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Confirmed: HTC Thunderbolt is $249 on 2-year Contract, $749 Full Retail at Best Buy

Well check “pricing” off the list of things we wanted confirmed for the HTC Thunderbolt.  Best Buy plans on selling the device for $249 on new 2-year contract, a price we had heard before, but are seeing officially for the first time in next Sunday’s ad (Feb. 20th).  Oh, and a full price of $749 is also confirmed.  Yikes.

We have a Motorola XOOM pricing confirmation as well.

Note:  So that everyone is clear, this is the ad that comes out on the 20th.  You won’t see it in tomorrow’s newspaper.

Cheers ____!

  • The350zWolf

    It’s settled, 3G for me!

  • http://twitter.com/OreWaZero Christopher Zoellner

    Looking more and more like I’ll be jumping ship to Sprint..

    • http://www.facebook.com/mobrienjr Michael OBrien

      Jump to sprint….pay the extra “surcharge” a month for 4g, then get your 3g roaming capped @ 300 mb a month. Dont believe, I copied this straight from Sprints page.

      Plans for this phone require our $10/mo. Premium Data add-on charge in addition to one of the plans below
      2With the Premium Data add-on. 3G plans have a limit of 300Mb roaming usage. Monthly download limit applies to 3G/4G phones, not 3G/4G Mobile Broadband devices.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mobrienjr Michael OBrien

      Jump to sprint….pay the extra “surcharge” a month for 4g, then get your 3g roaming capped @ 300 mb a month. Dont believe, I copied this straight from Sprints page.

      Plans for this phone require our $10/mo. Premium Data add-on charge in addition to one of the plans below
      2With the Premium Data add-on. 3G plans have a limit of 300Mb roaming usage. Monthly download limit applies to 3G/4G phones, not 3G/4G Mobile Broadband devices.

  • http://twitter.com/JFMFT Josh Fowler

    Also, I’m going to LOL very hard when all of you “waiting for the Bionic” realize it, too, has a price tag of $249/2-year agreement and $749 full retail.

    It’s nothing we can change. Stop complaining. Start rationalizing and understanding the reasons why this is happening. Not saying JUSTIFY the prices – but use your brains and try to understand why the prices are higher going forward with 4G phones.

  • http://twitter.com/JFMFT Josh Fowler

    Also, I’m going to LOL very hard when all of you “waiting for the Bionic” realize it, too, has a price tag of $249/2-year agreement and $749 full retail.

    It’s nothing we can change. Stop complaining. Start rationalizing and understanding the reasons why this is happening. Not saying JUSTIFY the prices – but use your brains and try to understand why the prices are higher going forward with 4G phones.

  • Noble Four

    Look at any phone at Best Buy, then compare the retail price to any phone on Verizon or AT&T direct from their websites. Best Buy is always more expensive. 729 will NOT be retail from Verizon stores.

  • Noble Four

    Look at any phone at Best Buy, then compare the retail price to any phone on Verizon or AT&T direct from their websites. Best Buy is always more expensive. 729 will NOT be retail from Verizon stores.

  • http://twitter.com/JFMFT Josh Fowler

    I don’t really see the big deal.

    $749 off contract is steep… but who cares? Just sign a one year contract… if you can’t, then that is a big deal. But such detail hasn’t been confirmed as far as I can see, so there’s nothing yet to get mad about.

    Further, compare the Thunderbolt (8GB internal + 32GB Micro SD card INCLUDED) for $249 on a 2-year agreement… so what’s the big deal? Compare this to the iPhone which costs $199 on a 2-year agreement for a 16GB model (compared to the Thunderbolt, you get less storage but also pay less – as it should be), or $299 on a 2-year agreement nets you a 32GB iPhone (compare this to the Thunderbolt – you get 8GB LESS storage for $50 MORE – now THAT is a bad deal worth complaining about).

    The way I see it is… HTC, for the price, is giving us a relatively good deal. More storage than most phones come with standard for only $50 more, and $50 less than the top-tier iPhone (which is the leading competitor for a single make/model of phone in the market) and you STILL get more storage on the Thunderbolt, and it’s a 4G phone (which the iPhone isn’t and won’t, for a while, be capable of).

    The full retail is expensive… sure, if you look at it in the straight context of compared to HSPA+ handsets, it does seem as if there is simply a $150 premium tacked on for the 4G radio… which indeed sounds literally insane. However, consider, again, the 32GB Micro SD card in tandem with the 4G radio and perhaps there’s SOME (though not full) justification for the high price tag.

