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Additional Motorola XOOM Pricing Details, Thunderbolt at Best Buy Date

As you all know by now, a Motorola XOOM landing page popped up late last night showing a $1199 causing one of the biggest internet outrages we’ve seen in quite some time.  We tried to make it clear that the price would not be $1199 and would indeed end up at $799 for launch just as all of the flyers we’ve seen hinted at, but that doesn’t appear to be enough for everyone.   Well so you know, we’ve been told from our friends at Best Buy that all of the training guides mention $799 meaning $1199 is no where to be found.  It’s not going to be $1200, people.  We also just heard that there will be a $35 activation fee to go along with the first month $20 data package in order to activate WiFi.  I know that will probably anger you even more, but almost all new devices have an activation fee of that amount.  It’s up to you to try to negotiate that down or out.

Oh, and if you didn’t notice, the XOOM page on Best Buy’s site is now gone and likely won’t show back up until that February 17 pre-order date we broke news about on Friday.  

Moving on to the Thunderbolt.  I know that many of you are wondering if you can pick-up your pre-ordered phone tomorrow at Best Buy, and according to the memo below, that won’t be happening.  The phone isn’t slated to drop until the 24th, and BBY is now telling their employees that the launch date is “TBD”, so don’t plan on making a trip to your local store in the morning.

We’ll more than likely have more info for you very soon, so stay close.

Cheers that dude!

  • Jrb227

    what about the wi-fi only Xoom? Is it coming out the same day?

  • Lmbrocks

    800 is still way too much. It’s cool and all that but, its just not worth that much! I wont buy one! I will wait until next year when prices are realistic and probably pick one up then. If my laptop dies tonight, I will go buy another laptop long before I go get an overpriced tablet. I am practical, thats it!

    • LunchBokz

      Agree. Still waiting for someone to explain to me why I need a tablet. Didn’t see need for the iFad. Don’t see need for any Android tablet. I guess I won’t be able to play Angry Birds on a big screen. Book reader? Love the Nook app on my phone. If I want bigger the Nook Color is only $250. If you have a smartphone and a laptop already, what does a tablet offer. Looking for help here. I WANT to want a tablet but I can’t.

  • Adognamedcat

    I have been a Verizon customer for years, for the most part I have liked their service. I loath stepping foot inside of Best Buy though.

    Can anyone tell me if I can order the Thunderbolt directly through Verizon or not?

  • OK, come on now gang – let’s interject some sanity here, now that all the emotions are out on the page. 1) Notion Ink may be a nice tablet for some, but all the reports state the people are having major problems with the shipment that arrived not long ago. (There may be some truth to that lowest bidder problem.) Add to that, the management of the tablet project recently dropped off the grid and was replaced – making this even more suspect.) That being said, the only feasible Android tablets right now would be either the Galaxy, XOOM, or for those with more patience, the HTC Scribe (or whatever it will be ultimately named).

    2) No one with any common sense, is going to buy a XOOM at $1199 or $799; unless they just absolutely positively have to be one of the very first on the block to have one. (Yes, there are a few people like that still out there – I even used to be one.) However, reality says that Moto will wake up and smell the silicon and ultimately realize that they’re not going to sell a whole truckload at that price point. They betting on all of those people who are currently salivating and willing to purchase over their better instincts or budget. Those of us who are learned and careful and know what happens during ‘new releases’ will wait a bit. First, for the price to drop and second, for the bugs to be worked out. We all KNOW that this is going to happen and it’s not going to make Moto roll anything out any faster. With the other major vendors all preparing relases for Q1 or Q2 of this year, Moto has to try to make some of their R&D money back fast. We as the innocent users are not going to let this happen at OUR expense. Big companies like to treat ‘little’ users as if they have no power. However, guess what folks? We DO have power!!! We can stand up as one body right here and now and basically SNUB the whole XOOM release thing. Can you imagine the frustration we could invoke on Moto if we were organized? How many different Android communities are having this same pointless discussion right now? HUNDREDS!! We don’t need to be arguing about anything, we need to be patient and resolute and speak with consumer power that we can because we are all family. Yes, we are an Android family (whether you belong to Droid Life, Android Life, XDA, Droid Forum or one of the many others). If Egypt can show the world that revolution can come about in 17 days via Facebook and Twitter, can you imagine the power we could also use to change the economics of this desired tablet.

