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HTC Thunderbolt Appears Locked into February 24 Date, 14 Days After the iPhone

We’re hearing from our peeps that February 24th will be the day the HTC Thunderbolt is released and prices will look as follows:  $249 on 2-year contract, $329 on 1-year contract and $599 full retail.  That’s only part of the story here though.  We are pointing out the “14 days after the iPhone” thing because that is the exact number of days that Verizon is giving customers to return their current device under a new return policy.

Customers choosing the i*hone on the 10th and finding out 14 days later that the TBolt can do things like data and voice simultaneously over 3G, will be out luck and stuck.   This idea that their first 4G LTE device can do data/voice over 3G is huge news, and while we know Verizon will be keeping it secret, we’ll be all over it.  Of course, that’s not the only reason the Thunderbolt crushes Apple’s current phone, but we’ve already touched on that in our comparison chart.

Oh, and we should point out that the 24th matches up perfectly to our report on the 18th that the device would launch in the last week of February.

Cheers that dude!

  • Petas

    Simultaneous data and voice is the last thing I care about when comparing the i*hone to the thunderbolt.

    • GaryCooper

      yes, true that, me too…but it’s really the only thing idudes can say that their phone does and VZW phones don’t…but not anymore ;)

  • vzwrep

    thunderbolt will be released on valentines day, this report is wrong, please correct thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/vdefender Taylor Abrahamson

    Did I mention this is wrong? I think I did. Oh well, I’ll say it again. The 24th is wrong. It will be 14th (or within 2 days of 14th)

  • John

    I hope that the Verizon stores in NYC will sell this phone full retail. If not, I will add another line for this.

  • DRoidxRocker

    If I were jumping over to the IOS ship, I would wait til the iphone 5 released a few months later. But, nonetheless the TBOLT is my next toy

  • Dirtguy2000

    I heard that Verizon is going to wait longer than that to release the Thunderbolt. And as far as pricing and contracts….it’s becoming such a competitive market and dog-eat-dog market it’s tough for a lot of them to do anything now without raising prices and pissing people off. However, Verizon is soooooooo far beyond AT&T in so many ways, it’s worth the changes!

  • fartbubbler

    I’m nonplussed at Verizon changing back to having to pay for text again. That’s really a slap in the face. If that’s truly the case, I’ll be keeping my DX for a while. Just as good, though, after rooting, clocking, and romming :)

  • http://twitter.com/jjhiller3 John Hiller

    I thought Verizon dropped 1 year pricing.

  • http://syntakk.blogspot.com syntakk

    I’m due for an upgrade, but I’m gonna hold out for the Bionic. Unless they announce something even better before then….but at that rate I may never get a new phone, lol.

    • http://www.facebook.com/steve0mac Steven Cornea

      *drooling* mmmmmmmm bionic.

      would happily give a handy to get one.

  • Gabezermeno

    Why is EVERYONE making a big deal about simultaneous voice and data? I’ve never ever even thought about doing it on my incredible, and I didn’t know I couldn’t until I was told I couldn’t.

  • Gabezermeno

    Why is EVERYONE making a big deal about simultaneous voice and data? I’ve never ever even thought about doing it on my incredible, and I didn’t know I couldn’t until I was told I couldn’t.

    • http://www.facebook.com/steve0mac Steven Cornea

      I agree, I never thought about going on the internet and talking on the phone on the same time until people started talking about it.

      I cant even imagine someone who’s life is that complex that they need that

      • Froweman

        I would like to have that for work purposes. I am basically on call 24/7 so it would be nice to be able to log into my system and talk to my co workers at the same on the phone.

      • Anonymous

        Mine is, that’s why I carry two phones right now… In fact just a few weeks ago I was waiting for an email, received a call, and they asked me if I got the email or not, and I was glad they could still send it while I was on the call! So I could tell them right away that it is there, so yes, even if it isn’t super fast, it’s still a benefit then I can ditch one device!!!

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    I dont understand why people would buy last years Iphone makes no sense to me and get locked in for a 2 year contract and then the 5g comes out in june to att but doesnt come to verizon for another year kinda makes no sense why someone would want a year old technology

    • Anonymous

      You have to be a zealot to understand.

  • Jahart93

    Also the HDMI output can be fix by picking up a HDMI dock like they have for the evo

    • Froweman

      No need hdmi out if the device u want to use it on is DLNA compatible though. That stream hd wirelessly

  • JT

    Careful using the term “locked”

    First thing I saw when I read the headline was “HTC Thunderbolt Appears Locked” :-)

  • Jahart93

    All I have to say is this the phone after my dream phone and have been waiting for this boy for alomst 8-9 months. Idc what yall say say going from a LG Dare to this is worth it. Im not bout to wait another 5 -6 months for the bionic wen this phone is just as great. Yes this is a evo but a better one. This includes a second gen 1 ghz proccesor which has bin clocked at 1.2. And not to add a new 800 mhz GPU which is close to the 1 ghz in what a dual core proccessor a dual core proccessor which sports a 1 gig GPU. so there real close not to add a slimmer, lighter and more fashionable design than the evo. Sesne 2.0 and android 2.3 coming soon after launch. Dolby surround sound speaker and a better kickstand. Plus a better network after LTE compared to sprints 4G. Yea its the Evo all right. But “I CNT WAIT” to get my hand on this phone.

