Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Verizon Wireless - Thunderbolt by HTC

The HTC Thunderbolt was recently launched by Verizon Wireless in the US. It is supposedly a great phone, running Android 2.2, a 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen, 8 MP Autofocus camera, 1 Ghz processor - but it is nothing more than a re-styled HTC Desire HD with the LTE (a method of 4G connectivity) option added. The AndroidOS blog reported last week that Letsbuy.com has it for pre-order. In our opinion, there is a 0.1 % chance that this launches officially in India. Our reasoning is below.

  • The original HTC Desire HD is already being sold in India, so HTC has no reason to bring this over here.
  • If you say “4G” is a good reason, not a single carrier in India has launched 4G LTE yet.
  • It’s a CDMA-based device. Which almost certainly means that it cannot launch without support from any one of the CDMA providers in India – Reliance, Tata Indicom, MTS, etc.
  • Finally, all such devices are specifically made in conjunction with the carrier (in this case, Verizon Wireless, USA) and we don’t see any need/reason for VZW to want to sell this phone here

This isn’t the first instance of us seeing a US-only device being “sold” in India. Nearly 8-10 months ago, the Univercell website had a listing for the “Evo MAX 4G”. Originally, the Evo 4G was sold by Sprint in the United States. It too was a CDMA-based variant of the HTC Desire HD, with Wi-Max connectivity for 4G. Take it from us – you are not going to get these CDMA-based, carrier-specific high-end variants of the HTC Desire HD in India. Still want something like it? Try the HTC Desire HD. Or the recently launched HTC Incredible S.


Source: AndroidOS.in, LetsBuy


Dattatray Jadhav said...

I think almost all htc phones look the same

ajcfreak said...

Isn't that the point though? They're all solidly built. :)

tickrahul said...

I have an unlock verizon in india...... How to use it with Reliance as its not working

The Indian Geek said...

The Verizon version most probably will not work in India. You would need to talk to CDMA operators such as Reliance, Tata Indicom and MTS to check.

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