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Thunderbolt Delayed! Here we go again…

Reports all over the place today suggest that the Thunderbolt has been pushed past the 24th launch date and now landing on either the 28th or some time in March. Β And that’s really all we have to say…just wanted to make sure we kept you all in the loop with us being such a “HypeBeast” and all.

Cheers Justin and Jason!

  • gary

    We are buying the (2) Iphones today….can’t wait for nothing to happen…too bad verizon cannot communicte with customers.

  • Kevin Baboolal

    I was in a local Best Buy today and was told the phone got pushed back to March 28th!

  • Zim982

    Im just losing the anticipation for the phone an just might wait for the next best android.

  • TBolt or bust

    We are all victims of the crazy hype machine. It’s NOT considered a “delay” until the release date is OFFICIAL!!!

  • LeeInMKE

    I remember when I wrote Kellex explaining to him why this would be released March 3rd. πŸ™‚ That was 4 weeks ago. I still stand by my ‘prediction’ and line of reasoning used at that time.

    • Anonymous

      verizon said it will be out by the end of feburary. How do you still stand by that?

      • LeeInMKE

        I recall them saying Q1 2011, as early as March.

        • Anonymous

          no it will be out by the end of feburary.

      • LeeInMKE

        I recall them saying Q1 2011, as early as March.

  • Anonymous

    Seems like i waited this long for the OG, so i think i can do it again…

    • Anonymous

      well i perfer this but the droid 3 will most likely be the next og. As r3-d3 is actually a robot in starwars…on the dark side, lol…..so it will probably be vanilla android.

  • Theantt21

    I’m not even mad cause 20 months till another upgrade I’m so waiting on the droid bionic to come out

  • John

    Just to set the record straight for all you little kids crying about the release date…….. the xoom will be out the 24th @ verizon. Who gives a damn about bestbuy and there release dates. buy there if you want your bill screwed up………..trust me happens a lot.. The T-bolt not until next month meaning march…. Still no official release date but for sure in March….. Trust me its about $$$ why sell the I-Phone and then drown out I-phone sales with the next best thing. your just a customer and verizon is in the business of making $$$ so it doesn’t make sense to release it in February although it was suppose to be released the 24th untill they saw how many losers were buying into the whole I-phone scenario.

  • SMD

    I wanted The Merge. Then that hit some magazine ads and vanished. Then I decided on this one. Makes me wanna cry. Maybe I’ll just by a Palm Pre and cash in my manhood.

    • Anonymous

      ummm no. It comes out the 21st, 24th, or 28th the latest….by the end of feburary said by verizon themselves at ces.

  • Anonymous

    So much for their “coming soon” unless that means sometime in the next 6months? It has already been 1… at this rate the moto bionic will come out first LOL that will show HTC bragging about being the first 4G again…

  • Anonymous

    too bad when it is released, it’ll be 100 more than the same phone on at&t. ugh.

    • Tim242

      It is far from the same phone. If you think they’re the same, you should not be commenting. Get educated.

      • Anonymous

        Please show me the numerous differences between the inspire and the thunderbolt please?

        • Anonymous

          Hmm it has true 4g lte…..theres is hspa plus which isn’t much faster than the non-hspa+ iphone…..kickstand, speaker underneath, front facing cam. More internal memory, 8vs.1…..32 gig pre installed micro sd card…its awesome…..bigger battery 1440vs1230….

  • Anonymous

    I think what makes not knowing a specific launch date, is the fact Best Buy initiated a pre-sale already. They have not done that with any other device I’ve purchased that wasn’t released in a known timley manner. They have had our money almost two weeks and now a possible delay. Sigh

  • Arat

    FRUSTRATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DEMAND A RELEASE DATE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    AAARRRRRGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Viper76269

    February 24h πŸ™‚

  • Budcar38

    Screw off nickxuser and anyone else who is spending their time bitching about kellex and this site. You people are simply a waste of life.

  • Budcar38

    Screw off nickxuser and anyone else who is spending their time bitching about kellex and this site. You people are simply a waste of life.

  • Raptor007

    Its typical Verizon games, their marketing dept has no clue on handling device launches, iPhone 4 in February are you frickin nuts. HTC TB ready, done, and set to go but they can’t commit to a “date” yet BB takes pre-orders and something got botched. At this point I am strongly considering getting a refund on my deposit, bullshit gift card and ride it out a while.

    We knew when the freaking iPhone was coming a FULL MONTH in advance, and this phone is BETTER than the iphone.

  • Raptor007

    Its typical Verizon games, their marketing dept has no clue on handling device launches, iPhone 4 in February are you frickin nuts. HTC TB ready, done, and set to go but they can’t commit to a “date” yet BB takes pre-orders and something got botched. At this point I am strongly considering getting a refund on my deposit, bullshit gift card and ride it out a while.

    We knew when the freaking iPhone was coming a FULL MONTH in advance, and this phone is BETTER than the iphone.

    • Tim242

      No refunds. Just a shopping card.

  • Stnkycheezman

    what the hell…it’s just a friggin EVO for crying outloud, get it out already htc so we can move on to hearing bout the bionic

    • Noble Four

      Haha, obviously you haven’t watched any comparison videos. The only things the TBolt and EVO have in common are size and brand. TBolt tears the EVO to shreds.

      • Stnkycheezman

        haha, i checked myself right after i posted and i take back my tbolt = evo comment. But I’m still riding on bionic FTW

  • SundayMoney

    My contract with ATT was up 6 months ago so I am free to sign with anyone I choose so if it matters to anyone If this gets pushed back further than the 24th I’m done.

    I will simply go get the atrix from ATT THis has to be the worst cluster f**k of all times when it comes to releasing a phone.

    • Anonymous

      have fun with a locked down phone which motorola will stop updating….plus its 500 dollars for a crap netbook when i can get a real 500 dollar one, and 130 dollars for a hdmi stand? yah screw it, ill take this open…real 4g!…btw atrix is slower than the att iphone actually….engadget…..and yah its on verizon so ill take it.

