The Thunderbolt has had one weird life. It was VZW's first LTE phone. But it was less than stellar, and had lots of problems. Then HTC promised that it would get ICS, which got delayed again and again. And again. But it finally came out, and Tbolt owners were kinda happy about it for five minutes.

Now the brick-of-a-device is in line to get another small OTA, which fixes some stuff that you may or may not use:

  • Microphone now works with HAC enabled
  • HTC Watch now shows titles available for viewing or purchase
  • Amber alerts are now visible
  • Text messaging app has been improved
  • Improvements to Yahoo and Microsoft Exchange Email Connectivity


The details of the update just hit VZW's site a bit ago, which generally indicates the OTA is ready to go and should start hitting devices in the coming days.


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/AthoraX athorax

    April Fools!!!

    • ProductFRED

      Keep telling yourself that.

      You're the father.

    • RichA

      Yeah exactly, be even better if they said they are ready to push 4.2.2

  • Jrocker23

    Still Nice to see support for the phone

  • http://profiles.google.com/josephrcarr219 Joe Carr

    I'm on my Nexus 4, totally not missing my old Thunderbolt!

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      I've moved on as well, but I still like the old 'bolt. It hardly sucked, but was let down by bad stock roms and updates. The battery was a little small, but not bad. It had/has a healthy dev community which have put out some great roms for it.

  • David Neylon

    Too little, too late. I already switched to the Galaxy S3

  • http://www.facebook.com/matts.lindmark.7 Matts Lindmark

    Nice to see that there are some life left in it. I had it for one year before I sold it and went for the Galaxy Note N7000. Now I have the Xperia Z. Leaving the Thunderbolt was a good decision even if the device was pretty nice with SynergyROM (basically transforming it into a HTC Sensation). The Thunderbolt was the last HTC device I owned for a while and I don't know when I will return.

  • Aleta

    I have no sense of humor when it comes to my Thunderbolt.

  • danno

    Ever since this update came out my T-Bolt has been slooooow between pages. Is there anything I can do to fix this? I'm beginning to hate this phone and want an S4!!