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HTC Thunderbolt Shows up in Best Buy Buyer’s Guide Priced at $299 on 2-year Contract

Writing about the Thunderbolt was supposed to be a bundle of joy, but as the weeks have gone on and the bad news continues to pile up (sky-high prices, moved release dates, Skype issues, hotspot issues), it’s become increasingly painful.  So when we saw tonight that the new Best Buy Buyer’s Guide was listing the device at $299 on 2-year contract instead of $249, we’re on the verge of giving up on it completely and instead moving on to the next versions of our DROID family members.

And who knows, maybe this price is is pre-discount and it’ll end up being $249 after all, but that still doesn’t help the fact that many of us buy phones at full retail and the $749 mark is well, a giant slap to the face.  The sad thing is, we almost predicted this would happen back in January, although we never thought it would get this bad.

One more price shot after the break.  

Buyer’s guide.

  • Bob

    Does no one read past the first page of anything?! The weekly ad (more up to date than the buyer’s guide) shows 249 and a realease this week (prior to the 26th). At least someone in these comments mentioned it. Too bad the ‘reporters’ here didn’t.

  • ef-civic

    If I’m gonna spend that much for a phone, I’m getting the i*hone 32GB.

  • appdaddy

    Hey, lets not do this to the Bionic, ok? It’s still my dream phone… My contract is up in August. I’m hoping the bionic will be out by then so I can make an informed decision… Still getting a 1yr contract tho…. XD

  • thtoneguy

    is that justin bieber in the vid chat?

  • Gcforreal

    Im a little confused as to why. The thunderbolt is priced so high I mean isn’t it basically. The same exact. Phone as the inspire 4g on att? ….that phone is only 150 on contract ..so why would it be double the price on Verizon ….seems like vzw is making a lot of air head moves with its android line up since the arrival of the iphone …..oh well im. Still happy with my droid x until the holiday season at least

  • Gcforreal

    Im a little confused as to why. The thunderbolt is priced so high I mean isn’t it basically. The same exact. Phone as the inspire 4g on att? ….that phone is only 150 on contract ..so why would it be double the price on Verizon ….seems like vzw is making a lot of air head moves with its android line up since the arrival of the iphone …..oh well im. Still happy with my droid x until the holiday season at least

    • Viper76269

      not the same phone. thunderbolt is a waaaaay better phone.

  • Liglesias2

    I now see two dates 2/24/11 or 2/28/11 take your pick or what. How great is this???

  • Liglesias2

    what is going on ??????

  • Keemyxo

    Verizon is getting crazzzzzzzzyyyyy with their prices. The only reason why I’m getting this is for the sense experience its a big step up from my DROID 1, maybe the prices are getting high cause theres no more rebates?

    • Bilvis

      I’ve used my friends EVO, sense is very ugly and icons and widgets are HUGE and take up a lot of the screen so the UI doesn’t utilize the high resolution of the screen to it’s best advantage.

      • Viper76269

        i think this is bs. i have a sense ROM and cyanogen mod on my phone, and there is no difference in resolution. Sense is amazing, and i actually like it better than stock. it’s a bitch and a half to sync facebook pics with the contact on stock. it’s soooo east on Sense, and i dont even have to open a facebook app to see pictures if i want. It makes everything so much easier

  • Anonymous

    I get the feeling Moto, HTC and Samsung think we’ll buy anything Android – $800 for Xoom and $300 for this?

  • Bilvis

    Even if you bought the first Droid when it came out on 2 yr contract, you wouldn’t be eligible to upgrade to this so who’s buying this anyway besides thr 1 yr contracts and new phone purchases? Why pay 750 for a phone when you can wait for upgrade and just get a better phone for about 500 dollars cheaper.

  • Just called Best Buy in Fredericksburg, VA. The store rep told me 2/24. Who knows… this has definitely become the worst phone release in history!

  • Elliotts65velle

    Sounds like a piece of crap to me…..I will pass and wait for better products later this summer, this will be outdated soon enough

    • Dr. Jekyll

      When the summer comes whatever phone you would be considering at that time would sound like a piece of crap and you will pass and wait for better products for later that winter and then when winter comes …….and you are still waiting.
      No matter how long you wait there would always better technology down the road and it would be outdated soon enough

      • Cdg806

        HAHA this is what happened to me. It’s been almost a year since I started looking. If you’re in the market for a new phone the worst thing you can do is read these forums. You need to just go in the store and buy one or you’ll keep waiting forever.

  • Even at $249 it is too expensive.

    • Anonymous

      yup

  • Angelc0719

    PLZ PLZ PLZ MOVE ON THE THE DROIDS. This HTC device is a waste of time. Like all of their devices there’s always a problem. Last year htc has a problem with htc incredibles not being made fast enough because of screen changes, then the Evo has battery problems and people have to buy a new bulcky one and now this one with more problems. I wouldn’t wanna buy this when it comes out. I love my DX. And love moto devices. There’s a reason why they are leaders in mobile technology. Can’t wait for Bionic. THAT WILL BE THE DEVICE TO TALK ABOUT.

    • Anonymous

      I couldn’t agree more. There’s little difference between my DX and the Thunderbolt. Wait for a dual core Droid for $199. It would be crazy to pay $300 for a 2yr contract for a phone that will be obsolete next month.

    • Anonymous

      My Dx has increasingly giving me issues, I can’t wait to get rid of it. most ppl I know who have the Droid Inc or Evo absolutely love it. Htc has a pretty solid rating with their customers from what I’ve read, more so than moto

  • mdeblaz

    Best Buy has the BOTH prices on their website… $249 in the weekly ad… and $299 in the Mobile Phone Buying Guide (Page 8) –

    http://bestbuy.shoplocal.com/bestbuy/Default.aspx?action=browsepagesingle&storeid=2413188&rapid=1109587&pagenumber=8

    BB is contradicting itself… which is the correct price?

    • Anonymous

      Crazy right !, lol. I just got of the phone with my local bb to confirm the 24 th, which he did based on their vz rep. He looked in their circular and showed it listed as $ 249

  • Cdg806

    So what about the people who already put 50 down at Best Buy during the pre-order. They told us that the price would be 250 when we signed up.

    • Tim242

      It’s $250. Read the comments.

      • Anonymous

        Kellex is still reporting it at $ 299

  • Djspikezz

    I wonder why, Droid-Life hasn’t announced the FULL Droid X SBF is out!! and has been out for awhile now! 2.3.340

  • Cb2000a

    This phone is way over priced. The Atrix will blow this phone away when the software supports it and will cost less. Not sure what HTC is trying to prove by this bloated price.

  • Cb2000a

    This phone is way over priced. The Atrix will blow this phone away when the software supports it and will cost less. Not sure what HTC is trying to prove by this bloated price.

    • Tim242

      The Atrix does not blow this phone away. 1. This phone has 768 megs of RAM. The Atrix only has 512. The other 512 is partitioned for use by only the dock. 2. HSUPA is disabled on the Atrix. That means crippled upload speeds. 3. Sense>Blur. 4. LTE>HSPA+. 5. HSPA+ is currentlyonly availablein 10 markets. 6. This has an aluminum unibody, The Atix is plastic. 7. HTC has nothing to do with pricing.

      • Kuba1313

        You forgot to add that single core is faster and more efficient than dual core.

        • Proof?

          Proof?

      • Kuba1313

        You forgot to add that single core is faster and more efficient than dual core.

  • Locus

    Are there any smaller LTE Android phones coming out? This is just too big. Something in the 3.7-4.0 inch screen sizes (assuming the bezels aren’t big).

    • Droid

      Add an optical trackpad to that too. Excellent for activating mouse over elements in websites and for moving through a lot of text.

  • kc

    HTC removed Thunderbolt ads and links from their website. The phone is nowhere on their site unless you type in a search for it. Interesting….

  • Anonymous

    P.S…..remember that like powermat thing for the lg revolution at mwc? so they had 1 cover for the thunderbolt….you think it will be available on launch? or what dock could i buy for the thunderbolt when it launches?

    • Alvinm 77

      Should be for the powermat. Not sure about a dockstation. I have yet to see HTC release a dock station for a device and the dock for the Evo and Incredible were made much later by 3rd party companies. (plus they where stand up docks not sideways like the Droid X and D2

  • Anonymous

    Yah, you know if u enter htc thunderbolt they already have accessories….and if you click on mobile phones the add with the 5 new 4g phones has the thunderbolt at 249.99 coming soon! and there are no mistakes on the online picture…..where their adds are…they have the 5 slides….yah…. 🙂

  • majorhunadadun

    I’m an evo user. The girl I’m seeing is considering this phone. That price is proposterous! I messed with the Inspire today. For 99 ya can’t beat it. I know I know no front facer. But still!!