  • Daniel Archibald33

    Does this really surprise anybody?? We have the best OS on the planet and we are the ones that get yanked around the most!!

  • Anonymous

    i could really careless…..its really just the EVO on verizon. Do you really want to get locked in for 2 years with a phone Sprint has had for over a year now?

    • Tim242

      If you think this is the same as the Evo, you should not be commenting. It is far from the same. Get educated.

      • Anonymous

        haha…calm down dude…i should not be commenting? Just look at the specs for each, they are practically identical. Lot of great phones coming out for verizon this year which is exciting. But seriously, HTC is an awesome company but they are pushing for the first 4g and thats all right now. Its going to be a good phone but do you really want to lock yourself in? Let me know how you feel this fall or sooner…haha

        • Tim242

          Practically identical? No they are not! The Thunderbolt has the new gen
          processor that is faster and more power efficient. It scores 2000 on
          quadrant, Evo scores 1100. It has 768 megs of RAM, Evo just 512. That in
          itself is huge! It has 8 gigs of internal, Evo less than 1. It has 32 gig
          SD, Evo 8. It has a new camera sensor, which means better pics. It has an
          SLCD screen, which looks much better than the Evo’s LCD. It has the new
          Sense, with Skype video calling integrated. It has an aluminum unibody, the
          Evo is all plastic. It has a nicer kickstand that can be used vertically as
          well. It has Dolby surround sound speakers. It has Lte, which does not have
          to be turned on and off like wifi, as is the case with wimax. I had the Evo
          for 7 months. I assure you, this is a huge step up!

        • Tim242

          Practically identical? No they are not! The Thunderbolt has the new gen
          processor that is faster and more power efficient. It scores 2000 on
          quadrant, Evo scores 1100. It has 768 megs of RAM, Evo just 512. That in
          itself is huge! It has 8 gigs of internal, Evo less than 1. It has 32 gig
          SD, Evo 8. It has a new camera sensor, which means better pics. It has an
          SLCD screen, which looks much better than the Evo’s LCD. It has the new
          Sense, with Skype video calling integrated. It has an aluminum unibody, the
          Evo is all plastic. It has a nicer kickstand that can be used vertically as
          well. It has Dolby surround sound speakers. It has Lte, which does not have
          to be turned on and off like wifi, as is the case with wimax. I had the Evo
          for 7 months. I assure you, this is a huge step up!

  • John R Ruddick

    Annnnndddddd drum roll please!

    http://i.imgur.com/ZQ9Je.png

    • Odiej34

      FAKE…

  • Dani_Simone

    omg!!!! Plz just release this phone already. I am still carrying this shitty lg DARE for godsakes!!!

    • Anonymous

      eris is just slightly better…

    • DanSke

      haha Likewise. I’ve had this shitty LG Dare for 2 years now. I want some thunda!

  • Dreedy Android

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Apple told Big Red to push the launch date back to give the iPhone more sales since reports flooded out that sales didn’t meet expectations. Forget the iPhone…Big Red sold its soul to the devil. Bring on the BOLT!

  • Anonymous

    Looks like the Verizon iPhone has scared it back into its hole. With the Xoom failure on the horizon…looks like Android is ready for a steep fall.

  • Marty
    • EKC

      IMO, that doesn’t look like an official Verizon page, so I wouldn’t really trust it.

      • Anonymous

        only 111 likes… yikes – not real.

    • Anonymous

      Yup.

  • Airsmith81

    If you look at Verizons Facebook page, look at a comment by Randi Yokota left on their wall. Verizon replies to her “the Thunderbolt by HTC will he out by the end of February. That is all we can say at this time.” Hmm

    • Randi

      Hey, that’s me! Yes, they did say that. Fancy.

  • Dsalinas1985

    whats up with the sim card needed for the Tbolt? just another way to make money i guess

    • Nofan

      It comes with the device…and its the LTE Sim card….

      • Dsalinas1985

        to use the 4G?

        • Anonymous

          yah….

          • Anonymous

            newbs… πŸ™‚

          • Anonymous

            lol at your androidify kimir, lol…..if you want buy me an extra…and sell it to me on ebay…. πŸ™‚ lol….no but seriously if you can…. πŸ™‚

          • Anonymous

            you know you love it. πŸ™‚

  • Sammiesosa49ers

    I know the reason. I believe its the pos I phone. If it was not for the i phone we(Verizon) users would have the Atrix

  • Sammiesosa49ers

    I know the reason. I believe its the pos I phone. If it was not for the i phone we(Verizon) users would have the Atrix

  • Ikepete1

    I’m excited for the phone to come out. It looks like the phone of the moment. I will most likely end up with this phone, but i can wait for it. It’s not like i really need it. I still enjoy my D1

  • Anonymous

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    • Anonymous

      thanks for the spam.

  • Gnhth

    who give a crap it’s a crappy phone anyway

    • Give me my TBolt

      If you don’t care then why waste your time in this forum??

  • RaginCaun92

    Here’s a thought, How about all these Android blogs stop reporting “I heard from a reliable source” stories as news. It’s just getting our hopes up! Report something when you have a concrete date instead of unofficial information!

  • Stevewest87

    This would concern me if the phone was dual core I was excited for it until dual core became commonplace but now the thunderbolt is just another outdated unreleased phone so what?

    • Tim242

      If you knew anything about what you speak of, you wouldn’t appear so stupid. As of now, the OS doesn’t even support dual cores. Only certain apps will support it fully. The Thunderbolt has a new gen processor that is more efficient and fast as hell. It scores 2000 on quadrant. In comparison,the Evo scores 1100. Anybody that passes this phone up because it doesn’t have a useless, battery-hogging second core, is beyond stupid. Just sayin…

  • NyR

    Phandroid has an article showing that the 24th is still accurate.

