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Best Buy Extends $249 Price of HTC Thunderbolt Past March 20

In not-so-shocking news, Best Buy has announced that it will extend the $249 price of the HTC Thunderbolt past March 20.  The original plan was for BBY to sell Verizon’s first 4G LTE phone to pre-order customers and early adopters at $249, but then jack the price up to $299 on contract starting Sunday.  Someone obviously drank the over-70 IQ Kool-aid.

Statement: Best Buy® Extends HTC ThunderBolt 4G Pricing at $249.99

MINNEAPOLIS, March 17, 2011 – Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) today confirmed that it will extend the $249.99 pricing for the HTC ThunderBolt 4G beyond the initial May 20 end-date outlined in the original announcement, available at Best Buy Mobile standalone stores and online atwww.bestbuy.com/mobile. This pricing change reflects Best Buy Mobile’s ongoing commitment to provide the most smart phones under one roof with straightforward pricing, informed advice and someone to be there for the life of your phone.

And yes, that statement above actually says “May” instead of March, but we know what they mean.

  • http://www.pricewiki.com/ William Price

    Wow! This is great. I will be getting this plan. Thanks for the tip Bogy25.

  • Bogy25

    OK, I did it – it was $229 through Verizon – 1 year contract. I figure I can always upgrade next year if needed and $229 isn’t that bad for everything I am getting. I have the origional Droid so this is quite the upgrade. I should be getting it in two days or so. Hope to get extended battery if battery life is bad. The dock is sold out which stinks. For the life of me I can’t find the wireless charging battery cover posted here yesterday – was that for real or no? Anyone?

  • Jester4281

    I need to vent…………….I HATE VERIZON, anytime I order with them I have to deal with FUex, or FEDex to some. Never, I mean NEVER do I EVER get the order with the next day, I mean its on my order but never do the make it. I mean I was up at 4 to order this phone and here it is 3:38pm and no shipping info, I call, no shipping info, we see your order is completed, just no shipping info. NO MATTER WHAT I DONT KNOW IF ITS VERIZON OR FEDEx.

  • Jester4281

    I need to vent…………….I HATE VERIZON, anytime I order with them I have to deal with FUex, or FEDex to some. Never, I mean NEVER do I EVER get the order with the next day, I mean its on my order but never do the make it. I mean I was up at 4 to order this phone and here it is 3:38pm and no shipping info, I call, no shipping info, we see your order is completed, just no shipping info. NO MATTER WHAT I DONT KNOW IF ITS VERIZON OR FEDEx.

    • Dshudson

      Why not just go in?

      • Jester4281

        would rather but state and local goverment cant buy instore, we have to go thru our reps or online portal. Still no update from VZW on shipping, even though it was ordered at 4:20am, at 11:27am they told me my order was completed and I should see shipping soon, 4:55pm is not soon in my mind.

  • Dmota25

    Man fortune I have my ready.. ipy!!! This is great and crazy

  • Anonymous
    • Dshudson

      mine was 12.19 down 28.31 up

      • Dshudson

        Every time I run it, it goes up, i just got 12.48 33.47 in a hospital which is ridiculous

  • Jay P

    you mean to tell me we cannot HDMI mirror on this phone.

  • Dshudson

    No Swype on the Thunderbolt.. Shit. I need it.

    • Dshudson

      Disregard I downloaded beta and it works flawlessly.

      • Dshudson

        Now I am in love

        • Dshudson

          Hold it.. It doesn’t auto space..

  • Joedixon24

    Thanks to Best Buy’s conflicting price info ($249 or $299) and Verizon launch date drama and the rumored Thunderbolt battery life issues.. I went ahead and got the Incredible on a one year contract.. I will be eligible for upgrade in 10 months so I will wait to see what is available then. I did put down a preorder on the T-bolt but got tired of all the drama and silence from Verizon

  • http://twitter.com/Rob_toast Robert

    Does Best Buy honor discounts on upgrades?

