Sprint responds to controversial 4G speed tests pitting Verizon’s LTE against WiMAX

By on April 4, 2011 at 12:51 PM.

Sprint responds to controversial 4G speed tests pitting Verizon’s LTE against WiMAX

BGR on Friday reported on a massive 1,000-test 4G speed study conducted by BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk and his team. Piecyk’s controversial study found that Verizon Wireless’ new 4G LTE network handily beat Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network in the head-to-head speed tests. The tests used the mobile hotspot functions on Verizon’s HTC ThunderBolt and Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G, and found that Verizon’s 4G network averaged 9Mbps down and 5Mbps up while Sprint’s 4G speeds hovered around 1Mbps in each direction. With regard to Sprint and its WiMAX network, these findings are not in line with BGR’s experience. As such, we reached out to Sprint for comment. More →

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Verizon 4G LTE ‘blows away’ Sprint’s WiMAX in 1,000 speed tests

By on April 1, 2011 at 4:11 PM.

Verizon 4G LTE ‘blows away’ Sprint’s WiMAX in 1,000 speed tests

Sprint is no longer the “4G king,” BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk proclaimed on Friday following a massive speed test that pitted Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G against Verizon Wireless’ HTC ThunderBolt. Piecyk and his team conducted more than 1,000 speed tests in New York City to determine which was faster: the ThunderBolt, running on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, or the EVO 4G, running on Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network. The analyst found that Verizon’s offering was consistently and significantly faster than Sprint’s 4G phone. The speed tests were conducted using the integrated mobile hotspot functions on both devices, and the testers were equipped with both an Apple iPad 2 and a Toshiba laptop for the tests. In the tests, Verizon’s LTE network averaged speeds of 9Mbps down and 5Mbps up while Sprint’s WiMAX network averaged about 1Mbps both down and up. Verizon’s LTE speeds peaked at 19Mbps down and 10Mbps up during the tests. Piecyk also found that Verizon Wireless’ LTE network was more reliable than Sprint’s WiMAX offering, and it offers better coverage. Adding insult to injury, he says the ThunderBolt has better battery life than the EVO 4G as well. Hit the break for a chart mapping out BTIG’s findings.

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HTC ThunderBolt outselling iPhone 4 at Verizon Wireless stores, analyst claims

By on March 31, 2011 at 3:51 PM.

HTC ThunderBolt outselling iPhone 4 at Verizon Wireless stores, analyst claims

BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk says HTC’s latest beastly smartphone for Verizon Wireless is going toe to toe with the iPhone 4, and is even outselling Apple’s iPhone at many Verizon Wireless store locations. Piecyk and his team made calls to 150 different Verizon Wireless stores across 22 major U.S. cities, asking which device was selling better. According to the analyst’s report, 61% of stores said the two devices were selling at about the same rate, 11% said the iPhone 4 was selling faster and 28% said they were selling more ThunderBolt smartphones than iPhones. This anecdotal evidence suggests a solid launch for Verizon Wireless, and it further supports recent data that large-screen smartphones are continuing to grow in popularity. We reviewed the HTC ThunderBolt recently and called it the fastest cell phone we’ve ever tested. More →

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HTC ThunderBolt review

By on March 28, 2011 at 11:15 AM.

HTC ThunderBolt review

With the ThunderBolt, HTC has delivered yet another “first 4G smartphone” following its EVO 4G for Sprint (and the often forgotten MAX 4G introduced in 2008). It’s the first handset to run on Verizon’s brand new 4G LTE network, and it’s an Android smartphone powerhouse that is easily the fastest smartphone on the planet in terms of data speeds. That’s not to say the device is perfect, however. The release of Verizon’s first 4G handset was pushed back several times, spanning almost two months, and I’m not so sure all of the wrinkles were ironed out even after all of the delays. But the ThunderBolt is finally here and I’ve spent some quality time with it over the past week or so. Read on to see if this is not only the fastest smartphone on the planet, but one of the best as well.