  • Skyskioc

    I just wish google would hurry up and release gingerbread for my phone I’m tired of the software problem I’m having. :/

  • http://twitter.com/vdefender Taylor Abrahamson

    Ehh say what? We have a thread going on over at androidcentral where a bunch of us have talked to VZW reps in the chat and they have all confirmed with us that it will be available the 13th/14th of February. And another insider at Best Buy also confirms that monday the 14th for launch.

  • Dr. Jekyll

    Can we have a poll already to see how many of us really want 4G/LTE if it is more than $30 a Month Unlimited??? I bet most would be happy with 3G, me included.
    Please could you guys pass on the results to the big red so that it they would know.
    It would be great to have an option to choose whatever phone we want irrespective of the 3G4G crap.

  • Anonymous

    Damn apple trolls are like weeds, you kill em but they keep coming back!
    Anyways, people are making a bigger deal about the i*hone than verizon is, if vzw really truly was putting there efforts toward the i*hone, than they wouldn’t be releasing the tbolt two weeks later..

    • V83binderx03

      Oh, but they are putting their efforts towards the i*hone, seeing how once the Thunderbolt comes out, if you just so happened to buy the i*hone, now you’re stuck with it. This way the make their money, not only on the phones, but also on the monthly payments from all of their customers over the following 2 years (seeing how most people will prob. opt for the 2 year contract to avoid paying extra for the phone itself!) And, to boot, in an effort to trick people into buying the i*phone (i presume), it appears VZ is withholding valuable information concerning the fact that the Thunderbolt on 4G (and 3G as well) will be capable of simultaneous voice and data! If they were to tell the masses about that, then who in their right mind would buy an i*phone?

  • http://twitter.com/thomroethke thomroethke

    This thing looks great! I plan on picking one up once it’s down to $249 on a one year contract.

  • http://twitter.com/thomroethke thomroethke

    This thing looks great! I plan on picking one up once it’s down to $249 on a one year contract.

    • Anonymous

      You’ll probably be waiting quite a while.

      • http://twitter.com/thomroethke thomroethke

        Maybe so. When all is said and done I’ll probably go as high as $269. I feel like this is a poor test-phone for pricing above the usual $199.

  • RaptorOO7

    While the 2-24 date is disappointing, it doesn’t come as a total surprise. The stupid part for Verizon is, not everyone will get the iPhone on launch day and IF they wait a few days they can in deed easily return the iPhone for the TB.

    In all seriousness, if you want an iPhone on Verizon then you are morel likely getting it because 1) you wouldn’t on AT&T, 2) want your ipod as your phone and 3) fit in with your other friends who have it.

    To each their own, its all about choice and Android will continue to do well on Verizon that I have confidence in. As for holding it back 2 weeks post iPhone I doubt its likely to prevent iPhone returns for ThunderBolt’s, again people can buy it or will have to wait a few days post launch just to get one.

  • Ryan

    March 12th upgrade. I’ve had BB and sick of it. I would like to wait for Bionic or check out iPhone 5 but so sick of damn BB and might just go with 1 yr contract with this. What would you guys do?

    • Anonymous

      iPhone

      • Ryan

        you think i should wait for iphone 5?

        • Anonymous

          Honestly I do, I don’t see anything in as complete of a package out there right now. I’ve had he OG Droid, and DI and I didn’t like either one. I’m switching to iPhone as soon as possible. I love my iTouch and When I first got my Droid Android was so rough around the edges it killed me. So I heard that Sense made everything better. It was a little better but it’s just not the same easy to use functionality that I get from my iTouch.

        • Anonymous

          And if your asking if you should get the iPhone 4 or 5 I would say that the iPhone 5 will be more of a minor update compared from the 3GS to 4. What I think the 5 will have is 8MP camera, Dual flash, Global 4G chip and a new processor. The only thing that would be interesting is if the made a global LTE 4G chip that would be pretty awesome but the rest isn’t worth the wait for me. I can’t take Android much longer.

          • Anonymous

            I believe that Apple has already stated that the 5 will be an overhaul and not an incremental upgrade.

          • Anonymous

            When?

          • Anonymous

            I should edit my comment. Rumors are that Apple is going to do an overhaul. A simple google search brings up quite a few articles.

        • Noble Four

          Don’t get the iPhone 4, and don’t wait for the 5. I’d also not wait for the Bionic. HTC, in my opinion, makes the best Android phones. Sense is smooth and polished, and the Thunderbolt has the newest version of Sense. I currently have the Incredible, and even the older Sense is still better (again, in my opinion) than iOS. It boils down to what kind of phone person you are. iOS is good for people who want everything there, in front of them, ready to use right out of the box. Android is more customizable, and overall a more rewarding experience than iOS.

          Again–yes, iPhone is good for ease of use. But is easy always a good thing? I don’t think so, especially when it comes at the cost of cool features.

          • Ryan

            What about the HDMi output? Would you suggest getting a one year contract of this or? Like I said, my contract is up March 12. What would you do in my situation?

          • Anonymous

            wait and see how people review the HDMI output. The HDMI out on the Droid X is utterly useless out of the box. Running stock, the only app that can use the HDMI out is the Gallery, so unless you root and buy another app, you’re only going to be able to see pictures and video you’ve taken on the phone.

            Right now, according to the dev for RealHDMI, the Droid X’s processor can’t provide dual display – so even though you can use just about any app with it, you can’t see what you’re pressing on the phone’s display – you have to look at the TV and approximate where you’re pressing. Not exactly a function I would shell out extra for or wait longer to use. If, however, it allows dual display allowing you to view the phone screen and TV simultaneously, then it’s totally worth it and a first for HDMI out afiak.

