March 15, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
The HTC Thunderbolt goes on sale at Verizon Wireless stores March 17. Please allow me to repeat myself: the HTC Thunderbolt 4G LTE phone is going on sale Thursday, March 17. This time, it’s official and comes direct from Verizon Wireless.
It has taken several months, several misquoted dates from Verizon internal memos and HTC reps, and premature Best Buy advertisements, but the HTC Thunderbolt will be in your hands in a few days. Verizon has officially announced that the Thunderbolt goes on sale online and in-store for $249.99 with a two-year agreement.
The Android 2.2-powered phone is the first to support Verizon’s 4G LTE network. It also has an 8-megapixel camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 4.3-inch WVGA screen, kickstand, and the ability to run a mobile Hotspot. According to an announcement from Wirefly yesterday, the Thunderbolt doesn’t have Skype video chat but does support simultaneous voice and data connections when on LTE.
The HTC Thunderbolt calling plans start at $39.99 for voice and $29.99 for data. Verizon previously said that it would introduced tiered data packages for 4G, but it calls the plan “unlimited” in the press announcement. Please be advised that 4G is not available nationwide. See a list of cities supporting 4G here.
So there it is. The drama’s finally over. The Thunderbolt is coming.