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HTC ThunderBolt to launch on March 21st?

By on March 10, 2011 at 3:35 PM.

HTC ThunderBolt to launch on March 21st?

We’ve just heard from two independent sources that the HTC ThunderBolt is now scheduled to launch on March 21st, following repeated delays. While our tipsters don’t have proven track records in this case, the date lines up with an earlier report that noted a March 21st release date briefly featured on HTC’s Facebook page. We’ll see soon enough!

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HTC ThunderBolt launch next week further supported by Best Buy store’s claim

By on February 24, 2011 at 7:35 PM.

HTC ThunderBolt launch next week further supported by Best Buy store’s claim

Following our report from Thursday morning suggesting Verizon Wireless is preparing to launch the HTC ThunderBolt next week, an earlier tweet from a California Best Buy store may confirm the device’s launch timing. A Roseville California store tweeted on Wednesday that the “HTC Thunderbolt launch has been delayed :( It looks like it may launch on Thursday, March 4th. Stay tuned for more info.” In line with our earlier report, there is still confusion as to the exact date of the supposed launch, since the tweet mentions March 4th but it incorrectly calls it a Thursday. As such, it looks like the highly anticipated Android phone could launch on Thursday March 3rd, or Friday March 4th. The Roseville Best Buy location has since deleted the aforementioned post from its Twitter account. More →

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HTC ThunderBolt may launch on March 3rd or 4th; unlimited 4G LTE data for $29.99

By on February 24, 2011 at 11:12 AM.

HTC ThunderBolt may launch on March 3rd or 4th; unlimited 4G LTE data for $29.99

With February 24th upon us and no storm clouds in sight, it’s a safe bet that we won’t be seeing the ThunderBolt make its highly anticipated debut today. The date was pretty firm and the device made appearances in Best Buy flyers from this week, so we have to say we’re a little sad to see the launch of Verizon Wireless’ 4G powerhouse slip back. According to an Android enthusiast forum member, however, we may not have to wait much longer. We have to remain skeptical since the source has no track record, but he claims to have attended an “exclusive event for VIP” last night, during which Verizon Wireless revealed some launch details. He claims the ThunderBolt will finally be released on either March 3rd or March 4th, though he believes the 4th to be more likely. Verizon typically releases devices on Thursdays, but at this point it probably just wants to get this particular phone out the door. The poster also says unlimited 4G LTE data will run $29.99 per month with the ThunderBolt, which would be pretty awesome, if true. He provided a few images to help support his claims, one of which shows yesterday’s date on the ThunderBolt’s display. Hit the break for another image of the ThunderBolt along with one of the supposed VIP event. More →

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HTC ThunderBolt priced at $249.99 and $299.99 in Best Buy flyers

By on February 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM.

HTC ThunderBolt priced at $249.99 and $299.99 in Best Buy flyers

In a forthcoming Best Buy mobile buying guide for the month of March, the popular nationwide retailer has revealed the price of Verizon Wireless’ upcoming HTC ThunderBolt smartphone to be a lofty $299.99. Interestingly, Best Buy has also revealed the ThunderBolt’s price to be a slightly less lofty $249.99 in a separate flyer dated Sunday, February 20th. The latter price point jibes with earlier reports suggesting that the upcoming smartphone would launch later this week for $249.99. Verizon Wireless has not yet confirmed either price point, but unless there was a complete breakdown within Best Buy’s marketing team, we can likely expect at least one of the aforementioned price tags to be accurate. The HTC ThunderBolt features a 4.3-inch touchscreen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, an 8-megapixel camera and 4G LTE connectivity. Hit the break for shots of both Best Buy flyers. More →

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Verizon’s HTC ThunderBolt will support simultaneous voice and data over LTE

By on January 19, 2011 at 9:40 AM.

