HTC Thunderbolt hits Verizon March 17

HTC Thunderbolt hits Verizon March 17

Summary: Verizon has finally confirmed that its first 4G-capable phone, the HTC Thunderbolt, will be available on March 17.

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Verizon has finally confirmed that its first 4G-capable phone, the HTC Thunderbolt, will be available on March 17. The Thunderbolt is a large (4.3-inch) Android phone that is packing LTE from Verizon onboard for the fastest connectivity around. That fast connectivity will require the Thunderbolt to have lots of storage space for video, so in addition to the 8GB of internal memory Verizon is including a 32GB memory card.

The Thunderbolt is the latest HTC Android phone with the form factor of the EVO 4G on the Sprint network. I had the pleasure of playing with the Thunderbolt in January, and captured a short video of it in action which is included below. The video shows the Thunderbolt on the LTE network of Verizon, alongside the Sprint EVO 4G on WiMAX.

The Thunderbolt will set you back $249.99 with a 2-year contract with Verizon, with hotspot capability an extra $20/month.

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

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  • RE: HTC Thunderbolt hits Verizon March 17

    Nice. I'm getting one! 2 days until my contract expires!
    snoop0x7b
  • RE: HTC Thunderbolt hits Verizon March 17

    Unless I can use it overseas to make calls on other LTE networks like Voda (voice over LTE isn't even defined yet so let's say data on other LTE sys) or handle multiple Exchange accounts, it's another HTC pass for me.
    LarsDennert
    • RE: HTC Thunderbolt hits Verizon March 17

      :)
      www.awwgame.com
      carolineueths
  • RE: HTC Thunderbolt hits Verizon March 17

    I'm thinking about jumping to the Thunderbolt, unless anyone knows if RIM is coming out with a 4G Blackberry on Verizon within the next week... or month... or century... Anyone?
    waiting4rim2catchup
  • RE: HTC Thunderbolt hits Verizon March 17

    I think this is a good looking phone. I need to replace my Moto Droid and I had this pegged as my upgrade until MWC when the Galaxy S2 was announced. Now I'm torn.
    tech_monster
  • RE: HTC Thunderbolt hits Verizon March 17

    I will pass this one as this device does not have dual core. this phone is similar to HTC EVO which released a year ago with sprint.
    rmaharjan
    • RE: HTC Thunderbolt hits Verizon March 17

      @rmaharjan I'd be worried about power consumption on the dual core chips... Also this one has the latest version of the SnapDragon chips so it's a little nicer (slightly better GPU).
      snoop0x7b
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    mikemay
    • RE: HTC Thunderbolt hits Verizon March 17

      @mikemay I care, clearly you don't. So why are you reading the article and wasting your time commenting?
      snoop0x7b
  • RE: HTC Thunderbolt hits Verizon March 17

    For what we pay Verizon 4G should have been out 3 years ago...:-(((
    mikemay
  • RE: HTC Thunderbolt hits Verizon March 17

    You're kinda right...SnoopDude...why waste time on insignificant products?? we pay Verizon a big premium to be the leader in "The Network"...first they bring up 4G with no devices available...and then a 1990's USB external modem as the way to get cutting edge bandwidth...? Finally, this HTC...another in the line of insignificant.
    mikemay
    • RE: HTC Thunderbolt hits Verizon March 17

      @mikemay
      Better than having a 4G phone that turns out to be a 3G phone. Out of all the "4G" networks out right now, only Verizon is considered truly next gen and the Thunderbolt is the first to receive this. So yeah, it's kinda a big deal. Specs-wise, the Thunderbolt comes out more or less even with the other notable Verizon phone, Motorola's Bionic, so it's a preference match now.
      Dacote_Scion