17
Mar
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Just a couple of days ago I was ranting at Best Buy's preposterous announcement that they were going to hike the price of the HTC Thunderbolt, starting on March 20, from its launch price of $249.99 to a staggering $299.99. Apparently someone in the land of BB thought twice about this plan, as the folks over at Droid Life bring us news that the retailer is now changing its tune. Best Buy today announced that they would extend the $250 price tag "beyond the initial [March] 20 end-date outlined in the original announcement."

Verizon was going to continue selling it for $250 and Amazon is even hocking it for just $179.99, so you would have had choices even if Best Buy had stuck with their original robbery plan. There was no word as to whether the $300 price tag would arrive at any point, but we are hoping that would be a 'no.'

You can check out the full announcement below (complete with a typo, saying May instead of March):

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 May 20 end-date outlined in the original announcement, available at Best Buy Mobile standalone stores and online atwww.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.

Source: Droid Life

Will Shanklin
Will's typical, run-of-the-mill story is that of 'classically-trained actor turned Android smartphone and tablet writer.' If you catch him quoting Shakespeare, it's not because he misses it, but because he desperately wants his Masters in drama to count towards something.

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  • DK

    I doubt they were ever planning on raising the price. But to advertise it as if $250 was a sale, get it while it lasts! kind of advertising, hoping for better first weekend sales.

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