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HTC ThunderBolt Gingerbread Update Pulled by Verizon?



It has only been a couple of days since the long awaited HTC ThunderBolt Gingerbread update starting rolling out to owners of Verizon’s original 4G LTE flagship but it would appear that within those few days, ThunderBolt owners and Verizon have discovered some horrific bugs within the software that apparently have caused Big Red to pull the update.

No, seriously. This is not a joke. According to Droid-Life, Verizon has pulled the T-Bolt’s Gingerbread update because it is infected with a slew of bugs including broken voicemail notifications, a busted Google Talk, and more.

In fact, I’ve had several readers write in with those exact problems and I just figured that it was an isolated incident and not a widespread problem affecting all ThunderBolt owners. Looks like I was horribly wrong.

HTC ThunderBolt

Verizon is apparently hard at work on a fix for those that have already updated but it’s unknown when the fix will be rolling out. Let’s hope it doesn’t take the three or so months it took for the carrier to roll out the random reboot fix.

How has Gingerbread been treating you ThunderBolt owners? Any other issues I should be aware of? The ThunderBolt at this point, I think, takes the crown for the most bugged device of all time.



  1. Buy mobile phones

    09/30/2011 at 9:05 am

    they should release an newer version with no faults

  2. Chrisamity

    09/30/2011 at 9:53 am

    I like the update my bug is the ringtones 1 ringtone is set for everybody although it is listed differently any options. my contacts have specific ringtones and they no longer match . however in settings for a specific contact it is sent to the ringtone that applies to that contract rings with a different tones

  3. Scalia

    09/30/2011 at 9:56 am

    For the most part, it has been positive.  My TB runs smoothly and I definitely have a longer lasting battery. That said, I noticed right away Google Talk didn’t work properly.  Moreover, my Voice Mail notification will not self-delete from my notifications bar.  Some sites said we would get a new Gingerbread keyboard.  That didn’t happen with me.  I have the same stock keyboard, but that’s no hassle (since I like it).

  4. Ragarcia86

    09/30/2011 at 9:59 am

    Im really close to just rooting my Thunderbolt. I really had high hopes for it when i first got it back when they first came out but as time went on it is proving to only be a joke of a mobile device. Not only does it seem like HTC and Verizon don’t really even care about it anymore by pushing back the Gingerbread update for months but they half-ass the software for it and just push it out like they decided to finally make it compatable the night before…By the way, wasn’t there supposed to be Skype video calling compatibility coming out with Gingerbread along with HTC Sense 3.0? “That’s why its taking so long for the Thunderbolt update.” Again, nothing but a half ass update. Thanks HTC.

  5. Mcduff

    09/30/2011 at 10:13 am

    Updated to 2.3.4 yesterday.  First thing I noticed was the screen unlock was slow and didn’t work the first time.  If I tried a couple of more times, it locked up for 10 seconds or so.  Also noticed the keyboard could not keep up with my slow thumb-typing.  Can’t speak to the battery usage as I already use 2x battery saver.  I was really dissapointed with the update. Two stars out of five

  6. Sdh91

    09/30/2011 at 10:20 am

    I just feel with hopes of getting GB months ago and it being delayed and then months later we finally get it and get so many bugs? Get it? Kinda wonder if the GB was really the OS to go with.

  7. Swatson

    09/30/2011 at 10:23 am

    I haven’t had any problems with my new update… It’s not as different as some of the other phone’s Gingerbread OS’s, and I don’t really have any longer battery, but I also haven’t had any issues with it either…

  8. Peytondpc

    09/30/2011 at 10:51 am

    and we were also suppose to get a swipable customizible app bar..that never showed up either. hopefully they can get the sofware fixed and get it pused out by the end of next month maybe sooner

  9. Matt

    09/30/2011 at 10:59 am

    The clock app is also missing from the app drawer.  HTC is aware of this bug.

    • Jsein13

      09/30/2011 at 12:11 pm

      The clock app is the clock….just hit the clock and it will bring up all the options.

    • Creed_4_life18

      09/30/2011 at 12:44 pm

      Not mine I was able to change my clock

  10. Maknze

    09/30/2011 at 12:44 pm

    I’ve had a couple of issues.. First, the voicemail notification will not go away and then secondly I couldn’t receive or make calls last night. I just kept getting a weird error notification sound until I rebooted my phone. I haven’t noticed any increase in battery life either. The only good part is that I was able to download the Volume+ application and finally change the settings on my speaker so I could hear calls on speaker and hear media a bit louder…

