HTC and Verizon launched the HTC Thunderbolt on January 6 at CES and it looks like the handset will be the first one at Verizon to offer simultaneous voice and data.
While Verizon also recently launched the iPhone 4, the Apple phone unfortunately does not support simultaneous voice and data. From a leaked picture of some Verizon training material we find out that the Taiwan-manufactured Thunderbolt will indeed be the first handset on Big Red to offer this feature, as employees get ready for the upcoming device.
We had our hands-on with the HTC Thunderbolt sporting a 4.3-inch WVGA display, 1GHz CPU, and 512MB of RAM but it looks like simultaneous voice and data is not the only “first” with Verizon phones. According to the same leak, the smartphone will be the first one on the carrier to feature Skype mobile with video, though it will be available post launch. We only need a date for the availability now.