Best Buy locks down retail exclusivity on HTC Thunderbolt

As they did with the white EVO 4G and Nexus S, Best Buy has secured retail exclusivity on the nation’s first LTE 4G smart phone, the HTC Thunderbolt. Starting immediately, consumers can pre-order the device at Best Buy locations, with a launch coming on February 14th. Online retailers will have the device for sale on February 14th, and the period of in-store retail exclusivity has not been disclosed. If you’re itching to get on that Verizon 4G, now’s the time to head on over to Best Buy to pre-order. If you’re looking for simultaneous voice and data transfer on VZW, however, you’ll have to wait for the mid-year launch of LG’s revolution.

Press Release:

Best Buy® Announces National Retail Exclusive and Pre-Sale Availability of HTC ThunderBolt
HTC ThunderBolt is the nation’s first 4G LTE smart phone

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Best Buy today announced the immediate pre-sale availability of the HTC ThunderBolt at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile standalone stores nationwide. The HTC ThunderBolt, which will launch in mid-February as a national retail exclusive for Best Buy, is the first smart phone on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

“The HTC ThunderBolt is a groundbreaking smart phone and Best Buy couldn’t think of a better way to kick off 2011 than by offering it as a national retail exclusive to our customers,” said Scott Anderson, head of merchandising for Best Buy Mobile. “We have worked hard to provide our customers with a great selection of smart phones which now includes the HTC ThunderBolt, both versions of the iPhone 4, Samsung Nexus S, HTC EVO™ 4G and many more options.”

The HTC ThunderBolt offers a rich web browsing experience and the ability for users to easily generate and share their own video experiences. Other key features of the HTC ThunderBolt include the ability to:

Download a song in less than 4 seconds
Download 20 photos in a minute
Stream TV shows from your computer

Best Buy Mobile offers an array of services aimed at improving customers’ experience, including Walk Out Working, Upgrade Checker, Happy24, Buy Back and a full array of accessories for customers to protect and personalize their device.

Via Android and Me

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