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Thunderbolt Launch Delayed by Verizon, 4G Mobile Hotspot as Well?

Uh oh.  Has the HTC Thunderbolt been delayed?  According to this news we just received from some friends of ours, it has.  The really troubling part is the “No ETA at this time” note, but we’re hoping it won’t be delayed for long especially with all of the marketing materials for the device arriving on time.  I guess now we know why VZW sent out this interesting little tweet yesterday morning.

Could this delay have something to do with the fact that 4G mobile hotspot won’t be working?  We reported on the absence of mobile hotspot on the TBolt numerous times, but were told  it had been cleared up and would be ready for launch.  Maybe we’re back to that February 24th date?

Oh, and we’re trying to ignore the part about the delay of the XOOM’s creative and assume it’s on track.

Note:  Amazon has also removed the 2/14 date from their listing.

Cheers S!

  • colacomp

    Best Buy employee (Chad) told me that the Thunderbolt will be available on the 28th in the Asheville, NC store (Tunnel Rd) on the 28th. I’m number 3 in the pre-order queue.

  • Anonymous

    Oh god, its the Dinc all over again!

    “Shipments delayed until April 24″
    “Shipments delayed until April 29″
    “Shipments delayed until May 21″
    “Shipments delayed until June 2″
    “Shipments delayed until August 4″

    And so on.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

  • Munstir

    So then does this effect the best buy release date? If best buy had the exclusive right to sell it first then would amazon or verizon even be selling it on the 14th anyways? I pre-ordered at best buy and the guy said they would have them in on the 14th for sure. AHHHHHHH! This is frustrating

  • Monique

    I was just thinking…you guys should want this thing to be delayed so that it won’t be overshadowed by the iPhone. Yeah, you guys think the Thunderbolt is a beast and is way better than the iPhone but many people have been waiting for a vzw iPhone since 2007 and now that it’s here, people are going to buy it up and won’t even take a second look at the Thunderbolt. I think ‘pushing’ the release back will help with the Thunderbolt sales and there will be more advertising surrounding it as well. Just be patient. You guys will get your phone. I’m more interested in the 4G data plans. Nothing official has been released yet, nor has there been any leaked docs in regards to the data plans which is really weird. I think VZW is still trying to figure it all out

  • Fredy

    just left verizon i message on their Facebook page i say if we all do that maybe they will see that we android fans want android not the freaking iphone

  • NCX

    this looks like that Proof that the Miami guy said he would give on Monday which was apparently not until today as to the delay being true. the fact were ignoring here is Verizon only released a teaser ad yesterday that says February, so we can atleast be calm about it coming out in February still, i mean, if this proof is genuine and that it was posted prior to the release of that teaser, something is going on behind the scenes that there doing deliberately to throw people off and to hype up this phone even more, it is there first LTE phone after all, why not do viral marketing and “leak” info on purpose, HTC does it all the time and we know its HTC, what better way to hype up a device than to leak the info and see the reaction surrounding it and change it accordingly.

  • Pooch

    I love how people are blaming Verizon for the mishandling of the launch date for the ThunderBolt. I don’t believe that they were the one’s making the announcement and running off at the mouth. Shouldn’t we be blaming Best Buy and Amazon for throwing out dates that didn’t have any confirmation from Verizon. I assume that they are delaying the release, in lieu of the iPhone, and I would love to have the ThunderBolt on the 14th as well. But had Best Buy, Amazon, and the countless websites not been throwing out the date of 2/14, I wouldn’t have been getting excited. Had Verizon ben able to announce their own date of 2/24 or 2/28, and delivered it then, no one would’ve been upset.

    • Anonymous

      Thats very true. I think Best Buy and Amazon lead most of us on (Especially Best Buy with the Pre-orders). I think I am most upset with the fact that since the Verizon I*hone was announced on like the 25th of January, Verizon gave it a pre-order date and a release day. With the Thunderbolt, we have no release date, no official 4G pricing plans for data being used on the phone and the phone was announced 3 weeks ahead of that Apple phone. I believed if it wasn’t an I*hone coming to Verizon, then we would of heard something by then. This is why I’m upset, my 2 cents

    • http://twitter.com/thomroethke thomroethke

      No. Responsibly run companies communicate clearly with their customers. Verizon continues to fail in that department.

  • Kaizo05

    Hahaha! Steve Jobs is a tool. pre-order what? a picture of the thunderbolt?

  • Anonymous

    what about best buy?