    If anyone is up for the challenge, please let me know. I’ll create the Facebook site tonight to start the revolt. We could even put up a unilateral petition telling Moto how we feel and what we think is fair. The possibilities are vast and our integrity and courage are high. Not to sound too much like I’m on a soapbox, but hey….ANDROID USERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!!!!!

    • An internet petition… did you just suggest an internet petition? Geez man.. agree with you and I hardly read the whole post. Good try though.

  • Viper76269

    i went today. no thunderbolts. was told the 24th for sure. i had a feeling

  • Viper76269

    i went today. no thunderbolts. was told the 24th for sure. i had a feeling

    • I am so glad I didn’t follow this thread until the 14th. I was laughing my ass off reading your posts.

  • Vitodintino

    I love how everyone thinks that because newer tablets are coming out afterwards, that they’re going to be any cheaper for the same specs. If that 10 inch samsung tab has the SAME exact specs, ram, processor, resolution, etc.. it will be almost the same price as the Xoom. Guarantee it.

  • Anonymous

    Please delete

  • dannyjedi

    I love it. Its like buying a car, and paying a fee to be able to unlock the gas tank. Rubbish.

  • dannyjedi

    I love it. Its like buying a car, and paying a fee to be able to unlock the gas tank. Rubbish.

  • Anonymous

    Oh good, I only had to sell one of my kidneys to be able to purchase this.

  • did any one pick up their Thunderbolt today???

    • EvilMonkey

      anyone?

      • Airsmith81

        Just got off the phone with the best buy here, they wouldn’t give me a straight answer. Told me to call back this afternoon…

        • so did i. they rep said they are getting swamped with calls and took my name, number and said someone would get back to me. I started laughing and so did he.

          • EvilMonkey

            That sure is weird not knowing if something is for sale… I would guess either they have them in stock but can’t sell them yet, or they can sell them but are waiting on the shipment.

            I’ll call mine in a half hour and see. Its a small town full of old people and cowboys, I highly doubt they are getting many calls.

          • EvilMonkey

            That sure is weird not knowing if something is for sale… I would guess either they have them in stock but can’t sell them yet, or they can sell them but are waiting on the shipment.

            I’ll call mine in a half hour and see. Its a small town full of old people and cowboys, I highly doubt they are getting many calls.

    • shelleyjr

      I went to my Best Buy yesterday 2-13 in ABQ and was told that they wouldn’t have them after being told the day before that they would have them. The guy showed me the computer screen which showed zero in stock and zero in the DC ( I assumed that meant distribution center) that is located in Las Vegas.

      He did state that the pre-order ends on the 16th. So I asked if that might indicate that they will be coming out on the 17th? He said to call him on the 17th.

      Also, we wanted to know how many people have pre-ordered them. He told us no one! Now he is just one sales person at the BB Mobile. I am sure there are some pre-orders he just hasn’t had any.

      It would be nice if people on here would tell what city they visited a BB. It might help others figure out how the distribution is done. It is just a suggestion.

      • Anonymous

        talked to allen park, mi. said they did not have any, they also told me that verizon would be selling them online possibly, but not in stores. release date was still unclear

    • EvilMonkey

      I talked to the online mobile sales person and asked when it would be available. He was very quick to respond with this:
      “Verizon’s first 4G LTE Phone the HTC Thunderbolt should have been released Monday Valentines Day, and we will be carrying it. The release date has been officially postponed to a date unannounced. Due to the high demand we are now offering a pre-sale in store only. To pre-order the phone please go to your local Best Buy. There you will sign up for the pre-sale, and would need to buy a $50 gift card at the same time. This gift card can be used on any Best Buy purchase including the phone.”
      They have clearly been getting this question a lot since he had it typed up and ready to send.

