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Thunderbolt Pre-sale Ending February 23 at Best Buy?

Best Buy is doing whatever they can to throw us off of the release date trail for the HTC Thunderbolt, and even I’ll admit that they have done a pretty good job so far.  Rumors and screenshots from our friends on the inside have been bouncing all over the place, but in the end we always seem to come back to a couple of specific dates:  February 14 and 24.  We’ve stood by word that the 24th will indeed be the day that the phone hits store shelves and if we look at this latest shot showing that the pre-sale for it ends on 2/23/2011, we’re sticking with that idea.

To give you a little background on the shots above, BBY60LD is the internal code name for the Thunderbolt and SKU 1974324 matches the pre-sale number we saw in the new BBY ad from this morning.  So when we see 2/23 and that SKU, we can only assume 2/24 should be the day, right?   

Here is our proposed timeline of events for the TBolt:

  • Friday, February 11:  Verizon will announce a release date of February 24.  As you all know, February 10 is the day that the i*hone hits VZW stores, so a day after announcement could easily happen.  I can’t imagine that they would announce a new phone of this magnitude any time before the i*hone is in the hands of customers, meaning I’m doubting that it’ll happen on February 6 as many are speculating.  Also on the 11th, Best Buy will announce that they will be selling the phone (possibly exclusively) with a pre-sale starting February 14.
  • Monday, February 14th:  Pre-sale goes live for Best Buy and will run for 10 days until February 23.
  • Thursday, February 24th:  Pre-sale at Best Buy ends; TBolt goes on sale at all Verizon and BBY stores.  This is also exactly 14 days after the i*hone has been in the hands of customers which means they cannot return them under the new return policy.  VZW also loves Thursdays.  Lastly, we begin our new lives with the first 4G LTE device.

And of course, I could be 100% wrong and would gladly accept the TBolt to land in my hands on February 14 which is 10 days sooner than we’re expecting.

Cheers J!

  • Tgallo

    I don’t think anyone should buy a thunderbolt. Its going to be outdated faster than any other phone. Wait for bionic you can’t beat a dual core processor. I do like htc, I’m sure they’ll have something dual core out soon as well.

  • Anonymous-x

    Red’s buying all the phones sooner or later 4g will be here, so will the improvements to the dual cores, while I wait for a 7″ that will call the same as a cell & I don’t mean skype. My X & I are very happy together but all you business people I can understand your urges for the TBolt & Bionic. I’m telling you the TBolt is amped up liked a testing ground. Can you imagine 4g with a dual core that goes as fast as the Thunderbolt? Now that’ what I’d get (w/my tablet)!

  • Anonymous

    So does Anyone Think the TBolt will be better then The DROID X 2 or EVEN the hatted IPHONE (5) that comes in summer time

    • Anonymous

      The current software is not optimized for dual-core chipsets like the droid X-2 is rumored to have, but this does not exclude developers from making kick ass apps that do. The thunderbolt’s only competition are phones like the atrix that surpass it in RAM for better performance IMOP if you are in dire need of a new phone take advantage of Best But’s new program so that by holiday this year when the software and hardware have caught up to each other you’ll have a dual-core phone that can fully be embraced but for half the price.

  • Anonymous

    No matter your flavor of droid I urge all of you who can wait to tune into MWC for news on phones like the HTC pyramid than may be released sooner than you think before committing to a pre-order.

    • Anonymous

      Pyramid was confirmed for T-Mobile. HTC doesn’t seem to care for offering more than one Android device to Verizon per every six month period for some reason.

  • adroidfan

    If you look at the second picture, instock date of 2/13 would be a good sign of a release the next day. Also, on very popular phones (ie EVO), presales are kept live after the phones release in case they run out of devices and do not have replenishment in time…

  • Anonymous-x

    Tonight went to pay my bill & began discussing the Thunderbolt as testing grounds for the dual cores, in conversation, said was almost two weeks meaning the 14th. My subject was to view the tablets to decide what size. No offence but I didn’t like the iPad, nor use for the Samsung tab. I did realize the size I want- the 7″, when it’s able to make phone calls with front camera. I’ll wait, by the time it gets here all they’re putting into the present will be improved & included into this new Tablet. Common sense I think considering what we see happening now & re: they’re improvements.

