Thunderbolt Confirmed in this week's Best Buy Ad
Hey Folks. Just wanted to let everyone know the leak is real. The TB is in this weeks BB ad. I deliver for the local paper here, and we deliver Sunday's inserts on Saturday. It's there.
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I have it in my flyer today, wasn't in last week's. It appears to be for sale as of tomorrow - there's no date on it or any of the other 3 phones to the left of it. Doesn't say "coming soon" or anything like that. Gives a price and an SKU and says NEW. If they don't offer it for sale tomorrow they are going to p-off a LOT of people who go to buy one. The TB page on VZW still says "strikes soon." Unreal how they are NOT promoting this phone being its a whole new generation phone. I just don't get it.
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Didn't the ad before say 'Coming Soon' though?
Also, the other phones in the ad don't have a release date, right? Like Deb said, they are avail tomorrow.
Also, I've been seeing a lot of TB commercials. I haven't guessed at a release date once yet.
Feb 20 at Best Buy is my guess.
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like some have said, i think this is verizon fault, an its a shame that best buy is gettin the angry cust while verizon just says " we havent announced a release date or any further info on that phone."
best buy got info for a release, these ads are put togethor weeks ahead of time. im sure there is a verizon rep telling best buy marketing that they are working hard on it an just dont put a date in your ads. this is like free/false advertising. its getting people to look into the phone, then go to a store an they have to act like we have no info on that phone, tho we have it advertised....i still love best buy. tho this might upset a hand full of people that go in an get pissed
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As for not literally showing a release date, I don't believe that's a requirement. You can put anything up for sale whenever you want to, you don't have to announce it.
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Verizon has released top-notch phones without much fanfare before .... Samsung Fascinate and Droid 2 being two examples.
Anyways, I did preorder TB at BB and as of yesterday BB reps told me they have not received any shipments and they just told me it is being "rumored" to be released on 24th.Thanked by:
I posted this in the other thread as well. At my Verizon store this morning, the rep told me it was the 24th, and that the HTC rep was in yesterday morning, and told her it was the 24th.
My local BB is still taking pre-orders as of today. I should know, I made one.
He said he believes it's the 24th.
Take it for what you will.
- 02-19-2011, 12:43 PM #25
This goes into the "I'll believe it when I see it" pile ... but here goes my "TB Adventure" for today ...
Stopped at my local (6 blks away) VZW Premium store - asked if there's anything he could do about moving my upgrade from the 27th to tomorrow - I figure it's just a week I'm asking for so *maybe* ... he tells me right away that they'll do it for up to 7 days but no more - so he said I could do it on the 21st but that they do it at the point of sale, not today w/o selling me a phone. Well, to me that's 6 days but anyway .... then I brought out the famous BB ad and showed him the date on the back and said (and I know what's happened w/BB in the past so what I'm doing is testing him) "BB is selling this phone as of tomorrow, you're not open tomorrow - is there any chance you could sell it to me today because I'd rather buy from you than BB." His response was that they didn't even have them in stock and somewhere in the conversation after I (wink) so much in aghast that VZW would not be selling their OWN phone on opening day ... he mentioned that BB paid a big price for the early exclusive rights and that's how that happened.
About an hour later I call the BB store, tell them I have ad for tomorrow in hand are they FOR SURE going to be selling this phone TOMORROW ... guy chuckles and says "Yes, we really are."
I go about what I need to get done this morn and then call 611 ... gal moves my upgrade to being available today ... one hurdle out of the way.
I then inquire about the change in the NE2 and ask about the 6mos to use the one year, can I use it *on* the TB *at* BB .... she says yes plus I have my $50 rebate card from our last upgrade so my cost is going to be much more to my liking
Then I ask if I can buy the Assurion (?) insurance thru BB, yes.
Ok, so now I'm getting tentatively hyped but with reserve. I don't *really* want to drive 30-35mi to BB but VZW is failing fast in the buy it there department. I need to spend probably 2-3 hrs in travel and probably crowd time for a run to BB like I need another hole in my head.
So then I call the Corp store which is like 1/2 a block from the BB and ask them if they're going to be selling it as well tomorrow. They connect me with the mobile phone dept which I thought strange since I was calling a mobile phone store to begin with. I ask the dude and he says "lemme chk w/my mgr" and the answer was - no - their availability date is the 24th.
So, again folks ... I'm not going to believe this until it actually happens but that's my adventure ... do with it as you see fit.