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TBolt for 2 years?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Diggit, Feb 5, 2011.


Does the Thunderbolt have enough Mojo to sever 2 years?

Poll closed Feb 25, 2011.
  1. I'm getting a 1 year contract

  2. I'm riding the bolt for 2 years baby!

  1. Diggit

    Diggit Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I am definatly getting a TBolt as soon as possible, but the question is: Do you think the TBolt has enough longevity to serve as a primary device for 2 years,? Do you think the next release of android will be optimized for multiple core processors (which is presumably the next big thing for smartphones) making the TBolt obsolete?

    I know that Honeycomb can take advantage of dual core processors, but is that coming to phones?


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  2. SebastianX

    SebastianX Android Enthusiast

    No it more than likely will be dated and you'll basically only be guaranteed one update I'd get a 1yr contract and pay the extra 70 dollars, you'd be guaranteed a new phone in 10 months.
  3. howarmat

    howarmat Android Expert

    new phone every 10 months in this market sounds about right to me
  4. mpciii

    mpciii Member

    $250 (or $320 on a 1 year) seems steep for me for something I'm only going to use for 10-12 months. Since they took away the annual upgrade whichever phone I choose next I'm riding out the full 20 months. The Eris was the first phone I actually paid for in 10 years with Verizon. I got it a couple days after launch. My actual upgrade date is July. I will use the annual upgrade before that but if I had to wait I could. Which makes me think it will be easier with a high end phone.
  5. swagner53

    swagner53 Android Enthusiast

    I think I'm waiting out the Bionic but will still likely go with a 1 year.
  6. rdalcanto

    rdalcanto Android Enthusiast

    Do you buy insurance on your phone? If you do, that is $84 a year you are paying extra. There is a $100 deductible, so a new phone after the one year warranty expires will cost you $184 dollars if it happens in the 13th month. Add another $84 dollars (for the insurance policy) if it happens towards the end of the second year ($268 extra total spent). Since I don't drop my phones, I'm good with the manufacturer's warranty. I will go with a one year contract, and if I have a problem with my phone after one year, I will just get a better one with a new contract.
  7. gobluejd

    gobluejd GOBLUE!

    We are all talking about cost of the phone, but do not forget you can get out of a 1 year sooner as well, hence the additional money req'd for phone.

    Also speaking from experience, if you get a one year, pay the extra money, you'll more than likely get that back if you sell 10 months later (assuming you get phone as soon as it comes out). So really there is NO COST Difference. You'll get you almost ALL your money back on phone. Look at Incredibles, they are going for over $175, more with accessories. There are always peeps stuck in contracts that do not want to pay full retail and will buy. Trust me, I have sold tons of year old blackberrys and MADE money.
  8. dajogejr

    dajogejr Member

    Considering I've been rockin' a BB curve for the past 3 years or so...2 years is fine with me.
    If this phone DIDN'T Launch with 4G, 1 year would be the way to go.
    10 to 12 months from now, nothing saying that a dual core will be that much faster day to day or the battery life will be any better.

    While I understand the mentality of "gotta have the next newest/best thing"...I fully believe this will last me a while.

    Besides, this is a work phone first/ paid for by work. Execs kinda frown upon the next best thing all the time.
  9. Assuming a lot of the numbers we're hearing are correct this it what it would look like with a one year contract and using the Best Buy phone buyback program. Before giving numbers I would just like to clarify that in the end you will get a BB gift card, under the assumption that you would just use that to purchase another phone after the yearly contract is up.

    So if the phone costs $630 new and you sold it back before a year is up you would receive 40% of that price which would be $252 - $30 enrollment fee leaves you with a $222 gift card next January to get a new phone. Considering you would pay $320 for the contract you would essentially be using the Thunderbolt for 10-12 months for $100, while also not having to worry about what the market for reselling the phone will be like because it will be guaranteed.
  10. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    i like what your going for here- im in the same boat. BB is doing a promo offer where the Buy Back program is free til the 12th i believe, if you purchase the phone before then. unfortunately doesnt apply to preorder. but since we dont know when the phone is coming out, we would have to pay for the BB Buy back program=60 bucks. still worth it? im debating! dont want to be tied down for too long, but dont want to waste money either. i also heard they might extend the buy back program free for this phone
  11. hrbib21

    hrbib21 Android Expert

    I'm going with a one year when my current two year is up next Feb. I like to get a new phone every year so Verizon really leaves me no choice
  12. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    did they get rid of the 1yr contracts? or just BB doesnt offer them?
  13. upz33

    upz33 Member

    Nope :(
  14. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    I'm hoping that they extend the free buy back program once they release the official date for the phone. that would be a good deal so BB could buy it back and i could still have a 2 yr contract. might work out. debating to spend 60 on the BuyBack program-- what do you think?
  15. v4npro

    v4npro Well-Known Member

    What can I do. I got the X in Aug. or whenever they got first released. I can use my mother's upgrade to get Tbolt but if I do that can I choose 1 year contract per line? We're currently on a family plan. My upgrade is due march 2012 her's is already up.

    Or... should I wait till something better comes along which is like every 3-4 freakin months.
  16. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    nothing much to do; im taking a chance on this phone because its been almost 3 yrs since an upgrade for me but everyone is in a different situation. if we keep waiting for the latest/greatest, we might never have a phone!@ haha kidding, like i said im taking a chance. i think its a decently safe bet. seen many articles rating teh TB as top 10 smartphones in 2011 just behind a few
  17. ACD168

    ACD168 Android Expert

    I'm in the same boat, I paid my brother $20 to get his early upgrade (haha) he doesn't care I gave him my old Dare which he loves so it works out nice, I will use his upgrade doing a 2 year contract, and myself have an Increadible now on my account which is also a two year, but I heard that witha two year contract, after one year you can re-new the two year contract getting a new phone 2 year contract. am I mistaken?
  18. BzB

    BzB Android Enthusiast

    the TB may not be the top of the line phone in 2 years, but it will still be a very good phone. the answer to this question really depends on whether you need to have the latest and greatest and be on the cutting edge. i know i'm one of those people so for me it will be hard to keep any phone longer than a year in this environment where tech is advancing very quickly.
  19. rdubbs007

    rdubbs007 Well-Known Member

    It has been said that Honeycomb 2.4 will be released around April this year.
  20. gobluejd

    gobluejd GOBLUE!

    It also has been stated by Google that Honeycomb is NOT for phones. Some features may make it to the next Android release.

    That being said, I am confused how/what they are naming the next release.

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