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Thunderbolt 4G Hotspot Delivers 5 or 8 Connections? HTC Seems Confused.

We are as bored as you are with this HTC Thunderbolt delay, so we’ll attempt to change it up and bring a little humor to the situation.  We know that marketing materials and dummy units are arriving in stores right now, but this specific flyer gave us a good laugh.  The device will be the first to act as a mobile hotspot on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, providing connections for up to 8 devices…err…is it 5 devices?  We definitely know that the number is 8, but HTC’s element seems to disagree and mentions that it will deliver the “power of 4G to five different devices.”  Silly HTC.  Blame the marketing department for the delay!

And actually on a more serious note, we are hearing from VZW insiders that the delay is more than likely due to the hotspot functionality not working correctly.   When we broke the news on a push back, the 4G hotspot was also mentioned as no longer being on schedule and is the reason that the 14th will likely be missed.

Cheers C!

  • Cameron

    Went to best buy today. I was told the 14th- she was reading it off the screen. Also, they started getting the cases in last night.

  • Michael

    so how many so called loyal android fanboys are jumping ship to iPhone’s release today? come on, be a man and confess!

  • Mrchad70

    who care..thats all this website talks about is this “thunderbolt”…drop it already

  • Dione Casey

    all week i thinking YESSS THE THUNDERBOLT IT MINE ON THE 14TH!!!………..then i read the 14th will likely be missed :( ;( :(

  • Michael

    hahaha this is pathetic and ironic, considering what should be a quick and lightning release date doesn’t live up to the name of the device! hope the device isn’t laggy as the release date!

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm…is it the buggy hotspot or the buggy skype app? Or maybe the terrible battery life and the constant force closings. Any of these reasons could be why it is delayed. If you want a smartphone that has NONE of these issues and has all of the features like skype video today, get an iPhone. All androids are buggy, that is exactly why Verizon is moving away from the Droid branding. The iPhone is Verizon’s future.

    • Anonymous

      Haha. You’re funny. :P

    • Anonymous

      Except for the fact that there are at least 4 phones already planned with DROID branding on them in 2011. Good point though!

    • Anonymous

      Except for the fact that there are at least 4 phones already planned with DROID branding on them in 2011. Good point though!

  • Amebulldog12

    the thunderbolt commercial is now showing on the spanish channels,oh i’m so excited..

    • amanda

      seriously??

  • Iphoneyeah

    IPHONE IPHONE IPHONE IPHONE IPHONE IPHONE IPHONE IPHONEn yeah did I say it enough times… OK OK just 1 more time go IPHONE!!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/pandapaul Paul Anderson

      booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • Anonymous

    Maybe the first five devices get 4g and the other three get 3g. It would make sense with Verizon’s new anti customer happiness wave they have been riding.

  • Donnydon

    The only reason to ever get this phone is the 4G. The iphone is a much more superior phone. Hummingbird processor, better gpu, better screen…more / better apps…….but No 4G Im just hoping its $30 for the 4G if not im getting the iphone. I just wanna lock down a cheap 4g Price now.

    • http://twitter.com/pandapaul Paul Anderson

      ….? You actually believe the iphone4 beats the Thunderbolt from a hardware spec perspective? Good sir, you are misinformed.

  • Guest

    Maybe its verizon. Not HTC seeing that htc is building the phone.

  • Crappymto

    Oh sh1t android you fud-up go IPHONE

  • http://twitter.com/DarknesSx_LDS Moaz B. Bambi

    is so hard to make phone HotSpot capable?????!!!! my 1 year old(or even more) Desire Classic is capable of delivering 3G to 5 Devices ….. after a FULL year, 4G HotSpot shouldn`t be so hard!!!!!!!

    (or maybe i`m missing something?)

