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Verizon to activate new 4G LTE markets on May 19th

Verizon Wireless announced on Monday that it will activate its blazing fast 4G LTE service in Pensacola, Tallahassee, and Gainesville Florida; Montgomery and Mobile, Alabama; Fayetteville-Lumberton, North Carolina, and in and around Philadelphia on May 19th. Verizon currently offers two 4G LTE phones, the HTC ThunderBolt and the Samsung DROID Charge, two USB modems, and two 4G LTE mobile hotspots. Hit the jump for a release detailing Verizon’s LTE roll-out in Philadelphia, the largest market from today’s announcements.


4G Smartphones, Modems And Hot Spots Arrive On The Expanded Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 19

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Starting Thursday, May 19, more Verizon Wireless customers across the Philadelphia metro area will be able to surf the web, download files and share music and photos up to 10 times faster than before with Verizon Wireless’ 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. The expansion will improve coverage in New Jersey to the northwestern sections of Gloucester, Camden and Burlington Counties including the towns of Woodbury Heights, Blackwood, Runnemede, Voorhees, Moorestown, Cinnaminson, Mount Laurel and Delran. In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 4G LTE coverage will be expanded to include the areas surrounding Newtown, Richboro and Buckingham.

Consumers and businesses in Philadelphia, including Philly International Airport, portions of South Jersey and Delaware, have had access to the nation’s fastest 4G mobile technology since last December. The company also launched 4G LTE service in the Lehigh Valley in April and has announced plans to activate its 4G LTE service in Harrisburg and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by the end of 2011.

“We are proud to help lead more of the Philadelphia metro area into the 4G LTE wireless broadband world, helping residents, small businesses and local government connect faster and more fully with each other and those outside our community,” said Mario Turco, regional president of Verizon Wireless. Our 4G LTE network is revolutionizing the way people communicate, and we know this connectivity will be a key communications and technology enabler for many years to come.”

Smartphones, Hotspots and Laptop Modems

Residents in more locations across the Philadelphia metro area can choose from an array of devices that have already launched to access the blazingly fast speeds of the 4G LTE network, including:

  • Just introduced on Saturday, the DROID Charge by Samsung features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus display, a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for both stills and video chatting, Android 2.2 platform, 1 GHz application processor, HTML 5 Web browser and Mobile Hotspot capability that lets customers share the 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices or the 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Available for $299.99 after discounts with a new 2-year customer agreement.
  • ThunderBolt™ by HTC smartphone is powered by Android™ 2.2 and has an 8-megapixel rear facing camera and HD (720p) video recording, 1.3-megapixel front facing camera with video chatting capabilities, newest generation of the 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Mobile Hotspot capability that lets customers share the 4G LTE connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Available for $249.99 after discounts with a new 2-year customer agreement.
  • Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi® 4510L and the Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot SCH-LC11 let customers share the 4G LTE internet connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices at the same time. Each available for $99.99 after discounts with a new 2-year customer agreement.
  • Verizon Wireless 4G LTE USB Modem 551L comes equipped with a fold-out USB connector, a four color LED Service Status Indicator and an internal antenna. Available for $99.99 after discounts with a new 2-year customer agreement.
  • The LG VL600 4G LTE modem comes equipped with a fixed USB connector, an LED Service Status Indicator and an internal antenna. Available for $99.99 after discounts with a new 2-year customer agreement.
  • Pantech’s UML290 USB modem comes equipped with a fold-away, 180 degree rotating USB connector, an LED Service Status Indicator and a internal antenna. Available for $49.99 after discounts with a new 2-year customer agreement.


In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink, so customers can enjoy the fast speeds of the world’s first large-scale 4G LTE network. Verizon Wireless began introducing the globe’s first large-scale LTE network on December 5, 2010, covering more than 110 million Americans, and is quickly expanding national coverage. In addition to expanding five new markets, the company is adding nine new markets this week, for a total of 55 metropolitan areas covered. The company is rapidly building out its 4G LTE network, and is on course to deliver 4G LTE to its entire 3G wireless footprint by the end of 2013. In addition, the company is working with rural communications companies to collaboratively build and operate a 4G network in those areas using the tower and backhaul assets of the rural company and Verizon Wireless’ core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700 MHz spectrum.

When customers travel outside of a 4G coverage area, the devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the most reliable high-speed wireless data network in the country, allowing customers with laptops and smartphones to download and use cool apps, from mobile social networking platforms to GPS-enabled maps, rapidly browse the web to keep up with news, sports, stock quotes, Hollywood gossip and more, work on-the-go with fast file sharing and stream must-see video and customized radio stations.

