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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.   

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBWEFxpA7B0[/youtube]

Cheers @_kazer_!

  • 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 they’re sitting on this becuz they released an outdated iphone and think people will buy it.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. 😛

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Papa Smurf

    Oh puh-leeeeze. All of you whining about being over the Thunderbolt and Verizon’s anctics will be the first ones in line to get the phone when released.

  • Papa Smurf

    Oh puh-leeeeze. All of you whining about being over the Thunderbolt and Verizon’s anctics will be the first ones in line to get the phone when released.

    • Tcal

      The only way I would ever purchase this outdated device was if your were to give me $750 to buy the phone ( including taxes),

  • I went to Best Buy, and 3 different Verizon stores today. 3 out of 4 said their expecting it the 24th and the other didn’t know when. They still weren’t sure of the price but Best Buy said it should be $250 w/ 2yr contract. Also the Best Buy I went to was taking pre-orders but offered no $50 gift card. I don’t think I’ll get it from best buy.

  • Papa Smurf

    Oh puh-leeeeze. All of you whining about being over the Thunderbolt and Verizon’s anctics will be the first ones in line to get the phone when released.

  • I bet you that this is a way of marketing for verizon.In real life a “Thunderbolt” is unpredictable. You never know when its going to strike. The same thing with this damn phone you never know when its going to release. WTF!! Verizon if this is your way of advertising it sure is pissing a whole lot of people off!!! Thanks

  • Droidzzz

    “Green jacket. Yellow Jacket. Who gives a shit?”

  • Just got my thunderbolt innocase and screen protectors from seidio.com. I hope its not delayed to the 28th cause other wise I’m going to walk around with just case in my pocket and pretend I have the phone to let the time pass.

    • Rachel

      Dont feel bad Chris I ordered faceplates and screen protectors and received them Saturday.I have an OG Droid and my oldest daughters driving me nuts on the release date of the Thunderbolt….Shes taking over my Droid once this phone is in my hands…Just wondering if it will be Thursday or if I have to wait till next week.Ugh!..I do know that my local VZW store has received the cases etc for the Thunderbolt last week I just wish they would release this phone already!

    • Haha. I lol’d. Thanks Chris.

    • LatinoComedian

      OMG, this made me laugh so hard.

  • I’m over this phone. I had been excited about since last year when we first heard of it. I put down my preorder and waited patiently for a release date, but with all the talk of delays and a $300 price tag, I’m giving up. Ended up getting an Inspire 4G for $50 yesterday. Sorry Verizon, you could have had me if you just got it out the door quicker.

  • I’m over this phone. I had been excited about since last year when we first heard of it. I put down my preorder and waited patiently for a release date, but with all the talk of delays and a $300 price tag, I’m giving up. Ended up getting an Inspire 4G for $50 yesterday. Sorry Verizon, you could have had me if you just got it out the door quicker.

    • Tim242

      LoL you are silly. HSUPA is disabled on the inspire. That means crippled upload speeds. Not to mention HSPA+ is only in 10 markets. You just signed up for a crippled 3G phone. Not very smart. Enjoy two years of hell on att!

      • Anonymous

        heheh. oh att

      • Tcal

        Root it and bam!
        Problem solved; HUPSA is enabled.
        Its only crippled because you want it to be crippled.
        Speaking of phones being crippled, doesn’t the HTC thunderbolt have no Skype or Mobile Hotspots at launch?
        And who knows, maybe Good-Ol’ VZW will lock up your upload speeds too.

        • Tim242

          Average consumers don’t root. Whether Skype or hotspot are available at
          launch is unknown. But, root and use wireless tether, right? No need to
          cripple anything on Lte : )

          • Tcal

            Apologies for my grammar, sometimes I really hate this auto-correct feature…

          • True, but most of us here aren’t average consumers, so rooting solutions factor into my purchasing decisions. I don’t buy gadgets based solely on what the out-of-the-box experience is going to be like. Sure, it would be cool if it did everything I wanted without having to root, but it’s no big deal for me.

