Verizon Thunderbolt coming this Thursday

While it was way back at CES when the Thunderbolt got officially announced, Verizon has finally come forward to say that the anticipated device will go on sale this Thursday for $249.99.

Verizon posted this information on their official Twitter account and has also opened up www.verizonwireless.com/thunderbolt where users can sign up for notifications about the device. The specs for the device are listed below:

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 microSDcard (Actual formatted capacity will be less)

·         Built-in kickstand for easy media viewing

This device will be the first of many 4G phones for Verizon, and it is expected that they will debut at least 3 more 4G phones this year.

It in a bit of an interesting twist, since this phone was announced, Intel has since shown off its new high speed I/O connection, also called Thuderbolt. Is there likely to be confusion among consumers between the two products? Probably not, but don't let us get in the way of lawyers earning their paychecks. 

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ir0nw0lf said,
No dual core? Bleh, will pass.

Android 2.2 and 2.3 DO NOT SUPPORT Dual-core processors. Only 3.0 supports Dual-core technology. By the time an OS for phones is ready to support Dual-core technology, Quad-core phones will be out. So either wait till next year for your "dream" phone. Or buy this one and upgrade when the time is right.

This phone has an updated Snapdragon processor which is still faster than the 1GHz Snapdragon Processor on the Droid Incredible. It has a dual cameras, 4G Radio, and eventually Skype Video Chat. It's a great phone

Little confused about this. Best buy are saying they have an exclusive on this phone and are selling it for $299. Verizon are saying it should be sold for $249. Does that mean that just by going to a verizon store I'd save $50? Also I assume that means Best Buy don't actually have an exclusive on it?

Hackersoft MS MVP said,
Little confused about this. Best buy are saying they have an exclusive on this phone and are selling it for $299. Verizon are saying it should be sold for $249. Does that mean that just by going to a verizon store I'd save $50? Also I assume that means Best Buy don't actually have an exclusive on it?

No. Best Buy hasn't updated it yet. Basically both will be $250 for a limited time.

Shadrack said,
Pretty good subsidized price for the hardware. Looks nice. I'd like to play with one.

Hardly a good price.

If it were a dual core phone, I'd say its average. But even the Atrix is 1/2 the price

Am I the only one who came here hoping to see a new gadget that would finally use the thunderbolt port?

Rudy said,
Am I the only one who came here hoping to see a new gadget that would finally use the thunderbolt port?

Nope, although it is pretty cool that you get one free with new Macs now since they include thunderbolt

Rudy said,
Am I the only one who came here hoping to see a new gadget that would finally use the thunderbolt port?

When iPhone 5 comes out, it will come with Thunderbolt

Nagamasa said,

When iPhone 5 comes out, it will come with Thunderbolt

It would be nice but I'm not sure.... the only real benefit for the iPhone would be faster charging and I'm not sure it would be worth it for the extra cost and space thunderbolt would take

sad that 4G which was suppose to be 100Mbps is now down to 5-12Mbps.

"8 GB of onboard memory and a pre-installed 32 GB microSDcard (Actual formatted capacity will be less)"

does this mean it has 8GB of ram or is the marketing team really missing this one up? I don't see why a cellphone needs 8GB of ram. If its not ram, how much ram does it actually have.

That's 8 GB of storage, not RAM

"8 GB of onboard memory and a pre-installed 32 GB microSDcard (Actual formatted capacity will be less)"

does this mean it has 8GB of ram or is the marketing team really missing this one up? I don't see why a cellphone needs 8GB of ram. If its not ram, how much ram does it actually have.[/quote]

bdsams said,
That's 8 GB of storage, not RAM

Really wish they would stop throwing out terms like that. Explains why recently people have come to me wanting a computer build saying they want a 1TB of memory.

ILikeTobacco said,]sad that 4G which was suppose to be 100Mbps is now down to 5-12Mbps.

Verizon'a "4G" is a hoax. Users should sue them for false advertizing.

ILikeTobacco said,
sad that 4G which was suppose to be 100Mbps is now down to 5-12Mbps.

Verizon has the closest (relatively speaking) thing to 4G. Sprint comes in next. I can't believe companies like AT&T and T-Mobile call there crap 4G.

Keep in mind that as of December, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) loosened its definition of 4G to include LTE, WiMax, and HSPA+.

UndergroundWire said,

Verizon has the closest (relatively speaking) thing to 4G. Sprint comes in next. I can't believe companies like AT&T and T-Mobile call there crap 4G.

Keep in mind that as of December, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) loosened its definition of 4G to include LTE, WiMax, and HSPA+.

Considering AT&T hasn't let the public on their 4G network yet, I am not sure how you know its crap 4G. It has both LTE and HSPA+ which means it will be on the same level as Verizon barring any coverage issues.

ITU loosen the definition because carriers ruined the terms for the general population. Verizon was the first to do it so I blame them for that.

