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HTC Thunderbolt Won’t Launch with Skype Video Chatting and Mobile Hotspot Active

The good news is that the HTC Thunderbolt will be one of the first devices on Verizon’s new 4G LTE network to utilize Skype’s new video chatting feature and also act as a mobile hotspot for up to 8-devices.  The bad news is that it won’t have either at launch according to information we just received from Verizon.  As you can see in the shots above, the hotspot feature will be unavailable initially which means we have no idea when it’ll be ready.  Skype’s video chatting on the other hand will look like it’s pre-installed on the device with a placeholder icon, but users will have to wait to be notified before they can actually access it via download from the market.

We’re not sure if both apps that control these features aren’t ready, or if we should pull out the i*hone theory that we’ve been working on for a couple of days now.  Any chance you’d buy an argument that certain features would be held back as to not compete with Apple’s phone that is scheduled to come out just 2 weeks before the Thunderbolt?  We’re not usually one for conspiracy garbage, but the shot above also mentions again that the TBolt does simultaneous data and voice over 3G, but that reps should not be using it as a selling point.  Maybe it’s just all one big coincidence.

We should make it clear that if you are due for an upgrade that none of this news should be holding you back from purchasing one.  The Thunderbolt is going to be one of the best devices on Verizon for a long time and these features will all be there within no time, we’ll just assume they had a couple of setbacks.

Cheers ___!

  • Coachhoops2004

    Will Thunderbolt allow use of adult and other chat sites that use java based web browsers? I can’t get mine to work.

  • Jawshua

    Yeah I doubt it’s setbacks. They would absolutely have everything ready to go with a new phone unless they held it back on purpose, which is crap because when you buy a new phone you’re super excited and can’t wait to use all the new gadgets, so holding them back because of Tamponphone, is just pure feces!

    • http://yobif.com Yobif

      If they introduced all the features in one release, then will u expect for new updates… Its simply making brand name popular.. Pinging Advertisements..

  • Bharath

    I understand the need to watermark exclusive images, but it would be nice if they dont obscure the content in a way that makes them unreadable.

  • Anonymous

    This is b.s. im pretty sure verizon wouldn’t launch a phone with 1/3 things working. they’re not like that…

  • Anonymous

    This is b.s. im pretty sure verizon wouldn’t launch a phone with 1/3 things working. they’re not like that…

  • Mike

    Moto may not have a choice. Verizon seems to be neutering all of these phones (thunderbolt, bionic) to make the iphone look appealing and be able to compete. It’s the same thing AT&T did to Android until they lost exclusitivity, then low and behold they can offer a killer phone like the Atrix.

    It’s pretty ridiculous. I hope this is just a conspiracy theory but it sure doesn’t seem like it.

  • John

    I talked to someone who workes at our Verizon Wireless store yesterday. He said the following: It’s music player will rival that of the iPhone, withouth the synching compatability of iTunes, and it WILL have mobile hotspot. Who’s right? I don’t know, but I’m hoping he is.

  • Anonymous

    AOSP. That is all.

  • DankyKong

    I live in a 4G market (ATL) I want this phone, I need to know the 4G pricing so I can plan my attack strategy. I have 2 upgrades available out of my 4 lines, and want to calculate which 2 phones to upgrade to, so I can sell one on eBay for the max profit.

  • Anonymous

    What is it with Verizon and these OEMs releasing devices that aren’t finished? First the Xoom which will need a hardware upgrade to 4G and now this? Why not just take the time to make these devices the best they can be before releasing them? – Oh right……… $

    • Anonymous

      Because then they can’t use words like “first” or “most powerful.”

  • eddieonofre

    can anyone explain me what is about the i*hone theory???

  • Monique

    I thought Skype Video Chat wasn’t available for any Android phones just yet. The app is only available for the iPhone, but that’s how it is with developers. They usually develop an app for the iPhone 1st then it usually comes to Android later on. I don’t believe there’s any conspiracy going on with this.

    • eddieonofre

      I like that idea
      i*hone is the sandbox device to see how it works
      lol

  • Monique

    Well are they going to announce their 4G plans soon? Because that will be the deciding factor for me. I will take a 3G phone any day if the price of 4G is outrageous. Besides I don’t even think I have 4G in my area yet.

  • Imbombero

    It sounds like despite all the fanfare and even though it will be much better than an iPhone the Tbolt might be a wait-for-Bionic to skip over.

  • jboy06

    Who cares? The iPhone 4 already has that feature through skype. I bet anyone here that the Thunderbolt wont even sell HALF as many as the magical video conferencing iPhone 4.

    • Anonymous

      You’re right the iPhon’t is magical. It magically makes people abandon common sense and their ability to think for themselves. Please note the URL you entered to get here. We don’t care about iPhon’ts here. If you want one, that’s great. More power to you, but posting here is like running around Green Bay with a Steelers jersey on saying the Packers suck. It accomplishes nothing and makes you look quite silly! :-)

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        I cant wait til it drops because I am using my upgrade for the Iphone and then selling it for like a 1000 bucks because all apple people spend crazy money especually since it will be out of stock for a while

    • Anonymous

      Come on now, don’t come in here trying to rain on our Tbolt parade with a fanboy war. If the iphone sales 1or 1 million phones it won’t matter to any of us not holding apple stock

      • Jawshua

        Exactly that’s why this is a “Droid” site. Are people this lonely and ignored in real life they come here to start arguments to try and make other people feel as bad as they do? I smell a lot of broken homes and neglected Apple lovers.

