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Best Buy Ad Again Includes HTC Thunderbolt, Still Rockin’ $299 Price Tag (Updated)

Another week cruised by without the HTC Thunderbolt, but that hasn’t stopped Best Buy from printing it over and over again in their weekly ads.  The latest gossip on Verizon’s first 4G LTE phone suggests that HTC is becoming a little irritated with Big Red over all of these apparent delays and has even threatened to pull all of their ads if the phone isn’t announced today!  Oh no!  We still have no idea what the real cause for them to keep missing rumored dates is, but it doesn’t even matter at this point.  If the phone finally pops up, someone please let us know.

And yeah, $299 still being printed as the contract price.

Update:  The in-store price on displays is still showing up as $249…(@realdslayton

Via:  Slickdeals

Cheers TjEoRnI!

  • http://problogtech.com/ Hamid

    wow best price

  • Guest

    The thing about being “told by best buy” is that those people likely just read the same things you do, and anything “official” from best buy would prob end up online somewhere. I just went to a local best buy and a store display said 299 :(

  • Ahammons

    I was told by Best Buy and read on the web that it’s because of the battery discharging to quickly. That they can only get 3.5 hours out of it. Not the 6.3 published. DOn’t know if that is factual, but what I have been able to dig up.

    • Ahammons

      I pre-ordered two….

  • Marty
  • http://twitter.com/praticuschaotic Jon Doe

    I’d trust the ad over any in-store advertisement considering the ad is most likely more up to date than what any one store may post.

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

    At this point who give a SH** Just let the phone come out!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I love this in store pic, a testament to combined fail launch effort by best buy and verizon. Petition to verizon to hire a new marketing department.

  • Anonymous

    Wow people are dumb enough to buy this piece of crap outdated phone… its just like buying an Iphone 4 on verizon

  • Upsnarm

    the phone is nice but don’t purchase from BestBuy. They are the worst retailer out there and don’t believe any ads they put out and if you do have to buy there, make sure you inpect that item over thoroughly before leaving the store. They do not except returned damaged items even if that is how they sold it to you!!!!!!

  • Sir_benzo

    Who gives a flying fart. The next thing will always be better than the old. And the tomorrow, that next thing will be the old. They all do the same crap. Theyre just hyping you up for something a few seconds faster….WHOOOP DI DOOOOOOO!!!!!! dumbos.

  • Bill

    March 10 is Hogwash. See for yourself, this is not a rumor. Everything else about the TB is.
    Go to the Verizon website, they pre-anounced the new IPad release date March 11. They did not announce the Thunderbolt for any date, just coming soon. They will not release the TB the day before the IPad. The TB will bury their sales people for a week. There is no way they will release the TB the day before the new Apple Ipad.
    The 3 other major carriers customer numbers are climbing while Vz is dropping. Their stock will drop like a rock when shareholders realize it.

    • Perwilly

      I hate to say it but I think you’re right. VZW is letting Apple dictate their business waaaaaay too much. I gotta believe the VZW is pretty peeved after seeing the less-than-enthusiastic interest in the i**one. Their drive to be #1 now has them suckin tailpipe.

  • Kuba1313

    Overpriced and a year late.

    What a joke at people who buy it lol

  • jordan

    this constant feed of thunderbolt news on every android site is as annoying as iphone news plastered everywhere whenever they make a slight move

  • tpags

    Hopefully for all of you that are getting this phone, Verizon wont have all of the problems they had when they released the incredible, as far as being out of stock. That would not be good, especially after all of these release date snafus. That would be a big kick in the junk!!

  • MD

    I’ve been waiting for this phone since summer. If it makes anyone feel better I am still using a pos BlackBerry tour and I not eligible for an upgrade, so I will be paying full price but it doesn’t bother me I just want the damn phone.

  • tbone

    i am trying to connect the dots so this is pure speculation:1) there have been rumors that the tbolt has been delayed due to the fact that it will receive gingerbread before release 2) there have been rumors that the tbolt has been delayed due to the fact that it has battery issues.

    //this is where i am trying to the dots as there have been reports that the gingerbread update has lead to excessive battery drain on the nexus phones.

    would the reality of gingerbread (and possibly dual core, another rumor) equate to the rumors that the contract price will be $299 or $249?

    talk amongst yourselves.

  • Dracuss

    $250 is high, $300 is an insult. Atrix is better and far cheaper.

    • JP

      couldn’t have put it any better!

  • Anonymous

    Cluster F–k

  • NoName

    In Sacramento the BB ads from last Sunday showed the price as $249.