    It does fall in line with competing products. After all, storage (of any variety – embedded flash with Apple products or Micro SD cards with most/all Android products, aside from the Nexus S) is among the most expensive parts of a Smartphone, and these manufacturers operate off percentages – they expect to make a certain percentage above what it costs to produce a product. 40%, 70%, 150%, whatever – but they have a %. It’s how all retail works.

    • Anonymous

      Good food for thought, thanks for sharing gives something to help way options

    • Anonymous

      Well I have my dad and sister on my plan, and they just have regular non-smart-phones. I get to use their upgrades which allows me to get a new phone roughly once every 7-8 months. Perfect for me.

      • RMC

        I do the exact same thing :)

    • Anonymous

      Well I have my dad and sister on my plan, and they just have regular non-smart-phones. I get to use their upgrades which allows me to get a new phone roughly once every 7-8 months. Perfect for me.

  • NCX

    only other problem i’ve found and i’ve confirmed it on the Verizon site that BestBuy told me that some upcoming Verizon phones won’t be offered with a 1 year contract, only a 2 year or full price. and iPhone 4 was one of those phones, you can check the verizon site for yourself

  • Kidheated

    Wow. Wanted a Tbolt till now. I hope Verizon’s price tag is at the usual $500 or below for non-contract purchases. $749 is utterly ridiculous. For damn near $800, that phone better suck & @#$% me for that amount of money!

    • Anonymous

      Dirty, but funny as shit. Lmao

    • Anonymous

      Actually most are around 599, which is what my droidx cost

    • http://www.facebook.com/mobrienjr Michael OBrien

      The DROID X is $599, the OG DROID was $549….The only Android phone I saw verizon sell for under $500 was the ally at $349 I believe.

      • Geolevine

        nope the motorola citrus is $289 full retail because its a piece of sh^&#

    • Anonymous

      lol!

    • Anonymous

      lol!

  • TMT

    So this is this Sunday’s circular? Doesn’t this imply the phone will be available…the 13th??

    • shelleyjr

      TMT, I am would like to know what Sunday this ad is referring to as well. This Sunday the 13th or the 20th?

      My birthday is this Sunday (13th) so it would be really nice to have my first smart phone on that day. No LTE where I live, but that isn’t my reason for purchasing it.

      • TMT

        I am not seeing anything on that ad that says “Available on the XXth” – it seems to be promoting something that is on sale. If the phone is delayed until the 24th, this ad would not make sense for either the 13th or 20th. The first person I talked to a Best Buy said they thought it may launch on the 13th….wishful thinking at this point I am sure, but then there is this ad… Maybe it will be on sale by the 13th, but they just can’t say anything abou it before then so iphone gets a few days of glory. Everyone is talking about the 24th, but Verizon basically said on Twitter that when there was a date they would confimr it – they have not confirmed the 24th.

        • shelleyjr

          I think you are right, Verizon wants the iPhone to have a few days of glory. I bet they were disappointed with the lack of retail sales yesterday. All of those employees and hardly any customers.I think they will have a larger turn out for the Thunderbolt. It is new technology and not a rehashed ATT phone. At least that is how I see it. But I am no techno expert.

          Didn’t Verizon have a pre-sale day for the iPhone? Maybe they will do that on Sunday for the Thunderbolt?

  • Petersen5

    Isnt this phone like the new HTC inspire 4g on at&t? That is only 99 dollars! On contract. I know it has a front facing camera and a kickstand plus a larger baterry. But other than that… Am I missing the 150 dollar difference?

    • Anonymous

      Not even close. Inspire doesn’t have the physical specs to even come close to this.

      • Petersen5

        No they don’t. same processor and ram. Same screen. Please tell me how?

        • Anonymous

          Incorrect on processor. The Inspire runs the QSD8255 which is the 1st gen while the T-Bolt runs on the MSM8655 which is the 2nd gen 45nm process Snapdragon.

          • Petersen5

            Qsd8255 is next gen too. Go to snapdragon wiki… Has the list.My touch 4g has it. I said battery in the first post

          • Anonymous

            There is a difference else they wouldn’t make a different name for it. The MSM line seems to be a higher end.

            Regardless, LTE radio is expensive and this also comes with more internal memory (8 vs 4GB) as well as a 32GB installed uSD. That’s likely where the price point comes in.

