HTC ThunderBolt is officially Verizon's first LTE handset, come March 17th

HTC ThunderBolt is officially Verizon's first LTE handset, come March 17th
Hey, Verizon finally sent us the press release for the HTC ThunderBolt in an official manner, after the leaks and shouts in the last few days reached crescendo level!

Here we have it - the first phone to take advantage of Verizon's expansive 4G LTE network ushers us in a new era, where waiting for pages to download, or hiccups while streaming high-quality video to our handsets should be a thing of the past.

With Thursday availability, both in stores and online, the HTC ThunderBolt is actually your typical high-end HTC handset, if we don't count the LTE radio inside. 4.3" LCD display with 480x800 pixels, 1GHz second-gen Snapdragon chipset, an 8MP camera with flash, and a front-facing cam. The ThunderBolt has 768MB of RAM, and scored around 2000 on Quadrant even in prototype form.

Eight is also the number of GB of internal memory the phone has, and Verizon's presser officially confirmed that the phone comes with 32GB microSD card preinstalled, for a whopping 40GB of storage out of the box. That feat alone is worth the $50 price difference from the other high-end horses in Big Red's stable.

Verizon's PR spin is that the phone is capable of 5-12 Mbps download, and 2-5 Mbps upload speeds, which is very fast, and, judging from the LTE network behavior so far, should be stable and consistent across the board.

The price is nailed at $249.99 on a two-year contract, and the handset can be yours come Thursday, March 17th. Wirefly has it on preorder for $199.99, bringing the HTC ThunderBolt to mere mortal prices, if you sign for a new contract.

As for the plans - you need to have a Nationwide Talk plan, and add 4G LTE data plan, which, as per the press release, is $29.99 unlimited, the same setup we have with Verizon's 3G phones. If you want to share that LTE love across your devices, and use the ThunderBolt as a Wi-Fi hotspot, you won't be charged to do so until May 15th, after that you can opt to continue for $20 monthly, up to 2GB, and then each GB extra will cost you another $20.

source: Verizon

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  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh(6.30h talk time)



1. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

I just switched from the Iphone back to the Droid X. This phone doesn't do much for me. Just a slightly better Evo. I'm more excited about the next round of phones. Bionic, Iphone 5 and lets see some WP7 phones on Verizon.

52. Napoleon

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Still wish it also came with the option for HDMI...

54. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

I agree... not dual core and horrible res on a 4.3... even moto did better.

2. mike unregistered

Isn't the 17th a Thursday and not a Friday??

7. pat unregistered

Yes, its Thursday.

71. cg unregistered

verizon always releases phones on thursdays

3. ThunderboltHasArrived unregistered

I would like to know where Verizon announced, because I don't see it. I am really looking forward to getting this device, so I hope it comes out on Friday.

12. techee44 unregistered It's the first story, and that's their official newsfeed.

4. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

no extra for 4G data plans?? are they still running the limited time, unlimited data??

9. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

just saw the article. 4G unlimited for $30/mo. nice.

50. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

As i predicted - and phone arena insisted other wise

5. Droid General unregistered

I can't wait to get rid of my X, I after going to the HTC Event for my company I'm convinced htc has the right formula to compete with any 4g phone, and its definitely not an evo. The second gen. 8mp Camera, chipset, and sense 2.0 make this phone complete. It has 3 different keyboards, skype integrated into your contacts, etc, I could go on on.

6. Ed unregistered

Not to rain on your snark-parade, PA, but good luck getting any warranty-related help with a phone you bought from Wirefly. The cheaper initial price only looks good the first time. Trust me.

8. thunderboltwaiting unregistered

Finally, Verizon Wireless will not take down that damn Iphone, the phone that changed everything splash screen and put something else up there, and disable the order Iphone feature when you log in to I am so sick of it. If I wanted the Iphone, I would have went to ATT four years ago, or I would have been one of millions fools on vw to pre-order it. So take down that iphone splash screen and put another phone up there or something.

10. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Yes, I thought I was the only one feeling the pain comment #8.

11. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

where. post link. where is the official verizon wireless announcement. phonearena is not official. they have been announcing since Feb 14

13. asdf unregistered

not that hard to search man. if they say official, easiest thing to do is check verizon directly:

14. DROIDFREAK unregistered

Where is this OFFICIAL VERIZON WIRELESS ANNOUNCEMENT??? Nothing posted on Verizon or HTC web page, and have not received either a phone call or an e-mail from either which I signed up to receive upon release of T-Bolt..... MORE PROPAGANDA???

22. seriously? unregistered

bother to read any of the other comments? it's right above your post.

30. DROIDFREAK unregistered

yeah, after i posted you moron.... can you tell tiime or are you just a guru of information!! Must be a PROUD iphone owner... BA BA BA you sheep...!!!

31. seriously? unregistered

you really are an idiot. you really post without reading any of the other comments to see if other people may have asked the same question or if your question may be answered already?

33. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

what do you expect from someone named DROIDFREAK? clearly his IQ is in the decimal range. dont be so hard on the special little guy. he has to resort to bashing iphone users because hes too insecure about his unreliable droid and is overwhelmed with jealousy. must be rough being that stupid.

37. DROIDFREAK unregistered

Bow to the APPLE MASTER you puppet.... seeing as how you probably have the Iphone 4 which ALREADY is obsolete.... JACKASS

38. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010 iphone. Hope you didnt hurt yourself coming up with that original gem. Clearly unlike most sheep on this site, some of us can look beyond what Apple and Google deem cool. (Iphone & Droid). I wont bash you for your lack of insight though. Not everyone is born with the ability to think for themselves. Your a prime example. Nice try though.

36. DROIDFREAK unregistered

Some of us GROWN UPS have real jobs and dont play on our phones or computers all day.. either way, thanks for the link. I'll be sure to take your advice in the future.

15. Cadeem unregistered

as far as im concerned friday is the 18th so get it together phonearena

16. kjh unregistered

Verizon has confirmed the release date! I received the email from my Verizon Rep this morning! I will be getting a new phone in Thursday finally!

17. quityourcomplaining unregistered

Everyone needs to just relax. Verizon has sent the press release and the link is posted in the comments. I wish people would read the comments instead of immediately screaming bs.

18. johngalt

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 17, 2011

Yep-They are showing up in my "incoming inventory"---so they are finally going to be here

19. derp unregistered


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