"Accidental" tweet reveals Verizon HTC Thunderbolt out 17th March -

Twitter continues to be either a source of planned leaks or a place where sales managers can well and truly put their foot in it.

Imran Shahid, HTC regional sales manager who looks after Venison sorry Verizon in the States, tweeted "Are you ready to call down the HTC ThunderBolt? The first 4GLTE Smartphone on the Verizon Wireless network is launching on March 17th! Yes!!"

It wasn't long before the tweet was removed, according to BGR which managed to grab a screenshot. We guess there will be an official announcement soon: it's been on the cards for a while.

The news follows Sony affiliated bloke Kevin Butler tweeting the PS3 root key amid a legal storm in a teacup

The more tinfoil hatted among us suggest that "accidentally" leaking stuff over Twitter is a clever tactic to generate publicity. Heck, we've been had.