          • Ryan

            What would you do in my situation? I can upgrade March 12.

          • Anonymous

            hopefully by then we’ll have more info to go on. I don’t know when apple traditionally announces the new iphone features, but it would probably be worth waiting another month or two. You could always serach on ebay or amazon for an older android phone (incredible, DX, even o.g. droid) to get a feel for those phones since you’d probably be able to find one relatively cheap and can’t stand your current phone.

          • V83binderx03

            Very interesting point……….never thought about that! Also, I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately about the upcoming phones, and there was one that mentioned something as far as this goes……something about the ability to have both screens active at the same time! Probably why they decided to add that feature in the first place….because of what you described here!

        • VZ iPhone. It Begins.

          at least wait til what iPhone can offer! Should be out around the time Bionic comes out, which is approx. June or July.

        • Anonymous

          I would wait for the Bionic, in fact that’s what I’m doing. Either that or the Droid X2.

    • V83binderx03

      Well, it seems obvious to me that you’re with Verizon for a reason…….because you chose them! So, I don’t see the harm in a 2-year contract, which will also lower the cost of your upgrade! As far as the phones go, if you like the freedom of choice and hate to feel restricted, then definitely go with any android device! I think it won’t be a bad decision! Plus, these phones are getting so advanced, that you’ll most likely be very pleased with whatever phone you choose! (Unless you get an i*hone of course, then you might start banging your head against the wall…lol)

  • Anonymous

    They need to get on the ball and release the 4G data plan pricing… here’s to hoping it’s the same price as 3G :)

    • Jerk

      thats not such a long shot seeing that the phone costs $250 rather than the usual $200. hopeful wishing maybe…

      • Anonymous

        Very doubtful, I guarantee it’ll be at least $10 over the $30 data plan like Sprint, that’s assuming they even offer unlimited 4G data.

  • Anonymous

    Just like ‘number of apps in the market’, I think simultaneous voice & data is more of a marketing ploy than anything else. Since I bought my original Droid on the day it became available, I can’t think of any time simultaneous voice & data has been an issue for me. I don’t need video calling either: half the fun of talking with somebody is making faces and doing other stuff because you know they can’t see you.

  • Anonymous

    Just like ‘number of apps in the market’, I think simultaneous voice & data is more of a marketing ploy than anything else. Since I bought my original Droid on the day it became available, I can’t think of any time simultaneous voice & data has been an issue for me. I don’t need video calling either: half the fun of talking with somebody is making faces and doing other stuff because you know they can’t see you.

  • Alex

    They have set the itrap for people who are clueless about phone technology and what’s coming out when.

  • http://twitter.com/NYTALESPIN ISMAEL

    to hold it for 2 years…is it worth it? i love droid devices but after a year im ready for a new one

    • Anonymous

      Then get the 1 year contract. It is only $80 more but you get the benefit of getting a new device in 10 months instead of the 20 or 22 months on the 2 year.

    • Bill

      Thats what Ebay is for…

  • lobbydizzle

    Ohhhh, I’m due for an upgrade on Feb 28th!

    • Drewwegand

      Right with you March 1st

  • SsjnimmaX

    this is what I would like to know…

    a buddy of mine is on Sprint, when the Epic 4G came out he had to go through some hoops. We live in SD, and well… no 4G. Long Story made short, he ordered his phone through a Best Buy in Florida and had to switch his phone number to a Florida number just to get the Epic 4G because it being a 4G device. On top of the hoops he now pays an extra $10 for the “4G” that SD does not support yet.

    so will Verizon be doing the same thing??? not offering the new line up of LTE phones but in only states that support LTE, and/or will states without the LTE supoprt be able to get the new phones? and I can only imagine Verizon will still charge for the LTE in states without the technology!!??

  • droid87

    I want to know if u buy a 4g phone.can u just use 3g and not 4g

  • droid87

    I want to know if u buy a 4g phone.can u just use 3g and not 4g

    • LeeInMKE

      No.

      • http://twitter.com/Payaso_113 Nightmares

        On some you can.

      • http://twitter.com/Payaso_113 Nightmares

        On some you can.

    • http://twitter.com/Tech_Jared Jared Fulgham

      Sure you can. As of right now VZW is using 4G LTE for data and 3G for voice. The reports of simultaneous Voice/Data over 3G address this concern. It will probably be a good while before 4G phones aren’t backward compatible, if that ever happens.

    • DBEvans

      You can still use 3G, but you will likely be required to subscribe to a 4G plan. However, because of that requirement, they won’t be in a hurry to seel the phone to those who live outside of 4G coverage areas – it’s quite possible they could choose to only activate ones with a number that’s within a 4G coverage area.

      If you live outside of a 4G coverage area – you may just be better off waiting for the expected refresh of the 3G hardware.

  • MGdroid

    I am going to be first in line for one of these bad boys. I have several lines, so i’ll just upgrade my first phone to a thunderbolt, and probably sell it when the droid bionic comes out, and use that money for my second line…o yeah

    • Froweman

      I see a lot of people doing that these days.

  • Anonymous

    The simultaneous voice/data feature doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. I hardly make voice calls anymore as I primarily use my phone as a SMS/data device now. And the few times I do call, I rarely have the need to use the Internet as the same time. I’ve had the Droid since day one and never noticed this lack of feature. Sure, it’s nice to have (as any other beneficial feature), but not a big deal to most people.

