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HTC Thunderbolt: Verizon Puts Up Thunder Tracker

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Are you ready for 4G LTE to hit HTC’s Android smartphone? If you are and are itching to grab an HTC Thunderbolt, Verizon Wireless is featuring a page on its website for you to track thunder and is promoting it on its homepage. The device is expected to launch on St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S. on March 17 and will provide mobile broadband data speeds of up to ten times faster than 3G data, according to the carrier.

The HTC Thunderbolt was first announced and seen at CES where we had our hands-on with the device earlier in the year at the trade show. However, since the announcement, the device has been delayed several times, creating a lot of hype, speculation, and frustration for those who are ready to join the 4G data revolution.

So how fast is 4G data speeds? On a USB modem through Verizon’s 4G LTE network–the carrier currently only offers 2 USB data modems–I was able to get average download speeds between 10-15 Mbps, far in excess of the quoted 5-10 Mbps speeds quoted by Verizon. In the San Francisco Bay Area, known for data traffic congestion, I managed to get upload speeds between 2 to 8 Mbps.

HTC’s Thunderbolt won’t be the only device on Verizon’s network. The carrier’s saying lightning will strike ten times! In addition to four smartphones–the Thunderbolt being one of them–there will be a netbook, notebook, several mobile broadband routers, an upgrade to the Motorola Xoom tablet, and another USB modem that will be able to take advantage of 4G data on Verizon’s nascent next-generation data network.

Best of all, with the HTC Thunderbolt, the competitive advantage of simultaneous voice and data maintained by AT&T is gone as on 4G, Verizon’s slowly enabling that function.

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9 Comments

  1. Dkxshfa

    03/15/2011 at 12:16 pm

    I dont beleive it, just let me buy a HTC flyer and I’ll be happy with my Incredible

  2. Guest

    03/15/2011 at 12:18 pm

    not sure if you were aware but this thundertracker has been up for quite some time now. at least several weeks from my memory…

  3. Frjoles

    03/15/2011 at 12:24 pm

    This page has been up for weeks.

  4. Guatemalensoccerplaya

    03/15/2011 at 12:28 pm

    its been up for a while but you actually had to type it in the search box to find it. now it is on the homescreen. also wirefly started their preorders this morning at 3am ET. guaranteeing shipment on the 17th. Verizon stores will be receiving their shipments today. With verizon pre orders tonight at midnight.

  5. Guest

    03/15/2011 at 12:29 pm

    Its new to the Main screen is what he’s getting at I believe. It has been on the site just not front and center like it is now. But yes it has been on the site for weeks.

  6. Ljd-80

    03/15/2011 at 12:30 pm

    Yeah, I put my email address in the “Thunder Tracker” about a month ago. This is nothing new!! I did go to VW website, and they now have the Thunderbolt advertisement as the first thing you see when you go to there site. This is something new, and gives a good sign from VZ that the phone will be out VERY soon.

  7. VuLN

    03/19/2011 at 2:58 am

    It is very interesting. Please give me more information. I love it, Thanks again.

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