      • Well I have HSPA+ in my market and honestly I’m fine with 3G speeds anyway, I really have no use for super-fast upload speeds or a front facing camera (the kickstand would have been nice though). And AT&T voice service is actually pretty great in my area. The way I see it, I got a phone that is only slightly inferior to the Thunderbolt for less than a fifth of the price, feels pretty smart to me.

  • Destructive_hippie

    Shipment of tbolts was on order for this week my store but was not shipped. No idea what’s going on.

    • Viper76269

      some guy posted the order and showed that the eta for the delivery was the 23rd, since he said once the store has them, they’re able to sell them. i imagine it’s on purpose so they can start selling them on thursday. my buddy’s store got the Xoom today

  • Mikr

    Best Buy just told me the 24th…in person.

  • Flexor

    Bring it on Finally Please!!!!

  • It’s like Back to the Future meets the Dark Knight….

  • Rachel

    Its coming and should be this week according to a VZW Employee that I talked to. She hinted that it wold be released with the Xoom on Thursday!…Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!. :o)

  • In all truthfulness: Many are losing the concept of “thunder and lightning” with Verizon. This is actually a fun game… you never know when lighting or thunder will strick or thunder after the lighting and how long there after.. . I thought I was tired of the mess but actually it’s become interesting.. Everyday we gather @Droid Life for more leads and sense of hope.. as Big Red is Ready to Drop it like @ 1:46 am on some odd day of this week – with no pre-order – just Walk in and buy it or Order On-Line =)

  • Alvinm 77

    Its on its way soon!!!! That exciting enough for me. Hopefully I be the owner of one in a few days. Im actually tired of complaining. Just excited now to dump my Droid X.

  • JG

    still love people say its a delay…youre basing this off of leaked supposed releases…until verizon says it comes out XX/XX and then its delayed by 2 weeks from there, then its right on time for me.

    • Anonymous

      VZW never announced a release date. There won’t be a delay just because there was no announcement. They can tell us March 31st and Big Red still won’t consider it a delay.

      • Tim242

        Big Red may not, but I will. They said first 4G phone in Feb. Then Best Buy announced availability for 2/14 and started preorders. They couldn’tdo that without Verizon’s blessing.

      • Anonymous

        2012….

        • Tcal

          Ha!

  • I went into Best Buy this morning to check on my preorder. The rep called her manager, and he confirmed that they will start receiving the units tomorrow or Wednesday and start selling them Thursday. For what it’s worth…

    • Anonymous

      THAT MAKES ME HAPPY. even though it won’t happen.

  • RaptorOO7

    This phone just may be cursed, perhaps we are all better off waiting until summer and getting something else.

  • Hjoconor

    does verizon really not comprehend the difference between thunder and lightning?

    Lightningbolt?

    • HAB

      thunderbolt: a single discharge of lightning with the accompanying thunder

      • 123

        Bam!

    • Tim242

      You are the one that failed to know what a thunderbolt is, not verizon.

  • Bucho2k

    How bout a commercial that shows what this “Thunderbolt” (hahaha) does? Rather shooting something and wasting money on electricity effects that has nothing to do with the phone. At least Apple has the smarts to demo their products in an ad.

    • Viper76269

      this is the point of a teaser.

  • JG

    Just saw it on tv…it said coming soon…boo

  • JG

    Just saw it on tv…it said coming soon…boo

    • Perwilly

      yea, saw that too. Very disappointing. I don’t know who the ‘strategist’ is at VZW but s/he’s losin any momentum with this delay.

