Mar 15 AT 3:27 PM Taylor Wimberly 19 Comments

HTC Thunderbolt ready to strike Verizon stores on March 17 for $249

Verizon has officially announced that their first 4G LTE handset, the HTC Thunderbolt, will be available in stores on March 17th for $249 with a 2-year contract.

Some hardcore Android fans might be let down by the lack of a dual-core CPU, but the Thunderbolt should offer some of the fastest real-world broadband speeds of any Android phone. Verizon is claiming that their 4G LTE network will deliver download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps.

Potential customers will also be happy to know that Verizon’s unlimited 4G LTE data plan is only $29.99 per month. Verizon’s Mobile Hotspot service will run you an additional $20 per month. Customers who pick up the Thunderbolt early can try out the Mobile Hotspot service for free until May 15th.

Check out the official HTC product page for a complete overview and device specs. For those of you who are thinking about upgrading to the Thunderbolt, Verizon has already uploaded the user manual (.pdf) on their site.

Additional features of the HTC Thunderbolt from Verizon include:

  • 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

If you are currently a Verizon customer, let me know what you think about owning the Thunderbolt. Is being the first 4G LTE phone on Verizon enough to pull the trigger or will you wait on the faster dual-core Motorola Droid Bionic?

Source: Verizon

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  • http://Website Jon

    “Is being the first 4G LTE phone on Verizon enough to pull the trigger or will you wait on the faster dual-core Motorola Droid Bionic?”

    Yep. I want my CM7. This will be a perfect one-year upgrade from my Incredible.

    • http://Website st4xor

      I had originally written this phone off and was pretty sure I was going to hold out for a dual-core phone… but I also recently rooted my original Droid and loaded it up with CM6 and have dabbled with CM7. I have to say, being able to load custom firmware has given new life to my phone and the ability to do this on my next phone is quickly becoming more of an important factor (especially since VZW got rid of 1-year upgrades).

      I think I will be waiting for the Bionic to come out to compare them side by side (and see if some miracle occurs and Motorola amends their ways), but I would not be surprised if I end up with this over the Bionic.

      And hooray for the $30 4G data plan, I thought for sure they would be trying to squeeze more cash out of it!

  • http://Website R.S.

    Wow! So they are finally getting around to releasing the Thunderbolt. And here I thought it was just a myth and I’d have a better chance of seeing bigfoot. lol

    If I were still on Verizon and eligible for an upgrade, I’d consider this phone.

    *Nice big 4.3 inch screen.
    *HTC. (Not a fan of Motorola)
    *Decent Broadband Speeds.

    Hmmm, I wonder how many “Not dual core, not for me!” comments there will be?

  • http://Website jose

    I don’t know about you guys but I’m more happy about the 4g price …but this phone is hot..

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell….Htc Evo 2 is exactly what this will be….7days and counting till Evo 2…..

  • http://Website Mast3rShake

    $250 for a non-dual core. I can’t see many on this site going for that, I know I won’t.

  • http://Website jr

    I just wanna know if playstatin suite be working on this… but I want a dual core and I’m hearing quad core coming out later this year

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    I think it’s priced to high for what it is.

  • http://Website oscar

    Yes! I can finally get my hands on it. I want this phone so bad! Am going to get it! And its would be nice to get Verizons first 4G LTE smartphone!

  • http://Website Balthazar B

    No global capabilities, no sale…

  • http://Website brian t

    I ordered one today!! cant wait my last two phones were Motorolas and I would like to have something new

  • http://Website ha

    Good job a and m only a day late.. Worthless site now

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  • http://Website adryan

    Know what i really want this phone but i also want a dual core phone. Now honestly what might be the big factor in what phone is when verizon will switch to the tiered data plan and if i can be granfathered in to the 30 dollar 4g data service. If the bionic isnt out and i can be granfathered in i will get the thunderbolt. IF i cant be granfathered in then i will more than likely wait for the bionic

  • http://Website Kenneth Kemp

    I think this is finally the phone to make me give up my iphone

  • http://Website aldhissla

    This is not about the phone but the network and transfer-speeds mentioned.
    4G LTE with speeds up to 12Mbit, a joke?
    Or is that US standard?
    4G LTE in Sweden has speeds of up to 80Mbps, now that’s real 4G!