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HTC Thunderbolt Clears FCC, Can We Announce it Now?

When it comes to FCC reports, we aren’t about to start acting like experts, but if we’re reading this correctly, the HTC Thunderbolt cleared on 2/7/11 with a final report possibly sneaking through just yesterday.  Could this be the reason that Verizon is holding up the launch and has been doing their best to not announce anything?  Anyone want to put money on a February 11 announcement?

Source:  FCC

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

    This isn’t the Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt is ADR6400. This is a different phone. Maybe the Incredible 2 or a new WP7 for Verizon….

  • roddyblack73

    I hope your ready to pay the extra ten bucks for your 4G. I just got word from inside sources it’s a premium data package. I dont even have 4G here in Yuma.

  • Beachbum4ever

    Used to work at my local Verizon store. Went in there today and asked my buddy about the release date. He said it was pushed back then he held up the 24th on his fingers. The manager was standing right around the corner and she is a real hag LOL. We walked away and he said it would be there here then.

    • Anonymous

      no way, the 14th sounds perfect and bestbuy is supposed to already be getting stock. Its coming and not 10 days later.

  • LeeInMKE

    Kellex, I told you almost 3 weeks ago, Feb 14th announcement date. :) Looking good, eh? I might have been a week late with my release date though. :(

  • Anonymous

    sounds good.

  • Quentin8171

    I just called bb in canton,Ohio and they said they are not taking pre-orders and have not got a release date yet

    • Tim242

      They’re stupid. They have been taking preorderssince Sunday, telling us release is 2/14

  • Hoot352

    I personally check droid-life every day to see if there’s a new update as to when the thunderbolt will finally make it’s appearance. The site’s been doing an excellent job and getting their hands on intel about this phone and others. I’m counting on the TB being available on the 14th as most intel has led to that date. This will be my first smart phone. After reading posts on here, I already want to learn to customize it once I get it… haha…thanks droid-life

    • Lakerzz

      Awesome. :)

  • Phil

    I just pre-bought the bolt, he said he just confirmation it will release on the 22nd. Odd I have never heard this date before.

  • http://silkyjay.com John Cantrell

    I’m no expert but I do emissions testing and this doesn’t really tell you if it passed or not, this looks like what the limits it should be.

  • Tcal

    Bleh…
    The Atrix is better-dualcore, laptop docking capabilities, fingerprint scanner, 1GB of RAM, QhD screen, (most likely) both carrier and manufacturer support (upgrades), a brilliantly low price, updated motoblur software (better than before), and Motorola will probably use the same bootloader ( with a twist of course). In my opinion, the Atrix makes having AT&T as carrier bearable-maybe even somewhat satisfying.

    • Anonymous

      Have fun dropping calls. Have fun with motoblur and that locked bootloader.

      • Nxus1ne

        not to mention being forced into only being able to install market apps.

      • Tcal

        Or I could just migrate over to T-Mobile with the Atrix (Like some iPhone users used to do); They have excellent voice coverage where I live. MotoBlur is O.K. And who a locked bootloader will only delay the inevitable successful root.
        Besides, maybe Motorola will have to resort to unlocking the bootloader with the iPhone coming to Verizon.

    • bob

      I had a Hyundai with all the bell and whistles. So what it still a Hyundai!!

  • RaptorOO7

    It’s clear to me that Best Buy will have it on the 14th, its cleared the FCC, BB is taking pre-orders and my opinion is Verizon doesn’t want to give a date so as to avoid the any bumps in iPhone.

    Still BB could sell it for two weeks in advance, Verizon could hold the 4G launch until 2-28-11 and roll it out in their stores. I put my deposit down, I want the phone on Monday. If nothing else I will just get a refund.

  • Anonymous

    VZW just tweeted: “Bolt. Thunderbolt. Will tweet info the second we have info. No baloney, just truth – when it’s true. (Love your enthusiasm for #LTE!)”

  • http://twitter.com/PlankLongBeard Planklongbeard

    You know what makes me laugh… it’s so ironic how they’re so on top of it, reading EVERY forum – hash tag and Facebook / Twitter posts!

  • beng8686

    So SICK of hearing about the Thunderbolt. Lets see some updates about the DROID BIONIC… you know, since it has the actual DROID branding… damn. Either that or change your website to Thunderbolt-life. @Keithsmnr I agree 1000 percent.

    • Keithsmnr

      word!

    • badger28

      If you hover over the droid life homepage tab it clearly says “…all about Android and the DROID lineup…” so this is in the category of what should be on this page. Did you ever think maybe there is no new news on the Bionic. I bet when it is within a month of being released there will be just as much on it as the Thunderbolt.

