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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.

    • 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.

  • 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!

    • 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;)

  • 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • “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.

  • Tim242

    I hate Best Buy.

  • Kevoskee

    I was buying this off contract anyway from verizon but its wrong how they take advantage of customers who do want this phone and was willing to pay the 249 and now have to save 50 more. Its sad, not even the Atrix cost as much and it has some specs that will make it last for more than 6 months. Best Buy should be ashamed 🙁

  • Kevoskee

    I was buying this off contract anyway from verizon but its wrong how they take advantage of customers who do want this phone and was willing to pay the 249 and now have to save 50 more. Its sad, not even the Atrix cost as much and it has some specs that will make it last for more than 6 months. Best Buy should be ashamed 🙁

    • Wakeupwiththeking04

      I can get this off contract for 400$, trying to figure out if thats a good deal, is there any resale value in doing that?

  • Juicedup35

    If they are going to charge this ridiculous price for this phone I can only imagine what they will charge for the bionic.

  • Juicedup35

    If they are going to charge this ridiculous price for this phone I can only imagine what they will charge for the bionic.

  • Suga

    This blog hyper-speculates.

  • UC Student

    SPECULATION: Best Buy got greedy and didn’t want to give free Buy Back programs to everyone buying a T-Bolt this week so they can charge them 60 dollars next week

    • Guest

      Nah, I spoke to the manager at my best buy a few days ago and he said they’re going to honor the free buy back program for everyone who preordered the phone. As for the $299 price tag…I saved the old flyer that says $249…I’m gunna make them price match that shit lol

  • johnothan chelupa verdez

    its SENCEless to get any other phone!!

  • dracos

    so basically the tbolt has become the duke nukem of the android world…

  • Aaa

    … Skype video calling …

  • Anonymous

    This phone is slowly becoming the next Duke Nukem: Forever.

  • Sdouglas3673

    Kellex, Thank you for keeping us up to date with all of the information. As frustrating as it maybe for us all, HTC Thunderbolt will be a great phone. From a hardware prospective yes the Bionic will clearly win, but it’s the Software Side (Sense) that will keep me here for the phone.

  • shr1k3r

    so when are the verizon-android conspiracies going to written about. I just went to a vzw store and they didn’t have any mention of the xoom. No posters or demo unit. I had to go up and ask specifically for it. Now this.

  • Guess I’ll take a pass on this one

  • I didn’t realize how close I was to letting my contract run out in May then going to the Nexus S on T-Mobile, but this news is helping me realize that.

  • Quentin8171

    I got an email from htc saying that they have released the phone to Verizon a week ago and that the delay is completely on Verizons and nit htc there were no recalls on the phone

  • Cyaun

    I recently purchased my first Android phone, an Incredible, in the hopes of using the Best Buy buyback program to get the phone for $300 when it came out. Then the price went up to $750 and it was gonna cost me $450…..then they didn’t know when it was coming…..now they still don’t know. I really really like my Dinc, and I like HTC’s styling (kickstand, Sense, etc), but this phone should have been released 10 days ago. At this point, if it takes until March 10th, i’ll probably just wait out the Droid Bionic.

  • vik

    I’m seriously getting sick of this. I’m considering going for Inspire as it’s $200 cheaper too.
    Whats the difference between these 2 phones other than no front cam on Inspire?
    Thanks.

    PS: Nice coverage by DL though.

    • DBEvans

      Main differences: Inspire has no front camera, has a smaller battery, only 4GB of onboad memory (8GB on Tbolt), and to the best of my knowledge the Inspire comes capable of supporting a 32GB microSD card, while the TBolt is expected to come already equipped with that card (either pre-installed or already in the box). The TBolt is equipped with an LTE radio (if it’s in your market, it may be a selling point – if not, then not-so-much). Oh, and the Tbolt has a kickstand (yea, who cares … but it’s still a difference).

      • vik

        Thanks!
        So, basically (if i get inspire) ill have to charge it more often than TB, get more memory which is okay, dont care much about 4G right now, dont care about kickstand.
        Im assuming processor is same since u dint mention that as a difference.
        Only downside for me would be no front camera for skype.

        • James

          The Thunderbolt may have a larger battery but it doesn’t mean it’ll have more battery life than the Inspire. The LTE radio may use up considerably more power than HSPA+ since LTE is a more complex waveform and requires more processing. So battery life could be the same or possibly worse. HTC’s official page doesn’t have any official battery life specs for the Thunderbolt which could indicate very bad battery life.

