Wirefly confirms ThunderBolt shipping on March 17th, pre-orders begin 3AM EST

Let the rumors be put to rest. Wirefly just lit up our inbox with the news that the HTC ThunderBolt — Verizon’s first LTE handset — will begin shipping on March 17th with pre-orders beginning at 3:00 a.m. EST tomorrow morning. The company also confirmed that the handset will not ship with Verizon’s version of Skype Mobile, but will have the ability to handle simultaneous voice and data. We’ve reached out to both Verizon and HTC for confirmation. The full text of the email is after the break.

The wait is over!!! The HTC ThunderBolt is about to strike!

Wirefly will begin taking pre-orders at 3 a.m. EST tonight (aka midnight tonight Pacific time) .

At that time, this will page update to “Pre-order” status. Your fans can click through this page to find out our special price and pre-order their phone tonight.

http://www.wirefly.com/catalog/verizon_wireless/htc/thunderbolt-black/

Approved pre-orders will begin shipping March 17.

No Skype, as previously reported, but … simultaneous voice/data capability is alive and well! Don’t forget 40GBs of storage … out of the box.

And, of course, with 4G LTE speed, this has to be the best phone on the market to date.

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