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HTC Thunderbolt is first Verizon LTE device

Skype with Video is now unofficially available for Verizon's HTC Thunderbolt

US carrier Verizon Wireless launched its first LTE device, the HTC Thunderbolt, on Thursday. The device runs the Android 2.2 operating system and will feature a suite of Google applications as well as some existing applications enhanced for LTE. It costs $249.99 with a new two-year contract.

Subscribers will need to sign up to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a 4G LTE data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access while an unlimited 4G LTE data plan starts at $29.99 per monthly.

The device offers download speeds of 5-12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2-5 Mbps in LTE coverage areas. It has a 4.3” WVGA display, is powered by Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor and has Mobile Hotspot capability, whereby users can share a4G connection with up to eight wifi-enabled devices.

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