ILikeTobacco said,

Considering AT&T hasn't let the public on their 4G network yet, I am not sure how you know its crap 4G. It has both LTE and HSPA+ which means it will be on the same level as Verizon barring any coverage issues.

ITU loosen the definition because carriers ruined the terms for the general population. Verizon was the first to do it so I blame them for that.

They are calling there HSPA+ 4G smarty pants. Does the Atrix have an LTE radio I think not. So why is that a 4G phone?

Also, Sprint was the first out with the terminology of 4G in the U.S. so I have no idea where you are getting your "facts" from.

The smartest thing you can do now is just stay quiet. Thank you.

UndergroundWire said,

They are calling there HSPA+ 4G smarty pants. Does the Atrix have an LTE radio I think not. So why is that a 4G phone?

My mistake it does have LTE but it also says HSPA+ for 4G* So I am still right what I am saying. http://goo.gl/bwXpb

UndergroundWire said,

They are calling there HSPA+ 4G smarty pants. Does the Atrix have an LTE radio I think not. So why is that a 4G phone?

Also, Sprint was the first out with the terminology of 4G in the U.S. so I have no idea where you are getting your "facts" from.

The smartest thing you can do now is just stay quiet. Thank you.

I ment to say sprint but had verizon on my mind because of this article. try not to talk down to us lowly peasants. people make mistakes.

"HSPA+ provides HSPA data rates up to 84 Megabits per second (Mbit/s) on the downlink and 22 Mbit/s "

That fully qualifies for the 4G standard.

The smartest thing you can do is try to respect people who can google things to correct you. you never know when youll slip. either that you take your own advice.

ILikeTobacco said,
The smartest thing you can do is try to respect people who can google things to correct you. you never know when youll slip. either that you take your own advice.

I just don't want you to spread misinformation. Hence why I said just stay quiet on the subject since you obviously didn't know.

I believe I "Googled" it for you and corrected ALL of your inaccuracies. You were wrong about AT&T so called 4G network, you were wrong about who started using the name 4G first. I'll do two more correction for you. It's spelled you'll not youll and meant not ment.

You're welcome.

UndergroundWire said,

I just don't want you to spread misinformation. Hence why I said just stay quiet on the subject since you obviously didn't know.

I believe I "Googled" it for you and corrected ALL of your inaccuracies. You were wrong about AT&T so called 4G network, you were wrong about who started using the name 4G first. I'll do two more correction for you. It's spelled you'll not youll and meant not ment.

You're welcome.

Which still leaves us with HSPA+ is still 4G under the new standards. And I even said I ment to say Sprint.

Saying your welcome at the end of being disrespectful message where you are constantly talking down to someone means nothing. Its like saying, with all due respect, followed by some insult. The fact that you are fixing petty spelling/grammar problems only proves my point. Seriously, grow up and let the adults talk if you can't show any respect.

ILikeTobacco said,

Which still leaves us with HSPA+ is still 4G under the new standards. And I even said I ment to say Sprint.

Saying your welcome at the end of being disrespectful message where you are constantly talking down to someone means nothing. Its like saying, with all due respect, followed by some insult. The fact that you are fixing petty spelling/grammar problems only proves my point. Seriously, grow up and let the adults talk if you can't show any respect.

The funny thing is I corrected your major inaccuracies (which is why I "talk down" to you).

Seriously, just drop it.

UndergroundWire said,

The funny thing is I corrected your major inaccuracies (which is why I "talk down" to you).

Seriously, just drop it.

So your saying technology that is faster than what Sprint is using for its 4G network is not 4G... lets think about this one for a sec... You corrected 1 thing that was a mistake on my part and I admitted to. Basic math shows that under the new 4G standard, HSPA+ is 4G. Sorry to burst your better than everyone bubble.

ILikeTobacco said,

So your saying technology that is faster than what Sprint is using for its 4G network is not 4G... lets think about this one for a sec... You corrected 1 thing that was a mistake on my part and I admitted to. Basic math shows that under the new 4G standard, HSPA+ is 4G. Sorry to burst your better than everyone bubble.

Actually if you reread what I said, Verizon's LTE is RELATIVELY the closest thing to 4G. So lets take what I said and dissect it since you seem not to get it. LTE is NOT technically 4G. Speed wise, it is the closes thing to 4G since technically speaking LTE is faster than WiMax. Are you keeping up?

Next I said that the ITU loosened its definition of 4G to include LTE, WiMax, and HSPA+. Hence why I said AT&T and T-Mobile's 4G is crap. It's existing tecnology and not next generation technology.

Everything I said is all correct and it was done in the very first post to your lack of information. The only thing I am doing here is repeating myself (again) to you until you get it. Hopefully this time it sticks.

Good day sir.

ILikeTobacco said,

Really wish they would stop throwing out terms like that. Explains why recently people have come to me wanting a computer build saying they want a 1TB of memory.

Unless you know for a fact that a particular person knows what they're talking about, don't take it for granted that any person knows anything about computer specs. It hasn't gotten much better since I started with computers in 1995.