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HTC ThunderBolt Still Stuck on 1x? How to Get 4G Back

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Yesterday there was a nationwide 4G outage that left many HTC ThunderBolt owners without both 4G and 3G connections. While we still don’t know what has caused the widespread failure, Verizon has confirmed to GottaBeMobile that the Nationwide 4G LTE network is back up and running.

Several of our writers found their ThunderBolts had connected to 4G or 3G automatically, but at least one user was stuck on 1x until a reboot.

If your HTC ThunderBolt still shows a 1x icon next to your signal bars or shows signal bars without a 3G or 4G icon, you will need to restart your HTC ThunderBolt to get he faster data back. If you manually forced 3G yesterday, you will need to reverse the process we showed you in our first coverage of The 4G LTE outage.

How to Reset the HTC ThunderBolt

This is a soft reset, like restarting your computer, not a hard reset; so you won’t lose any data.

1. Hold down your power button.
2. When he prompt comes up press Restart.

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3. Your phone should reboot. This may take a minute. After a reboot, you should have your 4G and 3G data back.

If this does not fix your issue, you should call Verizon Wireless to ask for further help. Do not attempt to dial *228 to update your towers as this is not designed for LTE phones and could damage the SIM card that the ThunderBolt uses. The SIM will automatically update towers when you restart, which is one possible reason the restart fixes ThunderBolts stuck in 1x.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

11 Comments

  1. guestes

    04/29/2011 at 2:01 am

    Totally off topic but: are you rooted? I like the option to have my battery life displayed as a percentage, but don’t seem to have that option on my Thunderbolt.

    • Abond0688

      04/29/2011 at 10:16 am

      Theres a HTC widget that you can download for that. Go to personalize, add a widget, choose browse HTC widgets, download battery. It should be the first thing that comes up, then add the widget to your home screen.

    • Josh Smith

      05/01/2011 at 12:15 am

      Yes, rooted. As Abond0688 mentioned there are some cool apps. If you want a small percetnage on your display check out Minimalist Text.

      I am running Das Bamf Remix 1.5

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    04/29/2011 at 5:33 am

    How to get 4G on HTC. I want to know about this

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    04/29/2011 at 10:20 am

    Well depicted procedure!!..

  4. Testy

    04/29/2011 at 11:31 am

    I was wondering where all those power off options came from… I see only 3.

    • Josh Smith

      05/01/2011 at 12:16 am

      Custom power off procedures from being rooted,

  5. Abe

    04/29/2011 at 3:03 pm

    I’m assuming this is rooted, otherwise how can you get a screenshot?

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    04/29/2011 at 4:57 pm

    specifications suggest the Thunderbolt is to feature a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon (MSM8960), runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), has a 5MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear-facing camera and expandable storage up to 128 GB.

    The inclusion of the Qualcomm MSM8960 is interesting, particularly as there has been no word on its official availability or clock speeds. The processor was announced last year and it has been noted that Qualcomm will begin sampling the chip in 2011, with release in 2012.

  7. Taxidigitalsignage

    04/29/2011 at 5:04 pm

    The inclusion of the Qualcomm MSM8960 is interesting, particularly as there has been no word on its official availability or clock speeds. The processor was announced last year and it has been noted that Qualcomm will begin sampling the chip in 2011, with release in 2012. If the rumoured specifications are to be believed, that would mean Qualcomm will have already begun sampling and will soon be ready to roll out its dual-core processors to manufacturers.

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