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HTC ThunderBolt Outpaces iPhone 4 Sales Through Some Verizon Stores

April 4, 2011 by Curtis Comments Off on HTC ThunderBolt Outpaces iPhone 4 Sales Through Some Verizon Stores divider image

The HTC ThunderBolt, the first 4G smartphone on the Verizon LTE network, apparently been outselling the Verizon edition of the iPhone 4. A survey of 150 stores found that in some locations, the ThunderBolt is surpassing Apple’s current generation device.

BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk told Wired that the firm called 150 different Verizon Wireless stores in 22 major cities around the U.S.A. They had questioned the sales of ThunderBolts and iPhones, and the numbers showed that 28 percent of the stores had sold more ThunderBolts. The iPhone had been a hotter seller in 11 percent of stores, which they went on to say were primarily in the Southeast, and they stated that 61 percent of the stores reported equal sales levels on both devices.

The ThunderBolt has been widely praised for its immensely fast network speeds, setting a benchmark for Verizon’s LTE network. The ThunderBolt has also brought Sprint’s WiMax 4G network under heavy criticism, with BTIG also showing that the ThunderBolt makes the Evo’s 4G network look sluggish. In some locations, the ThunderBolt has reached speeds of 14mb/s, putting it on par with some land based connections.

Verizon’s iPhone had released weeks ago, so the numbers of this survey are somewhat askew. Verizon’s CEO Dan Mead stated that the iPhone’s release was the largest launch day in the history of the company, so it is unlikely that the ThunderBolt will be catching up with the marketing machine that is Apple.

The HTC ThunderBolt is available in stores for a charge of $250 with a two year contract agreement. Other add-ons are available as well, including a higher capacity battery – a nearly necessary ingredient considering the speed at which the battery drains under 4G speeds.

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