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HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread Update is Sort of Available Right Now (Updated: Again)

Sooooo it’s sort of rolling out. Three or four readers hit us up to let us know that they were able to pull the Gingerbread update for the Thunderbolt within the last hour. Build 2.11.605.5 is what you should be seeing, once HTC or Verizon’s servers catch up with the massive group of people trying to get in on the action.

To check for yourself, head into Settings>Software update>Check new.

Update:  As of this morning, almost all of us are still seeing the “SERVICE UNAVAILABLE” message when checking for the update. There is a chance that they populated it to the server to get it ready and a lucky few were able to snag it before it was pulled again. We’ll keep you updated as we see it go live again.

Update 8:57AM:  Folks are starting to ping our inbox with successful updates. My device is still hating the world, but be sure to start checking now to see if you are able to pull it.

Update 9:30AM:  Verizon just made it official. The update has official begun to roll out. Feel free to start hammering on your phones.

Cheers NZT and everyone else!


    STILL havent got it…….Really awesome…….

  • Double_down

    I have a rooted Thunderbolt and it keeps trying to download and install the latest Gingerbread OTA.  I have been cancelling / deferring the install.  I am sort of new to rooting, but I used the unrevoked method for froyo.  How can I update my tbolt to the latest gingerbread version from here?  I know im not supposed to accept the OTA.

  • Onepurplesage

    Was woken up at 2:30 am by the white reboot HTC screen (lit up my BR) as my T-Bolt self rebooted from this update which was automatically downloaded and installed as I snoozed.  No one has mentioned the clock app which went missing with the short lived update a month ago.  Its still MIA with this update…  I’m running stock.  When I switch over to Go Launcher, it reappears.  Sad commentary.

  • Noaimise

    Im still not getting the update!! Is it because I installed the first leaked version?

    • Tgfree

      I did not load the leaked version…and I was not getting it either.  After an hour on the phone with Verizon Support, they could not figure out why I was not getting it either…so they decided the best thing to do was to send me a new phone.  You might want to give them a call.

      • DVP

        Same here. But they won’t send me a new phone as usual. I don’t want a refurb. I have set up a call back a week later and we’ll see how it goes.

  • JennGrover

    Lots of problems since the update this AM – random reboots and caught in reboot loops.

  • Tgfree

    Just spent an hour on the phone with Verizon Support…they cant figure how to push the software to me…have old version of software…1.66…and so….they are sending me a new phone.

  • Tjaden1000

    Can anyone help me out with the exclamation Droid that I’m getting when trying to install the update…i am rooted , but I didn’t think that mattered or does it?

  • Anonymous

    so far im noticing a DRASTIC decrease in battery life since i did the update…. im gonna give it a full charge over night and see how tomorrow goes but my phone never gets to the yellow in a full day, already going to power save modem at 8:00pm. something is def not right.

    • Anonymous

      doesnt sound right. ever since i got the update last month my phone has been doing great. anywhere from 10 to 18 hours with moderate, always in 4G areas use. and at that point im usually at like 20% battery, then i swap it out. I wont do the bulky battery or car charger thing. i carry an extra one. easily gets me threw a 24 hour period.

  • Nothanks

    Does anyone know why the 150MB update (data usage rates may be applied) forces a download via 3G
    rather than the full-bars Wi-Fi its on at the moment?

  • Michael D.

    I try and am getting NO MESSAGE of whether or not I can get it, how can I tell if I am able to get it??

    • Tswonger84

      Same her, it doesnt even say “service unavailable” wtf????? It just checks for new software, then vanishes…..??

      • DVP

        I am having the same problem still. Just got off the phone with VZW. They want to send me a replacement phone which would be a refurb. They won’t send me a new phone. How is this my fault?

  • Anonymous

    The issue I was having with prior to this current firmware update was that once I was out of BlueTooth range, it would disconnect and shut either my music player or iHeartRadio/Tune In Radio off and it would not reacquire once I was back in range. I’d have to either turn off/on the phones bluetooth or turn off/on my head sets. I didn’t have this problem prior to Gingerbread. I hope its corrected with this new firmware update.

