Confirmed: Verizon's first 4G phone, the HTC Thunderbolt, To Ship March 17th

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Hey! You! Android fan! You might want to take a seat. Ready?

After months of rumored delays, endless whispers of potential release dates, and leak after leak after leak… Verizon’s first 4G phone, the HTC Thunderbolt, is finally about to ship.

Verizon hasn’t made the launch date official just yet, but we’ve got the next best thing: major third-party retailer Wirefly has just sent out word that pre-orders for the Thunderbolt will begin tonight, with the first shipments hitting the delivery trucks on March 17th.

Just tuning in to this whole Thunderbolt deal? Here are the specs:

  • HTC Sense 2.0
  • 4G LTE Support
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 4.3” WVGA display (Resolution: 480 x 800)
  • 8 GB of Internal Storage, microSD support up to 32GB
  • 768 MB RAM
  • Dolby surround sound
  • 8-megapixel camera and HD video recording
  • Wireless DLNA media sharing
  • Dimensions: 4.80 x 2.60 x 0.52

What do you think: is the Thunderbolt a worthy entry as Verizon’s first 4G smartphone?