  11. DrY

    09/30/2011 at 1:28 pm

    I updated the morning it came out. No problems with the update. All the expected features present and functional. I switched from the DroidX to get this phone, and it has been one problem after another. I’m sure no one at Verizon will agree to brand the HTC Vigor as Thunderdolt2. I think those of us who have lugged this dog around should get a discount on the Vigor… Anyone know if the SIM card can be moved from the Thunderbolt to the Vigor? I’ll pay cash to ditch this beast

  12. BRI

    09/30/2011 at 1:34 pm

    Nearly impossible to lock on a 4g signal even in a 4g area, no vm reminders, ringtone volume is maybe 1/2 of what it use to be. Download manager won’t let you clear without deleting items downloaded, data conectivity not as stable as they said. Rear camera won’t work in Gtalk. This phone has become the Thunderturd. It’s not the phone youve dreamed about its the one you should AVOID!!!!! Let us trade it in and five us a credit towards somethin.g that actually works!!!!

    • Scalia

      09/30/2011 at 2:28 pm

      If you’re having that kind of trouble with the phone, perhaps you should take it in for an exchange.  I haven’t had near the trouble that others have had. BTW, the Gtalk bug isn’t with the rear camera; it is with the front camera.  Gtalk works with the rear camera (I tested it last night).  The problem is your conversation partner can’t see you, and if you turn the phone around, you can’t see h/er.

    • Harleyangelmisty1

      10/02/2011 at 1:28 am

      I agree

    • Justin

      10/13/2011 at 5:50 pm

      I have no problem locking 4g. I have 4G at all times.

  13. ATH

    09/30/2011 at 1:56 pm

    Stupid, bring on the prime so we don’t have deal with this bs with HTC and these joke testers at VZW

  14. Tom

    09/30/2011 at 2:04 pm

    Well, I am back to the problem of data connections when moving from 4G to 3G to 4G, among other problems.  I switched it back to 3G only.  Time for the Bionic?????

  15. Anonymous

    09/30/2011 at 2:06 pm

    Thunderbolt customers are Verizon’s best customers, early adapters to 4G. Verizon should recall the Thunderbolt and give customers a new phone of their choice. Come on Verizon, do the right thing.

    • Harleyangelmisty1

      10/02/2011 at 1:30 am

      I also agree to this . We’ve had problems since the beginning & it aS almost $ 300 on contract .

  16. Anonymous

    09/30/2011 at 2:28 pm

    Apple and Microsoft know how to develop and maintain software. They treat smartphones and tablets the same as computers. I want my software updates directly from the software developer and I want to install the identical software on whatever device I have. When Android goes from Google to HTC to Verizon and they each modify it to make it proprietary then nobody is in control and responsible for the final product. To HTC and Verizon a smartphone is a disposable commodity and they are not equipped to maintain it. If you want new software just through your old phone away and get a new one with the newer software. 

  17. Crismorelos

    09/30/2011 at 5:32 pm

    The problems I notice was the slide down settings on and off data connectivity doesn’t work…some of my apps don’t work, some work at times but other days it won’t. My battery hasn’t improved, but I have notice a difference in performance

  18. Jasonftwayne

    09/30/2011 at 6:38 pm

    What I’d be happy with is a bloat free froyo with a couple enhancements. Improved security and id be great

  19. Dunny80

    09/30/2011 at 6:40 pm

    Yeah, i’m having the issues with some of my apps not working, or when i tyr to stop them under “running services”, the phone does not detect them. My personal ringtones keep switching with all of my contact, and no VM detection.

  20. slingenink

    09/30/2011 at 6:55 pm

    Havent really had any problems with the phone worked good when I bought it seems to work good after the update. The camera works better.

  21. Apariciooscar25

    09/30/2011 at 8:07 pm

    F#$%$ Verizon

  22. Rezzie1975

    09/30/2011 at 9:56 pm

    As I just responded in the big thread for the bionic I read this cause I just returned the thunderbolt for the bionic… wtf is wrong with these people at android/vzw its like windows releasing software and having 3000 service packs to try and fix their lack of engineering. My wife is a hardware & software engineer at Honeywell for the space & defense division of N.A.S.A. now granted they have higher standards to hold up to but its like going to a pharmacy and getting over counter medicine for a major illness that needs top level treatment specialists and medicine. There has got to be a better way to make an operating system.. work and do what it says.. they are capable… why are we sinking millions of dollars into replacing equipment that locks up, freezes or crashes after they so called fix a bug?

    • KB

      10/01/2011 at 1:08 pm

      How was is relevant that your wife is a NASA engineer?

      • Anonymous

        10/01/2011 at 3:31 pm

        It’s not he’s and she’s not. He probably isn’t even married

  23. OhSnapWord

    10/01/2011 at 8:22 am

    This phone is complete and utter garbage and I regret getting it every day.

