HTC ThunderBolt leaks show another possible launch date, $299.99 price tagAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
The HTC ThunderBolt may very well hold the record for most rumored launch dates for a handset, which includes most of February and is now stretching into March. Yesterday we saw a random Best Buy tweet (which has since been deleted) claiming that the TBolt would be arriving March 3rd or 4th, and today a new Best Buy-related leak shows a new March release date. As you can see above, a Best Buy Mobile document has leaked out, showing that the TBolt will be landing on March 10th, which is, in fact, a Thursday.
On another ThunderBolt-related note, an upcoming Best Buy ad was just leaked and it features the 4G handset with a surprising new price tag. Rather than the $249.99 price that we've been hearing up until now, the new flyer has the TBolt priced at $299.99 with a two-year contract. One would think that maybe that price would be before a mail-in rebate or other discount, but the ad says "After Savings" below the $299.99 price.
The above BBY document certainly looks legit enough, but there's no telling exactly how old it is. Interestingly, the doc has been passed around to a number of sites, leading some to believe that it's another Thunderbolt-related controlled leak. As for the possible $299.99 cost, well, that price just seems crazy. Sure, the TBolt is an attractive, 4G-capable handset, but $300 is asking too much, especially considering that AT&T is only asking $199.99 for the Atrix 4G. So, Verizon, you wanna 'fess up and give us the official launch details so all of this madness can finally end?