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HTC Thunderbolt Training Begins at Verizon

The HTC Thunderbolt is getting closer than ever to an announced released date, and if this new training slide out of Verizon is an indication, we should be set for the late February/early March timeframe we’ve been talking about.  The TBolt will be the “first” for Big Red in a lot of categories including the ability to do voice and data at the same time, Skype video calls, and the new HTC Sense 2.0.  We absolutely loved this device at CES and can’t wait to get our paws all over it again.    

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Via: Android Central

  • BobW

    The last viewable line of that training poster looks like it says “**If customers move away from 4G LTE area, the data portion will be suspended…..” so not sure there is going to be Voic-over-Data on the 3G.

  • BobW

    At the very bottom of the training slide with the guy in the hat on the right looking down at his phone, for the ” ** ” note, it it cut off, but it appears to say “If customers move away the 4G LTE area, the data portion will be suspended……” So, for most areas, at least until 4G LTE is consistently available, it looks like you are not going to have Voice-over-Data. To bad they can’t make it work on 3G, as that is basically all over with Verizon.

  • Philana Adora

    so i went 2 Verizon 2day cuz my bb isn’t workin i had 2 buy a new battery but i asked about the tb n he said the skype video capability won’t be available at launch there will be an update sometime after the launch. He wouldn’t tell me when it would come out though.

  • Murrdog98

    Does it have a HDMI cord hook up like the droid x so you can watch what you recorded on tv??? I’ve heard everything else about the phone but that.

  • wants HTC Thunderbolt

    Can you pre order one froma verizon store?

  • KleenDroid

    I hope the community gets behind this phone with custom roms. I appreciate that HTC doesn’t lock down their bootloader. If the Thunderbolt comes out before the middle of March I will return my Droid X to Costco and get it. Costco has a 90 day return policy for their phones…. These days just about everyone gives you a better deal than Verizon.

  • tina

    I want this phooonnneeee..ugh don’t make me wait anymore verizon! they have a MAP for it too btw! here:http://www.sprymobile.com/?p=214

  • Burkett375

    at the bottom of that picture, it says **if customers move away from 4g LTE area, the data portion will be….

    Will be what? Are they going to allow us to go up or down depending on if we have no 4g coverage???

    • Anonymous

      It has to do with the simultaneous use of voice and data. If you leave 4G coverage this will no longer be possible.

      • Burkett375

        yeah, noticed that after I posted it. Thanks.

        • Marcus

          It has to do with the 3g/4g hotspot

  • Cgmartin33

    @ Michael NM…that and if they let them use new phones as their demo. These guys (even managers) are all rockin dinosaurs and VZW refuses to give them a newly released phone until 60-90 days after its release. Frustrating for us and them…and brutal to walk in a store with anything technical. Thank god for Droid-Life!

  • Anonymous

    I think i’ll buy the tbolt through best buy, then when the bionic comes out i’ll sell it back to BB and get a bionic :)

  • http://twitter.com/zer0cool96 Nick Daddona

    this may have been posted somewhere but i cant find it … does the Thunderbolt or even the Bionic have a removable battery?

    • Anonymous

      LOL, why yes, they do.

      See the now infamous “thunderbolt vs. bionic vs. iphone4″ post from yesterday :)

      • http://twitter.com/zer0cool96 Nick Daddona

        derp… i even looked that thing over like three times

  • Anonymous

    I want this phone like NOW!!

  • Anonymous

    The Thunderbolt is looking more and more sexy and the phone I am leaning towards. The Bionic is ugly, but the hit of not having that 1GB of Ram is really depressing. I know the Thunderbolt doesn’t have !GB but it’s close enough. Early research from the Droid Life and the web,

    The Thunderbolt is recieving a lot of love and complirments. The Bionic so far is like the srep child of the Atrix. I will make my final decison when I can do a hands on comparison.

    • Corymcnutt

      Don’t forget…This is not 512MB of ROM, this is actual DDR2 RAM, like a computer; and I was also told/read somewhere it has 2000??ROM, so it should be plenty fast. As far as looks, other than the front screen, I think they look pretty much the same.

  • CLSO2010

    Off topic, did the HTC Merge get canceled or something?

    • Anonymous

      Rumors say that it’s cancelled. Actually, we’re pretty sure it’s been cancelled.

  • appdaddy

    Hey Droid-life(ers) Thunderbolt, or Bionic?!?? What will you choose?

  • Anonymous

    I’m forced to get a plan within the next month or so, so no time to wait for dual core :(

    THUNDERBOLT IT IS

    finally after the OG droid, my current droid x, I get to go HTC… yes i’m in the root club and have been for a year, but HTC sense is the ultimate ROM (as long as launcher pro is installed of course ;) ) and I dont care what you all say

  • Mchlls22

    Im confused….my Droid has always been able to be on the web while I’m on a phone call, am I misunderstanding what They mean when they say “voice and data”?

