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This Week’s Best Buy Add Shows Nothin’ but $299 for the Thunderbolt

Hopefully you weren’t too locked on to the $249 2-year contract price tag that Best Buy was advertising last week for the HTC Thunderbolt because this week they’ve jumped it up a notch to $299.  That would be the same $299 from the Buyer’s Guide that we first reported on last weekend and a number I’m sure many of you are not excited about.

And now that we know the TBolt is again in this week’s BBY ad, we’re putting more thought into that March 3rd date rather than the oddly spammed March 10th one that was spread around to every tech site on the planet last night.  Something seems too fishy about that one, but hey, who really knows at this point, right?  Buddha.

Cheers M!

  • santee555

    @ $299, I’ll wait for the Bionic for sure!
    And to be sure the wait for Blunderbolt has killed it!

  • John

    $100 for every hour of battery life. woohoo

  • Rooted TFM

    This is my phone…cant wait to root it

  • Cogs_9

    Bummer 3rdjones. On a good note I went to Best Buy today and got them to give me a raincheck for $249 because they did not have a product they advertised to be in their inventory. All he said was he wasn’t sure when it’s coming in but when it does i’ll get it for the $249 price because they advertised it. If he didn’t was for sure going to wait for the Bionic. They also already have the carrying case and film protector on the sales floor to buy now.

  • 3rdjones

    My write up on the Thunderbolt. Should I vent? No.

    I was a little curious today to find that we have a best buy add for my zip code that says Thunderbolt is at 249.99. There is nothing saying about the date available. So I took my printed ad copy up to Best Buy in hopes to put my 50 down for the phone.

    At best buy like always I am asked if I could use some help. In venting my frustrations I asked if I could put my 50.00 down and have it at the price that my ad says. He said no the price is not guaranteed at this time. We have no idea what the price will be. Then I said well the date it is coming is 03/04 he said no it is March 10th. I said are you sure??? He agreed.

    My pressing thoughts are…How can they advertise a price that is not already announced? Why do I really want this phone this bad. I stood at the iphone for a good 4 mins then thought this screen is small but the phone does so much.

    Will I turn to the dark side???

  • Anonymous

    Kellex have your contacts reported any truth to the rumors that delay is due to horrendous 2-3 battery life?

  • Cogs_9

    I agree but I’ve gone into best buy before to buy something on sale and they didn’t have it so they gave me a raincheck for the same sale price when it came in a week or two later. I’m going to the store tomorrow and ask. All they can say is no. If they do I will hold out for the LG Revolution. Very similar phone.

    thomroethke wrote:

    They advertised a sale price for a specific period. That period is now over. If you read any advertising circular it will say somewhere in it that the prices are only good for a specified period

  • Cogs_9

    Here’s my question…the phone was in the weekly ad for $250. The store didn’t have it just like any other product they advertise. Why can’t I get a raincheck for $250 when they get the phone in?

  • Ripp

    I’m not sure this is Verizon, they don’t have a lot to lose. HTC is the clear loser and trying to minimize their loses. Had they launched two weeks ago, it appears it would have been a disaster. They would have beaten their competition to the market. With this delay, they lose the amount of time they have as the only Verizon 4G phone out. So, they are losing sales every day as their competition gets closer to launch….So, there must be some type of flaws that would have destroyed this phone out of the gate had they put it out too soon. Now as far as the promises of an early Feb date….that was just silly, but I guess good advertising. We’re talking about it.

  • Sfchawks01

    I don’t really understand why everyone is freaking out about the 300$ price tag!!! Just think about all you are getting in that little piece of hardware: 8mp camera; which easily retails for at least 100$, hd video camera; that would cost about 150$, navigation system; that would cost easily 100$, basically a 40gb ipod touch that cost around….. idk…300$ alone, and the millions of other applications of this phone. I’m not saying that 200$ wouldn’t be nice but considering this… the non 2-yr contract price tag doesn’t look too bad…

    • Shucks

      The Inspire is pretty much the same phone but on Verizon and costs $99 on contract. Compare that to the Thunderbolt’s $299 price tag.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alberto-Aparicio/100001012850070 Alberto Aparicio

      Not to mention you get 32 GB memory card with it, that alone is like $100!

