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Verizon to launch Apple iPad 2 before HTC Thunderbolt according to photo

Verizon to launch Apple iPad 2 before HTC Thunderbolt according to photo
A picture used as a promotion by Verizon has become a clue that the HTC Thunderbolt will not be launched on March 10th as we hoped. The picture shows that the carrier plans on releasing the Apple iPad 2 before launching the long-awaited Thunderbolt which should still be Verizon's first 4G handset. Because Big Red plans on making the sequel to Apple's popular tablet available on March 11th, the HTC model would have to be rolled out after that date.

March 4th and now apparently March 10th are off the board as possible launch dates for the HTC Thunderbolt. What date will be next?

source: Droid-Life

Does this picture suggest that the HTC Thunderbolt will not launch on March 10th as hoped?

Does this picture suggest that the HTC Thunderbolt will not launch on March 10th as hoped?

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posted on 08 Mar 2011, 01:32 3

1. android_hitman (unregistered)

of course, because isheepies loves ipads

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 14:57 1

15. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)

how is this comment relevant to anything listed above?

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 02:38 3

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

The ThunderBolt keeps getting delayed. Maybe its name should be changed to the NoBolt?

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 07:46

7. Sirlantzz (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Mar 2011)

And the price of $299.99! Come on! I think they're trying to get the hype up and then over charge. Or maybe pay for their battery issues tech fees that they're running into >.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 13:27 2

13. Misanthropos (Posts: 56; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)

Maybe it should be called the DeadBolt or the Dropped CallBolt.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 11:58

25. Kid Wonderbread (unregistered)

It hasn't been delayed at all! Verizon has not once announced a release date.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 06:22

3. VZWEMPLOYEE (Posts: 34; Member since: 13 Jun 2009)

We have iPad 2 in Last Fridays shipment but yet to get the Thunderbolt and highly doubt we will get a drop shipment. At this point people mine as well wait for the Bionic

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 06:53 1

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

What the hell are HTC and Verizon doing? Whats the delay? Why do they keep telling us one date and its months off?

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 07:35 2

5. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

I don't believe that either VZW or BB has actually given a release date. They just keep saying it's "coming soon". It's the fans of the phone and the online media (i.e. Phone Arena) that continue to issue release dates. Until I see something official, like a posting on the VZW website or an actual date in the BB Sunday paper circular, I'm not going to hold either company to any date. And, as stated before, at this point I'm inclined to hold off and see what other 4G phones VZW offers up in the near future before locking myself into another 2 year agreement.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 07:45

6. Zig (unregistered)

Has anyone thought about the fact that it may not be the phone, but the new LTE network? If there are phone problems or battery issues maybe it's better to wait for a better phone.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 09:50

9. mmgbmt (Posts: 18; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)

its not the network, the network has been active since december 5th. verizon is only running air cards on the network at the moment testing data speed and instaling new towers everyday. the phone is the issue, they started advertising to early before the product was ready and now everyone is pissed because its not out yet. i have a feeling another phone, hopefully the bionic, will sneek on to the shelves before we even see the thunderbot. whats the hold up htc?

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 12:57

12. in the know (unregistered)

Bionic is running into it's own issues.....it has to lauinch with GIngerbread not Froyo as they announced at CES and it's causing delay issues. The reson it needs to launch with Gingerbread is because of the dual core processor. Basically the benefits of dual core processing in an Android Smartphone cannot be realized untill the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Froyo and Gingerbread do not know how to partision the data streams and treat the processor as 1 unit instead of 2, thus there is no benefit. Verizon (and all other carriers for that matter) only require that the manufacturers make their devices OTA (Over the Air) upgradable one OS version. Manufacturer's really don't want to allow updates to more than one OS because thats how they make money....buy selling devices. If I'm happy with the hardware and all I care about is getting the latest Android OS, why not just keep updating and updating. If Motorola were to launchthe Bionic with Froyo then they would only be required to update to Gingerbread and there would be no processor benefit what so ever. The dual core chip is expensive to buy....why use it if there is no improvement on speed or battery life. The only other reason would be marketing...to get us to buy a device with a dual core chip thinking thats it's better, when it actuality....it is not.

