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HTC Thunderbolt Goes Live on Best Buy Site, Without a Firm Release Date

It looks like the pre-order for the HTC Thunderbolt is all set for February 6th if you’ve got an extra $50 laying around.  The intro page for the device on Best Buy’s site is live, but we still don’t have an official release date.  We’re assuming it’s the 14th which our friends at Phandroid first brought up long ago, but the 24th or 11th could be options.  Not sure why the secrecy or why they can’t pick a time and let the world know, but the phone will be here in the next couple of weeks for sure.  

The ad we saw from BGR is also out…

And one more shot…

Cheers Justin!

  • G1zm0g95

    Must be nice for Best Buy…. how often does anyone take peoples money without giving them a release date. They surely are enjoying the working capital; it’s NOT working for us.
    Must also be nice for Verizon, since we already have deposits on the Thunderbolt (pretty much already a “sale” for them), why not push the iPhone and iPad.

  • Guest

    This is happening on the 21st, book it.

  • Flip74k

    All these htc phones are the same design! Wtf. Don’t they have any other ideas. Would never think about buying this junk when phones like the bionic are coming soon. Thunderbolt=fail

    • Anonymous

      FINE, YOU GET YOURSELF A SHITTY SUPPORT STAFF WITH MOTO, NO UPDATES FOR ROOTED USERS, SHIT BLUR, AND 1 UPDATE A YEAR. ILL STICK WITH THIS SUPER FAST SINGLE CORE GOOD BATTERY, HTC SENSE USING OPEN, AWESOME PHONE.

  • Anonymous

    thanks droid eris for the ride. now i need the thunderbolt…

    • Anonymous

      thanks droid x, lol. did u go to bb yet?

      • Anonymous

        i’m going to wait until mwc and see if the Dinc2 (or whatever they call it) is dual-core – and depending on the release date. :D

        • Anonymous

          Y? NO KICKSTAND OR SPEAKER….ANYWAYS THATS JUST ME…TRUE…BUT QUALCOM’S DUAL CORE IN PHONES ARE COMING IN THE 2ND HALF OF THE YEAR.

          • Anonymous

            Id rather have dual core though… I’ll know soon enough. :)

          • Anonymous

            lol

    • Rick00770

      Just had to say , I had the eris and thought it was one of the best phones I ever had, loved it, goodluck on your choice of new phone, id go with waiting for iphone 5, or id get droid, tbolt, or iphone.

      • Anonymous

        definitely not the iphone 5… i think i am going to decide the 13th :)

      • Anonymous

        definitely not the iphone 5… i think i am going to decide the 13th :)

  • http://twitter.com/jbrock98 Brock Johnson

    ok still under the 14 day limit on my DROID X, do i go to best buy preorder the TB and take the X back(to verizon) or just keep it OR take the X back and activate an old phone til the TB comes to verizon?

    • Anonymous

      Just take it back near the last day like 2nd to last and wait for the tb at bb..

  • Anonymous

    i just preordered it at bestbuy u get a 50 dollar gift card when u pay the 50 dollar deposit

    • Greg

      That’s their version of “Hush Money” because they know you’ll be complaining if they dont have a release date.

      • Sjhd

        No, you’re buying a gift card pretty much. It will still cost $250. Without the gift card.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty lame. Not much different than DroidX. Why lock into a 2yr contract for a single-core phone with Froyo? At least wait for the Droid Bionic.

  • Anonymous

    I saw an ad in the paper that read, “coming soon”. Dead on.

  • Greg

    You already know Verizon is going to announce a commercial about it for super bowl mixed in with the iphone commercials. Don’t know why people would expect something before then. Either way im going to get it. Hopefully its the 17th because i get paid the 15th.

  • nerdkill

    I would love to pre-order this if i knew how much my plan was going to cost. Who would pre order without knowing that? This secrecy bs is obnoxious.

  • Anonymous

    I guess we can assume its gingerbread since support for multiple cameras and other devices is what gingerbread is besides different colors and a cool power down animation.

    • Moocow96024

      It is 2.2.1 Froyo upgradable to GB when they make it available.

      • Anonymous

        You tellin me the sdk still isn’t out???

  • Anonymous

    How many of you plan to wait and do a 1 yr contract with vz?

  • YoMomma

    All I wanna know is why At&T’s version is $99 and this one is $249???

    • Munstir

      Yeah I would like to know also and since I haven’t seen either store list a price for it yet I don’t know if the $250 is even official unless I missed something?

