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HTC Thunderbolt for Verizon confirmed to be released on March 17; pricing $249.99

HTC Thunderbolt for Verizon confirmed to be released on March 17; pricing $249.99

As we reported yesterday the most awaited HTC Android Smartphone and first 4G LTE device from Verizon is finally confirmed to be available on March 17, Verizon today announced the availability and pricing details of Android HTC Thunderbolt so it’s time to get one reserved for your first hands-on.

HTC Thunderbolt was first aunveiled at CES 2011 since then the release was delayed and rumored to be launched on different date, but it’s said that some technical problems with the device made the delay of the device.

The HTC Thunderbolt powered with 1GHz Snapdragon processor running on Android 2.2 Froyo features 4.3” WVGA display, 8-megapixel rear facing camera and HD (720p) video recording, 1.3-megapixel front facing camera with video chatting capabilities, 8 GB of onboard memory and a pre-installed 32 GB microSD card (Actual formatted capacity will be less) and built-in kickstand for easy media viewing.

For connectivity first is as you know that the device is coming with 4G enabled and using Thunderbolt as a hotspot access point will cost $20 per month for 2GB of data. 8 GB of onboard memory and a pre-installed 32 GB microSD card (Actual formatted capacity will be less). The regular (and mandatory) data and voice packages, which start at $29.99 and $39.99 per month respectively (for unlimited on-device 4G). Verizon reckons the LTE support is good for 5-12Mbps downloads and 2-5Mbps uploads in 4G coverage. Other features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a digital compass, GPS, a proximity sensor, a G-sensor,

HTC Thunderbolt will set you back $249.99 with new, two-year agreement, Verizon will throw in complementary mobile hotspot use until May 15.  are you eager to have the Phone in your hand just wait till March 15.

Press Release

The Thunderbolt™ By HTC, The First 4G LTE Smartphone For Verizon Wireless Arrives March 17

ThunderBolt™ by HTC Available Beginning March 17

03/15/2011

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless and HTC today announced that the ThunderBolt™ by HTC, exclusively from Verizon Wireless, is available on March 17 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $249.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

Powered by Android™ 2.2, the ThunderBolt by HTC is the first smartphone to take advantage of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network. The ThunderBolt by HTC features the latest version of the HTC Sense™ experience, which offers enhancements including new personalization options, a consolidated e-mail inbox, and unique camera effects and filters. The ThunderBolt by HTC is equipped with support for Google Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™ and Android Market™ with thousands of free apps. Additionally, the ThunderBolt by HTC will feature 4G LTE optimized apps such as EA’s Rock Band, Gameloft’s Let’s Golf, Tunewiki and Bitbop.

Additional features:

4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage area
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
Mobile Hotspot capability – share 4G connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices
8 GB of onboard memory and a pre-installed 32 GB microSD card (Actual formatted capacity will be less)
Built-in kickstand for easy media viewing
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 monthly access. Mobile Hotspot allows users to connect up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the nation’s fastest wireless network via an application available on the ThunderBolt by HTC.

Mobile Hotspot will be included through May 15 for no additional charge. After May 15, customers may choose to activate Mobile Hotspot for $20 for 2 GB of data per month. Customers can track their data usage by downloading the My Verizon app available in Android Market or by logging on to their My Verizon accounts online at www.verizonwireless.com/myverizon.

Update: This Phone is Released.

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