Verizon’s HTC ThunderBolt will support simultaneous voice and data over LTE

Verizon Wireless and HTC announced the HTC ThunderBolt amid a flurry of 4G LTE devices rattled off at Verizon’s press event. With all those devices jammed into one press release, there were bound to be some tasty morsels Big Red couldn’t fit on the page. Luckily for us, enthusiast blog Android Central has gotten its mitts on what is said to be an internal Verizon Wireless training document, and it includes an interesting note — the ThunderBolt will indeed support simultaneous voice and data where LTE service is available. That might seem like a foregone conclusion but unfortunately it’s not, as Verizon indicated during CES that not all LTE smartphones would support simultaneous voice and data. But let’s not dwell on the negative… the bottom line is that if the HTC ThunderBolt was on your short list of possible future phone purchases, odds are pretty good that your list just got even shorter. Hit the break for the purported leaked document highlighting a few firsts for the ThunderBolt.

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HTC to ship 10 million 4G smartphones in 2011

By on January 10, 2011 at 1:31 PM.

HTC to ship 10 million 4G smartphones in 2011

According to a new report from industry watcher DigiTimes on Monday, HTC is expected to ship 10 million 4G smartphones in 2011. The Chinese website claims industry sources have pegged 10 million as the probable figure for shipments this year, and the estimate includes only LTE and WiMAX-enabled smartphones. Both T-Mobile and AT&T have decided to refer to their HSPA+ networks as “4G” as well, but DigiTimes’ reported figures do not account for HSPA+ smartphone sales. The site’s sources state that HTC shipped 3.5 million 4G smartphones in 2010 — 3 million of which were EVO 4G units for Sprint and 500,000 of which were myTouch 4G phones for T-Mobile. The inclusion of T-Mobile’s myTouch 4G, which does not support LTE or WiMAX, is curious considering the site claims HSPA+ phones are not accounted for in its 2011 projections. With Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint all pushing LTE or WiMAX hard in 2011, we wouldn’t be surprised if DigiTimes estimates end up being low. More →

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Verizon unveils 10 4G LTE device; smartphones, tablets and more

By on January 6, 2011 at 4:54 PM.

Verizon unveils 10 4G LTE device; smartphones, tablets and more

At a press conference moments ago, Verizon Wireless unveiled a host of upcoming devices built for its 4G LTE network. From smartphones, to tablets, to laptop computers and mobile hotspots — Verizon had all the bases covered at today’s event. Here’s a quick rundown of each 4G device covered by the Big Red event:

  • HTC ThunderBolt  – HTC Sense 2.0,  1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch WVGA display, 8-megapixel camera with HD video recording, DLNA capability, video chat support
  • LG Revolution – 4.3-inch touchscreen, Android 2.2, video chat, mobile hotspot support (up to eight devices)
  • DROID Bionic 4G – Android, video chat, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera, 4.3-inch display, HDMI connectivity, dual-core 1GHz processor, 512 DDR2 RAM
  • Unnamed Samsung Smartphone – Android 2.2, 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED Plus display, 1GHz processor, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, video chat
  • Motorola XOOM tablet – 10.1-inch display, Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, 1080p HD video, front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chat, 5-megapixel camera with video capture, mobile hotspot capability (up to five devices)
  • 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab – 7-inch TFT display, Android 2.2, 1.2GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, rear-facing 5-megapixel camera, front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera
  • Novatel MiFi® 4510L Intelligent Mobile Hotspot – 3G and 4G LTE compatibility
  • Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot – 3G and 4G LTE compatibility
  • Compaq CQ10-688nr – 10.1-inch display, Intel Atom N455 processor, up to 8.5 hours of battery life, multi-format digital media card reader, webcam and multiple connectivity options
  • HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr – 11.6-inches, HP CoolSense Technology, up to 10.75 hours of battery life, 320 GB of storage, multi-format digital media card reader, HDMI port, Dolby Advanced Audio and GPS for mapping and navigation

Hit the break for Verizon Wireless’ full (massive) press release and don’t forget to check out our live-blog of the event for a recap. More →

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