HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung LTE Phone from Verizon Almost Here

While Verizon Wireless has been getting solid reviews for the speed of its new LTE network, the knock against the carrier has been a lack of 4G smartphones that actually allow customers to experience it. But that will soon change.HTC Thunderbolt

Sources tell Droid Life that the HTC Thunderbolt will launch in late February. The bolt, which was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show, is expected to be the first 4G phone to run on its new LTE network. It will run on Android 2.2 and include a 32GB microSD card. It has a nice 4.3-inch WVGA display and mobile hotspot capability that allows you to share a 4G connection with up to eight Wi-Fi devices. You get a fully integrated Skype mobile experience and the ability to record 720p HD video.

But also coming at the end of February, according to Droid Life sources, is a yet-to-be-named 4G LTE device from Samsung. Details are sketchy, but this could potentially give Verizon a 4G super two-fer just one month from now.

Sprint and T-Mobile started offering smartphones which they billed as 4G on their upgraded networks last year, but the debate over what speeds really constitute 4G rages on, both on the Internet and in television commercials.

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