Thunderbolt Officially coming out March 17th

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The Thunderbolt™ By HTC, The First 4G LTE Smartphone For Verizon Wireless Arrives March 17 ThunderBolt™ by HTC Available Beginning March 17

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03/15/2011

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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! 2, 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. 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.
For additional information on Verizon Wireless 4G LTE visit www.verizonwireless.com/4glte. For more information about the ThunderBolt by HTC please visit www.verizonwireless.com/thunderbolt. For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 94 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 82,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About HTC
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.
 
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I know the Mods said no release threads until it was official, then they would create one--but there still wasn't one that I've seen in this forum. Hope it's okay since it is indeed official through the above press release from Verizon.

Pretty anti-climactic, but I think that's good for us. Less people that aren't real phone geeks will be in line on opening morning hopefully. I know for the Storm release, there were long, long lines and most didn't even know anything about the phone--just that they saw it on tv.

Anyway, a few things to point out from the release:

2-year price is $249.99, not 299.99
Unlimited 4G for $29.99

Mobile Hotspot will be included through May 15 for no additional charge
 

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Is the $29.99 unlimited LTE plan on top of the 3G plan or concurrent with it? Anyone?

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Awesome, so since I have OG Droid & already pay for the $30 unlimited 3G plan, my data plan won't change for 3G/4G? Am I thinking that correctly?

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Awesome, so since I have OG Droid & already pay for the $30 unlimited 3G plan, my data plan won't change for 3G/4G? Am I thinking that correctly?

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That is correct.
 

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All in the sudden today, I started feeling all emotional about my OG Droid. He has been a trooper through all the many ROMS and kernals I have flashed his ass. Though I feel the TB is going to make me not miss it so much. LOL. I plan on keeping the little booger around for a little media streamer around the house on Wifi.
 

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The Verizon Wireless corporate store near me has a fully functional activated phone to show to customers who ask to see it. They do not yet have the sales displays out.

I'll post again later after I visit the store if nobody has posted any hands on by then. I've only called them and heard good things about the speed, but due to employees and customers playing with the phone nonstop, they did run the battery into the ground.
 

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All in the sudden today, I started feeling all emotional about my OG Droid. He has been a trooper through all the many ROMS and kernals I have flashed his ass. Though I feel the TB is going to make me not miss it so much. LOL. I plan on keeping the little booger around for a little media streamer around the house on Wifi.

Exactly!


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Hmmmm.....I was told at the verizon store that the data plan would be more for the 4g phones.:icon_evil:
 

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Hmmmm.....I was told at the verizon store that the data plan would be more for the 4g phones.:icon_evil:


Yes it is going to be more and that is why VZW is changing their pricing schedule this summer. And even if you have only a 3g phone, once the 4g is nationwide the pricing will also be implemented so you really are not going to save yourself much in the long run by going with the X. Don't get me wrong the X is a great phone (I have one) just meaning that if the plan pricing was the only reason you went to the X you may want to think about it a little more as in the long run VZW will get the higher plan price out of ya regardless.
 

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This is the strangest VZW release to date.

Outside of some randomly placed tv ads; this phone has been annonced in a grass roots fashion. Crazy stuff.

So much for the "Thunder Tracker" "know before it hits" BS. :dry:
 
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