email about hoy annoying it was. They called me the next day.

  • EC8CH

    Joke:

    How many *pple employees does it take to sell two phones?

    • Anonymous

      20. 18 to stand in line clapping & 2 too process the sale.

  • rm

    Wow – I was thinking about buying this thing at full retail but not with a $749 pricetag. Looks like I am spending that $50 best buy gift card I got from the pre order on something else!

  • rm

    Wow – I was thinking about buying this thing at full retail but not with a $749 pricetag. Looks like I am spending that $50 best buy gift card I got from the pre order on something else!

  • rm

    Wow – I was thinking about buying this thing at full retail but not with a $749 pricetag. Looks like I am spending that $50 best buy gift card I got from the pre order on something else!

  • rm

    Wow – I was thinking about buying this thing at full retail but not with a $749 pricetag. Looks like I am spending that $50 best buy gift card I got from the pre order on something else!

  • rm

    Wow – I was thinking about buying this thing at full retail but not with a $749 pricetag. Looks like I am spending that $50 best buy gift card I got from the pre order on something else!

  • rm

    Wow – I was thinking about buying this thing at full retail but not with a $749 pricetag. Looks like I am spending that $50 best buy gift card I got from the pre order on something else!

  • rm

    Wow – I was thinking about buying this thing at full retail but not with a $749 pricetag. Looks like I am spending that $50 best buy gift card I got from the pre order on something else!

  • rm

    Wow – I was thinking about buying this thing at full retail but not with a $749 pricetag. Looks like I am spending that $50 best buy gift card I got from the pre order on something else!

  • rm

    Wow – I was thinking about buying this thing at full retail but not with a $749 pricetag. Looks like I am spending that $50 best buy gift card I got from the pre order on something else!

  • rm

    Wow – I was thinking about buying this thing at full retail but not with a $749 pricetag. Looks like I am spending that $50 best buy gift card I got from the pre order on something else!

  • rm

    Wow – I was thinking about buying this thing at full retail but not with a $749 pricetag. Looks like I am spending that $50 best buy gift card I got from the pre order on something else!

  • rm

    Wow – I was thinking about buying this thing at full retail but not with a $749 pricetag. Looks like I am spending that $50 best buy gift card I got from the pre order on something else!

  • rm

    Wow – I was thinking about buying this thing at full retail but not with a $749 pricetag. Looks like I am spending that $50 best buy gift card I got from the pre order on something else!

  • rm

    Wow – I was thinking about buying this thing at full retail but not with a $749 pricetag. Looks like I am spending that $50 best buy gift card I got from the pre order on something else!

  • rm

    Wow – I was thinking about buying this thing at full retail but not with a $749 pricetag. Looks like I am spending that $50 best buy gift card I got from the pre order on something else!

  • rm

    Wow – I was thinking about buying this thing at full retail but not with a $749 pricetag. Looks like I am spending that $50 best buy gift card I got from the pre order on something else!

  • Worm4603

    little fyi, called bbmobile and they gave me 14th release date but no non contract pricing

  • WormDoes

    HAHAHA LOL at that video!! No one cares about the iPhone for VZW anymore! 3 years ago, it’d be huge news, not now with Android around

    • Thats why verizon announced more iPhone sales in 17 hours on preorder day then they sold the og Droid in a month? Stop being a tool.

    • Thats why verizon announced more iPhone sales in 17 hours on preorder day then they sold the og Droid in a month? Stop being a tool.

    • Thats why verizon announced more iPhone sales in 17 hours on preorder day then they sold the og Droid in a month? Stop being a tool.

  • David

    That video is hilarious

  • Anonymous

    give me my dam phone now! or at least the 13th or 14th…i think my bb already has some stock of them….i see some accessories so….. and theres a couple flyers….

  • Mrkylelovett

    Man once you stop trolling around apple and crying over the htc thunderclap you might be ok but damn bro give it a break.

    • DBK

      ^ Says the troll

    • DBK

      ^ Says the troll

  • 18gearsandtrucken

    why buy at best buy????? they always over price…. just hit up a vz store people… due

  • Anonymous

    wtf? kellex that better not be the price and that makes no sense…ok 250…50 dollars more so 600 outright? not 750? your out of your mind, ill get it for 500 if u want to be that way bb on ebay. If it is 600 at bb and comes the 14th, sure, hello bb otherwise adios.

  • Anonymous

    At $749, lines for the Thunderbolt will make the iPhon’t lines look great.

    I love Android, but I will never pay that much for phone.

