HTC ThunderBolt delayed to maximize Verizon iPhone 4 sales?

HTC ThunderBolt delayed to maximize Verizon iPhone 4 sales?

If you have followed the news aroundVerizon's 4G LTE launch, you can't have missed the HTC ThunderBolt –a signature device for Big Red's high-speed network. But the initialexpectations for a February 14th launch didn't come true as theThunderbolt was delayed for no apparent reason. A tipster confirmedthat the device will be launched on February 24th, butinterestingly enough suggested that the delay was due to Verizon'siPhone 4 roll-out.

How so? Verizon's Worry Free exchangeperiod amounts to 14 days. The subtle connection seems to link thelaunch of the Verizon iPhone on the 10th and the roll-out of the HTCThunderBolt on the 24th of February. Exactly14 days. This means that users who got the iPhone on day one whensales are usually highest will not be ableto return it without paying a charge or exchange it for aThunderBolt. We leave to you to judge just how credible this couldbe, but it definitely gives an interesting view on the carrier'stiming, doesn't it?

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53 Comments

1. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 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!

7. Allday28

Posts: 340; Member since: Nov 19, 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!!

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.

23. tragichero

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 07, 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....

33. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

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

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

2. itguy unregistered

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

4. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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...

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!

43. Hi unregistered

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

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???

5. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

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

16. Biodude unregistered

Maximimum profits are good for shareholders like me!

25. tragichero

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 07, 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.

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.

35. Ralston1983

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 03, 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.

39. pbo1228 unregistered

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

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!

46. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 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... :)

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

3. guest unregistered

noooo. i want my arm and leg back!

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

10. giantgnome

Posts: 67; Member since: Feb 11, 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.

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.

11. ribbonsalmark

Posts: 84; Member since: Jan 06, 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.

34. mthoren68

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

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

13. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 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...

18. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 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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