    • http://twitter.com/robcomet1 Rob Haney

      Plus, if you are at home or in a place that offers free wifi, you can talk and get data over wifi at the same time. But as you said, I’ve only used this feature a few times in two years. No biggie to me. :-)

  • earthmonsteraz

    Been thinking about selling my evo to get this souped up version. But maybe its because I don’t understand rooting and roms etc. So I always leave my phone as is. Probably has more potiential.

    • http://www.facebook.com/drew.h.wegand Drew Harrison Wegand

      where’s the dislike button

      • earthmonsteraz

        For my no understanding of rooting?

        • http://www.facebook.com/drew.h.wegand Drew Harrison Wegand

          no because you don’t appreciate the GREATNESS of it!

          • earthmonsteraz

            Of rooting? I do. I think it’s amazing. Just really do now how to do it on my phone and knowing my luck ill brick it as my friend did to my of Droid. Since then I never tried. Believe me I think it sick.

          • earthmonsteraz

            PS when I said “probably has more potiential” I mean my phone after rooting

          • Anonymous

            An OG Droid? Bricked? I thought the only way to do that was to drop an actual brick on it.

          • V83binderx03

            yeah seriously……with the software i have on my computer, I can always just flash the bootloader and never have to worry about bricking my phone! I love the fact that my OG Droid, running bugless beast, is almost just as fat as the droid X or droid incredible for that matter! Running at 800Mhz!!!

          • Noble Four

            I’m sure he would appreciate it if he knew more about it. Cut him some slack!

    • http://www.facebook.com/drew.h.wegand Drew Harrison Wegand

      where’s the dislike button

  • WormDoes

    $349 for a 1 year contract??? What happened to $70 extra for a 1YC?? I love VZW, but these new price hikes and rules are getting out of control. I think it’s super sneaky what they’re doing by releasing a far superior product 14 days after the iPhone so users who buy it are stuck with it. End rant. BTW, can we see some 4G pricing already, jeeez!

  • WormDoes

    $349 for a 1 year contract??? What happened to $70 extra for a 1YC?? I love VZW, but these new price hikes and rules are getting out of control. I think it’s super sneaky what they’re doing by releasing a far superior product 14 days after the iPhone so users who buy it are stuck with it. End rant. BTW, can we see some 4G pricing already, jeeez!

    • Anonymous

      It has since been corrected to $329 which is the typical $70 over. I wonder what corporate pricing will be for a 1 year, in the past it’s only been about $30 over the 2 year price.

      • DBEvans

        $329 is $80 over, not $70.

        • Anonymous

          Oooo $10 call in the National Gaurd Verizon is sooooo unreasonable /s

          • DBEvans

            I was only pointing out the erroneous math. I made no comment whatsoever on if I viewed it as reasonable.

          • Anonymous

            It was directed at WormDoes for crying about it in the first place

          • Anonymous

            Yeah and they keep tacking on small charges here and there and removing benefits. It all adds up. First they increased the price from $200 to $250, then they increase the prices for 4G, then they increase the price for the 1 year contract, remove the new every two, etc. But yeah, continue dismissing it, that’s what they want you to do.

    • Anonymous

      I mistyped and have updated. It should be $329.

      • WormDoes

        Oh ok, no worries, thanks for clearing that up

        • Anonymous

          It’s still $80 more over the already expensive $250. If it didn’t have a 32 GB card it would be way overpriced.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

            Yeah but it has a 32 GB SD card, put it at $199 with a 16 GB and its right on line… And that’s ignoring the fact that Verizon is spending millions and millions of dollars trying to expand this 4G network, yes its going to cost more to use it while they set it up, now let’s call it “overpriced” because its (obviously) more expensive than the existing 3G network…

    • Anonymous

      It has been corrected now and is only $10 higher than the normal surcharge for a device on a 1 year contract. If $10 is that big of a deal then you probably shouldn’t be buying a smartphone in the first place. Also remember that this is a 4G device, not your normal everyday 3G devices. It works out to 84 cents extra per month or a $1 if you only keep the device for 10 months. If that is such a big deal then check out some of the feature phones they offer.

      • Pmegna704

        I don’t think 10 bucks is a big deal to most people, thats not the point, you multiply 10 dollars time how many phones they sell and they end up wihl a nice piece of change in their pocket. It just seems like they are always trying to squeeze every last penny out of us and it’s getting rediculous!!! Now we are going back to paying extra for texting….come on…on top of all these other charges, they should cont with the unlimited text plans on top of the data plans.

        • Anonymous

          A business is there to make money and nothing else. If Verizon can make money by charging $10 more per device on a 1 year contract then they will charge it.

      • WormDoes

        Dude, never said anything having to do with an extra $10. Try READING my post. I feel like I’m back in the crackberry forums after reading your comment. Lots of hostility for no reason

        • Anonymous

          You were complaining about the increased device pricing on a 1 year contract. I broke it down. If breaking down a point and using numbers to back it up is hostile then you sir are a lost cause. Whether you specifically mentioned the $10 increase is irrelevant because you still complained of a price increase. I’m surprised you didn’t fit right in at the blackberry forums with all of your complaining.

        • Anonymous

          You were complaining about the increased device pricing on a 1 year contract. I broke it down. If breaking down a point and using numbers to back it up is hostile then you sir are a lost cause. Whether you specifically mentioned the $10 increase is irrelevant because you still complained of a price increase. I’m surprised you didn’t fit right in at the blackberry forums with all of your complaining.

