Thunderbolt users can breathe freely again as Verizon announced it has restored service to its 4G LTE network.
4G LTE up and running. Thank you for your patience, the company announced earlier today on its Twitter feed. For New Yorkers, the service came back at about 11 a.m. Despite the restoration, however, Verizion subscribers in parts of California and Florida continued to report issues.
The restoration comes shortly after Verizion said that it had identified the issues and would be incrementally bring back access to the service. The company has yet to specify the reason for the outage.
On Thursday morning some Verizon subscribers reported that their service returned. On the company's Twitter feed, Verizon said it is investigating the issue. During the service outage it acknowledged that Thunderbolts making voice calls may get 1XRTT data, meaning that the phone gets a voice connection only. Thunderbolt phones can work on the 3G network, but the data transmission speed is much slower than on the LTE network.
So far, the only phones that support Verizon's 4G LTE network are the HTC Thunderbolt and Samsung's Droid Charge, which was originally supposed to go on sale today. But Verizon pushed back the Charge's release date, citing unexpected delays. No new rollout date has been given.
The outage came just after Verizon Vice President Nicola Palmer said that she expected more issues from the company's 4G LTE since its December rollout. The surprise here to me is the speed bumps were very few and far between and they didn't do any damage to the undercarriage, she said on Monday.