Wanted a Thunderbolt real bad. 3g is just too slow.Still had 4 months left on my contract with my Droid though. Went online to my Verizon. It showed me a box that said 'Upgrade now'. Well I knew I was wasting my time as I called Verizon yesterday and they told me I had to wait till August. Well I hit the button and it asked me which phone I wanted. I picked the Thunderbolt. I figured I'd keep going till it said I couldn't upgrade. Well I got all the way to check out and guess what, it says they are having a special upgrade price of $149.99!!!!! Before I hit buy with free Fed Ex delivery I decided to call my local store. I got a sales girl on the line and told her what the online was showing me,$150. Could she get me this price at the store. She said it was a special offer they were having to get LTE phones out into the system. She would do it for me at that price! I went to the store and 15 minutes later I was out in the street with a new Thunderbolt and paid $160 (tax included).
OMG, you don't now how fast this phone is. You touch a URL and the site is there by the time you are lifting your finger off the screen. There is no bar slowly going across the screen as you wait forever for the download. I just got my Dish TV setup with Sling (it cost $100). I'm watching HD quality tv from anywhere in the world (OK exaggerating a little bit) from my DVR at home. It's very cool. OK, here's the kicker, I never got 3g reception in my house. I don't even get cellular. I got Verizons mini cell tower in my house so I could use a cell in my house. BTW, no carrier worked well in my house. Well I get perfect 4g. I did speedtest.net and got 7mps down and 42 up? I know that sounds strange, but that's what it said. I haven't been able to do a lot yet as I'm waiting for the battery to get a complete charge. I will report back tomorrow about how well it works. So far I'm totally impressed. What's more amazing is the data package is the same cost for unlimited 4g as 3g. I wanted to get on unlimited 4g in case they change their minds and start tiering 4g. They promised me I'd be grandfathered.
Well I'll be up all night playing with this. So far it's the most incredible phone I've ever owned. I may not get an iPad2 now as this big screen maybe all I need. On the other hand I do have free tethering till May 15th so I do want to use that on the iPad. After that date it looks like I'll have to root it to get the free hotspot.
I feel like a kid at Christmas. I'll report more tomorrow.