  • Fredy

    hey the spanish version does say muy pronto which means very soon

    • Eclipsegst4mee

      Very….sooner….than…..expected…..delayed

  • Zimme342

    I think Verizon has really dropped the ball with the announcements and advertisements for both the Xoom and the Thunderbolt. There have been so many leaks, partial announcements, ads and hands on previews for both of these products but they keep refusing to give official details and info on them despite their quickly arriving release date (I know Verizon’s official Xoom page went live today but still took way too long). Surprise announcements with immediate releases for expensive electronics just don’t work well. Ask Sega how their Sega Saturn launch went…

  • Theantt21

    and Verizon says this is the phone after our dream phone well they wont lying because it seems i just might get my dream phone before this thing is even released… :

    • RaptorOO7

      No, it was “THE” phone “AFTER” your dream phone, HTC really blew that one.

      • Anonymous

        Thunderbolt – The phone after the phone after the phone after the phone after the phone after the phone after the phone of your dreams… release date TBA

        • Theantt21

          Man this phone is a nightmare with its 300$ 2 year contract price and unannounced release date might as well lock my self into contract with a phone more worth the wait… *cough* bionic.

  • In the Spanish version it still says coming soon at the end: here is what it says: “Thunderbolt de HTC Muy Pronto” which roughly means “Coming Soon HTC’s Thunderbolt”

  • Anonymous

    They ought to ditch “dual marketing” and go with dual core.

  • ThunderXoom

    Blah blah blah Thunderbolt blah blah blah Xoom blah blah blah Thunderbolt.

    Can someone explain the difference between “Droid Life” and “Android Life”?

    • Tim242

      Both would be better off without pissy little bitches, like yourself around.

      • ThunderXoom

        Sticks and stones. Anymore, more people “liked” my post than yours. Suck on that.
        Still, you didn’t answer my legitimate question, but I don’t expect a brilliant mind such as yours to have intelligent recourse. Anyone else?

        • Tim242

          I just posted. So, how would there be many likes? It’s quite simple. If you
          don’t like the articles, go elsewhere.

          • ThunderXoom

            Considering you have failed to answer a legitimate question and assuming you are representative of the intellect and reading comprehension of this site… then yes, I will take your timely advice and do as you say, go elsewhere.

            To the admins and contributors of this site – its apparent the focus of this site no longer applies and you have failed to update your organizational structure due to the lack of official “droid” items, making the two sites largely redundant (since this one has lost its focus.) You helped me in the ways of Droid when I first got my D-Inc, but any usefulness here has since evaporated.

            If “Tim242” and his childlike antagonism in response to one person’s opinion of your site is the indication of your reader base, then I wish you luck. You’re going to need it.

            Now onto more focused and balanced pastures. I’m sure I’m not the first and sure as hell bet I’m not the last. Adios.

          • :-/ Sad to see silly arguments like this happen.

          • DBK

            Good riddance…..

          • Tcal

            Can we just fix the problem Kellex and rename the site VZW-life, or Verizon-life already? Conflicts like these CAN be avoided!!!!!

          • I really don’t think it’s that confusing or major of an issue. It’s a fine name just the way it is. VZW-life or Verizon-life isn’t specific to Android, and I think Droid-Life gets the point across just fine.

    • Anonymous

      It’s pretty simple. This site covers Verizon Android devices, Android Life covers everything from the other carriers. Now stop asking.

      • How many times did he ask? I just see two.

        • Anonymous

          two too many….

      • Tcal

        It would be nice of you could update Andtoid-life the same way you do Droid-life 🙂

  • RaptorOO7

    If the 4G network isn’t ready for phones, then they should not have even announced 4G phones at CES. In either case if it ships great, if not who cares. Verizon has burned out everyone who was anxiously waiting for this phone, and that in turn can become infectious negative press.

    I don’t care about whether or not Verizon gave a date, its mute at this point, they have dragged it over the coals and its pretty well cooked to death.

    • Anonymous

      The phone was not supposed to come out until “as early as March,” according to what they said at CES. The fact that Sprint has had an EVO 4G since last summer and that T-Mobile/AT&T rebranded HSPA+ as “4G” forced Verizon to release their first 4G phone earlier than later due to market pressures.

