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Verizon Announces HTC Thunderbolt in New Commercial Without a Date (Updated)

A new HTC Thunderbolt commercial just popped up on Verizon’s YouTube channel as Verizon’s announcement for the device.  While no date was given, you have to assume it’ll be coming any day now or they would have at least slapped a “coming soon” tag onto the end.  Maybe they have a dual-marketing plan hashed out for the XOOM and TBolt for this Thursday?

Update:  At some point in the night, Verizon removed the original spot and replaced it with one that says “Coming Soon” at the end.  We have that version below.   

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  • The Fallen

    Will best buy be the only one offering the phone it launch? or is it just that they had the preorder exclusively? The price looks like it will be 299, which means it should be 249 if you order from vz’s site, correct?

  • Mrsuperman3

    I’ve called all the Verizon stores around me and they all confirm the 28th date. Looks quite likely to me.

    • The Fallen

      Yeah i’m thinking the 28th now too.

  • The Fallen

    I think that verizon is being an ass about releasing the phone. They should tell people something, i realize that these are just rumors flying around on the net about a release, but vz just sits back like they don’t have a care in the world. they’re sitting on this becuz they released an outdated iphone and think people will buy it. The new one will be out mid-summer. It’s the 23rd and still no news on release? looking like 24th’s gonna be a big negative ghost rider. Maybe the 28th? thats the newest rumor floating around on various websites. Not to mention the announcement of a mid march release on a facebook page claiming to be associated with vz/htc (it’s probably not). Lets hope for the 28th….tomorrow would be even better. Big Red needs to step up.

  • Guest

    Amazon has cases for $7.99 and hold your breath on a 28th launch…

  • Guest

    Amazon has cases for $7.99 and hold your breath on a 28th launch…

  • freethinker

    Feb 28.. I was at my local best buy in Gilbert Az today and asked..

    • Marty

      Greenwood IN the same info

      • Sdouglas3673

        As much as I would love to believe BB they’ve failed us a couple of times…. I hate to say but I’m waiting for Verizon to speak up before I get all excited….

    • Marty

      Greenwood IN the same info

  • Riprlp

    Just got a call from BB and was told the date has been pushed back again! They still dont know what date, but said sometime in march!

  • OneRingyDingy

    Figures.. :o(

  • Fredy

    I sent HTC an email about the TBolt this is what they said, see the part about skype coming post launch?

    Dear Nativi,

    I appreciate your interest in the HTC Thunderbolt and you were wondering when this Android device would be released. The HTC Thunderbolt was launched with two other Android devices at a Consumer conference during the first week of this month and you can look at the press release available on the HTC regional website at HTC – Mobile Phones, Smartphones, Cell Phones, PDAs under the Home tab (HTC Press Release – Read the Latest HTC Mobile Phone News).

    You are welcome to check out the specifications along with other information about this particular Android device on the HTC regional website at HTC – Mobile Phones, Smartphones, Cell Phones, PDAs under the Product tab (HTC ThunderBoltâ„¢ at Verizon). Unfortunately, there are a lot of rumors going around about the release; but I do not have an official launch date yet.

    The HTC Thunderbolt is the first device to share a 3G or 4G Internet connection with up to eight WI-FI enabled devices with many Smartphone firsts!

    • First HTC device with simultaneous voice and date capabilities, enabling customers to browse the web and make voice calls at the same time!
    • First HTC device with full integrated Skype mobile with video. Available post launch, it will allow customers to make video calls with friends, family, and colleagues by using the front and rear-facing cameras.
    • First Smartphone to feature enhanced Sense™ by HTC, which allows users to customize their device fully, to meet their needs.
    • Projector App
    • DLNA – Streaming media to TV
    • WI-FI Hotspot for up to 8 devices
    • 4G LTE device – uses LTE SIM

  • Anonymous

    thanks kellex. pulse on my eris says “Verizon Announces HTC Thunderbolt” (the screen is too small to fit everything else. :P

  • Danielgodinez

    yea i just got done waiting for this phone. so i bought the iphone instead. VERY good purchase. though, I may honestly say i might regret it, well see soon hopefully.

