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New Verizon flyer says HTC Thunderbolt is "now available"

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Depicted on a new Verizon sales flyer is an image of the highly-anticipated LTE-capable HTC Thunderbolt with the phrase “now available” despite the fact that it hasn’t even been given a release date.

Odds are this flyer was printed before the latest delay hit what is supposed to be the first smartphone to run on Verizon’s speedy 4G LTE network. The HTC Thunderbolt still doesn’t have a release date set in stone, but one would hope it’ll come out this month at some point.

So it appears that Verizon doesn’t even know when this phone will truly hit the shelves. There have been several dates surface but every single one has turned out to be incorrect due to the delays. The reason for these delays is rumored to involve terrible battery life amongst other things. Any predictions on when this device will actually come out? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

source: Into Mobile

New Verizon flyer says HTC Thunderbolt is "now available"

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posted on 09 Mar 2011, 20:35

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Its the... NoBolt!

I wonder what the excuse de jour will be from VZW will be when someone actually wants to buy the NoBolt?

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 16:45

24. Mike1107 (unregistered)

They're delaying it because of battery flaws.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 20:37 3

3. whatigot (unregistered)

as long as the delays improve the phones capabilities and not due to the iphone

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 20:45

4. isaac (unregistered)

the thunderbolt was announced on the best buy ad for this week in laredo TX.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 21:05

5. motox (unregistered)

well....the 17th is pretty near, verizon already has a tweet though not for the bolt...about saint pat day....and all signs point 17....so....there you go....pls come out!

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 21:49 2

6. waititout (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)

Ummmm, I never thought I would write this (say this), but I'm actually considering switching from Verizon to T-mobile. WHY HAVEN'T ANY TECH SITES WRITTEN MORE ABOUT THE LTE PROBLEMS THAT THE AIRFORCE HAS BEEN GRIPING ABOUT?

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 22:05

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

I have no problem waiting if they release it and it works like it should. Do you think verizon wants their first 4g lte phone to have tons of returns due to issues? Delays look much better than returns.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 22:18

8. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

wait...if its battery life is it not the manufacture's/HTC's Fault?..Verizon is just trying to stall the phone release till HTC fixes the problem so customer's would not bitch when the thunderbolt is out and has terrible battery life.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 22:22 2

9. grammarpolice (unregistered)

I hate to break this to you, but... Verizon would never release this flyer. I'm assuming that a relatively large company would insist on printing actual sentences in its ads. The English in this ad is completely unprofessional. (I'm not even going to point out errors in the actual article, say in the third paragraph, second sentence.)

"Tell us, where you work?" is not a sentence. And in the second sentence, why would "GET" be bolded and in caps lock? Before printing "news" please consider whether it's remotely believable. These fake rumors about the Thunderbolt are getting old, and it'd be great if the websites releasing these articles could do a little fact sifting first. Proofreading would've saved me from having to read this article.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 22:41 3

13. caclark724 (Posts: 11; Member since: 24 Dec 2010)


So in your infinate wisdom, did you happen to notice that underneath the VERIZON logo, it says 'Authorized Wireless Reseller'

So, this ad could very well exist, as Verizon doesn't have to proof any AD that a reseller makes. They have the right to make the signage, and put the verizon logo and typeface on it because they pay to be an 'authorized reseller'. So go back, read it again, and get over the fact that you got SUPER excited that the phone might actually be available, and have your mom make you some more meatloaf and bring it to you in the basement.

The phone is delayed, but Verizon has NEVER given a firm release date, so everyone getting upset, including you, is getting upset over NOTHING other than rumors that are posted on these sites that are, as you put it, "printing 'news." So look in the mirror and remember that all the news about release dates have been fake rumors to this point.

You want both ends. You want sites to stop posting 'fake rumors' but you yourself read those 'fake rumors' and got all hyped about a date that was never OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED BY ANYONE!!!

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 19:19

22. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

maybe the ad is intended to appeal to inner city folk or hicks?

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 22:23

10. jay (unregistered)

does anyone own an HTC phone that has good battery life?? Every HTC phone Ihave owned (3 of them) battery life is HORRIBLE. How can you have a phone with all the new features, but your not supposed to turn the features on if you want to have your phone last a whole day at mx

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 22:27

11. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

really? xDD u just changed my opinion on HTC. now i see it as a hummer 3 xD built great but strong gas consumer x)

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 22:45 2

14. doorways (unregistered)

there have been no delays, the release date is "coming soon" and hasnt changed. just sayin'.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 23:42 1

15. tuminatr (Posts: 861; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)

dorways is correct Verizon Has never set a date, how do we know it is not on time!!!! guess you should not believe everything you read online!!!!!!!

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 00:37 1

16. vzwempguy (unregistered)

I can tell you as an emplyee of VZW, 2 things, 1 is I personally have not seen this flyer. The second being that I check the "stock" quantity at the distribution warehouse, and the HTC Thunderbolt is currently not in stock at our warehouse. So as much as everyone (including myself) would like for it to be in stock and ready to go, it is not as of this day. I wish I had more info than that, but I do not.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 00:44

17. joey18 (Posts: 597; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)

im not so exicted ....more phones coming in the market ...so i wait to the summer im not get stock in contract. with this phone

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 04:37

18. max_kain (unregistered)

I've gone from excited to "meh" myself over the wait. A VzW employee told me that they were in stock and would be released on the 24th, that day has come and gone. I've got 2 suspicions: 1 is an Apple "non compete" clause in their release. The other is VzW being VzW. I got an HTC Touch years ago and waited for the WM 6.1 upgrade, pushed back constantly. I sent an e-mail to HTC and they responded that the upgrade was tested and approved by them. The reality was that VzW was sitting on it until they could turn off the GPS chip and charge us another $8 a month. I would suspect that VzW is trying to turn off features so they can charge for them and they screwed something up.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 08:02

19. one (unregistered)

I was told by a person, that some stores already have a few units.... The big problem is battery life. Can't seem to get more that 6 to 8 hours out of a battery.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 08:50

20. no_longer_waiting_for_vz (unregistered)

I had been planning to buy this from VZ, but word of all the problems both HTC and VZ, we've decided if it's not out this weekend, we're going with another carrier.

At this point, I really don't care for either of them.
VZ with all the reported problems with their 4G.
HTC with reported battery problems (supposedly caused by 3G/4G transitioning).

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 18:25

21. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

As if Verizon even cares whether you wait for them or not. I bet you're going to TMobile or something because you're cheap.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 22:15 1

23. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

How is t-mobile cheap? if they profit of their plans, offer Nicer phones that at&t and sprint, and are upgrading their network constant. Again, How are they cheap? you may think Verizon is better* because you pay more well guess what, its not using the money you feed it to improve its network, Its Just giving the profits to its Employers and laughing at you because they got away with ripping you off. you sir...mam...it is a sucker*. :) have a great day

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