  • Anonymous

    maybe they will put a dual-core in it by time it comes out…

    • Tim242

      Why would you want a useless, battery-hogging second core? This phone scores 2000 quadrant. In comparison,the Evo scores 1100.

      • Anonymous

        I was kidding… sheesh

  • Destructive_hippie

    Well I was at a local store today and was talking to the manager there who just happened to be taking rlthe training on the device at the time. I asked him if he had any info I could get from him he said 4g will be 29.99 unlimited until further notice along with an expected date of the 23 or 24 so I assumed 24 as it has been going around. I talk to this Guy ALOT so I trust him plus if they are taking the training on it I would assume its really close as this isn’t even a corporate store. So I’m skeptical about another delay as he told me they already have them ordered and they should be arriving next week.

    • Sdouglas3673

      I called best buy (again.. disquising my voice.. hehe) and they confirmed the date of the 24th still… I want my HTC!!!

    • Anonymous

      If 29.99 is the price at launch for 4g, can they just change it at anytime? Would the change in terms be considered a contract violation?

      • If you sign up for a $29.99 data plan on a 2 year contract, they wont change that on you. Not until you swap your device or upgrade or whatever. If they’re nice, they’ll grandfather you in like AT&T did with the unlimited data plan, but who knows…

  • mandrew

    I am going with it is coming out on march 6th.

    • Anonymous

      2012…

  • possibly delayed until March? If it came out this month, I wouldn’t be asking this question, but… sooo what other Verizon LTE phones are coming out in March?

  • Anonymous

    i can wait. the force is still strong with my BB Storm

  • Anonymous

    I hope it doesn’t take too much longer. I only have a month left to return my X to Costco.

  • Anonymous

    I hope it doesn’t take too much longer. I only have a month left to return my X to Costco.

  • Anonymous

    Sweet, my contract runs out on the 28th, so that’s the first day I can pick it up anyway. The planets must be aligning themselves or something…

  • Anonymous

    Sweet, my contract runs out on the 28th, so that’s the first day I can pick it up anyway. The planets must be aligning themselves or something…

    • Anonymous

      not for everyone else… πŸ˜›

  • Anonymous

    Instead of everyone being a slacktivist, and writing on these sites (myself included)… why not fire off a letter to Verizon. They do not care that you complain on a website they do not run. However, add up all the Thunderbolt comments across all the Android website and turn those into letters or email, you will get their attention.

  • Anonymous

    Instead of everyone being a slacktivist, and writing on these sites (myself included)… why not fire off a letter to Verizon. They do not care that you complain on a website they do not run. However, add up all the Thunderbolt comments across all the Android website and turn those into letters or email, you will get their attention.

  • Kaos2774

    The longer it takes this phone to come out the more likely I am to wait for the Bionic.

  • Joe

    I think that HTC made a mistake in not releasing this phone before MWC. Now that we have seen all the new dual core and quad core phones coming out in the next 6 months this phone has lost a lot of it’s luster. The only thing that will make me seriously consider this phone now is if it launches with the Netflix app, otherwise I’m just going to wait for the Droid Bionic.

  • Joe

    I think that HTC made a mistake in not releasing this phone before MWC. Now that we have seen all the new dual core and quad core phones coming out in the next 6 months this phone has lost a lot of it’s luster. The only thing that will make me seriously consider this phone now is if it launches with the Netflix app, otherwise I’m just going to wait for the Droid Bionic.

  • Drew66

    Maybe I take the iPhone bait…. yeah right… Sprint or ATT first their phones are out or at least announced!

  • Ok, I give up. Im not getting it.

  • Pertter_G

    I am a virezon employee for over 15 ywears and most likely, they will hold off as late as possible to ger as many iphones out and then let the thunderbolt out, I have seen it before so im thinking mid March!!

  • standardsdt

    Ragging on one of your readers Kellex? Wow real mature there.

  • At this point I’m fairly certain that this phone is vaporware.

  • At this point I’m fairly certain that this phone is vaporware.

  • John R Ruddick

    Come on Kellex…. get your facts straight.

    “just wanted to verify with everyone that it is infact being released on the 24th. in our systems we have a large order coming on the 23rd. so it is definately being released on the 24th

    EDIT:

    http://i.imgur.com/hlx6L.png

    here is a screentshot of my PO (cleared out any info on where from/to etc…)

    eta is the 23rd, we are able to sell on the 24th”

    • mdeblaz

      a large order? 18 units… or is that 18 cases?

      • Anonymous

        For a brand new phone for a store in a smaller city, not NYC, LA, etc. 18 units is a large order. My local Verizon store only had about 20 Droid X’s on release day.

        • Guest

          Go Wings!

        • Hockeytown: NO LIMITS

      • Anonymous

        For a brand new phone for a store in a smaller city, not NYC, LA, etc. 18 units is a large order. My local Verizon store only had about 20 Droid X’s on release day.

      • John R Ruddick

        Small retail store. 18 is the first shipment and more will arrive later on in the week.

        • Where’s my TBolt?

          18 is probably going to sell in the first hour.

    • Anonymous

      i love you.

    • Give it up

      Is this at Verizon store or Best Buy?? 18 units or cases??

      • John R Ruddick

        Unit. Verizon Retailer.

    • I hope $569 is the VZW retail…

      • John R Ruddick

        No, thats how much the phones were bought for. You can add $150 – $200 to the price.

        • Tim242

          That is a lie. Best Buy’s retail is $749. Their retail is always much higher than carriers.

          • John R Ruddick

            I guarantee that you will NOT be able to walk in and buy a Thunderbolt off contract for $569.

          • Tim242

            At Verizon, you will. The Evo retails $450 at Sprint, $600 at Best Vuy. They
            are always higher.

          • John R Ruddick

            It’s going to retail for ~$700.

          • Tim242

            If you say so. What was the last phone that retailed that high? That’s what
            I thought.

