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Today Verizon  launched their first LTE smartphone putting to rest how quickly they’d be releasing handsets on the new network.   The HTC Thunderbolt went on sale online and is currently on display in stores.  I made a drop by and took a few pictures of the display.

The device specs:  4.3-inch screen, priced at $250 on a two-year contract, Android 2.2 as the OS underlying the HTC Sense 2.0 UI,  8 megapixel camera with HD video recording, 768MB of RAM, and a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 chip

Verizon Store on 34th/7th NYC

Positioned right next to the Samsung Galaxy Tab – Interestingly, a sales person suggested to a customer that with the screen size on the Thunderbolt they wouldn’t even need a tablet…great job of up selling Verizon!

According to  The Droid Guy, which is reporting live from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Netflix for Android is right around the corner.    Qualcomm is working on a new 2.5ghz  processor which processes data a minimum of 150% faster than the original Snap Dragon.  With Netflix for Android being powered by the new Qualcomm chip Android users will be able to view Netflix movies and streaming tv programs with virtually no lag.

Read the full article here:

http://thedroidguy.com/2011/02/netflix-for-android-right-around-the-corner/

According to a press release from XXX, AT&T has purchased Qualcomm‘s FLO TV spectrum for a $1.925 bn.  The network is said to cover nearly 300MM nationwide with its 700 MHz block network.   It’s E block spectrum covers nearly 70MM customers alone in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Francisco and will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in AT&T’s future 4G mobile broadband  rollout

Qualcomm announced it’s closing of the FLO TV, the live TV service available on small handheld devices and through white labeled service on carriers like AT&T and once Verizon in October and is  expected to close down the service entirely in March.