          • Petersen5

            I can buy a 32 SD card for way less that. 150. I just don’t see why 249 unless lte gives me crazy speeds. I have already pre ordered the TB.just wish it was 199 instead

  • Chipj345

    Your two year contract can be changed to a one year contract with one phone call. Assuption of liability. Google it. Do it once a year. ;)

    • Anonymous

      Do tell, have you done it before? How hard a process is it?

      • Chipj345

        Not hard at all. I move it between my wife and myself once a year. Call Verizon and they will give you the #. Crdit check and your good to go. Upgrade date stays the same but end of contract changes to one year.

        • DBK

          Or you can do it once and just stick to one year contracts. A lot less work and avoidance of that possible deposit.

        • DBK

          Or you can do it once and just stick to one year contracts. A lot less work and avoidance of that possible deposit.

          • Chipj345

            Good credit equals no deposit.

          • DBK

            Hence why I said possible. Not all of us have good credit. Too many risks using the Assumption of Liability method. Just get the one year contract from the get go. Easy.

    • DBK

      But that is only if you want to transfer your account to someone else and still keep the number intact (I did that with my brother’s account because the phone was mine and I was managing everything). That is a lot of hassle (not to mention a possible deposit that has to be made each time) . Just get the one year contract from the get go.

  • Anonymous

    1) LTE pricing not mentioned. Do they really intend not to charge for it?
    2) No release date mentioned.

    • http://twitter.com/mcpeterj John McPeters

      4g data plans are going to cost the same as 3g for now. Jump on it, keep it, and get grandfathered in before they jump.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, don’t get me wrong — I definitely plan on signing up and getting a 1yr contract with VZW when the pre-order option shows up especially if they don’t charge for LTE.

  • Pooch

    It’s funny, all the people that say that they won’t pay $249 for this phone. They would only pay $199. But, Verizon isn’t going up on the data plan price, it is 4G, and they still aren’t putting a cap on the data plan. Really???? So you want a phone that is capable of more than the Droid X, Droid 2, and Fascinate (fast processor, more RAM, more Memory 40Gig), (that is your cake), but you want it all for the exact same price as what you are paying now (and you want to eat it too).

    I want the Lexus LX470, but I am only willing to pay what I paid for my Honda Accord. Hmmmmm.

    • Anonymous

      I’m cool with the 249, but I wanted it off contract and 749 is a very steep jump from 599

    • Anonymous

      Come on. We Americans always want more for less.

    • Viper1549

      shoot, the 32 GB card is worth more than $50.. just a bunch of whinny bitches.. wahhhhh get a good job and you wont cry over 50 bucks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Doughty/1302945760 Dan Doughty

      The problem is that this phone isnt the Lexus LX470. Its a Toyota. The 32gb card is the only thing it has going for it. If your phone doesnt have a dual core proc this year then you fail. The GPU has been proven to be weaker for 3d gaming than both the Samsung SoC and the Tegra 2.

      • Derp

        Lexus is a rebranded Toyota. Please tell me you know this, so you don’t sound like a complete retard.

      • Derp

        Lexus is a rebranded Toyota. Please tell me you know this, so you don’t sound like a complete retard.

    • Anonymous

      What an irrelevant, witless comparison.

  • KniteLyf

    Full price for a verizon EVO (aka Thunderbolt) is ridiculous. Just because it comes to a new carrier that uses a different 4G doesn’t mean you should pay full price for a phone almost a year old…right verizon i*hone owners?…

    • Pooch

      If it has a better processor, capable of faster speeds, has more RAM, and includes a 40gig of memory, how is this the Verizon EVO? Doesn’t it also have a better screen?

      There are similarities in form factor & HTC also put sense on this, but this is a different phone. It’s like saying that the Droid 2 is the exact same as the OG Droid.

      • Anonymous

        Good point; the Droid 2 has a locked bootloader, so is vastly inferior to the OG in many important ways (though it’s processor is a little faster).

      • KniteLyf

        It has a newer 1Ghz processor…faster- who knows? More RAM…there’s that. 40G of memory is just a microSD card I’m sure you could buy for any phone. Screen is the same AMOLED screen. My point was… this phone is no game changer. I’m sure it will be an excellent phone and get by for the next year, but all the new technology is gearing towards multi-core processors and 3D graphics etc. With the Bionic a few more months away, I’ll save my money until then.

        • Anonymous

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-3MOvuPFvU It is significantly faster than the EVO.

