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HTC Thunderbolt to be launched without mobile hotspot and Skype video

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HTC Thunderbolt to be launched without mobile hotspot and Skype video
The HTC Thunderbolt is widely anticipated by Verizon customers. Not only is it the carrier's first 4G enabled handset, the phone also will feature mobile hotspots which will allow you to have up to 8 devices connected together over the carrier's 4G network. Another exciting feature is the video calls over Skype. Both of these require the Thunderbolt to be hooked up to a 4G network. It all sounds good but there is a problem and the word is coming directly from Verizon.

The carrier is telling its reps that the mobile hotspot function will not be working at launch and to stay tuned for more information, which is the advice we would give you exactly. And there's more. The Skype video chat will be installed at launch, but will not be functional. There will be a placeholder icon and customers should receive a notice as to when it will be working. Once that notice is received, you will be able to access the Skype app via a download from the Android Market.

Ok, but what about simultaneous voice and data over 3G. To quote Verizon's release to its reps, "There is functionality in the Thunderbolt that allows simultaneous voice and data while on the VZW 3G network; however, we cannot promise the experience will be the one that is consistent with our brand. As a result, do not reference this functionality as a benefit during your conversations with customers."

The cellphone market is intensively competitive which is why phones are getting launched perhaps a little earlier than they should be. Even within the same carrier, there is intense competition-Motorola DROID Bionic or HTC Thunderbolt-Verizon customers, which one would you choose?

Thanks Anonymous Tipster!

source: DroidLife, 4Shared

The HTC Thunderbolt will apparently be minus two major features at launch

The HTC Thunderbolt will apparently be minus two major features at launch

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posted on 29 Jan 2011, 21:33 1

1. tuminatr (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)

i still want one

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 18:48

26. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)

**** UPDATE ****

It will launch with both of these capabilities...

I know for a fact. So good on ya VZW

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 21:36

2. HTCPerson (unregistered)

How is this bad?? Just download skype onto your phone if you want to use this when it launches and for the mobile hotspot, most who will use it will root and use wireless instead of paying the rediculous amount for the hotspot.

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 16:30

17. PHONE_FREAK (Posts: 51; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)

It is only bad for those smartphone "noobs" who do not know what root is, and like things stock.

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 11:31

22. jd829 (Posts: 155; Member since: 24 Feb 2010)

aka 80-90% of the general public who buy a smartphone.

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 18:36

25. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)

you're sadly mistaken if you think 4G data will be unlimited and you'll be able to Root and use hotspot for no extra cost.

you'll just owe overges vs the hotspot cost.


posted on 29 Jan 2011, 21:51

3. cantwait (unregistered)

Is the guy in the video trolling about the benchmark scores or is he correct?

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 22:28 1

4. hello (Posts: 25; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)

i still want the phone, but i a kind of upset about the missing features.

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 02:09 1

5. Napoleon (Posts: 60; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)

Pass... I wish HTC never marketed this phone as the one after your dream phone.. Expected way too much because of it and now have been left wanting... I'm considering the Bionic or even the Incredible 2 OR I may just switch over to Sprint for their dual core 3D phone... Some many options!?!

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 09:04 1

6. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)

really? 3D? the market really does want that? i guess working in cell phones im not the typical consumer but i just dont see the attraction. i keep thinking direct sunlight will mess it up royally and the battery drain would b crazy. guess i need to see it in action but im shocked people really want 3d on a 4" or so screen

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 10:26

10. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)

I agree with you XxVerbalxX. This reminds me of the projector phone that was supposed to be the next big thing. I can't imagine 3D phones getting much traction while 3D TV's are still struggling. But you never know which way the market will go.

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 16:31 1

18. PHONE_FREAK (Posts: 51; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)

If they can make a phones screen 3D, it can be a wow factor, and as long as it doesn't cost the customer more, why not?

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 09:22 1

8. Elemental (unregistered)

You sound like a flake.

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 09:19 1

7. queen (unregistered)

Skype has not yet developed an app that can support video chat.

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 09:51

9. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

They have for iPhone 4. It works great too, both wifi and 3G. I just hope android can catch up. Maybe iPhone and android users could video call each other.

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 11:25

12. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)

they already can. the app is called tango and works over 3g as well as wifi. i hear the skype iphone app works better tho. come on skype catch up!

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 11:09

11. Iphonevzw (unregistered)

just makes me want the iphone 4 so much more and i will be the first one to order it on the 3rd..

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 11:26

13. Ryry oh yea (unregistered)

Altough I will be getting the iPhone 4 because of its sexiness and Apple goodness, if I were to get a new Android phone it would definitely be the Thunderbolt. The Bionic may beat it spec wise, but it looked extremely laggy at CES...

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 12:51

14. Shafeer (Posts: 79; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I dont see whats special with the phone, i thought it would be a whole new series of HTC's...

It is actually an extremely puffed up HTC Desire HD

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 15:48

15. adammangan96 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jan 2011)

Does anyone know if qik will be available for this because this phone was supposed to be " heavily skype integrated". I'm still getting this phone

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 13:33

24. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

Skype bought Qik.

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 15:54

16. Kocho (unregistered)

This phone looks awesome.... Finally going to upgrade my 2 year old phone. Why would anyone buy a 3G phone, if they live in a 4G area?

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 18:51

19. stacked2k11 (unregistered)

Like kocho said, why invest in already outdatedtechnology when you can buy something that is packed to the gills with new technology. Even though it doesnt pack in a dual core processor, it still has a newer tuned 1ghz one and has 768 megs of ram. Plus with htc sense UI there is zero lag compared to other smartphones ive used from my friends. i cant wait to get rid of my dumbphone, lg envy and finally get the thunderbolt!! but hey thats just my unrequested two cents lol.

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 07:56

21. roldefol (Posts: 3107; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I have a feeling the reason the hotspot feature is disabled is because VZW hasn't figured out how much to charge for a 4G hotspot.

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 11:43

23. Not Impressed (unregistered)

BIG Miss HTC!!!
1) The kickstand covers the external speaker?!?!?
2) The charging port is in the worst possible place. So, I cant plug it while its propted up on its side, unless I drill a hole in my desk and feed the power cord up into the phone as I watch videos. MISS, MISS.
HTC's reason for these obvious design flaws...neccessary in order to avoid a possible antenna issue.
Release the lions!!

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