4G LTE Data Plans and Pricing

With the DROID Charge by Samsung and the ThunderBolt by HTC, customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a 4G LTE data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access and an Unlimited 4G LTE data plan is $29.99 monthly access.

4G LTE Mobile Broadband plans for the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi® 4510, Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot SCH-LC11, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE USB Modem 551L, LG VL600 4G LTE modem and Pantech UML290 USB modem begin at $50 monthly access for 5 GB of data. Data usage can be tracked by logging on to My Verizon online at

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Thunderbolt’s Kernel Source Code Released!

Thunderbolt_Source-238x46 Looks like many of our beloved phone manufacturers are beginning to realize that the true development for their devices does not happen in their labs, but rather as soon as they hit the streets. As a result of that (and GPL licensing requirements), we are seeing that many companies are releasing the source code for the kernels used in their devices, so that developers out in the wild may have a chance at playing with and tweaking the code to fit their purposes. XDA member uthinkisay started at thread in the Thunderbolt forums where he points at what he found browsing HTC’s site. What this means is that you will be seeing custom kernels with the changes made by HTC along with others from all over the net. Also, this means cross compatibility with other roms will also be possible.

This is truly a good day for developers, so stay tuned and be sure to visit the Thunderbolt forums to see the first custom works resulting from this release.

Just looking around the web and came across this,
Is this what devs need to start developing custom kernels or are we waiting on a newer one?

You can join the discussion in the original thread.



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HTC Thunderbolt getting Gingerbread by Summer

This is a great news A frustrated HTC Thunderbolt customer trying to troubleshoot an compatibility issue with Bluetooth nearly forgot all his troubles this week. In an email reply, HTC reps responded that the Thunderbolt will be getting an update in the second quarter of the 2011 that while not addressing the Bluetooth issue, will bring Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) to the 4G handset. Of course, that’s HTCs time table. It will also have to clear Verizon before a roll out will commence, but the list of improvements look to really boost what is already a killer Android handset.


We are excited to announce that the Thunderbolt will receive the Gingerbread update in Q2 2011. Stay tuned for details as we get closer to the update availability.

The list of Gingerbread improvements include UI refinements which promise to speed up the experience, One-touch word selection and copy/paste, Improved power management,
Internet calling, better gaming performance and graphics management. It’ll also come with an open API for native audio, a new media framework fully replaces OpenCore, AAC encoding, and a host of behind the scenes network improvements. But the one thing still missing in the list of updates is improved battery life, which has been dogging the Thunderbolt since day one. HTC has addressed the issue with an optional, rather bulky 2750 mAh battery, which hopefully will ride users throughout the day. And for another $50, it had better.

The HTC Thunderbolt is a screaming fast 4G handset considering it only has a 1 Ghz single core processor. It has a 4/3″ screen and 768MB of RAM with 8GB of internal storage. And although it will be running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) after the update, it will still have to contend with HTC Sense as an overlay. For more on the Thunderbolt, check out Slashgear’s review. And get ready for a Gingerbread summer!


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HTC News: HTC EVO 3D 4G Android Gingerbread 2.3 QHD 3D Next Gen EVO

HTCEVO3D As suspected, Sprint announced the HTC EVO 3D, a glasses-free QHD 3D Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone.  Sprint claims that it is America’s first "glasses free" device with a QHDS display.  We know that it’s getting confusing because yesterday AT&T announced that it would offer the LG Thrill 4G, which is the first US smartphone with a 4.3-inch stereoscopic 3D touchsreen.  The Sprint website refers to it as not just the next generation of EVO but as the next dimension in mobile phones.  AT&T claims that the LG Thrill 4G will take customers into a "new dimension."
The HTC EVO 3D has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor and dual 5-megapixel cameras, which can be used to capture both conventional and 3D images and videos.  Features include 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, 3G/4G mobile hotspots, Google Voice for Sprint,
4GB Internal memory/1GB RAM, microSD slot (supports up to 32GB memory card), Wi-Fi, Stereo Bluetooth, GPS, DLNA, HDMI port and 1730mAh Lithium-ion battery.

HTC EVO 3D will be the first 3D handset preloaded with the Blockbuster On Demand for viewing videos.  Rentals range from $1.99 to $3.99 each, and purchases are $5.99 and up.  Rentals will be available for viewing on one screen within 30 days of rental, with a 24-hour viewing period once the title is first played.
The news release gives examples of the HTC EVO 3D‘s ability to capture and playback video in 3D, such as 3D virtual tours of homes for sale, a video of Little League games for dads stuck at the office, 3D mapping of terrain for hikers, and the reliving of vacations.