  • boobooMCfoofoo

    I DL’d through the Software Update and the phone reboots as if its going to apply the update, but only gets partially through before I get the exclamation droid.  Now the phone reboots every few minutes. GD’it.  I should’ve stuck with a custom ROM!!

    • Tjaden1000

      yeah im having the same problem…does it have ne thing to do with being rooted?

      • me too. i’m rooted, and my phone automatically updated. HELP!!!

  • Last part of update dropped in Detroit area about 12:05 pm today 10/26/11……..My TB has worked fine every since I first put it on line. Had a OG Droid before that….

  • Anonymous

    If you click on the weather part of the clock it will bring you to detailed info. then hit the menu button. there will be a Demo option. click it and then you can slide up and down through the 10 weather pics w/ sounds.

    • Jedivolsfan

      Thanks for the info.  I guess it’s a nice feature but I could do without the sounds as they all sound like they took 5 minutes to make and were never listened to.  I’ve turned them off.

  • babymono

    Not getting “Service Unavailable”, mine just says “No New Software Update Available.” homph.

  • Mr Manville

    Umm… I never grabbed last months gingerbread update, so I got this thinking it was a polished version of that. This is not Gingerbread. Its just a fix for Gingerbread, on my Froyo. Weak. Anyone else?

  • James

    I’m already hearing that gtalk with video still isn’t working.  I can’t test it out as all my contacts seem to be off line.  Can anyone confirm?

    • Deneir86

      Me and my room mate both have thunderbolts.  We could not get gtalk video to work between our phones.  In face, it would kill 4G every time we tried.  Tried it on wifi, would connect for 1 second, then end.

      • James

        Thanks for the response.  I guess it is a lost cause then.  This is the one thing I wanted out of GB.  What I got instead was a broken car dock, reboots, and lost connections.  I may just root if ICS becomes available.  I have nothing to lose really.

        • Anonymous

          I rooted using revolutionary, no ADB needed…and it was cake 🙂

    • Jimmy

      gtalk is working for me on wifi – at least between my thunderbolt & galaxy tab.  they fixed the video coming via the front facing camera (previously, you were limited to the back facing camera – though now it seems like it’s locked into the front facing and you have no option of the back facing)

  • Jester4281

    Anyone else run into the following: Update acknowledged, download begins, craps out to SERVICE UNAVALABLE, status shows it failed and now you are getting a No New Updates when trying to pull update ?

    • Jester4281

      Just got off the phone with VZW on this, they say it was a system issue they are trying to resolve and I should see the update soon, even though it is still being pushed to users, if you get dropped you have to wait………..what a joke, but hey, I have been waiting this long whats another day, week, month, year.

      • Andy

        Same thing happened to me…Download finally started and failed about 95% of the way through. Now it keeps saying “No New updates” when I try. This is really getting frustrating.

        • Jester4281

          I noticed when this happened to mine I also lost the ability to recieve txt messages. I did a factory reset on it and the download was again avalable to me and and I got it to install.

  • Jedivolsfan

    So does anyone get a strange sound now when you pull down the notification bar?  I get one every so often and someone else I know gets the sound every time.

    • Mikes

      They added sound to the HTC Weather/Time widget. Open it up, menu/settings, uncheck “Sound Effects.” 

      • Jedivolsfan

        It’s a really horrible sound!  It sounds like a broken speaker.  I wonder what a thunderstorm sounds like?  Thanks for letting me know about that.

  • just pushed mine through. 13mb? Oh well, cant wait to have voicemail notifications again 🙂 i believe that was my only gripe, everything else had been working fine.

  • Rich

    to think I was going to drop MOTO for even thinking and talking about making their own OS for phones and to get rid of Android…

    I can promise this, I will never buy an HTC phone again… It will take HTC 2 years to get ICS onto the phones or new ones…

  • Rich

    By the way, this is a 13mb file not 146mb as someone claimed…

    • The Chuck

      It’s a 13MB file if got the update a month ago, 146MB if you did not.

