Just when you think you’ve heard it all, along comes another snippet of news that turns everything on its head. The release of the HTC ThunderBolt on Verizon is surely one of the sorriest sagas of a release ever. We’ve published so many articles with release date rumors, leaks and speculation that in the end we published a release rumor roundup for readers to catch up.
We know from the enormous response to our previous articles, just how many of you are extremely frustrated and after our roundup we also told how Verizon had pleaded with customers for patience. Then we told how apparently the handset was ready to go and that HTC was growing increasingly tetchy with Verizon for it’s non-release so far, and only earlier today we told how one lucky punter had managed to get a hands-on look at one at a golfing event this weekend.
Over the last week the consensus of opinion that has spread across tech sites was that the most likely date for the arrival of the HTC ThunderBolt was March 10, which came from a leaked Best Buy roadmap and also seemed to be confirmed by SentNation’s Verizon Wireless contact. Now, and we can hardly believe this ourselves, it seems that it may be further delayed again. Many tech sites have picked up on the rumor that the iPad 2 release on March 11 may push the release date of the ThunderBolt back once more, this time to March 16.
Phones Review, sourced from Pop Herald, tells how it’s felt that the ThunderBolt will now be released after March 11 to avoid long lines in packed Verizon stores for the iPad 2 and the ThunderBolt at the same time. The article goes on to add that apparently Verizon sees March 16 “as the perfect release date.” As usual we’ll caution that this should be taken with a pinch of salt until we hear more but once again it’s looking ominous. If HTC was tetchy with Verizon over the non-release of the ThunderBolt before, surely the company will be livid by any further delays.
Quentyn Kennemar over on Phandroid tells how 2 HTC ThunderBolt’s were up for sale on eBay so at least somebody’s got their hands on it, however of course they were both quickly snapped up. We’ll be keeping our ears open in the next few days and will bring you any further snippets as we hear them and let’s hope that this rumor proves to be wrong and the ThunderBolt does finally get released on the March 10, but frankly we’re not holding our breath on that.
We’ve noted many comments now on our posts about the non-appearance of the ThunderBolt, and some are from people saying that the non-commital of a firm release date is now putting them off buying the phone at all. This further news then may lead to more consumers turning their back on the ThunderBolt, which would be a shame in a way, as it’s a pretty impressive phone, and the first 4G phone for the Verizon LTE network. What are your thoughts on this newest rumor and do you think the HTC ThunderBolt will ever see the light of day on store shelves? Let us know with your comments, just how you feel about this.
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