    • Anonymous

      but still…less memory, no true 4g…not even huspa, no front cam…yah….no speaker under a kickstand, and less awesome….just cause its on att. 🙂 vzw ftw! 🙂 lol

    • Alvinm 77

      Exactly. I agree with MOTOX. This phone is similar but better then the Evo and the Inspire.

  • 749 dollars for the phone without a contract. I can’t believe that…Not only are you going to be paying 100 dollars more than most flagship phones, but you will be paying an additional 200 dollars of taxed.

  • Drew66
    • Drew66

      Oh, and no menton of Skype.

  • thisisjnn

    i don’t get why it’s shown @ $299 in the buyer’s guide, but $249 in the weekely ad…..

  • gmr4life

    At the San Diego (Mission Valley) Best Buy store, it was marked at 249.99

    • Drew66

      They had it on display?

  • HTC

    So other than LTE, this phone isn’t much different then current phones? The Snapdragon CPU is on a smaller process so it uses slightly less power but still the same performance. The difference between an Adreno 200 and 205 doesn’t seem to be that big either.

    Any other rumored HTC phones coming to Verizon? LTE isn’t a big selling factor for me since I don’t have it here anyway.

    • Alvinm 77

      Maybe you should study your facts before you post. Thunderbolt has a new Qualcomm MSM8655 processor switch is 50% faster and more powerful than the Evo’s processor and is getting 2000 Quadrant score out of the box. If Im not mistake dual core arent getting that much higher results. 40GB of memory, 768mb of RAM in a phone which is the most of any device Ive seen (Atrix has 512mb for the phone and the other 512mb for the dockstation). Dolby surround sound speakers, the best kickstand for sitting up and sideways, much more, and the most important thing is the BOOT LOADER IS NOT LOCKED!!!!

    • Anonymous

      the difference is 500 on quadrant….thats pretty big….

  • Guest

    The thunderbolt is carrying with it quite the little sh*t storm…

  • Anonymous

    I love haggling the online chat people with release date questions. It almost makes the delay worth it just to piss them off.

  • dve996

    Verizon i pay you dearly every month for 3 lines….. All I want is a verified date for this phone.. DO IT NOW!!

  • dve996

    Verizon i pay you dearly every month for 3 lines….. All I want is a verified date for this phone.. DO IT NOW!!

  • dve996

    Verizon i pay you dearly every month for 3 lines….. All I want is a verified date for this phone.. DO IT NOW!!

  • Sdouglas3673

    I know we’ve all been frustrated with the Verizon / Best Buy, but with all of the commercials, print ads.. we have to be getting close! Give it a week or 2… I think the end is near!

  • Dr3us

    The Thunderbolt commercial has aired three times since the beginning of the NBA All-Star game tonight

    • Guest

      So that’s why its so expensive… Over the top advertising

  • Themikeyan

    jesus, they keep showing the lightning commercial during the NBA all star game

  • Themikeyan

    jesus, they keep showing the lightning commercial during the NBA all star game

  • 299 that hurts screw this phone then

    • Tim242

      It’s $249. The buyer’s guide is incorrect. The ads and Best Buy’s system say $249. Accept it and stop being a drama queen.

      • Alvinm 77

        If I was you I wouldnt even talk to Brian. Every time I see him on a Thunderbolt post he’s just bad mouthing the thing. His opinion is not gonna make us who want the phone not buy it. No matter the amount of dumb shit he says sitting at his computer TROLLING my opinion is not gonna change. Maybe he’s mad he cant afford it full retail and he has no upgrade so he cant get one 🙁

  • Stephanie13w

    299???? They’ve lost their greedy little minds…..

    • Tim242

      It’s $249. The buyer’s guide is incorrect. The ads and Best Buy’s system say $249. Accept it and stop being a drama queen.

  • DUH

    what i dont get is why best buy????? i would think verizon is going to b a little cheaper.. best buy always ups there price… STOP GOING TO BEST BUY PEOPLE!!!! and on another note… i would only go back to the iphone if it came out with a 4.3 inch screen….

    • Tim242

      Best Buy is always cheaper for contract pricing. They also give you instant rebates. It’s $249. The buyer’s guide is incorrect. The ads and Best Buy’s system say $249. Accept it and stop being a drama queen.

  • Anonymous

    It’s funny seeing all the complaints about the Xoom tablets pricing then you see this thing at a staggering $749.

  • Viper76269

    Apparently, when stores receive dummies, they’re only days away. Verizon store my friend works at has a dummy. i’m still looking at the 24th

    • there not going to release it on the 24th what are they going to have 2 lines one for the xoom and one for the thunderbolt doesnt make sense especially since there mobile section is little to begin with one or 2 registers at most

      • Nexus

        There won’t be lines though.

      • Tim242

        LMAO @ you thinking there will be lines for either…especially the xoom. What are you smoking?

      • Viper76269

        lol. no lines will be there

    • there not going to release it on the 24th what are they going to have 2 lines one for the xoom and one for the thunderbolt doesnt make sense especially since there mobile section is little to begin with one or 2 registers at most

    • there not going to release it on the 24th what are they going to have 2 lines one for the xoom and one for the thunderbolt doesnt make sense especially since there mobile section is little to begin with one or 2 registers at most

  • Nader1676

    Accessories mean nothing. I bought a case and zagg shield last Sunday 2/13 so it means nothing that they are on the sites or in stores. All I have now are an empty case and a protector I can’t put on anything yet..lol.

    • Anonymous

      wow..

  • roofingsucks
    • Viper76269

      don’t post this…you get peoples hopes up when you see a link to verizon

      • tb soon

        you can sign up for updates (if any) from verizon not just rumors. By now you should be used to getting hopes up and only let down! lol

        • Guest

          you’ve been able to sign up for updates for a while. afaik, none have been sent

        • lol i’ve been signed up for that crap for over a month and the only e-mail i’ve received was, “thanks for your interest in the Thunderbolt. We’ll e-mail you with updates.”

  • Stephen

    I stopped by my local Verizon Retail store to ask them some questions about the phone, one of the workers there is also excited about getting the phone and had a lot of info about it. When I asked her when is it going to be released and am i able to pre-order it at the store she said the following.

    “We previously thought that the original launch would be on the 24th, but the date changed and it will be out on the 28th for sure. You can expect to see the phones in store about a week from today.”

    As for the pre-orders she said this.

    “People pre-order at Best Buy because they are expecting to get the phone early, People did the same thing with the iPhone online because they thought they could get it early but we are currently out of the phone until late March so you see how that went, We’re not officially having a pre-order but i can put your name on this list of people who want to get the phone as soon as we get it, right now we have about 7 names on this including myself so if you wish to do that please put your name and a number we can call when we get the phones.”

    So as disappointed as I am about not being able to get my phone on the 24th, 4 more days of waiting isn’t that bad.

    I recommend calling a Verizon near you and asking the same. My source is a Verizon retail store in Derby, CT. Zip code 06418.

    • This makes perfect sense because the xoom will take priority here and they will launch that the 24th and just wait til the 28th to do the tbolt

      • Alvinm 77

        For someone who think Sense UI is crap you sure do pop up on these Thunderbolt articles a lot lol. Getting one sir or are you replacing you girlfriends Incredible? Or will you be ROM flashing?

    • This makes perfect sense because the xoom will take priority here and they will launch that the 24th and just wait til the 28th to do the tbolt

    • This makes perfect sense because the xoom will take priority here and they will launch that the 24th and just wait til the 28th to do the tbolt

  • Mr Carteratl

    farewell android, been a user since d1…….. >iphone from here on out

    • Anonymous

      disklike! and why?

    • I dont think anyone will miss you dont let the door hit your @ss on the way out

    • I dont think anyone will miss you dont let the door hit your @ss on the way out

    • I dont think anyone will miss you dont let the door hit your @ss on the way out

  • Queball744

    my best buy store still his it at $249

  • I dont ROM , so unlocked bootloader means nothing to me. Anyways Im definitely not being stuck with this thing for two years . My LOCKED BOOTLODER, MOTO BLUR-ed LAUNCHER PRO-ed Droid X treats me nicely.

    • Anonymous

      Im running latest Apex rom on my X right now. Battery life is unreal! You have no idea what you’re missing. Don’t be scared, Mini-Me

      • Alvinm 77

        Lmao @ mini-me…. Word. Running Apex on mines til I get my Thunderbolt and the battery life is simply amazing!!! Ppl who dont flash ROMs are missing out on a lot and having a better phone basically.

