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Verizon Working Through LTE Issues, First Phones Before “Second Half of the Year”

Verizon CTO Tony Melone spoke at Credit Suisse’s Convergence conference this week and answered a few questions about the state of their 4G LTE network and the first handset that many were expecting by now, the HTC Thunderbolt.  The responses he gave aren’t going to exactly please the heck out of you, but he did stick to their “first half of 2011” timeline that was set back at CES.  He also mentioned issues which have been rumored time and time again, claiming that they are “working through” them without getting too specific…

I guess our expectations change, but we had said first half of this year at CES, quite frankly, we think that exceeded people’s expectations. A year ago, people didn’t believe that there would be LTE smartphones in 2011. First half of the year is what we promised, first half of the year is still on track. So we don’t believe there are any new or surprising issues. I think what we’re facing is what you would expect, and that is a new technology, you are working through issues. And we anticipated that, and we are pleased at how we are working through issues. And as I said, you are going to see LTE smartphones on the network as promised, before the first half — before the second half of the year, by the end of the second quarter.

“Before the second half of the year, by the end of the second quarter.”  Politically correct, I get it.  It’s still painfully obvious that they tried to push up the date of the Thunderbolt, but the technology just wasn’t ready or Best Buy wouldn’t have sent out a press release for pre-orders, included the phone in 3 of their weekly ads, and continued to inform customers of new “rumored” dates.  Clearly, someone up top got a little ahead of themselves, not understanding that something this new was bound to run into issues and now we are a full month into one of the longest running phone jokes of the last few years.

Maybe the luck of the Irish will bring us a treasure.

Via:  ZDNet

Cheers DBEvans!

  • Stewart

    I think apple has a lot to do with it, Just think about it, this is the one phone that can take smartphone arena by storm, ( funny Huh) but it can , and Apple will do everything it can to delay it. And has the deep pockets to do it. It is call war folks, It how it done in this world. Just my opinion.
    I still want it! and Yes I will wait! but now the price may have come down to $199.00 to $239.00 price range. what else will be out on the market at $300.00 and is a smartphone in June. I guess a lot will depend on cost of a gallon of gas in June can you say $9 a gal maybe we should buy oil stock and not smartphones.

  • NyR

    They better put a dual core processor in that thing after all these “delays” and network issues, lol. Actually if my memory is correct only the Bionic will have a dual core processor in it out of all of the lte phones coming to VZW. I guess the vaporware (sarcasm) known as the thunderbolt won’t be that far behind technology wise on VZW.

  • scadole

    This is a nightmare… are they pushing back so no one can have a contract with unlimited data? Really because of apple? I really wanted this phone, but if i don’t see it by the end of this month, i’m moving on. I’m going to buy a used Dinc and keep my contract open to dual cores or another carrier. Damn you verizon. Damn you.

  • California408

    I do not care about 4G bring on the Droid Incredible 2 already 😀 orrr DroidX2

  • Anonymous

    Dear Verizon Wireless,
    Stop sleeping with Apple Inc. and release some good 4G LTE Android phones.

    • Anonymous

      How can you blame this on Apple!? Like seriously?

      • Anonymous

        It’s no coincidence that the Thunderbolt delays are in the midst of an iPhone 4 and iPad 2 release my friend… It’s all about the corporate Benjamins. Don’t be fooled.

        • Anonymous

          You are indeed a paranoid fanboy. Verizon has shown no favor to any apple products. They advertise both nearly the same. Did you take the time out to actually think that maybe just maybe the Thunderbolt is going through some technical problems?