HTC Thunderbolt Sounds Locked for a March 17th Launch

The latest batch of rumors, which sound pretty convincing, are pegging the HTC Thunderbolt with a March 17th release date.  Should these (finally) prove to be true, you’ll have something else to do on St. Pattie’s Day besides drinking green beer.  HTC threw a quick blurb on their Facebook page over the weekend telling everyone that they and Verizon will be announcing the date “soon”.  Couple that with a now-deleted tweet from an HTC regional sales manager specifically saying that the phone is coming on the 17th and we feel pretty good about the date.  Of course, we’v been burned with more than a few slipped dates so you’ll understand if we still hold a slight reservation.

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Scott has been running AndroidGuys since 2007 and loves nothing more than reading up on the latest smartphone rumors. His other mobile efforts can be found on Android Update (CNET) where he covers Google's mobile platform.

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21 Comments

  1. Porno
    March 14, 13:38 Reply

    Could you be more specific about the “latest batch of rumors”? Maybe mention BMX or Bennnn over on Android central..

  2. Yomama
    March 14, 13:45 Reply

    does eveyone just read each others articles and then reatet it in different words. Find something new or don’t write anything. Old, old , old news.

  3. Omahawaiting.
    March 14, 13:58 Reply

    I’ll wait for my email/text from Verizon stating that the phone is going to be released. Signed up for that back at the beginning of Feb. When someone posts they have an email, they believe.

  4. Thisnonesense
    March 14, 13:58 Reply

    Manager in a VZ Wireless store in Rockville, MD said that they should have Thunderbolt in stock by Wednesday…thats all he knew/could tell me.

  5. Dvn
    March 14, 14:16 Reply

    It’s a good marketing campaign

    • Yakri
      March 14, 17:09 Reply

      HAH.

      It’s a god damn awful marketing campaign, pissing people off and making them switch to other phones/wireless providers.

      Which is probably because it isn’t a marketing campaign.

  6. IwannSeeMore
    March 14, 14:19 Reply

    RE Dig You Less headlines just 4 a click. Been saying same thing different day for a month.

  7. Guest
    March 14, 14:29 Reply

    It’s “St. Paddy’s Day” man! Not “St. Pattie’s Day”. St. Patrick wasn’t Jamaican, dude. Come on…

      • IwannaSeeMore
        March 14, 15:26 Reply

        Actually in Ireland, it is St. Paddy, as Patty is a girls name…look into it b4 posting.

  8. JT
    March 14, 14:35 Reply

    Wow, HTC lost me. After doing loads of research and hands-on testing I went with the iPhone. I originally wanted a Thunderbolt but they lost me after all of this BS! Couldn’t wait any longer…

    • Yakri
      March 14, 17:07 Reply

      Thats too bad, considering the bullshit came from bloggers– not HTC.

  9. Dschumaker
    March 14, 15:01 Reply

    These TB updates sound like a broken record. Even if they release it on the 17th, I heard they would be rolling out updates in April to “fix” the “cause” of the delay. Would it not be easier to wait until there is a “fix” for the issues before releasing the phone?

    • ncgirl
      March 14, 15:08 Reply

      I would much rather have the phone now with an update to come so that I can go ahead and upgrade from my current phone.

    • Jibb2424
      March 14, 15:11 Reply

      I spoke to corporate…the person who works with the ceo of Verizon. She assured me that there are no issues with the phone.

  10. Guest
    March 14, 15:09 Reply

    I am truly concerned with purchasing a TB fearing the reasons for over a month delay in the release of the phone. If the report of a 2 hour battery life was fixed, what do they consider fixed? 4 hours? Skype has been removed for the photos of the phone as an AP and who knows what other problems the phone will have. The VZ iPhone 4 has signal problems as found by Consumer Reports yet there is no discussion of doing anything to correct that. I need a new phone because my battery is at the end of its life and I hate to spend $80 for a battery and then a week later pay $300 for a new phone. Would prefer a more options for 4G phones also

    • Yakri
      March 14, 17:06 Reply

      The battery life issue was apparently a problem with skype. If they removed it, then there won’t be any, and if it’s fixed, I would probably think it was pretty damned fixed, considering how much time they spent on it.

      Furthermore, since it’s a software issue, you can probably do a work around to entirely get rid of it on the user-end, if it turns out not to be fixed enough for you.

  11. kalel51
    March 14, 16:52 Reply

    Old tweet means squat. phone in hand, that is how you will now it was released.

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