  • Scknoll123

    Just spoke to Best Buy mobile. They have the TB in the paper for sale. I called and they just said it’s pushed back a couple of weeks. WTF

    • Because of the xoom I am telling you all they will not release the two on the same day doesnt make sense. There dept. is too small to handle that kinda of work loadage. I can see the 28th or even in to march but they will not release it on the 24th due to the xoom mark my words

    • Because of the xoom I am telling you all they will not release the two on the same day doesnt make sense. There dept. is too small to handle that kinda of work loadage. I can see the 28th or even in to march but they will not release it on the 24th due to the xoom mark my words

    • Because of the xoom I am telling you all they will not release the two on the same day doesnt make sense. There dept. is too small to handle that kinda of work loadage. I can see the 28th or even in to march but they will not release it on the 24th due to the xoom mark my words

  • Raptor007

    I had to run errands today so I stopped into both BB and the local Corporate Verizon store near it. The BB clerk I have seen before did confirm two things, first they have cases in back, BUT, they have not been given the floor plan on where to put the cases so they are not out yet. Second was the date, she could only say what we have heard too many times already. The 24th is the last date she has been given.

    Now when a manager came over and inquired what phone I was looking for I brought up 1) the ad for this week showing it at $249, with no notation that it had a specific date, and 2) that their buyers guide shows it at $299 and both were available online for viewing.

    Here is the best part, the manager commented that they did post a correction to this weeks ad about the TB. It was in sheet of paper in a placard on top of a display that I had not seen and likely NO ONE else will either. BB had sufficient time to correct their ad instead they wanted to push it out so that they can take down the placard when and IF it actually ships.

    The local Verizon store was another joke in and of itself. First I do not require a trained monkey to guide me as I browse since I know more about the product than they do.

    When I did quiz her on the TB, here is what I got. She told me she does not have a release date AND Verizon will not launch it in the markets that do not have 4G. I reminded her it has 3G in it, but she insisted that they want the 4G coverage out. I politely explained to her that our market does not have 4G, that we are not slated for 4G until maybe OEY and I don’t see phones and tablets being restricted to 4G markets only.

    This is of course why I hate Verizon stores, they know nothing.

    • Viper76269

      my friend works for Verizon. No one at the store, as far as sales reps, hear anything. No dates have been told to anyone. Not all employees have done the training.

  • It’s strange, but I’m not all that upset about paying $300 for the Thunderbolt *IF* Verizon does indeed give us the 4G for the same price as the 3G. Sprint charges $10 extra dollars a month for 4G, and if you do the math, you’ll come out on top after a year regardless of whether it’s $250 or $300. Having said that, if they bring out a tiered plan for the 4G along with this price increase for the hardware, I’m cancelling my preorder, letting my contract run out in May, and going to either Sprint or T-Mobile. By and large, the biggest complaint (and really one of the only complaints) I hear from friends who are Verizon customers is that Verizon almost always try and nickel and dime you at every chance they get. If they try and pull what I mentioned, they’ll no longer get my nickels, dimes, or $100 bills each month. They should be thankful for what they have.

    • I meant to say “Sprint” not “Spring.” Sorry.

  • Motoblah

    Thunderbolt: $299 for 32GB
    i*hone: $299 for 32GB

    I don’t like this correlation…

  • Motoblah

    Thunderbolt: $299 for 32GB
    i*hone: $299 for 32GB

    I don’t like this correlation…

  • Motoblah

    Thunderbolt: $299 for 32GB
    i*hone: $299 for 32GB

    I don’t like this correlation…

    • Raptor007

      Actually ThunderBolt 40GB for $249 that was confirmed by both a BB store manager and wireless mgr.
      iphone 32GB $299 so the TB has more and costs less, even IF the $299 was true the TB still has MORE.

  • Quised24

    I am looking at a$249 price on bby regular ad for 2/20

    • Anonymous

      theres the key….2/20….so wheres the 2/24…..it doesn’t seem verizon will be doing an announcement and i haven’t gotten any emails but common. i want my dam phone already.

  • Quised24

    I saw an am looking at $249 on the regular bby ad for 2/20

  • Anonymous

    I was waiting anxiously for the thunderbolt, reading news everyday, and preaching to everyone why it would change the mobile landscape, but this thing has been doomed to be a complete failure since jump street and I think it finally hit me. Kept in the dark on when its coming, delayed but still rushed, none of the features that made so amazing in the first place …I’m over it, bring on the phone after the phone after the phone of my dreams because i’m sleeping right through this release. ZZzzzZZzzzzz

    • Anonymous

      I think im starting to feel that way too

  • clee587

    I’m starting to get tired of Verizon… never thought I would say that but because they do have the best service out there, they continue to take away the benefits and discounts… I have another year left on my DX and if they don’t come out with something better then these phones by then I will probably just cancel my service with them. All the cellphone companies have decent enough service to place calls but Verizon is getting a bit out of hand… I like their phones but everyone is coming out with droid phones 🙁

  • Alvinm 77

    Also people keep talking about dual core this, dual core that. Y’all under estimate the power of the latest snapdragon processor. Quadrant score 1987 out of the box. Still very nice. Don’t get mad at HTC for not jumping on the Tegra 2 bandwagon. There waiting on the very good Qualcomm that brought them NETFLIX!! Thunderbolt is still a beast of a phone and me being a ROM flasher, im gonna have way more fun with the Thunderbolt then I ever will with the Bionic…. :-p

    • Anonymous

      Agreed!!!

    • Anonymous

      and that was the prototype…

    • Bilvis

      Those Quadrant benchmarks have already been proven to be a farce.

  • Alvinm 77

    None of this matters to me. Im still getting this phone. Completely board with my Droid X and I miss my Incredible. The Thunderbolt is my next phone regardless ….. is that Justin Bieber in the skype video chat pic above???? Lol.

    • Kuba1313

      because this is more fun in what way……????

      • Alvinm 77

        The ROMs that are gonna be available. Like CM7, miui, and other custom ROMs not availble to locked bootloader Androids. My friend already has 2.3 on his incredible and another one of my friends is alpha testing honeycomb on his evo. 90% of all Droid X stock roms are the same. I would rather have an OG Droid than my Droid X. That’s just me though. I pretty sure ppl who don’t flash ROMs don’t care but a locked bootloader doesn’t work for me at all.

        • Anonymous

          yah, thats why my droid x is going on ebay and my thunderbolt has been pre-ordered…lol…

  • Themartinthunder

    when the EFF does this phone come out?

    • Viper76269

      24th

      • Tim242

        Some Best Buy stores say 2/24, others say 3/3 ugggh

        • Viper76269

          called mine and they said the 24th is what they’re looking at

          • Tim242

            Yeah, 2 I called said 2/24, 2 others said their Verizon Rep said 3/3. This
            is insane.

          • Tim I am sorry your phone will not be out the 24th the xoom is coming out that day and they will not have 2 releases best buy can not handle that kind of thing that is why they changed the released date on the tbolt

          • Tim242

            The Xoom will not be selling @ $800. You talk like there will be linesfor it
            lol IF it gets pushed back, it’s not because Best Buy can’t handle it.

    • Tim242

      Some Best Buy stores say 2/24, others say 3/3 ugggh

  • I still don’t understand why people are saying the off-contract price for the Bolt at Best Buy is high. The full retail price at Best Buy for the VZW iPhone 4 32GB is $799… the Thunderbolt is cheaper.

    I thought everyone knew that Best Buy jacks up the prices when compared to VZW stores?

    • Greg

      Yeah that I agree with.. Best Buy rigs prices. I’m just hoping Full retail for it is in the $549, 599 range.

      • Viper76269

        they paid $569 for it so it’ll be over $600 for sure

        • Greg

          You sure THEY paid it, or that’s their pricing? We have no concrete details outside of the fact Verizon hasn’t mentioned anything about 4g LTE since before the Super Bowl..

          • Viper76269

            document on Phandroid, that was posted by a VZW employee, showed that they paid $569

    • Viper76269

      i’m really not planning to actually purchase it until Verizon has a price, so they can price match.

      • Anonymous

        lol, keep checking ebay…i got mine for 629 from a verizon agent who need to sell their pre-order for money…they had 100 percent feedback too, so i got a legit thunderbolt when it comes out for over 130 dollar off. 🙂 *dances*

        • Viper76269

          you have the phone yet?

          • Anonymous

            no, it was a pre-order….but keep in mind 629 instead of 750 is a hell lot better for me…

          • Viper76269

            and what if thats the price that VZW sells it for at launch?

          • Anonymous

            they probably won’t, if it sells at 569 which i don’t think it can…i mean the droid x is 600… then screw me, if its the same then whatever, and if not than yay…lol

      • Anonymous

        lol, keep checking ebay…i got mine for 629 from a verizon agent who need to sell their pre-order for money…they had 100 percent feedback too, so i got a legit thunderbolt when it comes out for over 130 dollar off. 🙂 *dances*

      • Greg

        I just honestly, don’t trust Best Buy as far as I can spit. And due to the fact they seriously still have it in their ads and everything, had a pre-order, even without Verizon taking notice.. is like a slap in the face.

        • Viper76269

          I just want to buy it from there cause i can get the points towards my rewards

      • Greg

        I just honestly, don’t trust Best Buy as far as I can spit. And due to the fact they seriously still have it in their ads and everything, had a pre-order, even without Verizon taking notice.. is like a slap in the face.