          • KniteLyf

            Watched it. Again, I think this will be a good phone, but I would not want to be invested in the next two years on it or shell out $750 for it.
            And I stand corrected, it is not AMOLED…that is samsung. Correction appreciated

        • Guest

          Thunderbolt has a super LCD screen and Evo has LCD screen. Neither has AMOLED

        • EdB

          Everything i read about the bionic is slow slow and slow. All comparisons of Thunderbolt and Bionic i’ve read mentions this. I’m not pro one or the other, I’m just sitting back trying to decide myself.

          • DBK

            That’s because all the benchmarks were done without utilizing the dual cores. When that happens, everything you read will be fast, fast, and fast.

          • GC

            I read it won’t be until android 2.4 before we will really see the full potential of the duel cores. And the way Android upgrades work these phones won’t get it till late 2012…

          • Anonymous

            The Bionic is getting almost 2300 in quadrant and 75 fps in Neocore and that’s running unoptimized beta software. Slow?

        • UGA414

          Thunderbolt has a super LCD screen and Evo has LCD screen. Neither has AMOLED

        • Poi

          actually, the screen is new. The new processor and screen were created to combat the EVO’s biggest problem: battery power. In addition, how much do you think that 32 gb *quality* micro sd card would run you, if you were to buy it separately? We can also get into the whole LTE vs. wimax issue, and then say HTC most likely had to spend more to adequately develop and test a phone on the new network, and that is reflected in the price. Gamechanger? Probably not, but then neither is the bionic…might as well get the thunderbolt, an awesome phone, wait a year, and then get the real game changers.

          • KniteLyf

            There will always be a next great phone on the horizon…you just hope you recognize it…like most of us did on the OG Droid. It was different…a gamechanger. Is the bionic that? I don’t know, but my OG is RAM deficient for most of the new software so upgrading soon will be necessary. I hope the TB works great and that people continue to see the power of Android phones. The TB just hasn’t shown enough to me yet to invest in. Just sayin

          • Poi

            Actually, I completely agree with you. I got caught up in the waiting for “The Next Great Thing” myself, and was warning you not to do the same. We were promised the first dual core phone by motorola by the end of 2010, then it became the end of January, 2011, and now it’s the end of Q2, 2011. In case you’re wondering, that “Next Great Thing” I had been for waiting all that time, is the bionic. At this point, I’m tired of waiting, and am completely skeptical of any dates motorola issues on it. The thunderbolt looks amazing, and I’ll definitely be happy with it until my contract is up. By then, the 2nd generation of dual cores will be out, and the software will be refined enough to completely utilize them. Is it worth the $750 charge? I guess it depends on the person. Does it have enough new, and upgraded, features to be worth the extra $150? Absolutely.

          • Motta2003

            Agreed. For me, my wife is due for upgrade in Oct. So I’ll score the TB now, and get the Bionic or wait for the Quad cores to come out when she’s due and give her the TB.

          • KniteLyf

            There will always be a next great phone on the horizon…you just hope you recognize it…like most of us did on the OG Droid. It was different…a gamechanger. Is the bionic that? I don’t know, but my OG is RAM deficient for most of the new software so upgrading soon will be necessary. I hope the TB works great and that people continue to see the power of Android phones. The TB just hasn’t shown enough to me yet to invest in. Just sayin

          • Anonymous

            The Bionic has a 960×540 24 bit color IPS display and a Tegra 2. Those are both pretty big, not sure what you expect to be “gamechangers.”

    • Anonymous

      Also,the 8mp camera is better and improved

    • Justin28715

      Ya pretty ridiculous for a phone that is basically a year old, aka EVO

  • Anonymous

    I talked to a VZW Rep yesterday and she didn’t come out and
    say it but she said there could be a small chance you might not be able to get any 4g phone on a one year contract. If you got the I*hone you got a 2 year or paid full price they didn’t offer one year contracts.

    • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut Phil Stout

      oh god… this would mess up my plan of attack!

      • scrizzo

        quick! we need to regroup. This is an emergency if that is true.

    • Anonymous

      That’d be awful, honestly. I can’t see them doing that simply because Apple made that choice for them with the iPhone, but I doubt HTC cares.

  • Anonymous

    Give me a break bestbuy ill wait for someone…pls someone….to sell it to me on ebay…screw 750 i took out 600, no way are you getting 150 more. If not ill wait till verizon’s comes out sadly.

  • Anonymous

    Nice find. Thanks for posting this, Droid Life.