    • Anonymous

      you can’t receive data while in a phone call unless your connected to wifi.. if you load a webpage through your 3g connection, then make a call, you can still view that webpage, you just can’t click any links or do anything that would make you have to load anything while in a phone call

      think of it like a computer.. you load a webpage, then pull the network cable, the webpage is still up, but the moment you click a link or similar it will say “cannot display page”

      verizon’s 4g uses data with 4g and voice through 1x.. it’s gonna be awesome, I found myself laughing at ATT’s ads saying thats the best they can do? but now that I’m back up here in Portland I find myself using GPS daily and when I get a phone call, I’M LOST, and if there is ANY time I use data and voice at the same time, it is while using GPS (maybe cached maps fixes this? I should do some research)

      • kelee

        Yep, cached maps definitely fixes that.

    • George

      lawl, same here with my incredible. I call someone and press home and surf the web while I talk over speakerphone.

  • Anonymous

    All these new phones and no Gingerbread. How sad. By the time some of the LG & Moto phones come out others will be launching w/ gingerbread & Google will have announced another version. :[

  • Anonymous

    OMG OMG OMG….GIME GIME GIME!!! :) LOL….I WANT THIS PHONE SO BAD….Y CANT I JUST BE CEO AND GET THE PHONES FREE ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      Would it be rude if I smacked you?

      • Anonymous

        lolololol, yes. but this is also from a cartoon i used to watch…forget though…

  • http://twitter.com/thetechguru_net thetechguru_net

    OK, some VZW employee leak the 4G plan pricing already!….. If it is going to be much more than 3G I need to start preparing my argument with my wife now :)

  • http://twitter.com/thetechguru_net thetechguru_net

    OK, some VZW employee leak the 4G plan pricing already!….. If it is going to be much more than 3G I need to start preparing my argument with my wife now :)

    • http://www.colinzerk.com Colin L. Zerk

      They haven’t told us anything.

  • M1ghtysauc3

    I wonder what their training actually consists of. I took my old Droid 1 in a local store because the proximity sensor was messing up and my phone was hanging up on people. He had no idea what a proximity sensor was and when I told him, he looked at me like I was practicing sorcery.

    • http://www.colinzerk.com Colin L. Zerk

      They more or less train you on the features of the phone. Very few Verizon employees are actually trained on a technical support level. (I had to go to an offsite training to learn how to support BB devices when I started.)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1276750673 Earl Painter

        I think the only reason Verizon has a store in my small town is just to sell phones cause the young ladies I’ve seen in there look like They Just graduated kindergarten and if you have a problem they’re no help at all.

        • http://www.colinzerk.com Colin L. Zerk

          Is you Verizon a corporate location or a Authorized Retailer?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1276750673 Earl Painter

            Its a Verizon store in a small town in Arkansas.

    • rob

      They have both computer programs that outline its features with a multiple choice test at the end and hands-on demos that don’t last very long at all. If you want to learn about the device, overall it’s a great opportunity; if you don’t care, then its all in one ear, out the other.

  • cowdog

    One of the commenters at androidcentral said March for release. Really? By the time all these slick new android phones are released, we’ll have the next wave of “better yet” devices announced. I am starting to think the smart move is to wait until this summer for phones with Ice Cream Sandwich.

  • cowdog

    One of the commenters at androidcentral said March for release. Really? By the time all these slick new android phones are released, we’ll have the next wave of “better yet” devices announced. I am starting to think the smart move is to wait until this summer for phones with Ice Cream Sandwich.

  • Anonymous

    FINALLY:)

  • http://twitter.com/karnovaran karnovaran

    Adreno 205 is a massive upgrade over the Adreno 200 found in the Nexus One and EVO. Many tests have it on par with the SGX540. It might be good to do a thorough rundown of the improvements in the Thunderbolt vs. the EVO so people understand it’s not just a rebranded device from last summer.

  • Anonymous

    I want this now! I know it catches heat for not having dual core but it looks pretty quick in all the demos at ces. I cant wait.

  • viewthis66

    sweet! can’t wait to pre order at Best Buy.

  • Anonymous

    VZW could save tons of training cash if it just made its employees spend 15 minutes a day reading Droid Life.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      Case and point, he’s always right. :P

      • Anonymous

        Thanks BroTato! My fiancee would like to have a word with you. :P

        • Mrpicolas

          Lol.. watch out tatos a pimp!!!

          • Anonymous

            They don’t call him “Tato the OG Pimp Droid Daddy: for nothing lol

          • Mrpicolas

            Oh dear God.. lol

          • Anonymous

            They don’t call him “Tato the OG Pimp Droid Daddy: for nothing lol

          • Anonymous

            They don’t call him “Tato the OG Pimp Droid Daddy: for nothing lol

          • Anonymous

            They don’t call him “Tato the OG Pimp Droid Daddy: for nothing lol

          • Anonymous

            They don’t call him “Tato the OG Pimp Droid Daddy: for nothing lol

          • Anonymous

            They don’t call him “Tato the OG Pimp Droid Daddy: for nothing lol

          • Anonymous

            They don’t call him “Tato the OG Pimp Droid Daddy: for nothing lol

          • Anonymous

            They don’t call him “Tato the OG Pimp Droid Daddy: for nothing lol

          • Anonymous

            Well… I did let him pimp my phone… However, I think I’ll reconsider giving my fiancee his number. LOL

          • Anonymous

            LOL, I did the same and as soon as I took my phone home I had nothing but Drama. I saw Tato again and the phone worked totally fine. I don’t know what Tato did to my phone. You gotta watch those Droid Pimps :P