By Stephen Schenck | February 12, 2011 4:43 AM
Trying to follow the release of HTC’s Thunderbolt on Verizon LTE has been enough to make your head spin; there have been false starts, moved-around dates, last-minute delays, and just a general sense of uncertainty. As we get closer to the phone’s release, things are starting to look a bit clearer, with a potential release date back on the calendar, and finally some pricing information.
Right now, all signs point to a February 24 release. That date had popped up earlier as a candidate, before the situation became so murky. This fits with the timeline created by the news that the phone would ship without Skype Mobile with video support, later to become available on the 28th.
We knew the phone would be a Best Buy retail exclusive, and now some of the company’s first advertisements for the premier Verizon LTE smartphone have leaked, revealing the model’s price points. After discounts, and locked-in to a two-year contract, the Thunderbolt can be yours for around $250; if you’d rather not be tied down, you’ll have to shell out a budget-breaking $750 for the phone.
This pricing confirms what we heard about the on-contract rate. Sure, we’d expect an LTE premium, and you’re going to pay for that large 4.3-inch screen, but that’s still a nice chunk of change. We wonder what a dual-core option would do to the price.