        • Anonymous

          You were complaining about the increased device pricing on a 1 year contract. I broke it down. If breaking down a point and using numbers to back it up is hostile then you sir are a lost cause. Whether you specifically mentioned the $10 increase is irrelevant because you still complained of a price increase. I’m surprised you didn’t fit right in at the blackberry forums with all of your complaining.

      • Guest

        $10 extra for 1 year? Where do you get that idea? Theres no way Verizon is going to lose out of $1080 (approx $90 a month -12 months) on a 2 year contract THINK about it

        • Anonymous

          I think you’re confused.

        • Anonymous

          I think you’re confused.

        • Anonymous

          I think you’re confused.

        • Anonymous

          I think you’re confused.

        • Anonymous

          I think you’re confused.

        • Anonymous

          I think you’re confused.

        • Anonymous

          I think you’re confused.

        • Anonymous

          I think you’re confused.

        • Anonymous

          I think you’re confused.

        • Anonymous

          I think you’re confused.

        • Anonymous

          I think you’re confused.

      • Guest

        $10 extra for 1 year? Where do you get that idea? Theres no way Verizon is going to lose out of $1080 (approx $90 a month -12 months) on a 2 year contract THINK about it

      • Guest

        $10 extra for 1 year? Where do you get that idea? Theres no way Verizon is going to lose out of $1080 (approx $90 a month -12 months) on a 2 year contract THINK about it

    • DRoidxRocker

      I keep hearing from VZ reps, and reading comments from ppl with inside contacts that the data price will remain status quo. We can certainly keep hope alive

      • V83binderx03

        Have no fear DroidxRocker……I’ve been told the same thing by the VZ reps, however once 4G is the norm, DO NOT get rid of your current plan! If pricing does increase over time, your plan will be grandfathered in! Just thought you’d like to know!

  • Anonymous

    Strongly considering this again on a 1yr contract. Think you can find anything on the Incredible 2? Seems like its the same as this, but just smaller and minus 4G – exactly what I want. I don’t want to buy this phone and then hear the Incredible 2 is around the corner.

  • Anonymous

    Strongly considering this again on a 1yr contract. Think you can find anything on the Incredible 2? Seems like its the same as this, but just smaller and minus 4G – exactly what I want. I don’t want to buy this phone and then hear the Incredible 2 is around the corner.

    • Anonymous

      just a thought, if you’re going to do the one year contract thingy, maybe wait and see if they have some sort of deal to get a 2nd phone from BB and sell the extra one to make up for the more expensive contract price.

      • Drewwegand

        But then he’s stuck with another line. Or an et fee

        • Anonymous

          oh, i didn’t realize with the BOGO deals you had to have a second line. I don’t know why you’d need two phones on one line, but then again i never questioned it…

  • Kevoskee

    I can wait. Will be the first in line to get shocked by Thunder…bolt

  • Kevoskee

    I can wait. Will be the first in line to get shocked by Thunder…bolt

  • Anonymous

    The Thunderbolt only has 4G over the iPhone 4. Otherwise its just the usual android vs ios battle
    And talk and sure the web cmon now how are we using this to our advantage now against the iPhone while the last 3 years we’ve been telling Gayt&t customers its not a big deal?

    The Bionic is the only thing that would keep me from an iPhone. But there’s no date on it yet *sigh*

  • Anonymous

    The Thunderbolt only has 4G over the iPhone 4. Otherwise its just the usual android vs ios battle
    And talk and sure the web cmon now how are we using this to our advantage now against the iPhone while the last 3 years we’ve been telling Gayt&t customers its not a big deal?

    The Bionic is the only thing that would keep me from an iPhone. But there’s no date on it yet *sigh*

    • Anonymous

      The iPhone 32 GB is $300, the Thunderbolt comes with 40 GBs, a 4.3″ screen and 768 MB ram for $250, in addition to the 4G.

      • Anonymous

        I really didn’t want to get into a fanboy battle today but if you must.

        1. Well you have the CHOICE of picking the $199 option
        2. Not everyone wants a 4.3″ screen and retina display is waaayyyy better than the Thunderbolts LCD.
        3. The the number of MP is irrelevant go to Phonearena right now and see the 8MP LG Optimus 2X battle it out with the iP4 and you’ll see what I mean.
        4. iOS doesn’t need more RAM to operate because it will still run smoother than Android even with 512 MB
        5. 4G is spotty right now, and is almost guaranteed to cost more than 3, and probably with no unlimited data options.

        Your right the Thunderbolt does have more memory (only by SD card mind you) and RAM but in the end an iP4 is on par with every other 3G smartphone out there right now and nearly matches the TB in terms of specs. The Thunderbolt certainty wont crush the iP4 because the Optimus 2X and its dual core processor can’t even do it yet.

        (Note the iPhone 4 was a device that was released last year and it still has the specs to go toe to toe with these new generation Android devices.)

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

          sooooo you’re really faulting HTC because they let you change the memory with an SD card instead of keeping you stuck with the amount they gave you?

          • Anonymous

            RAM doesn’t mean a damn thing when your comparing completely different OS’! iOS doesn’t need a bunch of RAM because it multi-tasks in a completely different way. The Thunderbolt doesn’t have a better processor than the A4 chip because its just the next generation 1GHZ snapdragon. Only the Droid 2 Global with its 1.2 Ghz and the Dual Core monsters. When it comes to memory the Thunderbolt is the only device that ships with a 32 Gb SD card and SD cards are expensive as hell so your not gonna have too mangy phones where you get more memory cheaper.

