More evidence points to the HTC Thunderbolt coming on March 17th

More evidence points to the HTC Thunderbolt coming on March 17th
Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt, wherefore art thou Thunderbolt? This is what many of you, and us at PhoneArena, have been wondering for weeks now, as the release of Verizon's first 4G LTE smartphone seems to keep being pushed back endlessly. It was first expected to come out the beginning of February, with BestBuy starting a $50 deposit based pre-sale, but some reported "battery problems" may have held it up.

Earlier today we showed you that an HTC rep posted to his Twitter account over the weekend that the 17th was the date, but soon after his Twitter post was removed. Since then, we've received several tips from Verizon employees stating that their systems now show the 17th as the release date, and one person even says their store has already got in its first shipment of phones today and will start selling them on Thursday. There is also a leaked image (below) showing the 17th from Verizon's own inventory system, and there are also reports that BestBuy stores have started calling people who paid the $50 deposit to show up on that date. Finally, Verizon's site has their Thunderbolt accessories page up, and also their 360 degree view of the phone, and the Thunderbolt can even be spotted on the main Verizon Wireless page

Hopefully the pieces will fall together and the phone will be out this Thursday.

Thanks to our tipsters!!!

source: droid-life

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1. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

ahahaha i thought it was just a thunderbolt picture but apparently you can 360 view the phone right now in this article.... but when u have to post a comment phonearena refreshes you -__-. grrrrrr

2. zackh121556 unregistered

I have been waiting for this phone for a long time, Android has giving me the 100% happy with my phone attitude and im ready to jump from the 3.7 to the 4.3inch screen, Android for life...and yes, im coming from Blackberry and Iphone....

3. VZWCustomer

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I have waited for this phone for awhile now. So long that i have started looking into the recently price reduced Droid X. I currently use a Blackberry Storm 2 and im sick of it and want to jump ship to android. Ive been due for an upgrade since Janurary but ive held out specifically for this phone. If it does indeed come out this Thursday great! But if not the Droid X is looking really appealing to me. Ive grown tired of the waiting game but ill play once more to get this phone although i have lost some interest in it. But if it comes then Thursday ill be at my verizon store to test it and make my choice. It better be flawless for as long as ive waited. (i do realize no specific release date was ever announced so this could have been the release date all along)

4. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

I feel like the thunderbolt gained some fat... was it always this chubby?

5. hmcougar09

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I'm ecstatic that this could be the actual launch date. I have waited for this phone ever since it was announced! I can't wait! :)

6. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

ya know its less than a month away from bionic launch, I think I am gonna wait

7. pat unregistered

There's no way that if the thunderbolt is coming out on Thursday, the bionic is coming out in a month. They'll want to push as many sales for the thunderbolt as possible, it being the first lte phone. Look for the bionic end of may at earliest (probably later than that), with summer releases and beyond for Samsung stealth and LG revolution. And lets not forget about Xperia Play either! Sure glad I'm on Vzw and my contracts up

8. Rich unregistered

would it be faster to get the phone by waiting until launch and going to the store (hoping they have them in stock)... by waiting until launch and going on the website and ordering (hoping it doesnt get backordered)... or to go to bestbuy tommorow and preorder it?


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Rich, I have never had any issues getting any phone on launch day. Even the precious iphone 4 for verizon. My friend works at best buy and he told me the only sold 4 iphones that day and had plenty more. Sure it was probably because everyone preordered on the website but the point is you shouldn't have any problems.

10. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

WOOT WOOT the Bionic is around the corner ;P

11. hornetmx

Posts: 71; Member since: Mar 12, 2010

Sorry boys and girls, Thunderbolt will be out and about beginning of April. Why may you ask little phonearena? Economics! Quarter 1 will be great due to the iphone. Thunderbolt sales will look a lot nicer in quarter #2 along with the other 4g phones debuting in May and June. Yes I understand you have been waiting for this phone your entire life. A couple of more weeks and a couple of more commercials wont hurt. Sorry no presale from looks a lot better when you get a small number of "first-in-line" shirt wearing cutomers camping out. They should offer some free accesory deal for the 1st 100 customer just to get a few more people in there. If you free it, they will come. I had to bring a different point of view since it's all the same non sense nowadays. I hope it's not the 17th so that it makes all of these cell phone "news" websites look more like the National Enquirers that they are.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Too bad is already offering preordering and that they have been authorized to ship Thunderbolts 3/17.

13. uncle_buck unregistered

and wirefly even has it priced at $199!!! so much for the rumors of the $299 price tag

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