  • Dr. Jekyll

    I think VZV would not increase the price on 4G/LTE plans rather they would sell the phones at ridiculous prices. They are just taking advantage of people who want to keep up with the latest technology.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mobrienjr Michael OBrien

      Good point…look at it like this. Sprint charges you an extra $15 a month for 4g on a 2 year contract. So what does that come out to be. An extra $360 over the contract. Standard Android phones rates are $599, so they are just charging you an extra $150 out of contract, or $50 in contract. W/ sprint either way, contract or not, your still paying an extra $360…..so looks like verizon found a way to get some money back for 4g without charging a monthly surcharge to use it.

    • Anonymous

      I hope so. But I did pre order mine from bestbuy

  • Ruben

    what do you expect for the first ever verizon 4g phone

  • http://twitter.com/mcpeterj John McPeters

    Okay… so not all techies are so familiar with common sense… Best Buy, as well as most retailers, have policies to price match their competitors. AKA you have 30 days to bring the item back for a price match. If VZ releases the phone cheaper, go back to Best Buy and get the price matched. It’s pretty simple. For what it’s worth, the black tie service at Best Buy, at least when I used to work there, is a much better service than the insurance you pay for through the phone companies. Best Buy used to just replace your phone if there was an issue and Black Tie service can include water damage.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mobrienjr Michael OBrien

      Thats not true anymore. They send it in for repair and give you a loaner. The blacktie service was more expensive than assurion is. My buddy had his droid screw up and they were going to send it in for repair and told him it would be about 3 weeks….

    • http://twitter.com/ASLgeek Dawn

      Na Square Trade the phone for a few bucks covers Accidental Damage and all. I had a 3yr old camera and my little sister broke it. I remembered I had that warranty and they couldn’t fix it. Voila! I get a check in the mail for what I paid for it 3 yrs ago. Can’t lose that way

  • http://twitter.com/JudgeDanny316 Danny T.

    ouch…. there goes any chance of me selling my droid x and getting this…

    • fartbubbler

      that’d be a step down anyway

      • Anonymous

        Couldn’t be more wrong.
        4g is a step down from 3g?
        768mb of ram is a step down from 512mb?
        An unlocked bootloader is a step down from having blur forced down your throat?
        I love my droid x. But many people are saying this new lte network is fast as hell. And my droid x on 3g is getting a little sluggish.

  • Anonymous

    I think the price is fine as long as unlimited 4g is still 30 dollars a month. I’d rather pay more upfront for 4g than pay more for a data plan. What you pay at the register is small part of the total cost of the phone over the lifetime of the contract.

    • amanda

      I totally agree with you, I was told that we would get unlimited data for $30 for 4g but they’ll make the 4g higher but the ppl who already have it, it won’t affect them. A Verizon Rep told me that today.

  • Greg

    Verizon wants to keep hush on the date because they will officially broadcast how many units of the iphone they sold yesterday at the close of business today. Notice how Verizon stopped broadcasting those “Thunder & Lightning” 4G commercials before the Super Bowl.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know why everyone takes the non-2 year contract price so seriously… Who in their right mind has EVER bought a phone at full retail price the day it came out? (other than those who piss away cash on a regular basis.)

    Also, can someone please explain to me how the “new every two” plan works now? I am eligible for my upgrade on the 28th – does that mean I pay the $249.99 or does it mean I get a rebate off that price?

    • Anonymous

      You basically get $50 towards a new phone when you’re eligible (in your case the 28th).

      • Anonymous

        Thanks! $200 ain’t bad! Especially compared to the i*hone for $400 if you want more than 8GB of storage :P

    • Tdtme2

      I have been with Verizon since before they were Airtouch Cellular. Ive never cancelled or switched in all that time. Verizon has never done me wrong, amazing service and products and best of all is the customer service. I belong to the new every two program and its great but I think it depends on how long you have been with them. I hear people saying they have paid different amounts for the same phone on this program. I bought a Droid about a year ago on the new every 2 and it only cost me $50. Im very excited to get the Thunderbolt but have to wait till November which is actually a good thing because it gives them a chance to work out all the bugs on the Thunderbolt! Stay with one company, Verizon is the best by far!

    • Jawshua

      Yeah I totally agree, it’s insane to pay full price for a phone, I have the available money and I still wouldn’t pay almost 800 bucks for a smart phone, it’s not that smart.

  • Anonymous

    Aren’t best buy retail prices usually more though?

    • http://twitter.com/aaronsts Aaron Russell

      yup ive noticed on other phones verizon has them 50 to 100 dollars cheaper full retail.

