Mar 17 AT 9:27 AM Nick Gray 23 Comments

HTC Thunderbolt is finally available from Verizon

We’re pretty sure you already know, but the HTC Thunderbolt is now available from Verizon. With a two year contract, the Thunderbolt will set you back $249.99 and you will be forced to sign up for Verizon’s 4G data plan with costs $29.99 a month. Without a contract, the HTC Thunderbolt is priced at $599.99 which may seem extremely reasonable compared to some of the rumors that were floating around.

If the $249 price point is a bit too steep, we encourage you to shop around a little. Amazon is offering the Thunderbolt for a mere $179.99 and Wirefly has the handset listed at $199.99 for anyone signing up for a new account or simply renewing their contract.

The hardware on the HTC Thunderbolt is nearly identical to the myTouch 4G and the HTC Inspire 4G which just launched on AT&T last month.  But not all 4G phones are created equal.  The HTC Thunderbolt is the first 4G LTE phone on Verizon’s network and we can certainly vouch for Verizon’s superior network speed and quality.

If you do happen to purchase the HTC Thunderbolt, be sure to let us know how you like it.

Source: Verizon Wireless

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website UniqueNate

    Even though I think this phone is over hyped, I noticed LTE is way better when it comes to download speeds and upload speeds in reviews I watched on YouTube. I think when they come with the Targa or even Bionic with LTE it’ll be even better because the device overall will be better to use.

    • WickedToby741

      I think part of the reason its better is because of the spectrum Verizon uses for it. But you also have to keep in mind that the network isn’t heavily taxed right now. We’ll see how it stacks up in a few months when we start seeing results that aren’t skewed due to the lack of phones on the network right now. Either way, this makes me even more excited for the Bionic.

  • http://Website jorge

    Those poor Verizon consumers have to pick between 4g with a single core or wait for a few more months lol.

    • http://Website jbn

      An who do you have as a carrier?

  • http://Website GeauxLSU

    When going into my account at and upgrading my phone it lists this:

    Full Retail Price$599.99
    2-Year Contract$199.99
    Upgrade Discount-$50.00
    Includes Free Shipping

    • http://Website thisisjnn

      I get the same deal –

      Full Retail Price $599.99
      2-Year Contract $199.99
      Upgrade Discount -$50.00
      PRICE $149.99
      Includes Free Shipping

      I wasn’t going to get this…. Not @ $249.00, and questions re: battery life, etc… But now – if I lock in @ $29.99 unlimited, and get grand-fathered in when they launch LTE (and go tiered data) in my area….. Kinda hard to beat….

      • http://Website GeauxLSU

        2 questions:

        1. Is it a done deal that they will be going to a tiered data plan? If so, will they eliminate the unlimited plan, or just charge more than the $30/month?

        2. I am eligible for the $50 new every 2 discount. I know they are no longer offering that for new contracts, but do I have to use the credit by a certin date to avoid losing it?

        I am currently using a OG Droid running liquid ginger bread, and it’s running great. I like the slide out keyboard, so I’m wondering if I should hold out and see what the specs for the Droid 3 are, or jump on the Thunderbolt and lock in the savings. I figure I can sell the Droid for close to what I would be out of pocket on the Thunderbolt.

    • http://Website thisisjnn

      $229 for upgrade on a 1 year contract!….

  • http://Website Wade

    Awesome, maybe now they’ll get around to releasing some dual-core phones and we can all quickly forget about this over-hyped regurgitated year-old technology.

  • Cole Conrad

    Got mine this morning right when my local VZW store opened. I live in Memphis so we aren’t covered with 4G yet but the FedEx headquarters had it right across the street and man alive it is balls to the wall fast! I’m loving it so far. We shall see how it holds up with regular use but so far I highly recommend this beast!

  • http://Website adryan

    One thing everyone should keep in mind is that if Verizon goes to tiered data plans for the 4g in the summer you can be granfathered in with the 4g unlimited plan if you get a 4g phone before it comes out.

  • http://Website fanboynot

    When this hit last night, Verizon were showing it as $449.00 without a plan, dont know where the higher price has come from ?

    • lament

      On VZW’s site, I’m showing $599 full retail and $239 discounted price.

      I think I’ll be hitting up Amazon..

  • http://Website Pavel

    Just picked mine up from BB.. wow it’s fast!

  • http://Website Usain Thunderbolt

    very poor phone imho

  • http://Website Hans

    Hm, $449 off contract? Awesome. :D

  • http://Website jbn

    Got mine today, this phone is gunna scream with cm7 on it.

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell
  • http://Website iPhone 4 >Thunderfail

    iPhone is finally available at Verizon too…

  • http://Website Shawn

    I dont really understand why everyone is so obessed with the dual core processors…

    How much speed do you think you need to power a 4.3″ screen? Who cares if it has a dual core or not. Android keeps getting faster and faster on its own with each new desert, so why? why is it such a big deal? Besides, it has been putting up really good numbers in the various benchmarks.

    Personally i think these phones are now to the point where extra speed is pretty pointless, even if you are playing pretty intense games. Keep in mind, 1ghz processors, when they were the standard for computers, were powering windows xp w/ 1024×768 monitors, and were doing so quite well.

    Instead of obsessing over processors, start thinking about the experience of the phone. Bionic/Targa are going to have craptastic moto-blur, whereas the tbolt has Sense…Say what you want about the GUI sense provides, but if you have not used an HTC phone, you dont understand how much HTC has improved the android framework, it runs MUCH smoother than any of the non-sense roms i have used, including CM6 and CM7.

  • http://Website milk & spinach radiator

    It looks really ugly imho waaay toooo fat.

  • rita
    Housing case and lcd screen for HTC Thunderbolt 4G.