      • DroidGuy

        $40-$70

  • Jduffy118

    wrong “add” its called an “advertisement” AKA “ad” …………nice job, droid-life.

  • bignique

    well if this $299 price tag stays true….hello Bionic

  • Anonymous

    If it is indeed $300, they have last lost me as a buyer. It’s only $50 more than the other ads have shown but I was having a hard time justifying buying it at $250. My DX might be with me longer than I had anticipated.

  • Juanortega92

    let me add that htc isnt doing a very good job, theyve made about 7 phones that look like the evo. talk about effort, and moto is steppping up by putting in the new moto blur thats coming in the bionic because the current blur slows down your device. lg is on the come up and will take htc tops spot just watch

  • Juanortega92

    let me add that htc isnt doing a very good job, theyve made about 7 phones that look like the evo. talk about effort, and moto is steppping up by putting in the new moto blur thats coming in the bionic because the current blur slows down your device. lg is on the come up and will take htc tops spot just watch

  • Juanortega92

    anyone who buys a thunderbolt at this time is dumb, this thing shouldve been out last year and frget about the lte,300$? for just 300 more you COULDVE have the xoom with that coupon code.people should just wait and see what tablet they want and not buy a new phone,after my 2 year contract is over im still gunna use my droid x and just buy me a tablet maybe that lg optimus pad

    • Tim242

      Except for the fact that a lot of people find tablets pointless and not practical.

      • Juanortega92

        thats why if people plan on upgrading to a new phone dont you think they should get a tablet and keep there current phone with no contract?

        • Jake

          No, because tablets pointless. If I plan on upgrading to a new phone then I’m getting a phone and not a useless tablet.

          Also, I won’t be buying the overpriced Verizon version of the Inspire.

        • Tim242

          I wouldn’t have a tablet if somebody gave it to me. They are too big to be
          practical, and can’t do half of what a netbook can.

      • Juanortega92

        thats why if people plan on upgrading to a new phone dont you think they should get a tablet and keep there current phone with no contract?

    • Tim242

      Except for the fact that a lot of people find tablets pointless and not practical.

  • http://twitter.com/hoot352 Reyn Belliston

    What’s the legal issue involved here where best buy adds used to show $250 and accepted pre-orders and then later show’s $300. Doesn’t this fall under the false advertisement area of the law? I’ve got Best Buy adds at home right now showing a $250 price tag. Not that I’ll get the phone from Best Buy anyway.

  • Silksmooth12

    Wow, overprice city. I was thinking about this, but now forget it. My next phone (contract up in april) will be dual core, 1gig ram, and rootable. Oh, and NOT FROM BEST BUY!

    • http://twitter.com/hoot352 Reyn Belliston

      what phone are you referring to?

      • Silksmooth12

        I don’t know. Wish Atrix wasn’t on ATurds&Turds. Otherwise that would be my phone. I’m sure that something is going to come out that will blow us away. Waiting to see if the Bionic Bootloader is locked down. That’s the 10 million dollar question. And it would be cool if they upped the RAM;)

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/107430353005607798966 KiriusKris

    I remember seeing our Sunday paper Best Buy ad and the $249 price in it. They already advertised that price and can get into some legal problems for not following that. I foresee a problem if it really is $299.

    • http://twitter.com/thomroethke thomroethke

      They advertised a sale price for a specific period. That period is now over. If you read any advertising circular it will say somewhere in it that the prices are only good for a specified period.

      • Tim242

        But, they did presales for the amount to be $249. If you call and ask the price, they look in their system and tell you $249.

      • Tim242

        But, they did presales for the amount to be $249. If you call and ask the price, they look in their system and tell you $249.

      • Guest

        Would it be false advertising then if they didn’t have the phone they were advertising for that specific time period? Like the car dealer bait and switch of advertising a great deal but only having one car at that price on the lot? If they didn’t have any of the car that’s false advertising

    • http://twitter.com/thomroethke thomroethke

      They advertised a sale price for a specific period. That period is now over. If you read any advertising circular it will say somewhere in it that the prices are only good for a specified period.

