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Verizon’s HTC Thunderbolt sets presale record at Wirefly

Yesterday we got the announcement that Verizon was going to launch the HTC Thunderbolt, the 4G LTE hot rod on March 17th and that they were going to sell for $249.99. Shortly after we got word from Wirefly and that they would have the Thunderbolt for $199.99 for the same new and existing customer with a two year contract. When you put a killer device and a great price together what do you get? A new Wirefly preorder sale record!

I just got an email from Wirefly and this is what they had to say:

“If there was any lingering doubt that the THUNDERBOLT by HTC was going to be lightning hot, Wirefly’s pre-order smashed that doubt to smithereens.

The THUNDERBOLT set an all-time record for pre-orders, blowing away the previous pre-order record by more than 400%.

There’s a new sheriff in town!”

Mobility Digest’s Ramon Trotman just reviewed the Motorola ATRIX 4G and had rave reviews on the hardware, but was not to thrilled with AT&T’s 4G product compared to Verizon’s upcoming LTE, here is what he had to say:

“But wait, that’s not the end of the buffoonery. Ya’ see, the Atrix is one of AT&T’s first 4G phones, which means it is capable of running speeds delightfully faster than 3G, right? Wrong! AT&T’s current 4G model is nothing more than HSDPA. HSDPA is nothing more the HSDPA to 3G as Edge is to GPRS. I would like to thank Sprint and T-Mobile for starting this nonsense. First Sprint with the WiMax ignorance, then comes T-Mobile with HSDPA, so what does AT&T do? Hop on the bandwagon, of course. And when Verizon rolls out LTE and damn near triples everyone’s speed, what will you tell consumers now? Will you expect them to feel peachy about their Atrix “4G” pulling in speeds of 2.8 mbps when Verizon phones will be sailing at 20mbps? I thought you were better than this AT&T. But, when it is all said and done, the little speed bump is welcomed.”

You know Ramon is going to call it like he see’s it and Verizon has got to be ready to pounce on this as soon as they roll out LTE. So what Android device do you want in your pocket?