  • Mazigg

    I pulled GB when it came out last month and was just able to pull a smaller (14mb) I’m guessing update to the GB I already had from Verizon

  • In there like swimwear!   Thanks for the heads-up on this.

  • EC8CH

    “Feel free to start hammering on your phones”

    …unless you have a G-Nex… because you know it doesn’t have Gorilla Glass 😛

  • Anonymous

    How about the Droid Charge now? 

  • James

    I’m confused why those who didn’t get the last GB update have a file size around 150 megs, while those who did get GB in Sept got a 74MB file, and now a 13MB. What is in those other 60 MBs?   Seems the clock in the drawer is still missing, not sure about if the car dock was fixed, still having connection issues.  The math just doesn’t work out right.

    • James

      Nevermind, did some research, the last GB in Sept was 146MB. Not sure why I remember it being half that size.  Maybe it was the update before… or before that.  Hmmm, I’ve had 4 updates in 5 months. 

  • @wade_county

    I’m glad I got rid of this POS. Sold the ThunderBolt for $250 bought a Droid Incredible 2 for $130. Gotta love Craigslist.

    • Anonymous

      you poor soul, have fun with 3G..

  • Justin Garrison

    Yeah I downloaded, the install failed, and now my phone is in a reboot cycle. This is fun. Anybody have suggestions?

  • blue

    Got it.

  • Glad I have CM7 installed but this phone sucks along with waiting for companies to put out updates and as soon as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is released I’m forking over the full retail to get one

  • Anonymous

    I Just got it. after all of the service unavalible crap. Mine was only 13.927 MB, guess it was just an add-on for me. i thought they would of just scrapped my original ota from last month and went with a fresh install.

  • llwang

    Just updated from 2.11.605.3 to 2.11.605.5.  The size of this update was 13-something MB.

  • Anonymous

    Strange that the clock program is still missing.

  • Justin Garrison

    Interestingly I just pulled the update and it failed, meaning it downloaded, my phone rebooted, and after 15 or so minutes said it was unsuccessful. I had already accepted the original GB update, so wondering if that’s something to do with it. Anybody else having this issue?

  • Rysdwn

    Installed successful

  • Aaa

    Yep got it. Thanks for the heads up!

  • GolfOx

    Recieving  small update to 605.3 in GA

  • Blunderbolt

    BBurbank, CA – all night “Service Unavailable”. Woke up to the update. Have .5 now. I had .3 already. Very small and quick update, 13Mb if I recall.

  • viewthis66

    i pulled it last night when i saw kellex’s tweet about it. we’ll see if this update corrects all that it says it will or create new problems.

  • Updated successfully @ 12pm Danbury, Connecticut. 

  • Rick

    Update available now in Cincinnati

  • James

    Anyone know if this update fixes the problem with the last GB car dock bug?  I got the update… still seem to be losing my connection though.  I can’t get to my car until after work.

  • Tgfree

    I am still on Android version 2.2.1, Software number 1.66..605.2,  Still no update…

  • just got the update at 11:55 in Tampa, already had previous gingerbread and this one says it 13.927 MB, everyone try it now it may work for you too.

  • Mattatua

    Looks like it is live now in DC, just finished downloading it (was getting the same error most of the morning until now)

  • Anonymous

    Earlier this morning I was getting an error message, at 9:45 MST Denver, CO I was able to pull the update. I was on build xx.3 and now updated to x.5 just took a couple of minutes.

  • Will

    Just pulled it. No problems at all.

  • holdup

    Just got it!!!

  • It’s hilarious to me that HTC and Sprint can manage to deliver OTA updates to 5 different devices to address the security issue, yet Verizon is stumbling with this one. The problem clearly isn’t with HTC.

  • Anonymous

    Just did a manual check of software on my phone and it is now downloading.  I am in CA

  • delerivm

    Last night I was getting “SERVICE UNAVAILABLE”,  but this morning it looks like it’s available!  Only 13.927MB huh… 

    PS:  I’m already running the prior GB OTA…  no complaints since I use GVoice and don’t use GTalk,  but I’m happy if this fixes the HTC logging security problem we’ve been hearing about.

