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Verizon’s First 4G LTE Smartphone Debuts Tomorrow

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Senior Friendly Features

None.

Cool Factor

9.

Senior Friendly Features

Wireless Interface :

Bluetooth

Speakerphone :

Yes

Accessability Features :

Audible battery alert

Accessability Features :

Hearing aid compatible

Accessability Features :

Vibrating alert

Accessability Features :

Voice control capability

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OS Provided: 
Android
Style: 
Candy bar phone
Service Provider: 
Verizon
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The HTC Thunderbolt, which we were introduced to at CES, will become the first LTE (Long-Term Evolution) smartphone to utilize Verizon’s 4G network when it goes on sale tomorrow. Verizon originally debuted its 4G network in December. It’s now available in 39 major metro areas and in most airports, according to MSNBC.

The Thunderbolt will retail for about $250 with a new two-year contract. It will operate on Android 2.2, and early reviews are touting this smartphone as very, very fast. It’s so fast and powerful, in fact, that the Thunderbolt can act as a mobile hotspot for up to five other Wifi devices.

This smartphone will also include a large 4.3-inch touchscreen, dual mics with noise-cancellation so you’re easier to hear, a built-in kickstand, and front- and rear-facing cameras.

Smartphones like the Thunderbolt are definitely marking the wave of the future. Verizon is hoping its 4G network will be available to everyone currently using its 3G network by late 2013. AT&T is also working hard to solidify its 4G footprint, and other telecommunications carriers are following suit.

Until everyone catches up, however, the 4G LTE Thunderbolt will lead the pack. If you frequently use your phone to watch videos, provide Wifi to other devices or video chat, this could be the phone for you. And anyone, elderly or otherwise, will appreciate the Thunderbolt’s lightning-fast speed.

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