The HTC Thunderbolt is one of the most anticipated mobile phones to hit Verizon. The main reason is that it will be the first phone to ship on Verizon's new LTE network. What this means is blazing fast speeds. It could also be the first phone to do simultaneous voice and data on Verizon's network, something that the company is internally not promoting, and even the iPhone 4 on Verizon can't deliver.
The Thunderbolt also packs a punch, features-wise, sporting Android 2.2 with HTC Sense, a 4.3" WVGA TFT capacitive touch screen, 8MP camera, 1.3MP front facing camera, GPS, dual mics with noise cancellation, and more. For a full rundown you can check out the official specs page.
So, what's the hold up on releasing this revolutionary phone? The latest rumors blame short battery life. This one does sound likely given that the Thunderbolt comes with a 1400 mAH one. Could it be that Verizon's LTE network is a massive battery drain? I'm sure doing a hand-off between LTE and Verizon's 3G network could be a battery drain, too.
My guess is that the Thunderbolt is days away from release now, though. According to GottaBeMobile, Verizon recently pulled its official commercial for the Thunderbolt from YouTube. And AndroidCommunity is reporting that it briefly showed up on HTC's online store for $700, but has since been removed. Best Buy had previously listed the Thunderbolt at $249, but that has also since disappeared. And now there's another post circulating showing a release date of March 10th, though it's now being discarded by many tech sites.
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Verizon is definitely getting some serious phones and as a result, serious attention these days. First it managed to release the iPhone 4, then the XOOM (a tablet, but still noteworthy) and now the Thunderbolt. There's no doubt that the U.S. market now has plenty of choices on the Verizon network.