With integrated 3D HD (720p) video capture, 4G speeds, and the latest version of the HTC Sense experience, HTC EVO 3D integrates social media and lets users seamlessly post video to YouTube or Facebook, or to share moments in real time over the Internet live, via Qik.

Its integrated DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) capability makes it fast and easy to share stored music, pictures and user-generated HD video wirelessly with other DLNA-certified home electronics, including HDTVs, monitors, digital cameras, printers and more.  Using an HDMI cable (sold separately) makes it possible to also share user-created 3D-video content via a 3D TV.

Because the HTC EVO 3D has a much faster processor than the HTC EVO 4G, it may warrant an upgrade, depending on your data usage.

There have been many HTC smartphones in the news lately.  The HTC ThunderBolt and HTC Inspire have been released and reviewed.  Coming in the future are the Android HTC Pyramid and HTC Shooter. The HTC HD7S Windows Phone was announced yesterday.


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Thunderbolt Rooted!

HTC-Thunderbolt-root-238x135 For those of you who were hoping to get a rooted device by the time you picked up your brand new Thunderbolt from the store, your prayers have been heard. Thanks to XDA members jamezelle, jcase and a few other devs, inclu, the HTC Thunderbolt has been successfully perm rooted. Coincidentally, it got perm root on the day it was officially released, which is not really that much of a surprise as it was determined that temp root was fully achievable the day before. However, things are far from done as there is no custom recovery as of yet. But if the last 6 months have shown us something is that our devs work fast, so expect to be able to flash custom roms sometime very, very soon.

If you can contribute to the project, please provide some feedback or help for the devs. Happy rooting!

Rooting The ThunderBolt – Version 2
Root with read/write access to /system
Ability to downgrade and flash any RUU (i.e. signed firmware)
Fully unlocked bootloader
All ThunderBolts survived testing
Voids warranty
Could brick your phone if you aren’t careful
The method of rooting your Android device as described in the article herein is solely for enthusiasts and not for the faint of heart.
Android Police and Team AndIRC disclaim all liability for any harm that may befall your device, including, but not limited to: bricked phones, voided manufacturer warranties, exploding batteries, etc.
The instructions below assume you already have a strong familiarity with adb command lines – this is not for beginners.
Scotty2, jamezelle, jcase, and all of Team AndIRC
Testers, especially ProTekk and Trident
Thanks to scotty2 for
Busybox was pulled from a CyanogenMod ROM, source should be available here
psneuter was pulled from somewhere, credit to scotty2, source here
All firmware credit goes to 911sniper
Jaroslav from Android Police for editorial help
If I missed anyone in the credits, it was unintentional and I will fix it soon. Lots of people had their hands in on this project.
*** Please read the instructions in full before you attempt the process or head to IRC to ask questions. Also, make sure your battery is fully charged before taking the plunge. ***
Step 1
First, download these files:
RUU_Mecha_VERIZON_WWE_1.03.605.10_Radio_1.02.00.01 03_2r_NV_8k_1.37_9k_1.52_release_
165253 (md5sum : aae974054fc3aed275ba3596480ccd5b):
Multiupload mirror
GalaxySense mirror
DroidSite mirror
Mirrors for the package (contains busybox, wpthis, psneuter, su, readme.txt, misc.img, and hbooteng.nb0) (md5sum : 3b359efd76aac456ba7fb0d6972de3af):
Multiupload mirror
GalaxySense mirror
DroidSite mirror
Custom RUU mirrors (md5sum : aff07b8256628a175c40938d408fa16f):
Multiupload mirror
GalaxySense mirror
Step 2
Note that adb is required.
Push misc.img, busybox, and psnueter using the following commands:


adb push psneuter /data/local/
adb push busybox /data/local/
adb push misc.img /data/local/
adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/psneuter
adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/busybox

Step 3

This step will gain temp root and flash the custom misc.img. Run:


adb shell

Now the shell should display "$".




You will now be kicked out of adb, and adb will restart as root. Let’s confirm the md5 of misc.img:

adb shell

At this point, the shell should display "#".



/data/local/busybox md5sum /data/local/misc.img

Output should be "c88dd947eb3b36eec90503a3525ae0de." If it’s anything else, re-download the file and try again.

Now let’s write misc.img:


dd if=/data/local/misc.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p17

Step 4

Here you will rename the downgrade RUU as and place it on your SD card. Then, run the following command:


adb reboot bootloader

Choose the bootloader option and press power; let the ROM flash. When asked to upgrade, choose yes. Don’t freak, it’s a long reboot.

Once done, reboot and delete from your SD card.

Set up the two part exploit, to gain root and unlock MMC.


