Take a deep breath - it's really starting to look like the Thunderbolt saga is approaching the end. Verizon's first 4G LTE device has been through a rollercoaster of predictions, disappointments, and broken promises (over and over), but the latest confirmed date of March 17th we told you about earlier is indeed proving to be legitimate.

As promised, Wirefly just launched the Thunderbolt pre-order page, and if you've been waiting to pick one up, you may be pleasantly surprised. In addition to not charging any tax in most states and offering free shipping, Wirefly's price is lower than what we've been expecting to see in Verizon's own stores and Best Buy, for both off-contract and on-contract pricing, including upgrades. Have a look for yourself:

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Not bad, eh? I don't know about you but over $75 in savings, depending on your local tax, is a winner in my book.

So, who is pre-ordering this bad boy?

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Source: Wirefly

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  • Debbie

    So glad to have pre-ordered it, the reality of it is sinking in! This phone has sick specs and not to mention a pretty sexy design lol!!!

  • Sifa

    Once again, i'm not holding my breath till Verizon has it posted on their website.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Well, if you notice, the Thunderbolt has taken over VZW's homepage today - http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/index.html. All signs point to the imminent release on the 17th.

    • Debbie

      HTC's website was also down today, word is they're adding the Thunderbolt to it.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Yup, looks like HTCSense.com is still down for maintenance. Could be unrelated, but could be...

        • Mesmorino

          Pfft, that annoying website only works intermittently for me anyway. Contacting HTC about it has not solved anything.

  • BE

    Done! Let's see if they follow through. Loving the $199 price tag!

    • BE

      I pre-ordered at BB at the beginning of Feb also. Covering all my bets... I wonder if the Wirefly price will put pressure on BB to lower their $249...uh...I mean $299 price.

  • Gary

    it looks like a nice phone but personally I much prefer getting a dual core phone with 1GB RAM then having 4G LTE.

    I'll be keeping my og Droid for now and probably replacing with a Samsung Galaxy SII.

  • Sean

    i live in San Leandro, CA. everytime i try to pre-order on Wirefly, it has my city set to San Francisco, CA and won't let me change it. what gives?

    • Jake

      Look for the "Change" link at the top next to the zip code. It lets me change it just fine.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Sorry about that - I've updated the link so that it doesn't have a zip code pre-populated.

  • droidrager

    Preordered mine. Hope they come through and I don't end up on a month long waiting list! we've waited long enough! lol