  • Greg

    SO: I called Verizon.. Not off phone speculation, but to see how much I could bill to my account. She tells me $400.00. if the phone is $749, that gives me some room to manuever. I dont know if everybody’s is the same.

    • Viper76269

      it depends on your loytaly. how long have you been with them? i’ve been with them since 2003 and i have $350 bta

      • Greg

        Whew… I’ve honestly been with Verizon since Bell Mobile, so it’s had to have been before they were even verizon. Of course I changed mobile numbers, but everythings been basically the same.

  • Jawshua

    When you say “many” of us buy full retail, well I think you should do a survey! Haha because not everyone has a money making tech website and can afford full retail phones every month.

  • Phil

    Thanks for the info DL!

  • Greg

    I’m torn because I want to get this $749 out of my conscience and HAVE the phone.. but if no details are made OFFICIAL by Wednesday.. I’m going to take the Loss and treat myself to something nice. NO reason why I’ve been pretty much micromanaging my wallet for the past two weeks..

    • like the xoom 🙂

      • Greg

        haha I agree.

  • Anonymous

    bull, their definately coming out the 24th both…a double whammy!….lol….also just checked the bb add today i just got and yah it has the spelling error but the thunderbolt still listed as 249 and new….so this is definately coming soon.

  • FrankXS

    The ThunderBolt must hold the record for the phone with the most live advertisements when it is not even available for sale.

  • shopkick has it for $249 at Bestbuy.

    If you don’t have shopkick and want to get it, then use “seal3935” as a code so I can get 50 points 🙂

    seriously though, it does have it listed at $249…

  • I am sorry for you thunderbolt fans but the Xoom is coming out the 24th and noway will they release this phone on the same day and the xoom takes priority because it being a game changer with 3.0 I feel bad for ya but no way they will debut the same day just not smart and I think that is why they are going to suspend the release

    • Tim242

      Why would it not nlbe smart? One has nothing to do with the other. One is a tablet, the other a phone.

      • What do you mean they both get sold in the mobile section they have a lot to do with each other so what I am saying is that release day comes so 2 different lines for the products they will have too much flow and to preven that let each get there own release where they can prepare its just business common sense

    • KleenDroid

      That’s too bad since tablets sell far fewer units than phones. There are many that want a 4g phone and the first one to hit the market with Verizon will be a big seller for sure. Making people wait longer while they sell a couple tablets does not make sense to me.

      I think think if they are holding off there is another reason we are not aware of. Just imagine if they sold a bunch of 4g phones on launch day and there was a problem with the 4g network… lol, what a joke that would be.

  • Nader1676

    Called my best buy store this morning… asked when the Tbolt would be on sale as I had pre-ordered 3 weeks ago. After being passed to several represenatives I was finally told that they had recieved recent information from HTC that the phone release was being postponed with no further information on final release date… guess that means that the 24th is a pipe dream and I won’t hold my breath for the 28th either. I am getting pissed that VZW and HTC are keeping everyone in the dark. don’t take my money for a pre-order if you aren’t ready and willing to come up with all details, information such as4g pricing and release dates. this is just the biggest mess I’ve ever seen.

    • i went to best buy this morning to pre order the xoom and asked about the Tbolt as well and was told dont expect anything till the middle of march.

    • Guest

      i can’t understand why people would blindly spend their money on a presale for a phone they don’t know the release date/price/data plan rates for

      • Viper76269

        i still have the $50 i spent on the preorder. they just give you a gift card. if you don’t want the phone after hearing the pricing, then you don’t have to buy it. it’s the beauty of being a customer.

      • KleenDroid

        Correct. I am wanting to buy this phone, but it’s hard to do so without at least knowing how the 4g pricing is going to work. That is the only thing holding me back from a pre-order.

        Who knows, the 4g plan might be as ridiculous as this phone release. The rumor that they will keep the cost the same for the early adopters is just that…. a rumor.

  • Kipple

    Umm, hello. I thought this was Droid life and not the sister site about all things Android. So why is every article about the Thunderbolt and the Xoom? Methinks the purpose of the two distinct does has been lost.

    • Kipple

      “sites” not “does”. Silly swype.

    • Viper76269

      because the thunderbolt is better than any droid and they’ll probably not release droid phones that often

    • Anonymous

      because their both awesome devices i can’t wait to get…

    • Alvinm 77

      Its because they are VZW devices. Only thing Droid branded is Moto and HTC devices on VZW. They didn’t give the Xoom and Thunderbolt the Droid brand but in my eyes and apparently Kelix eye these are still Droid devices.

  • Anonymous

    32GB micro SD card pre-installed and *** expandable memory storage sold separately?
    Which is it?

    Is it coming with skype video chat or not, they don’t seem to have that right either…

    • Anonymous

      It definetly comes with 32 gig pre installed….and expandable memory storage is sold seperately….you can buy more…sold seperate but it comes with 32 gig pre installed….

  • NyR

    Breaking News!!!! Verizon hates this phone and everyone interested in purchasing it. That is all.

  • Marcus

    the add in jacksonvile, florida still shows 249 and i don’t think it will go up when at&t got the cousin of the thunderbolt the inspire 4g for 99

    • Anonymous

      It will be 249 and 749.99 but u forget the inspire 4g doesn’t have real 4g….can’t even do hsupa….no kickstand or speaker under that, less memory, no front cam.

      • Alvinm 77

        Exactly

  • Trueabm

    Spoke with a BB manager. They’re now posting ad correction notices.

  • How does the thunderbolt compare to the Iphone 5?

    • Viper76269

      better

  • Themartinthunder

    749 makes my wallet cry.

    • Anonymous

      ebay….was lucky enough to keep searching i got it for 629! from a verizon employee selling their pre order for money….he he he! lol

    • just buy the xoom for 51 dollars more : )

  • Pooch

    Droid Life has gone crazy with its reporting. Keep in mind that this is not going to be a Best Buy exclusive. Verizon will carry ths as well. From my understanding, the price will be $249 for a two year contract.

    Droid Life, the internet, and the less-than-reliable employees at Best Buy have really done a teremendous job at screwing up what could have been a very normal launch of this phone. Most of the documents that we have seen were never supposed to be seen by the public.

    Don’t hold Verizon responsible for the misinformation being leaked by less than ethical employees.

    • I agree 100%. The internet has become as bad as it is good

    • KleenDroid

      I don’t fully agree. While maybe we shouldn’t have seen the information, it is eye opening to see how this is all playing out as the price goes up… I hate to see how they try and screw us all over with 4g pricing.

      I appreciate the information the internet gives us, and we have to sift through it and decide what is useful to us.

    • sam

      Any word on 1-yr. contract price?

  • Flexor

    I just called to BBY stores here in Arizona. They said that its been delayed and will be at least Feb. 28th. till its released. conveniently outside the buy back promotion of the 26th. Ive been eligabke for upgrade since march holding out for a suppose Fat Blackberry release. That went south sold my storm 2 and got a DI. Been following this phone since it was the mystery device. Getting close to a year following this phone. Seeing the Incredible S now and etc, HTC handsets to be forth coming, i am in agreeance and a dual core model release is soon. Get in it for two years or wait. I was at BBY door when they opened on the 6th. to get my preorder. Now starting to get frustrated its coming its not its coming its not. I know i want it, the price tag may ruin that. Possibly VZW will sell less?

  • Just called my BB (Cincinnati) about my pre-order and was told it was in their system for the 24th. Also double-checked about the buyback program and price and was told BuyBack still in affect until the 26th and price for pre-orders was $199 + $50 gift card from pre-order. Of course he couldn’t “guarantee” the date, but sounded somewhat confident. I’m willing to wait until Thursday because the only reason I went with BB (otherwise would never shop there) was because of the free BuyBack offer. If the date slips past then, I’m canceling and either getting it directly from Verizon or wait for next best thing.

  • I bet you that sweet iPhone 5 will be $199. Who is coming over to the dark side with me?

    • Tim242

      Ewwww

    • Tyler Durden

      True that. HTC FAIL! Big time! Hahaha. If the motorla Bionic is as sick as I seen in video’s I’ll sell my iPhone 4 for 500-600 and buy it right out.

      • scadole

        who in their rght mind would pay 500 to600 for an iphone 4? if that’s the market value of an iphone, i will start srickng up all the senior citizens and soccer moms for their iphones riight now.

    • Froto

      Depends on what Apple has to offer.

  • Camney1

    This is BS and Wirefly and/or Amazon Wireless better have a discount! Smh

  • Comment

    NJ Local best buy: says 28th…..

  • Sdouglas3673

    I called BB cell phone customer service as well… and the SKU # on the ad doesn’t show up on their system. Even the lady who helped me was as confused as we were to see the phone in the ad 🙂 It’s now silly at this point…. but it won’t change my mind about the phone 😉

  • TT

    My Sunday Feb. 20th Best Buy ad still has the TB for 249.99. I dont think I will buy if it is 299 I will wait I think.

  • TopShot

    I was really excited about getting the Thunderbolt, but now with all of the delays, the lack of intrest from Verizon to share infomation in order for them to push their i.hone sales, and now increase in the price, I am giving up on getting one. I think I will wait for the Bionic. HTC you just lost a customer with your very poor strategy to lunch your phone.

    • Airsmith81

      I’m doing the same now. Bionic will be here before the tbolt at this rate

  • Trueabm

    Spoke w/ Best Buy Consumer Relations. They said that it is out today but at very few locations and pointed out that the weekly ad says “*Carriers, coverage and products may vary by store. Available in New Jersey.” They searched the Thunderbolt’s SKU 1949051 in inventory for all stores within 100 miles of me but couldn’t find it in-stock anywhere.

    Spoke with VZW and they confirmed that it is out today, the $29.99 unlimited data plan includes LTE service, and the Tbolt is ONLY available at BB stores right now.

    • Viper76269

      are you saying that it’s out today? i doubt the phone is released today

  • BTGGTR1

    I don’t think $299 is right…I can’t see Verizon making ANY phone $300 for a two-year contract…I am betting it will be $249 for a two-year contract. $299 is like sticker shock!! That has got to be the wrong information…I HOPE!!

  • BTGGTR1

    I don’t think $299 is right…I can’t see Verizon making ANY phone $300 for a two-year contract…I am betting it will be $249 for a two-year contract. $299 is like sticker shock!! That has got to be the wrong information…I HOPE!!

    • Anonymous

      Apple 32GB $299.99 for two year contract…

    • Viper76269

      i think it’s possible that they would, if the 4G pricing plan stays the same

  • Blurbiaa

    Even with every new news post being a bummer in regards to the thunderbolt, I am still very excited for it. It will be my first smart phone (currently enV2 yikes). I was also very happy that Droid-Life didn’t misinterpret “no skype video” for “never skype video” like a lot of other websites did.

    I don’t believe the delay or the new price is a result of the i*hone. Too much conspiracy theory for my tastes. Although that reason for delay is easier to swallow than “issues with 4g network, problems with phone”

  • How much does a 32gb microSD card go for?
    $100 on average?
    $299 (contract price) – $100 (about the cost of the memory card you’re getting) and you have a $199 (contract price) phone + a 32gb microSD card so you stop complaining about how crappy your storage memory is (common man).

    The biggest selling point for me though is OPEN. The biggest caution is the amount of different devices HTC cranks out – it’s only just a few more months til the next most awesome thing ever, right?

  • SundayMoney

    The Thunderbolt has now become the biggest cluster f**k of a phone release in history. The Atrix with ATT is looking better and better………….

  • riz

    Has vzw announced 4g data pricing yet? they are really trying to hide it until last minute… which means it’s bad! lol

    • Anonymous

      Heard it was suppose to be 29.99, atleast at initial launch

  • Shawn

    My only issue with this is that I went ahead and sold my droid2 on ebay ahead of the game so it didn’t lose any value when the thunderbolt came out and now it has been over a week and I have had to use my wifes old LG Envy…..geee whiz Can’t believe the phones we use to use….

    • Lakerzz

      I don’t Envy you at all…(sorry, couldn’t stop myself)

  • Anonymous

    well i can tell you its not that price at verizon as bestbuy jacks the price up….anyways i just bought my htc thunderbolt which will come on the 24th for 629 on ebay from a verizon agent who needed money for a funeral….so he sold his preorder to me for a discount….and he has 100 percent feedback. So happy me i guess! :)…..lol.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand why some of you guys are all up in arms about. The release date has NEVER been announced, sure there’re rumors flying around but NOTHING official. Feb 24th is the ONLY solid release date in the all the rumors and EVEN IF it’s not released on the 24th, I WILL NOT be upset about it BECAUSE AGAIN, it’s not an OFFICIAL release date.

    Now, for all the people saying, it’s old tech on the Thunderbolt, IT’S NOT.

    1.The Thunderbolt has a new Qualcomm MSM8655 processor NOT the same processor on the 4G EVO.
    2. It’s Verizon’s first 4G phone, it might not mean much to people on Sprint, but everyone on Verizon this is BIG!
    3. Although the integrated Skype won’t be available on release date DOES NOT mean it won’t EVER be.
    4. I don’t care what anybody says, UNTIL Motorola is able to be FULLY rooted, I won’t even consider them, yes that means the BOOTLOADER UNLOCKED. My last phone with the Droid X and I thought, you know, it can’t be that bad, Motoblur and all, it was okay at best but nothing like the experience I had on my Droid Eris with HTC. The communities and custom roms are mainly the reasons I never got an iphone and keeping with that, I’m going to get the HTC Thunderbolt.

    Just my 2 cents.

    • Anonymous

      well i love your 2 cents! lol…..read my comment below… lol….. it is new technology, its way better than the evo…and i have a droid x too….its garbage…mine lags all the time, reboots randomly, sometimes it won’t let me make a call…then i have to take out the battery…..so im glad im going back to htc again, sense is soooo much better and OPEN!….

    • John R Ruddick

      At CES, Verizon CEO promised a “Mid-February release of this phone”.

      • NCX

        Not really, they said that the all the new devices they show off here today would start arriving as early as March.

    • Jawshua

      That was more like your five dollars.

  • KSChris

    This is absolutely ridiculous.

    No, not the prices or the delays… but how quickly everyone is turning on the phone. The same people who not even a few weeks ago were drooling over this phone and everything it does are now going “what’s so special about it anyway?”… it’s hilarious, haha.

    Jesus, people.. the phone is MAYBE going to be a couple days or weeks late, and be $50 more than expected on contract.. it’s not the end of the world. It’s just a phone. If the phone is as awesome as all of you were initially jizzing your pants about, then it’s worth it, no?

    Everyone needs to stop being so reactionary to every half-truth and rumor that is posted.. the phone will come out when it comes out, and will cost what it costs. At the end of the day, it’s still the same awesome phone that everyone was drooling for when it was announced at CES.

    • I dont think this is going to be a great phone

      • KSChris

        Be that as it may, this site, and the majority of comments just a few weeks ago was all “THUNDERBOLT! THUNDERBOLT! IT’S THE BEST! GO THUNDERBOLT!”… but the second the delays started, despite no official release date announcement ever being given, everyone seems to have changed their stance on the phone. I would understand if we were talking MONTHS of delay or hundreds of dollars of difference in cost… but it’s a couple weeks on the delay, at most a month, and $50 more on contract.. it’s not the end of the world.

        Granted, the $749 full retail cost is a lot, but it is what it is.. I personally think even $549 is too much for a phone, which is why I’ve never bought one at full retail.

        • Yeah I agree but I think people with upgrades at this point were waiting for this device but now that it has been pushed back and want more money people are starting to get disappointed and now conteplating waiting a month for the dual core phones. So this is just the reaction its normal I just never thought this was going to be a gamechanger a good phone yes but nothing like the dual cores coming up

  • Vicslistings

    Page 10 of weekly add has it for $249/$749…

  • Vvsylvester

    The weekly add has it listed for $249/$749

    • Vvsylvester

      Page 10 of the weekly add…

      • ROC City

        Can confirm for the Henrietta, NY ad as well. $249/$749

  • Anonymous

    Skype ?, will it work over the Lte without needing a wifi connection?

    • JG

      thats the plan. its supposed to be baked right into sense

      • Anonymous

        Thanks, a buddy of mine is interested in the phone, and wanted to know

  • Sputnick

    Not going to be worth having a “4G” phone until next year on Verizon anyway. Going to take awhile for the network build out.

  • Sputnick

    Not going to be worth having a “4G” phone until next year on Verizon anyway. Going to take awhile for the network build out.

    • Tim242

      Ummm no. It already covers hundreds of cities in 40 markets. It covers 120 million, which is over 1/3 of the population. Will cover 1/2 by May, 2/3 in 178 marketsby November.

    • KleenDroid

      LOL It’s worth it to me since I already have 4g in my area! I’ll tell you what it’s like when I get it!

  • Sagan08

    I’m sorry to be the one to have to say this but Kellex is right, the phone is 299.99 for 2 year contract 749.99 retail 🙁 Look, here is a link directly to best buy’s website confirming this…Just click the link and then click on the Best Buy mobile buying guide for March…that will bring up a page about the thunderbolt…if you scroll over it, it will bring up a pop up saying 299.99 clicking more details shows a page like kellex posted above…

    http://bestbuy.shoplocal.com/bestbuy/default.aspx?action=entryflash&adref=header

    Also, for those of you posting pictures of adds that say $250 need to note that if you look at your post again it is for dates in the last week of February, the add in the link I posted clearly says the prices are for late February into March, thus is a more up to date add….Also, any posts listing the $250 says after savings but the $299 adds does not…what is the $50 savings? After some looking into this, it became clear the $50 off is only for those who pre-ordered with a $50 dollar deposit. This is why the ads going around during the pre-orders were the $250 adds but now that pre-orders are coming to an end the price will be its actual $299.