    • Jclose1

      It’s 250 on contract

  • And hopefully we find out something else after the i*hone lines die down, because man, they were crazy this morning!

    Ahhh…I get it. According to that video, there were only 2 people waiting in line for the new iPhone. That’s just spectacular!

    Unless of course…I’m missing something here?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah a little sarcasm there. 🙂

      • Worm4603

        This seem to have happen everywhere. They thought it was a big deal when preorders sold out 2 hours, what they didn’t say was how many phones were sold. They also seem to have sold just about all they were going to sell.

  • Wow?

  • Anonymous

    As someone who always buys their phones at full retail to avoid being locked into a contract…whats an extra $200?

  • Worm4603

    off topic, anyone see the touch pad yesterday

  • Dsim91

    I think Verizon can go choke on a dick

  • Anonymous

    Might as well buy a Xoom 🙂

    • Worm4603

      motorola says it will

      • Worm4603

        responded to the wrong one, moto says it will

    • Worm4603

      that comment was for higher ground, sorry mate

    • chef

      My words exactly

  • Anonymous

    Thats just way to much for a phone. The original price of the Desire HD was somewhere up there. I hope it is 599 because I plan on buying off-contract. I can pay my phone bill twice with that extra 150. No way

  • Anonymous

    Thats just way to much for a phone. The original price of the Desire HD was somewhere up there. I hope it is 599 because I plan on buying off-contract. I can pay my phone bill twice with that extra 150. No way

    • Anonymous

      same

    • Its not a phone its a mini-computer with the abilities to work as a phone… If you put a phone in your laptop should you have some arbitrary limit on how nice it is because it functions as a phone?

  • Shaft313

    I feel bad for everyone who’s still under contract but as a guy who’s been waiting to buy a new phone for nearly a year, I’m actually kinda happy. This higher retail price equals a higher buyback amount from the Bestbuy program. So at $750, at the end of my 2 year contract, Bestbuy will give me $150 towards my next phone, sweet!

  • Shaft313

    I feel bad for everyone who’s still under contract but as a guy who’s been waiting to buy a new phone for nearly a year, I’m actually kinda happy. This higher retail price equals a higher buyback amount from the Bestbuy program. So at $750, at the end of my 2 year contract, Bestbuy will give me $150 towards my next phone, sweet!

    • JCZ

      That was exactly my thinking. Retail will still be $200 or $250 with a 2 year contract, but if the buyback is based off the $750, this is a win.

  • 4freese

    Bwahahahaha!!!! Nuff said for the I*hone and the Price of the TBolt.

  • Nick Miltner1

    The high prices are to push people to the iphone.
    Seriously tho these prices are getting outrageous! Plus we don’t even have confirmed lte pricing either.

  • Anonymous

    I would hate to work there that morning. All that clapping for 2 people. You can tell who the fanboy employees are & the ones who are embarrassed from the clapping. That has win written all over it.

  • Rlwoolz

    If you get it for $250 with contract, a $750 retail price would seem to be a good thing to me if you’re doing the Best Buy Buyback Program. $375 after 6 months sounds nice.

  • LivinFree

    What are they nuts. I don’t give a rats behind what is in the dam thing. No way in hell it is worth $750 for retail pricing, its a phone for christs sake. At this price I hate to think what the contract price is even going to be.

  • I’m missing the point…oh wait, now I get it. Thats f’ing outrageous! Time to start selling this Tater Tot on da streets :/

    • Anonymous

      Where you been lately broseph?

  • To hell with that.
    And “hahaha” to all those souls waiting for the ‘new’ iphone.

  • Looks like I will be adding a line….

  • Worm4603

    this will make the best buy buyback program null and void

  • BloodiedWraith

    I hope you guys know Best Buy’s full retail prices are always higher than what VZW retail stores sell the devices for, so this may be what Best Buy charges but it most likely won’t be the same for VZW Corporate stores. So the pricing on the XOOM for $799.99 may also be different than what VZW will be charging considering all the leaks we see are from Best Buy. Just a thought.

    • Anonymous

      Hope you are right my friend. 🙂

      • hkklife

        This appears to be part of a disturbing trend towards higher full prices, at least on unsubsidized Verizon smartphones. Back in August or September I saw the Droid X was $530 without contract at Wal-Mart and directed a friend there to buy one since he was still under contract from his OG Droid. Then two or three months later at that very same Wal-Mart I noticed the price was jacked waaay up to $700 on the DX, same as Best Buy’s price.

