HTC Thunderbolt 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot Issues: What About Yours?

Oh dear, oh dear, the HTC Thunderbolt was only released last week and was one of the most anticipated handsets of the year but we have already reported on a couple of separate issues with the phone, and now we have heard reports that some people are having problems with the LTE mobile hotspot.

The HTC Thunderbolt was the first 4G Android smartphone for the Verizon 4G LTE network and as such many people were pretty excited. There were good reviews and great speed test results, but shortly after release we first told readers about a text messaging glitch, and then more recently told how the battery life was disappointing many users. The news about the LTE mobile hotspot issue comes to us from Chris Ziegler over on Engadget, who notes that while reviewing the device they did notice that the data connection was dropped to tethered devices leaving the mobile hotspot facility useless, but that this happened only once during their use of the handset.

The issue appeared to be caused by the phone’s radio switching from LTE to CDMA-only coverage and now while down at CTIA 2011 and with 2 Thunderbolt handsets available, Engadget has noticed the same problem and this time the issue seems to be consistent. What’s more the Verizon official support forums seem to be full of users having the same problems. You can see a video demonstrating the problem below this story.

An article over on Wired tells how a study puts the Verizon 4G LTE network as the fastest out of the 4 main carriers so this latest news is rather a shame as this handset promised so much, although no doubt many others are still pleased with their HTC Thunderbolts. Are you are an HTC Thunderbolt owner and experiencing mobile hotspot problems or any other glitches with your handset? If so we’d appreciate your comments so please do send them in.