            And if the iPhone is so old then why is droid-life still matching it up with the newer handsets? There are plenty of other phones from different platforms other than android that have comparable specs to these newer phones.

        • Anonymous

          If you didn’t want to get into a battle you wouldn’t have mentioned the iphone and lied about it being as good as the Thunderbolt.

          1. Fact of the matter is that $250 for 40 GBs is a far better price than $300 for 32 GBs or even $200 for 16. Only an idiotic iFan would argue this.
          2. The retina display is NOT “waaayyyy better” than the Thunderbolts which has the new SLCD. Only thing the retina display has is a higher resolution which doesn’t make a big difference on a tiny 3.5″ screen, I’ve compared and contrasted it in person with my Droid. A lot of people DO like the much larger screen.
          3. This has already been explained many times, the iPhone’s camera takes the same shitty shots as other 5 MP camera phones, Apple just applies post processing filters to the images to enhance color, saturation and reduce noise. You can do the same thing in Photoshop with the Thunderbolt’s images, only they’ll look better because they’re higher resolution.
          4. Oh right because iOS doesn’t multi-task.
          5. Really? You’ve tested Verizon’s 4G? I highly doubt that. I’d be willing to bet you wouldn’t be saying the same if the iPhone had 4G.

          Don’t kid yourself, the iPhone 4 has an 800 MHz A4; it’s about equivalent to the G2 or Nexus One. The Tegra 2 is much faster, that’s why it can record and playback 1080p.

          • Anonymous

            1. Ok you got me on the price. And you call me an ifan like its an insult or something stupid fandroid.

            2. The display is better period. And screen size is subjective and you don’t know how many people have told me that my phone is too big. I don’t care what you say the Thunderbolts display resoultion wise can’t compare.

            3. I don’t care what happens behind the scenes software wise. If I take a photo and you take a photo and Mike comes out better then mines is the winner period. You can go mess around with Photoshop all you want afterwards. And HTC is know for its crappy camera quality.

            4. Multi-tasking-the apparent simultaneous performance of two or more tasks by a computer’s central processing unit. If I go into a game in iOS double tap go to my mail double tap again and start my game in the same place. That my friend is multi-tasking. Tells when android does it differently then that

            5. Fact. Verizon LTE launched with 38 cities. That’s spotty buddy whether you like it or not. Do you even live in a 4G area? I don’t and I live 20 min from the capital. What do I need to test it out for?

            Tegra 2 isn’t much faster than the A4 chip because the Optimus 2X ties with the iPhone in a browser battle and the 1080p quality can’t stand up to the iPhones 720p capture. Check phonearenas comparison.

            Everything I have stated here is fact and has some source of proof to back it up all you threw me was a bunch of your BS opinion. You’ve got me on the price issue but that and 4G is the only thing the Thunderbolt has over the iPhone4. And in fact so many people on this very website said that the Thunderbolt wasn’t impressive compared to the Bionic. This is a last generaton android phone with 4G that’s it.

            But you know what the TB is rumored to come out a few days after the iP4 so well see with one people like and big more. (You and I already know the answer to that btw)

          • Anonymous

            1. Ah, calling me a fandroid. Here’s an idea, maybe I just don’t like Apple? I’d rather be a hater of a pos company than a stupid f*ck fanboy. And it is an insult, iFans are clueless imbeciles who only repeat what crApple tells them. BTW, I also prefer buying more for less.

            2. No, it is not. It is a higher resolution in a tiny screen that’s hit a point of diminishing returns. The difference is negligible.

            3. Of course you don’t, you’re an iFan.

            4. Android does it much differently. It is not possible to run multiple apps at the same time in the background in iOS outside of a few that are allowed by Apple, otherwise they get shut down immediately.

            5. Verizon’s LTE is in all the major cities and it will likely have decent range, better than anyone elses anyways. Yes, I live in a covered area.

            6. So the Tegra 2 isn’t much faster than the A4 because the browser isn’t faster?! Ahahaha! How fast do you expect the browser to run exactly? In actuality, the browser is faster, only you can’t tell the difference because the iPhone doesn’t run flash while the Optimus 2X does and does so very well. Even phonearena awarded the Optimus the winner simply because of this. You might also want to check out phonearena’s benchmarks on the Optimus. Two Cortex A9s plus the Geforce ULP means up to 180% increase in speed over the A4 in applications that support multithreading.

            The Thunderbolt isn’t that impressive compared to the Atrix or Bionic but it most certainly is better than the 7 month old iPhone 4. iPhone sales numbers don’t mean jack sh*t other than confirming that the media’s love affair with Apple and propaganda machine is going strong.

          • Anonymous

            1. “Ah, calling me a fandroid. Here’s an idea, maybe I just don’t like Apple?” << So Im a iFan because I like Apple right? Then that makes you a fandroid because you like Google. If anything your the closed minded fanboy because I love both Google and Apple. But you run around hating Apple like Steve Jobs molested you as a child.

            "BTW, I also prefer buying more for less." << Um what phone do you have now? If its any high end android device from last year your probably bought it for the same $199 the iPhone ran at.