    • Greg

      EVERYTHING at Best Buy is 10-15% more than average. Batteries cost $11.

  • HighBOLT

    Why are they advertising this now? Seem like the phone still will release on the 14th, it makes sense. Last time they had a best buy ad for pre ordering the HTC Thunderbolt it was the same week. HTC is having a conference on the 14th and says big things to happen. Verizon says big things to happen and it makes sense to release a 4G phone right when AT&T does. Until I see an official release date saying 2/24 from either Verizon or HTC I believe it will come out the 14th. Comments?

  • HighBOLT

    Why are they advertising this now? Seem like the phone still will release on the 14th, it makes sense. Last time they had a best buy ad for pre ordering the HTC Thunderbolt it was the same week. HTC is having a conference on the 14th and says big things to happen. Verizon says big things to happen and it makes sense to release a 4G phone right when AT&T does. Until I see an official release date saying 2/24 from either Verizon or HTC I believe it will come out the 14th. Comments?

  • HighBOLT

    Why are they advertising this now? Seem like the phone still will release on the 14th, it makes sense. Last time they had a best buy ad for pre ordering the HTC Thunderbolt it was the same week. HTC is having a conference on the 14th and says big things to happen. Verizon says big things to happen and it makes sense to release a 4G phone right when AT&T does. Until I see an official release date saying 2/24 from either Verizon or HTC I believe it will come out the 14th. Comments?

  • HighBOLT

    Why are they advertising this now? Seem like the phone still will release on the 14th, it makes sense. Last time they had a best buy ad for pre ordering the HTC Thunderbolt it was the same week. HTC is having a conference on the 14th and says big things to happen. Verizon says big things to happen and it makes sense to release a 4G phone right when AT&T does. Until I see an official release date saying 2/24 from either Verizon or HTC I believe it will come out the 14th. Comments?

    • http://twitter.com/mcpeterj John McPeters

      Called 5 local Best Buys yesterday, 3 told me the phone will be out on the 14th, the other 2 wouldn’t say anything… Best Buy could potentially release before Verizon and this could be Verizon’s way of getting around the iPhone release…

  • Pauly814

    Will BB have this before Verizon?…is that likely?

  • Pauly814

    Will BB have this before Verizon?…is that likely?

  • Pauly814

    Will BB have this before Verizon?…is that likely?

  • Pauly814

    Will BB have this before Verizon?…is that likely?

    • Anonymous

      Nobody knows that yet

    • fartbubbler

      there’s no way that Verizon will let somebody else sell their phone before THEY can sell their phone.

  • Greg

    Okay.. I have $260 in cash, and I can put up to $250 on my bill for the next month. Meaning.. I STILL have another 230 I have to come out of pocket. I could go to Miami three times for this phone… But if THIS is 749.. Imagine how much that damn BIONIC is going to cost.. FML.

    • Kuba1313

      Bionic will cost the same or most likely less.

  • Anonymous

    1. I will never purchase another phone on a 2-year contract.
    2. I will never pay $750 for a phone.
    3. I don’t trust Best Buy’s buyback program. I’m sure some fine print will have most people not seeing the “guaranteed” buy back price.
    4. Best Buy might want to change it’s name, Best Not Buy from us…
    5. I will never pay $750 for a phone… (Yes, I meant to say it twice)

    • Greg

      I’m sure the ONLY reason it’s $750 is because of Best Buy. it’ll be cheaper at Verizon. Then again…They’ve {best buy] taken peoples money… Only to say “Hey… you’ll need $700 more dollars”

      • hkklife

        1. I will never purchase another phone on a 2-year contract.
        DITTO
        2. I will never pay $750 for a phone.
        DITTO
        3. I don’t trust Best Buy’s buyback program. I’m sure some fine print will have most people not seeing the “guaranteed” buy back price.
        DITTO
        4. Best Buy might want to change it’s name, Best Not Buy from us…
        BB ONLY made sense when they were undercutting everyone with instant rebates etc. With VZW now shifting to instant rebates on the sorts of phones Droid Lifers care about, there’s no reason to buy from BB if you are vehemently opposed to 2yr contracts unless you have a gift card to spend or have reward zone bucks burning a hole in your pocket.

