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New HTC Thunderbolt Ad Has Us Counting Lightning Flashes to a Release Date

Now this is a great commercial.  This new HTC Thunderbolt spot just went live on Verizon’s YouTube channel and is the ultimate teaser for the carrier’s first 4G LTE device.  You see beautiful lightning, hear intense thunder, and a girl counting the distance between strikes in Spanish.  Yep, we’re getting close and will now expect to see a press release today.  Maybe.    

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Cheers Zach!

  • Bpanthony

    Why bother to post a video that’s private and we can’t see it?

  • Brian062388

    I just spoke with Verizon on the phone about 10 minutes ago because of something that had to my bill, which led to me asking about upgrading with the ending of “New Every Two”. I said that if I wanted to upgrade to the Thunderbolt say in 4 months, would I get any discount. She told me that since I have been with Verizon for such a long time and that I have never missed payments that a manager would be able to make an exception and give me the discount I would have gotten if I did this a year ago. As we all know, we used to be able to upgrade at a discounted price before the “New Every Two” date, and if you are in my situation apparently you still can.

    Also, when I asked about the Thunderbolt, the service rep informed me that Verizon, not only Best Buy, is releasing the Thunderbolt in 8 days.. Can’t wait to upgrade from my original D1.

  • HollywoodParadise

    Yes VZW has not come out with anything yet i want them to so that i can know when i can get mine. I cant upg til the 25th of feb but rest assure that i will have one within the week that my upg is available.

  • Cgmartin33

    I don’t know about you guys but between the phone and her voice I got a quarter chub.

  • Hpradford

    i liked this video so much i put it up on my facebook. haha.

  • Berklunt

    you guys are idiots once and so on is 11 12 13

  • Anonymous

    14TH…AWESOME! JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY ITS SAYING 3 SECONDS, 2 SECONDS, 1 SECOND, ACTUALLY THAT ADDS UP TO 6 DAYS….SO THE 13? RIGHT BEFORE ITS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED…

  • Viper76269

    24th….

  • boydslife

    Everyone I know thinks this is gay and doesnt care

  • Fredy

    Verizon’s twitter page said this about the TBolt “HTC Thunderbolt: no updates to report. We’ll share what’s real, when it’s real, directly. Here.”http://twitter.com/VerizonWireless

  • Bobs

    membors of AndroidCentral have translated the message in the video “Mexican drug cartel strippers will be selling the Thunderbolt on the black market. This will be the only way to get the Thunderbolt in February. Look for the suspicious bus between 1am and 3am to get yours now!

  • Anonymous

    You can’t compare a phone that’s not out yet to a phone that is, i’ll wait for kellex’s hands-on :)

  • Munstir

    She goes 1, 2, 3, then 1 again. Add them up and you get 7. Todays the 7th and the 14th is obviously 7 days away. Verizon pretty much confirmed it just now.

    • Fredy

      no she goes 1,2,3 then 1,2 the 1

    • Me

      wrongO she counted ten

  • Fredy

    just pre-order mine i was the first at my BB so i get the first call in the south CLT area although they wouldn’t give me a solid date the 17th or the 24th but never the less i get the first call

  • Anonymous

    Just proves my point, Mexico and south America can get a better commercial then we can get here AND During the Super Bowl at that.

    Cool short ad but think if Verizon can come out with something that people will take notice of and not have to wonder what the device is or can do. I think the Thunderbolt is my next phone, my OG Droid is getting pretty tired and starting to have some issues. Too much overclocking lol

  • Anonymous

    Tegra 2 Dual core because of new apps and Honey comb is the only way to go….

  • Kingjoe35

    For what it’s worth, the salesman at Best Buy told me the 14th when I preordered yesterday.

    • Perwilly

      Lucky you. At my Best Buy, the guy didn’t know anything – even about the preorder special they had. I knew more. It was pathetic.

      • Joe

        Yea, I thought I was going to have the same experience. I was actually suprised that the sales guy seemed to have his facts together.

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

    Pretty intense. Still not buying a new phone.

  • Scott

    Any word on on Thunderbolt’s were pre-ordered yesterday?

  • IneedhelpstayingwithAndroid!

    So, I just spoke with Verizon, they won’t let me upgrade till November… contact renews in March, however I CAN upgrade if I freaken want an Iphone 4… and only $200 plus signing a new contract

    I do want to wait for thunderbolt, I really don’t like Apple… but the stupid freaken retina screen looks SO NICE and the game quality is amazing.