  • Tgfree

    I keep getting the ‘No New Software Update Available” message..here in TN.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like the update is available again….pulling it now


  • Dshudson

    Downloading now 

  • JC

    I was just able to pull the update in NY.  This update was only 13MB, I had already pulled the first GB update that broke the VM notifcations though.

  • Guttatae22

    Downloading now

  • Jigga_Z

    Worked fine in Rochester last night. Pulled and installed no problem 🙂

  • Anonymous

    wait they pulled it again ? there a  problem with this one too?

    • Read the comments john, its being pushed.  You don’t pull anything this time around.

      • Anonymous

        just pulled it 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t even pull it.  It was just pushed to my phone without me noticing until it was saying that it was going to restart in 10 seconds.

  • Your phone’s may have automatically pulled the updated while you were sleeping.

  • Being trying since 2:30am this morning. Now 10:45am Eastern time. Have gotten “Service Unavailable” every time I tried. 

  • Service unavailable… in CA

  • Tjcard03

    Does anyone know if i’m using revolutionary to root my phone will i have to unroot to get the update? thanks!

    • jimbob

      You can, but you’ll lose root if you choose to install it.

  • The update was pushed last night at about 10:00 p.m. in Washington.  It updated the previously flawed GB update.  installed flawlessly.

  • Dominick DeVito

    Who needs Gingerbread when you can have an Ice Cream Sandwich?


    • Dshudson

      with no functionality, yeah…. i’ll pass. 

      • Dominick DeVito

        Not the point though. In due time after the source is released a ROM will be available.

  • Rich

    Service Unavailable… F this crap…

  • Dshudson

    Errors! What a joke! 

  • FED UP

    SERVICE UNAVAILABLE Error Message in NYC…. I so *$&#*& LOVE HTC and VERIZON…. this Thunderbolt has been the priciest piece of crap I have ever bought.

    • I’ve been getting the same message.  Tried with a reboot with the same message.  

      • FED UP

        I have reboot several times, and it is still doesn’t work.   THE JOYS OF OWNING A THUNDERBOLT are overwhelming…  I should not be this blessed.

    • Junianby

      I get the same thing!!!

  • You know I remember Panda saying that this device was just a one year device and Verizons way of testing out their LTE network. I have to say, boy was he ever right. This thing has gotten basically no support from Verizon or HTC. Never underestimate the Panda……..

  • Magman117

    This phone should have been named the Thunderfart. At least buyers would know what they are getting.

  • jb

    I woke up to GB the first day it rolled out last month, as did my wife.  The VM notification issue caused her to miss a Dr. appt and some other things so we were happy that a new update was coming to fix that issue.  We also noticed that, although Skype now worked, the phone displayed the image upside down so we had to hold our phones upside down to get Skype to work.
    Heard my phone make a noise last night while watching TV.  Picked it up to see what it was and there was a message saying the update would happen in 3 or so minutes automatically.  I went ahead and accepted it and it started right away.  Snagged my wife’s phone and pulled the update with no problems. (located in Orlando if that matters in the least)
    Voicemail notifications are now fixed… kinda.  It’ll give you notification in the notification bar up top (as well as an audible chime), but it doesn’t add a number to the icon to let you know how many – if any.  This is fine with me but bothers my wife.  She prefers visual voicemail which is free with the iPhone – as do I but it REALLY bothers her.
    Skype is now fixed.
    We’re happy… 7.5 months after launch!!  We finally have the phone we should have had back when we bought it on launch day (and that we were promised in January) – as soon as the local Verizon opened.  It’s about [email protected] time!

    • Truly hate to say it but LOL LOL LOL…  I know exactly how you feel for I also got it launch day, and a few weeks after I wanted my Droid X back.  WE FINALLY get the phone and features that HTC promised us at launch.  About time!

      • AB

        It still doesn’t have Bluetooth 3.0 which I’m still waiting for.

