Amazon is selling the HTC Thunderbolt from Verizon Wireless for $129.99, or nearly half the current $249.99 asking price for its first 4G LTE Android smartphone.
wireless unit is selling the HTC Thunderbolt Android smartphone for $129.99, or
nearly half off the $249.99 retail price Verizon Wireless began selling the 4G
handset for in March.
is that interested buyers have until midnight PDT Monday, April 25, to buy the
device at that price, and must agree to a two-year contract.
This offer, available from the AmazonWireless Website
includes new customers only. Existing customers who want to upgrade from their phone
will pay $199.99 for the Thunderbolt.
The deal is
clearly designed to lure more wireless subscribers after Verizon just added
906,000 new wireless customers for its
recently closed first quarter.
said it sold some 260,000 Thunderbolts since its launch March 17, making the
device a popular choice among consumers.
Verizon also sold 2 million iPhone 4s, and it's likely some of those sales
impeded the Thunderbolt momentum. Selling the Thunderbolt at nearly half price
could help the device make up some of the ground this weekend.
Verizon's first 4G smartphone, the Thunderbolt
is the fastest smartphone eWEEK has
ever had its hands on.
powered by the Android 2.2 operating system, features a 4.3-inch, touch-screen
WVGA display with 480 by 800 resolution.
It's a bit
heavier than the typical smartphone-6.2 ounces-to accommodate the larger
battery required to handle the demands of Verizon's speedy 4G LTE network,
which drives data at speed of up to 10 times faster than its 3G network.
camera yielded crisp, clean photos, and video recorded well in HD 720p. The 1.3MP
front-facing camera enabled solid video chat. Frankly, for $129.99 the
Thunderbolt is a steal for consumers looking to buy a new phone and plan.
price, it might even be worth it for some folks who dislike their current
Android gadget, BlackBerry handset or iPhone to consider breaking their
the first time Verizon has priced its phones to sell on AmazonWireless. The
company in November tried to move its existing Android and BlackBerry devices
by selling them
for a penny via its e-commerce partner.