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HTC ThunderBolt delayed to maximize Verizon iPhone 4 sales?

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HTC ThunderBolt delayed to maximize Verizon iPhone 4 sales?

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?

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posted on 14 Feb 2011, 09:41 1

1. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)

Smart business move by Verizon. If you bought the iPhone too quick and want a real 4G phone on the Verizon network, good luck paying an arm and a leg for it!

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 10:16 1

7. Allday28 (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)

Arm and leg for it?? It comes with a 32 GB SD card for $249!! That right there makes it worth it. Hell the iphone 32 gig is $299 so $249 is a pretty good deal. 40 GIGS out of the box you moron!!

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 10:23 1

8. FINEPRINT (unregistered)

You forget that those prices are with new contract for iphone. so if you return the phone after the 14 days you have to pay retail. Read the fine print.

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 11:30 4

23. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)

he's simply saying that if you got an iphone the day it came out, you wouldnt be able to get the thunderbolt for the price with a contract. i dont know why im even commenting... clearly you cant read....

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 12:29

33. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)

Haha thank you tragichero. I did not feel like explaining myself again.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 23:37

52. onecsguy (unregistered)

LOL, Verizon should have just ignored the iPhone and beat it back completly with the 4G before ATT got the Atrix =P

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 09:47 3

2. itguy (unregistered)

Verizon is nothing but a money hungry corporation... This move just proves it... Wake up people!

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 09:50 5

4. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)

Every good business is money hungry. What Verizon did is definitely a cheap shot to its customers, but if you want to maximize profit, these are the moves you have to make.

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 10:11 4

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

the company offers its stuff, its the users fault for rushing into their traps and ending up with "obsolete" stuff (sorry if the word obsolete makes it sound harsh), now i wonder how many iPhone users would really like to change their phones for the LTE thunderbolt...

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 15:16

38. DV (unregistered)

If you bought the phone day one and your return period is 14 days and the thunderbolt comes out the 24th that means that you can exchange it on the 24th and pay the restock fee. Correct my math if I am wrong but I am pretty sure that the 10th to the 24th amounts to 14 days!

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 16:58

43. Hi (unregistered)

your math is wrong.. 10-24 is 15 days

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 17:44

44. kocho (unregistered)

Technically, the 10th to the 24th can be anywhere from 14 to 15 days, depending on the actual time you bought the phone.

Ex. if you bought the phone on 2/10 at noon..... by 2/24 at noon that will be 14 days exactly..... by 2/24 at 3 pm, that will be 14 days and 3 hours. etc....

Not sure Verizon would be so analytical about that, would they???

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 09:52 5

5. Hallucinator (Posts: 387; Member since: 24 May 2010)

Isn't it Verizon's job to make money? They didn't force anyone to go out and buy the Iphone.

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 11:09 2

16. Biodude (unregistered)

Maximimum profits are good for shareholders like me!

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 11:35 2

25. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)

verizon didnt do anything unethical in this situation. they even realesed the fact that they would be releasing the 4g phones after the iphone. therefore its the users fault if they intended to purchase an iphone and then return later for the thunderbolt. that would be shady business by the consumer not the company. return policy is in place for you to discover what phone meets your needs and to have a saftey net if its deffective, not to rent a phone.

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 12:09

31. DiegoK (unregistered)

Every large company is money hungry. Name one large company that isn't? It's called capitalism. Does that mean boycott everything you buy? This is just a dumb comment.

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 13:11

35. Ralston1983 (Posts: 70; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)

You're acting like Verizon is the first money hungry corporation. What company isn't looking to boost there bottom line? Esp in this day in age.

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 15:20

39. pbo1228 (unregistered)

That makes it all right because everyone else is doing it.???

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 16:47

42. whatigot (unregistered)

absolutely, business is a tricky deal. If a poor unintelligent sap falls for corporate traps its their fault! Alls fair in love,war and business. Every company must notify its customers of policy changes, verizon notified all customers of the exchange date, and new plan prices. its not anyones fault but your own if you dont pay attention and your stuck with something you dislike. The fact that its the most reliable phone service puts them in a position to be money sucking @$$'s, no one likes it but, yeah its completely ethical to have policy's every successful company does from hair dressers to plumbers to Big Red!

