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Best Buy Starts Reminding Customers About Thunderbolt Pre-orders, Stores Stock Quantities Determined

Time to fire up the Friday Thunderbolt rumor engine!

As you can see from the picture above, Best Buy (after an entire month) is reminding customers via email that they pre-ordered an HTC Thunderbolt.  While there is absolutely zero mention of a release date in these emails, the timing fits into the March 17th release date that has been floating around for the last week or so.  It’s also the first word we’ve heard from them on the TBolt’s status since back in February.

And to add to the Best Buy fodder, it sounds like district managers were notified today of their stock quantities for launch.  They are expecting enough in stores to match the number of pre-orders accepted plus another 5-10 for walk-ins.  No date given, but store orders are usually a good sign.

Oh, we also heard that the 18th could be the day, so we’ve updated the TBolt teaser knockoff below and will add it to our ridiculously long list of dates that will probably all be wrong.  

February 14, 17, 24March 3, 10, 17, 18, 21.  Hypebeast baby.

Cheers Mark, Dan, D and @Rob_toast!

  • Gj96

    AT&T just released the HTC Inspire (same as TB) and you can get it for $99 at best buy with upgrade. If AT&T worked in my area I might consider giving it a shot, $200 less for the same damn phone. Guess their striking back at Verizon and justly so :) Verizon better get off their ass…..and do something soon.

    • G8R

      Now here’s a topic I can’t seem to find adequate discussion about… is the Inspire pretty much the same as the Thunderbolt? I know the specs are pretty much the same with the exception of a front facing camera and TB has a bigger battery. But I doubt Verizon would put such a price on a phone when when it has such a cheaper similar opponent. There must be something else that sets the TB apart from others… is it really just the fact that it will have 4G LTE and the inspire has AT&T’s sorry excuse for 4G?

  • Donnydon

    its the 24th 100% not the 18th not the 21st…………THE 24TH!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LSC6M6KLD4JWQLFTGOIHVAUWFM Quise

    man I been waitin since i first heard bout it in november than I was like ok thy finna announce it n release in jan at ces show damn that was 3 mnths ago

  • Jrer34

    I’m sure this is just another tease by Best Buy. I’m not sure why we would think anything different of email. we all thought pre-orders meant it was a couple weeks away. This email probably just means Best Buy was slow to enter all of the pre-orders into their system. As much as i want to believe this is something meaningful, i doubt it is and the fact that i need a new phone very badly right now doesnt make this any better.

  • (v)urphy

    I think my OG Droid is teasing me with a mind of its own. Yesterday, the power button would not function briefly leaving me to open the keyboard to get the screen to come on. I need that Thunderbolt NOW!

  • Anonymous

    I was really looking forward to possibly checking and purchasing the Thunderbolt, but with all of the delays looks like I will be seriously looking at the Bionic, even though it’s ugly as sin LOL

  • Anonymous

    You forgot February 28th

    • LeeInMKE

      And March 24th.

  • Hoot352

    As long as this phone comes out before April 20th. I’ll be getting it. I won’t be gaming much on it and with all the questions about the bionic’s dual core even being useful or not because it lacks the RAM and ROM to fully utilize the dual cores. Thunderbolt will be my new phone.

  • Corenojc

    still no email for me and I did give them my email address.

  • RaptorOO7

    Oh, snap. I just got an email from BB. Rather odd since I haven’t given them my email address and I don’t recall signing up for “their” reminder. I did for Verizon but I am sure I will get that email about the phone a month after launch if at all.

  • RaptorOO7

    I have a reservation, or at least my name on a sheet of paper for reservations with my phone # on it. No email has been sent to me as of yet. I canceled my GC a week ago given the fact that I was tired of waiting. However my name is on that sheet still and they had no idea who I was other than someone who had one. 6-7 days or more, who knows.

    • Anonymous

      sucks for you. You just upped your price from $250 to $300.

  • http://twitter.com/Rob_toast Robert

    I just need a new phone. My blackberry can suck a fat one

    • Anonymous

      REALLY? Send that thing over. I have a use for it! :)

    • edaking13

      i have the exact same problem bberry was a poor investment and i regret not getting the OG droid…..so now i need the tbolt!!!