        With the Droid X still ringing in at $700 at Wal-Mart and BB full price, and the 32GB iPhone $750 full price from VZW, I imagine the Thunderbolt will be $650-$700ish full price from Verizon.
        5. I will never pay $750 for a phone… (Yes, I meant to say it twice)
        6. Bye Bye Best Buy

      • Mike

        I asked, you get your money back if you don’t want to buy it. It’s just to give you a spot in line to pick one up when they come in. They actually put it onto a $50 gift certificate with receipt, so that it is fully refundable.

    • Greg

      I’m sure the ONLY reason it’s $750 is because of Best Buy. it’ll be cheaper at Verizon. Then again…They’ve {best buy] taken peoples money… Only to say “Hey… you’ll need $700 more dollars”

    • Greg

      I’m sure the ONLY reason it’s $750 is because of Best Buy. it’ll be cheaper at Verizon. Then again…They’ve {best buy] taken peoples money… Only to say “Hey… you’ll need $700 more dollars”

    • Greg

      I’m sure the ONLY reason it’s $750 is because of Best Buy. it’ll be cheaper at Verizon. Then again…They’ve {best buy] taken peoples money… Only to say “Hey… you’ll need $700 more dollars”

    • Kevoskee

      All of the above. I want to see the Verizon price. Corperate Best Buy buy exclusive rights to sell the phone then they have to jack up the price in order to gain money back. I will buy my accessories from them with my handy dandy gift card I got from the pre order but will never do business with them again!

    • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut Phil Stout

      1. I will never purchase another phone on a 2-year contract.
      – So your doing 1yr contracts
      2. I will never pay $750 for a phone.
      – So your taking the 1yr signing bonus?
      3. I don’t trust Best Buy’s buyback program. I’m sure some fine print will have most people not
      seeing the “guaranteed” buy back price.
      – Yeah, it says if your phone is in good shape… no ones found a way to prevent accidents yet.. have they???
      4. Best Buy might want to change it’s name, Best Not Buy from us…
      – Ehh, ill maybe buy my big screen on this. It’s not like i carry that in my pocket and bump it on things…
      5. I will never pay $750 for a phone… (Yes, I meant to say it twice)
      – So still the 1yr signing bonus???
      6. Bye Bye Best Buy
      – For phones…yes

      Just trying to read between the lines :)

    • palomosan

      So the TB costs more than Moto Xoom, that’s just hilarious.

      • Johnny

        xoom – 799
        Tbolt – 749

        …hmmm yeah youre definitely right, the tbolt costs wayy more.

    • Jerflash63

      idk why people have such a big problem with best buy…the phone is going to be the same price from verizon. 250 on contract and 750 off contract. the best buy buy back program is awesome if you actually know how it works. the retail price of the phone is 750 and if you bring it back to them anywhere between 6-12 months after you buy it you get 40% of the RETAIL price back. so you get 300 bucks to put to a new phone so you dont have to resign your contract and can lock in the 30 buck 4g plan for life. thats a better deal then verizon ever gave and until the end of this month any phone you get from bestbuy has the buyback plan for FREE…do some research guy

      • RaginCajun92

        you sure about that? Message board peeps are saying BB retails prices are always much higher than VZW’s retail.

        • Jerflash63

          i am sure about it. it does not matter what verizons retail price is…bestbuys is 750 and thats the price they base the buyback on. plus the retail price never goes down.

          • jason6g

            x2 while i dont always agree with bestbuy, for a no hassle shopping experiance, i have never been let down.

            by no hassle, i mean a one stop shop instead of scouring the internet searching for deals. best buys 14day return deal is nice and they are always flexible when a problem arises. i cant ask for too much more from them.

        • Geolevine

          yea take a look at what best buy is selling a droid incredible for its free and 100 dollars at best buy

        • Geolevine

          yea take a look at what best buy is selling a droid incredible for its free and 100 dollars at best buy

    • Anonymous

      $750 for a phone made in China for less than $200 is outrageous.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6SXGYB2WGWQ6I76WBFSR46NRJ4 Eric

        Actually, the HTC Thunderbolt is made in Taiwan, at least according to this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LraU4akIokU&t=0m34s . I watched it at 720p at full screen to read the packaging.

    • Anonymous

      Dude your posts are always funny and also very damn true!

      I WILL NEVER BUY A PHONE ON A 2-year CONTRACT AGAIN!