          • John R Ruddick

            I don’t think you understand that it costs a lot more to manufacture this phone than previous generations. More RAM, different radios, different parts etc. PLUS they are making you pay for the “free” 32 GB SD card they included. It all adds up.

          • Tim242

            A little more, but not $200 more.

          • KSChris

            Unless of course they’re also adding in the money they will lose on the unlimited 4G for $29.99 that was rumored, rather than going with a more expensive plan.. that, the 32 GB SD card, and the higher expenses to manufacture the phone.. $200 more sounds about right.

          • Tim242

            The Atrix is higher spec’d and isn’t $200 more.

          • John R Ruddick

            There has to be enough room for profit. Verizon buys Thunderbolts from HTC and resells them to the public at a marked up price. These phones are more expensive for Verizon so they will be more expensive fore us, resulting in a much higher price since it is made by HTC and not Motorola.

          • Tim242

            You are grasping at straws now. You’ll see soon enough.

          • Tim242

            At Verizon, you will. The Evo retails $450 at Sprint, $600 at Best Vuy. They
            are always higher.

    • Hoot352

      That shows an ETA : Estimated Time of Arrival”
      It’s not definite.

  • If it gets delayed past the 24th, I can honestly say I’m throwing in the towel on this bullshit.

  • If it gets delayed past the 24th, I can honestly say I’m throwing in the towel on this bullshit.

    • KSChris

      LOL.. I find replies like this hilarious.

      You’re impatient and unwilling enough to buy a lesser phone (and the 2 year contract that comes with it) just because you can’t wait an extra couple days or weeks?

      It’s your money.. but that’s hilarious to me. It’s just a phone. If people wouldn’t obsess over it so much, all these non-announcements wouldn’t be an issue.

      This, and other sites, are mainly at fault for getting people’s hopes up on the various rumored dates as is..

  • Marcus

    thisis getting crazy cause at&t has the inspire 4g out now which is basicly the thunderbolt without the kick stand

    • Tim242

      Without the true 4G, without the FFC, without Skype video, without the 768 Megs of RAM, without the 8 Gigs of internal, Without the 32 Gig SD, Without the new camera sensor, Without the SLCD screen, Without the Verizon network to back it up. So, far from being the same phone!

  • John R Ruddick

    WORST. RELEASE. EVER.

  • Quadcore Tegra CPUs will be here before this thing gets released.

  • M. Nelson

    iAm Tired oF Waiting iAm Bout tO Get mE A Verizon Iphone

  • yeti

    “reports all over the place” is 2 sites and no evidence to corroborate this so-called “story”? i am skeptical, to say the least.

    weak.

  • yeti

    “reports all over the place” is 2 sites and no evidence to corroborate this so-called “story”? i am skeptical, to say the least.

    weak.

    • Mcbaiken

      And those two sites are “blogs” one of which claims to be there own source, the other I’ve never even heard of. Not to mention VZW and HTC have always maintained it will be released during 1st Q 2011, so they have till March before anyone can call this delayed…

      • Leehblanc

        Seriously? How many times does it have to be said? The original commercial said Febrero

    • Mcbaiken

      And those two sites are “blogs” one of which claims to be there own source, the other I’ve never even heard of. Not to mention VZW and HTC have always maintained it will be released during 1st Q 2011, so they have till March before anyone can call this delayed…

  • Anonymous

    Im pretty sure its the 24th….and at 569! omg….someone pls sell this on ebay to me!…

  • Anonymous

    Im pretty sure its the 24th….and at 569! omg….someone pls sell this on ebay to me!…

    • Anonymous

      MOTOX, you might as well hangup the begging. You have a snow balls chance in hell of one us selling you are new phone. Plus 569 is a hell of alot cheaper than 749, if that’s true

  • Fffg

    Makes sense seeing that the atrix is confirmed for the 22nd

  • Fffg

    Makes sense seeing that the atrix is confirmed for the 22nd

  • ac53

    Hate to say it, but with the way things look now, Tbolt is gonna flop big time. a combo of terrible policies and greed is going to really F them over. first they delay it to ‘make room’ for iphone 4 sales, which didn’t do as well as they expected. now, with the date where it is, it looks like the tbolt is going to get crowded out by the other big time phones. And by big time, i mean motorola. Atrix 4G is right around the corner, and the bionic is coming sometime in march. And then there’s also the 250$ price point… inspire 4g is somewhere around 100, atrix is around 200. consumers are going to ask themselves this question: Why in the world would i want a 250 phone, while i can get a similar phone (the inspire 4g) for half as much on att or pay 50 less for a dual core (Atrix 4g for at&t or bionic w/ verizon) which is coming out at around the same time anyway? Motorola is in a very strong position right now, and they can dominate in the first two quarters this year. in the end, i think people will see ‘shiny dual core’ and not ‘sense ui or timely updates.’ This is all speculation of course, but I await HTC’s next move.

    • Tim242

      People on Verizon aren’t going to switch to att for the inspire. General consumers won’t care about dual core lol. You shouldn’t either.

  • Vcthekidd

    That’s it, I’m just gonna get a Evo

    • Anonymous

      Don’t do it, you’ll regret making a hasty move like that.

  • Anonymous

    What if we could all save everyone’s reputation and adopt the ROM developer’s mantra- it’ll be ready when its ready.

  • Bucho2k

    Shocking.

  • Mike

    Verizon really needs to just announce a date already. I’m getting sick and tired of the date changing everyday. It’s coming the 17th, No the 21st, No the 24th, No the 28th, No sometime in March. I’m almost to the point where I don’t even want this phone anymore. If this phone comes out after the 26th, its probably a no for me. I was hoping to use the free buyback at Best Buy, so we’ll see. I’m still gonna believe the 24th until something official comes out. Android Central and Droid-Life have both said this date was heard from credible sources, and I trust these two sites way more than any others.