    • yeti

      went to my best buy store and talked to a knowledgeable guy. he confirmed that there is no current release date and that as soon as the phones are in, all those that pre-ordered will be called. not only that, but in the event that an official arrival date is confirmed (which is much more likely, since new merchandise is not usually shipped without notice), my store will call all pre-orders with confirmation of the date.

      i mentioned the info that i had received from the verizon store to him, and he agreed that the date should fall well before the 24th. how soon? that’s the question nobody can answer… except for verizon. but apparently they won’t.

  • it is $300 over priced. It should be $499, then people would buy it.

    • Glv407

      If you cant afford it, dont buy it.

    • Glv407

      If you cant afford it, dont buy it.

  • Jordan

    Dont buy it this… this is stupid and way over priced

  • There’s no way I’m buying a wifi device that I have to active. If we all refuse to buy this thing until the activation fee and forced first month of service come off, then they will remove them and drop the price quickly. But, since there will probably be enough sales for them to sell out, they’ll just get the message that the next tablet and phone can be sold for $2,999 each, with a mandatory five year $200/month contract.

  • Nicksmith1953

    Y r ppl excited about/ordering the thunderbolt… Its pretty obvious that the lack of dualcore will have u all furious by june!!!

    • Anonymous

      I just don’t want to embarrass my poor five-year-old laptop by getting a phone that is faster than it.

  • Even if it’s not $1200, $800 is still too much.

  • The Atrix laptop dock is a just a battery and its priced at $500 so what do u think they are going to charge for this? $799 is right.

  • Rwidjaja

    I think we should be looking at the new samsung, if the pricing for xoom around 799, is outrageous.
    where samsung have the same specs. ( i hope they are, and less costly)

  • Some how $847 still work for me (dang 9.3% sales tax). Verizon, don’t be retarded, subsidization please.

  • Not sure, but seems like maybe some of these Android devices are getting too big for their bridges, thinking they are a rock star when they should be looking to compete. That seems like too much money, and unless I am misunderstanding something, I cannot see the value of paying for 2 data packages (1 phone, 1 tablet) when Canon utility so the tab can be used as a live view.

    • Anonymous

      Jenn, darling…the saying is “too big for their britches.” from the days when children wore britches instead of pants….:O) your so cute..

      • RealKing…
        It is you’re so cute. as in “you are”
        You’re so cute.

      • Anonymous

        Hahahaa…I couldn’t resist. But seriously, even $800 is waaay too much. I live the Lenovo U1 that is coming out that as a tab boots Android and snaps into a laptop clamshell and boots Windows or some of the windows or Windows/Android dual booting tabs. But, seriously, $800 for a tablet, who’s technology will be dated in months? I just can’t see it. I might consider the new round of Galaxy tabs for under $500.

  • Guest

    Is Verizon waiting for MWC this week to finally officially announce data plans and the thunderbolt release? I can’t imagine any other reason for this ridiculous delay of info

  • Anonymous

    just got off the phone with my local best buy……NOT…..you gotta be kidding me people. this is not the second coming of christ or whomever you kneel to.

    besides Samsung will surely be $100 or more less than this locked Moto crap.

    • Anonymous

      If the Samsung was going to be cheaper, they certainly would have announced the price today. How else would they try to stop people from buying another device that is 11 days from launch?

      • that samsung thing is ugly and plastic with no usb ports and a different charging port not going to be good

        • Anonymous

          I actually love the design (at least the back) of the Galaxy Tab II, but the lack of USB and HDMI is stupid, as well as the propietary charging port.

  • chris

    I say bestbuy should change the ad. the new ad should say “XOOM! Runs like a beast. Pricing unknown. Buy at your own risk for you might have to sell your house to afford it.”

  • Icecold715

    Just called best buy they told me its been pushed back he said the date is tbd, so what kellex posted is 100% correct.