      They were targeting March, but because the competition screwed VZW over with loose terminology, Big Red tried their best to release the T-Bolt much earlier than scheduled. Clearly they were unable to do that because of technology issues (hotspot, Skype) and probably even production issues (it isn’t easy to ship out millions of phones two to three weeks earlier than expect on such short notice).

      • RaptorOO7

        Verizon is doing little to help themselves at this point. I am skipping all threads on the blogs about release dates and instead I am just focused on other TB related news, accessories, apps, whatever so long as the release date isn’t the thread’s focus. For me its not a question of WHEN it will be released but IF it will ever get released.

        Verizon is their own worst enemy.

  • Anonymous

    OMG, that commercial was so awesome! Pls come out the 24th……i want my pre-order soon!

  • Anilraj420

    whats so special bout this phone its a damn evo on verizon im looking for something new if anything i would buy the optimus 3d

    • Fredy

      wow you are stupid this phone is twice the phone the evo could ever be just watch the youtube video thunderbolt vs evo

      • Anilraj420

        its the same damn phone on a faster carrier whats so special more memory not quite a jump this phone been out on sprint for a year..theres no dual core? 3d? higher mp camera? or oled screen? same old shit im wating for the next big thing what wont be outdated in two months and this isnt it

        • Fredy

          a better mp camara better snapdragon and better looking too this will be the best phone out for a good bit of time because how can you say what dual core will do if there is no dual core phones out? For all we know it will suck the life out of the battery. So the Tbolt is the smart choice untill next year when second gen dual-core phones come out, but by then you’ll be saying you are waiting on quad-core phones. This phone is the shit, i never go with first gen tech it has always let me down.!

        • Here are some things you may want to research a bit further lest you confuse yourself with more false information:

          1. Evo specifications
          2. Thunderbolt specifications
          3. Dual Core vs. Single Core in context of the Android platform
          4. 3D…. seriously? Honest to God, I don’t get this whole 3D thing, so you can have this one.
          5. Practical camera resolution limits and its affect on picture quality
          6. Amoled screen power consumption
          7. Alprazolam (Xanax)

          • Fredy

            wow BEAST made activated. Me = like

        • Leehblanc

          Well, I don’t expect you to understand any of this, but here goes… The 2nd Gen Snapdragom is faster than Gen 1. How’s that Dual Core Pentium working out for you? Same damn thing as the Core2Duo!!! Fascinate 5MP camera > Droid X 8MP camera. By a long shot. Yes, I know 8 is more than 5… like I said, I didn’t expect you to understand. I could go on, but you’ve probably got a headache already.

    • Leehblanc

      This is a really ignorant comment if you’ve done ANY research into the Thunderbolt. Not calling you ignorant… please understand the distinction.

      • Tcal

        He/She is right; its just a VZW Evo; An Evo Evolved; All they did was bring its specs up-to-par with last year’s.

    • Anonymous

      Like Fredy said, Google “wirefly evo thunderbolt” and you will see a benchmarking video demonstrate how the T-Bolt is more than 2x faster than the EVO.

  • My_jp87

    ENOUGH with the hype, it’ just a phone with a faster network. Just release it already! This is the problem with verizon always spending their time trying to get attention that they fall behind other carriers on getting new phones

    • Anonymous

      It will be the strongest single-core phone out in the market, lacking in the graphics department due to the lack of a GPU but still overall better than the Nexus S.

      Also, it’s an HTC.

      • It has a dedicated GPU. The newer snapdragon processors have Adreno 205 GPU’s.

        • Anonymous

          I meant to say lack of a separate GPU (as in, separated from the CPU), but the Galaxy S Hummingbirds are also SoCs that combine CPU and GPU into a single IC.

          That being said, the Adreno 205s simply suck compared to the PowerVR :/

          • Anonymous

            It doesn’t matter if the GPU is separated from the CPU or not – you get the same performance. With a SoC you are reducing the amount of space needed on the boards (smaller phone) and it’s already tuned for performance and battery life.

