Recent rumors of the ThunderBolt have taken us all on one large, emotional roller coaster ride. At the very beginning, the ThunderBolt was better known as the Incredible HD. There was a series of rumors specifically about the specifications that the device would have. Not only that, but HTC was covertly growing hype for the device and being rather cryptic about it. This led us to believe it was something worth getting excited over. Many of us – thinking that the ThunderBolt would land with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and other impressive specs – were already determined that this was the next “phone to buy.”

In actuality, when HTC and Verizon finally made the device official at CES, we learned that it was just a rehashed version of the EVO 4G with a little more internal memory and different display technology (same resolution). For those of us who believed we would be seeing the next, top of the line device, the announcement was bittersweet. The ThunderBolt still has potential to be a great phone, but there's no doubt about it, it's sporting last year's specs.

First, it was rumored – lest we forget that these were rumors – that the ThunderBolt would be hitting shelves on February 14th. Next came word that the device launch date was pushed back to February 24th. Not long after, there was an internal Verizon document claiming that the device had been delayed indefinitely.  If that wasn't enough, there were Best Buy locations still reporting that the device would be released on the 14th. After passing the first, elusive date, all fingers pointed to the 24th being the TBolt D-Day.

Considering that yesterday was the 24th and Verizon shelves are are still without the ThunderBolt, March has now entered the picture. And again, the dates keep getting pushed back. Yesterday it was March 4th, today we're seeing the 10th. To add the icing to the cake, the original $249.99 price tag that was spotted in a Best Buy ad has been upped to $299.99. So the problem isn't only that the date keeps getting pushed back, we're seeing an increase in pricing, too.

The problem is, the device is only slightly better than it's WiMAX brother, the EVO. That device launched 8 months ago for $199.99 with a two-year agreement with Sprint. Another close relative, the Inspire 4G on AT&T just launched for $99.99 with a two-year agreement. The major differences between the Inspire and ThunderBolt are: the Inspire's TFT display which falls short of the ThunderBolt's S-LCD display, the Inspire's lack of a front-facing camera, and the ThunderBolt is rumored to ship with a 32GB microSD card.

In comparison, all of these specifications are old news and have been backseated by dual-core processors and higher-res displays as seen in the Atrix 4G and Bionic. The Bionic hasn't been priced yet, but I would suspect it to be released around the same price point as the Atrix, which just released for $199.99 with a two-year contract on AT&T. Then again, who's to say this same pricing debacle won't occur with the Bionic? Nonetheless, I could justify a larger price tag for the specs.

Since the Bionic was announced to release in Q2, we will soon be approaching more launch info on the device. If things keep going the same for the ThunderBolt, some people may start to lose interest. I wouldn't be surprised to see those buyers to head on over to the Moto-pool. Especially if it's going to save them $100 on a more future-proofed phone.

Verizon may feel they are cutting users a deal by not charging extra for LTE access, but I'm not so sure that knocking less of the retail value of the device is going to fly very well with buyers. I was thoroughly excited when I first heard about the ThunderBolt, but the longer it gets delayed and the more I hear about it, the less interested I become. Were you or are you still interested in the ThunderBolt? How do you feel about the $299.99 price point? Have any of you switched interest to the Bionic?

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"By the time the ThunderBolt makes it to shelves, will people even want it anymore?"