    • Anonymous

      I bet you Best Buy will extend the promo if the phone isn’t launched by the 24 th

  • Dshudson

    Phone comes out the 24th.. No worries.

  • Larry

    It’s not your dream phone, it’s the phone [that will be sold] after that one comes out.

    • Anonymous

      or it is your dream phone and thats where it will stay, in your dreams not in stores…..

  • Noble Four

    Picture posted by Verizon employee (username gallandof, over at phandroid forums).

    http://i.imgur.com/hlx6l.png

  • Airsmith81

    Kinda funny seeing its going to be in the Sunday ad. My desire for this phone is now completely gone, think ill stick with the Dinc

  • EdB

    If i can wait till March, I can wait till May. We’ll see how the Bionic and iphone 5 look.

    All the delays and functionality working, not working (skype, hotspot), I am not sure I trust this phone will work properly anymore.

    • badger28

      that is my thought if it comes out and the bionic is close, I will have a tough decision on my hands.
      IT IS MY THUNDERBOLT AND I WANT IT NOOWW

      • NCX

        have fun with the MotoBlur then, Don’t forget the Incredible S is also coming in the next month or so to Verizon. Dual Core phones aren’t all that much needed yet, i can understand why HTC hasn’t announced any yet, they announced quad core chips at MWC, so if HTC wants to stay ahead they’ll likely drop the ball and make a first for the quad. Don’t buy into the Dual Core hype, if you need a little re-assurance the ThunderBolt is fast enough, check this vid out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-3MOvuPFvU It shows how fast it really is, and this is a pre-production model at that.

      • Anonymous

        Tbolt is rooted and NANDed (kernels and custom ROMs galore). Bionic won’t get custom kernels if they couldn’t crack that safe on the DX and D2.

      • Where’s my TBolt?!

        Sooooo……very…….tired…….of……..the……..B.S.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Where’s my TBolt?!

        Sooooo……very…….tired…….of……..the……..B.S.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • RadYOacTiVe

      I agree, waiting a little longer only helps me get closer to the Bionic or maybe even the LG Revolution. I’ll stay away from the Samsung LTE phone, they have been horrible about updating the Galaxy S and don’t believe it will be any better.

  • Glpd46

    atrix is coming out on the 22nd. hopefully this will push verizon to release the tbolt to save customers. i know alot of people that want the atrix.

  • DBEvans

    The sources seem to all tie back to a source that claims “We have it on good terms from one of our most reliable Best Buy contacts that on a conference call this morning the HTC Thunderbolt will NOT be making an appearance next week at Best Buy.” … “According to our tipster it is because of production issues”

    No mention on if the “delay” is specific to Best Buy, or if it impacts the full launch from Verizon.

    Also, interrestingly, if you check the blog of everyone’s favorite panda … he stated over a week ago: “March was supposed to be the date but market pressure and customer demand has alot of people working extremely hard to get the device out asap.” Sounds to me like March was the original date at VZW, and anything earlier was only an if-possible to-be-hoped target. Is it really delayed if it’s just slipping back to the original dates?

    • NCX

      I would say no its not delayed, Verizon even said at CES that “we can expect to start seeing these new devices as early as March” but market pressure is also growing with the news that the Atrix 4G is coming out “Earlier than expected” (sound familiar?) on Feb 22nd. Sounds to me either AT&T is getting scared or Motorola is too and its becoming a nice big party.

      • Destin4death

        lol…. Atrix 4G such a load of garbage seeing as AT&T don’t even have a 4g network. this idea of AT&T and T-Mobile all of a sudden claiming 4G even tho they have not changed. The are using HSPA+ and calling it 4G now even tho they have been using it for months and it was always 3G. Fact is it is not 4G and again dumb americans believe they are getting something better because what they see on TV.

        • NCX

          Unfortunately your right, its like with the iPhone, people get it because “oh its by Apple” or “I gotta have it because everyone else does” I think the EVO cartoon can put that into the best perspective πŸ™‚ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bcryQUuDwM
          Now we need a 4G vs HSPA+ lol

  • KC

    This is likely a move by Best Buy, the exclusive retailer of the phone (other than Verizon). Best Buy’s “Buy Back” program is free on “post-paid” mobile phones until the 26th. Since the buzz around this device is largely focused on tech savvy purchasers, and in view of the lower than expected iPhone sales (probably in anticipation of 4G devices), they might not have wanted to take the economic risk of having too many techies return their phones in less than 6 months was too great, at least without charging them the $60+ for the program.

    • Tim242

      They extended it til the 26th to cover the Thunderbolt…

  • Anonymous

    Oh god. Here comes all the comments about how you shouldn’t post stories about roumors and speculation. And how this site isn’t what it used to be.
    Lol thanks for the news kellex

    • Anonymous

      LOL HYPEBEAST.
      NICE!

  • KC

    This is likely a move by Best Buy, the exclusive retailer of the phone (other than Verizon). Best Buy’s “Buy Back” program is free on “post-paid” mobile phones until the 26th. Since the buzz around this device is largely focused on tech savvy purchasers, and in view of the lower than expected iPhone sales (probably in anticipation of 4G devices), they might not have wanted to take the economic risk of having too many techies return their phones in less than 6 months was too great, at least without charging them the $60+ for the program.

    See http://www.gottabemobile.com/2011/02/15/best-buy-extends-free-buy-back-program-for-smartphones-tablets-until-226/.

  • KC

    This is likely a move by Best Buy, the exclusive retailer of the phone (other than Verizon). Best Buy’s “Buy Back” program is free on “post-paid” mobile phones until the 26th. Since the buzz around this device is largely focused on tech savvy purchasers, and in view of the lower than expected iPhone sales (probably in anticipation of 4G devices), they might not have wanted to take the economic risk of having too many techies return their phones in less than 6 months was too great, at least without charging them the $60+ for the program.

    See http://www.gottabemobile.com/2011/02/15/best-buy-extends-free-buy-back-program-for-smartphones-tablets-until-226/.