            As far as Adreno simply sucking – why don’t you read up on this – http://androidandme.com/2010/10/news/3dmarkmobile-gpu-showdown-adreno-205-vs-powervr-sgx540/

          • Anonymous

            In that article they even mention how the Galaxy S Epic 4G is stuck on Eclair whereas the myTouch 4G is on Froyo, so it isn’t a fair comparison.

            My reference as to why the T-Bolt isn’t as impressive in graphics is based off Smart Bench score results. The Galaxy S and Nexus S decimate the myTouch 4G in the gaming portion of the tests (2600+ vs 1500) and even match the Optimus 2X in this regard. The T-Bolt only matches the Galaxy S in the productivity (file I/O, etc) portion of the tests, keeping in mind that the tests were done on a pre-release device.

            Reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCdSyeo6KFY

          • Anonymous

            In that article they even mention how the Galaxy S Epic 4G is stuck on Eclair whereas the myTouch 4G is on Froyo, so it isn’t a fair comparison.

            My reference as to why the T-Bolt isn’t as impressive in graphics is based off Smart Bench score results. The Galaxy S and Nexus S decimate the myTouch 4G in the gaming portion of the tests (2600+ vs 1500) and even match the Optimus 2X in this regard. The T-Bolt only matches the Galaxy S in the productivity (file I/O, etc) portion of the tests, keeping in mind that the tests were done on a pre-release device.

            Reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCdSyeo6KFY

          • Anonymous

            In that article they even mention how the Galaxy S Epic 4G is stuck on Eclair whereas the myTouch 4G is on Froyo, so it isn’t a fair comparison.

            My reference as to why the T-Bolt isn’t as impressive in graphics is based off Smart Bench score results. The Galaxy S and Nexus S decimate the myTouch 4G in the gaming portion of the tests (2600+ vs 1500) and even match the Optimus 2X in this regard. The T-Bolt only matches the Galaxy S in the productivity (file I/O, etc) portion of the tests, keeping in mind that the tests were done on a pre-release device.

            Reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCdSyeo6KFY

  • TheDroidAbides

    Guys we’re still in the Verizon Iphone 4 return window so it’s not surprising that they don’t want to tell people the Thunderbolt will be out soon.

  • YoMomma

    I’m burnt out from even caring about the Thunderbolt anymore…

  • YoMomma

    I’m burnt out from even caring about the Thunderbolt anymore…

  • Jac

    I’m not holding my breath. If this had come out in November/December of last year when all the hype was surrounding it I would have been all in……As it is now I am lukewarn at best and will be waiting until at least July to get my next phone now so I can renew with a 1yr contract instead of a 2 Year. I dont like the direction Verizon seems to be heading.

  • Jac

    I’m not holding my breath. If this had come out in November/December of last year when all the hype was surrounding it I would have been all in……As it is now I am lukewarn at best and will be waiting until at least July to get my next phone now so I can renew with a 1yr contract instead of a 2 Year. I dont like the direction Verizon seems to be heading.

    • Anonymous

      I wanted a 4.0″+ screen, QWERTY-less device on VZW since before I even purchased my Droid, but nothing was appealing until the T-Bolt came out.

      However, I’m glad I had to wait a little longer for them to get LTE into the device. I travel to LTE-enabled areas once or twice a week and would love to have faster speeds whenever possible.

  • No Grenades!

    it’s like this article read my post on the youtube video and copied it lol

  • No Grenades!

    it’s like this article read my post on the youtube video and copied it lol

  • Mth2134

    Well played Kellex. 😛

  • Mth2134

    Well played Kellex. 😛

  • Bob

    Very electric news.

  • Bob

    Very electric news.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. This commercial resulted in thunderous applause.