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Gerardo Ortega
Gerardo Ortega The Thunderbolt has no dual core processor and no Amoled screen and running on a 1ghz snapdragon processor. Just wait until the EVO2 comes out.
Ryan Bassil Yousif
Ryan Bassil Yousif Not with the other 4G phones coming to Verizon. Like the DROID Bionic
Norleena Davies
Norleena Davies Very Content wit droid x, its just as good as this thunderbolt. wanting on the samsung s2 now that will be a kick butt phone.
Eric Kroh
Eric Kroh if its voice n data sametime..what choice is there?
Ele Garcia
Ele Garcia It's basically the same phone as the Evo,the only difference is storage space the thunderbolt has 700 something mb of internal memory while the Evo has 512mb ,which means more storage = faster speeds on a 1ghz processor but by only a few seconds so it dosen't matter unless you're really speed hungry!!!
Sam Rick
Sam Rick Dual core sounds good on papers.i've watched many reviews of the atrix,and honestly I wasn't impressed at all.i think tbe second gen snapdragon runs the smoothest.
Gerardo Ortega
Gerardo Ortega You think the thunderbolt is fast, wait until the EVO2 comes out.
Kerdrick Pierre
Kerdrick Pierre Who cares its only the verizons evo lol.
Dae Hwan Kim
Dae Hwan Kim thunder-huh? o yea.... wasnt that the phone that they pushed back 3 times.... hahaha screw htc the LG phone looks worth waiting for
Alex Ward
Alex Ward Hope not.
Will Vaughn
Will Vaughn Nope I'm done bring on the quad core
Eric Casanova
Eric Casanova Nope wait till the Droid 3 and Droid x 2
Andre Galdo
Andre Galdo No
Jud Trautvetter
Jud Trautvetter It's just the Verizon version of the Evo, with a thicker kickstand
Fan OfDreaming
Fan OfDreaming No Thnx I really have a problem with Verizon @ the moment so I'll just stick with my EVO :)
Clay Alspaugh
Clay Alspaugh Drop 2 overclocked works great for me
Benjamin Padilla
Benjamin Padilla Not for me because it's on Verizon...
Jd Davis
Jd Davis Not with a three hour battery. I'll wait for Bionic, thank you.
Gerardo Ortega
Gerardo Ortega I could talk and use the web at the same time with my EVO, and no I'm not getting the thunderbolt, I'm waiting for the EVO2. Verizon's plan are expensive.
Michael Aguilar
Michael Aguilar its been out since 2010, on Sprint.
Martin Vega
Martin Vega G1 is the great grandaddy haha i still use mine since i cant afford a newer one......
Yasir Sohail
Yasir Sohail lol, this is so true, cuz i lost all excitement for it, just gonna wait for the Bionic now.
Simon Yu
Simon Yu Yes, it's HTC and has Developer support.
Jose Hernandez
Jose Hernandez Thunderbolt reminds me of the Palm pre. Wait to to long for something, the hype might die out. Even if it is a great device. Vericarriesries so many great phones now and if a person walks in for an upgrade they are not going to wait for a phone that eventually will come out. As a Droid X owner I am happy with my choice. I waited for the next best thing since the Blackberry Storm 1 and I learned that I will always be waiting...
Matthew Cropley
Matthew Cropley Not at 300$ price tag like I am hearing .....way to much
Jason Ortiz
Jason Ortiz I think people are making a huge deal out of nothing. They never even confirmed a date, so it's not like they lied. And it's a phone, get over it. They're not ruining your life by not releasing a phone.
Michael Miller
Michael Miller I wanted it until I found out its NOT dual-core. I love htc sense though.
David Hore
David Hore @ Cody. If it is no extra charge for 4g get the thunderbolt
Ziggy Torres
Ziggy Torres yes
Jevone J-r Pearce
Jevone J-r Pearce Kindle is gay!
Jake Hartman
Jake Hartman NOPE
Cody Moore
Cody Moore I can get a phone Sunday should I get the incredible or the thunderbolt I won't get 4g till 2013 so is it still wort it
Flako Ramirez
Flako Ramirez Yea
Mike West
Mike West HTC FTW! Best UI hands down! Worth the wait. The 1ghz Snap Dragon runs the smoothest and fastest on HTC. Just wait til they do dual core.
Adrienne McKenney Boylan
Adrienne McKenney Boylan am waiting for sure. specs are impressive. and, how can someone comment on a 2-3 hr battery life on a phone that's not even out yet?
Ed Olulenu
Ed Olulenu I have the Droid X now and am very happy with it. I was looking into upgrading to the Thunderbolt but I think I'm going to wait for the bionic. The processor in the Thunderbolt is much better than the Evo and the Droid X but it's not dual core. Don't get me wrong; I not using anything that warrants a dual core phone but you never know what re future holds. I would hate to upgrade and find that I can't get the latest android upgrade because my processor is outdated. Plus the bionic should be out in the next four months. I can hold on to my great Droid X until then.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline It's actually just an enhanced evo.