  • KC

    This is likely a move by Best Buy, the exclusive retailer of the phone (other than Verizon). Best Buy’s “Buy Back” program is free on “post-paid” mobile phones until the 26th. Since the buzz around this device is largely focused on tech savvy purchasers, and in view of the lower than expected iPhone sales (probably in anticipation of 4G devices), they might not have wanted to take the economic risk of having too many techies return their phones in less than 6 months was too great, at least without charging them the $60+ for the program.

    See http://www.gottabemobile.com/2011/02/15/best-buy-extends-free-buy-back-program-for-smartphones-tablets-until-226/.

  • KC

    This is likely a move by Best Buy, the exclusive retailer of the phone (other than Verizon). Best Buy’s “Buy Back” program is free on “post-paid” mobile phones until the 26th. Since the buzz around this device is largely focused on tech savvy purchasers, and in view of the lower than expected iPhone sales (probably in anticipation of 4G devices), they might not have wanted to take the economic risk of having too many techies return their phones in less than 6 months was too great, at least without charging them the $60+ for the program.

    See http://www.gottabemobile.com/2011/02/15/best-buy-extends-free-buy-back-program-for-smartphones-tablets-until-226/.

  • KC

    This is likely a move by Best Buy, the exclusive retailer of the phone (other than Verizon). Best Buy’s “Buy Back” program is free on “post-paid” mobile phones until the 26th. Since the buzz around this device is largely focused on tech savvy purchasers, and in view of the lower than expected iPhone sales (probably in anticipation of 4G devices), they might not have wanted to take the economic risk of having too many techies return their phones in less than 6 months was too great, at least without charging them the $60+ for the program.

    See http://www.gottabemobile.com/2011/02/15/best-buy-extends-free-buy-back-program-for-smartphones-tablets-until-226/.

  • KC

    This is likely a move by Best Buy, the exclusive retailer of the phone (other than Verizon). Best Buy’s “Buy Back” program is free on “post-paid” mobile phones until the 26th. Since the buzz around this device is largely focused on tech savvy purchasers, and in view of the lower than expected iPhone sales (probably in anticipation of 4G devices), they might not have wanted to take the economic risk of having too many techies return their phones in less than 6 months was too great, at least without charging them the $60+ for the program.

    See http://www.gottabemobile.com/2011/02/15/best-buy-extends-free-buy-back-program-for-smartphones-tablets-until-226/.

  • KC

    This is likely a move by Best Buy, the exclusive retailer of the phone (other than Verizon). Best Buy’s “Buy Back” program is free on “post-paid” mobile phones until the 26th. Since the buzz around this device is largely focused on tech savvy purchasers, and in view of the lower than expected iPhone sales (probably in anticipation of 4G devices), they might not have wanted to take the economic risk of having too many techies return their phones in less than 6 months was too great, at least without charging them the $60+ for the program.

    See http://www.gottabemobile.com/2011/02/15/best-buy-extends-free-buy-back-program-for-smartphones-tablets-until-226/.

  • Mrkylelovett

    Who cares ?

  • Mrkylelovett

    Who cares ?

  • Mrkylelovett

    Who cares ?

  • bob

    I believe their waiting on Skype Video to launch. That is one of Thunderbolts major selling point.
    Even the President of Htc was hyped about this being the first phone with Skype integrated .

  • Anonymous

    That means that the Buy Back Program won’t be free when it comes out!

    • Dr. Jekyll

      Π”Π°

  • Sara

    They are delaying the release so they can boost iPhone sales. Not that hard to figure out.

  • Sara

    They are delaying the release so they can boost iPhone sales. Not that hard to figure out.

  • Godfrey2009

    I’m gonna explode. I can’t wait any longer for this phone!

  • Guest

    Yes, it will be out on the 28th. I think the delay is due to Skype.

  • Guest

    Yes, it will be out on the 28th. I think the delay is due to Skype.

    • Perwilly

      How do you know that?

    • Perwilly

      How do you know that?

    • Perwilly

      How do you know that?

    • Perwilly

      How do you know that?

    • Perwilly

      How do you know that?

    • Perwilly

      How do you know that?

  • Jay

    do we have any proof what-so-ever of this anyway?

  • Jay

    do we have any proof what-so-ever of this anyway?

    • Anonymous

      Nope, which is exactly why we aren’t really commenting on it.

    • Anonymous

      Nope, which is exactly why we aren’t really commenting on it.

  • Mth2134

    Can you add “hypebeast” into the logo please? I want to make sure it’s displayed properly on TNT. πŸ˜›

  • Mth2134

    Can you add “hypebeast” into the logo please? I want to make sure it’s displayed properly on TNT. πŸ˜›

    • Anonymous

      Will work on that right away. DROID-HYPEBEAST.

      • Mth2134

        πŸ™‚

    • Anonymous

      Will work on that right away. DROID-HYPEBEAST.

  • DAZ

    talked to some guy at verizon and he said the offical date is the 26th of this month, and its first come first serve at the verizon stores. theres no pre orders like best buy

    • Viper76269

      My friend is a Verizon Sales Rep, and they don’t even know a release date on the phone. I don’t tink thats true

  • Yeah, so um — are we really surprised?? I mean, geez. We don’t even know what the confirmed 4G pricing is going to be. Why are we surprised to hear the launch has been delayed (again)?

    Yes, I know there have been “rumors” that the 4G plans would come out at $29.99 as well — but I wanna know what the data limits will be, and I want to hear a confirmation on the rumored pricing, etc!

    I mean, it’d be like walking in to a car dealer and actually pre-ordering a car, only to find out later that it runs on rare, imported, Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil that costs $50 / gallon.

    Are people who pre-ordered and gave BBY their $50 concerned about this at all? I guess not enough to stop them from pre-ordering (duh).

