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New HTC Ad Features Video Chatting on Thunderbolt, Skype Mobile to Blame for Delay?

HTC released an ad today talking about all of the innovations we see through their line of smartphones and the one that we can’t seem to get away from, the Thunderbolt, has a starring role.  When the phone appears at the 23 second mark, video chatting through Skype Mobile is the highlight and one of the major selling features that Verizon couldn’t stop talking about when announcing it at CES.  It definitely looks amazing, but is it also the reason for an apparent delay?  

Our inboxes started filling up this afternoon with rumors suggesting exactly that.  We first reported on Skype Mobile missing the phone’s launch (here and here), but are now hearing that VZW may be holding everything back while they wait for it to be ready.  If you look at the TBolt’s HTC and Verizon pages, they are clearly selling the heck out of Skype, but we should remind you all that there wasn’t a working version anywhere at CES that we could find.  And it wouldn’t make a ton of sense to release a phone with one of its top 5 selling features inactive, especially with word that 4G mobile hotspot could be on hold as well.

This is all definitely rumor, but after seeing Amazon getting rid of a release date, Verizon removing the Tbolt teaser ad, and Best Buy continuing on without zero knowledge of price or official availability, we’re not sure when we’ll see this phone.  Oh, and our friendly industry Panda has made reference to the phone being pushed way up and is not surprised to see everything getting a little crazy.

And here is that new HTC commercial…

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Cheers Brian!

  • BigDaddy5150

    I have just one question that no one at verizon seems to be able to answer…Can the Tbolt and the iphone 4 video chat with each other? Is Skype available for the iphone? I want the Bolt and the wife seems to think that she needs the iphone…anybody? Can you tell me? Please?

  • Howattbj

    So i just called BB… Asked when the TB will be launched… He said to call Samsung… FML

    • YoMomma

      HA!

    • Anonymous

      So if you got the Droid X and you want to trade it in for a Thunderbolt is that possible; bc my contract isnt up till November? Does anyone know how i can get this phone any advice???

  • Anonymous

    why can’t every other android phone manufacturer take note of HTC’s commercials… they are absolutely perfect.. they show off the OS!!!

  • Destin246

    Why dont we just start calling droid-life, thunderbolt-life because thats all this site ever talks about nowa days! Get new topics

  • http://twitter.com/Dirtball_Rotten Dirtball Rotten

    there is a simple reason for the delay of the thunderbolt.. let me put everyone on some game here.. its the iphone. they want to get as many dumb ass people to buy into the HYPE and get the iphone asap!!!! there are a couple of reasons why there will be no major phones released within 2 or 3 weeks of the iphone

    1.if there were 4g phones available during the 1st couple of HYPE weeks of the iphone release the reps would have to answer a few questions verizon dont want them to answer right now. 1 is the iphone4 4g? 2. will there be a iphone5 with 4g coming out soon?
    – verizon knows 98% of the public is stupid when it comes to technology they will believe the hype

    2. they will wait for a min 2 weeks to drop a 4g phone bc by that time the new 14 day return policy will be over and they will be stuck with the iphone and cant trade it in for all the new fast lte4g phones their other friends will be showing them.

    that way they will benefit from the apple hype machine and also still get the lte4g customers bc they have to wait anyways ….. that my friends what we would call THE GAME

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Blanchard/607863887 Jeff Blanchard

      Or like you said, most people have no clue and won’t even ask..
      It’s only people like ourselves that frequent tech sites that even really have much of a clue as to what lte is, and given the relaxed standard of ’4g’ now any idiot can be told yes this 3g phone is 4g, even if it isn’t necessarily true.
      And said idiots (aka the average uninformed consumer, which really isn’t an idiot) would be like, ok thanks.

      Take off the tinfoil.

    • conazo

      you completely hit the target enough said!!! verizon wants all the millions of idiots to buy the icrap, then they will announce t-bolt,bionic,revolution and that ugly samsung phone! LOL!