    • 123

      They just announced the Thunderbolt. Fail.

      • Quentin8171

        Where u getting ur info

  • Alvinm 77

    If I hear or read one more person say “its just a Verizon Evo anyway, what the hype about?” …. ima go crazy. For ppl on here that love android so much you think they would read up on a device without posting dumb ish first. Its better than the Evo in every area. Memory, screen, sound, structure, power, speed, UI (Sense 2.0), latest 8 mega pixel (mega pixels is the size of the pic not the quality. All 8 mega pixel cameras are not the same), RAM, LTE > WiMax, 4G hotspot 8 devices ….. I mean damn, do I to post more????? Idiots

    • Tcal

      Its just a VZW Evo…
      Those specs are those of last year.
      I absolutely refuse to buy a phone that is outdated prior to actual release, where’s the fun in that?

  • AndroidFAILED

    Failed!

  • 2Ceedz

    BESTBUY_344
    .We’re sorry the date is not official for the thunderbolt htc. We will let you know once it arrives in stores. Thanks for following.
    about 7 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

    • 2ceedz
    • 2Ceedz

      Opps, looks like a stupid fan site claiming that it has no date. Sorry 2 all!! Followed the ‘legit’ link to find that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Flexor224 Chris Vesley

    Come on already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DisappointedSwitcher

    I already gave up on this stupid phone, and I wrote Verizon (who I know doesn’t care) that this was the biggest clusterfuck of a launch that I have ever been through. I will say that Sprint is pretty good and I enjoy my Evo. Good luck to those still waiting, if this is ever released

  • Jim

    Other than carrier and radio type, What’s the difference between the HTC Inspire 4G and Thunderbolt that makes the Inspire $99.99 and the Thunderbolt $249.99 on contract?

    • Droid

      The differences don’t justify the $150 difference (front facing camera, slightly bigger battery and 8 GB vs 4 GB of internal memory).

      I’m going to guess they’re pricing it to not sell so people would go for the iPhone instead. Then Verizon could announce how many iPhones they sold because their network is better than AT&T blah blah blah and increase their stock price. Then the Thunderbolt would magically be discounted because Verizon is the nicest carrier ever.

      • Bob

        Actually, the differences do justify 150.

    • Droid

      The differences (front facing camera, slightly bigger battery and 8 GB vs 4 GB of internal memory) don’t justify the $150 price difference.

      I’m going to guess they’re pricing it to not sell so people would get the iPhone instead. Then Verizon would announce how many iPhones they sold because their network is so much better than AT&T blah blah blah and their stock price goes up. Then, magically, Verizon “discounts” the Thunderbolt because they’re the nicest carrier in the world.

    • Droid

      The differences (front facing camera, slightly bigger battery and 8 GB vs 4 GB of internal memory) don’t justify the $150 price difference.

      I’m going to guess they’re pricing it to not sell so people would get the iPhone instead. Then Verizon would announce how many iPhones they sold because their network is so much better than AT&T blah blah blah and their stock price goes up. Then, magically, Verizon “discounts” the Thunderbolt because they’re the nicest carrier in the world.

    • Droid

      The differences (front facing camera, slightly bigger battery and 8 GB vs 4 GB of internal memory) don’t justify the $150 price difference.

      I’m going to guess they’re pricing it to not sell so people would get the iPhone instead. Then Verizon would announce how many iPhones they sold because their network is so much better than AT&T blah blah blah and their stock price goes up. Then, magically, Verizon “discounts” the Thunderbolt because they’re the nicest carrier in the world.

    • Tim242

      768 Megs of Ram, vs 512. 40 Gigs of storage. Front-Facing Camera. Bigger Battery. Uploading not crippled by carrier. Lte > hspa+. Integrated Skype video calling. Kickstand. Surround Sound Speakers.

