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?