HTC ThunderBolt still needs polishing before launch

HTC ThunderBolt still needs polishing before launch
Verizon's upcoming 4G LTE flagship – the HTC ThunderBolt, failed to meet all its predicted launch dates and is still officially expected to “strike” soon. Nevertheless, according to Verizon's chief technology officer, Tony Melone, the HTC ThunderBolt is still on track with the company's plans and will be launched before the end of the year's first half after the resolving of some “issues.” Unfortunately, an official release date has not been announced yet even though Verizon is already rolling advertisements of the handset.

Melone did not specify exactly what kind of issues were slowing down the release of Verizon's first LTE-enabled smartphone, but the delay was said to have something to do with LTE being a new technology. Other probable causes were rumored to be the battery life being below par in comparison to other devices and the smartphone's ability to establish data and voice sessions simultaneously. It has even been suggested that Verizon may be intentionally postponing the launch in order to keep the interest in its iPhone 4 high.

Still, Verizon's CTO did eventually include that a year ago LTE smartphones were not expected to launch as early as 2011 at all, which meant that Verizon is still doing a great job in adapting to the new technology. We just have to remain patient and wait until the HTC ThunderBolt gets polished to perfection before hitting the shelves.

source: ZDNet via IntoMobile

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1. rwrife

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 25, 2009

My money is on an Apple agreement that is preventing new phones from being released at VZW.

8. bbonline

Posts: 38; Member since: Feb 24, 2011

One would think that idea would be right (and it sounds valid), but this agreement with Apple must have been signed way before the announcement for the iPhone was made, which was after CES. If that clause would have been there, there wouldn't have been any major new phones announced at CES. As much as I hate to say it, they are within their timeline.

23. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

So if that were an agreement why would they allow VZW to release the Xoom right before the Ipad2? isnt that the same scenario... this couldnt be further from the truth and the rumor is pathetic.

2. jay unregistered

no i dont thiink it has anything to do with apple. i have the 4 g broadband card and it has problems with it its not stable. sometimes you have fast speed and then slow and sometimes it drops the signal. they really have problems with there 4g.y

7. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

if you switch from 4g coverage to 3g coverage it requires a hard hand-off. meaning it will drop your connection and you have to manually connect again to 3g.

3. asdf unregistered

slow news day or something? let's all agree to not pay any attention to Verizon for a while until the 2nd quarter has ended. then we can see if they're actually releasing a phone late after their own intended deadline. these rumors are useless and not saying anything new not to mention Verizon hasn't actually released any new phones since the iphone.

11. dallasgrant

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

That is not true about no phones since the iPhone. HP introduced the Palm Pre 2 since the launch

16. mmgbmt

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

and i think your the onlyone that noticed. plam is dead no one cares!

27. derp unregistered

"plam" has never existed.

28. Beaker unregistered

Actually, theres plenty of people who care. Your just an idiot.

4. poohnroo2 unregistered

I agree apple is running Verizon now. Verizon lost control when they brought any crappy apple devices onboard. The rest of us get stuck waiting for Verizon to get their head out of apples butt before we get the phones we want and not the crappy iphone that we didn't want to begin with.

17. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

So Apple is running the world now and preventing other companies from launching phones?! The people on here are so hate filled they have lost all sight of reality.

5. steven252000

Posts: 64; Member since: Feb 10, 2010

Or it could be they are waiting to get their tiered data plans in place before they release the phone. Remember tiered data plans is in the works. It may make some people mad who hold out for the Bionic to be held to a tired plan while the Thunderbolt if released now would still have unlimited available.

31. beatlesfan

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

Verizon can launch the tiered data plans whenever they so choose. Waiting to get them in place doesn't logically make sense. They would just launch the tiered data now, then launch the Thunderbolt tomorrow if that were the case.

9. JaceKurtz unregistered

You know it has to be something related to financial gain for Verizon or it won't be released. Also, there are rumored problems with the battery. Not to mention the "rumored" price at BestBuy is too high, out of line with similar devices. More, you know with Verizon such money grabbers that they will for sure impose some fee on 4G data or devices before they are satisfied. They are only garnering attention for this phone just like they did for their Droid Incredible a year ago. Ignore them and wait for a better device or get a good phone on a different carrier.

10. YARDIE87

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 18, 2009

I'm almost close to washing my hands of this handset with all the delays. If a unit isn't close to ready, don't put the hype train in motion, it will always hurt peoples' interest when it's FINALLY released. I'm now looking forward to CTIA for othher options.

37. DaveDaDude

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 08, 2011

What delays, did Verizon officially announce this thing while we wer all sleeping?

12. Allday28

Posts: 340; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

I think I am just gonna wait to see what the iphone5 has to offer now. If It dont get a bigger screen than I will Wait till htc makes a dual core phone cause I am definetly not a fan of motorolas phones at all.

29. ProudRain unregistered

LOVE HTC phones, but they do need to work on the battery life of their handsets

13. trin

Posts: 88; Member since: May 11, 2010

1. Verizon never announced an official launch date. 2. If they are so evil and money grubbing why aren't their customers leaving in droves? 3. You're waiting on a phone...not a kidney.

19. Imdone unregistered

1. their partners did. if your boyfriend lies to me i won't like you either. (unless you are hot, tight, w/big boobies:) ) 2. they do.they do leave, only att is just as greedy and ripoff and people are migrating back and forth. I did it twice. Plus with all the new customers every yr. it's not damaging to them. It's a pretty big herd here. :) 3. no kidning... thanks to tell us. we fiill much smart novv

24. marshefen

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 27, 2011

1. What partners left? 2. Customers aren't leaving in droves. Just because you left, that doesn't mean much. VZW still has one of the lowest churn rates in the industry. 3. I don't even understand this sentence.

26. kocho unregistered

2. I'm leaving Verizon because of this bull. I was forced to use Verizon after they took over Alltel. And I admit that Verizon's cell phone service is impeccable. No doubt about it. I have never dropped a call once, so I'm hesitant to leave. But, sometimes you have to make a point and not take abuse from bullies and just kick them in the f-ing balllls.

33. marshefen

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 27, 2011

So where are you going, Cricket?

36. Das70

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

Whats wrong with prepaid???? I went to metro pcs because I was tired of all the main carrier BS. I have had great service. Yeah the internet is a bit slow without wifi but its very usable. I get all the same frills you get at half the price. No offense but people who use the Verizon has the best service thing(they do) is just an excuse. Its all about the lastest phones for you guys.LOL Your addicted.

39. DaveDaDude

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 08, 2011

Are you serious? You think Verizon is going to miss you? Yeah, you keep thinking that!

14. Rich unregistered

darn apple had to come to verizon :( i might switch now. garrr

15. Imdone unregistered

Too bad. I still need a phone at the end of March when my contract exp. w/At&t. Choices: Stay at Att and get the Atrix or move to Vz and get the Bionic. ... Got only 2 the questions: much the bionic will cost? 300? In that case I'll pick the Atrix. many weeks that will be delayed? Tbolt was going to be out late Feb., now we are talking somewhere before June? As much as I hate Att's greedy data plans I'll might just pick up an Atrix.

20. YARDIE87

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 18, 2009

*****BIONIC****** babyyy~!!!!!!!

32. beatlesfan

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

Thunderbolt was going to be out late February according to whom? Phone Arena? Engadget? Analysts who jump to conclusions too quickly? Neither Verizon nor HTC ever announced a release date. Silly, uninformed public.

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