    • Viper76269

      lol how can you say that when other best buys are saying different things. doesn’t mean he’s right

      • Bigred3484

        Because its a chain store certain stores aren’t gonna get the item when others don’t…moron!

        • exactly if one best buy is not selling it than none of them are

  • Gg101

    Unless they force you to buy 1 month of data, don’t. I’m sure there will be a work around on XDA within a few days.

    • Anonymous

      According to a buddy of mine who works at BB Mobile, it is required to activate the device before it leaves the store. Its a verizon policy, he also said that if you cancel the data plan within the first three days then you will not have to pay an activation fee or the first monthly data fee, the only thing you would have to pay for is any data used before you canceled.

      • Joe

        That sounds like great news to me, thanks for looking into that 😉

        • Anonymous

          no prob, I know a lot of people were on the fence about the Xoom after this whole first months data thing surfaced, so its nice to know that it can be remedied.

          I didn’t really believe him right away lol

          • Olesweski

            So basically the idea is, buy the Xoom w/activation & cheapest data rate, then that night call Verizon and cancel, and according to your friend they’ll waive the $35 activation fee and only charge you for data used? And considering I’m going to try to pick mine up in Delaware I’ll only be paying the 799, tax free. Sweeeet.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah that’s what he said, some one else on androidfourms.com who is also a bb mobile employee confirmed this as well.

          • Joe

            Might you have any idea if one would be able to call their local Best Buy to place the pre-order on thursday? Just can’t make it to the actual store in person in the next week and a half, driving 40 min to Delaware to pick it up tax free, so hopefully they’d let me place they pre-order over the phone. If not, I’d just have to hope that they get enough units in additional to the pre-order units with my plan being to pick one up next Friday night or Saturday AM.

          • p8ntballah21

            I think you will be able to pre order online and pick the store you want to pick it up at.

          • Joe

            I’m guessing those who pre-ordered the TBolt did so in this fashion and just selected their store? This is what I was hoping would be the case.

  • Anonymous

    no way, gona check if its on ebay tommorow, anyone confirm the 14th again?

    • Viper76269

      i confirmed with my best buy like an hour ago. theyre closed now.

  • Just called Best Buy Mobile near me and they said the Thunderbolt has indeed been delayed… Didn’t know for sure for how long; just said the 24th at the latest.

    No pick ups tomorrow!

    • Viper76269

      maybe it’s store specific, cause mine is swearing on tomorrow. may have something to do with the shipment arriving.

      • Wow… so much confusion… yet Verizon stays silent

        • Viper76269

          they don’t have it first. best buy does

  • Just called Best Buy Mobile near me and they said the Thunderbolt has indeed been delayed… Didn’t know for sure for how long; just said the 24th at the latest.

    No pick ups tomorrow!

  • LivinFree

    what a load of crap. let alone the fact the dam thing is over priced at 800, they want another $55 just to turn the dam thing on they can kiss my ars on that one. IMO these carriers and mfgs are living in a pipe dream if they think people are just going to keep updating devices or throwing money around like no tomorrow in this crap economy.

    • Glv407

      Im buying two. If you cant afford it , dont buy it. Whats the big deal?

    • Glv407

      Im buying two. If you cant afford it , dont buy it. Whats the big deal?

  • Beng8686

    Its so retarded that android tablet makers don’t make a wifi only version first. Sorry android, but that’s where apple definitely has you beat. Shits lame.

    • Beneathonyxskies

      This is painfully true. I hurts me physically to say this, but, Apple did it right. Multiple models with various prices to appeal to as many people as possible. How could Moto, Samsung, etc not have learned from that example?

  • Eddiezane

    I work at bby and stuff that isn’t supposed to be sold yet always has a jacked up price. Like the poop laptops for this past black friday were jacked up $1000 to prevent them from being bought mistakenly

  • Anonymous

    Man the XOOM got more drama than my wifes soap operas. If no one buys it for a month or two I bet that price would fall quick lol. Would that ever happen? hell no because consumers are to weak minded to stand up for them selfs and protest. I think the XOOM is a great device, I’m I gonna get it at launch?… hell yes I am, I’ve been saving plus it’s income tax return time, so yall get in were you fit in.

