HTC ThunderBolt Poised to Smoke iPhone at Verizon Wireless

The iPhone 4 is a hot gadget these days, but a competing device might be in even greater demand.

The recently released HTC ThunderBolt is outselling Apples beloved device at many Verizon Wireless stores. Thats according to BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk, Boy Genius reported Thursday.

Twenty-eight percent of the 150 Verizon Wireless stores reached by the analyst and his team reported that they were selling more ThunderBolt smartphones than iPhones. 

But most of the stores (61 percent) said the devices were selling at about the same rate, according to the BTIG report.

Only 11 percent of stores reported that the iPhone 4 was selling faster than the ThunderBolt.

But the research firm cautioned that it was not working from exact numbers and pointed out that a number of iPhone buyers purchased their device online, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal reported.

The ThunderBolt went on sale last month at Verizon Wireless stores and is being sold for $249.99 with a new two-year customer contract. It’s generated mostly rave reviews for its speed on Verizon’s new LTE network.

Verizon Wireless began selling the iPhone 4 in early February and reported record sales after it first placed the device for sale online. The company sold more phones than any first day launch in its history within just a two-hour period, according to Verizon Wireless President and CEO Dan Mead.

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