  • Lucky0431

    Whys is everyone mad at Best Buy? Don’t you think the $299 price will be the same price that Verizon will charge for this phone???? I can’t imagine people paying $299 at Best Buy, but Verizon will charge $250…..The phone looks cool, but at stated before the Atrix is a better phone and so is the Bionic. $199 AT&T and $129 Amazon. Thats more in my price range and the max i’d pay for the Bionic is $250

    • Tim242

      The phone is $249. Best Buy has fucked this up. They did presales and told people $249. If you call them, they say $249. Verizon says $249. Stop defending bby. There is no way this phone will sell priced at $299.

    • Tim242

      The phone is $249. Best Buy has fucked this up. They did presales and told people $249. If you call them, they say $249. Verizon says $249. Stop defending bby. There is no way this phone will sell priced at $299.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alberto-Aparicio/100001012850070 Alberto Aparicio

      I just heard not too long ago that the Bionic will be $150! That’s definitely my next phone.

  • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

    people honestly need to chill out. verizon never said an official date. it was all RUMORS. the phone will be out when it’s out. they just had a training for the thrunderbolt yesterday. i wouldn’t be surprised if it was next week. at least thats what best buy told me. but hey, if its not out, i’ll be just fine with my incredible running gingerbread.

    • Tim242

      Verizon CEO has said multiple times that it would be mid Feb. It is Verizon’s reps that set up the presale at BBY.

    • Tim242

      Verizon CEO has said multiple times that it would be mid Feb. It is Verizon’s reps that set up the presale at BBY.

  • http://www.laughatbrian.com Brian

    For everyone that whines that it’s gonna be old technology when it comes out…well what if it came out last month? You would just throw it out and get a new one because it’s already a month old? So spoiled.

    • Anonymous

      that’s idiotic. if you bought a 2010 car in 2010, you’d have bought what was best at the time. come 2011, you won’t want a new car.

      but if you buy a 2010 car (thunderbolt) in 2011 for 50% MORE money ($300 vs $200) than a superior 2011 car (new moto, samsung), you’re an idiot

  • Stephen

    The stupid *phone is driving the prices up. Think about the only phone on verizon right now that’s $299…It’s not selling as well as they’d like it to, and they don’t want to undercut the *phone by releasing a new phone with specs that crush it. You’d think it’d work in reverse (*phone price goes down), but I bet apple’s got VZ by the balls right now.

    • Tim242

      Verizon also has a $200 iphone.

      • Stephen

        Yes — The $199 doesn’t compare to the T-Bolt, but my point was that the $300 iphone still doesn’t compare to the Thunderbolt.

        • Tim242

          True. The Thunderbolt runs all over that thing! But, I still need it to be
          $250 max.

    • Tim242

      Verizon also has a $200 iphone.

  • John

    200 bucks is my breaking point.
    i’ll drop that on a sweet phone. no more than that though.

  • Sickasdfj

    Bestbuy’s website has the online circular and it’s showing $249.99… That’s still $50 bucks too much… at $300… I’m out!

    • Tim242

      That’s this week’s circular. Next week’s says $299.

  • d-roids

    HAHAHAHA F! THAT!!!!!!! SCREW YOU HTC!

  • Anonymous

    OK, I’m on the phone at this moment with a Verizon tech support rep and she said they got the word that the release date for the Tunderbolt is Monday, February 28th. She said that they pulled the previous dates because of leaks (?). I’ll believe it when I see it, but she was quite positive. I’ll just go ahead and believe this one, just because I wish it to be so. Anyone hear the same thing? I know, rumors, rumors…

  • http://twitter.com/vblok0910 Chris Vitorino

    “F*** BB and Verizon.” I’m not going to another carrier ever ,but saying that made me feel a little better while I continue to wait for my thunderbolt. : ) Who’s with Me?

    • Tim242

      I’m with you!

      • LionStone

        Here, ready for it whenever it arrives.

  • src

    I just went to the BB site and the front banner has the price for the Thunderbolt at $249

  • Tim242

    Verizon has stated February many times. From the CEO, to the tv commercial, and a tweet.

  • mr.joe

    WOAH can I buy a Moto citrus for $169 with NO COMMITMENT ???????

  • mr.joe

    WOAH can I buy a Moto citrus for $169 with NO COMMITMENT ???????

  • Tim242

    I hate Best Buy.