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Does Verizon's HTC Thunderbolt site offer a video clue to the device's launch date?

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Does Verizon's HTC Thunderbolt site offer a video clue to the device's launch date?
Verizon's landing page for the HTC Thunderbolt was switched on today, and on the page is a brief 15 second video of a girl counting the time between spotting a lightening strike and the sound of thunder. Supposedly, you can compute how far a storm is away from you by counting the seconds between seeing the lightening and hearing the thunder with each second accounting for 1 mile of distance from you (is it just us or does anyone else think that the sound effects were leftover from the release of the BlackBerry Storm?).

While all that Verizon will own up to is the "Coming Soon" label at the end of the video, there are some You Tube viewers who have made comments that by counting each second as a day, the girl is actually counting when Verizon's first 4G phone will be launched. Most of those who kept track say that the girl counts 10 days. Including Tuesday as day #1, it all adds up to February 24th. Sound familiar? We recently reported that speculation has centered around that date as being the launch date for the device.

Sure, if Verizon had wanted to pass along the launch date, why not just write "Coming February 24th" instead of "Coming Soon"? And why make a video containing a code? This is how rumors get started. And yeah, perhaps some cellphone fanatics have a little too much time on their hands. But it also shows how eager the public is to get a hold of Verizon's first LTE handset. In fact, it would seem that the HTC Thunderbolt has garnered more attention from Verizon customers than that iOS flavored touchscreen phone that was recently launched by Verizon.

source: Verizon via AndroidGuys, YouTube

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posted on 15 Feb 2011, 22:27 3

1. deezy (Posts: 46; Member since: 10 Feb 2011)


1+2+3=6
1+2=3
1=1 (6+3+1=10days) feb 25?
or 3+2+1=6 days feb. 21st (from the 15th)
So it could be those two...OR....
1...2...3
1...2
1 (3/2/2011?)
or if it's a leap year and you configure the calibration of the continuum where the paradox is parallel to the tangent of actual thunderbolts striking in the video, you get a lot of people finding patterns only because they look for patterns...

posted on 15 Feb 2011, 22:28

2. MOTOX (unregistered)


The dates for launch possibilities are endless such as : 17th, 21th...according to the video and droid-life possibly...depending on how you count....24th....28th.....march 1st....most likely its either of the first 3 as there is data that shows up to it.

posted on 15 Feb 2011, 23:20

3. wac (unregistered)


its the 24th

posted on 15 Feb 2011, 23:40

4. droid user (unregistered)


This is the same video that was up last week before it was quickly yanked. The other video was in Spanish and also counted in between.
Here is the bigger question. If the no contract cost is going to be 750.+ tax is it possible to get the phone on contract (assuming you pass credit check) for 250+ tax then cancel the contract and pay the $350 Charge for early term. On smart phones then re connect it. On a month to month plan and save about 150? ...350 + 250= $600.+ tx.
Has anyone ever tried that? Will it work? Seems like $150 would be some nice change for some accessories for the phone.

posted on 16 Feb 2011, 08:23

11. je2345 (Posts: 62; Member since: 05 May 2009)


Actually the $750 full retail is only at Best Buy. I believe at Corporate Verizon the full retail is $619 but I saw that an indirect premium retailer's full retail was only $569 on the HTC Thunderbolt so corporate's could eventually be the same,

posted on 16 Feb 2011, 00:15 1

5. what lol (unregistered)


(F) that phone already by the time that phone comes out .its going to be to old .and all that because the iphone.. verizon screwed up.
the thunderbolt was my dream phone . but with no duelcore. that phone is going to suck . duelcore .saves 40% of the batterys life .and stop making new phones. make longer lasting batterys than work on the phones. lol that my 2cents .

posted on 16 Feb 2011, 01:47

7. black (unregistered)


Dualcore* Make long lasting batteries* then* work on the phones. Use your 2 cents towards a book.

posted on 16 Feb 2011, 10:08

12. icepikk (Posts: 32; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)


lol I was about to say something too. I am tired of seeing people spell it "duel" core. I am very worried about the education of people these days. Duel and dual is the sort of difference I learned a long, long time ago.

posted on 17 Feb 2011, 01:32

17. yep i know androids (unregistered)


Ummm really? Dual cores make smartphone batteries last longer? Have you personally tried a dual core smartphone out....? cause i know i haven't but EVER single review points to Dual core processors as a HUGE battery waster. so i dont know what your talking about.

posted on 17 Feb 2011, 01:45

18. what lol (unregistered)


not bad for someone who had 16 beers. lol that phone gets me so mad. always having a new date. well i got to go. i hate typing on my cell. and now bestbuy says the 21st. yea yea yea suck it. lol :)

posted on 16 Feb 2011, 00:26

6. john (unregistered)


droid user,

you could except 250 + phone on contract, 350 for early term. fee. + 2 x $35 activation fee(675) +forfeit phone number + $25 for the 2nd sim card activation ( not sure how this will play out , first Verizon 4G LTE) you would save at best $50, and have some really nasty pro ration due to billing a month in advance.

Another thing to keep in mind is on the bottom of most store receipts they usually state that you have to return equipment if you don't complete contract for a certain amount of time (they don't get paid by verizon if you don't. ) And if you get it online to avoid return charge, you have to pay for phonebook transfer at almost all verizon stores (approx. $15) not to mention that most verizon franchise stores offer much cheaper insurance than verizon online/ corporate so you would spend more money if you went that route.

posted on 16 Feb 2011, 01:48

8. black (unregistered)


Wow are you people dense? March(3) Second(2) 2011(1)

posted on 16 Feb 2011, 08:05

9. Ralston1983 (Posts: 65; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)


Or it could be that it's getting closer and the thunderbolts don't foretell an exact release date in code.

posted on 16 Feb 2011, 08:09 1

10. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


Folks, there's no "hidden message" here. The commercial is just telling interested individuals that the launch date is getting closer (in an attempt to keep/build interest). Not giving a specific date allows Verizon flexibility to handle any additional unforseen impediments while building anticipation.

posted on 16 Feb 2011, 10:20

13. skymitch89 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I would go with 3+2+1=6. 6 days from the 15th until launch which equals the 21st.

posted on 16 Feb 2011, 12:11

14. Buckeyenut (unregistered)


I pre-ordered it through Bestbuy. They called and said it had been delayed to the 24th.

posted on 16 Feb 2011, 17:05

15. LionStone (Posts: 468; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Wait...let me consult my Mayan calendar...I'll have the release date soon, don't worry everyone :o)

posted on 16 Feb 2011, 20:58

16. Iphone4V (unregistered)


March 21, 2011......That's my prediction

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 01:13

19. nesska (unregistered)


This is all a publicity stunt to get attention for the phone... maybe they're trying to make a bigger sh*t about it to pump it up. All these people speculating on a phone that is already outdated. I was excited about the launch and now I'm over it. Verizon needs to release a date that they will stand by regardless if its a month from now, just to let theie customers know where they stand.

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