HTC Thunderbolt Exclusivity Given to Best Buy in Exchange Not Selling Verizon iPhone 4
Best Buy reported to have the “exclusive retail sales” right for HTC Thunderbolt in exchange to not be selling Verizon iPhone 4. As you can see below, Best Buy won’t be offering the Verizon iPhone 4 and when the customer ask about it, Best Buy employees required to direct them to AT&T’s iPhone 4. On the bright side, the HTC Thunderbolt will be exclusive for Best Buy.
“Verizon’s entire presence at CES last week was focused on one thing and one thing alone: 4G. Its LTE network is now live in 38 markets and a flurry of 4G phones will launch in the coming months. But the iPhone… the smartphone millions of Verizon Wireless subscribers have been dying for… is a 3G device.
We knew Verizon’s iPhone 4 would be a CDMA phone for a number of reasons, but 3G is so 2010. Sprint launched its first 4G phone with minimal WiMAX coverage and it ended up being the fastest-selling phone in the carrier’s history. Now, we won’t see a 4G iPhone from Verizon until 2012. That means while millions of Android phones are surfing Verizon’s 4G airwaves later this year, iPhones will still be puttering along at EVDO speeds.”
The Thunderbolt will be available on the last week of February. So, you can head to Best Buy to purchase the exclusive device.