Verizonâ€™s long-awaited first LTE smartphone in the HTC Thunderbolt 4G will finally be released this Thursday March 17th with pricing yet to be confirmed. The phone had previously been slated for a release closer to Valentineâ€™s Day last month but was delayed due to issues with battery life on account of the LTE radio putting a bigger than expected strain on the phoneâ€™s battery.
The phone will feature Android 2.2, a 4.3 inch capacitive display, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, 8.0 megapixel main camera with LED flash, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, LTE radio, Wi-Fi with mobile hotspot support for 8 devices, Bluetooth and kickstand.
Third-party online retailer Wirefly has also confirmed that the phone will ship with simultaneous voice/data support, but will not ship with the Â Skype Mobile with Video application first announced during Verizon’s keynote at CES in January. The retailer will begin presales for the smartphone beginning tonight at midnight PDT.
Update: Verizon has confirmed the Thursday launch date and pricing through Verizon sales channels is now set at $249.99 after new 2 year agreement and $29.99 4G data plan. Verizon has also confirmed that it will be offering its Mobile Hotspot access for free until May 15th, when the service will be offered at its standard $20 monthly rate with 2GB of data access per month. Third-party retailer Wirefly is currently offering a $50 discount on the post agreement pricing for the Thunderbolt 4G at $199.99.