  • Dmbatcofc

    Neither manufacturer nor carrier has said anything about a release date… all these speculation/rumors are ridiculous.

  • Cam_wilson55

    I hope they update the battery, the only thing holding me back on this phone.

    • thunderrunder

      just get an after market battery. Cost an extra 50 bucks but it’ll give you like 2 days of normal use

      • Cam_wilson55

        I feel like you shouldn’t have to pay an extra $50 when you already shell out a premium to get the phone.

        • scadole

          Dude, the deposit goes towards the device.

        • scadole

          My bad, i missed the original post! I agree and i refuse to buy an extended battery because i don’t want a phone that looks like a brick. However, I think it’s one of the few downfalls of purchasing an android phone on 4g….. I’ve already ordered a standard battery for it. Apple does have the market cornered on battery life, but that comes with the limitations that apple’s devices face.

          • Cam_wilson55

            And after the mess up with battery on the evo, you think they would have upgraded the battery but they decreased it down to 1400….just doesn’t make sense, unless, the newer, upgraded processor is somehow amazingly efficient

  • Donnydon

    NO DELAY!!!! 1000000% posotive. I saw them in the bestbuy store!!!! stacks and stacks of them!!!! The verizon rep at bestbuy said he will be selling them on the 14th no doubt!!! Norwalk CT Best Buy

  • http://twitter.com/Bryentt Bryentt Engelhardt

    Funny, the 2 things I care less about are holding me back, both can wait till later. Not really interested in spending an extra $20 a month to use the hotspot.

  • jboy06

    Another buggy android phone? Who would have guessed? But it has the 4G!!!
    You wanna know what phone does work? The Verizon iPhone, with Skype video and facetime straight out of the gate. You want a smartphone that you dont have to root to get something to scroll smoothly? Get an iPhone. Sick of your google apps force closing? Get an iPhone. Want apps that are actually useful? Get an iPhone.

    • Anonymous

      Correct me if im wrong, but wont iphone only facetime on wifi? Well I use wifi when im home, and then I would just use my laptop at that point. So fail. Also, I can’t remember the last time anything forced closed. But if a force close did happen, it would be because my phone was overwhelmed with all the multi tasking, which iphone cannot truly do. I also like widgets and customization and hardware choices way too much to buy an iphone.

      • Anonymous

        true that, i will say i do multi task too much my phone restarts itself, but the i got the reboot pro app, it closes all apps and restarts them and then it runs good again….considering im running adw ex all the time with full blown customization…..yah…. background, transitions, htc weather widget….fancy widget pro…animations, icon backgrounds. Yah iphone go eat your 3g speeds and your outdated hardware.

    • Anonymous

      Correct me if im wrong, but wont iphone only facetime on wifi? Well I use wifi when im home, and then I would just use my laptop at that point. So fail. Also, I can’t remember the last time anything forced closed. But if a force close did happen, it would be because my phone was overwhelmed with all the multi tasking, which iphone cannot truly do. I also like widgets and customization and hardware choices way too much to buy an iphone.

    • Dr. Jekyll

      j(obs)boy06 keep up the faith may iGod bless you.

    • scadole

      People root the phones because they can… so the community can learn from each other and make things stronger. Apple designs its devices for morons. Yes morons like you who can never STFU about how awesome their phone is and how it’s made you a better person. Take your boring ass phone with its tired OS and go to a forum with all the soccer moms and senior citizens and talk about how awesome your phones are and how much they love throwing their money at iTunes and how you’ll never be able to use any of the media they buy on anything except another apple device.

      This is Droid-Life.com, not IcantSTFUaboutHowAwesomeIamCuzIhaveAnIphone.com

    • Anonymous

      And…you know….the death grip.

      Just sayin

  • Mike

    Just pre-ordered, but BB associate’s response to release date and price, was to say that “it’s all rumor to this point”, and then give the high and low rumored price and the 14th to the 26th as the rumored release dates (no usable information). By the way, the free buy-back offer goes until the 26th, and only works when you pick up the phone (has to be on the same receipt as the purchase), and the $50 is fully refundable if you change your mind at any time (it just gives you a place in line).