    • Glv407

      Thank you!! All these broke MFs complaining… just dont buy it!! How many things in life you cant afford, do you complain about that sh#t all day!!!?? It will get cheaper you may just not get in on day 1 like me. Or you can justify buying somthing in your price range and make yourself seem like its better.

    • Glv407

      Thank you!! All these broke MFs complaining… just dont buy it!! How many things in life you cant afford, do you complain about that sh#t all day!!!?? It will get cheaper you may just not get in on day 1 like me. Or you can justify buying somthing in your price range and make yourself seem like its better.

  • Eric

    The last time i paid a activation fee was like 10 years ago when i got my 1st Nokia cell phone. This just keeps on getting better and better. Moto you have caused your own demise in the tablet world.

  • If thats the real price, this tablet is dead on arrival

  • Viper76269

    JUST got off the phone with my best buy, and was told that the Thunderbolt will be released tomorrow.

    • Mike

      Likewise, but they told me the 17th.

    • yeti

      …and tomorrow, they’ll say the same thing.

      i suppose it’s possible, but doubtful. i talked to a salesman in the verizon store, who was clearly not an iphone fan, and i asked about the thunderbolt. i mentioned the 24th and was told that things are “looking more like within the week, they’d have it ready for release”. what i still don’t get is how they can release a phone without ever having a release date and expect to generate the kind of buzz i’m sure they want. why would verizon opt for such a quiet release?

  • Anonymous

    Interestingly enough, there is a 2-page Thunderbolt ad in the Entertainment Weekly I got yesterday, and it says “available at Verizon Wireless and Best Buy” at the bottom. It’s an HTC ad, so you’d think they would know if it’s a Best Buy exclusive.

    • DMBatCOFC

      Exclusive doesn’t mean that the carriers won’t sell it.. that just means that Wal-Mart, Radio Shack, etc won’t sell it…

      • Anonymous

        did not know that, my bad. I seriously thought “exclusive” meant exclusive.

        —–Original message—–

        • Anonymous

          It’s a Verizon phone, of course Verizon will sell it. When they say exclusive they mean for third party retailers only, carriers are still king since the product, you know, runs on THEIR network.

  • LunchBokz

    I don’t get it. The Dell Inspiron Duo looks more functional than both the iFad and ANY android tablet. Why wouldn’t I want the Duo which can run Microsoft Office over either of the other choices?

    • Ironclad1313

      The Dell Inspiron Duo is an interesting concept but it is far from being a worthy competitor to any of the top tablet designs. Running Windows 7 on an atom processor is a joke. It lags like crazy for any touchscreen application and probably for normal programs as well. It’s hard to even compare it to Android tablets because it doesn’t have an extensive application market which is the main reason why people are getting tablets in the first place.

      You’d be better off comparing it to tablet PCs, but then even in that category it’s still an underpowered device with a cool hinge.

      • k6tcher

        I like the Duo. Don’t be fooled. It runs fine. Dell’s skin to make it easier to use ironically lags the hell out of it. So disable it.
        The screen is what stopped me from buying it and the lack of HDMI out.
        Other than those issues, the Duo is a fine investment. Unlike the Xoom…

    • LunchBokz

      I guess I’m still looking for a reason to own a tablet. I have been sold on Android phones. Ready to upgrade from my OG Droid. Can’t justify ANY tablet I’ve seen. Toys. They are TOYS. At least a Windows tablet is useful. Like it or not, we live in a Windows world. I want my tablet to be able to showcase a PowerPoint presentation when I don’t have a projector. I need full Office functionality. iFad and XOOM just don’t cut it for me. TOYS.