    • Chgonyer

      if its so magical wish your self a girlfriend and get laid for the first time!!!

    • Jawshua

      I’m still amazed at this influx of Apple fanboys? I just don’t get it. Normally when someone defends something and beats it to death it’s because they are insecure. You can learn a lot about people by the way they post. Sad really.

  • Anonymous

    TThis bothers Mr greatly, especially about Skype video. I planned to use this with my wife and her iPhone that I plan to get her in a couple weeks. I may just hold off until Skype becomes available.

  • Mike

    Thunderbolt is going to be one of the best devices on Verizon for a long time…that is until all the dual core phones come. I’m keeping my OG Droid and waitng for the Bionic or something better.

    • Iwanaleya

      Long time? You do realize the Dual core phones are slated to drop not too long after right? hahaha Either way I’m not sold on the actual usability of a Dual core phone yet and like someone else said I’m waiting on the pricing plan for 4g phones I won’t pay an ass raping premium on top of what I already pay. Not to mention they have 4g at Sac International but who knows how long until all of Sacramento is covered.

    • Tim242

      Neither FroYo nor Gingerbread support dual core. Good luck waiting on a phone version of honeycomb.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610663092 Jake Karrer

    I wish I could read the whole Skype mobile section… wtf.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jordanepps Jordan Christopher Epps

      “Skype makes it easy to stay in touch by integrating with the contacts on your ThunderBolt to show you when your Skype contacts are online.

      Use the front-facing camera on your ThunderBolt to make video calls to your Skype contacts.

      Skype optimizes your video and audio quality for the best performance.”

      The new watermark is awesome though!

      • Anonymous

        Agree new “Watermark ” is pretty fly

        • Anonymous

          Just testing out one of the submissions from the contest. :P

          • EC8CH

            that’s my fav for what it’s worth :-)

          • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

            Yes…if nothing else, you could use that watermark as a honorary mention of sorts.

            Seriously, that is a really great logo.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah it’s pretty “fly” if you want to see the watermark and not what it was placed on. There’s a difference between putting your watermark on something and actually making it impossible to read something.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah it’s pretty “fly” if you want to see the watermark and not what it was placed on. There’s a difference between putting your watermark on something and actually making it impossible to read something.

  • fartbubbler

    sounds like my rooted and clocked DX on 3G is where I’m gonna stay for quite.a.while…

  • Marclee2000

    I use Fring. Skype not needed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

    Let’s Say Your Not In A 4G Zone Yet, Would You Have To Have 2 Different Internet Plans For When On 3G And 4G, Or Would You Be Paying For 4G On A 3G Network? I’m Still Not Sure How That’s Going To Work.

    • Anonymous

      We’re thinking you’ll have the $30 unlimited 3G plan and a $15 4G add-on to it.

      • Brady

        Wow, that’s great news. That goes along the lines of what my local store said. I just hadn’t heard it anywhere else. Thanks for the good news. Hopefully it won’t change.

        • Anonymous

          Wait, this isn’t good news. :P

          • http://twitter.com/Payaso_113 Nightmares

            So you’ll be paying $45 per month?

          • fartbubbler

            $45 A MONTH??!!!!!!!!! wow, that’s preposterous. rude, even.

          • EC8CH

            If there was no data cap and it is truly, unlimited $45/month seems like good pricing.

            Cable internet costs about that much per month, and even they have data limits where they start throttling bandwidth albeit at much higher usage.

          • Motta2003

            For Verizon it’s good. Surprised they don’t want a testicle or something for 4G.

          • Brady

            I guess it’s not good news, but in my case it is. I live in a very small town and will not have LTE for a very long time and I didn’t want to have to pay more for it but yes I see what you mean. It’s not great in the long run, no, but for me right now, it is. Sorry for the confusion.

          • Brady

            I guess it’s not good news, but in my case it is. I live in a very small town and will not have LTE for a very long time and I didn’t want to have to pay more for it but yes I see what you mean. It’s not great in the long run, no, but for me right now, it is. Sorry for the confusion.

          • Brady

            I was under the understanding that we would not always be paying 29.99 for data. When LTE arrives in more places, I can’t see it staying the same. That is what my comments were in regard to.

        • Niemeyer2010

          That’s horrible news!

          • Treknologist

            According to more one person in the forums, they’ve chatted with Verizon support online and they have stated the price of LTE will be the same, $30 a month for unlimited service.

          • Rousellbrandon

            I ask several rep and most common answer I got was we haven’t been given prices but expect the price to stay the same. I call b.s if that was so they would have said something when they released 4g modem prices.

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      • (v)urphy

        Thank God for the 20% discount on the data plan I get through my job. :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

        Thanks Kellex, That Makes More Sense. Still Pricey Though.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

        Thanks Kellex, That Makes More Sense. Still Pricey Though.

      • Anonymous

        Damn, where did the news on the extra $15 come from?

      • badger28

        Where did you get that information at, on other android oriented sites people say that it will be just $30