The much awaited Verizon HTC Thunderbolt won’t be released on March 10, 2011, which is three days from now as shown in the leaked Best Buy mobile line up that we previously reported. Instead, the release date is now moved to March 17, 2011 to give way to the release of the recently announced iPad 2 from Apple.
This is clearly shown in a Verizon Wireless print ad featured by Droid Life entitled “the next BIG thing” where a ladder is used as an image to feature different gadgets in an increasing order – Home Phone Connect, Xoom, iPad 2, and Thunderbolt.
With the word ‘Thunderbolt’ next to iPad 2, it is perceived to be the gadget to be released by Verizon Wirleless after the iPad 2.
Chris Burns of Android Community confirmed this ad after having an interview with a Wisconsin representative detailing that the constant move of the HTC Thunderbolt release date is caused by Verizon Wireless’ problem with the switch between 3G and 4G LTE networks. When asked when is the exact release date of the HTC Thunderbolt, she answered: “We don’t know but we have the iPad2 coming out this week.”
In another HTC Thunderbolt update of Alex after conversation with a Verizon Wireless Insider at Sentrix Nation, he said that “Verizon and HTC have agreed in principle to a March 17th launch date with an announcement coming this week, likely on Tuesday the 8th.”
While there is still no official release date announced by Verizon Wireless, it seems that March 17 is indeed the much awaited release date for the HTC Thunderbolt. Could this be it? Let’s wait for the official announcement after the launch of iPad 2.
Meanwhile, Best Buy featured another ad for the HTC Thunderbolt side by side with two other HTC 4G phones (HTC Inspire 4G and HTC Evo 4G) as shown in the image below which puts the Thunderbolt at a retail price of $299.99 with a two year contract with Verizon Wireless.