If you have followed the news around
Verizon's 4G LTE launch, you can't have missed the HTC ThunderBolt –
a signature device for Big Red's high-speed network. But the initial
expectations for a February 14th launch didn't come true as the
Thunderbolt was delayed for no apparent reason. A tipster confirmed
that the device will be launched on February 24th, but
interestingly enough suggested that the delay was due to Verizon's
iPhone 4 roll-out.
How so? Verizon's Worry Free exchange period amounts to 14 days. The subtle connection seems to link the launch of the Verizon iPhone on the 10th and the roll-out of the HTC ThunderBolt on the 24th of February. Exactly 14 days. This means that users who got the iPhone on day one when sales are usually highest will not be able to return it without paying a charge or exchange it for a ThunderBolt. We leave to you to judge just how credible this could be, but it definitely gives an interesting view on the carrier's timing, doesn't it?