February 7, 2011 | by Chris Smith
If the iPhone 4 on Verizon disappoints you with its lack of 4G or if you are just a strict Android fanboy with a hint of early adopter in you, then the release of the first LTE phone, the HTC Thunderbolt, will definitely be your cup of tea. Best Buy announced today that they will have a “retail exclusive” on the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt which will be available sometime in the middle of February.
Best Buy is pushing the idea of just how fast this phone is with its LTE support by giving the following examples:
- Download a song in less than 4 seconds
- Download 20 photos in a minute
- Stream TV shows from your computer (huh?)
That’s all well and good, but there is still no final word on just how much that speed is going to cost Verizon customers per month, and with the tightening of the Verizon network recently it’s looking like they are going to charge a premium and possibly put some data caps in place.
Best Buy failed to mention how much the device will cost but my guess is that it will be $299.99 with a $100 instant rebate on a new 2-year contract. Full retail is always higher at Best Buy than at Verizon, so it will probably be around $599.99. So, if you are aching for a brand new device and on a brand new technology just hold off a little longer for this one. Besides, that iPhone 4 is sooo last year.
Via [Business Wire]