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Verizon 4G LTE Phone Release Dates?

The most popular question we’re seeing on Twitter each day is easily, “When is [insert 4G device] coming out?”  And even I’ll admit that it’s one of those topics I can’t get off my mind.  The four devices that Verizon announced at CES were all amazing and it’ll be tough for anyone to decide which is the one to have, but maybe these little bits of information that we’ve receive will help you decide when you can jump on them.

Let’s start with the HTC Thunderbolt.  We broke the cover on this bad boy a few weeks before CES, and at that same time, we started seeing ads from HTC which claimed they would have another first to 4G.  We quickly jumped on the idea that this could be out sometime in January or early February.  And then it was officially announced at CES and Verizon was hesitant to give out any dates, but did mention that all of their devices would be out in the first half of 2011.  Talk about a downer.  The press release from HTC also removed their strong stance on being “first” and instead went with “one of the first” so we’re thinking there must be something else on the way.

We’re still expecting it to be soon though, and all signs (tips) we’re receiving keep pointing towards an end of February or early-March release.  An early March launch date gives Verizon time to sell the i*hone for a month, but also allows them to prepare their big marketing push which we’re assuming will be huge for these new 4G LTE devices.  The Thunderbolt will definitely be one of the first, so put aside those last few X-mas pennies for a St. Patty’s day 4G party.

What about the DROID BIONIC though?  This device is clearly the most coveted of the four with its dual-core processor, qHD screen and bold new look, but we’re getting the feeling that this may have customers waiting the longest.  We heard a rumor that the BIONICs on-display at CES weren’t actually utilizing both cores and that battery life was still a significant issue.  I can’t confirm that either way, but do know that every word we’ve heard has this device pushing that “first half of 2011” deadline.  Don’t be surprised if the BIONIC leads Big Red’s big summer campaign.  I should also point out that the Motorola Atrix 4G is now rumored to be landing on AT&T sometime around March 1st meaning Moto isn’t about to release the BIONIC anywhere near it.  The Atrix is their new king and the last thing they want to do is hamper sales of it by releasing a similar device on Verizon at the same time.

And then we have the LG Revolution and the Samsung SCH-i510 who seem to be the forgotten children.  While there have been few tips on either of these devices, we’re starting to expect at least one of them early on and at the same time as the Thunderbolt.  The Samsung device would surprise us as the device remains nameless at this time, but the hardware we played with seemed about as ready to go as you can get.  The Revolution on the other hand looked to be done, but then we keep getting unofficial specs, skinned and non-skinned versions, etc. so our initial thoughts on this device being ready for prime time could be way off.  We know that HTC isn’t as firm on being “first” anymore, so look for one of these two to tag along with it on an opening ride.

Lastly, we should probably touch on the Motorola XOOM, the first ever Honeycomb tablet that will eventually be upgradeable to 4G LTE.  Q1 2011 was all the talk at CES and with rumored shipment numbers coming out early this week, we can only assume that this timeframe is still a go.  While the device is definitely not shipping with an LTE radio in it, talk of a major Super Bowl campaign sound incredibly solid.  The first tease will likely happen on February 6th with a much broader campaign taking us through February.  Expect the XOOM to hit stores around the same time as the Thunderbolt.


  • HTC Thunderbolt – End of February, early March
  • Samsung SCH-i510 – March
  • LG Revolution – March, early April
  • DROID BIONIC – Early Summer, June

Now, take this all as speculation at this time.  We’re just going with every little detail that’s been dropped at our doorstep and are then attempting to piece the story together.  All I can say is, can these get here fast enough?  Anyone else bored with all of the current devices?

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  • How many people are switching ATT to Verizon because of this? I am. Verizon’s service is just much better.

  • Tommyw2

    Release if formally “Summer” according to Verizon and Motorola as printed in the Wall Street Journal today April 19

  • Brickcity_alex

    these phones are just to big

  • Rji1969

    Seems that a lot of the 4g stuff is half baked and not ready for prime time. Be an early adopter if you will but 3-4 hour battery life and spotty 4g service even in metros is pretty crappy. Off to VZW to get my 1year contract with an x or a incredible

  • tbolt214

    the thunderbolt will arrive March 10, 2011. Are you wiliing to wait 10 days.?