    I just find this whole secretive thing generally annoying and off-putting. About a month ago, I was so ready for the XOOM, I couldn’t stand it. Was looking forward to the tbolt, too. Now, through a series of mishaps, 2.5GHz (per core) quad core chip announcements, pricing ridiculousness, etc., I’m just annoyed.

  • Yeah, so um — are we really surprised?? I mean, geez. We don’t even know what the confirmed 4G pricing is going to be. Why are we surprised to hear the launch has been delayed (again)?

    Yes, I know there have been “rumors” that the 4G plans would come out at $29.99 as well — but I wanna know what the data limits will be, and I want to hear a confirmation on the rumored pricing, etc!

    I mean, it’d be like walking in to a car dealer and actually pre-ordering a car, only to find out later that it runs on rare, imported, Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil that costs $50 / gallon.

    Are people who pre-ordered and gave BBY their $50 concerned about this at all? I guess not enough to stop them from pre-ordering (duh).

    I just find this whole secretive thing generally annoying and off-putting. About a month ago, I was so ready for the XOOM, I couldn’t stand it. Was looking forward to the tbolt, too. Now, through a series of mishaps, 2.5GHz (per core) quad core chip announcements, pricing ridiculousness, etc., I’m just annoyed.

    • I Was Told A Couple Days Ago, $29.99 Unlimited Data.

    • I Was Told A Couple Days Ago, $29.99 Unlimited Data.

    • Dr. Jekyll

      When the “CAR” will be announced officially they will come to know if it is Extra Virgin Olive Oil or the regular gas. Pre order credit is good towards anything in store so even if turns out to be running on EVOO they could use it to buy accessories.

  • Davidwarshak

    Schmucks. Stop talking the 4g talk and walk the walk. VZ is on their high horse trying to sell outdated technology to ignorant kids on a family plan, while I need skype mobile to talk to my developers overseas. ROLL THIS PIECE OUT ALREADY!

  • Noble Four
    • Dr. Jekyll

      $569?? is that true???

      • Anonymous

        If it is the wait woud be worth it for me

  • Firelight

    IS the Thunderbolt part of the Droid family?

    • Anonymous

      No but it’s on Verizon and is important enough to cover.

      • Firelight

        Was NOT implying some snobby “this is Droid talk only” inference… was simply wondering if this was going to carry the Droid badge. Kinda makes me wonder what is VZW’s strategy for what is & isn’t a Droid-eligible device…?

        • Anonymous

          I think it’s for HTC’s sake. HTC has its namesake on the first 4G device on every carrier, but once you slap DROID onto a device it seems like it is VZW’s device, not the manufacturer’s, similar to how Nexus makes a device Google’s, not HTC’s or Samsung’s.

      • Anonymous

        never say never kellex…droid incredible……droid thunderbolt 4g…..

    • Anonymous

      No but it’s on Verizon and is important enough to cover.

  • Hey

    Went into a verizon store last night to see if a rep would POSSIBLY know a date. He said “nothing official…all i kno is March.” poop.

  • Zameis

    I called my local BB in DE and was told the phone was scheduled for a March 22nd release date. I figured the person didn;t know what they were talking about but now I’m wondering if the date given was true. UGH!

    • Chris

      If this is true, the people at Best Buy should be publicly flogged for beginning pre-orders on February 7th. Verizon may have the ability to confirm or deny all these rumors, but they never announced anything; Best Buy basically did and that’s where all this madness began.

  • stin

    do you think it’s a coincidence that the free buy back program ends on the 26th? that was the main reason i was gonna get this phone, so in a year or so when quad core beasts are out i’ll still get 3 bills for this soon-to-be outdated Evo2. F you verizon F you best buy F you htc i guess i’ll just wait for the bionic

  • adam

    Is it really “delayed” if Verizon never officially gave a release date?

    • Adam

      Yes, when VZ allows Best Buy to take pre-orders and gives them the 14th as a date to pick up, that would be called a “delay” especially to those who put down their money and agreed to the terms.

      Great name BTW

      • adam

        They way I see it, until VZW makes an official announcement on release date, this phone (and Xoom) are still Q1 2011….if we hit Q2 and we still have neither, then we can all raise our pitchforks!

        • Tim242

          Actually, the CEO of Verizon said many times that their first 4G phone would be out mid February.

      • They didn’t have the release date in writing anywhere.. Its not a delay, a delay would be if Verizon give us (public) a launch date.

    • Adam

      Yes, when VZ allows Best Buy to take pre-orders and gives them the 14th as a date to pick up, that would be called a “delay” especially to those who put down their money and agreed to the terms.

      Great name BTW

  • Rockrebel9

    This is really pissing me off! I am so ready for this phone and they keep delaying it.

  • Anonymous

    why not just release a date that says something to the effect of “it’ll be out when it comes out?”

  • Jahart93

    This what the rep told me yesterday wen I was playing around with the demo unit in the store. Plus verizon did say March.

    • Tim242

      Actually, the CEO of Verizon said many times that their first 4G phone would be out mid February.

  • Anonymous

    Why doesn’t anyone or blog just admit that they have no idea when this thing is going to be released instead of specuation?

  • Kevoskee

    HTC : Huge Thunderbolt Crisis
    I can’t raise this pitchfork any higher!

    • Cdunn05

      It’s not HTC’s fault. It’s Verizon’s.

  • Adam

    Thanks, appreciate the info. I see the drama queen/emo comments on both sides have already started πŸ˜‰

  • Adam

    Thanks, appreciate the info. I see the drama queen/emo comments on both sides have already started πŸ˜‰

    • Bullet Tooth Tony

      no drama here. Just having a little fun.

  • They need to sell some more iPhones….

    • Anonymous

      At this point I think this has nothing to do with the iphone release.