  • Sdouglas3673

    one thing keeping me here for HTC.. Sense… who cares about single core dual core (unless you plan to game).. I want this phone to make my life easier.. and for usability and human factors HTC is light years beyond any other phone manufacturer.. I’m still excited and somewhat happy…

    • Alvinm 77

      Well said. I don’t game heavy on my phone. I use my psp for mobile gaming. As of right now dual core is just something to say you have. After playing with the Atrix I was unimpressed. Bionic is gonna run the same way. HTC and Sense UI works for me. Loved it when I had my Incredible and never should of sold it for my DX. Lesson learned.

      • Fresh

        Agreed…. i sold my Incredible when the DX came out too… terrible mistake #1

        I then sold my DX on Feb. 13th in anticipation of the TBolt on the 14th… terrible mistake #2

        … I have been stuck with my friends crapberry storm 9530 for the past 3 weeks…

        PLEASE HURRY VERIZON!!

        • Alvinm 77

          Wow…. yeah you screwed yourself lol. Its ok though. The more you use that Crapberry, the better the Thunderbolt will be when you get it! Lets just pray the 10th will produce this wonderful phone.

          • Lilshoe2

            lol thats funny I have a storm 2 and I hate it! I hate blackberry, I have a friend who has the incredible and he loves his htc phone. I’m looking forward to the thunderbolt as well.

          • Alvinm 77

            When you go from the Storm to Thunderbolt you wont know how to act lol. What an upgrade!!!!!!!!!!

      • jordan

        have any of you actually played with a dual core phone to relegate it to pure gamers? no, i havent played with one either, but thats why im reserving judgement

        • Alvinm 77

          Doesn’t matter to me. I dont game on my phone unless its angry birds or something but I dont see Android competing with the PSP 2 (with PS3 like graphics or the 3DS) so dual core gaming isn’t a factor with me buying a dualy phone. Spent a few hours with the Atrix and as of right now the tegra 2 isn’t that impressive. Nor is it utilized for Android 2.2 or 2.3 so as of right now, it’s pointless. By the time Android full utilizes it, I’ll probably have a dual core phone.

          • jordan

            so playback/capture HD or battery consumption isn’t a concern for you? from what youre saying, all you need is a shittily-specced phone, so why not just pick up the original droid? if you’re the minimalist that you claim to be, the difference in pixel density shouldn’t be a concern either. nor should the .001 sec you save in rendering a webpage. i could go on forever…

          • Alvinm 77

            Good points. Im on VZW though. What choices do I have? DX2, Bionic, Steath (not a Samsung hardware fan) plus I hate having a locked bootloaders too. Im a ROM flasher. If I have to sacrifice a dual core to be able to flash great custom ROMs I will. Im perfectly fine with the latest snapdragon which is a great processor. 1080p is not that much different from 720p and with custom kernels I’ve seen incredible battery life with HTC phones so no, none of that matters right now. I change phones every 4-8 months so if VZW release a dual core phone I think is worth getting, I will. And as of right now, the DX2 and Bionic aren’t even close to being an option. The Atrix is crap. That was enough to show me that dual core is not a factor right now.

          • jordan

            “I want this phone to make my life easier.. and for usability and human factors HTC is light years beyond any other phone manufacturer”
            First you talk about needing a basic phone to do basic tasks and then you say you flash ROMs. Well are you one to want the basics or are you the geek that loves the latest and greatest? And why dont you have, or aren’t happy with the current DInc? HTC is the only brand you will purchase it seems. Please dont regurgitate the two spec sheets, because we already went over the fact that you don’t care for the minimal bump in specs. And mark my words that the devs will fix something up within no time that will make dual cores matter more than just a gamer’s delight, essentially making this entire discussion moot.

          • Alvinm 77

            Hold up Mr. Jordan!?!?! Those aren’t my words you’re quoting those are @Sdouglas3673 ‘s. I am a geek! Thats why I dont want a Moto phone. Like I’ve said 100 times already I hate locked bootloaders. HTC is not the only brand I will purchase. Like I stated I change phones a lot. I went from the Droid to the Eris, back to the Droid (started flashing ROMs), then DInc, then DX, then D2 Global, then Fascinate (hated it) back to DX, then was going back to DInc until I heard the Thunderbolt was coming. Out of all of them the DInc was my favorite. I like the latest and greatest but after owning all those devices, HTC is my favorite. I understand what you’re saying but Moto really screwed my love for their devices. Like @Soaxm1 said I dont care if Moto released a quad core phone, the limitations Moto puts on there devices is F’n ridiculous. Im gonna wait for a dual core LG or HTC, I would even buy the Galaxy S2 if VZW was getting it. Like I said once again, when a dual core phone is released worth getting, I will buy one with no problem!!!