          They both have the same ARM CPU core of the 2nd generation Snapdragon chips.

          • Simon

            Yes, the ARM core in both is the same. Snapdgragon is a System on Chip so there are various “cores” in it (ie. CPU, GPU, baseband processor, GPS, etc.). The main difference between the to SoCs is that the baseband processor adds CDMA and LTE. I wouldn’t be surprised that the battery life on the Thunderbolt would be bad when using LTE.

            They also have the same amount of RAM (768 MB).

        • DBEvans

          If you get Inspire, you get less memory (you said more above, so maybe I wasn’t clear in my post). The inspire has 4GB onboard memory, while the TBolt has 8GB onboard plus an included 32GB microSD card (which usually retails for around $50-$75).

          The processors are not the same, but they are from the same generation of Snapdragon, so share most of the same features and capabilities.

          On the battery … the TBolt’s isn’t anything to brag about to start (1400 mAh), so going even smaller with the Inspire’s battery (1230 mAh) is pretty bad, and seems to just be cutting corners to keep costs down. I would expect to see larger battery replacements for sale pretty soon after launch for both phones (with bumped-out back panel replacements), but will be more crucial for Inspire owners.

          • vik

            Sorry, my bad. I meant ill have to buy more memory separately if I get the inspire. But thanks for the comparison!
            I really hope they announce it atleast next week. Or the option of saving 200 bucks would start to look better than the advantages of TB over inspire.

        • BGMike

          If you plan to use skype frequently, the 4g you pick (LTE vs. HSPA) will make a difference unless of course your using the wifi feature.

      • DCwhat

        Thunderbolt is also supposed to have a unibody aluminum design whereas the Inspire does not have this construction quality I believe.

    • if you have decent AT&T coverage in your area I say do it! I was holding out for the TB too, but got tired of waiting and as far as I’m concerned the TB is only incrementally better than the Inspire.I don’t really need a front facing came, 8 gigs onboard or a kickstand. (Though the kickstand would be nice) I went into an AT&T store last week fully expecting to pay $100, and they knocked $50 off that for no apparent reason. The TB just isn’t enough phone for the asking price.

    • if you have decent AT&T coverage in your area I say do it! I was holding out for the TB too, but got tired of waiting and as far as I’m concerned the TB is only incrementally better than the Inspire.I don’t really need a front facing came, 8 gigs onboard or a kickstand. (Though the kickstand would be nice) I went into an AT&T store last week fully expecting to pay $100, and they knocked $50 off that for no apparent reason. The TB just isn’t enough phone for the asking price.

  • More panicky maneuvering to try and sell i*hone4’s no one is buying.

    • Anonymous

      I feel like they’d lose HTC’s business if they were just bumping up its cost to promote a competing phone. And why does Verizon care if you buy an iPhone or an HTC as long as they’re selling phones?

      • Anonymous

        They probably have something in the contract about selling *x*number of phones or they drop VZ as a carrier. Wouldn’t be a surprise anyway.

  • RealMuthatruckinMerc

    Wrong. Spanish VZW ad said “Febrero” before it was yanked.

  • Shawn

    Notice though, the Droid X is still listed as 199.99 when you can get it at VZW for 149.99 now. So I’m still thinking it will be 249.99 tops, at least thats all I’d be willing to pay for it.

  • Alenghi

    Oh, Hell NO, if its sold at that price for a 2 yr contract! Might have to dump Verizon at the end of my contract.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Big Red:), looks like I’ll have saved up my pennies to buy this thing outright by the time it actually drops.

  • Anonymous

    Well it’s not so bad, looks like I’ll have saved up enough to buy this thing outright when it finally does drop….. Thanks Big Red:)

  • Anonymous

    this is getting to be ridiculous

  • John

    ad* ?

    =P

    • Anonymous

      Dr. Droid likes double D’s. 😛

    • Anonymous

      Dr. Droid likes double D’s. 😛

  • Anonymous

    lol, no. I’m glad I’ve already spent the $50 gift card for pre-ordering it on the Xoom.

  • Anonymous

    It’s pretty clear by those ads that BB is just trying to make up some money on that free buyback program. The DX is a great example. Wireless stores around here all have the DX as $99 with 2 year contract.

  • Jason

    My Best Buy ad last week (Akron, OH) had the price as $249. Does the price differ by geographic location?

  • Anonymous

    Kellex, I feel like that march 10th date was from a while ago. I have hope for the 3rd. Thanks for the coverage.

  • Anonymous

    I shall now call this phone Blundertholt.

