The Thunderbolt

My phone is faster than my cable modem

March 24, 2011: 5:08 PM ET

The HTC Thunderbolt's Internet speed is not only faster than any other phone, it may be faster than your home wired Internet connection.

Verizon (VZ) launched its LTE 4G wireless service in the U.S. at the end of last year.  Until last week however, the only way to tap into that superfast wireless network was to buy a USB dongle and plug it into your laptop.

That all changed with the introduction of the HTC Thunderbolt Android 2.2 phone.

The Thunderbolt hardware and software are going to be pretty familiar, at least on the outside.  If you've seen an EVO by Sprint (S), an AT&T (T) Inspire 4G, or even a Windows 7 phone on T-Mobile called the HD7, you'll have a pretty good idea of what you'll be holding. Just like those, the Thunderbold is a large phone with a large 4.3 inch screen.  HTC has improved the viewing angles so the screen is better than the EVO to look at, however.  It also has an upgraded MSM8655 1GHz Qualcomm processor, which isn't noticeably faster, but I'm told I can thank it for improved battery life.

Thunderbolt, center with its brethren, the EVO on left and Inspire on right

But that's not what we're here to talk about.  If you are interested in the Thunderbolt, you don't care about its weight or how pretty it is.  When you talk about this phone, you are talking about pure, unadulterated LTE wireless broadband speed, and boy does this device deliver... More

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