  • Anonymous

    Just played with the ThunderBolt…4g revolution is here. The Speed Test needle was about to crack off 13mb download speed 26 Upload. Streaming is INSTANT.

    android-alert.com

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

    Ugh, this is tough! I’ve been wanting to hold off for Bionic dual core goodness, but more RAM and better front facing camera are calling me like sirens. And I also am worried about small window for unlimited 4G…..

  • Bogy25

    I have the original Droid and want to upgrade as I am off contract and upgrade ready. I am posting here because through Verizon I can get the T-Bolt for $199 on a 2 year contract or $229 for a 1 year contract. Is anyone else seeing this? Why go through BB or Wirefly when I can get a better deal directly through Verizon? I might do the One Year Plan – for $29 extra bucks at least I will have the option to upgrade next year – maybe dual core? Who knows….

    • Jrocafella13

      I just purchased directly from verizon for $229 on a 1-year contract… Im going to use my BB gift card for a accessory or somethin. Better deal imo.

      • Bogy25

        That makes sense – I might do the same tonight – 1-year contract – maybe go to the Verizon store after work and see it up close then decide. I’m Stoked!

  • Lindstra17

    I just bought mine and got an extra $50 off, no contract credit or anything, no NE2, just VZW: “hey you are eligible for an extra $50 off”, me : “OK!”, the activation took quite some time though. It is very light but feels well made, and fast Quadrent: 1661, Smartbench 2011:1019,1244 , (mind you i have been running OG for 2 years ). ;)

  • lbadvisor

    I can’t decide!

    i’ve got an upgrade, and a 100 NE2 credit, so it’s 149 2 year 219 1 year, do I lock in unlimited 4g data now for 2 years and sacrifice upgrading for 2 years, or go for the one year and hope 4g will still be affordable?

    I really want to get a dual-core phone, but who thinks the next line of 4g phones will still have unlimited 4g 29.99 option?

    i rack up data really quicly between podcasts, sirius/pandora/slacker, streaming tv from my home cable, downloading ROMs :), tethering on long trips, etc.

    what’s everyone think?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Story/100002156355234 Michael Story

      Just go buy it!

      • Vanilla Ice

        Or he can hold off for a way better phone and spend less money!! *hint* Droid Bionic *hint* Wheres BMX when you need him. Damn panda. hehehe.

        • lbadvisor

          bionic sounds great and all but might have a locked bootloader (I probably wouldn’t mind as long as i can root it), but it does only have 512 MB of RAM i believe. Dual core and HDMI sound great though…I just want to make sure i’ve got 4g unlimited. Coming from the OG droid, I constantly have issues running out of memory, with it only having 256mb. Trying to multitask is near impossible when you use two memory intensive apps (eg: listening to music on slacker while driving then loading up maps to find the nearest gas station or something and having pandora get shutdown by android system automatically)

    • ThunderboltIsOverrated

      I think you could put down your phone and pick up a book. You’ll save money and your vision. Plus you’ll be learning something. It’s a win-win.

      • GodzillaKalil

        Why do that when you can read a book on your phone?

      • lbadvisor

        don’t be such a troll, I want advice on a phone decision, not a spanking. I read plenty, which is what helped me get into college, get a degree, and get a job as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch straight out of school, where I make my own hours, and take vacations whenever I need, reporting to no one. I’ve decided I think I’ll be heading out of the office to grab my thunderbolt in about 9 minutes when VZW opens here locally on the west coast.

      • millenniumccdc

        Or you could pick up a droid and linux and a book. You will learn about linux code android platform and the full force of an uprooted device.
        P.s. logwrapper.bin

    • Anonymous

      android doesn’t have native support yet for dual core processors (excluding honeycomb, which is for tablets) and we don’t know when google will develop support for it. The thunderbolt is just as good of a choice as the bionic (excluding certain games designed for tegra) as the bionic or any phone. I played with it today and it was fast, really fast. and the 4g was phenomenal. It ranged from 3-11mpbs up and 28-40mbps down. Truly impressive. Heres a pic:
      https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_FUVAqNSieNU/TYJJnQP7RfI/AAAAAAAAAa8/AynWF7HLkrc/s512/Thunderbolt.jpg