No Skype Video and Mobile Hotspot at HTC Thunderbolt Launch?
Remember the alleged leaked training material related to the HTC Thunderbolt? Yes, the one mentioning that the device will be able to do simultaneous voice and data — as opposed to the Verizon iPhone 4 — and also feature Mobile Hotspot functionality for up to eight devices as well as Skype Mobile with video.
While the slide clearly stated back in the day of its leak that Skype Mobile with video will be available post launch, Droid-life has published an alleged Verizon material which brings a confirmation. According to the leak, Skype Mobile with video will be shipped at launch with only a placeholder icon and a Coming Soon tag. Once the application will be available an Android Market notification will let users know when the software will be ready for use.
On the other hand, the Mobile Hotspot feature will not be available at launch either; the image above leaves no room for speculation but we can’t help but think about the extra $20 Verizon will likely charge for the iPhone’s similar functionality. Whether it’s a coincidence or a Big Red marketing trick is still unknown so let us know of your thoughts in the comments below.
On a side note, AndroidCentral got a leaked screenshot of what looks to be a BestBuy inventory indicating a certain BBY60LD device model with reference number 044476816574 hitting stock on February 14. The reference number looks to be the same with the one on an alleged Thunderbolt box proof of purchase. That being said, we now have not one, but two rumored dates for the Thunderbolt: February 14 — with BestBuy — and February 24 — published by Droid-life earlier.