            2. No. Its not a fact its your personal preference.

            3. Thats your only retort to my comment "you'r an iFan" looks like I beat you in that argument as well…

            4. Nope. Your wrong very few apps get shut down when multi-tasking Engadet being one of them. But engadet doesn't keep its place in Android either. Have you even used an iPhone for an extended amount of time? Because you certainly sound ignorant right now. (Name 10 iOS apps that get "shut down")

            5. LTE isnt in the District and thats the most important city in the country. And im sure America has more than 38 major cities anyways.

            6. Browsing is the only real way to calculate speed between different OS's. What are you gonna calculate how fast my Calendar app opens up? If thats the case then a phone being faster doesn't mean very much at all. And with that bs about flash the thing is you brag about having flash but then you say its unfair because it slows your phones down in speed tests? So basically Steve Jobs was right, and flash does reduce the browsing performance? Because if it didn't you wouldn't need to remove flash in order to out speed the iPhone. And if the Tegra 2 cant pick up the slack from the flash-functionality then thats pretty pathetic anyways.

            Edit: And I missed the part in that video where the 2X was declared the "winner" BTW

            And back on topic the Thunderbolt doesn't have a dual core in the first place and the iPhone and its "800 Mhz" processor destroyed the Galaxy S and its single core 1GHZ processor in that video.

            If the iPhone is soooooooo old I don't understand why Kellex and everyone else her keeps bringing it up in comparisons. I mean there are plenty of other newer phones for different OS's you can compare. It just shows that the level of bitterness towards Apple on this site is at a supreme high.

            I see that I have officially gotten under your skin to the point that you threw around useless name calling in your last post like a pre-pubescent middle schooler. :)
            Truth hurts doesn't it?

          • Anonymous

            1. Who’s going to “chuck his Droid X across the room” and buy a 7 month old inferior device again? You’ve also been doing a lot of Apple and iPhone praise lately. What does the iPhone have over your Droid? Oh right, it’s Apple, that glass, “retina” display and simple closed system appeals to you.

            As far as more for less, I’ll just copy/paste what I said to someone else.

            “There are many hidden costs involved with owning Apple products. You’re tied into iTunes, apps cost more (and there are a lot more free ones on android), their products are designed to be impossible to service; any needed repairs requires sending it to Apple for a hefty fee and all accessories with the fruit logo tack on an Apple tax. Even developers get charged more and so do the carriers just to have the phone. Ever wonder why Sprint and T-Mobile are left abandoned? It’s no secret that AT&T payed a lot of money for their exclusivity. The system is designed so that you don’t want to leave Apple or you loose all or most of your apps, music and videos that you payed for.”

            Not to mention that high end android devices have better overall hardware than the iPhone and far better functionality.

            2. Yes it is a fact, both use IPS LCD panels and beyond about 240 ppi or so the human eye cannot tell a difference. Why don’t you calculate the ppi of your computer monitor, it’s much less yet it still looks good doesn’t it. Funny how ppi is suddenly a topic of discussion for Apple fanboys after Apple highlighted it yet is never came up before the iPhone 4. Funny how the much higher resolution on the Droid was just shrugged off by iFans when it came out.

            3. Nope, iFans always say I don’t care when faced with facts. The iPhone’s camera is not better, end of story.

            4. http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2010/06/ars-reviews-ios-4-whats-new-and-notable.ars

            Only apps that are doing one of those tasks in the list are allowed to run in the background, Android has no such limitations. Android allows all apps to run fully in the background and do anything until another app in the foreground requests more memory than is available and android’s automated management shuts it down or if the app sits idle for too long.

            5. LOL, most important city in the country? No. It’s a small city filled with politicians, hardly important. Check out the largest cities by population, Verizon has interest in supporting those with the most of their customers.

            6. Browsing doesn’t require that much power, in general, the power of these 1 GHz phones is already enough. You could stick an obviously much faster 8 core processor in the phone and the browser wouldn’t get any faster. You test speed by using apps that require it, like games or HD video related tasks or…flash. Of course flash reduces performance, it’s rendering images as video in addition to the web page numbnuts, as opposed to doing, well, nothing in iOS. Dual cores and more ram will help android a lot more than iOS because it can fully multitask. They awarded the Optimus in the text, not the video.

            The iPhone is brought up because it continues to get all the attention in the media due to the Apple propaganda. Yes, we dislike having the iPhone shoved in our faces all the time and told it’s the greatest ever while everything else is a pos. I called you an iFan, you called me a stupid fandroid, who got under who’s skin?

          • Anonymous

            You know what J. Lets just end this bickering. Today when I was ordering my iPhone… I has this really gut wrenching decision and I decided to stay with Android…. Aty least until iP5 and then I will make my decision.

            I still think iOS is just as good as Android though. And I really want to trade someone my X for an Incredible, at least until the Dual core HTC’s hit the fan.

            Truce?

          • Anonymous

            You know what J. Lets just end this bickering. Today when I was ordering my iPhone… I has this really gut wrenching decision and I decided to stay with Android…. Aty least until iP5 and then I will make my decision.

            I still think iOS is just as good as Android though. And I really want to trade someone my X for an Incredible, at least until the Dual core HTC’s hit the fan.

            Truce?

          • Anonymous

            Sure thing. Don’t let me stop you from getting an iPhone, I have no problem with people who prefer it for their own reasons, I’m not unwilling to admit it has its appeal and advantages, I just hate it when people spout nonsense or act like fanboys.

  • Anonymous

    but how much is the service… and where is the dinc 2?

