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Take a real look at this phone! The bad reviews out there are completely wrong - and IMHO are there to get you to upgrade with $
on May 14, 2015
Received the HTC ThunderBolt - brand new in the box. After hearing bad reviews on this phone I got a little concerned. However after I set up the device and got it added to my TracFone account, with a BYOP sim kit; I was tickled pretty. The phone was not registered on the BYOP list of accepted devices - but come to find out that since it's an "older" CDMA phone, it is practically compatible with all the BYOP carriers out there which use the CDMA system. It will not work with any GSM network so make sure you check with your provider to see what network architecture they use.
Now on to the phone. If you are expecting Kit-Kat or Lollipop on this phone, it's not for you. If you are ok with a solid 4.0.4 (ICS - Ice Cream Sandwich) with all the bugs written out, and a core class upgrade to allow the 4G LTE data to function, than this phone meets your need. There will be no further updates for this phone through OTA , but in truth there is really no need since the majority of the developers out there try to write their applications to be cross-compatible across all versions of android. I have not found one app that cannot function on this phone as of yet (except for a few skins/themes designed specifically for a higher android version)
The phone had built in GPS , but also functions on Assisted GPS (A-GPS) as a fallback. I have to note that the GPS device in this model is extremely fast to locate and very accurate. It has Hotspot built in, so you can use the phone as a mobile hotspot - and this works very well also - but it is quick to drain the battery if not plugged in (as does all mobile hotspot devices)
The built in mic is phenomenal - just as an example, it can capture whispers and translate them correctly on google voice without messing up on the words. The 8 megapixel camera with light, and flash combo puts the camera on this phone super high in my books. The pictures, for a phone - are amazing.
The unit comes with a standard battery - but there are extended batteries, backings, and holsters out there to make this phone superior over others I have either had myself, or messed around with.