  • Monique

    I have no idea why you guys are so upset. Verizon has not officially said that the Thunderbolt would be available on 2/14/11 and then took it back and said it wasn’t going to be available on 2/14/11. All of the info you guys have received have been from sources other than VZW like Best Buy and Amazon, not VZW. VZW has not come out and said anything official about the release date of the Thunderbolt.

    • http://twitter.com/thomroethke thomroethke

      Exactly. Verizon refuses to communicate anything, which is why people place to much weight on what is being said by Verizon’s partners. People are upset because they are excited about this new product but the people responsible for getting it in our hands are fumbling all over themselves and not even communicating what the problems are.

  • david

    My wife work for vzw im trying to get more info out of her but she wont tell me nothing but as soon as I get some info ill let u know

    • Anonymous

      Kick her in the tits. They love that shit.

  • http://twitter.com/AdamBeutler AdamBeutler

    I just wish motorola and HTC would take a page from apple on this and just release these devices themselves instead of relying on the carriers to push their products. Apple came right out with the wifi ipad and it did great, motorola should do the same.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ahbonte76 Alex Bonte

    Yeah, does anyone have any idea what that means? I don’t care about the TBolt release date, but I do want to know when I can expect to have a Xoom in my hands.

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

    Maybe Verizon is just pissed that everyone but them announced the official release date so they want to delay it to make everyone else look bad and let themselves shine in the limelight when they officially announce the release date a week later

  • Anonymous

    What is the “Creative” deal with the XOOM?

    • http://twitter.com/thomroethke thomroethke

      A delay in advertising materials for the shops, I’m guessing.

      • Anonymous

        Makes sense.

        I hope that means they’re dropping the price a couple Benjamins. Or at least throwing a WiFi only version in there or something.

  • NCX

    I think the 4G Hotspot there referring to is the Mifi device not that app since documentation leaked from Verizon confirmed it would be available at launch. I wonder if the delay for the ThunderBolt is to update software or if its HTC related, the official launch of the htcsense.com website isn’t really up yet, its still buggy and not fully functional. MWC will probably have announcements that the ThunderBolt will be getting more features added or software updated to include newly announced features.

    One can only hope thats the reason, or if all these date changes being leaked all over the place is just to build up the hype (which there doing an excellent job if thats the case…)

  • http://karmamule.wordpress.com Eddie Yasi

    I decided not to order an iPhone in favor of the HTC Thunderbolt, and am really looking forward to it. But, all this release date back-and-forth is depressing. Here’s hoping Verizon goes public with a REAL release date soon for all of us loyal Android fans who are waiting for even a fraction of the attention and information the iPhone is getting.

  • Annoyed Verizon Customer

    I’ve been a loyal verizon customer for almost 9 yrs now. The way they’re handling the the Thunderbolt and its release is really turning me off. They’re lucky that AT&T’s network isn’t as good in my area or I’d switch.

    • Monique

      wow, that’s pretty sad…it’s a phone for goodness sake

  • Stackb

    this is not a “DROID” branded device, so why the heavy coverage

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

      Because it is anDROID device, and they cover all things anDROID!!

    • Fredy

      this is a android site as in all android not motorola site

      • Anonymous

        to the contrary, this IS a Droid site – there is an android site, over at an.droid-life.com :)

        I suspect that’s what inspired the OP anyway

  • Anonymous

    Son of a… I pre-ordered this last night at the local BB. I wish this had leaked yesterday so I could have waited it out.

  • Anonymous

    Son of a…. I pre-ordered mine last night at BB… Wish this had leaked out yesterday!

  • Anonymous

    asd

  • Doug

    The only reason I can see jumping on this thing is if you’re worried Verizon is gonna screw with the data plan offerings and are hoping to get grandfathered in. Otherwise, I might be happy to just wait for the *phone 5.

  • bolson32

    Man…..it seems as if verizon is just handling all of their smartphone releases terribly…..I’m not a fan of the iPhone at all, but it doesn’t make sense to me to have verizon release it when it will already be a dinosaur when it’s compared to the new HTC and Moto Droids. And on top of that, the more verizon delays the TBolt, the more people will be willing to wait for the dual-core phones…..makes no sense to me

    • Monique

      The iPhone works as it should, no matter how old you may think it is. Besides, you will get the same software update as the new iPhones being released, unlike with Android phones. Where is 2.3 on any of these 4G phones? Also, the vast majority of people can care less about dual core phones, in fact most people have no idea what dual core means. So, no the vast majority of people will not be waiting for a dual core phone. People use phones for 1. the internet 2. apps 3. email 4. music and 5. games. And the iPhone 4, even at 7 mos. old, is excels at all of this. And I’m not a iPhone fan girl, I do have an Incredible but I just got my iPhone 4 and I will admit the iPhone 4 is a better all around device.