            I have a friend Alpha testing 3.0 Honeycomb on his DInc and another running CM7 Android 2.3 on his DInc. My DX can only dream of getting ROMs like that ported to it. Atrix, DX2, Bionic will all be the same way. While Im running 2.4 or 3.0 on my Thunderbolt in the future, Moto users will be stuck with what Moto decides to give them because ROMs are only built off what builds Moto releases. Thats not open source, that forcing users to use what they provide and the BS. This is Googles Android not WP7 or iOS.

          • jordan

            “I want this phone to make my life easier.. and for usability and human factors HTC is light years beyond any other phone manufacturer”
            First you talk about needing a basic phone to do basic tasks and then you say you flash ROMs. Well are you one to want the basics or are you the geek that loves the latest and greatest? And why dont you have, or aren’t happy with the current DInc? HTC is the only brand you will purchase it seems. Please dont regurgitate the two spec sheets, because we already went over the fact that you don’t care for the minimal bump in specs. And mark my words that the devs will fix something up within no time that will make dual cores matter more than just a gamer’s delight, essentially making this entire discussion moot.

          • Alvinm 77

            Also!!! The Thunderbolts specs aren’t shitty. 40GB memory, 768MB RAM (most for phone use to date. Atrix has 512 for phone and 512 for web top), latest snapdragron running 50% stronger and faster than Evo and Incredible, quadrant score 2000 out of box not overclocked, LTE 4G, Dolby surround sound, kickstand for standing up or landscape view, 4G hot spot for 8 devices, intergrated skype, and most importantly … no locked bootloaders. I don’t see any phone on VZW yet or coming out blowing this phone out the water.

          • http://www.facebook.com/ChrisBarischoff Christopher Barischoff

            Thank you. You’ve single-handedly made up my mind to get the Thunderbolt rather than waiting for the Bionic. Good Show.

          • Alvinm 77

            Awesome!!!!! You wont be disappointed. Trust me. Talk to my source who have played with the Bionic, LG Revolution, Samsung Stealth and Tbolt and he said the Thunderbolt owns!

          • Soaxm1

            Alvin is owning yalls convo dude lol. Thanks Alvin. I’ll be picking up the TBolt instead of the Bionic now!!!! I flash roms too and locked phones are just so limited. Screw moto. I don’t care if they had a quad core phone out.

    • Edwoordd

      Exactly!!! thank you sir

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    Lol the Thunderbolt was only “ok” when it was going to launch in January, now it’s a joke. The Evo 2 is going to launch at CTIA at the end of this month and the Thunderbolt will look even dumber. You should all just wait for the Bionic.

    • Tim242

      This mythical Evo 2, what could it bring to the table? We know dual core isn’t possible. So, it will probably just be bumped up specs to match the Thunderbolt…if the Evo 2 exists outside of people’s heads.

  • Alvinm 77

    I can’t wait to get this phone!!!!!!!!! I don’t care what anyone says about this phone. Bionic having an unlockable bootloader like the Xoom in my opinion is a joke. It has Blur and now web top, highly doubt Moto will let it be unlockable. But only time will tell. If it is I might sell my Thunderbolt but until then. HTC all the way

    • Kuba1313

      Xoom has no bootloader….

  • Verizon Customer

    Has anyone heard anything about the Incredible 2 and when it will be released?

    • ecqns

      I’m getting more in interested in that phone too now that the thunderbolt has been delayed.
      It looks much better in my opinion and less bulky.

  • droidxkid

    Is best buy really so stupid they can’t figure out the price? 300 or 250. i mean come on. Since the evo is 200 and the thunderbolt can be generalized as an update to the evo. Bigger kickstand, Better screen, more ram and internal space. I’ll pay 250 for it. just need to get a pre order in soon so i don’t have to wait to get this phone when it get released?

  • jap

    VW is full of so much crap. You would believe that the LTE 4G has been tested and confidence instilled. First grabbers of the phone have to deal with all the bugs and fine tuning for a wapping $299…… just plain greedy. Shame on you VerizonWireless

  • Ajr_texas87

    Isn’t the bionic going to cost about the same or more since it is supposedly better?

  • Anonymous

    I can tell you as long as it is 299 I am sticking with the Droid incredible. That’s ridiculous price.

  • Mgangrock

    At this point either crap or get off the pot,,,sick of all the nonsense with verizon and this fone,,i was all excited about this fone since first rumored,,now it wouldnt bother me one bit if they just scrap the hole thing.It seems to me all verizon is doing is hypeing the crap out this fone and becoming very money hungry in the process.$300 for the the fone and now the tierd plans as if this fone launch hasnt had enuff garbage to it.Does verizon know or even care that alot of peeps are hurting right now???do they know we are amidst the worst recession since the great depression???wow i am so unimpressed with verizon right now,,hell just a month ago i was a staunch verizon fan,,but now all i see is a big corp.just trying to grab as much as they can from the very same peeps that have supported them.wtg verizon a big thumbs down…

  • http://theRamenNoodle.com/ the Ramen Noodle

    I have another picture of my local Best Buy with a $249 pricetag on a display just like this and also missing the dummy phone. However, my Best Buy shows other new smartphones right next to it on similar pedestals.

