The HTC Thunderbolt debuted along with Verizon’s LTE network as the first 4G LTE phone in mid-March. According to an estimate from the supply chain in Taiwan, the Thunderbolt sold over 260,000 units within the first two weeks and is leading the race against all other LTE devices on the market.
Other LTE smartphone manufacturers that have signed cooperation agreements with Verizon include Samsung, LG, and Motorola Mobility. Samsung plans to launch the Droid Charge sometime at the end of this month, followed by the LG Revolution. Motorola’s Droid Bionic has been scheduled to be out in the second quarter but sources indicate a possible delay to the third quarter.
Verizon had a total of 565,000 LTE subscribers by the end of the first quarter and the Thunderbolt accounted for 50 percent of all LTE devices sold among tablet PCs, notebooks and broadband routers.
Other sources point out that Samsung has launched more LTE phones than HTC had, including the Craft and Galaxy Indulge through MetroPCS. But considering the larger customer base Verizon has, the Thunderbolt may be paving the way for HTC to become the leading LTE device manufacturer.