      • Dr. Jekyll

        did you buy the one with higher GBs?

        • Monique

          nah, just the 16GB model. I don’t really need 32GB since I really don’t own that much music/movies/pics etc….

        • Monique

          nah, just the 16GB model. I don’t really need 32GB since I really don’t own that much music/movies/pics etc….

        • Monique

          nah, just the 16GB model. I don’t really need 32GB since I really don’t own that much music/movies/pics etc….

        • Monique

          nah, just the 16GB model. I don’t really need 32GB since I really don’t own that much music/movies/pics etc….

        • Monique

          nah, just the 16GB model. I don’t really need 32GB since I really don’t own that much music/movies/pics etc….

        • Monique

          nah, just the 16GB model. I don’t really need 32GB since I really don’t own that much music/movies/pics etc….

        • Monique

          nah, just the 16GB model. I don’t really need 32GB since I really don’t own that much music/movies/pics etc….

        • Monique

          nah, just the 16GB model. I don’t really need 32GB since I really don’t own that much music/movies/pics etc….

        • Monique

          nah, just the 16GB model. I don’t really need 32GB since I really don’t own that much music/movies/pics etc….

        • Monique

          nah, just the 16GB model. I don’t really need 32GB since I really don’t own that much music/movies/pics etc….

      • Anonymous

        >>> “People use phones for 1. the internet 2. apps 3. email 4. music and 5. games.”

        LOL i make calls on mine. Does the iPhone not have an app for that yet?

  • Benfarris12

    This will probably change by the end of the day. Its changed over and over again. It will probably change again by the end of the day!

  • IzzyDLizzy

    When are you folks going to get a clue to stop paying any attention to half of this stuff being leaked. The mfgs and carriers rarely ever have things released and done on time. You can go all the way back to the Droid when it was suppose to be released and see this issue. It was 2 months late from the original planned release.

    Heres my guess XOOM & Thunderbolt March early April at best, and lets not even get into the Bionic as that wont be til late summer ( ie around labor day). And yes I know what is going around but again I’ve been around enough and get enough inside info to know they are great sales pitches from the copr big wigs. Anywhoo imo VZW has spent way to much time on the iPhone crap and let the ball drop on there other stuff. And with LTE, dual core issues with Android, general SW issue with all the new updates the mfgs can not keep up with because of Google none of this stuff is ready for prime time to begin with. And with that said we are better off anyways otherwise everyone would be throwing a fit about some pile of junk device that was released and not ready but they pushed it out because consumers don’t have any nerves to just relax. Personally if it takes them another 6 months to get them right so be it. Get them fixed and done right BEFORE release not afterwards like we see to many other times. So for once can people just sit back and chill and enjoy what they have. Why do we always have to have something new and better. No wonder this country is in the mess that it is

    • Cygrymus

      “When are you folks going to get a clue to stop paying any attention to half of this stuff being leaked.”
      How about when the manufacturer/service provider begins to actually communicate with it’s customers?

  • FortitudineVincimus

    ENOUGH on the release date of this damn phone. I mean good God, how many stories here talk about the release date again and again and again. STOP!!!!!!!

    • poopular

      if you don’t like it don’t read it….geez…

  • Kevoskee

    OK getting frustrated, honestly i could care less for the mobile hotspot when i can tether internet for free. In my opinion, it can be fix through an update. I bet if the I*hone launched last month or next month, the Thunderbolt would arrive on-time. Hope it is still coming Monday

  • Coaster36

    They said itll ship this week. Well looks like im going to take a trip down to the local vzw corp store where a fellow rooter works and see if I can get a little sneaky sneak

  • Sholtkamp32

    android 3.1????

    • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

      No, just iPhone.

  • Riverjao

    Sooooo sick of the all the TBolt and Xoom drama. Ridiculous. Big Red, HTC, Moto and/or whoever, you suck. For the love of all that is good in the world, just give us an official, irrevocable date for the TBolt. Xoom, you and your $800 price tag and wifi bull can shove it! At this point, I wish that you idiots wouldn’t even release a WiFi only version just so that your sales will be drastically low so that MAYBE, just MAYBE you idiots will think, “Huh, maybe if we want to be competitive in a competitive market, we’ll make our prices, offers and versions (no initial WiFi release) reasonable.” But, then again, They’ll probably just keep screwing everybody over with no regard. Of course, that’s just how Big Red rolls, so whoever their working with will probably have to conform. Pathetic. Maybe I’ll just buy an iPad like my wife. At least o’ Steve offers a price variance and optional data-plans. UGH!!!

