After Verizon announced that it would be offering the HTC ThunderBolt for $249.99 with a contract, Best Buy chimed in to explain that they, too, would be selling the device for $250. That price would only last for a couple of days, Best Buy said, as the TBolt would be priced at $299.99 beginning Sunday, March 20th. It appears that BBY has had a change of heart, though, as today they've announced that the $249.99 price tag for the ThunderBolt will be extended past the original March 20th deadline. Check out their statement below.
It was kind of strange that Best Buy had planned to price the ThunderBolt at $300 on-contract, especially since other retailers would be matching or even beating Verizon's pricing on the handset, so it's good to see them decide to offer it for $250 after the 20th. So, now that ThunderBolt day has finally arrived, who has picked one up or plans to do so soon?
Statement: Best Buy® Extends HTC ThunderBolt 4G Pricing at $249.99
MINNEAPOLIS, March 17, 2011 – Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) today confirmed that it will extend the $249.99 pricing for the HTC ThunderBolt 4G beyond the initial March 20 end-date outlined in the original announcement, available at Best Buy Mobile standalone stores and online at www.bestbuy.com/mobile. This pricing change reflects Best Buy Mobile’s ongoing commitment to provide the most smart phones under one roof with straightforward pricing, informed advice and someone to be there for the life of your phone.