Best Buy seems to always tip us off early to pricing and availability on the secretive US Carriers unannounced device releases and have done so again with the Verizon’s unannounced HTC Thunderbolt. The HTC Thunderbolt, exclusive to Verizon, will make use of their 4G LTE service when released this summer and also pack the now standard Android hardware we have all grown to love:
- 4.3 inch Display
- 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
- 8 megapixel rear camera/1.3 front facing
- 720 HD Video recording
- 32GB preinstalled microSD card.
Sounds good huh? According to Best Buy and an uncovered March buying guide, the pricing is going to be on the steep side. The Thunderbolt is pictured being priced at $299.99 with NEW 2 year activation. But wait it gets better, there is now a February sales flier that would indicate the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt would launch earlier at a reduced rate of $249.99 for the same NEW 2 year activation contract customer. For a device that is really bringing nothing new to the table except the summer release (hopefully) of Verizon’s 4G LTE service, I am wondering how accurate this pricing can be. If it is accurate, I don’t look for the Thunderbolt to do much more than make a lot of noise. Keep in mind that there is still rumors that the 4G LTE service would come at an extra charge. That would make the Thunderbolt’s pricing really overpriced. Let’s hope these are not the real prices and that Best Buy is using an initial suggested price to layout the ad until something official comes about from Verizon.
Here is the March Buyers Guide:
And the February Sales Flier:
So with Verizon sitting back and holding on to the goods as usual, we can at least guess that Verizon is pretty proud of their 4G LTE Hot Rod in the HTC ThunderBolt, and that the release is coming our way soon.
In the mean time, check out this commercial video Verizon just posted: