HTC ThunderBolt is officially Verizon's first LTE handset, come March 17th
posted by Daniel P. / Mar 15, 2011, 8:51 AM
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.
Posts: 390; 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.
posted on Mar 15, 2011, 9:01 AM 1
Isn't the 17th a Thursday and not a Friday??
posted on Mar 15, 2011, 9:09 AM 1
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.
posted on Mar 15, 2011, 9:15 AM 1
Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009
no extra for 4G data plans?? are they still running the limited time, unlimited data??
posted on Mar 15, 2011, 9:23 AM 1
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.
posted on Mar 15, 2011, 9:29 AM 1
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 myverizon.com. 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.
posted on Mar 15, 2011, 9:43 AM 4
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
posted on Mar 15, 2011, 9:48 AM 1
not that hard to search man. if they say official, easiest thing to do is check verizon directly: http://news.vzw.com/news/2011/
posted on Mar 15, 2011, 10:05 AM 1
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???
posted on Mar 15, 2011, 10:09 AM 0
bother to read any of the other comments? it's right above your post.
posted on Mar 15, 2011, 10:59 AM 3
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.
posted on Mar 15, 2011, 1:06 PM 0
38. zuno gyakusatsu
Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010
Right....an 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.
posted on Mar 15, 2011, 3:55 PM 2
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