The iconic HTC Thunderbolt will now be available at the rock bottom price of $0.00 in Verizon stores across the US after it debuted last year as the carrier’s first 4G LTE smartphone. Verizon sources have said that the once called ‘iPhone killer’ will continue to be on discount until January 26 for the extension of the usual two year contracts.
The Launch and the Promise
Based on the March 2011 report by Walter Piecyk, an analyst from BTIG, sales of HTC Thunderbolt equaled the iPhone sales at that time in 61 percent of the 150 store of Verizon Wireless that was surveyed. The sale of the HTC gadgets outsold the iPhone in 28 percent of the BTIG surveyed stores.
The HTC Thunderbolt received a thunderous response when it was launched in March last year. Estimated 260,000 handsets were sold within the first two weeks in the US market. However, after the initial promise, HTC failed to deliver the goods.
Thunderbolt was conferred with PCMag.com Editor’s choice award for touch screen smartphones from the carrier Verizon. It came out with remarkably minor flaws other than the poor battery life when 4G LTE is used continuously, and it is a bit heavy too. The HTC Thunderbolt was priced at $250 under a two-year contract with Verizon.
The New Discount Offer
The smartphone can be brought free of charge via a new two-year contract upgrade. This has extended the already discounted sales of the Thunderbolt. Verizon has gone on to a discount spree by providing free shipping for the smartphone too. An ‘online discount’ offer of $50 is built into the total price drop, to enable it to be sold literary free. Therefore, it is unclear whether the free offer from Verizon is available in the retail stores of Verizon.