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Feb
Engadget-Thunderbolt

Electronista picked up on a (now deleted) tweet from the infamous Verizon-affiliated tipster black_man_x that "Thunderbolts are go!!!!", suggesting that the launch of the HTC Thunderbolt is imminent.

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This is just a short while after GizmoFusion reported that it had received word of Verizon planning on releasing the device "as early as next week" (which is now "this week").

It is still a little unclear when Verizon's first LTE phone will launch, however the most recent rumours suggest the in-store date to be March 10. Although it could also be the 3rd or 4th.

This is a sigh of relief for Verizon and HTC after rumours surfaced that the LTE device would be further delayed due to horrid battery performance of two to three hours on a single charge.

Credit: Electronista and GizmoFusion

Abhiroop Basu
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  • Mike

    I'll believe it when I see it, I've been waiting forever for this phone to come out.

  • Joe V

    To clarify, there is rumor the delay was due to horrid battery life while using 4G LTE.

  • we

    @ this point I am no longer interested in thundershit

    • Bill

      You could always wait for the Droid Bionic with dual processors.That's later this year.

  • Craig

    The battery issue is concerning as the battery performance in the Incredible is terrible. You'd figure this would be on the top of their list to get right.

  • Taylor

    Well perhaps Thats the issue with the delay. Hey want the battery to be optimal and in response to the "thundershit" comment, what do you have that's so much better?

  • Bill

    You know its almost like they supposedly keep "Leaking" information about the launch date and keep it close enough to hopefully keep everyone interested in the phone. I'm sure they don't want their sales to take a dive. So like it was said before, "I'll believe it when I see it." To keep everyone hooked on line to get the phone with all the delays you would think they would sweeten the pot with reduced activation rates and a sweeter price for the phone. "Yeah Right!"

  • commentguy2010

    I heard it was Skype video chat software, not ready for prime time.

  • http://theficklehearted.com Airis

    apparently they are reducing the cost from $749 to $699...still an expensive phone regardless

    http://androidcommunity.com/htc-thunderbolts-main-delay-rumored-to-be-due-to-poor-battery-life-20110228/

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