    • miaminole

      Ditto.  Even the living in Orlando part!  No wife on Verizon though.  😛

    • jason6g

      Glad to hear you are finally happy! i agree it is about time.

      if you or your wife wishes to have free visual voicemail, you may consider google voice. its free to setup with your google account and this is about how it works.

      with verizon voicemail, you miss a call, the call gets forwarded to verizons voicemail service, someone leaves a message, you get a notification (hopefully), you call in to check the message.

      with google voice, you miss a call, the call gets forwarded to google’s voicemail service, someone leaves a message, you get a push notification & the message and transcribed message text is downloaded to your phone, you tap the notification and you can either read a fairly accurate transcription or hit play and listen to the message.

      a note about minutes and some theory. when the call is forwarded to verizon, you are not charged minutes. however when you call in you are charged minutes. so if it is a message you need to listen to more than once, they get to double dip you on minutes. with google, you are only charged an extra minute while the person leaves a message. the rest is all a very small amount of data being sync’d to your device.

      the added convenience and to date (close to two years now) of reliability has made this very worth while for me and many others and i would recommend it to you as a very nice upgrade from all the available services currently out – basic voicemail, verizons visual voicemail, apple’s voicemail.

      • LionStone

        May I also add…the other day I was traveling back from the east coast, had the GTab 10.1 rolling on GoGoInflight wifi and I knew already that I can still text to my loved ones while at 30,000′. But my gurl called and left me a voicemail…and I was able to retrieve it immediately. It was pretty important and I was able to text her back right away, Google Voice rocks!

    • Anonymous

      I’ve tried several times to set up the voicemail with google voice and cant seem to get it to work. it said something about my carrier not working with it. so i tried to manually set it up but couldnt get it to work. is there a step by step tutorial on setting it up manually?

      • Adf

        You have to sign into your google voice and add your phone from the website then change the voicemail settings on the phone.

  • Rebel447

    sseservice unavailable in Norfolk, Nebraska

  • kaufmansm

    got my update last night around 9:30. No problems so far.

  • VM started working last night still no update….Detroit area.

  • Lbtrafficlt

    My updates came at around midnight automatically.

  • Booboolala2000

    Now if they could do something about the Droid Charge and its force closes. Can’t wait for the nexus.

  • Samantha Hendricks

    No service in Washington. Roll out the update already, you POS suits.

  • Angela517
  • Really nice thing!

  • Guttatae22

    POS shit phone keep saying service unavailable

  • Hamster12696

    service unavailable

  • BULL3T

    Kinda sad it took them this long to get this out there. Been running 2.3.7 on me OG for some time now kinda sad if i say so.

  • My phone just showed it was syncing, and then powered down and showed the green update icon and loaded and then is powering back on.

    • Oh and i downloaded the broken update last month.  I knew it was broken but that broken gingerbread update was better then froyo which was just broken period.

  • greendude

    Got the update about 7:00 pm PST my phone automatically accepted it.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous
  • Got the update pushed to me around 5pm CST, and I had the earlier update but still got the new update with the security fix, etc.  Woke my phone and had some weird green circle with an arrow symbol prompting me to update.  No issues, still have my bookmarks and everything else.

    Annoying, it seems to have reset some sound profile settings since I’m now getting noises when unlocking my phone. Not sure if it’s the weather animation or unlock making the noise…

  • Verizon and HTC really know how to update a phone!

  • hatethanet

    Although I’m rooted and have been running GB for a while, I really feel for TB owners who’ve had to deal with these lousy updates.

  • I also had the first one..

  • Tried to get up date, no go, but my voice mail just started to work, what gives with that? Detroit Mi area

  • Jonyauger

    Erie pa here. Just got it. I was also one of the few that got it the first time. It was only 13mbs big. Prolly cause Its just the fixes

  • Pjannon

    service unavailable, NH

  • Anonymous

    error 2304…….
    now is that because i got the update last month before they pulled it?

