Amazon’s wireless division announced on Friday that it will provide a $50 gift card with the purchase of any Verizon Wireless device between Friday and Monday, September 26th. The card can be used anywhere on Amazon.com or can be used for wireless accessories on the AmazonWireless website. The HTC ThunderBolt 4G is currently priced at just $0.01, which means you’re basically getting paid $49.99 to pick one up. AmazonWireless is also selling new devices such as the Motorola DROID BIONIC, one of Verizon Wireless’ newest LTE phones, and other 4G devices such as the Samsung SCH-LC11 4G Mobile Hotspot and Novatel MiFi 2200 Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot. More →
LetsTalk.com has announced that it is offering $50 off any Verizon Wireless smartphone purchase through August 31st, provided users sign up for a new two-year contract. The discount creates several compelling deals. For example, Verizon customers can pick up the Samsung DROID Charge 4G LTE phone for $49.99 with a new contract, or the HTC ThunderBolt 4G device for just $19. LetsTalk.com also confirmed with BGR that it expects to offer Verizon’s new BlackBerry Bold 9930 on August 31st and while final pricing for that phone is still unknown, it will be eligible for the $50 coupon for that day until the deal expires. Customers can take advantage of the LetsTalk.com deal by entering coupon code “bbaf0cf6″(updated) during check-out, and the offer is valid through August 31st. More →
In our review of Verizon’s first LTE-capable smartphone, the HTC ThunderBolt, we told you about a minor gripe we had with the device: battery life. It’s true, powering a 4.3-inch screen and a handful of wireless radios can take its toll on battery life, so we were shocked to find that the ThunderBolt did not have a carrier-supported method for turning off the device’s 4G radio. The handset is sold in markets where Verizon’s next-generation wireless network is currently unavailable, and power-users often like to toggle the feature on and off as needed. While this functionality may not be included out of the box, the open nature of Android has brought a simple application to the Market to help you out. Dubbed LTE OnOFF, the 11KB application allows you to toggle LTE in three simple clicks. Open the app, click “OK” on the instructions page, and select “CDMA auto” for LTE-less operation. The applications creators describe the code as follows:
Like all the paid LTE “Switch” and “Toggles”, just faster, smaller and free. Simple, to the point. Distribute freely.
LTE OnOFF is sitting in the Android Market, just waiting to be downloaded. If you’re a ThunderBolt owner looking for an easier way to toggle your 4Gs, enjoy.
It’s rare that we get a glimpse into the thoughts and processes it takes to make a smartphone like the HTC ThunderBolt, which launched on Verizon Wireless as its first 4G LTE device yesterday, but HTC has posted a great 4-minute video where some HTC designers and employees discuss the ThunderBolt, the Sense UI, and what excites them about both. The clip doesn’t necessarily share anything new about the ThunderBolt, but we did enjoy checking out the HTC designer sketchbooks at the 0:27 mark and listening to HTC Sense UI designer Drew Bamford talk about the challenges of creating a product that appeals to the masses. If you want more ThunderBolt action, be sure to check out our unboxing, too — video after the jump. More →
We usually aren’t inclined to include the word “rumor” in article titles, but once you read on, we think you’ll understand why it’s there. German blog HTCInside has published a saucy specification list for what is presumed to be HTC’s first LTE device: the Thunderbolt 4G (formerly known as the Incredible HD). The list of specifications reads like a mobile enthusiast’s wish list, and includes: 4.3-inch screen, 1.2GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with dual-LED flash, 5 megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, aGPS, 16GB of internal storage, micro-SD card slot (compatible up to 128GB), 1800mAh battery, and Android 2.3. The purported innards also include a “quad-band, UMTS, LTE, HSDPA, HSUPA” radio — meaning this is not the CDMA/LTE set that would be heading to Verizon, but rather a European GSM version. Oh, and the 1.2 jiggawatt Snapdragon processor the spec sheet lists, model MSM8960? It was just announced last month. Again, this one is hovering around an 8.0 on the rumor Richter Scale, so please use these specs with caution. More →
Here’s some speculative information on a handset we’ve been calling, up to this point, the HTC Incredible HD. The HD has not had the stealthiest pre-release life. You may remember that we first spotted the device way back in August and pegged it for release on U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless. Just last week, the device made a handful of cameos on various technology sites thanks to, what appeared to be, a controlled leak. Fast forward to today, and an ad campaign being run on blog Android Central may have revealed the handset name that HTC plans to go to market with. That name is… Thunderbolt 4G. An advert displayed on the site that mirrors the one pictured above directs users to a non-working website with the URL http://www.htc.com/4G?extcid=Thunderbolt-4G-Disp. Now, we’re obviously making some assumptions based on the URL string, but it doesn’t seem to be too out of whack with HTC’s naming conventions. What do you think of the name Thunderbolt 4G? More →