Ok, WOW, I don't quite know how this is possible, but here is what happened:
I went to both Wirefly and Amazon to buy the HTC Thunderbolt with a 2-year contract, but it wouldn't let me after completing the "am I eligible" fields. It showed me a price of $669 (or something like that) for the phone only.
Keep in mind that I am NOT eligible for an upgrade according to Verizon until November of 2011. So, then, I went to the Verizon corporate website as somebody here suggested. I have been getting a 20% discount on my plan with Verizon through my employer for several years now.
Long story short, I logged into the Verizon corporate website (same log-in as a regular verizon wireless website) and I went to "upgrade my device" just for sh!ts and giggles. I thought that maybe the phone would cost less there; perhaps $500 instead of nearly $700. Then, out of nowhere, it shows the Thunderbolt on the page for $249 with a 2 year contract. At this point, my reaction was "WTF?!"
So, I go through with it and sure enough I just bought one for $249! I can't believe it! I mean, I had 6 more months to go on my contract! I'm not sure if verizon corporate vs regular verizon had anything to do with this, but it worked!
Holy crap! I'm so happy. I thought that I wouldn't be joining you guys
It includes free overnight shipping too!