    Service unavalible my @ss…….. im in a solid 4G and have my WiFi on……

  • Elrutt

    well I got the update but it deleted all my bookmarks

    • Elrutt

      Also I got gingerbread when it first came out last month. Dunno if that makes a difference. And I’m in Idaho

  • z32588

    SShould I factory reset before installing the update?


    • Tyler

      No, you shouldn’t have to.

  • DroidLifeRules

    No go in New York.

  • Alex Sherman

    Weird enough my upgrade hasn’t worked yet but getting the voice mail notification again! I was running on the original upgrade.

  • Anonymous

    Service unavailable, please check back under settings when service is available

    • same

    • same here

    • abc

      same here!

    • Elliotte

      I’m getting the same message. Did any of you guys grab the previous gingerbread update like I did?

      • Fish5757

        Yes…I did…and I hope I won’t have trouble downloading new version.

        • Walteraevans1598


          • yeah i got the other one and im getting this message too…. :/

          • Anonymous

            I grabbed the previous update and was just able to download and its currently installing.

  • Cody

    Doesn’t work for me.

  • So the Thunderbolt was released only a month ago, right?  Since you know we were promised that it would have Gingerbread within a month of release.

  • Kemarachan

    Mine says service unavailable

  • Jason Purp

    lol, you Thunderbolt guys are still waiting for this update? Sorry to hear that.

  • Unavailable!!

  • Blake Buchanan

    Also only pulling 3G instead of 4G (despite being in downtown Tampa).

  • Jrer34

    does video chat work with front camera in gchat now?

    • Anonymous

      it worked after the 2.3.4 last month.

      • Jrer34

        I got that update last month and mine would only work on the back camera. thanks though….

        • Anonymous

          I just got it, they added sound effects to the weather app…. LMAO.

          HTC Thunderbolt 4G LTE.

  • Blake Buchanan

    Mine keeps saying “Service Unavailable”

  • Turner1974 Rt

    Got my update an hour ago.

  • Saulodroid

    I got it! The VM works and a few other things are working better. I also have noticed my batt lasting longer. Hopefully this is the end of the Tbolt bad saga! I can’t change my Tbolt right now so this is good news! I could be upset, but why? i’ve learnt that All freaking phones come with their BS included!!!

  • rad

    So I downloaded the upgrade. Does anybody know how to gain root from this version?

  • Quite seriously though, been pulling insane battery life and pleasure from BAMF 1.9 and CM7. 1 with ICS theme.

  • Anonymous

    This is great I mean we’ve been waiting for this for…No one cares, we want NEXUS NOW

  • First? Doesn’t matter. Root. 

  • Anonymous

    My favorite fix is:
    “SMS messages will no longer send to incorrect recipients.” HAHAHAHAHAH That would suck!

    • bigrob60

      Imagine sending a hookup message to some girl and the phone sends it to your mom. HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAA………That would suck.

    • This sms error has happened to me many times!! Very annoying and almost caused trouble one time lol

    • Lawl I remember this being an inherent problem with Froyo

    • Samantha Hendricks

      Yup, been there. I think I sent something pretty graphic to my fiance’s mom, in fact – but she hasn’t admitted it to me yet.

    • Mr Manville

      This happens to me all the time. I actually just sent a message intended for my gf, but went to her best friend. Very happy to know this kind of thing will stop soon.

    • Yes, this got me multiple times with my TBolt =(  Once I sent a text to my wife saying “headed home dear” and it went to a business contact, a CTO of another company.  He just replied with “ok, drive safe… pal”.

      Very awkward, I was extremely pissed off at my phone.

    • todd

      am I the only one who has a very generic looking SMS screen. I’ve seen the Droid X messaging screen and it has the “balloons” or “whale” looking messages, but mine is just a white screen with a single line separating the messages.

  • Anonymous

    reduced force closes. lmao

  • *Obligatory HTC sucks comment, along with complaining that this isn’t the ICS update so who cares, along with complaining this isn’t Galaxy Nexus news*

    • Anonymous

      trolololol, you mad bro?, tits or gtfo, fap