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 18:14

46. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

MIN MAXING!!! lol cmon any of you ever got in to D&D??? it's just Min-Maxing irl!!! can't hate them for playing the game well. YES nothing will change till the public ACTS on it's disapproval, but hey. if its working for them then power to them. hopefully i'll get in on that someday too... :)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 23:39

53. onecsguy (unregistered)

But at least they use all that money to make a better more reliable network, with contiguous 3G and now 4G, inlike ATT that robs the cell division to pay for thier landline and TV business =P And we all see what happens when a company isnt money hungry enough ... try to get on 3G with a sprint phone or even make a call =D

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 09:47 2

3. guest (unregistered)

noooo. i want my arm and leg back!

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 10:27 2

9. ATTCallCenter (unregistered)

It's the consumers fault for not knowing these things that are available to the public. I know about this, you know about this, yet John Doe is at Verizon right now getting himself an iPhone

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 10:35 3

10. giantgnome (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)

The iphone isn't a bad phone but what I've discovered are a good number of iphone users are just sheep. Whatever Steve Jobs tell them they don't need they'll unthinkingly agree.

When I have discuss Android phones with my friends we'll talk about the various features of what each different model has and their shortcomings, whereas conversations with iphone users ALWAYS boils down to what you don't "need". To be honest I like the iphone but I hate the iphone crowd. Like a bunch of religious nutjobs. It's no wonder they get sucked into Verizon's scheme so easily.

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 11:58 2

28. Rich (unregistered)

this is exactly why i dont like apple.... the iphone is good but ill never get one because there are better phones out there. but bc of the 'sheep' the media buys into the iphone and the uneducated phone consumers just assume the iphone is the best bc the sheep media and tredny sheep consumers. thats reason A why my phone will never have an apple logo on it.

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 10:35 1

11. ribbonsalmark (Posts: 84; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

Greedy ATT. It is the job of your salesman to inform potential and active clients of new coming phones. This is why you fail AT&T. Carriers have gotten way too greedy in my opinion. Given the millions if not billions they make on the general public annually, you would think they could give you a little more than 14 days to exchange a phone. Further more the general public is SHEEP. They dont know their left from their right and their HTC Thunderbolt from their Sony Ericsson Arc. They just know "OOOO Shiney, I want one." Its is the job of those informed to guide the SHEEP to something they can use and will be happy with for the two years they sign their contract for. Not misguide them like wolves to a phone that will be out of date by May 25th. SHAME SHAME SHAME AT&TCallCenter person.

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 12:51 1

34. mthoren68 (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Sep 2009)

Wait, it's the carrier's duty to say, "I know you're interested in Phone A, but Phone B will be coming along so don't buy anything from me now."

That is ridiculous. First, do your own research. Do you expect restaurants to tell you that somewhere else has better food? Do you expect Chrysler to tell you not to buy a car from them because Ford has one that gets better mileage? Second, who is to say what is better? Despite all the discussion about the advantages of Android phones, there obviously is still a large segment that continues to favor iPhones. Third, if you're too stupid to know that, in the cell phone market, something "better" is going to come along shortly, then you deserve what you get.

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 10:36 2

12. get it right (unregistered)

you are a moron "itguy" you have a bussiness and u want to make profit u r not here to be Red cross ,,,,,what an idoit wake up

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 10:45 1

13. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)

Well said. It isn't Verizons job to be your friend and warn you of anything, it is their job to sell as many phones as possible while locking you into a plan. If they acted like their customers "friends" they wouldn't be around today...

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 11:12 1

18. tedkord (Posts: 14120; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

They don't need to be your friend, but they should be honest and forthright. I've been in the Verizon store many times and heard salesmen telling patrons things which were questionable, if not outright lies.

My very first cell phone (all those years ago) was an ATT flip phone. The salesman told me that my area was saturated with coverage, and that there was no roaming withing 25 miles of my home (back when roaming was a real concern). Both were lies - I couldn't drive 500 yards in any direction without losing signal once I'd actually gotten a signal, and my first bill had over $200 in roaming charges when I'd never left the 25-mile radius.

When I called in to complain, the ATT rep told me ATT had no towers in the area, there was no roam-free zone around my home, and ATT wasn't responsible for what their salesmen said.

I cancelled, went to Verizon and will never go back to ATT.

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