Best Buy gets retail exclusivity on HTC Thunderbolt; mid-February launch

Via a short press release today, Best Buy announced its national, retail exclusivity on HTC’s Thunderbolt handset from Verizon Wireless. Sadly, the announcement lacked a specific launch date — merely referring to “mid-February” — but our money is still on the 24th. Those interested in the LTE handset can pre-order from Best Buy “immediately.” Hit the jump for the full 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.

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