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Verizon Quickly Changes Mind, Thunderbolt will have Mobile Hotspot at Launch

We received information from Verizon over the weekend suggesting that the HTC Thunderbolt would launch without the ability to act as a mobile hotspot for up to 8 devices, but boy can things change quickly.  As of this morning, VZW seems to have flipped their stance on hotspot availability and are now welcoming in the feature, which is great news for anyone hoping to pick up the device.  No word on if this was a technical issue or a company ruling, but we’re glad to see it back.

And to see how the TBolt stacks up against the rest of the smartphone big dogs including the EVO and i*hone 4, check out these comparison charts.

Via:  Engadget

  • Bills_purch

    The only thing the thunderbolt is missing is the swype capability. Other than that it will be almost the perfect phone.

  • Dshudson

    will they charge you for this hotspot

  • Anonymous

    Can the extended Evo battery be used in the Tbolt?

  • Anonymous

    Can the extended Evo battery be used in the Tbolt?

  • Anonymous

    FYI… I was in the VZW store in Cherry Creek Mall in Denver two days ago, and the rep explicitly told me that the Thunderbolt would be released on the 14th. I asked him 2x for verification. No stuttering or mumbling about it…

  • Jawshua

    I think Droid Life does a great service because I think Verizon reads all the comments here and takes them into consideration, so it’sa great plus for us Droidonaughts!

  • Anonymous

    Varizon lets get it togetter with the tunderbolt. What date is it???

  • Anonymous

    probably some technical glitch that was worked out because VZW would *never* deny features and capabilities to their dedicated customers!!!

    • Anonymous

      well i actually mean never….don’t know what ur implying or at least give an example if your saying no…

  • Anonymous

    screw the hotspot.. this post should be about simultaneous data and voice on 3G!!! what the hell.. thought that wasn’t possible, and have no idea how kellex didn’t mention it.. that is the most important piece of this entire bulletin

  • Anonymous

    screw the hotspot.. this post should be about simultaneous data and voice on 3G!!! what the hell.. thought that wasn’t possible, and have no idea how kellex didn’t mention it.. that is the most important piece of this entire bulletin

    • Anonymous

      there was an older post regarding the simultaneous voice / data . . . along with shrewd analysis of the hidden meanings behind the disclaimer of the experience not being consistent with the brand ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Great news, now just bring back skype video and I’ll be a happy camper again.

    • Anonymous

      Indeed.

  • Anthony G

    I still hate HTC with passion!

    • Anonymous

      Why, did you have a bad experience? Most comments I’ve read tend to be in their favor.

      • tanknspank

        Yeah, lol. Usually comments like these are directed at Samsung or Motorola. :P

  • Coaster36

    Why does it matter? People will root it and make it available soon enough. Or just use PDA net which is free. Why depend on verizon and have to pay for something that should be free.

    • Coaster36

      not to mention the OG droid “isnt capable of mobile hot spot” but Ive proven that wrong 100s of times.

      • Nxus1ne

        The OG Droid isn’t capable of the native WIFI hotspot in Android, it lacks the hardware capability. It is capable however of ad-hoc networking, which is what you’re talking about and what are doing with a Wifi tether application.

        BIG difference.

        • http://www.facebook.com/zachpepsin EaglesDudeNFL

          whatever that means…

          all i know is that i love how my brother needs to beg for wifi in the car. thats all that matters.

          • fartbubbler

            LOL!

  • Tebo52

    says it will do voice and data simultaneous on 3G, what about on 4G LTE ????

    • Anonymous

      Yes it will do it on 4G LTE.

      • Anonymous

        Any insider news on the 4g cost?

      • Anonymous

        Any insider news on the 4g cost?

      • Anonymous

        It doesn’t say anything about 4g… it says 3g.. and it says that it might not work correctly… AWESOME

  • fartbubbler

    I don’t know what the big deal is. My DX is a mobile hotspot right now, too.

    I love how Verizon says “GREAT NEWS!!!”, like they’ve added some great, new unexpected bonus. What they’re really saying is “um…. I guess the phone will probably work the way we designed it…”

    • TheRealBeesley

      Its not Verizon making a big deal out of this… Its Droid-Life

    • TheRealBeesley

      Its not Verizon making a big deal out of this… Its Droid-Life

  • Kevoskee

    Great now they should change their minds about other things…

  • PrimeTime

    What does everything think? I have upgrade March 12 from old and crappy BB Tour. I want new phone bad but do i wait for summer to see iPhone 5 and Bionic or go with Thunderbolt? What would you do in my situation?

    • Anonymous

      I’m going to get the bolt on 1 year contract and then see what it looks like the iphone 5 will offer in the summer. If it looks good or better, and has a larger screen I might very well switch to that and just sell the bolt on Ebay, which should still fetch a good price.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1603800094 Cody Clay

        Whats the diffence in cost between 1 and 2 year contracts?

        • Anonymous

          usually only $70

      • Anonymous

        That’s my plan as well

    • Anonymous

      unless the iphone has widgets and a notification system.. it isn’t worth a glance.. I’ve owned an iphone4 for 4 months (work) and I got a DROID (personal) at launch in november 09 then switched to a droid x at launch in July of 2010.. so I have more experience with android, but if you are somewhat technologically minded (not a geek, but care about features of your phone) then android is for you hands down.. I’m not like most people on these threads that say don’t give the iphone a chance in any circumstance, but they are definitely for different types of people.. I’ve recommended the iphone to certain people, and android to most others

  • Blckrex1313

    1ssst

    • fartbubbler

      u failz

    • Jawshua

      More of this idiotic First garbage, and you’re not even close to the first! Why not comment with something useful and of substance. I’m willing to bet all the people that post “First” are in their pre-teens and below.

  • Calidog50

    I love VZW but….!?