  • DroidzFX

    What is the Thunderbolt?

  • $299 for a single core phone with a two year contract? Best Buy is smoking some of that 80s crack.

  • Anonymous

    ok the inspire 4g is half that on contract and has been out for weeks…i just dont get the excitement for this phone anyway if a vzw customer wanted an evo that bad they would have switched to sprint by now…at this point you might as well get the bionic because at this rate the thunderbolt is never coming out

    • Tim242

      I just dumped my Evo to get this. It is far superior to the Evo. Calling it an Evo really shows your ignorance.

      • Anonymous

        whoa…easy there lil lady ..did i get your thongs in a bunch or something…calm down …all im saying is that the thunderbolt is a very tiny incremental upgrade from the evo like it or not and with several dual core and just all around more capable phones coming in the next few months its not gonna be considered top tier for very long. and sidenote dont ever insult my(or anyone else’s for that matter) intelligence because you misinterpreted or disliked what i said about a cell phone thats not even been released yet that you dont even own …the thunderbolt probably will be a very good phone im just saying tho….will you feel so “with the times” come this fall? probably not and the biggest slap to the face is that the same phone has already been relwased on attt ande for half the price ..

        • Tim242

          Have you seen the benchmarks? The Evo gets 1100 on quadrant, Thunderbolt
          gets 2000. The dual cores that you brag about get 2000-2200. This phone has
          768 megs of RAM. And 40 gigs of storage. The Evo has 512 megs of RAM and <9
          gigs of storage. This phone has the new gen processor, which means better
          battery lifr. The evo is all plastic, this phone is aluminum, with only the
          battery door being plastic. This phone has better speakers, a better
          kickstand, and Lte. So, I'd say it's more than just inceemental changes

        • Anonymous

          Well sir I stand corrected I didn’t kno that the phone was “sticking” with dual cores and the batt life was improved that much …but you have to admit vzw should lower that price a little and if what you’re saying is true they better optimize those dual cores or something

      • Anonymous

        Ok did I get ya thongs in a bunch or something how bout u dial it down a few
        notches …don’t call me ignorant because this phone is only a small
        incremental upgrade from a evo ..compared to most high end phones debuting
        this year its already behind but further more please don’t insult my
        intelligence trying to defend a phone that’s not even out yet and clearly
        overpriced (inspire is identical but cost less) by the way I wasn’t saying
        anything. Its wrong with. The phone I actually like it ..but its overpriced
        and a bit late

  • Sholtkamp32

    You know these companies better enjoy the popularity of these cell phones while they can… cause sooner or later society is just going to say… eh…. my 49.00 phone can do just about that too. Pricing is getting ridiculous.

  • Munstir

    I’m currently on Verizon but at this point I am willing to switch to AT&T and get the Atrix would any of you recommend me doing so? Need some advice.

    • Eclipsegst4mee

      Lots of cry babies out there but in all honesty, a lot of people were going to pay full retail price for this phone anyway. The only people that can answer your AT&T question are people in your area. Here in Indy AT&T is awful and you couldn’t pay most of us to use their service.

      • Eclipsegst4mee

        To add to this, the Atrix is a nice phone but overkill at this point, there is not much to utilize the dual core it offers and at this point the phone itself is not even maximizing it. I for one would pay the extra money for the Thunderbolt even though I am frustrated with Verizon’s terrible marketing antics at least in the long run I will pay less for my unlimited data, not drop calls, and have good customer service to back me up.

        • Anonymous

          I think the point is to future proof the phone so 1 year into a 2 year contract you’re not wishing you could do all the stuff that future dual core phones can do.

          • Exactly. It has nothing to do with the current Android OS being unable to take full advantage of dual cores. Ice Cream will take care of that, so why not go ahead and get one now? There is no way I’d buy a single core phone right now, not when the pricing will be the same as a dual core (or less when compared to BBs Thunderbolt pricing!)

          • Eclipsegst4mee

            makes sense…unfortunately shelf life on any of these phone now a days is only three or so months. I mean shoot they are saying quad core phones by this fall. Even the Bionic whenever it comes out will be outdated shortly after.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, but if you’re going to commit to a 2 year contract, it’d be better to have one of the first dual core phones than one of the last single core ones. I can’t afford to pay $800 for a phone off contract every year, so I want to buy something that’s cutting edge at the time so it’s at least comparable to future phones.