    • Anonymous

      Verizon thinks their 4G LTE network is that much better than AT&T’s “4G”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/levi.schroeder Levi Schroeder

      Kickstand, FFC, 4G…

    • Moocow96024

      And it has a better processor. 2nd gen snapdragon. ATT&T really has an EVO refresh with less options.. TB has all and newer. The processor is still 1gig, but it runs better. Also with the TB you have the 32 gig SD card that comes on board..

    • Sjhd

      32 gb card

  • Munstir

    Yeah I’m sorry but until I get a price listing for the phone & data plan along with a date of release I don’t want to pre-order. They just need to announce something already about this phone.

  • Rlwoolz

    I don’t understand pre-ordering this device before you know what the mandatory 4G data plan will cost for sure.

    • Anonymous

      isn’t it free until it is nationwide?

      • Anonymous

        yes it is

        • Anonymous

          then why are people complaining…

  • Anonymous

    hey guys i noticed something. at the top of the page after you click learn more, where it says HTC Thunderbolt, while it loads an LG model number shows up. I cant actually see the full thing because its too fast. if someone could take a screenshot while its loading you will see.

    edit: i think it says LG GT450 or something like that

  • Kharli_1984

    Verizon doesn’t do Monday launches, the only product they have launched on a Monday was the LTE modems, everything else has and will be on thursday’s. LIke I said my money is on the 17th.

    • FrankXS

      Could be telesales (i.e. MyVerison website sales) on the 14th with the phone available in the stores on the 17th. We’ll see.

  • Kharli_1984

    Launch date according to HTC Rep is Feb 17. But don’t tell anyone.

  • Nativi

    i spoke to 2 different best buys yesterday and both said its the 24

  • Fajnor92

    Kellex!!!!! I sent you guys a picture yesterday on twitter my name is @mattfajnor. For an employee news article it says that the Tbolts hard release date is going to be the 14th right now but it can still change

    • Guest

      When did you see this article?

    • Anonymous

      Just seeing it. Thanks man!

  • http://twitter.com/Madkoda Carlos Dussek

    i was wondering..im On t-mobile and am looking to switch to verizon..would i be able to pre-order the thunderbolt?

    • Marcusmiddleton_64

      Yes you can pre-order the thunderbolt, switching from t-mobile to vz

  • Richard Miller

    Think it could have something to do with the crazy weather and logistics of all of the best buys receiving their stock?

  • Richard Miller

    Think it could have something to do with the crazy weather and logistics of all of the best buys receiving their stock?

  • http://FB.com/AndroidTaskForce Chris Gustafson

    Don’t need a new phone. When is the Xoom coming out?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000475533643 Geoff Atteberry

    Am I the only person who looks at this and says “Wow, a brushed metal EVO.” I mean, what does this phone bring to the table that hasn’t already been there for 8 months? 4G on Verizon, if you just happen to live in one of the covered areas? At least VZ isn’t charging an extra $10 for 4G even if you don’t have coverage… yet…

    • JSK

      No, you aren’t the only one. And this is why I am waiting at least for the Bionic. Something a bit more future-gen hardware wise than the Thunderbolt.

    • http://twitter.com/MarkyD311 MarkyD

      the new snapdragon CPU is light years ahead of the one in the Evo. Also, 768MB RAM vs 512. But for me, the obvious is 4G LTE. Sprint’s WiMax can’t even come close.

      • Anonymous

        The new Snapdragon really does crush the on in the EVO. The RAM is nice, but yeah, it’s the 4G LTE that really does it. It also has Sense 2.0.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000475533643 Geoff Atteberry

          So, if 4G is the biggest selling point for this phone, and I live in a market that won’t see 4G for at least a year, then this is basically just an EVO with more RAM and a tweaked processor. I’m still on an OG Droid, and the only limitation I have run into is not being able to play Dungeon Defenders. If my contract was up, I might consider this phone, but I would much rather have a Tegra 2, Gingerbread, and maybe an NFC chip before I start getting excited about a new Android phone…

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000475533643 Geoff Atteberry

            To me this phone just seems more like an incremental step, something that was rushed out to be the “first” with 4G. I’d rather wait for a revolution, than an EVOlution…

          • FrankXS

            1) I don’t think you’d feel that way if you were sitting in the middle of a 4G region already, like I am.
            2) As for being an “incremental step”, if you call a theoretical maximum download speed of 40-50Mbps (VZW reports 5-12Mbps in real-world environments), rather than the real-world 1-2Mbps of 3G, “incremental”, okay then! Simultaneous Voice and Data is no small feature either.

