Loved the HTC EVO 4G so just ordered my HTC Thunderbolt with LTE

Loved the HTC EVO 4G so just ordered my HTC Thunderbolt with LTE

Summary: The HTC EVO 4G was one of my favorite all-time smartphones and thus when I saw the news that the Thunderbolt was coming with LTE on Thursday I quickly placed my order with Wirefly.

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As my ZDNet colleague James pointed out, Verizon and HTC finally announced that the HTC Thunderbolt will be hitting Verizon this Thursday, 17 March. This is the first LTE smartphone available on Verizon and as a major HTC EVO 4G fan, rated it the #1 smartphone twice last year, I quickly went over to Wirefly and purchased mine for $199.99. The Thunderbolt runs at $249.99 from Verizon Wireless with a 2-year contract.

I purchased my Apple iPad 2 last weekend and have been debating about what to do with my Samsung Galaxy Tab and now with the HTC Thunderbolt on order I will sell the SGT and use the Thunderbolt as my Android device. I probably shouldn't have ever sold my EVO 4G and did it more out of a need for some cash to get something else rather than not liking the device. The HTC Thunderbolt is very similar to the HTC EVO 4G with a 4.3 inch display, 8 megapixel camera, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, and integrated kickstand (I LOVE this) and since I liked all of that I couldn't pass up the upgraded model with LTE and latest version of HTC Sense.

I took a look at the LTE USB modem and was blown away by the speeds of LTE and thus the ability to have that on a smartphone is VERY attractive to me. The Thunderbolt release timing is perfect for me and solves my dilemna with the Samsung Galaxy Tab that will now go up on the auction block. Verizon is giving you the Mobile Hotspot service to try for free up until 15 May and then after that it will be $20 for 2GB. I honestly do not use this that much and with LTE you will likely eat through 2GB pretty quickly.

Are any other readers planning to pick up the HTC Thunderbolt?

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, HTC, Verizon, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: Loved the HTC EVO 4G so just ordered my HTC Thunderbolt with LTE

    I'm leaning toward a Samsung Galaxy S II. I was interested in WP7 but I don't really like the selection and they are practically giving them away already so I don't think it's worth a 2 year commitment.
    Admin71
    • RE: Loved the HTC EVO 4G so just ordered my HTC Thunderbolt with LTE

      @Bookmark71

      Everyone should just BOYCOTT VERIZON FOR LIES, PRICE INCREASES, and IT'S ALL ABOUT PROFIT TREATMENT OF CONSUMERS.

      1. Verizon PROMISED and stated by their CEO that smart phones would not go over $199.00 on a 2 year upgrade. New phones now up to $299.00. A VERIZON LIE!!!

      2. Verizon told new customers when they signed up that they would get the new every 2 plan as long as they were customers. NOW VERIZON TAKES THAT AWAY, AND IN THEIR OWN WORDS, TO INCREASE PROFITS. Another Verizon Lie.

      3. Verizon only offers customers one unlimited data plan, even to those that use very little data. THIS MEANS VERIZON CUSTOMERS THAT USE LITTLE DATA *** PAY *** FOR HEAVY USERS. Verizon did this in an effort to draw AT&T customers to Verizon. BUT THEY ARE WILLING TO SCREW EXISTING VERIZON CUSTOMERS TO DO THIS.

      4. Verizon has LIED TO ITS CUSTOMERS ON A REGULAR BASIS. Promises made and broken. CUSTOMERS SERVICE LEVELS HAVE STEADILY DROPPED OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS FOR THE SAKE OF INCREASING PROFITS. I have been a customer over 10 Years and watched more and more of their Customer Service taken away to increase PROFITS.

      Bottom line, I have both Verizon and AT&T service and VERIZON HAS GONE FROM THE SERVICE PROVIDER YOU WANT TO THE CELL PHONE PROVIDER YOU SHOULD RUN FROM.

      AT&T now beats Verizon on all levels of customer service and pricing.

      SEND A MESSAGE TO VERIZON AND WHEN YOUR NEXT CONTRACT IS UP, SWITCH TO ANOTHER PROVIDER.
      Lindsay LilHo
      • one unlimited data plan?

        @Lindsay LilHo Ok, so my first thought is, how many unlimited data plans can there be? It is unlimited. But actually there are two unlimited plans one for corporate and one for personal. Therefore, there are two unlimited plans, but what I think you meant to say is only one data plan, unlimited...I have been with Verizon over 10 years as well, and I do agree with most of what you said, except they still have the best coverage and the best customer service, AT&T, not so much.
        kloveloc@...
  • RE: Loved the HTC EVO 4G so just ordered my HTC Thunderbolt with LTE

    Seriously Matthew? Looking forward to your post stating that you are returning sending it back to Wirefly! No need to provide details on why you are returning it, it's pretty obvious why you're going to want to...
    1019902735
    • Why? Battery life?

      @1019902735 Why do you think I would be returning it? I enjoy the Android OS and to get a device in a form factor I enjoy with LTE seems like the perfect match. Are you referring to the iPhone 5 in the future?
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • RE: Loved the HTC EVO 4G so just ordered my HTC Thunderbolt with LTE

        @palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller) <br><br>because he is the typical apple fanboy that doesn't know what he is talking about and just likes to start his anti-google BS because he drank too much of the jobs koolaid. I would think that battery life will be on par if not better than the 3g phones because LTE uses a lower frequency which in turns uses less power. but knowing HTC there will probably be some issues with the phone switching from 3g to 4g by leaving the 3g radio on while using only 4g or leaving the 4g radio on when using 3g creating serious battery drain. but I could be wrong
        andyrules
  • RE: Loved the HTC EVO 4G so just ordered my HTC Thunderbolt with LTE

    I am not sure whether I would go there or not, I have EVO 4G and still love it. I also have Atrix 4G and probably I would be returning it pretty soon and get something else. I have iPad 16GB Wifi, and I am still debating whether to get iPad 2 with 16GB Wifi or get iPad 1 with 64 GB Wifi.
    Ram U
  • RE: Loved the HTC EVO 4G so just ordered my HTC Thunderbolt with LTE

    I like this, but I have to agree with your editor Larry in thinking that it is a tad big to be a phone. I'd use it as a tablet, to be carried in a case instead of my pockets.

    Alas, my ongoing phone contract as well as my daily use of a 3G iPad won't justify a commitment to the Thunderbolt anytime soon. I'll keep my hopes up for a 4G-ready iPhone when that contract expires.
    Tech watcher
  • Will pick up a Thunderbolt

    Bought the Droid X as contract had expired, then saw that Thunderbolt was coming. I will buy this phone b/c at least I can get 4G when it arrives. The Thunderbolt is the HTC answer to Driod X, so Droid Bionic will Moto's answer.
    Have to get a phone and cannot wait for Bionic - which should be better than Thunder.
    SDo-ITsales
  • RE: Loved the HTC EVO 4G so just ordered my HTC Thunderbolt with LTE

    Did Wirefly backorder your HTC Thunderbolt or were you one of the lucky ones?
    rreifsnider@...
  • I'll take your Samsung Galaxy!

    Hey, major creds on your dilemma. I can help with one of your decisions! I'll take your Galaxy and will put it to great use TEACHING people (primarily kids).
    banglea