  • Tim242

    I will not pay $300 for a phone on contract. $250 was pushing it. Even though the Bionic is ugly and rounded, I may wait for it. Or maybe I’ll just get a Droid X and be done.

  • Lord_20_bucks

    Still want this phone but damn that 300 tag is killing me

  • GotSka81

    I have to say, I’d rather wait for the bionic now that we know the bootloader will most likely be unlockable. Argue all day long that dual vs single core is irrelevant based on software limitations…but you can’t argue that a dual-core phone won’t have a longer lifespan than a single core. I was hyped for HTC to release this guy, but now I think it’s too little, too late.

    • Tim242

      I’m about to that point. I’m not diggin the look of the Bionic though. It is too rounded.

    • Porno

      The BIONIC bootloader will NOT be unlockable. The XOOM was made that way because it was a Google flagship product.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, there is almost no way in H E double hockeysticks that it’ll be unlockable. The BIONIC will likely be the most locked down phone you’ll ever touch.

        • Anonymous

          It may not be made to be unlockable, but I give it about 10 hours after launch to have clockwork mod on it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1603800094 Cody Clay

            Whats clockwork worth without being able to put custom roms on it?

    • Ny

      do you know the bionic will have an unlockable bootloader?

      • Ny

        *how

  • Anonymous

    Groundhog day.

  • Fredy

    Got a droid Incredible as temp. phone waiting to get this beast

    • http://twitter.com/pezro Pavel

      How does that work? Do you sign up for the t-bolt but take the Incredible as a temp loaner?

      • Anonymous

        Probably bought it off someone..

  • http://twitter.com/jack_rowell Jack Rowell

    bionic here i come…the inspire is pretty much the same freaking phone for 200 less…verizon must be high!

  • http://twitter.com/jack_rowell Jack Rowell

    bionic here i come…the inspire is pretty much the same freaking phone for 200 less…verizon must be high!

    • Perwilly

      anyone got any ideas about when the bionic might be launched?

      • Calidog50

        Bionic (should) drop in June!

    • Zach

      Seriously… how sad is that? the only thing that’s different is LTE in the Thunderbolt right? but it’s 200 bucks more yikes.

      • DBEvans

        Other differences as well … but still not enough to justify a $150 – $200 price variance.

        * Inspire has 4GB onboard memory, Thunderbolt has 8GB
        * Thunderbold ships with a 32GB microSD card
        * Inspire does not have a front-facing camera; Thunderbolt does have one
        * Inspire has a 1230 mAH battery, while Thunderbolt has 1400 mAH
        * Some reports have shown the Inspire marginally larger and heavier (very close, minimal differences) … but other reports leaving those specs empty, so not certain where these are sourced.
        * Thunderbolt has 4G LTE and a kickstand

        • Zach

          Ah your right, I can’t believe I forgot all that but I agree still not enough to warrant the extra 200 in price imo.

        • Anonymous

          1400mAH battery… LOL.

    • DCwhat

      Inspire has:
      only 4GB ROM & 8GB SDcard storage compared to the Bolts 8GB ROM & 32GB SDcard storage
      no expensive LTE radio
      a 1250mAh battery compared to Bolt’s 1400mAh
      no kickstand
      different build quality compared to Bolt’s unibody aluminum body

      In all honesty the Bolt should cost considerably more than the Inspire.

      • Verizon Customer

        I think it’s the 32 GB SD card that’s driving the price up. That’s a lot of memory added on.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t understand why they’re forcing people into paying for it either.

      • Shempster

        Absolutly the same build quality…

  • Anonymous

    Roumors on forums suggest they may have added a surprise. Potentially 2.3 gingerbread. Give to daddy

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

      Yeah, but you know what we can do with rumors..

      • Falvey6607

        I actually heard a rumor that they added a dual-core snapdragon, 16 MP camera, NFC, a 1900mAh battery, and updated it to gingerbread 2.4 ; ) seriously though, lets get this show on the road here VW

    • Anonymous

      Haha Gingerbread.

    • Anonymous

      Haha Gingerbread.

    • Porno

      No, no, no.. they are giving out a free hand party with each phone.

    • Anonymous

      A guy who is on the in is telling us that Netflix, Google Music, and Onlive will be added to the phone in the (near?) future. No mention as far as HTCSense.com, and definitely not something as big as Gingerbread/Ice Cream (Sandwich) or anything like that.

  • Mike

    I’m seriously over this phone now. I had wanted it back when I thought it was coming out February 14th or 24th, but I don’t even want it anymore.