  • Anonymous

    I’d rather wait for the X2 myself, especially with it looking to be only 3G and all. I’m near wifi enough I think, I don’t really need to pay even -more- for any kid of faster mobile data. I’m sure I’m not alone in this sentiment….

  • viewthis66

    best buy pre-orders lets go!

  • Anonymous

    EVO

    • http://www.facebook.com/drew.h.wegand Drew Harrison Wegand

      how dare you call it that!!

      • Anonymous

        If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck…

        • LeeInMKE

          It looks like a duck, but it roars like Thunder!

        • JT

          A little deceiving, I know. But the Tb has more internal storage (8gb) and Ram, better gpu, 2nd gen snapdragon, newers sense, and LTE capable (probably better technology in long-run but negligible in the life of this phone). It’s only a half-step above it, IMO. Of course, it’s on VZW’s network which is another plus (don’t tell me Sprint uses the exact same cdma towers b/c they don’t have access to roam on all of them — only the one’s VZW allows them to).

        • OreoMan

          then it must be Aflac!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/drew.h.wegand Drew Harrison Wegand

      how dare you call it that!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/drew.h.wegand Drew Harrison Wegand

      how dare you call it that!!

  • Anonymous

    i really was considering the bionic but this phone keeps looking better and better…with a 1 yr contract of course. i’m never ever signing up for a 2 yr contract…ever…again.

    • palomosan

      I’m due in a couple of weeks, I hope they release the Bionic 14 days after the Thunderbolt so I can play with both before deciding if upgrading or wait for the Incredible 2.

      • VZ iPhone. It Begins.

        Bionic won’t be available until summer (approx June or July).

    • MotoLove

      Wait for the Bionic! The thunderbolt is a Droid X with 4G a Front facing camera and dual core….. NOOOO HDMI output love, no updated screen, and the battery SUCKS I got to play with one for 34 Hour Demo and i really wasnt that impressed. However i did get the emaio today from VZ that the release date will in fact be the 24th!

    • MotoLove

      Wait for the Bionic! The thunderbolt is a Droid X with 4G a Front facing camera and dual core….. NOOOO HDMI output love, no updated screen, and the battery SUCKS I got to play with one for 34 Hour Demo and i really wasnt that impressed. However i did get the emaio today from VZ that the release date will in fact be the 24th!

    • MotoLove

      Wait for the Bionic! The thunderbolt is a Droid X with 4G a Front facing camera and dual core….. NOOOO HDMI output love, no updated screen, and the battery SUCKS I got to play with one for 34 Hour Demo and i really wasnt that impressed. However i did get the emaio today from VZ that the release date will in fact be the 24th!

    • MotoLove

      Wait for the Bionic! The thunderbolt is a Droid X with 4G a Front facing camera and dual core….. NOOOO HDMI output love, no updated screen, and the battery SUCKS I got to play with one for 34 Hour Demo and i really wasnt that impressed. However i did get the emaio today from VZ that the release date will in fact be the 24th!

    • MotoLove

      Wait for the Bionic! The thunderbolt is a Droid X with 4G a Front facing camera and dual core….. NOOOO HDMI output love, no updated screen, and the battery SUCKS I got to play with one for 34 Hour Demo and i really wasnt that impressed. However i did get the emaio today from VZ that the release date will in fact be the 24th!

    • MotoLove

      Wait for the Bionic! The thunderbolt is a Droid X with 4G a Front facing camera and dual core….. NOOOO HDMI output love, no updated screen, and the battery SUCKS I got to play with one for 34 Hour Demo and i really wasnt that impressed. However i did get the emaio today from VZ that the release date will in fact be the 24th!

    • MotoLove

      Wait for the Bionic! The thunderbolt is a Droid X with 4G a Front facing camera and dual core….. NOOOO HDMI output love, no updated screen, and the battery SUCKS I got to play with one for 34 Hour Demo and i really wasnt that impressed. However i did get the emaio today from VZ that the release date will in fact be the 24th!

    • MotoLove

      Wait for the Bionic! The thunderbolt is a Droid X with 4G a Front facing camera and dual core….. NOOOO HDMI output love, no updated screen, and the battery SUCKS I got to play with one for 34 Hour Demo and i really wasnt that impressed. However i did get the emaio today from VZ that the release date will in fact be the 24th!

    • MotoLove

      Wait for the Bionic! The thunderbolt is a Droid X with 4G a Front facing camera and dual core….. NOOOO HDMI output love, no updated screen, and the battery SUCKS I got to play with one for 34 Hour Demo and i really wasnt that impressed. However i did get the emaio today from VZ that the release date will in fact be the 24th!

    • MotoLove

      Wait for the Bionic! The thunderbolt is a Droid X with 4G a Front facing camera and dual core….. NOOOO HDMI output love, no updated screen, and the battery SUCKS I got to play with one for 34 Hour Demo and i really wasnt that impressed. However i did get the emaio today from VZ that the release date will in fact be the 24th!

    • MotoLove

      Wait for the Bionic! The thunderbolt is a Droid X with 4G a Front facing camera and dual core….. NOOOO HDMI output love, no updated screen, and the battery SUCKS I got to play with one for 34 Hour Demo and i really wasnt that impressed. However i did get the emaio today from VZ that the release date will in fact be the 24th!

  • Drewwegand

    I just need to know what they are going to charge me for the 4g I can.t use yet

    • Drewwegand

      P.s. First

  • Anonymous

    Valentine’s day comes on the 24th this year!

    Oh wow! First!