  • Mcfallken

    thunderbolt $249 wtf?

  • Bmc90000

    T- mobleisthe first to release 4G. I am tired a wasting my time waiting on Verizon

  • Bmc90000

    T- mobleisthe first to release 4G. I am tired a wasting my time waiting on Verizon

  • Bmc90000

    T- mobleisthe first to release 4G. I am tired a wasting my time waiting on Verizon

  • Bmc90000

    T- mobleisthe first to release 4G. I am tired a wasting my time waiting on Verizon

    • Diamondtell2

      You will even more frustrated with t-moble most horrible company they always have dropped calls, if you can even get service and customer services is horrible!!

    • Diamondtell2

      You will even more frustrated with t-moble most horrible company they always have dropped calls, if you can even get service and customer services is horrible!!

  • Fran

    After seeing the comparison chart, I feel that Droid bionic is the better choice. I will definitely wait for it.

  • doc

    talked to a verizon guy at the mall…. said the thunderbolt is comming out b4 the iphone…. my guess is look for 1st commercials at the super bowl

  • Newbie

    I will not have 4g in my area for while. I currently don’t have a smart phone and would like to wait for the new Thunderbolt, but will this phone be much better than a verizon 3g phone without 4g service? Sorry I’m not very well educated on phones! Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • John

    I’m new to the whole smartphone thing. I understand what all is good on a phone and know what I want on it, but when it comes to companies, I’m lost. I was going to get the X when my contract is up in February, but now I’m looking into the Thunderbolt. Someone tell me why it sucks, and why the Bionic is the only good phone coming out. On paper, besides the HDMI input, the HTC seems to be better. More RAM, more MicroSD space, I hear Sense 2.0 is supposed to be good? If the Bionic is THAT much better, I’ll wait, but I hate my phone and want an upgrade badly. I’m a teenager. I like to take pics, videos, and text. Of course web browsing will be cool, but I don’t need all of those businessman directed features.

  • Wcgjoed

    I sure as Hell hope Verizon isn’t going to drag their feet on releasing *any* of these devices. AT&T already HAS the iPhone, which Big Red has been dying to bring over. Doubtless, the iPhone 4 will make it to the store shelves first with such a big campaign going on right now.
    Now – AT&T has also announced the Atrix, a device that is sufficiently drool-worthy if you’re an Android fan… so Verizon needs to boost its own lineup and promote that LTE 4G network they’ve been running their mouth about. The iPhone 4 isn’t going to able to take advantage of it… being a 3G device – therefore the best bet WILL be to get that Bionic into Verizon customers hands as soon as possible, along with the other truly 4G-capable phones. Just because the Atrix will be on AT&T, why would Motorola “not want to release the Bionic anywhere near it and hamper its sales”?
    Do you understand how phone manufacturers and carriers work? the Bionic is a VERIZON exclusive. If they want to sell ANY Bionics, they better start getting them out there before the iPhone 5 makes its debut sometime this Summer, or another phone maker gets the jump over on the Bionic in the next 6 months.
    I’d expect to see these maybe at the latest, the end of March or very beginning of April… any later, would just be stupid.
    I’d also fully expect Motorola and the other manufacturers to drop maybe one more phone apiece in 6 months time or so into the 4G pool – while spending time reverse-engineering whatever comes out of Cupertino and preparing for the return volley.

  • BRM75

    Anyone know whether the Bionic or Thunderbolt will be world phones?

  • Dsdowdy2112

    Ever notice AT&T always releases devices before they have the infrastructure to support them. Waiting sucks but at least with Verizon what you get actually works.

  • thunderbolts the best

  • Sjf707

    Dear verizon.motorola,
    Please make a 4 inch version of the droid bionic.

  • Anonymous

    no no no no. the TB will come out late jan/ early feb. i know this because they have already started advertising accessories for it a week ago. and when they do that, it means that the device will come out within a months time.

  • Noneedtopanic

    The one question I have about the new LTE phones is will we finally be able to do voice and data simultaneously on them?