Verizon sells 260,000 HTC Thunderbolts in 15 days.
Trying to get exact sales numbers from carriers of manufacturers is always tricky. We usually get some rounded numbers from HTC at the end of the year, but Verizon has been very open about how many units of the HTC Thunderbolt they moved in Q1 of this year during its quarterly earnings report today.
During their earnings call, Verizon revealed that sales of the HTC Thunderbolt got off to a very good start. Total sale number for the first quarter added up to 260,000 units in only two weeks. While that may pale in comparison to their 2.2 million iPhone 4 activations in Q1, the HTC Thunderbolt’s early success is indication that customers are willing to pay an extra premium for a 4G LTE handset.
Now that we know how many units Verizon was able to sell in March, it would be nice to know how many customers returned the handset due to battery life issues. While we used the Thunderbolt, we didn’t experience any real problems with the battery, but we know a lot of you have. We’re still hoping that Verizon and HTC can fix the issue through a firmware update. Who knows, the fix could come bundled with the HTC Thunderbolt’s Android 2.3 update which should arrive within the next month or two.