4G More Important to Customers than iPhone

4G - HTC Thunderbolt or iPhone

on April 6, 2011   |   4 comments

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The iPhone 4 has already topped one million in sales, in keeping with the general popularity of Apple gadgets. However, there is some disappointment over at Apple, where the numbers were expected to be higher.

The reason?

Verizon 4G and the Thunderbolt.

Verizon has been aggressively promoting its 4G LTE network, and the phone the company has been primarily using to advance 4G has been the new HTC Thunderbolt. The Thunderbolt has received very positive reviews from industry analysts and users alike, and is the new β€œit” thing for many technology geeks – the iPhone is old news. A recent survey discovered that the Thunderbolt has been outselling the iPhone in most US locations. The reason for this is that, per Smartphone usual, the iPhone comes complete with a two-year contract. As it is only 3G-capable, more forward-thinking customers naturally opt for the 4G alternative, especially given recent reports that Verizon LTE is far quicker than its rival 4G networks.

A 4G capable Verizon iPhone is in the works, as AT&Ts exclusive rights to the iPhone expire this year, and that phone is expected to surpass both the Thunderbolt and the current iPhone, as the sophisticated Apple OS paired with the super-fast LTE network makes for a lethal combination. But that phone is expected to take a while before it is unveiled, and in the meantime the Thunderbolt is enjoying its 15 minutes of fame.

The Thunderbolt was designed to serve as a filler until Verizon got its hands on a 4G iPhone, yet it is doing quite well in its own right. The good people at Verizon must be very pleased.

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Rob April 6, 2011 at 10:47 am

Calling a few store found Thunderbolt outselling iPhone. But a short while later Verizon CEO states iPhone is highest selling phone of all times at Verizon.
Maybe more research would help. Check it out and get back to us, please.


JFutral April 6, 2011 at 11:00 am

Imagine how much more disappointed they will be when most of those people find out that 4g is still only in limited markets (i.e., not theirs) and how quickly it drains their battery.



DaveMTL, Montreal April 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Yes limited 4G but also anyone who knows Apple and the iPhone also knows you’d be an idiot to sign a 2 year contract just before the intro of the iPhone 5. For some reason, few bloggers take that into account. Even though it is the same thing every year.


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