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HTC Thunderbolt: Best Buy Runs Thunderbolt Ad Again…Still No Official Release Date

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Best Buy’s weekly circular ad has three nice phones on its back cover. Unfortunately, the HTC Thunderbolt, perhaps the most desired out of the three, still isn’t available and Verizon still hasn’t announced an official release date for the 4G LTE phone. Best Buy is still advertising the $299.99 on-contract price.

The HTC Thunderbolt is the first phone announced for Verizon’s speedy 4G LTE network. While no official release date has been announced by Verizon,ads such as these and some other missteps are frustrating many Thunderbolt fans. Best Buy began taking $50 pre-order deposits for the Thunderbolt back on February 6. The 30-day return window for those deposits, issued in the form of a gift card, is about to expire.

As you can see in the Flash version of the Best Buy ad, the Thunderbolt is being compared to the HTC Inspire 4G on AT&T and the HTC EVO 4G from Sprint. The Thunderbolt’s pricing may look out of line for most consumers considering all three of these phones have nearly identical home screens and are all ’4G’. Hopefully Best Buy’s reps will be able to clearly articulate the reasons behind the price premium for the Thunderbolt.

The HTC Thunderbolt was featured in last week’s Best Buy weekly circular as well, ahead of a rumored March 4 release date. The latest guesses point to a March 10 (this Thursday) release date, but Verizon has yet to set an official date. In fact, Verizon’s asked Thunderbolt fans to move on to other topics in what seems to be a bit of frustration.

The HTC Thunderbolt ads previously published on the Verizon Wireless YouTube channel were pulled. HTC is running a Thunderbolt television ad nationally ahead of its launch.

This is a hands-in video of the HTC Thunderbolt at CES 2011. In this demo, our own Chuong Nguyen goes through some of the Thunderbolt’s features and the Sense interface.

You can learn more about the HTC Thunderbolt here.

Xavier Lanier is the publisher of Gotta Be Mobile and a photographer. He uses too many devices to count, but his current favorites are the iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nikon D800 and Sony RX 100M II. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.

6 Comments

  1. Zack Kolev

    03/08/2011 at 12:54 am

    ugh. 4G fast, Android Smart, Verizon slow release…

  2. waiting for tbolt

    03/08/2011 at 1:55 am

    I called Verizon today to ask fthe release date for Thunderbolt. She said “May”. I found that shockingly late, called back another rep said “no release date in the system”. I find it difficult to believe it’s anyday if they have no info or pricing and one rep says May, and the other barely heard of the phone.

    • sam

      03/08/2011 at 1:01 pm

      Verizon reps. are clueless.They’re under trained and have hardly any knowledge of their devices.Whenever i stop at a Vz. store, i know more about the phones than they do.

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