    Why would Verizon release this phone for $299 when the Motorola Atrix is only $199? It’s simply to allow the Iphone to compete against this phone. If they had the thunderbolt at $250 with 32 GB of memory with 4G who would ever buy the 32 GB Iphone for $300 with only 3G? However, by making both comparable phones the same price, people may consider to still buy the Iphone. Of course we will not know for sure until the official release of the phone.

  • Sagan08

    I’m sorry to be the one to have to say this but Kellex is right, the phone is 299.99 for 2 year contract 749.99 retail 🙁 Look, here is a link directly to best buy’s website confirming this…Just click the link and then click on the Best Buy mobile buying guide for March…that will bring up a page about the thunderbolt…if you scroll over it, it will bring up a pop up saying 299.99 clicking more details shows a page like kellex posted above…

    http://bestbuy.shoplocal.com/bestbuy/default.aspx?action=entryflash&adref=header

    Also, for those of you posting pictures of adds that say $250 need to note that if you look at your post again it is for dates in the last week of February, the add in the link I posted clearly says the prices are for late February into March, thus is a more up to date add….Also, any posts listing the $250 says after savings but the $299 adds does not…what is the $50 savings? After some looking into this, it became clear the $50 off is only for those who pre-ordered with a $50 dollar deposit. This is why the ads going around during the pre-orders were the $250 adds but now that pre-orders are coming to an end the price will be its actual $299.

    Why would Verizon release this phone for $299 when the Motorola Atrix is only $199? It’s simply to allow the Iphone to compete against this phone. If they had the thunderbolt at $250 with 32 GB of memory with 4G who would ever buy the 32 GB Iphone for $300 with only 3G? However, by making both comparable phones the same price, people may consider to still buy the Iphone. Of course we will not know for sure until the official release of the phone.

    • Sagan08

      I’m so sorry for the multiple posts 🙁 I thought it wasn’t posting correctly…hopefully the mods can take down the duplicate posts…sorry guys.

    • Tim242

      You are wrong. First, they never list price by preorder. That is an idiotic claim. Secondly, they have to sell the phone for what they advertise. Stop spreading fud.

      • Sagan08

        Tim242

        Look…your not understanding what I’m saying…your right, they have to sell the phone for what they advertise which is 249.99 at the moment. This is clearly shown in the weekly ad going out today with the Thunderbolt advertisement in it. However, it is clearly stated in the weekly ad that the prices and offers are only good from February 20th to February 26th. Thus, anyone who pre-orders from the 20th to 26th of February should be garaunteed to only have to pay 249.99 like you said. However, because this price is only gauranteed from Feb 20-26 there is nothing to stop Best Buy from raising the price after the 26th. Of course, this would only be speculation if it wasn’t for the buyer’s guide also listed on the Best Buy website. Following the link above (in my main post) and clicking on the buyer’s guide shows the price is 299.99. However, the key point is that the buyer’s guide price is guaranteed till March 26th. Thus, if Best Buy stops pre-orders on the 26th and starts selling the Thunderbolt shortly after that the result would be that everyone who pre-ordered would get the phone for 250.00 and everyone who waited would get it at 299.00. It makes since that Best Buy would have to raise the price to match the price Verizon wants to sell it for once the phone goes on sale. Verizon isn’t going to let any retailer sell one of their phones cheeper than they sell it for. Anyways, this is just my view of whats going on with the price and of course we won’t know till the phone is announced.

        • Tim242

          Best Buy sells many phones every day for less than Verizon. Example, the
          Incredible is free at Best Buy, but not at Verizon. Besides, Verizon said in
          an official statement that Best Buy sets their own pricing.

          • Sagan08

            Oh, I guess I never realized that :~ I always buy my phones direct from verizon…just seems strange Verizon would allow them to do that. Well, I don’t know than. Seems strange Best Buy wouldn’t correct an error in their mobile buying guide after this long if the price isn’t correct. It’s still true that Best Buy could decide to change the price after this week since the ad is only valid this week. Anyways, who know what’s going on with this phone…It’s probably time to stop all this speculation and wait for official word,. Something should be announced this week, but heck with this phone who knows. Here’s hoping it is $250 🙂

          • Tim242

            Yeah, it is very frustrating. Even though Verizon reduced their return
            period down to 14 days, Best Buy is still 30 days. I sold my Evo and
            switched to Verizon on Jan..27th. I got the Incredible for free at Best Buy,
            to lhold me over til the Thunderbolt drops. My 30th day is quickly
            approaching. I better not have to go phoneless until it releases. Why can’t
            they just anoounce an official date? Some Best Buy stores say 2/24, others
            say 3/3 ugggh

          • Yeha I think it is going to get pushed back due to the fact that the xoom is coming out I just dont see best buy releasing 2 devices with preorders and having people line up waiting for 2 devices I just dont see it happeneing

  • Sagan101

    I’m sorry to be the one to have to say this but Kellex is right, the phone is 299.99 for 2 year contract 749.99 retail 🙁 Look, here is a link directly to best buy’s website confirming this…Just click the link and then click on the Best Buy mobile buying guide for March…that will bring up a page about the thunderbolt…if you scroll over it, it will bring up a pop up saying 299.99 clicking more details shows a page like kellex posted above…

    http://bestbuy.shoplocal.com/bestbuy/default.aspx?action=entryflash&adref=header

    Also, for those of you posting pictures of adds that say $250 need to note that if you look at your post again it is for dates in the last week of February, the add in the link I posted clearly says the prices are for late February into March, thus is a more up to date add….Also, any posts listing the $250 says after savings but the $299 adds does not…what is the $50 savings? After some looking into this, it became clear the $50 off is only for those who pre-ordered with a $50 dollar deposit. This is why the ads going around during the pre-orders were the $250 adds but now that pre-orders are coming to an end the price will be its actual $299.

    Why would Verizon release this phone for $299 when the Motorola Atrix is only $199? It’s simply to allow the Iphone to compete against this phone. If they had the thunderbolt at $250 with 32 GB of memory with 4G who would ever buy the 32 GB Iphone for $300 with only 3G? However, by making both comparable phones the same price, people may consider to still buy the Iphone. Of course we will not know for sure until the official release of the phone.

  • Eric

    $749 for this?? LCD screen, single core, CDMA antiquated technology. I hope its an epic failure for Verizon.

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    • Anonymous

      I’m surprised, I just spoke with my local Best Buy and they say the 24 th

  • Anonymous

    That would realLy suck if the phone cost $300

  • Mgangale62

    Jsk,,,I blew hot coffee through my nose with that “off kitter nonsense ” statement.to funny lol…

  • Raptor007

    So the question really is, can I go and get my pre-order now or what?

    • dve996

      Thats what i am thinking… If it doesn’t mention pre-order or coming soon then i say it better be available!

  • Mr Carteratl
  • Anonymous

    If the Tbolt is this expensive and single core, why are ppl assuming dual cores will be less expensive?

    • Mr Carteratl

      i agree

    • Anonymous

      Maybe to justify the purchase. Extra $50 for just 4g. Not worth it. But, extra 50-75$ for 4g & duel core. Maybe worth it.

      • Anonymous

        Is dual core more of a benefit for this interested in gaming?

    • bg

      Because AT&T is selling the Atrix for $199.

  • JG

    The bionic has so much more to offer….but at the same time its Motorola….need I say more? I miss being able to install new kernels. 🙁

    Plus ill probably sign a one year..pay the premium so when the “better” phones hit at the beginning of next year im ready to go.

    • Mr Carteratl

      locked bootloader on bionic!

      • Anonymous

        Plus, don’t forget all those who complain about motoblur

      • JG

        thats what i meant…its motorola..so im not actually able to “own” my phone. Hence why i want to buy the thunderbolt, grab a one year, and get the “better” phone like Q1 2012

        • Sdouglas3673

          That makes total sense! An Extra couple of $$ in case the Pyramid comes to VZ!!

  • Mr Carteratl

    MOTOROLA ATRIX has been ROOTED and the BOOTLOADER is locked, so the DROID BIONICs bootloader is most likely LOCKED as well http://phandroid.com/2011/02/19/houston-the-motorola-atrix-4g-has-been-rooted/ no bionic for me.

  • Anonymous

    Kellex with pictures of circulars showing the price at 249 are you looking at why there is conflicting information? It be a shame for ppl to get worked up if it really is still 249. I think this is what we have to look forward to for 4g phones

    • Sdouglas3673

      I’m willing to pay 200+ especially if they don’t charge extra for the 4g…

      • Anonymous

        Very true, they maybe marking it up a bit if we are getting 4g for the 29.99
        for all we know.