    • Anonymous

      my eris can’t…. haha

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

    This has become Thunderbolt-Life.com

    • http://twitter.com/DarknesSx_LDS Moaz B. Bambi

      i just bought that domain name xDDDD lol JK

      • Anonymous

        I clicked it because I can. :)

        Thanks
        Chris

      • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

        hahaha

    • Anonymous

      who says i don’t like it this way? :)

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never tried to tether five devices at once… what happens when you reach the limit? (i don’t even have enough devices to try…)

    • Anonymous

      The last device connected explodes. :)

      • Anonymous

        lol, actually it evolves and then kills you, then it takes your life, lol.

    • Anonymous

      ill tell you when i get the thunderbolt… :)

      Thanks
      Chris

  • Jahart93

    Well it really is like a win/loss situation. The win is android gets rid of unloyal customers that realize how bad the Iphone really is and find out its just a name. While the loyal customers wait a lil while longer and get the best phone thats gone be out for a month and and about 3 months on verizon.

  • Adam

    My local Best Buy has confirmed, yesterday and again today, that the phone will be available on the 14th.

    • Anonymous

      sounds good. I think best buy will release on 14th. I think verizon is the 24 because can you return a verizon iphone bought FROM VERIZON at a bb? hmmm

      Thanks
      Chris

    • Anonymous

      well than that solves my angryness. I guess ill pre-order friday.

    • Luckyr1981

      I hope so. I was the first person pre-ordered the TB on the sixth at the Best Buy in Northridge CA. It took them 45min to figure out if they really were doing the pre-orders or not, and all I was told was that it would be released after the 10th of Feb.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y7Q3GFOJEQRQQ4CTE2K26DMCFE elvis

    fight the damn power!! give us what we want and screw *phone i want THUNDERBOLT NOW!!!!

  • Anonymous

    what advert is that?

    • Anonymous

      advert?

      • Anonymous

        advert(isement)

        • Anonymous

          llol, its just an advert for bb probably advertising 1 of its capabilities.

  • Anonymous

    i don’t care really.
    same difference.

    • Anonymous

      yah but i mean comon, just release the phone, its a hotspot for gods sake. gime a break….kit kat. lol

      • Anonymous

        yeah. seriously. droid eris RIP :)

        • Anonymous

          droid x rip with a new owner, lol

      • Anonymous

        oh. i just reread your comment. i just ment that i don’t care if it is 5 or 8

        • Anonymous

          well yah i meant i dont care…just saying it is 8. just release my phone!!!! btw just saying how is your eris battery?….my incredible was aweful…but i really didn’t charge it 12 hours…also why my droid x isn’t that great.

          • Anonymous

            i lost the original battery. i have a seidio but they both used to last 5 days. no joke.
            then it dropped down to at most a day for the last 6 months…

            Thanks
            Chris

          • Anonymous

            hmm nice, im really going to charge it this time, thats the key to a good battery, then let it drain all the way. It makes it last, now if i could just get it, lol. Ughh t-1 day 2 hours till i go preorder, lol.

            Ari.

          • Anonymous

            do you think it is the same battery? I am pretty sure it won’t carry over like eris –> incredible

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y7Q3GFOJEQRQQ4CTE2K26DMCFE elvis

          do you even use hotspot? ik i don’t, i mean how many people actually use it?

          • Anonymous

            i use it. and if i had 4g, i could boost every other wifi enabled device like in the car, etc.

            Thanks
            Chris

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y7Q3GFOJEQRQQ4CTE2K26DMCFE elvis

            how much more do you think you would have to pay then on 4g to use hotspot?

          • Anonymous

            it’s free until the service is nationwide.

          • Anonymous

            whoops.

  • Anonymous

    Ok give it a rest verizon, all i know is that phone better be out on the 14th or you know where u can go. just give me the phone, update the hotspot…on that wirefly video it worked perfectly so whats the problem! get it out already! it just got fcc so it better be out on the 14th!