    • LunchBokz

      I guess I’m still looking for a reason to own a tablet. I have been sold on Android phones. Ready to upgrade from my OG Droid. Can’t justify ANY tablet I’ve seen. Toys. They are TOYS. At least a Windows tablet is useful. Like it or not, we live in a Windows world. I want my tablet to be able to showcase a PowerPoint presentation when I don’t have a projector. I need full Office functionality. iFad and XOOM just don’t cut it for me. TOYS.

  • James Murphy

    Kellex, why are you defending the price of the XOOM? It’s BS, and you know it. Yes, the iPad model with equivalent specs has a higher price, but it also has a lower-end model that’s almost half the price of the XOOM ($855) Come on.

    • Anonymous

      Who needs to justify the price? If you don’t want it, go buy one of the mediocre tablets by Notion Ink or Viewsonic.

      Do Lexus owners have to justify the price to anyone? No, the others can go buy a Camry.

      • Hank

        Uhmm…the NI is not mediocre. In fact, it has better specs with HDMI out and multiple usb ports to go alobg with the tegra 2 and one gig of ddr2 ram.

        • Anonymous

          Xoom has HDMI and USB as well, plus a higher resolution screen. Better yet,
          it wasn’t built by a company no one has ever heard of, or put together by
          the lowest bidder in India.

          —–Original message—–

          • Anonymous

            sounds like you want the best tablet on the market, wait for the iPad 2

          • Anonymous

            you’re not one of those idiots that actually think the iPad2 is going to have a retina display and 2gb of RAM, are you? The iPad2 is still just going to be a big iPod Touch.

          • Anonymous

            give him a break…he’s just a Apple fanboy, regurgitating from the apple ministry of truth

      • k6tcher

        Hope you buy insurance. A Lexus is very expensive to replace if you crash it on your hard tile floor.

        A Camry… not nearly as bad to replace.

        Future post from a Xoom buyer: ” Oh Nos! I dropped my $900 Xoom. The screen shattered. Moto wants $500 to repair. Please helps me! ”

        And Gorilla Glass DOES shatter on tile.

        • Anonymous

          Definitely getting the insurance, always planned to.

          —–Original message—–

      • Rizzidy

        [email protected]

        • Anonymous

          Never said any tablets were a POS.  If I brought the iPad into it, then it would be a different story.  After all, that’s an Avalon.  It wants to be a Lexus, but it’s just a big Corolla.

          —–Original message—–

        • Anonymous

          Lexus’ are overpriced, overrated cars for douchebags, basically just like Apple products.

      • Anonymous

        haha u think that but a car is something you will use for YEARS! this is a damn tablet we are talking about! less than 1 year and it’s out of date

        • Anonymous

          it’s funny, originally you said a car was an “investment”, then you edited your comment. obviously you don’t have a drivers license yet. Yes, you will use a car for years, and a car also costs more than this tablet. Overall, they’re still just depreciable assets.

        • Anonymous

          Your average car costs $15,000 – $40,000, some much more; this costs $800.

          • Anonymous

            was I the one comparing it to cars in the first place?! no YOU were!

          • Anonymous

            No I wasn’t, I didn’t bring up cars. You made the false comparison of usefulness with cars to tablets.

      • Anonymous

        Apple has a 500 dollar tablet. Let me repeat that. Apple, the company that does not sell a tablet south of a grand, has a 500 dollar tablet, -and- they had to build their own OS (granted, it is just a blown up iOS). And Motorola can’t make one in that price range utilizing free software? Really? That’s a disgrace.

        • Anonymous

          That’s nice, I want a XOOM, not an iPad.

          Honeycomb is free, but Motorola still had to acquire licenses for Android Market and other pre-installed Google apps.

          The main difference is that Motorola’s profit margin ends at the sale of the XOOM. Apple’s profit margin continues to grow through iTunes (apps, music, shows, etc), after you buy your iPad.

        • “Apple, the company that does not sell a laptop south of a grand”

          Fixed that one for you.

        • Anonymous

          Apple’s $500 tablet is also absolutely inferior hardware wise to this.

