Mar 08 AT 2:44 PM Taylor Wimberly 16 Comments

Verizon working on Thunderbolt issues, should arrive in stores by the end of Q2

Verizon had hoped their first 4G handset, the HTC Thunderbolt, would be in stores by now but it appears that several issues have held up the release so far. The phone was unveiled at CES back in January and Best Buy began advertising a pre-order campaign the first week of February, but recent comments from Tony Melone, Verizon’s CTO, suggest we might be waiting several more months.

In a statement provided to ZDNet, Tony Melone said, “First half of the year is what we promised, first half of the year is still on track. So we don’t believe there are any new or surprising issues. I think what we’re facing is what you would expect, and that is a new technology, you are working through issues. And we anticipated that, and we are pleased at how we are working through issues. And as I said, you are going to see LTE smartphones on the network as promised, before the first half – before the second half of the year, by the end of the second quarter.”

The Thunderbolt has had so many rumored release dates, that it has been hard to keep up with them all. First we thought it might launch February 14th, followed February 24th, and then March 4th. The phone missed every rumored launch date and Verizon pulled down their promotional videos from YouTube, so we have no idea how long it will be before it actually arrive in stores.

When asked to detail the Thunderbolt issues that Verizon was working on Melone said, “I’m not sure I would say there are any key issues. I would say all the issues are being worked.”

From what we have gathered, there are three rumored issues that have held up the release. Our friends at Android Community report that Verizon has a problem with the switch between 3G and 4G networks and the transfer was not as “seamless” as they truly desired. Next we had Engadget reporting that the Thunderbolt suffered from terrible battery life, but a newer firmware update is said to address that issue.

Finally several site like ZDNet have reported that pricing issues could be delaying the release. Fran Shammo, Verizon’s CFO, said the Thunderbolt will usher in a new “tiered pricing structure”, but we have yet to discover the official details on these plans.

The Thunderbolt has also been rumored at several different prices including $249-299 on contract and $699-749 off contract, which would make it one of the most expensive Android phones.

If are wanting to pick up the Thunderbolt when it launches, your best bet right now is to visit Verizon’s Thunder Tracker and sign up to be notified of its release. For an overview of the Thunderbolt and complete specs, visit the official HTC product page.

Via: Droid Life

Source: ZDNet

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  • http://Website andy

    Didnt they say first quarter of the year?

  • http://Website Billy

    So not only will it arrive later than planned but completely outclassed by it’s rivals. This must be a must buy purchase for the hardcore HTC fan!

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Outclassed? Verizon 4G LTE will offer some of the fastest download speeds of any Android handset.

      • http://Website andy

        Im pretty sure he means the hardware will be outclassed

  • http://Website dagamer34

    $299 on contract for an Android smartphone with a pre-installed 32GB microSD card:

  • Tebbe

    I don’t understand the excitement over this phone. How is it substantially different than the Evo, which was released 9 months ago?

    • http://Website Hans

      Just that the hardware is slightly better and provides faster data speeds(LTE).

  • http://Website MIchael

    Verizon screws up another product, HTC this time… I am really beginning to wonder about the level of help in the technicians Verizon is hiring.

  • http://Website sarah

    Smh! Well I don’t know what to say right now.

  • http://Website DNar56

    I think verizon is stalling to sell all of it’s 3G handsets before it launches the T-Bolt

  • http://Website AM123

    T-Mobile, bring on the HTC Pyramid!!

  • http://Website Ny

    That thunder tracker is a load of bull. I’ve been signed up for over a month now and have received nothing from them.

  • http://Website Joe

    Q2 2015 maybe WHAT A JOKE

  • http://Website cb2000

    The phone will be irrelevant by the time it releases as the Bionic will be out at the same time. Go back to the drawing board HTC.

  • http://[email protected] Curtis Horne

    Please hurry, I need a mobile phone asap… I tryn to keep my wife from At&t … But you guys are very slow releasing this phone…

  • http://Website her0

    What’s the point? By the time this is released, the Bionic will released along side with it. Unless Verizon delays the Bionic too, which is more than likely.