For my money, I'm waiting on the Samsung Droid Charge....the screen is what I interact with the most so I put the most ephasis on screen quality. Super AMOLED Plus is getting excellent reviews, plus the device is the thinnest and lightest 4G Smartphone announced by VZW at CES.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 19:44

18. zig (unregistered)

mmgbmt...just logged on and saw that there's a story talking about LTE network problems. I haven't read it yet but now we know that's the possible problem and maybe not the phone!

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 08:11 1

8. ralphyd (unregistered)

What has been up with htc and verizon as of late...merge? Thunderbolt?

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 10:12

10. joey18 (Posts: 593; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)

thunder balls copy of htc evo sprint i dont wan the .....

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 20:40

19. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

how is it a copy if its made by the same manufacturer...if that's the case the majority of the HTC devices that come out are all copies b/c they all look similar with similar features.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 10:22

11. Rich (unregistered)

ya this is gettin nuts. i dont care im actually happy bc i dont have an upgrade till the 13th. so i didnt want it out before then otherwise ill get on the wait list.

but ipad? common. all this iGarbage is taking over. THIS IS WHY I DIDNT WANT ANY iSHIT COMING TO VERIZON!!!!!!!!

sorry VZwireless. u might lose a customer bc this iCRAP

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 20:46

20. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

lol...are you serious? you closet-Apple protestors disgust me. this is proof that people are never satisfied. Verizon customers screamed for an Apple product to hit the network...now it has not one, but two of their biggest products and you dirtbags are still complaining...still. you maggots should just back to a landline phone.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 00:09

22. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)

they have trackphones for these people.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 15:17

26. Rich (unregistered)


i hate apple. i think they are a controlling manipulative company that gets credit where credit is not due.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 13:56

14. Danny1981 (unregistered)

I think there is alot more people waiting for the first 4g phone (the htc thunderbolt) then the stupid ipad 2 that isnt even a phone. Verizon is suposed to be a cell phone store not a dang computer store. They just launched a bunch of apple stuf they need to keep there droid people happy as well or they just might loose customers over all the teasing they have done this is not fair " Give Us The Thunderbolt"

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 17:47

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

Pretty much Apple owns Verizon. Apple tells Verizon to delay their cell phones for apple products and Verizon listens. They delayed the Thunderbolt for the iPhone 4 and now they are delaying it again for the iPad 2.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 20:59

21. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

Dog...this is your theory? Not the fact that HTC wants to make sure device doesn't release with a multitude of issues & Verizon supports that b/c that type of ball-dropping could be detrimental to both the manufacturer & the carrier. No, that's not it at all...its all about Apple. Apple is to blame for all of this. Even though 90% of the posters on here that have Verizon proclaim to hate iAnything & love Android. So my question is if most Verizon customers seem to hate Apple & support Android...how is Apple a more dominant force then?

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 18:45

17. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

As per ZDNet as reported by Engadget:
...A Comment by Verizon CTO: 'working through issues' with LTE:
By Chris Ziegler posted Mar 8th 2011 at 5:18PM No blockbusters here -- nothing that's going to give you much insight into an exact launch day for the Thunderbolt -- but Verizon CTO Tony Melone made a few comments about its LTE handset launches at a financial conference yesterday that border on the interesting. Asked whether the company was facing any challenges in getting the phones solid and ready for commercial consumption, Melone responded by saying that they're "facing is what you would expect, and that is a new technology, you are working through issues. And [they] anticipated that, and [they] are pleased at how [they] are working through issues." In the same breath, he reminded the audience that Verizon had said the phones would be coming in the first half of '11 all along and that hasn't changed -- so they're not late by a long shot. Pressed on whether battery life specifically was a concern for the Thunderbolt, Melone said that he thinks the juice "will be acceptable to consumers." Considering what we've been hearing about recent firmware revisions on the test units, we're hopeful he's right -- Verizon has a reputation for testing the crap out of devices prior to release, after all.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 09:21

23. Wes (unregistered)

Yes! It may be true that VZ holds to launch the TB because of the iPhone 4 or the new iPad or to make sure that costumers have the best experience when the first LTE phone comes out.
After all,VZ CEO said that"the first LTE phone will be out the first half of the year so the first half is not over until March 21.
So let's and see what will come next after that!

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 11:29

24. GWNIII (Posts: 8; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)

I was so pumped about the Thunderbolt. Last year.

It's a shame that it's taking so long to hit, and it's a bigger shame that it has that price tag. Oh well...

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