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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.

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

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/mnkyhead mnkyhead

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nfujiwara Neil Fujiwara

    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

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    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

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      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

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      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

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      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