    • Anonymous

      Listen here junior. You need to mow some grass this spring, plus save your babysitting money too, and maybe then you can ride your bicycle down to Best Buy and get ya one of these.

      • k6tcher

        What? >oo<

    • Larry

      If you don’t want it, don’t buy it. Or better yet, wait a few months, and this baby will be going on Best Buy or even Verizon for half the price as new better spec’d tablets begin to surface.

  • Anonymous

    If you can afford that ridiculous $800 price tag, then you can afford the $35 activation fee.

  • Anonymous

    one thing i have noticed that doesn’t line up.
    all the ads in the bb magazines say exclusive retail or whatever – and – bgr says “We’ve just heard from one of our sources that the up-in-the-air release date for the HTC ThunderBolt will be February 24th. This includes Verizon Wireless sales as well as Best Buy.”
    SHWUT?

  • crazymexicazn

    just got off the phone with the best buy i pre-ordered @, the rep said the 24th 🙁

    • Viper76269

      Did you clarify and say you pre-ordered? i called and they told me that too, but then said, the only people that are getting it the 14th are the pre-orders

      • Motta2003

        I called my BBY and they said the 24th…I also pre-ordered.

      • crazymexicazn

        yeah i told them i pre ordered on the 6th…she said they would call me to set up an appointment when they get word about the phone, so my guess is it’s not even there yet

  • Anonymous

    can you preorder it on a 1 year contract err what?…

    • Viper76269

      Best Buy only does 2 year contracts

      • Anonymous

        really? wow.

      • Anonymous

        Are you talking about a phone or tablet? tablets dont have contracts, they do month to month

        • Viper76269

          Tunderbolt man

  • DMBatCOFC

    What a crock of poop…. remember when the DROID came out? 11/6/2009!! We knew that in advance, well in advance. This nonsense caused by the iCrap is messing up my mojo….. I love and hate corporate America at the same time :/

  • k6tcher

    $799 make everyone feel better now?

    You know, $855 after activation and data.

    You know, $890 including the folio case to protect your investment.

    You know, $935 including the buy-back program (optional of course).

    You know, around $985 – $1,035 with additional insurance (why would you not get it on this hi $$ purchase?)

    You know, $1,107 including taxes.

    So… $799 sound better you big bunch of babies.

    ;P

    • Eric

      UMM no it doesn’t

    • Anonymous

      I talked to a friend of mind who is a Best Buy Mobile employee. He told me that if you cancel your data plan with in the first 3 days then you will not get charged an activation fee or for your first month’s data, he said the only thing you could potentially get charged for is any data used used between activation and cancellation.

      • k6tcher

        Hmm… that’s certainly not true for Verizon’s phones. The only way to get out of activation is during the purchase itself (if they let you). Plus what if the BB employee uses 3g data to help you setup the Xoom after activation?

        • Anonymous

          I didn’t really believe him at first either, but he said this is the same scenario as when VZW launched the Tab. To clarify, your not getting out of activating the device, they have to activate it and sign up for a data plan before you can leave the store. I would assume if the BB employee used 3g after activation your would get pro-rated for that amount of data

      • Rizzidy

        Your friend sounds like an idiot.

        • MyDroid is bigger than yours

          Before calling some one an idiot, why don’t you do some research. It is in black and white and true. “You will remain responsible for your Activation Fee unless you terminate service within three days of activation.” Go to http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/globalText?textName=RETURN_POLICY&jspName=footer/returnPolicy.jsp

          Tool!!

          • Anonymous

            thanks for finding the link, I was looking for the policy but I couldn’t seem to find it.

          • k6tcher

            I read it. It reads as if the device was bought FROM Verizon. The 14 day equipment return policy and 3 day service termination window. I wonder since it is being purchased from a different retailer if this policy is invalid. I am too lazy… does BB have a policy page on service termination?

          • p8ntballah21

            I would assume it wouldn’t matter because bb has to adhere to the same policies and procedures as vzw. He said that people did this this the galaxy tab, and the training materials are the same.

