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Verizon’s ThunderBolt Due to Strike March 17

Ending considerable uncertainty, Verizon Wireless confirmed on Tuesday that the first smartphone for its higher-speed 4G LTE network is on its way.

Verizon said that the HTC ThunderBolt, which was shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, will hit store shelves on Thursday.

The carrier had been vague on when the first LTE phones would arrive, officially saying only that it would be in the first half of 2011.

The ThunderBolt will sell for $249 with a new two-year contract.

For those of you who like all the specs, the ThunderBolt packs a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, a 4.3-inch screen, 8 GB of onboard memory and a 32 GB memory card, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.

With the release of the phone, Verizon is also detailing its 4G LTE data charges. The company said unlimited data for the phone will cost $30. Mobile hotspot functionality will be included at no additional charge until May 15. After that, customers choosing to use their phone as a hotspot will pay $20 for 2 GB of hotspot data.