  • http://twitter.com/cenglish Chris English

    After all of the delays, do I really want this phone???

    • HalfMoon

      I was going to buy it in Feb. to play with until Bionic/Other Tegra 2 device…. now, I think I’ll just deal with waiting a little more.

    • HalfMoon

      I was going to buy it in Feb. to play with until Bionic/Other Tegra 2 device…. now, I think I’ll just deal with waiting a little more.

    • HalfMoon

      I was going to buy it in Feb. to play with until Bionic/Other Tegra 2 device…. now, I think I’ll just deal with waiting a little more.

    • HalfMoon

      I was going to buy it in Feb. to play with until Bionic/Other Tegra 2 device…. now, I think I’ll just deal with waiting a little more.

    • HalfMoon

      I was going to buy it in Feb. to play with until Bionic/Other Tegra 2 device…. now, I think I’ll just deal with waiting a little more.

    • HalfMoon

      I was going to buy it in Feb. to play with until Bionic/Other Tegra 2 device…. now, I think I’ll just deal with waiting a little more.

    • HalfMoon

      I was going to buy it in Feb. to play with until Bionic/Other Tegra 2 device…. now, I think I’ll just deal with waiting a little more.

    • HalfMoon

      I was going to buy it in Feb. to play with until Bionic/Other Tegra 2 device…. now, I think I’ll just deal with waiting a little more.

    • HalfMoon

      I was going to buy it in Feb. to play with until Bionic/Other Tegra 2 device…. now, I think I’ll just deal with waiting a little more.

    • HalfMoon

      I was going to buy it in Feb. to play with until Bionic/Other Tegra 2 device…. now, I think I’ll just deal with waiting a little more.

    • HalfMoon

      I was going to buy it in Feb. to play with until Bionic/Other Tegra 2 device…. now, I think I’ll just deal with waiting a little more.

    • HalfMoon

      I was going to buy it in Feb. to play with until Bionic/Other Tegra 2 device…. now, I think I’ll just deal with waiting a little more.

    • HalfMoon

      I was going to buy it in Feb. to play with until Bionic/Other Tegra 2 device…. now, I think I’ll just deal with waiting a little more.

    • HalfMoon

      I was going to buy it in Feb. to play with until Bionic/Other Tegra 2 device…. now, I think I’ll just deal with waiting a little more.

    • HalfMoon

      I was going to buy it in Feb. to play with until Bionic/Other Tegra 2 device…. now, I think I’ll just deal with waiting a little more.

    • HalfMoon

      I was going to buy it in Feb. to play with until Bionic/Other Tegra 2 device…. now, I think I’ll just deal with waiting a little more.

    • HalfMoon

      I was going to buy it in Feb. to play with until Bionic/Other Tegra 2 device…. now, I think I’ll just deal with waiting a little more.

  • Corenojc

    i preordered but havnt gotten the email

  • edaking13

    WOOOOOOOO :)

  • Mth2134

    Hypebeast :P

  • Andrew Hewitt

    Haha I honestly feel sorry for anyone who pre-ordered this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Cropley/668531301 Matt Cropley

    dilema…i want to get this phone because i want to lock in the unlimited data plan…yet i 300 is absurd for a phone with contract…..and im sure the bionic will be 200 possibly 250

    • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

      i think the data plans are one of the reasons the phone isn’t out yet.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Yea its not going to be unlimited its going to be tiered

  • Corenojc

    you’ll probably take more grief for this kellex, but I think its funny

    • Anonymous

      Oh I’m sure I will, but we still think it’s funny. Most of us get a good laugh out of it. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

    Does anyone else have experience with preorders like this at Bestbuy? how long after you got this e-mail did you get your product?

  • viewthis66

    i received my BB email about an hour ago. can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mipami

    I love that the calendar image icon is that what apple uses on the iphone

  • Anonymous

    I think meteorologists have an easier time predicting actual Thunder. I will now call this phone the Wimperbolt. :-)

    • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

      the TsunamiBolt…too soon?

      • Anonymous

        Way too soon…

        • Anonymous

          Speaking of Tsunami Kellex I guess you’re still on land LOL I see Oregon felt some waves from the Japan incident