  • Anonymous

    I think you are probably “spot on”, with your discussion speculation. Keep it up

  • Mr_Snrub

    Best Buy’s Grand Rapids page just posted 2.14.11

    http://www.facebook.com/BestBuyGrandRapids

    • Anonymous

      Good eye, hope its correct.

    • Jerflash63

      i just checked that out…if its true then cool…but when would the presale happen…i think someone goofed

      • Anonymous

        Think the 14 th would be pre-sale date

    • Anonymous

      Also says XOOM date if you click “see more”.

      • Anonymous

        Kellex no matter what Best Buy does, they can’t keep a Droid Bloodhound down from finding out the real scoop. Your on the trail, keep up the goood work brother :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/corygimbert Cory Gimbert

    sweet!. ill be at my Local VZW store that very day to test drive it and pick it up.

  • (v)urphy

    I’m still dumbfounded that there will actually be an i*hone on Big Red in less than a week. Wow. Hate it or love it, it’s been a long time coming for most.

    In other news, we need one more Thunderbolt vs Bionic poll…I’m still torn :-

    • Cephas003

      +1

    • Mr_Snrub

      People were still paying very good money for the Droid X a few months after its release. If the Bionic becomes a must have after the Thunderbolt I’m,guessing the ebay/craigslist market will still be very strong to help offset a lot of the cost of switching without an upgrade.

      • http://twitter.com/Craigboy Craig Boyte

        Or use the Best Buy buy back option

  • YoMomma

    Remember you reported the accessories arrive on the 19th. And I doubt they’d release the phone without accessories, so it seems like that 24th arrival date should be deadlocked.

    • Anonymous

      Forgot about the accessories, so yeah, still liking the 24th. :)

  • Anonymous

    Can someone please enlighten me? The release for the Thunderbolt is obviously close. How does it benefit anyone (customers, manufacturers or carriers) to keep it a secret at this point? Is the February 10th release driving all of the secrecy behind this? After VZW’s big 4G push at CES, I’d imagine they would want us to know exactly when we can get an LTE phone…

    • Anonymous

      Yes. I’m blaming that other phone that’s coming out on the 10th for all of this nonsense. As fanboyish as that may sound, that’s how Apple’s product releases tend to work.

      • Anonymous

        You’re probably correct. However, it really doesn’t make much sense. Those who seriously want a Thunderbolt aren’t likely to buy a 3G phone they could already have on AT&T. Those who waited for AT&T’s exclusivity to end just to buy that other phone on VZW aren’t likely to suddenly change their mind either. Regardless of one’s phone allegiance, I just don’t see the upside in keeping the Thunderbolt’s release date a secret.

        In any case, thanks for the evening/nighttime posts!

      • Anonymous

        You’re probably correct. However, it really doesn’t make much sense. Those who seriously want a Thunderbolt aren’t likely to buy a 3G phone they could already have on AT&T. Those who waited for AT&T’s exclusivity to end just to buy that other phone on VZW aren’t likely to suddenly change their mind either. Regardless of one’s phone allegiance, I just don’t see the upside in keeping the Thunderbolt’s release date a secret.

        In any case, thanks for the evening/nighttime posts!

    • Mr_Snrub

      That makes sense, but maybe the building anticipation and obsession (at least in my case) is doing more than an official release date could, to a certain extent.

  • (v)urphy

    1st

    • Niemeyer2010

      You’re cool…

      • (v)urphy

        I’m actually colder than a midget in a refrigerator. High of 50 tomorrow though :-P

        • Anonymous

          Lol, you tell em. hateraid