  • DroidzFX

    IM gonna say its actually 6

  • Anonymous

    So far I have waited to pre order at best buy because I want to see what the scoop is at the verizon store. I have a new every two credit (I guess for 100 bucks) and supposedly I wont be able to use it at best buy. But if I can get it earlier at best buy, I don’t give a hoot about my new every two. Am I crazy? Should I just pre order the thing?

  • Anonymous

    So far I have waited to pre order at best buy because I want to see what the scoop is at the verizon store. I have a new every two credit (I guess for 100 bucks) and supposedly I wont be able to use it at best buy. But if I can get it earlier at best buy, I don’t give a hoot about my new every two. Am I crazy? Should I just pre order the thing?

    • Anonymous

      I was able to use my NE2 credit at Best Buy when I got an phone. I had to some how “prove” that I was able to get the credit. They actually took the credit off using gift cards and got it to the price that I would have paid at the Big Red store. This works out great for you if you have a reward zone card, you will also get reward points for the full price of the phone.

    • Anonymous

      I was able to use my NE2 credit at Best Buy when I got an phone. I had to some how “prove” that I was able to get the credit. They actually took the credit off using gift cards and got it to the price that I would have paid at the Big Red store. This works out great for you if you have a reward zone card, you will also get reward points for the full price of the phone.

      • Anonymous

        Hmm

    • Anonymous

      I was able to use my NE2 credit at Best Buy when I got an phone. I had to some how “prove” that I was able to get the credit. They actually took the credit off using gift cards and got it to the price that I would have paid at the Big Red store. This works out great for you if you have a reward zone card, you will also get reward points for the full price of the phone.

  • Alvinm 77

    I heard VZW push the Thunderbolt back so the ppl who are leaving Androids for i*hones or buying the I*hone decides they don’t want it after 14 days and decide to grab the Thunderbolt instead but I don’t know….. All I do know is I want my dang THUNDERBOLT!!!!!!!

    • Admann

      I read an article saying the same thing…it seems VZW doesn’t expect the new i*hone to be a hit??? Then why bring it to their network???

      • Alvinm 77

        LMFAO I just talked to “my” inside source and asked him and he LAUGHED so hard and say VZW is a business…. so that means im right. He also told me the hot spot work fine lol.

        • Anonymous

          right about what?

          • Anonymous

            his earlier comment…
            “I heard VZW push the Thunderbolt back so the ppl who are leaving Androids for i*hones or buying the I*hone decides they don’t want it after 14 days and decide to grab the Thunderbolt instead but I don’t know….. All I do know is I want my dang THUNDERBOLT!!!!!!!”

      • Alvinm 77

        Also the i*hone will be a hit. Its all about the money and maximum sells. Gonna make a lot more money if the dont release the Thunderbolt in the i*hone 14 day return window.

    • Admann

      I read an article saying the same thing…it seems VZW doesn’t expect the new i*hone to be a hit??? Then why bring it to their network???

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

    I’d be perfectly happy without hotspot on the 14th, just give me the damn phone.

    • Alvinm 77

      Yes!!! Wasn’t the G2 shipped without hot spot then got it OTA????? I think, if I’m not mistaken. Im like you tho, cut the BS and tell me when I can pick up my phone!!!!

    • Anonymous

      +1

    • Anonymous

      I totally called the hotspot delay causing the phone delay. There is also a pricing issue on top of it all as well (i.e. are they going to price it like other hotspot services or is it going to be the first free 4G hotspot like rumored this week?).

      But, while you and me and many others would want the phone now and features later, James, VZW sees that to get the average consumer interested they need to implement as many of the features as possible on launch. Waiting a week for hotspot and another week for integrated Skype means you are waiting two weeks after the phone’s launch to obtain at least 40% of the features that differentiate this device from others on the network. Many people would be turned off by the thought of this.

  • Anonymous

    Boo. First

    • DBK

      Ooooh…..so close….

    • DBK

      Ooooh…..so close….

  • Anonymous

    Yes! now i could give wifi to my 8 computers instead of 5!

    • bob

      Typical spy.

    • Anonymous

      precisely