Sam Platz
Sam Platz Just waiting...and waiting...
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Nope my droid incredible is all I need . The only thing that remotely interests me is the droid incredible S.
Jason Wilkinson
Jason Wilkinson Yes, we will
David Piepho
David Piepho Sprint has had this model since June of 2010 so if you can't wait go buy the Evo now !
Abdul Hafiz
Abdul Hafiz yup
Christopher Manic Johnson
Christopher Manic Johnson It's getting a 2-3hr battery life right now...that's horrrrrrrible! What's going on w/ HTC this year??
Danielle Marie Morales
Danielle Marie Morales Totally waiting for the Bionic now! Forget about the Thunderbolt!
Marvin Oubre
Marvin Oubre Never really wanted it in the first place. I'm only interested in upcoming "dual core" phones right now.
Jimmy Alex Ponce
Jimmy Alex Ponce Nope!!
Jory Simonds
Jory Simonds Yup im waiting
Terry Nolting
Terry Nolting "Will people even want it?" I did, at first. My contract's not up til April, and I was undecided about which one I wanted, Thunderbolt or Bionic. But with all these delays, I'm worried about the Thunderbolt. So thank you HTC and Verizon, you've help me make up my mind. I'll be getting the Bionic when it comes out.
William Newland
William Newland I'm cool with my DX, I'm waiting for dual-core, if not quad-core.
Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez Nope iPhone is all I need and want!
Ara Boss Zakarian
Ara Boss Zakarian T-Mobile is fast as hell I get 5.4mb on my 3g vibrant and cheap also. :) Verizon and iPhone is all BS. :)
Jason Hatherlee
Jason Hatherlee Yes people are gonna want it. There are phones out there besides iphone!
Monique Renee Heidenberg
Monique Renee Heidenberg Um Yes. Its well worth the Waite. Ppl Just need patiences.
Franklin Hooper
Franklin Hooper I for one am switching to verizon for the tb, but I've noticed what's really going on with all this price changing and date push backs, its simple, iphone sales aren't what they were supposed to be, so u put the people to the test, the iphone is 199 on contract, so u put the tb at 299 on contract and people will say I want that phone but id be more comfortable spending the 200, so the iphone sales go up and within a few short months the tb sales and rebates start happening, and now that u have gotten those iphone numbers up, vzw can feel at ease knowing they didn't waste all their money trying to get the iphone in the first place
Stephen Wagner
Stephen Wagner No. HTC merge all the way
Madison Sinclair
Madison Sinclair No I'm in Verizon prices insane going to T-Mobile soon their speeds are wicked fast
Bill Felice
Bill Felice The Iphone can't compare to multi tasking that the droid can. Droid can do everything the Iphone can do and more. I will say if you want a MP3 player with an awesome screen, than Iphone is for you..
Devlin Robear
Devlin Robear I don't get why they released it to tech people and have commercials for it but doesn't have it available to the public yet
Chris Hagood
Chris Hagood I'll keep rocking my OG Droid, until something truly awesome hits.
Tony Abiama
Tony Abiama None of these devices make me want to part w/ my Evo. Especially the Thunderbolt... specwise its impressive, but realistically aside from the speed, its just an Evo+
Enrique BigPapi Martinez
Enrique BigPapi Martinez I have the atrix 4g which is way faster than the thunderbolt will ever b o and faster than the bionic yessir
Ryan Edwards
Ryan Edwards Hell no. Sick of waitingg. Htc is so dumb
Steven Crisostomo
Steven Crisostomo evo 2! Evo 2!
Mark Goodrich
Mark Goodrich Nope not now! I love my iPhone!
Meestah Rahjas
Meestah Rahjas My g2 gets the job done. And besides...verizon's prices=BALLS!
Nick Aguilar
Nick Aguilar The only thing that makes it appealing is Verizons LTE network, it's speeds are INSANE!
Justin Young
Justin Young I would get it, but I'm Droid incredible is amazing!!
James Oliver
James Oliver Thunderbolt sounds like crap
Arnulfo Aviña Torrés
Arnulfo Aviña Torrés Im good with my iphone for Verizon.
Robert Lombardi
Robert Lombardi iPhone rules all. :D nough said
Anh-Tuan Le
Anh-Tuan Le Of course, but people want the Macbook Pro because of the Apple branding, not because anything that Intel does.
Elizabeth Walker
Elizabeth Walker probably not. all the new smart phones look the same and pretty much do the same damn shit.
Mohamed Ahmed
Mohamed Ahmed Yeah
Paul Ybarra
Paul Ybarra Same here i would want it
David Hore
David Hore I will

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