Verizon Wireless and HTC today announced that the ThunderBolt by HTC, exclusively from Verizon Wireless, is available today in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online for $249.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

Powered by Android 2.2, ThunderBolt is the first smartphone to take advantage of Verizon Wireless’ LTE network. The phone features the latest version of the HTC Sense experience, which offers new personalization options, a consolidated e-mail inbox, and unique camera effects and filters. The ThunderBolt is equipped with support for Google Mobile Services, including Gmail, YouTube and Android Market with thousands of free apps.

LTE customers can expect download speeds of 5-12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2-5 Mbps in 4G mobile broadband coverage area. With the ThunderBolt, customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and an LTE data package.

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