Are you ready for some Thunderbolt customization? It’s just a matter of time now, as HTC has quietly released the kernel source code to the Verizon LTE smartphone.
With the kernel source now public knowledge, look for Thunderbolt compatibility to be added to some existing Android projects. CyanogenMod support is likely at the top of that wish list for many users, so expect to see work commence quickly on adapting that code for the Thunderbolt.
There’s the possibility now that we’ll see unofficial developers come up with their own workarounds for some of [...]
After waiting a long time for the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt to be launched and available, early adopters will have to (allegedly) wait some more to get a platform refresh update from the Taiwanese manufacturer.
According to an alleged email response from HTC to one of its customers, a Thunderbolt owner, the device will receive an update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread in the second quarter of 2011. This could mean April which is a couple of days away of might as well mean end of June, which is a bit further down the road.
Without speculating on the release date, we salute [...]
The HTC Thunderbolt is a very important device for Verizon. It’s one of the first phones in the world, and certainly in the US, to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds (check out the coverage map to see if there is LTE where you live). Sprint was first with 4G in the US with the EVO 4G last year, which used a competing 4G technology, WiMax. Both WiMax and LTE can provide speeds of up to around 10Mbps down, with promises of much higher bitrates as the technology evolves and the networks see upgrades. Is the Thunderbolt going to be one of the hottest devices of 2011? Read on for the [...]
Previously we compared the HTC Thunderbolt with the iPhone and Inspire 4G. Moving on with our series, we wanted to compare a Windows Phone 7 device, in this case the Samsung Focus, with the HTC Thunderbolt.
Comparing these devices is somewhat of an apples-to-oranges comparison, since they’re such vastly different devices. In terms of pricing, the Focus is now just $99, while the Thunderbolt costs $249. For data plans, you can get the 2GB $25/month data plan on the Focus, or opt for the unlimited $30/month data plan on the Thunderbolt.
Windows Phone 7 and [...]
Earlier today we told you about T-Mobile’s plan to roll out 42Mbps HSPA+ 4G, but what does that really mean?
The 42Mbps speed may never be fully realized on any individual device, though faster throughput in any area means less time will be required to serve up the same amount of data. Assuming the amount of data remains the same, observed speeds across the coverage area should increase drastically.
To accomplish the 42Mbps speeds T-Mobile needs to upgrade towers to the 42Mbps capable HSPA+, upgrade the bandwidth to those towers, and have phones (or other devices) [...]
Previously we compared the HTC Thunderbolt with the iPhone 4. Moving on to another comparison, the HTC Thunderbolt and Inspire 4G are two of the hottest 4G smartphones right now. The Inspire 4G can be had for just $99 on AT&T with a new two year contract. To that, you’re likely to add the $25/month data plan which gives you 2GB of data transfer. The Thunderbolt is much more expensive at $249, and the data plan of choice is the $30/month unlimited plan. Both devices can do tethering for an added $20 per month, which gives you 2GB of data transfer.
The Inspire 4G is [...]
If you already have a Verizon HTC Thunderbolt you will most probably notice that there isn’t an easy, user-friendly way of switching 4G off or flipping a switch to 3G.
If you’re an advanced user who’s not afraid to enter test menus and tweak setting you will be able to expose a 3G/4G option which will allow you to choose between the two standards. You have to go into the Dialer and call *#*#4636#*#* which will take you to the Thunderbolt’s Test Menu. Head over to Phone Information and Set Preferred Network Type according to your liking: available options [...]
The iPhone 4 and the HTC Thunderbolt are very different devices. To start things off, they’re priced differently. For $199, you can get a 16GB iPhone 4 on AT&T with a two year contract, or you can opt for the 32GB model for $299. On Verizon, the Thunderbolt will run you $249 with 32GB of data, making it a better value when you compare storage capacity alone. For data, AT&T has the 2GB data plan for $25 per month, while on Verizon, $30 per month on your bill will get you unlimited data. In our judgement, the Thunderbolt is an overall better value.
In terms [...]
The HTC Thunderbolt has essentially the same specs as the Inspire 4G, but with inclusion of the 4G LTE radio. It has a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 CPU, which performs better than the chip found on the EVO 4G. It has 768MB of RAM, providing plenty of multitasking prowess. In terms of storage, you get about 2.5GB onboard, and another 30GB through the 32GB microSD card, granting you about 32.5GB of space for apps, music, and whatever else you store on your phone. The Super LCD display is 4.3″ and 800×480 resolution and provides a fantastic level of color saturation and [...]
If you didn’t buy your Verizon HTC Thunderbolt yet since it was available on the 17th of March — released on the 15th of March — now would be a good time to do so as LetsTalk has a good deal on it.
Currently the device goes for $249.99 on Verizon and Best Buy, $199.99 on Wirefly and $179.99 on Amazon Wireless. Starting from 12:01 AM PDT today, LetsTalk offers the Thunderbolt for $174.99 which so far is the best price out there (even if it’s only $5 lower than Amazon’s).
The actual price is $229.99 from which you get a $55 LetsTalk instant [...]
Mere hours after release, enterprising developers at the XDA forums have already obtained superuser access (root) on the HTC Thunderbolt. It is currently in private testing, and the developers are working to perfect the process before giving it a wide release.
With the HTC Inspire, root access allowed you to write to the /system partition, but once the device was rebooted all of the data would be discarded, leaving you with a stock ROM. Turning the security off (S-OFF) was required in order to write a custom ROM or a new Radio ROM. Fortunately, wth the Thunderbolt S-OFF is not [...]
