HTC Thunderbolt $199 with contract from Wirefly

March 15, 2011
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Wirefly is offering the HTC Thunderbolt on pre-order for $199 on a two year contract through Verizon. Verizon recently announced the price as $249 on contract, so users can save themselves a "Grant" by going through the online retailer. And knowing that fans are chomping at the bit to get this troubled 4G/LTE phone, Wirefly is even throwing in free shipping via FedEx so they can get it in a hurry. In addition, Wirefly tosses in their standard Mobile backup free for life service and a 30 day pre-order price guarantee in case the price slips even more.

Recently we reported that the Thunderbolt picture has become more clear as Verizon finally settled on an official date of March 17th. The Thunderbolt's delay has been rumored to be due to everything from poor battery performance to problems with the Verizon 4G/LTE rollout, but it seems that issues have been ironed out and now it's storm time. And as a little apology for one delay after another, Verizon is also offering free Mobile Hotspot access for two months through May 15 for no additional charge. After May 15, customers may choose to activate Mobile Hotspot for $20 for 2 GB of data per month or call Verizon and request it disabled.

The HTC Thunderbolt comes with a 4.3-inch WVGA display, dual cameras (an 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera), and is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor running Android 2.2 (Froyo). Storage options include 8GB of on board storage with a 32GB microSD preloaded. The Verizon 4G/LTE network should give users a powerful boost of 5-12Mbps downloads and 2-5Mbps uploads in 4G areas. Outside of that, users will get standard 3G speeds. But since Verizon is rolling the 4G/LTE network out in 200 cities this year, those slower speeds will be fewer and farther between.

[via LogicBuy]


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  • Fmcmanus3

    I ordered from wirefly this morning. Thought i had a good deal on the tbolt, until i received my confirmation. I paid off contract and they tried to set me up ON contract. Called customer service and they were useless. Obviously a call center. I wouldnt recommend anyone buying from wirefly . Service is the worst.

    • Seeteedub

      When I brought up the price from Wirefly, the employees from three different Verizon stores in my area (San Diego) freaked out and said it was “illegal” to list it that low. Plus they said I’d be signing a two contract with Wirefly.com and not Verizon anymore.

      I used to love Verizon but I’m quickly beginning to think I might jump ship with all the BS surrounding the one phone I’ve wanted in a long time.

    • Seeteedub

      When I brought up the price from Wirefly, the employees from three different Verizon stores in my area (San Diego) freaked out and said it was “illegal” to list it that low. Plus they said I’d be signing a two contract with Wirefly.com and not Verizon anymore.

      I used to love Verizon but I’m quickly beginning to think I might jump ship with all the BS surrounding the one phone I’ve wanted in a long time.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like wirefly is going to get a lot of bad PR because of this. I had my account owner order this phone for me from wirefly and it was a complete pain in the butt. They stopped the order and forced us to have to call them to verify information. Then we had to call back and forth between wirefly and verizon for over an hour. wirefly then tried to remove two lines from our family plan while asking us “which two lines do you want to remove for the two new lines you are getting”.

    Note this was an upgrade and not a new add a line. We told them, no, we are upgrading not starting new plans. Specifically we are doing the “renew/upgrade my contract” for “family plan – other lines”. Wirefly will want to try to make you drop your current lines and start a completely new contract. They want to try to get you to do this because they get more for new contracts. Hopefully its ironed out now, but I have a feeling we are going to have more issues to come. I bet verizon is going to charge activation fees, and we will still have the old lines replaced by new ones. This is going to be a mess.