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HTC ThunderBolt discounted to free on Verizon

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HTC ThunderBolt discounted to free on Verizon
The first 4G LTE handset HTC ThunderBolt is far from being the most desired phone in 2012, but if you take a second look at it after Verizon Wireless slashed its price to zero, you might well start seeing the best in it.

One of the more serious complaints about the ThunderBolt is that it doesn't have very good battery life, but when you think about it, which LTE-capable phone has one?

On the positive side, though, it runs on a decent single-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and features an 8-megapixel rear camera. Make sure to check our in-depth review of the ThunderBolt, weight the pros and cons and let us know whether you’re sold in the comments below.

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posted on 20 Jan 2012, 09:26 5

1. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 425; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


posted on 20 Jan 2012, 10:00 3

3. androidsbiggestfan (Posts: 76; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)

Gotta love when people don't know what they're talking about!

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 09:32 3

2. achilles (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 May 2010)

The Thunderbolt is actually a great phone. Unlocked bootloader, rooted, using Rom Manager to get CM7 build. With these things in place, you get a better interface, and a better phone. Get this for free, tweak it, and rock on! Great deal for free!

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 10:13 6

4. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Why would anyone want this model with bad battery life?

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 12:53 3

8. krauser1 (Posts: 12; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)

The HTC Rezound fits the T-bolt and makes the battery life much better without having to use an extended big bulky battery. I use it and my T-Bolt works great with great battery life.

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 13:24 1

10. c.hack (Posts: 614; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

Not much choice. Every VZW phone with LTE has poor battery life anyway. At least its cheap and will get ICS soon with the unlocked bootloader.

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 10:14 1

5. JC557 (Posts: 1794; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Had my T-bolt since May and it's been running great since then as I didn't have any restarting issues or lag. I've grown to really like the Sense UI as well and would hope that HTC will port over Sense 3.5 as that is said to be lighter on resources compared to 3.0 and 2.1. Hell, I hope we'll be seeing ICS/ 4.0 on the phone soon.

Battery life was decent for me (coming from an OG Droid with a smaller screen) and became even better when the stock 2.3.4 OS (it's Gingerbread PA) came out and then got better when I replaced the stock battery with the standard Rezound version. Nothing was rooted and not seeing a real need for rooting it right now.

I like how this seems to be the only HTC phone for Verizon that can do simultaneous voice and data on 3G/ EVDO.

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 13:38 1

12. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 449; Member since: 26 May 2011)

It's the only CDMA phone available that can do simultaneous voice and data over 3G/EVDO, which makes it truly unique.

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 10:24 1

6. brd8951 (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)

I've had the Tbolt since it came out and despite the known issues, it was a great phone then. Now with GB, it's even better. Yes, battery life sucks, but get Juice Defender and you'll get 25%-40% more battery life, depending on how much time your phone is 'idle' during the day. Also, the Rezound battery fits perfectly in the device, no need for an extended cover. Needless to say, this provides a big boost to the phone's up-time. This phone is a little wider than the Rezound, which I actually like better. If you're cash-strapped, this would be a great phone to get.

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 12:25 1

7. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)

Ahhhh the Thunderbolt... Being phased out big guy? You will be missed.

I know we haven't been selling it in our store for a couple months now, and all it's accessories are on clearance (sold at cost).

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 12:59 1

9. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

Remember when everybody was crazy and excited about this phone because it was an awesome EVO for Verizon?
Those specs look like a joke now. Nice phone, just not enough to keep up with the big dogs anymore even being free.

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 13:28

11. c.hack (Posts: 614; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

Seriously. Even the newest Android phone is laggy with live wallpaper and a few apps running. There's little difference between the TB and a Razr MAxxxxx except the crappy pentile screen on the Razr (and $300). And the TB will get ICS sooner with an unlocked BL. Feel bad for the suckers who just paid $300 for the Razr.

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 15:38 2

13. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

still better & more practical than an iphone running an interface from 2007

also, my GN runs lag free with live wallpaper.

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 20:18 1

14. hybris (Posts: 56; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

You're kidding right? I own the TB and had the RAZR for about a week. To say there is little difference between the 2 is absurd. The performance and speed of the RAZR's dual core processor is MUCH better than the TB. Now I still love my TB, but it feels extremely slow when you're coming back to it from a phone as beastly as the RAZR. Screen is a different story, but performance-wise there is a huge difference.

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