Here it is, the phone we’ve all been waiting for. The Thunderbolt is finally shipping on Verizon, and it’s the first 4G LTE phone. While Sprint had WiMax a year ago with the HTC EVO 4G, LTE holds promise as a better longer-term strategy for 4G wireless thanks to higher speed potential and also and because it’s the agreed-upon next-generation wireless data protocol.
The Verizon Thunderbolt is running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz CPU with 768MB of RAM. For storage, Verizon and HTC have included a spacious 32GB microSD class 4 card. It can run either on [...]
Verizon’s long awaited HTC Thunderbolt was officially announced on March 15 and the device became available for the masses yesterday with Verizon and several Etailers offering in their portfolio — with different prices though.
HTC is continuing its successful “You” ad campaign with the Thunderbolt as the new ad introduces the smartphone and its features. While we don’t have a dog named WiFi, the commercial is rather nice, as you’d expect one from HTC. Additionally, there’s another video introducing you to the people behind the [...]
Officially announced on March 15 — after an entire saga or launch rumors and delays from those — the Verizon Thunderbolt is going on sale today, March 17, for $249.99 with a new two-year agreement from Verizon.
Nevertheless, the device is on sale on Amazon for a great price which will make the smartphone irresistible — even if you got tired of waiting this long! You can have it on contract for $179.99 which is even less than the pre-order price of $199.99 from Wirefly. So why not spare $70 and buy straight from Amazon? Careful though, the price without a [...]
We’ve been wondering for some time what effect the inevitable landing of the Thunderbolt would have on Verizon’s data plan structure. The carrier has been talking about going back to tiered data, but for the time being still offers unlimited service. The introduction of LTE smartphones doesn’t seem like it will be immediately changing that any, as leaked pricing info shows a $30 unlimited LTE option as the primary plan.
Along with that plan, new Thunderbolt owners will get free mobile hotspot access up through the middle of May; want to keep using it past the [...]
Verizon has officially announced the HTC Thunderbolt availability date yesterday and according to that the device will hit the shelves tomorrow, March 17. PhanDroid found a couple of accessories you might want to think about if you are considering Verizon’s new 4G LTE smartphone.
For instance, you’ll have the option of purchasing an extended battery, one of 2750mAh — opposed to the stock 1400mAh — for roughly $50. Being double the capacity, expect it to last longer. And if you want to charge it wirelessly via induction charging, you can grab a special [...]
It’s been somewhat of a long road for those waiting on a firm release date for the HTC Thunderbolt, Verizon’s first 4G LTE phone. According to Verizon, the magic day will be Thursday, March 17. It’ll be on sale for $249.99 with a new two-year agreement. You might be wondering about the data plans. Here it is, right from Verizon:
With the ThunderBolt by HTC, customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a 4G LTE data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access and an unlimited 4G LTE data plan start is $29.99 [...]
After taking over Verizon’s website front page for an alleged upcoming March 17 release date, the HTC Thunderbolt is up on pre-order at Wirefly.
The price is $199.99 with a new Verizon Wireless account which is way less than Best Buy’s $299.99 and even the $249.99 leaked earlier. If you want the smartphone without a contract you’ll have to pay $669.99. Anyone taking advantage and pre-ordering? It’s got a 1GHz Snapdragon Processor, 4.3-inch display, eight-megapixel camera with LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam with simultaneous voice and [...]
If you visit Verizon’s website you will see that the upcoming HTC Thunderbolt has taken over the front page which definitely means that the launch is nearing. You can sign up with your email address to find out about it when it hits but you shouldn’t wait too much for that according to recent news.
HTC’s Imran Shahid tweeted that the device will arrive on March 17, that is Thursday, two days from now and HTC officially announced that it would officially announce the device on its Facebook page soon. Just yesterday, Verizon Store and Wirefly announced the [...]
Near the end of last week it finally started to look like the tide might be turning in favor of the Thunderbolt’s imminent release. We saw a tweet from an HTC manager mention March 17, followed by an official statement from the company promising that it would have launch dates available soon. Now a Verizon retail location has joined in on the tweets, proclaiming that it will have the smartphone for sale beginning on the 17th.
The Verizon store in Fishers, IN has been tweeting about the release all day, with the sort of enthusiasm befitting a phone we’ve been looking [...]
HTC’s Imran Shahid might have posted a tweet yesterday tipping for a March 17 release for the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt — and that might even still stand — but HTC has now officially updated its Facebook status with regards to the upcoming LTE device.
The update simply says “HTC and Verizon will officially and publicly announce the Thunderbolt launch dates soon“. We hope it’s really soon and when that happens we’ll hopefully find out the intention behind Verizon’s CEO Tony Melone’s statement that “you are going to see LTE [...]
Believe it or not, we haven’t been just throwing darts at a calendar with all the estimations for when the HTC Thunderbolt will finally be available on Verizon LTE. While some of the sources providing these dates have seemed more reliable than others, so far none have panned out. That may have just changed, as an HTC sales manager let slip March 17 as the phone’s release date, via Twitter.
HTC’s Imran Shahid posted the tweet earlier today, but as is too often the case with these Twitter leaks, the tweet has been since deleted. Shahid appears to be doing damage [...]
Verizon’s CEO, Tony Melone, while speaking at the Credit Suisse Convergence conference, said that LTE smartphones are still on track for a first half of 2011 launch, as stated with the occasion of this year’s CES.
Truth is, despite all the rumors around the HTC Thunderbolt launch, there was no official word or indication for a specific date. “First half of the year is what we promised, first half of the year is still on track. So we don’t believe there are any new or surprising issues. And as I said, you are going to see LTE smartphones on the network as [...]