    • NCX

      I think its not that, remember the XOOM is coming out next week so it would be bad to launch two flagship devices on the same day, bad for sales that is, but considering the price is unsubsidized, i could care less about the XOOM. but lets take a look at this link to see if anything has changed (remember when the first delay that it wasn’t coming out until the 24th appeared and the VZW teaser ad was then set to Private. Lets take a looksy, >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9h_Klwueks << nope, still there.
      and another note, the infamous miami1683 says he has an internal verizon system screenshot incoming soon.

      I don't think its really delayed, this sounds to me either a practical joke by some punks to see how far they can take it until the community goes crazy, and in the meantime they just sit back an enjoy the show.

  • NCX

    I wonder if these delays are problems on HTC’s end to keep up enough stock to make sure we don’t have the same issues like with the Incredible last year when it kept being out of stock because of supply shortages.

    Another note by HTC on there facebook page says that there Htcsense.com site is undergoing improvements to help make up for the great demand the site has been undertaking. Keep in mind, the new Sense uses the site to send updates, apps, themes, skins, wallpapers, sounds, and more to your phone with Sense 2.x

    but on another note, this delay business is getting absurd, by the time the ThunderBolt comes out, the Incredible S would be out (rumored for Late March early April, just like the first Incredible before it last year)
    its becomming harder and harder to decide now. I really want the ThunderBolt but its making me sick of the news / hype / rumors surrounding it….

  • Muddy B00ts

    I guess I’ll say it first. so we can all get it out of the way.

    Verizon Sucks!
    HTC blows!
    I will punch a dolphin if this phone doesn’t come out in the next 4 minutes!

    I want this phone a lot, and I have no problem waiting as long as it takes.

    • Noble Four

      Honestly, the waiting isn’t a big deal to me at all. It is a matter of being told one thing, then another, then another. On principle alone, this phone release is tiring. I am perfectly patient about it–if Verizon were to come out and say the middle of March or something, that would be fine, at least they would be saying something at all. But all we have are shady reports from mysterious sources and vague commercials with cool sound effects.

      • Verizon never told you February, so why you mad? If you can’t handle rumors being false, don’t read them.

        • EvilMonkey

          What is febrero again?

          • Rlwoolz

            Owned.

          • LeeInMKE

            Really? Was that commercial an official Verizon announcement? Or was it just another leaked piece of crap? Cuz I know I’ve never seen that on TV, and I’ve been watching like a hawk. Verizon has not announced a release date, so nothing’s been pushed back.

        • Thom-293

          Do NOT mess with Emile AKA Noble Four. He will eff you up at the molecular level.

      • EvilMonkey

        I broke the screens on my phone a couple weeks ago so I its not of much use other than receiving unknown calls and getting frustrated when I get a text. I’m going crazy over here without the internet or anyones phone numbers. I need this phone now!

        • Hoot352

          I’m in a similar situation. My touch screen phone doesn’t register my touch when I press the screen. I need a new phone just so I can do basic things like txt again and not worry about it workin or not when I need to set an alarm.

      • AL

        I wish I could agree, as patience is usually a virtue of mine. In this instance, however, I am desperately needing to bail on ATT as the contract I got stuck with (Due to me getting kicked off a family share plan without my knowledge) leaves me with hardly any minutes to use. I am waiting for this phone to come out because no current phone would make me happy for the two years I would be stuck with it. So it comes down to should I wait for this phone in fear of ANOTHER delay and another 250 dollar phone bill from ATT, or just get a phone I won’t be happy with for the next year or two? Discuss.

        • Hoot352

          Wait for this phone….just take it easy on the minutes for a while. If you break down and get a substandard phone now, you’ll regret it for the 2 years your stuck with it unless you fork out alot of money for a new phone.

          • AL

            I’m just concerned about being able to afford the phone after two $250 phone bills. I’m trying to cut down my talk time; it’s jsut difficult.

        • Calculatorwatch

          Easy, buy a verizon phone, take it back within the 14 day return period and get the thunderbolt, or if it’s still not out yet then rinse and repeat.

  • Anonymous

    I hope they delay it till March so I can use my upgrade. Jajajajaja

    • NCX

      you can get your upgrade pushed up as long as its within the 30 day window.

      • Anonymous

        NICE!!!!!!!!

      • Anonymous

        NICE!!!!!!!!

      • OC80Guy

        Incorrect. As of January 16, 2011 no upgrade exceptions can be made. Not saying no one will do it but that is the current policy. Doesn’t matter if your upgrade is 5 days away and you bring your phone to the store in pieces you will have to fight to get it changed as previously it would be no problem. This policy change was implemented shortly after the iphone was announced.

  • GreenMeansGo

    This is hilarious. Classic boy crying wolf. When this phone actually lands in stores, we will be so exhausted from the delays that the act of buying it will inspire the same emotions as purchasing a loaf of bread.

    • Anonymous

      Comment of the day right there.

      • Anonymous

        Reminds me of the incredible..

      • Anonymous

        Reminds me of the incredible..

    • Anonymous

      Comment of the day right there.

    • Cdunn05

      Holy Shit. I seriously laughed out loud and read this to my girlfriend (whom doesn’t care about phones like me… but oh well)

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s the price that the vendor is getting it for, NOT the price any of us are going to pay for it.

  • Anonymous

    I want one, but am willing to wait if it means they are fixing known bugs.

  • Noble Four

    This is getting ridiculous. Beyond ridiculous. I want this phone so badly, but even I am tired of this crap. I realize we are a minority, the informed Android consumer, but regardless, I feel like I am being yanked around.

  • Noble Four

    This is getting ridiculous. Beyond ridiculous. I want this phone so badly, but even I am tired of this crap. I realize we are a minority, the informed Android consumer, but regardless, I feel like I am being yanked around.

    • Thom-293

      Agreed. Atrix on the 22nd is looking mighty tasty…

      • Tim242

        Hopefully you live in one of the nine markets where hspa+ is live…

  • Anonymous

    Uno!!

  • Bullet Tooth Tony

    Darth Vader said it best in Episode 3….

    NNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!