HTC Thunderbolt outsells iPhone 4 last month at Verizon

April 21, 2011
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This is a little interesting, but at the same time I'm not all that surprised. The iPhone 4 is old news, It is old and doesn't even have 4G I mean common right. Well, according to the research firm ITG The HTC Thunderbolt outsold the iPhone 4 on Verizon last month. That is only on Verizon. Some might be waiting for that white iPhone, or the 5, but I think most likely it is that beautiful 4.3" screen and that little feature called "4G LTE" that is doing the selling.

It is exciting to see Android phones that continue to sell well, anything HTC most likely will as they have some amazing hardware. This story originally comes from the NYP, where they quote ITG Research Firm a few times.

As of late March, the HTC Thunderbolt "surpassed the iPhone as the top-selling phone at Verizon," ITG said in a report.

I can't help but wonder if a large part of this is that small screen the iPhone is still using. Many people want something bigger, better, faster, and newer. The HTC Thunderbolt delivers every one of those things, some multiple times. I know from my work alone there has been many people that have sold their iPhone for a EVO, or the Thunderbolt as they see others with a larger screen and want one also. Either way this is good news for Android, Verizon, and the Thunderbolt.

[via New York Post]


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  • Yashdesign

    Some supporting sales numbers please.

  • Anonymous

    Get your facts straight …

    During Verizon’s earnings conference call, the wireless carrier confirmed it sold 2.2 million iPhones in the six weeks the handset was available on the network. The carrier also confirmed the 4G-enabled HTC Thunderbolt sold 260,000 in the two weeks it was available. On average, then, Verizon was selling about 360,000 iPhones and 130,000 Thunderbolts per week.

  • AppleFUD

    Who cares? I just want an unlocked bootloader, stock android on any “Android” device I choose and google to support my device. . .

    I could care less what the iPhone and Apple do. . . the fact that Android sites publish anything about Apple is kind of stupid. Who the hell cares? If I want to know what Apple is doing there are lots of places I can find out about it. . . and that means such and such doing better or worse than Apple X. . .

    Industry stats are fine but this Apple/iPhone Vs Andriod/handset X is just dumb!

  • Anonymous

    I’m not too surprised to see that u post an article up stating that tha Thunderbolt outsold tha iPhone just last month. I don’t really doubt that this statement could be true. U not showing any facts to ur story, no sources to where u read this info and then u fail to explain that tha article u mention that BITG published wasn’t based on actual numbers collected but just them calling sum stores asking if the Thunderbolt was selling better than tha iPhone means u r very unprofessional as a writer for this blog! Also, u have to consider they made that analysis 2 wks of tha release of tha Thunderbolt knowing that tha iPhone was already out in tha market well over a month and a half. But hey this is an Android site so how professional can this Cory Gunther really be from tha way he makes it sound that Apple iPhone is not a a superb phone to begin wit. To be honest I am an Apple fan-boy if u must call me that but I at least back up wut I write wit sum actual facts.
    By tha way, CEO Dan Mead of VZW stated iPhone 4 was the biggest handset debut for the network ever. “In just our first two hours, we had already sold more phones than any first day launch in our history,” Mead said in a February press release.
    One thing that upsets me wit Android Fan-boys is that there very childish when it comes to reports. There always half way stories not telling their audience of fans more details. It always just wut they wanna read or hear.
    Unlike others, I wanna see Android do well and see them emerge to a great OS n Phone but I really haven’t found 1 that tickles my fancy cuz theres always a new Android thats so called quote on quote “the Best Android Phone”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Omega-Man/100000590156587 Omega Man

      And Steve Jobs is the the poster child of maturity and honesty in reporting marking, “Facts,” that favor the apple shareholder and religious faithful?

  • Anonymous

    There’s no possible way apple can keep it up against all these new Android devices.
    - Apple development cycle is slower
    - They product release takes longer.
    - No choices, one phone fits all strategy is just stupid.
    Also, HTC phones are great, more advance and fasters than i-phone.
    Sorry for the i-phone fans, but Android will rule for long time.

    • Cultureisyouros

      Yea ok.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Omega-Man/100000590156587 Omega Man

        Glad you agree… :P

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Omega-Man/100000590156587 Omega Man

        Glad you agree… :P

  • http://twitter.com/tmasteve Steve Stanger

    Interesting article but why would Verizon during their earnings conference call confirmed it sold 2.2 million iPhones in the six weeks the handset was available on the network. The carrier also confirmed the 4G-enabled HTC Thunderbolt sold 260,000 in the two weeks it was available. On average, then, Verizon was selling about 360,000 iPhones and 130,000 Thunderbolts per week.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Omega-Man/100000590156587 Omega Man

      [via New York Post]

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Omega-Man/100000590156587 Omega Man

      [via New York Post]

  • Angelok1982

    I’m guessing ITG forgot to add that iPhone supply constraints were primarily the reason behind Verizon’s slow iPhone sales. Supply and demand was the issue not 4.3 inch half ass screen and a one block radius 4g network lol. We can all argue what’s the better phone but I guess we all will just have to wait and see when these two companies introduce their new products come summer or fall. I have a feeling the iPhone just might sell more. Oh yea and font forget to check out Verizon’s statement on the while matter regarding the HTC thunderbolt sales and the iPhone 4 lol. Check out macrumors.com .

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Omega-Man/100000590156587 Omega Man

      The reasons are largely irrelevant, as these are allegedly the facts, as of today. Have you actually used a 4.3″ screen on an Android phone? Oh and in my market 4G is all over the city…(that little city call Los Angeles) Oh, and why would anyone read macRUMORS?

