I'm most definitely NOT a VZW employee. If a post answered your question, please mark it as the answer.
HTCs are manufactured in Taiwan, I thought...so it shouldn't affect the release.
And all the geekboy sites (yes, the ones that I frequent) are showing solid evidence of a March 17th release.
As they say on the observation deck..."we shall see..."
Just for those who don't already know
THE THUNDERBOLT™ BY HTC, THE FIRST 4G LTE SMARTPHONE FOR VERIZON WIRELESS ARRIVES MARCH 17
ThunderBolt™ by HTC Available Beginning March 17
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless and HTC today announced that the ThunderBolt™ by HTC, exclusively from Verizon Wireless, is available on March 17 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $249.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
With the ThunderBolt by HTC, customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a 4G LTE data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access and an unlimited 4G LTE data plan is $29.99 monthly access.
Mobile Hotspot allows users to connect up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the nation’s fastest wireless network via an application available on the ThunderBolt by HTC. Mobile Hotspot will be included through May 15 for no additional charge. After May 15, customers may choose to activate Mobile Hotspot for $20 for 2 GB of data per month. Customers can track their data usage by downloading the My Verizon app available in Android Market or by logging on to their My Verizon accounts online
The hotspot isn't free on any of the other phones (well besides the pre plus and pixi) so there was no reason to think it'd be free. And normal phone prices are $199 so $250 isn't really much of a jump for a product running on the LTE network. Also the $29.99 unlimited LTE plan most likely isn't going to stick around long as Verizon plans to go tiered so it may be more costly to wait out the other phones.
I wonder if the data plans will be grandfathered or if when i buy the device they will tell me it is subject to change...either way i'm excited to get out of this boringberry !!