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HTC Thunderbolt with Verizon 4G LTE coming out tomorrow. Are you getting one?

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March

Android lovers and mobile speed junkies rejoice, your St. Pattie's Day pot-o-gold will be available tomorrow in the form of the HTC Thunderbolt, the first 4G LTE phone available on Verizon's network. The Thunderbolt is $249.99 (with contract) and is rated to provide network speeds of up to 12Mbps down and 5Mbps up. Using the mobile hotspot feature (requires and additional $20 monthly) you also can share that connection with up to eight additional devices through WiFi.

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The ThunderBolt will ship with 8GB of onboard storage and Verizon is including a 32GB microSD card as well. Several 4G LTE optimized apps will come pre-installed, such as EA's Rock Band, Gameloft's Let's Golf, Tunewiki and Bitbop.

Additional features:

  • Ships with Android 2.2
  • 4.3" WVGA display
  • 8-megapixel rear facing camera and HD (720p) video recording
  • 1.3-megapixel front facing camera with video chatting capabilities
  • Newest generation of the 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • Built-in kickstand for easy media viewing

Too bad it's not shipping with Android 3.0 Honeycomb because it's a big improvement over 2.2. Glad to see it has that cool kickstand. That was one of my favorite features on the HTC EVO.

So, who's getting one? I'm working on getting an evaluation unit as soon as possible, so stay tuned.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 3:16pm]

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