        But look on the bright side..full retail for a 16GB VZW iPhone 4 is $650 and the 32GB version is $100 more. You still get more bank for your buck with a DX or a Thunderbolt!

        • OMG its disturbing that they dare to CHARGE MORE in exchange for our demands for 4G/768 MB RAM/1 GHz processors! How could they ever try to make money?

          • Someone is unfamiliar with Moore’s Law…

          • Someone is unfamiliar with Moore’s Law…

      • Phil

        Doesn’t this kinda help for the buy back program?

    • Worm4603

      I have noticed that as well

    • Anonymous

      eh, i’d pay it. between taxes and year end bonuses i get in february

  • Anonymous

    My sister lives in NYC, and she said the Verizon store on 34th St had a crazy line this morning at 6am. Something like 5 to 7 people.

    • Anonymous

      And that couldn’t possibly be because they already had pre-orders a week in advance, they sold more iphones a week before it was released all online (remember how the nexus one did online) than they have sold any other android phone in a day (including droid/droid x/incredible, none sold more), plus everybody knows the updated version will be released in 4 months. All of this considered I think that the iPhone did pretty well. I have been in a line for my droid X, it was about 20 people long and that was a new phone. I’m not trolling, just pointing out that the people who really wanted one would have bought one online a week ago, not stood in line extra early.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, which is exactly why Apple notified their stores to freeze employee vacation time, and retained their holiday staff from 2/5 to 2/18.

        Obviously even they thought the lines would be longer.

    • Anonymous

      And that couldn’t possibly be because they already had pre-orders a week in advance, they sold more iphones a week before it was released all online (remember how the nexus one did online) than they have sold any other android phone in a day (including droid/droid x/incredible, none sold more), plus everybody knows the updated version will be released in 4 months. All of this considered I think that the iPhone did pretty well. I have been in a line for my droid X, it was about 20 people long and that was a new phone. I’m not trolling, just pointing out that the people who really wanted one would have bought one online a week ago, not stood in line extra early.

  • Anonymous

    Good luck with that one, Verizon!

    Suddenly that XOOM doesn’t seem so expensive! lol.

    • Nick

      It does if that $499 BB Playbook rumor is true.

    • Worm4603

      as far as xoom pricing is concern, the toshibia tablet is looking better to me. tegra 2, honeycomb, 5mg rear cam, 2mg front facing, everything that xoom has plus no blur, intechangeable battery

      • Anonymous

        xoom doesn’t have blur

  • Insanity.. so a phone without a contract costs as much as a tablet.. I guess my love affair with my DX is destined to continue. No complaints here..

    • DBK

      That is especially insane considering that the tablet has better specs than the phone does. Mind officially boggled…

      ?.?

      • Only defense I could mount for them is that smaller tech cost more but that price is insane. Insane for a phone will will truthfully be obsolete in no more than six months with the new processors looming on the horizon..

        • DBK

          It probably would cost more, but not THAT much more. I guess they are trying to milk it for all it’s worth before it becomes obsolete.

    • Anonymous

      Especially since it doesn’t have a Tegra 2 in it.

  • Yz

    Feb. 24th

    • I will wait for the official word from the mothership.

    • I will wait for the official word from the mothership.

  • Anonymous

    Outrageous

  • Im voting that it is final and it evil!

  • Ben

    Next on the To-Do list…
    …find myself a friend now who works at Best Buy.

    Any idea what the * means next to the prices?

  • Anonymous

    They expect people to have nice tax refunds. Still doesn’t warrant the cost when I have a Droid X that does exactly what I want it to, even with a locked bootloader. Ill wait for something that makes me pick my jaw up off the floor.

    • Anonymous

      something other than the price!

      • Anonymous

        +1Haha

  • (v)urphy

    My mom just called me from an iPhone…. there goes her Mothers Day gift

  • storm34x

    Im getting one of these bad boys for FREE!! My friend works for big red and he promised me a free one!

    • Anonymous

      Let us know how that goes 4 u

  • sir_zman

    Taken at the Mall of America Apple Store…I’m from the Cities too, and that was some crazy line…I love that there were more employees than customers..

    • I don’t see anything..

    • DBK

      That video has WIN written all over it 🙂

    • jason6g

      alot of the verizon stores around the philadelphia area also only had like 4-5 customers waiting outside them. what a joke. the one by me sold more droids (incredibles and X’s) than i*hones lmao

      • DBK

        Nice to see that the Android loyalty is still going strong 🙂

  • Octotron

    Apparently VZW thinks the recession is over.

  • Jtay

    first Fail.