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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!

  • 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.

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

      I doubt the Bionic will be more than $200.

  • 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…

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

      more like gran turismo

  • 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.

  • http://twitter.com/thomroethke thomroethke

    Guess I’ll take a pass on this one

  • http://www.youtube.com/lanech Lane Chaplin

    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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Spyrojoe Brad Brock

      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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Spyrojoe Brad Brock

      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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bhaxprime Ben Hackney

    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. :P

    • Anonymous

      Dr. Droid likes double D’s. :P

  • 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?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    $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.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

            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!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.reger Jeremy Reger

    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