    In the next year how likely is it that a phone like the Thunderbolt or Bionic will have a screen and game quality to match the iphone? In all honesty…… if you have ever played with an iphone 4 you know what I am talking about.

    Need reasons to stay on android… I try to create many but apparently a jailbroken iphone can do pretty much everything ive done with my OG…..

    • Anonymous

      Screen quality? How about 4.3 inches versus 3.5 inches?

      Retina smetina… I say the real reason it’s called a retina screen is because it’s almost as small as one. :-)

      • continue

        Great a big huge display…. I am asking about quality not quantity

        • Superglen99

          Droid Bionic qhd (quarter HD) display is I think 960×540 so its indistinguishable from iphone 4 and dual core tegra 2 will be amazing for games.

        • Anonymous

          If you actually believe that, then you haven’t used a 4.3″ screen before. I’ll never go smaller.

      • Mr Carteratl

        not everyone wants a big screen

        • Anonymous

          That’s NOT what she said.

        • Anonymous

          I do!!

    • http://twitter.com/ChrisJBatson Chris Batson

      “but apparently a jailbroken iphone can do pretty much everything ive done with my OG”…………..false. also why buy a iphone4 and then 3 months later the iphone5 will be out and you’ll be screwed?

      • again

        Hoenstly, I try to 1up my co worker with My OG….. he has iphone 4. It turns out he can do everything ive tried to one up.. it hasn’t always been this way but besides loading a custom rom it has done everything… and about custom roms…. i can’t get one on the OG that is as polished as iphone 4.

        Iphone has an amazing value retention also… i would be able to resell it and buy the iphone 5 when made available……

        I really like android and dislike apple by all means… but the game quality and graphics are so crisp!!

        • Pacifica333

          Can we all please stop referring to phones as proper nouns? One doesn’t have iPhone 4, one has AN iPhone 4. Sorry, but when people talk like that, they sound like those dog/bear things from the Evo vs iPhone video.

          • Sigh

            Pacifica333 is A douche bag, remember, because it proceed a non-vowel letter we use A instead of AN.

            Great, this helped my situation just as much as being told Thunderbolt has 4.3 vs 3.5″ screen.

            The premium of time is equated to the nucleic acid found around the membrane of space only to be withdrawn in a lapse of all amonous conditions then to be extrapalated by the tangent of angle b which is in essense, for all intents and purposes, the reason light exists is because of all matter being a constant and that my friend is correct heifing at its pure form.

            Pacifica you suck, flame me about grammer jeez, sorry u r on da net N peeps tak lyk dis pritty much evrwhere, Mr. Teacher.

          • Anonymous

            Successful Grammer Nazi is successful.

        • DaveIsAwesome

          What do you mean by polished? Have you tried using a Launcher Pro homescreen? I’m assuming you don’t use widgets because you said you haven’t been able to do things on your D1 that an iphone can’t do (or do jailbroken iphones have widgets?).

      • Keith

        How are you screwed when the iP5 comes out? Does it make all of the iP4s quit working?

        • http://twitter.com/BiggiePhat JG

          in apple’s eyes…yes

        • http://twitter.com/BiggiePhat JG

          in apple’s eyes…yes

      • Mr Carteratl

        screwed how? those phones stay updated, hell my mom isn’t in to the tech but she still enjoys her iphone 2g, she could update but feels she has no reason to

      • DaveIsAwesome

        $10 says the next iphone is called the iphone 4G, and is basically an iphone4 that runs on AT&T’s HSPA+ 14.4 network.

      • DaveIsAwesome

        $10 says the next iphone is called the iphone 4G, and is basically an iphone4 that runs on AT&T’s HSPA+ 14.4 network.

      • DaveIsAwesome

        $10 says the next iphone is called the iphone 4G, and is basically an iphone4 that runs on AT&T’s HSPA+ 14.4 network.

      • DaveIsAwesome

        $10 says the next iphone is called the iphone 4G, and is basically an iphone4 that runs on AT&T’s HSPA+ 14.4 network.

      • DaveIsAwesome

        $10 says the next iphone is called the iphone 4G, and is basically an iphone4 that runs on AT&T’s HSPA+ 14.4 network.

    • Brett

      The retina display is supposed to be the maximum resolution the human eye can detect. Every phone released after this point will most likely have a screen resolution meeting or exceeding that standard. With these new android phones, you get that resolution, plus a bigger screen…

      • thanks

        Well I heard super Amoled was supposed to compete….. did not even come close….. has anyone seen the Thunderbolt display and also an iphone 4??

