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HTC Thunderbolt Update 2.11.605.19 Approved and Ready, Is Not Ice Cream Sandwich

A new update for the HTC Thunderbolt has been approved by Verizon and is ready to be rolled out. The build number of  2.11.605.19 may look familiar since it leaked a few weeks back. The update itself isn’t major and appears to be focused on connectivity issues. It also has better VPN functionality and better handling of Yahoo Mail.

When these update docs arrive, we usually see an update within a week or two.

The update is 61MB in size. More info.

  • ThunderHater

    This is the WORST phone I ever had. Four replacements already and all come with the same stupid bugs being the ones that annoy DA HELL OUTTA ME the stupid and constant internet connection drop and the incessantly rebooting. I can’t use this peace of crap like 75% of the time… Believe me I wanted to like this phone because of the 4G capability, big display, processor speed etc, but it has proven to be the biggest piece of junk EVER… Can’t wait to get the new iPhone or any other reliable Android option but now I am afraid any Android will come with some non-fixable issues like this one. I am not an apple addict at all but the iPhone 3GS was a way more reliable piece of equipment…

  • barkleyfan

    lol I think EVERY android device is getting a weak-ass “upgrade” so that they can include the federal spyware “Emergency Alerts”. I could be wrong, but that’s my theory.

  • Jkrockstyle

    I just checked OTA and this update popped up already. Downloading now:)

  • StephenParkhum

    I really don’t see why some carriers release an update that’s NOT what everyone wants. Wouldn’t it be better to wait just a little longer, but it’s actually ICS?

    it’s like when bands release singles, that are just 1 or 2 tracks, before their album comes out. Most of the time both tracks will be on the album. Yet they expect both the album AND single to sell well. I don’t get it.

  • Crat

    Well, connectivity has been a major issue with my Thunderbolt, so this is a welcomed update. Unfortunately I had already given up on it due to those issues and just ordered a Droid RAZR yesterday. It was my only problem. Once I installed Green Power Free, I no longer had issues with my battery. I liked everything else about this phone, but the connectivity would drop several times a week – at the most inopportune times. Extremely frustrating! Who knows, maybe I’ll return the RAZR within the 30 days if I see big improvements on my TB after the update.

  • Tony Allen

    It was said that the T’bolt was going to get ICS right?

    So why this, not that I think it’s a bad thing for an update, updates are always good, so long as they bring more good than bad.

    Why in this timeframe though, would you release another GB update to this phone?

    • Crat

      I wrote to HTC directly on April 27th to inquire whether or not the TB and Rezound would get ICS. Their exact reply was ”
      HTC Rezound will receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update but we do not have an ETA. However, the HTC Thunderbolt is not on the list as of now to receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update.”

  • jasondensmore

    I wish verizon would come out with something good so i can get rid of the horrific gingerbolt…..

  • Felix Wilbur

    Omg the device resets still exist. Wow. Sorry for who still has that problem. I remember the march 2011 update ( was it march?) that was supposed to fix the original problems with the phone, but it made the phone almost unusable because it made silent resets at least 3 times a hour. Any update is welcome.

  • Buzzy42

    My Bolt is on the stock ROM, but rooted. Not in a huge rush to upgrade as my phone is working pretty good — what’s the best way to keep my phone from trying to auto-update and giving me a nice brick?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.ascione Joe Ascione

    SCREW YOU HTC!

  • AJ

    What do I do if rooted? I don’t want to break root but I do want update. Any help.

    • sgtguthrie

      Go to http://www.rootzwiki.com and look under Thunderbolt Development and you’ll see a rooted version you can flash. The radios are also available in a separate PG05IMG file and they are much improved.

      • AJ

        Will I lose all data if I flash this?

        • http://twitter.com/samari711 samari711

          It’s effectively a factory reset. You should have titanium backup installed and back all your apps up to SD card before flashing.

  • Poopyhead

    Funny thing is Das BAMF will still be a better ROM.

    • Tom Z

      I really want to put a 3rd party ROM on, but keep reading about problems with the GPS. I use mine everyday for work, so it can’t be broken.