    • REAL4G

      Covered areas? C’mon guy. This is Big Red!!! Not sprint. All areas are covered. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW??

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000475533643 Geoff Atteberry

        um… 4G is only available in the 30 NFL markets right now… which I don’t live anywhere close to. It will probably be at least a year before I have 4G coverage available to me… Can you hear ME now?

        • Anonymous

          unfortunately he cannot hear you.

  • Anonymous

    Decisions, decisions. Get it from BB and pay out right, or go thru Vz on a 1 yr contract. I know I may also want a dual core towards the end of the year. What would be the better option between the 2. Best buy also has the buy back program as well.

    • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

      If you do a one-year you can upgrade at ten months, around the end of this year.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks, I probably will go that way

    • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

      If you do a one-year you can upgrade at ten months, around the end of this year.

  • Jawshua

    Unless your contact is up, who has the money to buy every new phone that comes out? Does Droid Life get them at a discount or free for all the plugs and surveys? I always wondered how you guys get each and every new phone that comes out?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000475533643 Geoff Atteberry

      I would like to think ad revenue…

    • Mrpicolas

      I have bought each of my phones no discounts here

    • Anonymous

      This is what they do… of course they should get the phones so they have experience with what they are talking about.

      It’s strange you would even question this.

      If you were a carpenter would you buy a hammer? If you had a blog on hammers wouldn’t you buy new hammers so you can review them?

  • Anonymous

    This is the weirdest launch I’ve seen on a popular device from Vz. I bet this has to do with a conflict with the iphone.

    • FrankXS

      I agree about the weirdest launch in a long time. The last weird launch I saw was for the HTC Touch Pro2 (which I have now). Love the phone. But it’s time to move up to 4G. I also agree it was probably done this way not to conflice with the iPhone. Gonna get this TBolt as soon as VZW has it available. Lookin’ like it’ll be avail via VZW on Feb 14th.

      • MK17

        The TP2 was a wierd, under the radar, release. and rightfully so because the Droid (which came out just after) is twice the phone of the TP2. I had the TP2 for about 2 weeks and then returned it for a Droid and haven’t looked back since.

  • Anonymous

    i cant wait for 4g much longer. 3g is so slow

    • Jawshua

      Yeah but even if you get a 4G phone you have to be in an area that has 4G. How about a graph showing all the places that have 4G at the launch of these new phones? I’d hate to buy one only to find out 4G isn’t offered where I live. We don’t hear much about those specs… I wonder why?

      • CPGustafson511
        • Anonymous

          Don’t try to use it right now though. For some reason its not working.

          • Seedster

            true dat

          • http://FB.com/AndroidTaskForce Chris Gustafson

            Hopefully its cause they are adding new LTE markets to the map!

          • http://FB.com/AndroidTaskForce Chris Gustafson

            Hopefully its cause they are adding new LTE markets to the map!

          • http://FB.com/AndroidTaskForce Chris Gustafson

            Hopefully its cause they are adding new LTE markets to the map!

          • http://FB.com/AndroidTaskForce Chris Gustafson

            Hopefully its cause they are adding new LTE markets to the map!

          • http://FB.com/AndroidTaskForce Chris Gustafson

            Hopefully its cause they are adding new LTE markets to the map!

          • http://FB.com/AndroidTaskForce Chris Gustafson

            Hopefully its cause they are adding new LTE markets to the map!

      • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

        I reallyyy don’t think Verizon is trying to dupe anyone into thinking they have 4G. If you buy the Thunderbolt and find out you don’t have 4G, that’s your own damn fault.

        • LinuxLover

          Doesn’t it revert to 3G in areas without 4G?

          • Rohicks

            yes

      • Rohicks

        Do a search on droid life. There has been lots of postings about the 4g starting cities.

      • Anonymous

        The VZW rep at you local store should tell you if your area has 4g yet or not.

  • http://www.adriangreer.com/ Adrian Greer

    Meh… [ Xoom / Bionic ]

  • http://www.facebook.com/derekjutz Derek Jutz

    All signs point to the 14th.

  • http://www.facebook.com/derekjutz Derek Jutz

    Siiiick.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tanner-Hodges/100000079676741 Tanner Hodges

      That first picture on the top looks like the Inspire