    • Anonymous

      Just get an ipod touch, the new ones have retina. I love my OG android phone but i can’t live without my ipod touch. Thunderbolt pre ordered!

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    i’ve had HTC for a while now…kinda wanted to switch it up and go with the bionic. i’ve read where the thunderbolt outperforms the bionic on quadrant and linpack…is that so? what to do, what to do???

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    i’ve had HTC for a while now…kinda wanted to switch it up and go with the bionic. i’ve read where the thunderbolt outperforms the bionic on quadrant and linpack…is that so? what to do, what to do???

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    i’ve had HTC for a while now…kinda wanted to switch it up and go with the bionic. i’ve read where the thunderbolt outperforms the bionic on quadrant and linpack…is that so? what to do, what to do???

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    i’ve had HTC for a while now…kinda wanted to switch it up and go with the bionic. i’ve read where the thunderbolt outperforms the bionic on quadrant and linpack…is that so? what to do, what to do???

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    i’ve had HTC for a while now…kinda wanted to switch it up and go with the bionic. i’ve read where the thunderbolt outperforms the bionic on quadrant and linpack…is that so? what to do, what to do???

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    i’ve had HTC for a while now…kinda wanted to switch it up and go with the bionic. i’ve read where the thunderbolt outperforms the bionic on quadrant and linpack…is that so? what to do, what to do???

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    i’ve had HTC for a while now…kinda wanted to switch it up and go with the bionic. i’ve read where the thunderbolt outperforms the bionic on quadrant and linpack…is that so? what to do, what to do???

    • Alvinm 77

      I left HTC for Moto and I am glad to say that I pre ordered the Thunderbolt!!!! My UI experience was horrible but Moto has great hardware. Excited to return back to HTC.

  • Stin

    I was gonna wait for the bionic but with all the ways moto has been trying to eff us in the A lately I might just get the t bolt out of spite

  • Stin

    I was gonna wait for the bionic but with all the ways moto has been trying to eff us in the A lately I might just get the t bolt out of spite

  • Stin

    I was gonna wait for the bionic but with all the ways moto has been trying to eff us in the A lately I might just get the t bolt out of spite

  • Anonymous

    The letter N just called. He’d like to be included twice in the word “Lighting” in the headline…

    • Anonymous

      Best Buy ads taught me how to spell. :(

      • Anonymous

        Hah! I wondered if you’d “activative” that response… :-)

    • scrizzo

      The letter N is having a rough weekend. First the Xoom ad and now this.

    • scrizzo

      The letter N is having a rough weekend. First the Xoom ad and now this.

    • scrizzo

      The letter N is having a rough weekend. First the Xoom ad and now this.

    • scrizzo

      The letter N is having a rough weekend. First the Xoom ad and now this.

    • scrizzo

      The letter N is having a rough weekend. First the Xoom ad and now this.

  • http://twitter.com/Clowndude Clowndude

    I like how if you look closely, there is an airplane flying right through this storm…

  • Anonymous

    Hate how Vz is handling the launch of this phone, even BB doesn’t have concrete info on its release. Ridiculous!

  • Quentin8171

    Just called my vzw store and they said there not taking pre-orders and they think it will b released on the 24 th

  • Garrett S Sullivan

    Pretty sweet commerical, and thanks to Best Buy’s buyback program I’m actually thinking of jumping for this phone.

  • Anonymous

    sweet

  • Anonymous

    I am eligible for an upgrade. I have 2 lines on my plan, and not really wanting to switch from verizon. I currently have an OG Droid (passing on to my wife). If you were in my shoes, what would you do? Wait for bionic? Leap for the Thunderbolt? Or give it 6 months and see what comes out down the road? Seems there’s always something better on the horizon.. If I kept with that mindset, I’d never upgrade.

    • Anonymous

      go for the HTC over motorola.. don’t get drawn into the bionic because of the dual core..If you are a fan of unlocked phones and HTC sense like I am.. locked motoblurs pale in comparison.

      • Anonymous

        I’m kind of agreeing with you on that.. Do you think the support for Dual cores in future apps will make me regret jumping the gun?

        • Anonymous

          No. The OS will support it, but the app developers have to redo their apps as well.

          The Thunderbolt will easily last at least one year, which is by when smartphones will come standard with dual core processors. This would be the time to upgrade.

          I will be doing no more than a one year contract (or I will buy a phone this time next year at full retail) for this very reason.