    • Jeff

      10/01/2011 at 4:48 pm

      I repeatedly complained to verizon and finally got them to give me a new Bionic and even kept the thunderbolt but only for a paperweight.

  24. Dimgia

    10/01/2011 at 11:18 am

    No vm notifications, Verizon swore they never heard of such a problem. Spent hour on the phone then they shipped out a new phone. New phone has froyo on it but works again. Verizon is in denial about this phone.

  25. Jbutler2253

    10/01/2011 at 11:54 am

    I still dont have it…has it hit for indiana yet

  26. Apariciooscar25

    10/01/2011 at 3:43 pm

    K so I have the update and I find out there is fucken bugs all over. well that’s it Im done root is next sence 3.0 if I want sum broken might as well go for sense 3.5. I would advise all of u guys to root and update 3.0 bamf for ever no bugs flawless. Let’s do this all of us hot spot none stop I have unlimited data. I signed contract a week before the new plans. My lap top uses my hot spot all the time finally getting what I payer for thumbs up if u agree.

  27. Jeff

    10/01/2011 at 4:45 pm

    I started out with the thunderbolt but complained my way off that horrible device. Now in the Bionic and so far has far surpased the tb. At least with the Bionic you don’t have to bring a charger wherever you go!

  28. Rnikac

    10/01/2011 at 5:32 pm

    I received the gingerbread update but did not receive the new lock screen with it. I’m really upset was looking forward to that.

  29. Harleyangelmisty1

    10/02/2011 at 1:22 am

    GGot the thunderbolt in march when it first came out & really aggravates me that it was gonna get gingerbread soon this is Oct & we still haven’t received it :[ . Was also supposed to get unlimited mobile hotspot as advertised on ad when it was also coming out & didn’t . Next time ill wait . Might not even get any cause now on top of charging for hotspot on top of unlimited data if you for phone back then . Now they’re gonna throttle your usage . Seriously thinking of going back to an old fashion cell phone ( basic )

  30. Jmwall98590

    10/02/2011 at 4:40 pm

    I’m having problems with my mobile Internet connection. I was hoping for a few more sense 3.0 similarities but otherwise I haven’t noticed any issues yet.

  31. corvette3wv

    10/02/2011 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks for the info. I sure hope it won’t be long.

  32. Pokpok

    10/03/2011 at 5:27 am

    I noticed after the update my videoes stopped playing. The sounds plays, but the video sticks on the first frame.

  33. 俊朗 高橋

    10/03/2011 at 7:26 am

    That is absolutely ridiculous. I paid $300 for a smart phone that has never worked correctly, has security flaws and has a horrible battery life. I’m avoiding HTC like the plague next time. This is simply uncalled for.

  34. JessnBunnies

    10/07/2011 at 7:53 pm

    Same story here… voicemail notifications…I have to manually go and check to see if I have any voicemails…very annoying…and…my email noifications…not working! It is very frustrating to say the least. I really hope they can fix it faster than it took them to fix the rebooting problem.

  35. SHarkboy [email protected]

    10/10/2011 at 1:19 pm

    Whatever the bugs the phone is 5 times better with this update. My battery has been much, much better. I can use my front facing camera in Skype calls and lots of other little things that add up to make a huge difference. It’s like going from Vista pre SP1 to Windows 7.

  36. Jake Pruet

    10/12/2011 at 11:51 am

    My phone is ALL jacked up! My ringtones on my contacts are screwed up, apps dont work, drops network, and the voicemail thing too!!!

    • Jake Pruet

      10/12/2011 at 11:55 am

      Oh and when i try to call someone i have to push on there name several times to get it to call ane sometimes i have to exit the phone ane go back into it to call. Also when i text someone and leave the conversation up it wont let me reply unless i back out and reopen the message! I now hate my phone!!!! Hhmm may switch to apple.

  37. Sadman

    10/13/2011 at 5:48 am

    I got tired of VZ and their updates and rooted my phone. I have been running gingerbread with sense 3.0 for months and with almost virtually no problems. The devs out there making roms for the rooted phones are relentless in fixing problems. I am not sorry I did this and have never looked back.;

  38. J Reed

    10/16/2011 at 5:07 pm

    The volume on the dail pad is low on the first number you dail. Also when you back out the camera it makes a popping noise and Mr data connection is messed up too.

  39. Ziniac

    11/03/2011 at 10:51 am

    My email is broken. It just pops up a sorry stop unexpectedly w/ force quit botton.

  40. Rtb3rd

    11/03/2011 at 11:39 am

    Sounds like a real mixed bag of problems among TB users! I got the GB update last month, then another one last week. Only problems I have are the screwed up ringtone assignments and the sound is all broken up on Skype calls (which is the biggest reason I got this thing).

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