Verizon’s chief technology officer Tony Malone the statement Monday that it is on track to release LTE smartphones before the second half of the year. Rumors surrounding the release date of the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt have been floating around for several months now, with the most recent Best Buy tweet rumoring a March 4th date, which has passed with no launch.
In a statement at Credit Suisse’s convergence conference, Malone said that “First half of the year is what we promised, first half of the year is still on track.” At CES, Malone stated that “some” devices would be shipped as early as march, with all CES-announced LTE devices being released within the first half of the year.
When asked if battery life was a specific issue being faced, Malone responded “I would say all the issues are being worked. I’m not sure I would say there are any key issues.” Leaving the specific reasons for the delays a mystery. Verizon’s LTE network has been active in some areas since December, with USB modems available for connectivity. Verizon handsets remain unavailable.