    • Sdouglas3673

      I’m in the same boat as you briderx. After lots of research.. I’m going with the Thunderbolt. The UI / usability of the HTC’s sense was the deciding factor for me. Well that plus I don’t plan on doing any real gaming on my phone. I’m doing the presale with Best buy today to take advantage of the whole buy-back program (It’s free this week only)…. Hope this helps!

      • Anonymous

        Have you been able to get Verizon to honor the $69 talk & text with the $30 data ($99.99 total)? I will be adding another data plan onto our contract and really can’t justify another $30 bucks a month.. BAH!

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like you have your answer

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t upgrade to anything less than a dual core right now. Google’s releasing software (like Honeycomb and Gingerbread 2.4) to take advantage of the dual core architecture; you know software devs will be soon to follow. Anything single core will very quickly become lest gen once this implementation is widespread.

      I agree with not getting a handset with a locked bootloader, so I don’t think you have any options right now other than second rate hardware (Thunderbolt) or locked down hardware (Bionic). I’m waiting for something worth investing in, like the OG Droid was.

      • Anonymous

        I also forgot to mention.. I am due for another upgrade come October 2010.. So, if I screw the pooch on this, I can make up for it in October..

      • Anonymous

        gingerbread is 2.3…….. you mean ice cream sandwich. and they wont leave single core phones completely for some time, 2.4 will surely be able to be on a single core device, do you think google would leave they’re new baby? ( Nexus S ) i think they wont till early

    • Brum08

      From my understanding, you lose your upgrade after 6 months. I’ve had my upgrade since 9/21 and need to use it before March. Otherwise, I’d look at the Bionic a little more closely. The Thunderbolt isn’t anything to scoff at though. I’ll be very happy to replace my OG Droid with it.

      • Anonymous

        That makes sense.. I don’t want to wait too long.. Got some money burning holes in my pockets.. & if something mindblowing comes out down the road, I have another upgrade at the end of the year to get whatever I want.. So, I’m not too worried about lack of choices.

  • cmrudy

    I can safely say febrero is February, so my guess is February 3217

    • Anonymous

      You are correct sir!

  • Juck

    She counts 3+2+1=7 Release date Feb 14 & days from today

    • Andrew Hewitt

      Everything about that comment just wasn’t right.

    • Anonymous

      Ahh nice work. That could very well be. :)

      • Greg

        Why would they release it on a Sunday when they arent open…?

        • Anonymous

          …They are open. How else did people get to preorder on Superbowl Sunday?

    • Nate

      3+2+1=6 dumbass

      • Juck

        I meant 3×2+1=7 my bad hahaha

      • Anonymous

        OUCH CHARLEY

        • oz0ne

          HAHAHAHA!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      2+2=5 then, right?

  • Leehblanc

    3 (days…today)
    2 (days… tomorrow)
    1 (day… Wednesday)
    Launch Thursday??

    Wishful thinking, I know… but wouldn’t it be AWESOME?!?!?

    • http://twitter.com/technoveg Josh Phillips

      This.
      I want this.
      Please…

    • Anonymous

      launch is the 14th

    • Anonymous

      launch is the 14th

  • http://twitter.com/technoveg Josh Phillips

    How about lightning striking tomorrow? That would be a good thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ridoz419 Jerrod Schultz

    So, judging by the counts of the Spanish girl… it will be released on 3/21?

    • Anonymous

      Nah, she’s just counting how many miles the storm is out, by the end of the commercial its here. Her counting might seem like a hint but I honestly doubt it is.

      • DroidxKid

        its not a real hidden message. its just a saying that the storm is coming. when you hear thunder getting closer together in pauses it means the thunderstorm is close. so the HINT is that the Storm [phone] is about to hit [the market].

        • Viper76269

          the Storm 3? noooooo

          • Taylorevans166

            Idiot

          • Lakerzz

            Lightning, ERRR, lighten up!!!

          • Viper76269

            really bro, really? bro…….really?

          • Viper76269

            really bro, really? bro…….really?

          • Anonymous

            Lol. This is extra funny because many Storm 1 users on VZW are having their contracts expire right about now (if they haven’t already). What better device to jump to other than a Thunderbolt? One single bolt that’s significantly more powerful than an entire thunderstorm.

    • Anonymous

      And Febrero means February. :P

      • http://twitter.com/jheyneman James Heyneman

        LoL nice

    • Anonymous

      Like it, would be pretty cool translation

    • Anonymous

      Like it, would be pretty cool translation

    • Timwebster13

      Notice the lightning strikes twice then once. It repeats this over and over. The 21st.

  • Mrkylelovett

    SECOND !