HTC ThunderBolt: Verizon iPhone Alternative for Best Buy

HTC’s Thunderbolt smartphone will soon be venturing onto the market, and here at OSM over the last couple of weeks, we have brought you news on specifications, pictures and a hands-on preview at the CES 2011, and just yesterday Debbie spoke about Verizon employees beginning training programmes in relation to the HTC. Previously dubbed as the HTC Mecha, the Thunderbolt will incorporate some pretty fantastic features, but could today’s rumored news change the phone’s outlook for the better?

News has filtered through from BGR, that big retailer Best Buy will not be taking on Verizon’s iPhone 4 but will instead be offering customers the Thunderbolt as part of their “exclusive retail sale deal.” Reasons as to why Best Buy have decided to do this still remains a mystery. As electronistra.com reported, as of yet there has been no comment from either Best Buy, Verizon or Apple.

As our source directly above stated, today’s news if true, will explain Best Buy’s recent attempts to steer customers in the direction of the AT&T iPhone, and along with this, it is common knowledge that for customer’s to Android and HTC handsets, Best Buy are one of the designated retail outlets to purchase your devices from.

Just to backtrack somewhat on the specifications listing, you can expect to receive a phone that offers you a 4.3-inch super LCD display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 8GB of internal storage with accessibility to expand, running on Android 2.2 and Verizon’s LTE network, 8 megapixel rear facing camera with a 1.3 megapixel front facing for video chat and so on.

What do you think about Best Buy and the non-introduction of the Verizon iPhone 4?

  • Kevin

    It’s understandable why Best Buy wouldn’t want to carry the Verizon iPhone. They represent multiple carriers including AT&T, and have a vested interest to maintain good relationships with each of them.

  • Greekboy

    Check out YouTube by greekthuglife69 see how Verizon treats their workers u already know how they treat u

  • Shalisa Mines

    I think best buy is making the right decision not to offer the iPhone 4. It's a good business decision as stated by another commenter but also I really don't think people are gonna be lining up so fast to buy the iPhone. There are so many more superior smartphones than the iPhone so I'm not sure why anyone would buy a phone so far behind the others anyway. I think Apple made a big mistake in the design of the iPhone as far as giving it such a much smaller screen size and I actually prefer the design of the older iPhone. Anyway I think Best Buy made the right choice selling the HTC over the iPhone and I was quite disappointed that Verizon decided to put on the iPhone before the HTC. I am on the edge of my seat waiting on the HTC.

    • Alex

      I completely agree. Android is much more customizable with many more kool features like free turn by turn navigation, free music downloads, ringtones, speech to text and many other Google services. I use an iMac but when it comes to smartphones I Prefer Android.