  • Mgangale62

    Well in a positive note the ad does make reference to Skype as if it is in working order ; ) lets try to think positive here people.Hahaha…

  • dve996

    So when is it available to purchase! the ad does not say coming soon so it should be available now right?

    • Sdouglas3673

      I was going to try your approach and see how it works… was going to call a BB this am 😉

      • dve996

        Please let us know what you find out. I put my $50 down on this thing a week ago.

  • The Echonaut

    Whether it’s $249 or $299, either price-point is far too much for year-old tech.

    • Tim242

      If you think it is year old tech, you need to do your research.The new gen 1 ghz processor is only a few months old. The 768 megs of RAM is more than any phone. Only 512 megs are availableto the phone on the Atrix, the other 512 is for the dock. The Thunderbolt scores 2000 on quadrant. In comparison, the 8 month old Evo scores 1100. Also, Lte just came out in December, spreading like wildfire this year. So, that’s not old tech either.

    • KleenDroid

      Where could you get a phone with the T-Bolts exact specs a year ago? The processor is not nearly that old…. and I’ve never seen a phone with 768 ram or 4g on Verizon a year ago. Please explain.

      If you mean it’s a phone with a screen and a 1 gig processor that’s kinda lame. Yes there have been phones with 1 gig processors but none that match this phone. I plan to immediately take my X back to Costco the very moment this phone is available. Motorola can shove their locked bootloader and Blur into their brown hole.

      • Alvinm 77

        Lmao!!!! I feel the same way. Never should of sold my Incredible for this Droid X.

  • Thom

    Verizon clearly decided that they didn’t want the Thunderbolt to be a success. I don’t understand what they are thinking, but the strategy is coming through loud and clear. I suppose they consider Motorola and Apple to be more important partners than HTC.

  • nerd

    What’s so special in Thunderbolt that anyone would wait for this phone? “4G speed”? does it matter if carrier gives so low transfer limits? I don’t get it… No dual-core, no better GPU, no 1GB-ram, no FullHD recording, no … – nothing new.
    Can anyone explain me this? Thanks.

    PS. I’m living in EU, so 4G is not for me/us, but I’m just curious about this phone, why people waiting for it,
    and why it’s so ‘popular’.

    • Geidroid

      Because it is 4G—much faster web browsing speed than 3G which I never liked because it was too slow…this is the first 4G phone for Verizon (which is the biggest wireless company in America)
      720p is good enough on a cell phone, I bet you could not tell the difference.
      I dont need a dual core just yet and there is a better GPU…

      I say 4G + HTC+ Verizon trumps any cutting edge hardware

    • It’s HTC. Therefore we must buy it.

    • Anonymous

      Also, correct me if I am wrong, but the new GPU on the Thunderbolt support hardware decoding for flash. Which will be a huge improvement for flash video.

      http://smartphonebenchmarks.com/forum/index.php?/topic/61-what-is-adreno-205-and-how-does-it-compare-to-other-gpus/

    • Tim242

      No phone has 1 GB of RAM. The Atrix only has 512 MB availablefor the phone. The other 512 is partitioned for dock use only. That means with 768 MB of RAM, the Thunderbolt wins.

  • Anonymous

    This device is becoming a real turn off. For $100 more I can get the Inspire 4G off contract; its not worth it. Guess I’m waiting for the Droid³ or something.

  • MePascal

    Even BestBuy’s weekly ad shows $249.00

    http://issimo.me/yA7ux

  • Anonymous

    I am so done with money, prices, mark ups, etc, I’m just going to steal everything from now on…..

  • Shows $249.99 in my Sunday paper’s ad this morning.

  • Anonymous

    I really hope this exaggerated pricing is an HTC issue, not a Verizon one. A much better phone, the Motorola Atrix for AT&T, has been set for $199. If the Atrix can go for $199, I don’t see why Verizon/HTC think that a higher price for the Thunderbolt is justified (whether it is actually $249 or $299).

    • straynova

      I could be wrong, but I always felt like it was thanks to the included 32GB card (normally $80, if you look for it online). Maybe people don’t care about it, but I’m fine paying the extra $50. I’d much rather go with 40GB out of the box, instead of 16GB.

      • straynova

        “extra $50” meaning $249.99 instead of $199.99, since it’ll be $250.

    • TG

      after rebates it will be $249…Bestbuy automatically discounts the rebate saving you the hassle of mailing it in. You will pay $249 at the register.

  • Razrback501

    More reasons to wait for the Bionic. The article about the Atrix 4G achieving root puts the Bionic back in play for my next phone. HTC makes nice phones but they are starting to fall behind everyone else by not going dual core.

    • Anonymous

      May be rooted, but its still a locked bootloader. Don’t you remember when motorola said “if you want custom roms, buy another brand”. Best advice they’ve ever given. There will be plenty of dual core options by summer, and ill be grandfathered into low priced 4g. Cuz you know they’ll raise the price on it.

      • Razrback501

        Yeah I know. The locked bootloader issue is going to be a real problem with buying a phone from Motorola. Then you have Samsung and LG who can’t figure out how to get OS updates out in a timely manner. Hopefully either HTC will get it together and get something dual core out there or Motorola will do as they said and release a “developer friendly” phone that all of us can buy.

    • Tim242

      Dual core isn’t yet supported by the OS. The Thunderbolt has 768 megs of RAM and scores 2000 on quadrant. My Evo only scored 1100. Dual core is hype.

  • they must be high…

    • Johnny

      yeah with these prices I cant afford to get high anymore D:

  • I’m sure someone has commented this already but Its not 299.99 its 249.99 the best buy weekly add says so. Everyone relax

    • Cdunn05

      That’s right, it doesn’t matter. As long as it releases this week, they’re legally obligated to sell the phone at $249.99!

  • Ignatz

    I was headed here, but it’s gone to “meh” class. It will do what I need, but it’s going to be obsolete in a few weeks with the dual cores. Premium buzz at a premium price should get the premium phone.

    I’m holding with an old iPhone and was ready to dump AT&T in the worst way. But, the Atrix looks to be a better phone, for a lot less. AT&T doesn’t look quite so bad after watching how verizon works…

    • Tim242

      The Atrix only has 512 megs of RAM. The other 512 megs is partitioned for use by only the dock. Att only has HSPA+ speeds in 10 markets, and it is only 14.4!

    • KleenDroid

      Since you are used to locked phones with little ability to customize you are right, the Atrix may be a good bet for you. Motorola makes a decent phone, but since the D1 it has been locked as tight as your Iphone.

      HTC doesn’t lock their phones down and to be honest Sense is far nicer than Blur. Check out a friends phone that has a custom rom on either a D1 or any HTC phone and you may decide to change your mind and come to Verizon anyway. Not for an Iphone, but for an even nicer phone. You will also have the pleasure of not having any dropped calls. (that’s reason enough to change to any phone on Verizon)

  • Calidog50

    Wow Kellex, I saw this about three hours ago, when you posted the Xoom pre-order news! Surprised your working so late!! And I still see no release date!!

  • after looking into this further. im pretty sure its still $249.99 even the best buy paper ad’s. every site that has a price has that listed (including best buy). i think what happened here was somebody posted it without instant savings

  • Brandon

    249 for the phone 9 dollars for an extra line…30 for the data.Then add on 350 for the early line termination and 30 for the activation of the line. That total is 668 plus taxes. Nearly 100 less than buying it at full retail.

    • Anonymous

      Wow. I never through about that. I get free activation and still have my new every two, so 550$. Very odd, but a great point you just made.

    • straynova

      I’ve seen people talk about adding a line before. Why would you add a line, instead of paying the prorated ETF on your current line, saving you even more money? Also, would you be able to keep you current number, since you’re getting a new one with the additional line and canceling your current one?

      • Brandon

        Well I was just pointing out that it was cheaper than paying retail. If you went the add a line way you would be terminating that line and not your current number. Therefore you could program the phone to your number afterwards.

      • jason6g

        when you pay the lesser ETF on your current line, you forfit your number. easiest way to save your # and get a phone cheap is to add a line and cancel it/put a cheap feature phone on it

        also, go to a store and see if they cant wave the activation fees 😉

  • dve996

    so how can they list the ad and not say coming soon or available when? From the ad you would think its available now right?

  • JSK

    What kind of off-kilter nonsense is this? At least read the content you link to:

    http://i54.tinypic.com/2n84pxy.jpg

    Plain as day, 249.99 after savings. Still over priced. Still waiting for the Bionic.

    • Where are you seeing it at $249?

      Says $299 for me. http://goo.gl/bAp6N

    • I don’t know about the dual core processor on the bionic I have been doing some reading and the battery life doesn’t seem like its going to be that great.

      • The dual core is suppose to improve the battery life. So I would think that if motorola is going to advertise it as doing so then they will make sure it does. This is afterall going to probably be their flagship Droid device just like the OG droid was back in 09.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah because these companies always deliver exactly what they promise.