  • Dr. Jekyll

    The date is not announced because the 4G/LTE crap is not ready yet. VZV just wanted to show that they can come up with their shit ahead of AT&T. Remember how S. Ballmer tried to show a tablet before the iPad launch.

  • Dr. Jekyll

    The date is not announced because the 4G/LTE crap is not ready yet. VZV just wanted to show that they can come up with their shit ahead of AT&T. Remember how S. Ballmer tried to show a tablet before the iPad launch.

    • Anonymous

      Verizon’s LTE Has been out since December.

      • Dr. Jekyll

        Yeah you are right only thing is no one could use it. The first successful test call on the 4G/LTE crap was made on Feb 8. It could have been out just for the sake of it.

        • Anonymous

          …there have been two MiFi devices available and in use since December. People have been using the network, but now a huge influx of users will occur due to the arrival of the first LTE smartphone.

          • Dr. Jekyll

            by “use” I meant making and receiving calls besides who would want to carry an extra device when you have mobile hotspot? MiFi is gonna die soon.

          • Anonymous

            it has not been put out that this is a Volte phone (voice over lte). It has been hinted that it is a vorev.a phone, as in voice over 3g. The volte call they made was on a lg revolution.

          • Anonymous

            LTE is a data centric network, when people are “using” it for data on their laptop they are using it for what it’s built for. Who cares about voice, that can be done on any 2G or 3G network.

          • Dr. Jekyll

            I agree that it is data centric. I think a lot of people care about voice and most people would use the network on a phone rather than on a laptop.
            The pricing for 4G/LTE is not out yet, we will see how many would actually use the 4G data plan if it is more than 30/month.

          • Tim242

            Voice will still be carried over the CDMA network. Lte is data only…for now. Geez, please get educated.

        • Tim242

          Have you been under a rock? That call was for Voice over Lte, which won’t be rolling out until late next year. That has nothing to do with data. There are two mifi usb dongles that have been for sale since December. You need to get educated before commentin, then you won’t look so stupid.

          • Bob Jope

            At least he wouldn’t look as stupid as your feedback. At the moment, they are parallel in a universe of stupidity. Oh Mensa, why did you let Tim242 near a computer?

          • Tim242

            That makes absolutely no sense.

          • Bob Jope

            The versatility of WD40 doesn’t make sense. But by gosh, your condescending attitude protruding from that heavily fortified keyboard does. It shows in your post. Calling people uneducated, living under a rock, etc., is unecessary.

          • Tim242

            With the stupid misinformation posted, either they are uneducated, or have
            been living under a rock.

  • Eclipsegst4mee

    I think the commercial should say you have better odds at being struck by lightning than purchasing the new Thunderbolt from Verizon

  • Eclipsegst4mee

    I think the commercial should say you have better odds at being struck by lightning than purchasing the new Thunderbolt from Verizon

    • Now that’s an electrifying comment…rock on!

      • Eclipsegst4mee

        Better yet the guy in the commercial was destroying the one and only prototype and now Verizon will never speak of the phone again.

    • John R Ruddick
      • Eclipsegst4mee

        link is dead…

        • John R Ruddick

          It’s been taken down, but Best Buy tweeted it would be released the 24th.

  • lowchef

    i seen two thunderbolt commercials on tv last night…one verizon and one htc commercial.

    • Tim242

      You “saw.”

      • DBK

        “I’ve seen”

        You FAIL…

        • Tim242

          No, I’ve seen is not how it would be used in that context. You would say
          I’ve seen that commercial before. But, in his context it would be, I saw
          that commercial today. You fail

          • DBK

            Lol The fact that you are defending your comment, Mr. Grammar Nazi, proves that you FAIL.

            I wasn’t being serious. This isn’t the first time that guy made that error, and every time he does someone has to point it out and correct him. That is just my way of showing how annoying that is. Thanks for playing. 🙂

  • lowchef

    i seen two thunderbolt commercials on tv last night…one verizon and one htc commercial.