          • Fredy

            But verizon lets you get a new phone every 12 months as long as you are the primery line so i’ll get quad core next year around this time. But i’ll be using this bad boy for 12 months which i really like i just wish it would come out now

    • guest

      don’t go to AT&T. I was with them for about a year and HATED THEM. Dropped calls all the time, shitty coverage (i live in a pretty good sized city) and horrible customer service. What Verizon’s doing right now is pretty shady and annoying but overall they ARE the best.

  • Munstir

    I’m so over this phone first they take pre-orders a whole month before it comes out and for weeks now I’ve called them and they keep giving me dates and the same $250 price tag for it. I pre-ordered it and was told it would be that price so if they don’t honor that after all the delays and false information than shit’s really going to hit the fan.

    $250 is bad enough as it is.

    • Cmrudy

      Maybe the 250 amount they are giving you is in addition to the 50 =300

  • Garrett

    Yeah, didn’t want to have to say it, but you might as well stop wasting your time writing about this phone.

    It’s launch is a disaster, the only tech in it not 8 months old is the 4g radio and that’s useless to about 80% of the country.

    It’s about a month late to launch even though there is nothing special about the phone, and costs twice as much as the wonder phone that AT&T managed to get there hands on. (which I still can’t believe by the way) Waste of our time this thing is.

    • Tim242

      You might want to get educated on Lte. It currently covers 120 million people, which is 37% of the population. Will cover 50% by May, 67% by November. My area (Central Arkansas) is in the next batch of lucky ones to get it, by May. : )

  • Wordup

    Are these companies looking to push people away with their pricing? Also is DL going to report on TB and Xoom 8 times a day?

    • Octotron

      We could try for 9… but 8 sounds like a nice solid number 🙂

      • RealMuthatruckinMerc

        Octo FTW!

        • Octotron

          To protect and serve, my friend.

  • Tech9tcv

    Let’s see… $150 for the Atrix 4g… or $300 for this outdated technology? That’s a tough one. I’m in a real pickle. Verizon, please ESAD!

  • It gets worse and worse everyday..

  • Hamholla

    haha this launch is absolutely hilarious… I feel bad for my girlfriend, she’s so pissed right now.

  • johnothan chelupa verdez

    is the 28th of feb out of the question at this point?? i mean that is this weeks paper…

  • johnothan chelupa verdez

    is the 28th of feb out of the question at this point?? i mean that is this weeks paper…

    • Speedyrulz

      I’m at an agent location and we have an order in which is supposed to be here on the 28th. Everyone has told us the 28th, our Verizon contact has told us the 28th, but who knows, maybe our shipment will get delayed.

  • Anonymous

    If we have that ad, do they have to honor it?

  • Anonymous

    The headline should read: “Verizon Doing Everything They Can to Intentionally Kill The Thunderbolt Before It Ever Comes to Market to Make Apple Happy.”

    Pffffffffffffffffft. I’ve moved on to the Bionic.

    • coolhand

      at 299 they can keep them. I’ll wait on the Bionic as well.

    • Guest

      Please! You think Verizon is intentionally trying to kill this? HTC is doing a marvelous job on their own ‘killing’ it! Why aren’t you concerned about ‘why’ the phone is delayed? This phone has terrible battery life (2 to 3 hours) due to LTE. They are trying to work on a decent fix, which will probably not be decent…That you would want a device that gives you 2 to 3 hours of use is…there are no words!

  • Nyrern

    They should put a coming soon tag on it or stop advertising it.

  • Cal32

    Wow, this overpriced Inspire is even more overpriced!

    • mr.Joe

      Does the Inspire have a 32GB microSD card?

      You guys seem to forget about SD cards and how much they effect the price. When the X lost its 16 GB card it went down in price. If the TB had a 16GB card it would be $199. It is because it has a 32GB card that it went up in price. They are expensive!

      • Hobo

        You seem to not know how much 32GB micrSD cards cost. They’re $40-$70. The Inspire is $99 compared to the Thunderbolt’s $299.

    • SanDiego

      Now add the 2-3 hour battery life of the Thunderbolt when used occasionally.

  • Calidog50

    Let’s all do the Thunderbolt shuffle…!

    • Anonymous

      Hah, someone please make an animation for that.

    • Calidog50

      Just saw the new HTC Thunderbolt comercial, geared toward the youngsters…but looking very sweet!!

    • Calidog50

      Just saw the new HTC Thunderbolt comercial, geared toward the youngsters…but looking very sweet!!

      • Calidog50

        Umm, that should’ve been “commercial”.

  • Caleb785

    first they delay it now they add a huge price tag on it