Re: CleanMPG Reviews the HTC Thunderbolt 4G on the Verizon Network
As a stand along Smartphone, it did everything it was supposed to from my short day and half with it. I was streaming music, vid's and jpg's almost continuously without fail. After a SAT lock, Google maps was working perfectly as well. I did not try out the FM radio as mentioned in the review. I could use it as a std. Smartphone as well since many of the more advanced functions of the latest automobiles require a Smartphone connection
Where it did not work out was the fact I purchased it to replace the Verizon Fivespot (VZW raised the contracts price???) as a WiFi hotspot device. If I were to try and upload a 20 MB YouTube from the side of the road in San Diego or middle of Nowhere, TX, I would be out of luck. It was the portable WiFi hotspot solution that made me consider the Thunderbolt and the reason it had to be returned. I paid for the promise of a HQ WiFI hotspot and it failed in that regard.
With a few more glitches about a FedEx return sheet, I went to my local Verizon store and had them print me up one. From there to the FedEx and it is now on its way back to Texas.
Too bad for both me and Verizon. They lost at least $28/month on the Fivespot contract and I am again back to the Motorola RAZR with no chance of an unlimited data plan with Verizon available until Sprint begins to steal their business and they will open it up again. 2 and 5GB plans for a device that can download over 12 Mbs is nuts. All of that capability and it will be hamstrung with the new and far pricier data plans that Verizon has just put into place beginning yesterday.
On a good note, without the Fivespot and its monthly cost, it forced me to setup my home network with WiFi again. I received a new DSL modem from AT&T in early February and it was a own router so I had to bridge it and reconfigure the Linksys router for Internet access through it.
Another good note is that I was told as soon as they receive the Thunderbolt, that 6-year contract non-sense will go away. They are simply not setup to display the contract terms on a disable and re-enable of an old phone. At least that is what I was told by a VZW rep earlier this week?