HTC ThunderBolt to be the first Verizon handset to support voice and data at the same time

HTC ThunderBolt to be the first Verizon handset to support voice and data at the same time
A leaked Verizon training material hints that the HTC ThunderBolt is set to be the first Big Red handset to support voice and data at the same time. Furthermore, it's sure to be advertised as a phone of many firsts for the largest US carrier - the first to offer Skype Mobile for video calling, the first to share a 3G or 4G connection using VZW Mobile Hotspot and the first to feature HTC's latest UI - Sense 2.0.

Understandably, the big news here is the simultaneous use of voice and data that is not something new for the other 3 major US carriers (Sprint's WiMAX supports it), but is surely going to be a revelation for Verizon customers.

Moreover, this training material means this phone's launch can't be that far away, but until then, check out our HTC ThunderBolt hands-on.

source: Android Central
HTC ThunderBolt to be the first Verizon handset to support voice and data at the same time

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ThunderBolt
  • 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)

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24 Comments

1. TK unregistered

I wish they'd sell the phone already! LOL.

10. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

my only wish... why not dual core?!?!

2. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

this is only on LTE and will be possible with all LTE devices.

3. oneandonly478

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

talk and data at the same time. when this going to start for big red.

11. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

LTE, when 4G hits you'll be able to do both.

4. VerizonRep unregistered

nice of someone to post confidential verizon training on a consumer website. Not a good idea

8. verizonsecondrep unregistered

who cares...its gonna get out some way and some how

9. denmcdon

Posts: 90; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

Boohoo like it's state secrets,get a life with the amount of money i spend every month with vzw i look at it like a fringe benefit.VZW=cloak and dagger.

12. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

did you just say boohoo to someone else and complain about your service in the same sentence? should i call you kettle or pot?

21. denmcdon

Posts: 90; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

Call me whatever you want dan,i don't mind paying for excellent coverage but i like some leaked info to.So you know what go troll elsewere.

5. iWantThunderbolt unregistered

I am really considering this phone as well as the iPhone 4. I would like to know the Data Cost of this phone before I jump ship because I don't want to pay to much extra for 4G when I wont be able to use it that often at least for another year. I hope the pricing of the phone and Data get leaked before the iPhone 4 because if not then I will be jumping ship. I hope verizon releases some news soon!!

6. Gawain

Posts: 431; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

I don't know why this is such a revelation...voice and data for all these carriers operate on different antennas. AT&T works in their HSPA markets, same with T-Mobile. It just started working for Sprint provided you had a WiMAX capable device. Now for VZW, it will be in markets with live LTE networks. Voice is on the incumbent network (GSM/EDGE/CDMA) and the data is on the "4G" (HSPA+/WiMAX/LTE) or wifi...

7. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

were are da gayt&t fan boys? That are always sayin verizon sucks cuz u cant use voice nd data at da same time because they have an outdated network? So im staying with at&t.. Were are they???

16. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

What are ya, in the hood? I like simultaneous voice/data but it isn't a deal breaker but it is a convenience. But I like AT&T in my city because it works better. Verizon is the best everywhere you go. It depends on your area. Verizon has good service here but AT&T is better. Mainly, I like my speeds on AT&T over Verizon. It's not just about voice/data. I like my price, speed, Rollover Minutes, great coverage where I live, and that AT&T is reliable here. If I were to move to another city with crap AT&T service I'd switch. Why not hate on T-mobile? They suck more than anyone. They even brag the most about false 4G. T-mobile sucks the most!

17. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

That was supposed to say "Verizon isn't the best everywhere you go."

