WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesús.
Sales of HTC's LTE-enabled smartphone, the HTC ThunderBolt, have been strong since the device was launched by Verizon Wireless in the US in mid-March, positioning HTC ahead of its major rivals in the development of LTE phones, according to industry sources.
Sales of the HTC ThunderBolt reached about 260,000 units in the first two weeks after the launch of the gadget, according to an estimate of sources at the supply chain in Taiwan.
Although Verizon has also signed cooperation agreements with Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics (LGE) and Motorola Mobility for the launch of other LTE phones, Samsung's model, the Droid Charge, will not be launched until the end of this month, before LGE launches its LG Revolution.
Motorola's LTE phone, the Droid Bionic, is reportedly to be available in the second quarter but could be delayed to the third, the sources indicated.
With Verizon having a total of 565,000 LTE subscribers at the end of the first quarter, sales of the ThunderBolt accounted for nearly 50% of all LTE-enabled devices, which also included tablet PCs, notebooks and broadband routers sold through Verizon networks in the quarter, indicated the sources.
However, the sources also noted that Samsung was ahead of HTC with regards to the number of LTE phones that have been launched. In addition to the forthcoming Droid Charge, Samsung have already launched two LTE phones, the Craft and Galaxy Indulge, in cooperation with US-based carrier MetroPCS.