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

    Never liked Skype…..Google Chat.

  • Travis

    I just called the Best Buy in Reading, PA and they said that they are still honoring pre-orders and that the release date for that is set Feb. 14th

    • Anonymous

      yay

  • Anonymous

    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  • Jawshua

    wow!!! Can we have a post that isn’t about the Thunderbolt?! Talk about bring inundated! How about some cool new apps or a nice new live wallpaper?

    • Jawshua

      * being

    • Jawshua1

      go somewhere else if you don’t like it!

      • Jawshua

        No I’ll stay right here because I’m a part of this just like your negative self. And my concern was heard, just look at the following post. So nan nan a boo boo stick your head in doo doo… make sure to eat some as well as sticking your head in it, you know so you get a nasty parasite that makes you ill for weeks.

        • Mark

          I want to hear about the Thunderbolt… Take it easy…..

        • Jaw

          ya got me jawshua, stickin my head in doo doo right now after reading your comment

  • Anonymous

    I seen this ad like a week ago. Would like to see the skype feature work but will use fringe instead until that time. Just release the phone for I can have a front facing camera

  • Adam

    yea same here! i just want the phone already and the updates will come…btw i called best buy and they said its still coming out on monday the 14th!!

    • Anonymous

      maybe they havent seen/ heard of the delay because the delay information is supposed to be a leak

    • Anonymous

      Yeah guys just think, if some of these best buy stores don’t already have these devices, they’re probably en route at least. So HTC/Verizon can’t physically update each phone. It’ll have to be in the form of an ota update. So give us the effing phone already and we’ll get skype later.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah guys just think, if some of these best buy stores don’t already have these devices, they’re probably en route at least. So HTC/Verizon can’t physically update each phone. It’ll have to be in the form of an ota update. So give us the effing phone already and we’ll get skype later.

  • http://twitter.com/MarkyD311 MarkyD

    thee delays are making me rage.

  • Flashfist22

    Wait, how is it going to do video chat and not have a front facing camera?

    • Anonymous

      it does have a 1.3 megapixel camera

      • Flashfist22

        Tough crowd lol. I didn’t see that in the first spec releases but that’s cool. At least im not the iphone guy that snuck on here. Its a toss up between the Thunderbolt and the Bionic for me though.

    • Anonymous

      Fail.

    • Johnsdabeast

      It does…..

    • (v)urphy

      Someone hasn’t done their homework.

  • Anonymous

    I preordered it and i personally hope it comes out later than the 14th because i will be on a trip on the 14th. I just want to get the phone as soon as it comes out.

    • Johnsdabeast

      My best buy told me they were delayed too.

      • Brum08

        I stopped in to the one by me and asked, cause I am going out of town soon too and they told me the 14th. Guess only time will tell. I cant imagine it has anything to do with hardware/software. I doubt they’d try and produce thousands of Thunderbolts the week of. I really hope that’s the case though, and either that is an old screenshot or it just applies to VZW due to iphone sales

  • johnsdabeast

    Someone tell Verizon I could live without Skype or Mobile Hotspot for 2 weeks or a month. I’d rather have the phone sooner.

    • Anonymous

      second that!

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely. Hell, I’ll take the phone without a working browser for a couple of weeks if I can get it sooner. Wouldn’t be any different than my Storm.

      • Johns Dabeast

        Haha that’s exactly what I have.

      • Johns Dabeast

        Haha that’s exactly what I have.

      • Anonymous

        lol

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2OMA3FFJFMWKNQ64JFOZVI2DTI greg

        heck yeah, I chomping at the bit to record an “Office Space” style smashing of my og storm the T-bolt, though if this gets delayed for long I might just continue the masochistic behavior and wait out the Bionic…

      • Motta2003

        I have a Storm as well…hated it since the second I got it.

    • Caleb785

      They should just sell the phone with all it’s problems then give it a big software update