      • Phil

        Inspire has 768 MB RAM, Dolby and SRS WOW HD surround sound. With the carriers’ current state of LTE and HSPA+, one can’t really say LTE is better. When Verizon implements faster LTE speeds, the Thunderbolt probably won’t be able to take advantage of it anyway.

        Anyway, the $250 price of the thunderbolt isn’t justified when the Inspire is $100.

        • Tim242

          My mistake on the RAM. As far as Lte…it is blazing fast now. Engadget got
          24-36 Mbps on a loaded network in Vegas at CES. Hspa+ speeds are only
          available in 10 att markets. Verizon’s Lte already covers hundreds of cities
          in 40 markets. It covers 38% of the populaton now, will cover 50% by may,
          66% by November. As far as price, have you priced a 32GB SD card? The 32
          gig iphone is $299. The 40 gig thunderbolt with a bigger screen and Lte is
          $249.

          • Tcal

            I could easily get a 32GB MicroSD card for $35-$40. It just doesn’t justify the price…

          • Tim242

            So, if the phone were $200, you buy your 32 GB SD for $35-$40…that would
            be a total of $235-$240. The phone is $249 and also has 8 GB of internal.
            So, 4 Gigs of extra internal isn’t worth $9? That’s not even talking about
            the other additions. The Epic was $249 on Sprint, and had less…

          • Tcal

            You are still not seeing the point; add a $35-40 MicroSD card with the Inspire and that brings your total to $150 through official routes; $100 through third-party.

          • Tim242

            You are still missing the point. The inspire is not equal to the
            Thunderbolt. We’re not just talking storage here. Att is agressively
            courting customers with prices too low. They priced the Atrix at $150! Worth
            $250.

          • I Get the Point

            The Inspire is pretty much the same as the Thunderbolt.

          • Tim242

            You might want to go compare them side by side on Phone Scoop.

          • I Still Get the Point

            According to Phone Scoop, they’re pretty much the same.

          • Tim242

            Does it have 40 gigs of memory? How bout Lte? HSPA+ is nowhere near the same
            as Lte. Att crippled the upload speeds as well. Does it have Skype video
            calling? How bout a kickstand? That is a major plus for watching videos.
            Does it have a front facing camera? The battery in that thing is pitiful.
            You keep telling yourself they are the same, if it makes you feel better.

          • Alfred

            LTE and HSPA+ pretty much have similar real world speeds right now and for a while anyway. I can make a stand out of anything. According to the Phone Scoop site you recommended, the Thunderbolt gets 18 minutes more of talk time. The 32 GB SD card has already been said to be gotten for cheap.

            I’ll give you the not so useful FFC, Skype and upload speeds. The Inspire can be upgraded to Bluetooth 3.0 which is also not very useful.

          • Tim242

            Actually Att only has hspa+ speeds in 10 markets right now…and it is 14.4,
            not 21. That 14.4 is theoretical, which means real world speeds will be much
            less. Verizon’s Lte was getting 20-36 Mbps on a loaded network at CES. Will
            your stand put a big speaker behind it? 32GB cards are not cheap. I would
            have preferred a smaller one, with a lower price. You win some, you lose
            some.

          • Alfred

            LTE and HSPA+ pretty much have similar real world speeds right now and for a while anyway. I can make a stand out of anything. According to the Phone Scoop site you recommended, the Thunderbolt gets 18 minutes more of talk time. The 32 GB SD card has already been said to be gotten for cheap.

            I’ll give you the not so useful FFC, Skype and upload speeds. The Inspire can be upgraded to Bluetooth 3.0 which is also not very useful.

          • I Still Get the Point

            According to Phone Scoop, they’re pretty much the same.

          • I Still Get the Point

            According to Phone Scoop, they’re pretty much the same.

          • I Still Get the Point

            According to Phone Scoop, they’re pretty much the same.

          • I Still Get the Point

            According to Phone Scoop, they’re pretty much the same.