HTC Thunderbolt

HTC Thunderbolt $199 with contract from Wirefly

Wirefly is offering the HTC Thunderbolt on pre-order for $199 on a two year contract through Verizon. Verizon recently announced the price as $249 on contract, so users can save themselves a "Grant" by going through the online retailer. And knowing that fans are chomping at the bit to get this troubled 4G/LTE phone, Wirefly is even throwing in free shipping via FedEx so they can get it in a hurry. In addition, Wirefly tosses in their standard Mobile backup free for life service and a 30 day pre-order price guarantee in case the price slips even more.

HTC Thunderbolt finally priced & dated for Verizon 4G

It's taken them long enough, but Verizon Wireless has finally attached an official release date to the HTC Thunderbolt. Set to be the first 4G LTE smartphone to arrive at the carrier, the Android-based Thunderbolt will go on sale March 17 priced at $249.99. That's with a new, two-year agreement of course. In return, you get a 4.3-inch WVGA display, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 8GB of onboard storage (with a 32GB microSD preloaded). Verizon is suggesting users will see 5-12Mbps downloads and 2-5Mbps uploads in 4G areas, and will be throwing in free Mobile Hotspot usage until May 15. After that it will cost $20 for 2GB per month, on top of the regular (and mandatory) 4G data plan, which is $29.99 for unlimited on-device access. HTC Thunderbolt hands-on: [vms 543179858600245108dd] Press Release:
The Thunderbolt™ By HTC, The First 4G LTE Smartphone For Verizon Wireless Arrives March 17 ThunderBolt™ by HTC Available Beginning March 17 03/15/2011 BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless and HTC today announced that the ThunderBolt™ by HTC, exclusively from Verizon Wireless, is available on March 17 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $249.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. Powered by Android™ 2.2, the ThunderBolt by HTC is the first smartphone to take advantage of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network. The ThunderBolt by HTC features the latest version of the HTC Sense™ experience, which offers enhancements including new personalization options, a consolidated e-mail inbox, and unique camera effects and filters. The ThunderBolt by HTC is equipped with support for Google Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™ and Android Market™ with thousands of free apps. Additionally, the ThunderBolt by HTC will feature 4G LTE optimized apps such as EA’s Rock Band, Gameloft’s Let’s Golf, Tunewiki and Bitbop. Additional features: 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage area 4.3” WVGA display 8-megapixel rear facing camera and HD (720p) video recording 1.3-megapixel front facing camera with video chatting capabilities Newest generation of the 1GHz Snapdragon processor Mobile Hotspot capability – share 4G connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices 8 GB of onboard memory and a pre-installed 32 GB microSD card (Actual formatted capacity will be less) Built-in kickstand for easy media viewing With the ThunderBolt by HTC, customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a 4G LTE data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access and an unlimited 4G LTE data plan start is $29.99 monthly access. Mobile Hotspot allows users to connect up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the nation’s fastest wireless network via an application available on the ThunderBolt by HTC. Mobile Hotspot will be included through May 15 for no additional charge. After May 15, customers may choose to activate Mobile Hotspot for $20 for 2 GB of data per month. Customers can track their data usage by downloading the My Verizon app available in Android Market or by logging on to their My Verizon accounts online at www.verizonwireless.com/myverizon.

HTC ThunderBolt Accessories in Best Buy Already, Unit Should Have Been Delivered a Month Ago [EXCLUSIVE]

A good pal of ours by the name of Alice P decided to take a trip to Best Buy this weekend and have a talk with the people behind the counter about the upcoming Verizon phone of everyone's LTE dreams. What she found were several things: first, out on the racks all around the mobile area in the store were the Buyers Guides you see in the gallery below. On the front of these guides are no less than the ThunderBolt itself, touting itself as available NOW! What does this mean to us? It means that, as speculated, the HTC ThunderBolt was slated to be delivered to Best Buy by now - they wouldn't advertise something they didn't have in stock, right? Then there's the accessories…

HTC Rep confirms new date for Thunderbolt, then pulls it back

The drama continues. Yesterday, an HTC rep confirmed on Twitter a new launch date for the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon. According to Irran Shahid, who is reportedly the Regional Sales Manager for HTC, the new delivery and launch date for the Thunderbolt was supposed to be St. Patrick's Day, March 17th. Shahid sounded quite excited about it, which could point to HTC and Thunderbolt may have finally ironed out all the issues that have been plaguing the new 4g Android phone since it was first announced. Then again, maybe not as the "tweet" was pulled not long after.

HTC Thunderbolt now available according to Verizon Flyer

One tease after another the HTC Thunderbolt just can't stay out of the news. It's been delayed time and time again, or has it. Technically it has not because it wasn't actually ever given a set date. The February date many threw around was because that was posted on a 30ft screen at CES2011. Today we have an entire next level of Seriously Verizon, with ads coming in the mail to customers saying "Now Available".

LG Revolution [4G LTE Version] FCC Listing [Out Before ThunderBolt?]

Behold the loveliness that'll be coming out via Verizon this year, one whose name is not unknown to us, but not on the hot 4G LTE network Verizon now offers. This is the LG Revolution 4G LTE edition, one with a 4.3" display with 480 x 800 resolution, a fat 1GHz Qualcomm SnapDragon processor, and 16GB of internal memory. There'll be a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and connections along the lines of Bluetooth, Wifi, and GPS.

HTC ThunderBolt 10/24 Pattern Tipped for Release Date

We've received a tip from a fellow by the name of JR who has apparently recently had a chat with a friend of the family who works at corporate for Verizon. While we're not always jumping at attention for tips from friends of friends, if you know what I mean, this one smells like peanut butter, looks like peanut butter, and you know what? We think it's pretty much obvious that this is peanut butter. But before we get to the actual pattern she (the Verizon rep) gave that leads to the correct date, let's talk about what else she said, the funny stuff.

Verizon making headway on LTE Smartphone issues

Verizon's chief technology officer Tony Melone says that in spite of issues pertaining to getting 4g/LTE smartphones to work properly on their LTE network, the company is on track to launch a series of phones in the first half of 2011. Recently, the flagship of these 4G phones, the HTC Thunderbolt, as been getting attention over one slipped launch date after another. And stories have abounded that the problems range from poor battery life to transferring from 3G to 4G networks on the device. The problem is, the hype for these phones is beginning to fade, which is prompting Melone to reassure the public, and investors, that LTE will be launched on scheduled.

HTC Thunderbolt launch delay by the iPad 2 confirmed

It seems that the launch date for the HTC Thunderbolt at Verizon is once again slipping. But this time it isn't due to bad battery life or any other technical issue. We've been able to confirm what we reported yesterday that the delay is actually the fault of Apple and it's March 11th launch date for the iPad2. Apparently, it's problematic to launch two major platforms at the same time due to staff training. And since Apple's date isn't likely to slip, the Thunderbolt will have to wait.

HTC ThunderBolt Clues [Wisconsin Rep Talk]

We've got a bit of an inside source who has come forth from the state below yours truly, from the city I love best in this most cheesetastic of states, Madison, Wisconsin. This source also has the most awesome of names, Chris, and has spoken with a Verizon Representative that's given him new info on what's become the most popular set of subjects surrounding the HTC ThunderBolt in these most current weeks: when is the ThunderBolt coming out, and why hasn't it come out yet?
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