Push wpthis, busybox, and psnueter.
adb push psneuter /data/local/
adb push busybox /data/local/
adb push wpthis /data/local/
adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/psneuter
adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/busybox
adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/wpthis

Step 5

Next, enter the following commands:


adb shell
To unlock eMMC:
adb shell

Step 6

Please pay attention – this is very important. This step involves a small chance of bricking if you mess up.

To push the eng bootloader:


adb push hbooteng.nb0 /data/local/
adb shell
/data/local/busybox md5sum /data/local/hbooteng.nb0

If the output does not match "6991368ee2deaf182048a3ed9d3c0fcb" exactly, stop, delete it, and re-download it. Otherwise, continue.

Now we will write the new bootloader.


dd if=/data/local/hbooteng.nb0 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p18

Confirm proper write:


/data/local/busybox md5sum /dev/block/mmcblk0p18

If the output does not match "6991368ee2deaf182048a3ed9d3c0fcb," try again; if it still doesn’t work, seek help from in channel #thunderbolt.


Now, reboot your phone and put the custom RUU ( on your SD card. Then flash it. This will upgrade you to release firmware with an S-OFF bootloader.

Next, run this command:


adb reboot bootloader

After it flashes, you will be running release firmware with S-OFF.

Step 7


Push SU, busybox, and psneuter.
adb push psneuter /data/local/
adb push busybox /data/local/
adb push su /data/local/
adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/psneuter
adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/busybox

To gain root:


adb shell

The following will remount /system and set up SU:


adb shell
mount -o remount,rw -t ext3 /dev/block/mmcblk0p25 /system
/data/local/busybox cp /data/local/su /system/xbin/su
chown 0:0 /system/xbin/su
chmod 6755 /system/xbin/su

Step 8

Install Superuser from the Market.

Reboot your phone. You should now have full root permissions.

Step 9

Finally, install ROM Manager and flash the ThunderBolt recovery.

If you have problems getting SU to work, a couple extra reboots will likely fix it. If you still have problems, come to the chat: #thunderbolt or use

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HTC ThunderBolt Just Arrived

Excited for the ThunderBolt? If so, you’re not alone; but if not, you’ve got even more companions.

However, thanks to Amazon Wireless, haters now have one less reason to pick on the ThunderBolt: the online retailer is selling Verizon’s first LTE phone for just $179.99 – $70 less than the official $249.99 price.


When you add free two-day shipping and no taxes (in most states) to the mix, this immediately becomes the best ThunderBolt deal available – in fact, it’s $30 lower than WireFly’s offer. Additionally, the $179.99 price also applies to upgrades – definitely a huge bonus for existing VZW customers.

So, is this enough to change your mind about the ThunderBolt, or are you still waiting for the next big thing (hint: CTIA)?


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HTC Thunderbolt Launching March 17, Wirefly Taking Pre-orders Starting Tonight At Midnight

We have learned from a number of trusted sources that the much-anticipated HTC Thunderbolt will launch this Thursday, March 17. We have also learned that online retailer Wirefly will be offering pre-orders starting at midnight (PST) tonight. The site’s Thunderbolt page has not yet been updated to reflect this, but they announced it via their Facebook page. Verizon’s first LTE smartphone lists for $249.99, but Wirefly is promising a "special price" for their customers.


After a series of frustrating delays and false rumors, anxious Verizon customers can now breathe a sigh of relief as the launch is finally concrete. Are you one of the many that are relieved to finally be able to purchase it, or have you already given up and jumped ship? Let us know in the comments.


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New HTC Thunderbolt March 21 Release

The release date for the HTC Thunderbolt is getting a little boring now but we said we would report on everything we find, well how about adding March 21 to your release list.

So far we have all seen Verizon HTC Thunderbolt release dates being February 14, 17, 24, 28, then March 3 and 10th, which means these dates are void, then we heard that March 17th is a possibility and now according to BGR and Droid-Life March 21st has popped up.

Now these are all just online rumours, they could be true but we always suggest waiting for an official announcement and until then we will still report what we find or know. Apparently according to BGR their tipsters do not have proven track records but the new March 21 date did show up on HTC’s Facebook page briefly.

According to Droid-Life they were having a casual chat with a friend at Verizon and the word “Official” when the potential date was mentioned.

Verizon if we are not mistaken release products on a Thursday and March 21 is a Monday, and before you ask yes the Apple iPad 2 is being released on Verizon tomorrow but that is Apple’s doing. As soon as the official HTC Thunderbolt release date has been mentioned we will let you know.

Please do give us your HTC Thunderbolt release date predictions in the commenting area provided below. Thanks (Picture above is a fantastic Photoshop)

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