HTC Thunderbolt Release Soon: Still Price Confusion Though

One of the most anticipated new Android smartphones is the HTC Thunderbolt coming to Verizon. We’ve brought you many articles about this impressive-sounding new handset and among our most recent were its inclusion in our selection of some of the best upcoming Android smartphones, a review with video comparisons and the news that the Skype Video feature may not be available on release.

Although this is a hotly anticipated phone, with 4G LTE connectivity, a 4.3-inch display and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, we know that many people have been confused by all the conflicting release information, which has now changed several times. We also recently gave you the rumored pricing from a Best Buy advertisement listing which showed the price of $249 with a 2-year contract. However we are now hearing reports that as well as the conflicting information about release dates, there also seems to be some contrasting prices listed.

Quentyn Kennemer over on Phandroid, sourced from Android Forums reports today that although one Best Buy circular shows the Thunderbolt at $249.99 their latest Mobile Buyer’s Guide clearly shows it at $299.99, a $50 difference. This may alarm some people as $299.99 would be pretty steep and also we’re still no nearer hearing an official release date which at the moment is rumored for February 28. If Verizon and Best Buy are deliberately attempting to peeve the waiting Thunderbolt consumers they appear to be going about it in the right way!

Zach Epstein over on BGR also reports on these pricing discrepancies for the Thunderbolt and makes the point that Verizon Wireless has not confirmed either price but that of course, we can expect it to at least be one of these. What are your thoughts on the confused price information for the HTC Thunderbolt? How much are you willing to pay for your Thunderbolt? Why not let us know with your comments.

  • Jimmy

    As much as i look forward to the HTC ThunderBolt, if it is anything over $250, I’m going to the (gasp) iPhone

  • Robin

    I'm almost at the point of saying…. FORGET the Thunderbolt…. and I will tick with the iphone 4… all this jerking around the price and release date is very stressful… hmmmmm maybe I'll leave verizon and go to ATT….

  • Carol

    I am fed up with this whole thing. I may wait for another phone.Carol

  • Tyler

    I'm pretty fed up with all this myself, but I still have a bit more patience. I just don't want to be impatient and get some other phone (Inspire or Atrix) and wish I had waited another week to get the one I really wanted (T-Bolt). That being said, I'm heading to AT&T today to see the Atrix and ask about their plans for getting a faster network. I am currently with AT&T and have not experienced any of the problems everyone talks about, but I am a little weary of their 4G HSPA+ speed claims. At any rate, I am not willing to spend $299 on the T-bolt. $249 is high in my opinion, but I'll fork it over if the data plan stays $30. If Skype isn't functional at launch, I'm not droping $249. No Skype and the thing is basically an Inspire 4G, which sells for $69 on Amazon.

  • http://thepaleoexperiment.blogspot.com Brandon

    $300 is way too much. I thought $250 was pushing it.

  • septa

    cant compare to the iphone> it is 4G, has over twice the memory> exchangeable batteries (you'll need a spare) and with skype you can talk to anyone not just other iphone users with facte time. The comparable iphone for memory anyway is 299

  • Matt

    I'm over the Thunderbolt. I'm not sure how they think they can do this when there are multiple phones releasing on its heals with dual core processors, more RAM, HDMI, etc.. I hope everyone boycotts the phone to try and prevent this from happening more in the future.

  • matt

    If I am going to wait i might as well wait for the bionic. This is getting ridiculous, just name a day already.

  • Tim

    $299 is too steep, and I'm not sure what the deal is when Best Buy's circular in my paper said $249 last weekend. I may just get a Droid X instead for $200 less as I'm not sure it's worth paying the premium for a 4G phone, especially seeing that 4G itself may be more.

  • Brian

    You people take this way too seriously. Remember, it's only a phone. And that's the problem with people today, it's all about now now now. No patience for anything anymore. It will be out, and it looks to be a really nice phone. $300 is a bit high for a price, so hopefully that isn't true.

  • Tyler

    Matt – I get your frustration. I don't think it was Verizon's intention to do what they are currently doing. I think something is wrong with Skype and they have delayed the launch to fix the issue. That would explain why they have been silent on the release date since it would depend on when the software was fixed. At any rate, it's been the blogs and Best Buy who have been hyping the release dates, so Verizon is off the hook in my mind. BTW – if this thing is release and is moving at 10 Mbps, all the release date non-sense will be quickly forgotten.

  • Aldread

    $299 is ridiculous, $249 is too much, the Inspire is 90% as good as the T-Bolt for $99!! T-Mo has $10 data!!!