Thunderbolt launch date?

Couple of conflicting stories coming out this morning regarding the launch of the HTC ThunderBolt on Verizon. Above, you have a screen shot leaked to DroidAttic, which appears to confirm the Feb. 14 launch date on Best Buy, news we broke a week ago, and presales start tomorrow. But then there's a post at DroidForums.net passed on by the infamous Miami1683 saying that the ThunderBolt has been pushed back a bit, until Feb. 28.

Miami says the delay is because of the popularity of the iPhone launch, but we'd be willing to wager that with all the hemming and hawing over simultaneous voice and data -- an old feature that would be new to Verizon -- they're still working out some kinks. Guess we'll just wait and see. [DroidForums, DroidAttic]

 
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bfarr9311 says:

I really hope this is not true. I have been waiting for this phone since it was announced. If this is the time it takes to make it perfect i would be willing to wait though.

kevoskee says:

Just release the phone already. The I*hone already has its sales. Now it is the thunderbolt turn

finanandroid says:

Love democracy , but I hate company's marketing , always trying to cheat to the work class people.

Say what?

loco90 says:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I'm looking forward to upgrading from my OG Droid.

honestly I don't know where this 2/14 release date came from. Verizon had been saying the phone will be released 2/24 instead. so everyone needs to fall back for another two weeks and have patience.

hoosiercub says:

Umm, Verizon hasn't said a date at all for the actual release of the Thunderbolt.

actually they have. Verizon has been hosting Q1 trainings and announced that it is coming out 2/24 internally.

tim6253 says:

Verizon never said 2/24, or any date. The 2/14 comes from Best Buy.

reb422 says:

One thing to keep in mind is that Miami1683 has been 100% WRONG about this phone since at least November. I followed him on DroidForums.net and listened to his BS since early Nov. and let me tell you... he preached things about this phone that NEVER panned out. I definitely would NOT buy-in to his credibility where this phone is concerned. See you on the 14th TBolt!

upz3 says:

Agreed, I want to see that "slide" he supposedly has, now not Monday.

EggoEspada says:

Yea. This drives me nuts how people put so much faith into him, yet hes been wrong constantly about this phone. Just because hes an Admin on a forum and apparently knew info on the original Droid Incredible, so many put their faith into him. I rather just wait and see what happens. All I know is this phone is defiantly coming in February and thats good for me.

juicem2 says:

damn it! screw the i-thing release the THUNDERBOLT!!!!

Eh, what's another couple of weeks. No biggie.

noszero says:

Verizon's version of the evo has some heat. Nice.

EvanJ18 says:

not really. 2nd gen processor, better slcd screen, more ram, more internal storage, better rear camera.

hoosiercub says:

Don't forget the included 32GB of MicroSD on top of the 8GB of internal coming to a grand total of 40GB of storage space.. NINJA! :)

angel35 says:

I can not go for what Miami 1683 has to say He had every one looking to get this phone on NOV.23 Never happened And now this We will see if he is rightthis time???????

juicem2 says:

anyone know the battery size/life?? I know a couple of guys with evo's and they have the extended batteries because the regular is to short but it is like walking around with bricks in your hand.

libraryclg says:

Battery size is 1400 mAh, so I know for me an extended battery is probably in my future.

trevor83 says:

Does anyone know if the battery is interchangeable with other HTC phones? Much like you can use the same batteries in the Ozone, Imagio, Incredible, Eris? I want to be able to use my Incredible Seidio battery in the Thunderbolt.

juicem2 says:

Thanks. Is that the size in the Evo 1400mah? Also, is the slcd screen in the Thunderbolt better on battery life than the screen on the Evo?

enfuego360 says:

i dont know, maybe i missed it somewhere, but i never noticed any word on pricing for the thunderbolt. why isnt anyone making a big deal that it is mentioned in this screen cap? $249.99 new and upgrade with 2 year activation. a bit pricier then i thought it would be, hey, whatever.

That price has been talked about for awhile now you must have missed the multiple articles stating it would sell for 250.

racedog says:

I think the EVO is a great device, problem for me is that Sprint has really spotty service where I live. I switched to Verizon for one reason, they have service everywhere around here. I'm not a Sprint hater, nor am I a Verizon lover so moving to Sprint is a no go for me.

callderek#AC says:

Why not just get an Evo and pay less? I understand the Thunderbolt has a little better RAM and such. But it all depends on signal strength anyways. Would it be THAT noticeable? A sixteenth to a quarter second faster?!?!?! What's the real advantage over the Evo?