  • http://profiles.google.com/tabetcarl Carl Tabet

    A phone which has all the latest technology definitely has my attention but how long does the battery last with 4G ? I’d rather stick to an iPhone which is limited to 3G+ but has good battery life instead of a 4G Android device that doesn’t last as much. If it had good battery life, then I would be interested.

    • http://twitter.com/pandrapragada vishnu

      that is absolutely right
      these mobiles do have less battery backup

      http://mobiscreen.net/?p=1195

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Omega-Man/100000590156587 Omega Man

      The beauty of this situation is that you as a an Android phone user have options, including extended batteries. Yes you CAN replace the battery on most Android based phones, without voiding your warranty. Additionally there are ways to disable the 4G when you need to conserve the phone’s power.

  • http://profiles.google.com/tabetcarl Carl Tabet

    A phone which has all the latest technology definitely has my attention but how long does the battery last with 4G ? I’d rather stick to an iPhone which is limited to 3G+ but has good battery life instead of a 4G Android device that doesn’t last as much. If it had good battery life, then I would be interested.

  • johny

    Hasent anyone realized that no carrier really has “4G”?people are stupid to mention that any phone with 4G is better than the iphone.since when does speed make a phone better than others?I own the iphone 4 and the fascinate.Hands down iphone wins for me.Theres so much media content to get for it.My fascinate is only great on the web cuz its lighty faster and has the larger screen.All these android phones are the same.there is just like one or two things diffrient.The thunder bolt sucks.All it is,is the evo.Same ugly low quality screen and 8mp cam with front face cam.WOO HOO!!.Oh thats really better than the iphone?..Yeah right..lets not forget androids really weak app store.So how much fun is a android really?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Omega-Man/100000590156587 Omega Man

      Try it for a while an see what the rest of us see… It will be like that feeling that a freed prisoner gets when they leave the prison. ;)

  • johny

    Oh and i forgot to mention how dumb it is to say the thunderbolt outsold the iphone 4..well some people are waiting for the next gen iphone and the white iphone 4.The iphone 4 is last years news already you cant compare their sales numbers when one is already outdated..and the verizon iphone was thier biggest hottest phone sold ever! iam sorry but iam used to the amoled screen and retina display and the thunderbolts screen is ugly.compare the droid charge once its out and the thunderbolt.***oh @everinm how is apple dev slower?Apples app store is not loaded with junk like androids is.Butts and boobs anyone?..thats androids market

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Omega-Man/100000590156587 Omega Man

      Why is it dumb to say this? Oh that is right it was not Steve Jobs saying it….I get it. “Butts and boobs anyone?” How about Choice, anyone? Choice in Form factors, Choice in screen sizes and types, Choice in ecosystems, Choice in app markets, Choice on phone customization and optimization options, Choice on batteries, Choice on removable storage options, Choice on features (etc.). Put down the Kool-aid and realize that there is a whole wonderful world out there.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Omega-Man/100000590156587 Omega Man

      Why is it dumb to say this? Oh that is right it was not Steve Jobs saying it….I get it. “Butts and boobs anyone?” How about Choice, anyone? Choice in Form factors, Choice in screen sizes and types, Choice in ecosystems, Choice in app markets, Choice on phone customization and optimization options, Choice on batteries, Choice on removable storage options, Choice on features (etc.). Put down the Kool-aid and realize that there is a whole wonderful world out there.

  • REALITY CHECK

    Hey you stupid people just buy the freaking phone you want and don’t comment or care what someone else buys. Its your prerogative to like what you want. Who cares why you like it or what features it has as long as it makes you happy run with it. Stop bashing these billion dollar companies they will continue to make billions and billions. Besides just use your home phone and shut the F UP and save money.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Omega-Man/100000590156587 Omega Man

      Underwear in a bunch? Not the news that you wanted to hear? Were you one of the SJ faithful/hopeful who believed that when the iphone 4 came to Verizon, that it would be the end of Android based phones as we know it today?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Omega-Man/100000590156587 Omega Man

      Underwear in a bunch? Not the news that you wanted to hear? Were you one of the SJ faithful/hopeful who believed that when the iphone 4 came to Verizon, that it would be the end of Android based phones as we know it today?

      • Lulu

        oh shut up, some poeple just buy phones to have phones that work for them and do what they want them to do whether it be an android or an iphone. There are more important things in the world to debate and argue about than stupid phones.

  • AndroidsterWRX

    I love Android.
    Google should make Android #1 its product now. Android is much, much, MUCH bigger thing than it’s now, even outselling everywhere ios, BBOS, webOS, wp7 and symbian.

    Clean, safe, transparent, but FREE and integral approach is the main Android’s goal. Android is still young but already extremely successful.

  • I’m All Android!

    I hate Apple for being arrogant, I hate them for not giving freedom for me to do what I want when I want with a device that I paid for – I hate them for locking my network operator even with a phone that will work completely overseas, I hate them for being overpriced, I hate them for not being open, I hate them for turning millions of devices into trash every year. I hate their short product life cycles (Try to run iOS 4 on an iPhone 2G versus the thousands of people running Froyo and Gingerbread builds on their G1s which work great, btw) I would rather have no technology in my house rather than own a single device Steve Jobs had anything to do with.

    Google seized the moment and gave us what we want – HTC just made it better! Sorry, but the majority of the world isn’t going to wait for Apple to grace us with whatever devices they feel like throwing our way!

    Apple is good at coming up with great innovative devices, but their narrow-mindedness (throughout history) has allowed better companies to run circles around them, making their devices better!

  • Spacegorilla

    Hate to burst the bubble, but earnings reports from Verizon point to the iPhone outselling the Thunderbolt by a two to one margin: http://www.businessinsider.com/verizon-q1-iphone-sales-2011-4