The Thunderbolt is upon us. Many have been waiting for quite some time to hear some pricing for the Thunderbolt and Droid-Life has snagged a pic of a Best Buy ad displaying the Thunderbolt’s pricing. We are currently seeing a $749 full retail price tag and a $249 on a 2 year contract. That’s right folks 2 year. Best Buy only offers this phone on a 2 year contract or at full retail price, so for those of you who, like me, hate Verizon’s new 2 year contract deals aren’t going to be purchasing this phone from Best Buy. Verizon will offer a 1 year contract so if that is what you are looking for I would suggest going with them, less you get locked into a plan with no upgrade for 20 months. Your other alternative is the retail price, but you could just get a laptop instead for $749.
The Thunderbolt’s release date still hasn’t been officially announced by Verizon or HTC yet, so we are still waiting on that. But because Best Buy started preorders last week and now we are getting prices, I would assume it can’t be too far away. The 14th or the 21st are the two rumors that I have heard, and I would love to see the Thunderbolt on the 14th.
There you have it folks, the Thunderbolt is on its way. I’ll give a quick reminder of the specs for Verizon’s first 4G phone.
- 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- 768 MB RAM
- 4.3 inch WVGA display
- 4G LTE — expected download speeds of 5 to 12Mbps and 2 to 5Mbps upload speeds
- Android 2.2 Froyo OS
- HTC Sense 2.0 User Interface with new features like Fast Boot
- 8MP camera to satisfy all your photo needs
- 720p video recording capabilities
- a front-facing camera for video-calls
- Mobile Hotspot — share your 4G connection with up to 8 devices
- 32GB microSD card included
- Built-in kickstand
- Dolby and SRS surround sound
- Integrated Skype mobile and DLNA Wireless Media Connectivity
The Thunderbolt is shaping up to be a beast, and I cannot wait for it. I am really happy for the fact that it isn’t stuck on 512 mb of ram like the Droid Bionic. This phone is set to be blazing fast in both performance and its 4G data speeds. I love HTC and I can’t wait to get a taste of their next phone for Verizon.
Source: Droid Life
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