      • Tcal

        Then shouldn’t all Android phones on VZW be covered by Droid-Life?

  • http://twitter.com/cgibby Corey Gibson

    Verizon just tweeted “Bolt. Thunderbolt. Will tweet info the second we have info. No baloney, just truth – when it’s true. (Love your enthusiasm for #LTE!)”

    My enthusiasm is starting to falter with these mental games I tell ya…

  • http://twitter.com/thomroethke thomroethke

    My money is on a Feb 24 launch with a Feb 25 announcement.

    • Tim242

      Ummm read what you wrote again

      • http://twitter.com/thomroethke thomroethke

        It’s a joke dude.

  • Keithsmnr

    I love Droid-life but really, all this speculating and worrying about dates is REALLY annoying. I mean, at least once a day we get a post “This is the date it will be released” or “this is the date they will announce the release date” or ” wait..this isn’t the release date” or “when is the release date?”

    It’s really annoying, I wish you would stop posting that stuff here.

    It will come out when it comes out, and it will be announced when it’s announced.

    Relax, people. Be patient.

    • DBEvans

      If you don’t like it, skip those stories and go on to the next one. My assumption is that, like pretty much everyone else, no one is forcing you to read every single story.

      And really, your complaint is pointed to the wrong place. If it weren’t for Verizon being somewhat comical in their date release for this device, this wouldn’t be an issue. Complain to the Verizon for constant delays and for not making anything official even this late in the release cycle, not to the messenger for reporting the information pieced together from various sources.

      • Keithsmnr

        It’s annoying because we haven’t been getting any good news lately and it seems like because there’s nothing else to report that they’ll just continue to speculate on a release date that we still don’t have an answer to.

        • Paul

          Idiot

          • Keithsmnr

            I love Droid-Life but there’s probably a dozen posts about the release date of of the Thunderbolt. How about one post, the one when the release date is actually announced?

          • Professional Squirrel Herder

            For someone who dislikes posts about release dates, you seem to be returning to this one pretty often.

            As has been said, nothing requires you to read every post on this site. Others obviously enjoy learning the news of the various leaks of information, even if you do not.

            Relax. Stop stressing over it, and read a different post. For that matter, if you only like official announcements, you should only be reading corporate press releases.

          • LeeInMKE

            How exactly does one go about herding squirrels? And how does one become a professional? Are there certifications? Or an exam? I’m quite interested in that line of work. Surely it would beat my current line of work in terms of excitement. Does it pay well? :D

          • Professional Squirrel Herder

            To herd squirrels requires a long internship with horrid hours. To move up to professional status requires proving the knowledge learned during the internship by completing a lengthy and in-depth exam, as well as a practical demonstration of your abilities. The next level is Master of Squirrel Herding, which requires that you assist an existing master of the trade in mentoring their interns, as well as completing a thesis in which you investigate original concepts or ideas in order to advance the accumulated knowledge regarding squirrel herding.

            Sadly, the pay is very poor, and it can take most of your professional carreer and a lucrative secondary job in order to earn enough to repay the loans accumulated during your education.

          • LeeInMKE

            :( Darn. Sounds like the kind of job you do for the love of the game, sorta like teaching.

  • Anonymous

    They will make us wait as long as possible. Maybe the launch date is after the Verizon I*hone trial period and will arrive after the 24th.

    • LeeInMKE

      Yay! Now someone’s thinking!

      • Tim242

        That would only cover first day sales.

    • Tim242

      That would only cover first day sales.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1276750673 Earl Painter

    Personally I could care less about anything HTC has. Give me Motorola or give me death.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1406945405 Jason Frasier

      no problem, that Moto will come with a locked bootloader too. Don’t get me wrong I love my OG Droid, but it was a one of a kind device from Moto. I think HTC may be the future.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1276750673 Earl Painter

        A friend of mine has the HTC evolution and I’m not the least bit impressed. I think Motorola builds a better, sturdier phone.

        • http://twitter.com/thomroethke thomroethke

          If only they could stop ruining all that beautiful hardware with their crappy, crappy software.

    • Anonymous

      I use to be the same way, but after the disapointing specs of the Bionic companred to the Atrix, and the uglyiness of the Bionic and the Atrix. The HTC Thunderbolt won me over. I played with a friends HTC EVO and thats really a nice phone solid metal body. I agree that the other HTC phones are cheap and plastic toy feeling. But from all accounts the Thunderbolt feels very nice is has a solid metal body.and you have to admit the Thunderbolt looks a hell of a lot sexier than the Bionic or the Atrix.