EvanJ18 says:

Cause you would have to change carriers, which most people dont want to do. and with the bolt you get more ram, more internal memory, new sense, newer processor, unibody design, and a better network. worth the money imo

Craigboy says:

Totally agree, the ram and internal memory alone is a big enough difference to be worth the money. Throw in the processor, the screen, the 32gig card and the camera and it's a no-brainer.

callderek#AC says:

So you can't simply upgrade the card? And is the camera better than 8 megapixals?

hoosiercub says:

The 8MP camera on the Thunderbolt is not the same one on the EVO/Incredible. Its supposed to use a newer/better image sensor. Like others said though, you COULD have an EVO for less money, but then you'd have to switch carriers.

I know to me, switching carriers is NOT an option, I like my solid, stable, everywhere 3G coverage, I wouldn't switch to Sprint for an EVO. Even if it was free. I want a Thunderbolt because its a great device on a great network. I view Sprint/EVO like I do the iPhone/AT&T, people put up with the carrier/network because of the technology. Not comparing Spring to AT&T but where I live, it might as well be AT&T.

JM4G1C says:

Ya know... while I'm antsy, I guess I can wait a few weeks; but then again a lot of this release talk has been back and forth based on 'leaks' and what not... so until Big Red gives something official I'm not gonna get my hopes up... having said that, I just hope we don't get left hanging like the Merge.... ;)

hoosiercub says:

This device WILL Come out, its too big to just disappear like the Merge did. I too had my hopes up about the Merge. Now Alltel is getting it.

tim6253 says:

I just did my preorder at Best Buy. They said releasing Feb.14th. They couldn't tell me the price until tomorrow ugggh But, they said they get their shipment in tomorrow.

Edit: Dragged the price out of another store. $249 is confirmed.

Edit 2 : There's an article on Droid-Life about a new Verizon Store giving away a Thunderbolt Feb.12th. So, I think all this debunks a pushback to the 28th.

i work for best buy mobile and i called my verizon rep to verify this and he said that the thunderbolt was suppose to come out on feb.14 but has been pushed back to feb.17 so a couple days later, not to bad

Comineeyeaha says:

My Fascinate went back yesterday so that I can wait for this, which means I'm back on my Storm. Normally a delay is no big deal, but each day is another lifetime on top of what I already have to wait. I feel like I've gone back in time with this phone...

dacp283 says:

Eh I'm holding out for my lovely bionic.

tim6253 says:

I hope you're not holding out for the dual cores. Froyo nor Gingerbread support it, no honeycomb on phones. Dual core on phones will just be marketing hype for a long time to come.

dacp283 says:

Lol have you not been watching how fast they have been pushing out stuff these days? It won't be long before they support it and even still out it only takes that custom kernel to make it special lol. but no it's not only dual core I like. Overall a sexy phone.

juicem2 says:

Thunderbolt is a hot phone but thinking about waiting. The phone only has a 1400MaH battery. That may be a deal breaker for me. I know you could get a extended battery but I don't want to walk around with a brick. I like the phone with a stock battery door not bumped out. The bionic may be a better option for that reason. My dx battery lasts all day and my wifes dinc lasts a few hours. Any thoughts?

angel35 says:

Got my pre order today. Was told 2/14 or 2/24. 50$ gift card deposit. Still a wating game.

ongre10 says:

My story for what its worth. Had a storm for a year, got rid of it and went back to a regular phone. Early February I picked up a Droid X, OK phone but I figured the 4G speed was worth waiting for. (I know there will not be LTE speed available in this market until late in the year.) I also want the phone most likely to be rooted well. HTC has a very good reputation as I read the forums so this Thunderbolt may be the one even if it is the first VZW LTE phone. (Hopefully the engineering from the Evo and others will benefit this device.) I seriously thought about the iphone. I have a new touch and frankly the interface is impressive, but the 4G speed is important and I won't wait for a new iphone and of course I can WiFi to the touch as I need to. As "sexy" as these new devices are, how they do the job for each of us where we live and move about is what matters. The best speed and coverage for me was the Clear 4G modem. I drove about and listened to streaming radio stations on the ipod touch wherever I drove, but it was $55.00 a month and you pretty much had to keep it plugged in, the battery didn't last long.
Somewhere along the line a decision has to be made. The new gadgets are released constantly and as we see here there is a logjam between the iphone and the Thunderbolt on VZW, not poor planning necessarily but some marketing people are getting less sleep on account of it. Their job is to get "us" to buy as many of these things as possible. Our job is to clearly define our needs and make the best choice for ourselves, not just to fall for hype. Definitely keep the costs in mind.