          • Well if it wasn’t true, don’t you think someone who wasn’t a random blog commenter would have called Nvidia on it?

        • well just look at the atrix basically same thing so I dont know why everyone is saying that these phones dont perform engadget even said this thing is a beast anybody that doesnt think dual core will be good is dilusional

        • Tim242

          If it improves batttery life, why would they put a huge 1930 mAh battery in them?

    • Raptor007

      The only issue I see is right after the $249 after savings there is an ” * ” which is supposed to be noted somewhere else on the page. I do not see it noted anywhere and it does say $249 with 2 year contract plus the savings part. So was the $50 deposit part of the savings for those who pre-ordered? I will call my local store when it opens in an hour which is lame, retail on Sunday should be retail like any other day.

      • Avsfan77

        I got a $50 Best Buy Gift card when I preordered my Thunderbolt on Thursday could that be the savings?

        • Googalicious_Bot

          In the ad for my area it is listed for $249.99 AFTER SAVINGS! The small print related to the TB pricing at the bottom says: 1. Carriers, coverage and products may vary per store- Available in New Jersey. Carrier requirements may include data plan subscription, credit approval, usage fees and termination fees. Same price new & upgrade. 2. Requires a data pack. I doubt it will go for $299.99 but I would love to see it for $199.99. That’s def a better price point.

  • dve996

    The ad also shows **** expansion memory sold separately….

    • Cory gimbert

      thats if you want a micro SD bigger than 32gb. witch i dont think they make yet. but if you look in the description it says 32gb micro sd pre installed.

  • jordan

    this phone is getting less tempting by the day. the usb plug cant be used while the kickstand is out. no hdmi. no dual cores. bulky phone. screen is mediocre. release date is too close to release to the new wave of dual core phones. high price. too similar to the incredible s. relatively small battery. no 1080p. rumored slow simultaneous voice/data. 4g is useless for the majority of vzw customers. im just waiting for the galaxy s ii to hit vzw. i’ll take the updated hardware specs over firmware upgrades bc the jump in hardware specs is 100X greater than the jump from 2.2 to 2.3

    • jordan

      oh and the sd card cannot be accessed unless you take out the battery

      • C0ruptiv3

        I dont see this as a problem seeing its the same way on most other android phones, Like i could not even consider attempting to remove the SD card on my Droid X without removing the battery which is the same as my original droid.

      • Lakerzz

        Which I think is actually a good thing, because that makes sure you turn your phone off before taking out the card and potentially ruining the card.

        • Droidzzz

          Yeah not to mention the fact that it’s just easier to use your usb cord to read the sd card. Why is this even being discussed?

      • Anonymous

        How often do you people actually take your sd cards out anyway? I think I have taken mine out once so I have never understood why people care so much about being able to take it out without removing the battery.

      • palomosan

        You’re not making sense, all phone now come like that and besides just connect you’re phone to the Computer and capish bro.

      • Iwanaleya

        And why is this important? How often do you really plan on removing and replacing your 32gb micro sd card?

    • Anonymous

      /sarcasm BUT WHO NEEDS HDMI WHEN YOU HAVE DLNA!?!?!?!

      I hate this crowd of people who think these are the same thing. It really scares me when hardware manufactures think the same way. I want to mirror my phone. I want to connect a keyboard/mouse AND a monitor to my phone. DLNA doesn’t make this happen.

      • TG

        Sounds like a hassle to me

        • I’m sure multitasking, folders, and high-resolution screens seemed like a hassle to iPhone fanboys until their manufacturer got with the program and caught up.

        • I’m sure multitasking, folders, and high-resolution screens seemed like a hassle to iPhone fanboys until their manufacturer got with the program and caught up.

      • sounds like you want the Atrix!

        • Anonymous

          I don’t want an Atrix for many reasons, bootloader, AT&T, required tether plan to use the Webtop, and disable HSUPA! I want a phone that has the Atrix hardware with the Webtop functionality and LTE/Verizon.

    • TG

      HDMI is useless for me as I would rather stream to my TV wireless using the DNLA. Some of us have updated TVs. I have 4G everywhere around me work, home, etc as do many people. Ive seen the voice and data at the same time and it is not slow…Dual core has proven to be slow and cannot be fully utilized yet. I would rather have the trusty hardware than be a guinea pig for the next gen of real dual core phones coming out late this year…besides no way am I going to spend my hard earned money on Motorola or samsung when a superior HTC is on the market.

      • Superior as in the same phone released on Sprint and pretty much everywhere in Europe last year with a few minor hardware updates? Hey dude, your fanboy is showing.

        • palomosan

          Don’t forget that Sprint EVO’s is one year old and the TBolt has adreno 200 GPU with a newer processor and LTE, that’s a whole different animal than Sprint limited Wimax.

          That been said, at 300 is not happening, I don’t care what it has inside.

          One last thing, this prices are all at BB, I still want to see the price at the Verizon store.

          • Mike

            Don’t any of you open your Sunday papers, and look at the actual BB ad? Mine clearly states $249 with new 2-year contract. What unreliable source Droid-Life tapped for this article is a mystery to me, but the bigger mystery is that nobody is looking at their stinking local paper to see that the $299 price is nowhere to be found!

          • mdeblaz

            Best Buy has the BOTH prices on their website… $249 in the weekly ad… and $299 in the Mobile Phone Buying Guide (Page 8) –

            http://bestbuy.shoplocal.com/bestbuy/Default.aspx?action=browsepagesingle&storeid=2413188&rapid=1109587&pagenumber=8

            BB is contradicting itself… which is the correct price?

          • Josh

            the buyer’s guide is a monthly publication so they usually put out a higher price in there so people cant come in and try to argue the price down

        • Iwanaleya

          Hey dude your troll is showing

      • Superior as in the same phone released on Sprint and pretty much everywhere in Europe last year with a few minor hardware updates? Hey dude, your fanboy is showing.

      • Tarsis Brito

        motorolla quality are the best and all of us know it

        • Alvinm 77

          Locked bootloader and Blur knocks the quality down 50% lol. That way most ppl with Droid X’s like myself are leaving Moto and the Bionic is not even a factor.

    • Anonymous

      DLNA is for streaming video and audio, not for streaming interfaces. Do you think the Atrix uses DLNA to mirror it’s display? Do you think DLNA is used for the Webtop application? NO. That’s not what DLNA is for. DLNA is great for video and audio. THAT’S IT. It’s quick and easy, but not the future for convergence and/or desktop use.

      I don’t like cables just like the next guy. If you (I want it too) want wireless than http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_Home_Digital_Interface is the future.

    • Anonymous

      I disagree. This release day thing is not reducing the quality of the phone imho
      The hand on reviews are great. I just called my local bestbuy and they said the 22nd it would be available.
      http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-20030945-251.html

      • Motta2003

        Funny, I spoke to the BBY in southern CT and they said their VZ rep said the 28th for launch.

    • Iwanaleya

      And you will be left with out HDMI on a slow laggy Touchwiz phone that makes the 100x updated hardware useless just like on other Galaxy devices.

  • Amarao

    The Motorola Bionic better not have this bad of a launch… geez.

  • Cory Gimbert

    if this turns out to be the case. i guess you could count me out…if this is the real price. i couldnt imagine the price for a dual core phone in a few months maby $349.99?. I mean really…. i think something got miss printed somewhere/something got mixed up. cant fathom it! lol

  • Noble Four

    I think there will probably be a 50 instant rebate upon purchase. Check the front page of the website–the third little slide that comes up has a picture of it, mouse over the Bolt and it says $249.99* (Asterisk at bottom says “after instant savings…” And the phone will probably be cheaper retail at Verizon Wireless stores, so if you can get an add that has the price listed, Best Buy will match the price, given you have your heart set on getting it there.

    The price isn’t really news, nor is it surprising.

    • MePascal

      Yup…looks like Droid-Life is trying to start even more crap….this site really needs to get a grip…All over the place and all to prove that Droid-Life was right or spot on about its info….pathetic

      • nh

        Be lucky you can be given some information at all.

        • MePascal

          Don’t you mean mis-information…please

          As if this site hasn’t caused enough grief over this device with its rampant handling of rumored blurb.

          And luck doesn’t have anything to do with a blind squirrel finding a nut…good for you Droid-Life

          • Anonymous

            if you don’t like this news then why do you even bother reading droid-life

          • Anonymous

            Yet you keep coming back. If this site is so awful, why do you continue to read it and weep? TROLL

          • KleenDroid

            Easy dude… you already have your I-phone so you should enjoy it and let us worry about all this other stuff.

        • MePascal

          Don’t you mean mis-information…please

          As if this site hasn’t caused enough grief over this device with its rampant handling of rumored blurb.

          And luck doesn’t have anything to do with a blind squirrel finding a nut…good for you Droid-Life

  • dve996

    What a ride it has been….when is it available?