HTC ThunderBolt free at Verizon until January 26

This is hardly surprising, but the HTC ThunderBolt is now free from Verizon. You do have to sign a new two-year contract though, as you’d expect. Still, a free smartphone is a free smartphone. The ThunderBolt may not be today’s cream of the crop, but it’s still a pretty decent upper-midrange handset based on specs, and it’s not often that those can be had for free, even with a contract.

We’ve seen the ThunderBolt discounted in the past, at one point it was even almost free, but those things happened at third party retailers. This time it’s Verizon itself, and the offer is only valid through January 26.

For those of you looking for a smartphone and a bargain, this is both. Perhaps the only (rather big) downside being that it ships running Android 2.2 Froyo, which is positively ancient in this fast-paced mobile world. That said, an update to Gingerbread may or may not be waiting once you power the device on. Anyway, if you’re interested in picking up a ThunderBolt, Verizon is patiently waiting for your order.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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  • Anonymous

    Have you been away for awhile?   The Thunderbolt has been running Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 since October.

  • Vlad

    Verizon lists it as shipping with Android 2.2. So I guess you may get the update notification once you start it up.

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