    • itsjess

      Ive already used the Buy Back from BBY, its pretty awesome, especially if you get it for FREE. I work for BBY and the people who have already used the program love it. So buy the Thunderbolt for an upgrade price of $250 and get half of the out-right price in 6 months to use towards another cooler phone. So pay $250 now, and get FREE buyback, and in 6 months in you want the (gasp) iphone 5, you’ll have $375 to use towards the new phone. The only fine print is to keep the phone in good working condition, and if you buy the protection plan from BBY, it guarentees that your phone will be covered and you will get the full 50% of the price.

  • http://twitter.com/mcpeterj John McPeters

    wait… if this is in next week’s BBY add, doesn’t that mean the phone is available for purchase?

    • Greg

      Best Buy just wants to be the first to broadcast it. Dont be surprised if they are wrong. Then again… Best Buy has CAPITALIZED off raising their prices since Circuit City shut down.

    • Greg

      Best Buy just wants to be the first to broadcast it. Dont be surprised if they are wrong. Then again… Best Buy has CAPITALIZED off raising their prices since Circuit City shut down.

    • Greg

      Best Buy just wants to be the first to broadcast it. Dont be surprised if they are wrong. Then again… Best Buy has CAPITALIZED off raising their prices since Circuit City shut down.

    • Greg

      Best Buy just wants to be the first to broadcast it. Dont be surprised if they are wrong. Then again… Best Buy has CAPITALIZED off raising their prices since Circuit City shut down.

  • http://twitter.com/kep0ne kep0ne

    OUCH.

  • Kevoskee

    Even though Best Buy doesnt do 1 year, if they did it might be 399

  • guest20352

    $250 on contract? No thanks, $199 is already too much for a damn phone. I’ll wait for it to go down in price or pick up another phone/carrier before my vzw contract ends next month. I’m sick increasing prices these phone companies are just throwing on devices/plans.

  • guest20352

    $250 on contract? No thanks, $199 is already too much for a damn phone. I’ll wait for it to go down in price or pick up another phone/carrier before my vzw contract ends next month. I’m sick increasing prices these phone companies are just throwing on devices/plans.

  • guest20352

    $250 on contract? No thanks, $199 is already too much for a damn phone. I’ll wait for it to go down in price or pick up another phone/carrier before my vzw contract ends next month. I’m sick increasing prices these phone companies are just throwing on devices/plans.

  • guest20352

    $250 on contract? No thanks, $199 is already too much for a damn phone. I’ll wait for it to go down in price or pick up another phone/carrier before my vzw contract ends next month. I’m sick increasing prices these phone companies are just throwing on devices/plans.

    • Kuba1313

      $199 is standard. $249 is not.

  • Anon

    Any guess on a one year contract price?

    • Anonymous

      Add $70 which is the standard difference for Verizon.

  • Kevoskee

    OMG! I don’t know if i should buy or not. I have the money but its not worth the same as the Xoom tablet. I will be contemplating until its release :-(

  • Greg

    That GOTTA just be for them at Best Buy… GOTTA be…

  • Anonymous

    It’s not unusual for BB to charge more at full retail than verizon. They’re charging $699 for the iphone 4 16GB where apple is charging $599, so we may see full retail for less at verizon itself.

    • Anonymous

      Well, you just pointed out something more ridiculous than the Thunderbolt/XOOM pricing; the iPhone 4 pricing. That’s like paying $600-700 for an OG Droid with a faster processor, no keyboard, and less functionality. Man, people are sheep.

  • Anonymous

    Why is Verizon just trying to get customers mad? Xoom and T-Bolt = Ultimate Fail….. I HATE AT&T…but they are looking a lot better.

    • Tdtme2

      Whats so wrong with the Thunderbolt and Xoom? They look pretty awesome to me

  • http://twitter.com/orfyyn Thomas Orf

    According to the ad you have shown, looks like the retail price is $749.

    • johnsdabeast

      yeah, haha it does, I was going to point this out too.

      • http://twitter.com/orfyyn Thomas Orf

        Plus, looking further, above the phone it says “National Retail Exclusive”. So why advertise as exclusive in this weekends paper if you are not releasing the phone until later in the month? Doesn’t say anything about pre-ordering again. I’m hoping this means we still have a chance for a Monday release by BB.

        • Leehblanc

          Yep, I was thinking the same thing… it doesn’t say “Coming Soon” OR “Preorder”

        • http://twitter.com/Qreptiles Qreptiles

          Because they send these ads to press weeks before they go out and the orignal release date was for 2/14 if you beleive what has been reported. So this would have been an ad going out the day before release.

  • http://twitter.com/omen_87 David Harrall

    That ad says “Reg Price: $749.99″. Not ok.