    • Riverjao

      Makes me want to switch to Sprint.

      • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

        After the fail yesterday, please run as far away as you can

    • LeeInMKE

      You guys are idiots. At CES, VZW said ‘some as early as March’. Everything else that has ‘fortold’ an earlier date has been purely speculation. Don’t get mad with VZW because they’re not saying anything. Be pissed at everyone else for spouting rumors and then constantly flip-flopping on them. When they have an official, irrevocable date, they’ll release it. Until then, shut up!

      • Octotron

        There really is no reason to call people idiots. This is a site for rumors and news. These postings are rumors and news. If you cannot rationalize that, then perhaps you should go elsewhere… or we can arrange that for you.

        • LeeInMKE

          Yes. Please arrange. I’d like to see how that works out.

  • BloodiedWraith

    “Motorola Xoom – There has been a delay with the creative for the Motorola Xoom.”

    I wish that could somehow be translated to “Oh man, people are flipping over the outrageous price on the Xoom and the fact you HAVE to get a month of service inorder to even use it on just WiFi. Screw it, we’ll launch it at $599.99, then that first month of service won’t seem like so much!”

    I can only dream =(

    • Anonymous

      Seriously, please be right.

    • Anonymous

      That would definitely be interesting. Likely a first too. We obviously know they were planning to launch the Xoom at $799.99, so if it comes out at a lower price, it is almost certainly due to consumer reaction. I just hope it still comes out on 2/24, and fortunately, there is no indication that it won’t.

  • Brum08

    Granted I haven’t tracked a phone before, like I have with the Thunderbolt, but this is just getting silly now. Why can’t we have a date and either stick with it or have it pushed back once. I don’t understand why not meeting a deadline is acceptable

    • DBEvans

      Three theroies that I can come up with off the top of my head:

      1) The fruity phone, and VZW wanting to avoid launching a new service so close to that phone’s launch as the support lines will already be swamped.

      2) The lack of concrete pricing information may mean that those were still being evaluated (possibly both plan and device pricing being re-examined)based on feedback from marketing and actions by other carriers – which would require designing, producing, and distributing all new marketing materials.

      3) Some other mystery issue (technical, supply chain, etc) that forced a delay.

      • NCX

        if its a supply delay, hopefully they’ll have enough units at launch, Incredible, Droid X and Droid 2 both sold out on launch day, they might be trying to avoid a repeat of this

  • Anonymous

    Translation:

    Dear Loyal VZW Customers,

    We are temporarily abandoning our Android and 4G launch plans to see how far we can get our nose up Steve Jobs’ rear-end.

    Sincerely,
    App… uhm VZW.

    • Riverjao

      AAAAAAAAAAAAMEN!!!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t understand why apple products have this bizarre effect on retailers and product reviewers. Why is it that perfectly sane and rational people become complete dilholes when an apple product is nearby?

      “Our first 4G phone? Screw it! Sure the iphone is slower with a lower quality camera on the front and the back, and sure it’s 3G only, incapable of global roaming, and already a year old, but its the iPHONE!”

      I just don’t get it. Its old news, and the iphone5 will come out this summer anyways.

  • Alvinm 77

    Awwww dang. That the arguing and thumbs up I got in the last post means nothing now lol. Oh well. Guess I gotta wait. Hopefully we still get a Feb release date. Dont mind picking it up with my Xoom

  • Alenghi

    Oy vey!

  • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut PeacedOut

    Well I guess at least my fiance will be happy that I won’t be giving more attention to my phone on valentines day…

    • Alvinm 77

      LMAO minds too…

  • Anonymous

    Bummer, I’m jealous of my wife and her new iphone…I know, I know, but I’m a tech addict and am always interested in new gadgets. I was really looking forward to the thunderbolt.

  • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

    Wow….not surprising though.

  • http://www.henryhelmes.com Henry

    back to best buy to return my preorder!

    • Kevoskee

      Good luck with that. Now you have a handy-dandy gift card to make all your worries disappear…

      • Anonymous

        uh, no dumbass, bestbuy will let you return the preorder/giftcard and give you your 50 bucks back.

        • Anonymous

          wow, way to be a dick about it

          • Anonymous

            awwww, are you butthurt or is that your feelings?