23. tink299 unregistered

brag about false 4G? They are HSPA+ but they still have the fastest data speeds in the US by almost 2x that of runners up AT&T- and are even upgrading to faster speeds this year. AT&T is now boasting about their "false" 4G which is a slower HSPA+ than T-Mobile has. AT&T prices aren't all that great either considering they have tiered plans and their unlimited (if you're lucky enough to still have it) is capped at 5GB. Albeit they have rollover which makes their prices a little more worth it. But T-mobile still has real unlimited data (meaning no cap), faster speeds, better plan prices. Verizon data speeds are tested to literally be right behind AT&T with a 12Mbps dl vs 14.4 Mbps with AT&T so it's not that big of a difference. Also Verizon's unlimited data on their phones is also not capped at 5GB unless the consumer has the tether plan added to their package. Just to throw it in, according to the sprint contract and terms of service they also have true unlimited plans with no cap. However, Overall Tmobile is the best value. Saying this as a long time VZW customer and former sales rep of the other 3 major carriers.

13. Phoner unregistered

Whats going to be nice about at&t is that there fall back network is going to be HSPA+ once there LTE network is in place. The only shitty thing about vzw is when your not going to be in an LTE network area you will be stuck with shitty ass CDMA evdo slowww data speeds. HSPA+ with att is going to be the same coverage as there 3g which covers 97% of where people live. So im looking forward to eventually having slow speeds being 14mbps...

14. jenna_23

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 02, 2010

@ phoner well at least on verizon we can make calls without them dropping every 5 minutes and we dont have to hold our phones a certain way for it to get reception . What sucks about at&t is that most of the time u try to use voice and data at the same it craps out after a lil while it works for a lil bit then it just craps out after a while and it either drops the call or the internet stops working even on 3g . Even when u have 5 bars of 3g service. I had at&t i loved my captivate but couldnt take it anymore with the dropped calls and it wasnt my phone cuz i was on my 3rd captivate so i switched to verizon . When i had at&t i went to chicago,La , Ny and miami at&t service crapped out in all those places . I like at&t and i would be willing to switch back if they do fix there nework . Also i admit at&ts 3g network was fast when u could get get i would constantly get 2-3 mbps i have never gotten that on my droid x on verizons 3g. But then again with at&t once u go out of the city ur phone drops down to edge or gsm while verizon still gets 3g and thats when verizon is faster than at&ts edge and gsm.

15. registereduser unregistered

@Phoner, AT&T's 3G or HSPA network is way smaller than Verizon's. 97% of where people live is a bit deceptive. Verizon's 4G licensed area for 4G will supass its current 3G coverage and will have continous coverage throughout the country. You can look that up from the auction. So there will be no need to "fall back" on 3G or HSPA or EVDO.. The fall back advantage will be there for AT&T for a bit, but it will be short lived.

18. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Then again, look how long it will take to get the coverage out. 4G is brand new and coverage is in very few places. It took Verizon years to get 3G to the point it is now. I'm not disagreeing with you, you're correct once Verizon gets 4G fully covered. Until then we have to play the waiting game. Not to mention waiting on devices to mature to the new technology. If you live in an area where AT&T's network works good and has plenty of 3G, it may be the best choice for the time being. A couple of years or even next year it will more likely be a different story. This is the silence before the storm!

20. Junior

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Yeah but the wait isn't going to be that long. Verizon is going to have the majority of it's customers covered by the end of 2012. It's all on the LTE website. All the while Sprint will still be in a limited amount of markets, AT&T will barely have rolled out in some markets and T-Mobile will still be working to get 3G rolled out for a lot of it's customers. lol

24. tink299 unregistered

waiting on devices to mature to the new technology isn't a problem. 4G is already the norm in Europe and Asia, so manufacturers will have no trouble adapting their devices for the new 4G Markets in the US. Besides, the wait is already over, since there is a line up of 4G devices to be released this year for all 4 of our major carriers- Sprint, Tmobile, ATT, Verizon. It's like the devices are made before we even need them.

19. Napoleon

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

MY only grip is the lack of HDMI... I would have definitely gotten if they had also inlcuded this feature along with DLNA... Honestly I'm not going to go out and upgrade my tv or be a DLNA system to watch my movies from my laptop on the tv... I wish my laptop had this function so I wouldn't need my phone to be able to do it for me... :(

22. what a joke unregistered

The many vzw world phones could do voice and data in gsm mode. First with skype video after launch. Lol we will be first. We just don't know when.

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