Verizon Set To Launch First 4G Phone February 24th
Verizon currently has plans to launch their first 4G device on February 24th, the HTC Thunderbolt. This is according to those ominous people that are “familiar” with the matter.
The HTC Thunderbolt is going to run on Verizon’s faster 4G network which is dubbed LTE for short, standing for Long-Term Evolution. Their data rates are averaging 5-12Mbps.
Other than the capability to stream and download videos faster, this Android based smartphone is going to integrate much desired features, such as:
- Skype Mobile – This is going to allow customers to make their calls over the internet
- Two different cameras – One is an 8-megapixel camera with HD video recording, while the other is a 1.3-megapixel lens which will support video chat
- 4.3” large touch-screen display
The launch still hasn’t been announced, and pricing is still unknown at this time, however, Best Buy, who will carry the Thunderbolt on the 24th as well, has it priced at $750 unsubsidized.
The release of the Thunderbolt is coming on the wake of the Verizon iPhone launch. The iPhone launch broke the company’s previous sales records within the first two hours of pre-ordering.
Verizon had previously completely backed the Android operating system; however, this was back when AT&T had an exclusive hold on the iPhone. Now things have shifted as once it was officially announced Verizon would be getting the iPhone AT&T started to cozy up with Google. They’ll be releasing 12 Android smartphones throughout the course of the year in order to help stave off the mass exodus of their subscriber base switching over to Verizon. Is it too little too late? The course of the year will tell that tale.
The battle for customers is something that’s reached a fever pitch within the past view weeks. Both companies are attempting to do each other one after another, with their deals aimed at keeping/luring subscribers. The very first punch was thrown by Verizon when they offered a $30 per month, unlimited data plan. AT&T counted with doubling their $25 per month data plan (2GB to 4GB) along with including hotspot tethering to other devices, both of these at no additional cost.
AT&T has obviously sensed that their momentum is slowing down and they then sweetened their deal through the offering of unlimited calls to any network with qualifying voice plans. Will Verizon respond? If so what’s their next move. No matter what, this is very good for one base in particular, the consumer.
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