      • sgtguthrie

        If it’s a sense based rom, you won’t have GPS issues. If you use an AOSP rom, just make sure you get a good gps lock before booting into recovery to flash the rom. Reboot while in navigation or something, and it’ll work fine. Just make a backup in recovery before flashing anything so you can always go back if you don’t like it ;-)

        • Tom Z

          Thank you,

          So, the best thing I can do is start something using the GPS, then stay outside or near a window and start the Flash process if I want to go with an AOSP Rom?

          • sgtguthrie

            Honestly, I’m a recovering flashaholic and I’ve only had GPS issues once. So I just flashed a sense rom, set navigation to Walmart, waited for it to have GPS lock (which is when it starts telling directions to you.) Boot into recovery, wipe data, cache, dalvik cache, and system. Flash rom followed by Gapps (if not in the rom), reboot and enjoy! I would recommend ThunderShed 1.5 ;-)

          • sgtguthrie

            You don’t usually need to be outside as long as you’re not in a concrete building or something.

  • Poopyhead

    I think the “it’s not ICS” part is a given at this point.

  • boogerboo

    OMG I’m so happy that verizon cares so much about us and our awesome phone that they still enjoy kicking us in the balls with these sh*tty pointless updates!! you would have thought that these bugs would have been fixed within a few months of the phones release, or maybe even within the first year, but nope, they wait till everyone has either ditched the phone or rooted it and fixed it themselves… so i’m guessing the whole thunderbolt ever getting an official ICS release was utter bullsh*t because if they’re release schedule holds true, i don’t see anyone owning a thunderbolt by the time ICS is ready, which probably won’t be till after jellybean :-P

    • rals

      You’re right about that. I bitched an complained with faulty units of thunderbolt, that Verizon sent my wife a rezound. My wife couldn’t have been more happier with her rezound.

      • Jos

        how far back did you complain, and for how long did you complain?

        • rals

          Well the issue happened in March, my wife had the phone since April ’11. Not until all the connectivity issues started showing up. Verizon has a unsaid policy that they at least need 3 replacements before they can issue another device. I mean a lot can depend on the situation and if you have a rep that is willing to assist. I want to be clear that I don’t condone scamming to get a different device, our incidents we’re legitimate and documented.

          • Jose

            I agree, i am frustrated with my phone, but not to the point of getting a new one by exaggerating my issues. The idea that someone can be set at ease with a newer model is still a respectable move by Verizon.

          • rals

            I’m not kidding when I say this, our breaking point was when we got a replacement phone, there was a camera lens that wasn’t glued properly in the manufacturing process, and came right of…the plastic housing i mean when taking off the battery cover. So I was beyond pissed that Verizon was wasting my time and wife’s time. After escalations and sending them a picture of the phone with lens popped off, they gave in. They tried to offer me a droid charge, I told them get lost.

    • Jeremy Gentry

      +1 Dude! this update was so worthless, i don’t see a difference in my phone what so ever if not it has gotten worse battery life and the updated radio made my 3G cut in and out! SUPER PISSED! i have to be stuck with this phone til december when my upgrade happens

      • jimbo

        I am having a similar issue. I haven’t had 4G since the update. It will occasionally get 3G, but just hangs and drops down to 1x. Since Monday, I’ve been on 1x about 95% of the time. It was working perfectly before that. I did a reset in Dec after having a big issue with reboots (about 5-6 a day).

    • Lord_Vader1941

      You people complain about not getting updates, then when one rolls out you complain about getting an update. Instead of complaining, embrase the fact they even provided support for the device.

      • LiterofCola

        Exactly.

      • Eurasianman

        ^ This.

  • C2Cab95

    This is matching up with the leaked Verizon memo from a couple weeks ago.

  • BrianWenger

    Is it just me, or does it seem like a colossal waste of time to work on updates still using Gingerbread?

  • http://twitter.com/ncoulombe Nathan Coulombe

    Not ICS? Don’t care one bit. Slow-ass carriers.

  • http://twitter.com/samari711 samari711

    anyone got a link to the rooted version of the leak? I grabbed the radios last week but now I can’t find where it was posted.

  • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

    I would have loved to get this phone but it came out a couple months after I got my R2D2…oh well.

  • LiterofCola

    Nice to see the Thunderbolt is still getting some love.

    • Wolf

      Yes it is but I am not surprised that it is not ICS.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1639081047 Joseph DiPierno

        Same here