      Don’t get me wrong I still lke Moto, but I will wait and see what the dual core 2ghz device will look like in the near future :)

      • Tim242

        Dual core is not 2Ghz. It is 1Ghz, split between two cores.

        • Anonymous

          I realize that and thats what I meant. The rumor of a dual core each
          processor 1ghz each combines for 2Ghz. The way I wrote it is the same way
          it’s being advertized for future phones.

        • Anonymous

          Here is a link I promised u to send http://baobabshop-africa.com/about.html

    • DBEvans

      I like the Motorola feel of the hardware in the hand more (just seems more solid than the feel of the HTC hardware); but if I must get an OEM’s UI, then I greatly prefer Sense over Blur – so I’ve usually had a preference to go the HTC route. Although, I’ve heard the new version of Blur on upcoming devices is much better … if true, it could easilly sway me over to prefering Motorola on future devices.

    • Ccpardue

      BANG… your dead! Wish granted.

      Your welcome!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1276750673 Earl Painter

        Thank you very much.

  • Anonymous

    I have one last new every two credit… Can I use it at best buy.. Ive heard some people say it cannot be done while others swear it can be done..

    Any Best Buy employees or anyone else in the know want to weight in on this?

    • Anonymous

      I would also like to know….

      • Joker

        No you can’t I asked the other day sucks

    • Ccpardue

      You can use your NE2 @ BBY. You can’t use your early 1 great upgrade. Now if they will have a restriction on this phone in particular I do not know.

  • Anonymous

    Nice, catch. You guys have done a fabulous job covering the breaking news on this phone. Keep up the good work.

  • (v)urphy

    I’ll put my OG Droid on it

  • Anonymous

    Just read an interesting story on why Verizon might be holding off an announcement on the Thunderbolt. http://www.gizmocrunch.com/mobile/5209-htc-thunderbolt-verizon-iphone I didn’t know how to post a link so I copied and pasted the web browser info.

    • Rampancy

      lol @ the thought of buyer’s remorse because they can’t do data and voice at the same time.

      The only REAL reason this is good for Thunderbolt owners is because the i*hone can’t 1UP there anymore.

  • Anonymous

    Where’s the LTE Frequencies??

    • Jeff

      I second this question, nothing listed in the 700mhz space doesn’t sound right

    • LeeInMKE

      3G = 800 range, 4G = 1900 range

      • Tim242

        Nope. Verizon’s Lte is 700 Mhz

  • El El Kool J

    Lets do this big red!..valentines day is around the corner and I must make the wifey happy with a fresh brand new THUNDERBOLT!

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

    Ya… I’m ready to drop my sluggish OG Droid for a new brand model and UI. But seeing as my upgrade isnt until July, WHO KNOWS what kind of newer and better phones will be released by then!!

    • Keithsmnr

      Droid SLUGGISH? Custom ROM + overclock + new launcher like ADW = FAST AS HELL! MY Droid is faster than my wifes stock Droid X!

      • Joker

        No its not I h have both and my droid x smokes my over clocked droid everyday big difference

  • Anonymous

    omg just release my phone already!!!! i want it so bad my droid x is so crap. lol

  • Brum08

    Oh, I had assumed it had already passed. I would say that’s a pretty good reason for not announcing a release date. Still sucks in the end though.

  • Anonymous

    release the kraken!

  • http://twitter.com/Boom_Briggs Al Briggs

    my original droid keeps chuggin along… but im salivating at the thought of this in my hands!

    • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut PeacedOut

      Seriously, I think my OG droid knows of my plans and has started to act up! i need this phone!

      I guess it’s true, you never know when lighting will strike??

      • Bluedice0003

        This is happening to me too! I’m hoping it doesn’t bite the dust before this comes out… delays are killing me… If Verizon would give us a date I could get some other phone atleast 15 days prior….

    • Keithsmnr

      that’s what she said!

  • Rampancy

    It’s truly ridiculous that they won’t announce the phone OR 4G prices.

    • roddyblack73

      I just got told there is an added premium charge of $10 just like Sprint 4g service. So now I gotta come up with another ten bucks.

      • Que123123

        That is wrong, the prices will stay the same for LTE services. this was confirmed by verizon manager and also 3 diffrent reps I talked to,,,,

      • Tim242

        That is not, nor was it ever a 4G charge on Sprint. Now, it’s even charged on all smartphones.

      • 1234

        I just went to Verizon today and the guy told me the 4G data plans would be unlimited at $29.99 just like 3G he said however, towards the end of quarter 2 beginning of quarter 3 with newer phones a extra $10 will be added

        hope that helps