  • Anonymous

    I was at B B earlier to pick something else up, and stopped by the mobile dept. They stated, the release will be the 24 th.

  • Anonymous

    It being $800 doesn’t make it better. That is still a dumb price, just less than the absolutely insane price of $1200 (which any reasonable person should have known was just a placeholder)

  • Viper76269

    Also, that picture at the bottom for the Thunderbolt noitce, is obviously old.

    • Anonymous

      and why is that? did you carbon-date the pixels? 🙂

      • Viper76269

        lol it says “this sunday, feb 6th” which means it was sent out before february 6th

        • Anonymous

          oh. i see. nice catch.

    • efouroh

      was “updated” 2.11.

      • Viper76269

        thats for the launch, but the preorders are different.

    • “Can pre-order this Sunday, Feb 6”

      Definitely old.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait to get this on a one year contract. Hope they don’t have low inventory like what happened with the Droid Incredible and X. I’m going to have to wait till March to get this. :/

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t think Best Buy offered 1 year contracts, but I may be wrong.

  • Anonymous

    Is the activation fee really negotiable?

    • JG

      dont think ive paid one in years…

      • Anonymous

        Is there anything you need to say?

        • Anonymous

          “I don’t want to pay it, Costco is waiving the fee via mail-in rebate.”

  • Viper76269

    First….Well that wasn’t all that it was hyped up to be.

    I called Best Buy about an hour and a half ago, and they did tell me that since i pre-ordered my thunderbolt, i am getting it tomorrow. i’ve called everyday for the passed 3 days, and have been told the same thing, and from 2 different stores. So i dunno.

    • as much as i would like to believe the best buy you called, I can’t. simply because we are missing one piece of information. If best buy were selling the thunderbolt tomorrow they would already be in store and there would be leaked photos of the phone chillin in best buy storage rooms all over the internet.

      • Viper76269

        well it’s only for the preorders. someone else stated that they were told to be there at 7am, which could mean they’ll get a small shipment of the preordered ones tomorrow. Ever since i preordered mine, i’ve been told February 14th, and that was after that email was sent out.

        • lets hope your right. i pre-ordered as well.

          • Anonymous

            Hope you guys are ready for a disappointment. Talk about false advertising

          • i know noone is going to get the thunderbolt tomm. majority of best buys said not tommorow therefore means the best buys that said it is tommorow are misinformed and like i said before best buy employees have no idea what is going on until someone from upstairs says something so i woukdnt take their word for anything

        • Anonymous

          My local Best Buy told me the same thing regarding my DX pre-order. They didn’t have a clue when they were actually getting phones and how many. I ended up waiting outside the local VZW store to buy one on launch day.

      • Bigdaddy1207

        Oh and they told me they wouldn’t have them in store till tomorrow, so that would mean they would have to be getting an early morning shipments.

    • Corenojc

      How do you reorder it? On the best buy website?

      • Viper76269

        I went in person to the store. Thats the only way you could do it.

    • Bigdaddy1207

      Yep, me to. I have called everyday and they told me everyday the 14th. Called awhile ago today and said yep its goin to be there for me tomorrow and I should just stop in, I don’t need to call or anything.

      • Anonymous

        ya, i stopped in at 5 today and they told me it’s still slated to tomorrow and they’d give me a call when it was released or if they do not get it in for whatever reason. I’m not holding my breath but still hopeful

        • Bigdaddy1207

          Well Got called be my bb just a min ago and its not goin to be there, they said its pushed back. What a bunch of morons, telling people all week it would be there and the night before calling and saying different. Freaking stupid morons.

      • Viper76269

        thats another confirmation for tomorrow. Plus i spoke to my friend, who is an HTC rep, and i told her i was picking the phone up monday from best buy and she plainly just said, “awesome!” No word from her that it won’t be there.

        • I think is wishful thinking and you have to understand that best buy employees most of the time have no idea what is going on but hey hope you do get it but I highly doubt its true