Verizon is expected to launch the much anticipated HTC Thunderbolt 4G LTE phone in the coming weeks. Although there were some previous leaks indicating that the device might be capable of simultaneous voice and data, we were skeptical. CDMA networks running on EV-DO like Verizon have not traditionally been capable of this feat. But now Engadget is reporting that a new leaked document seems to confirm the Thunderbolt will have what is called SVDO (a modification of EV-DO). This would allow users to use voice and data at the same time on 3G.
There is, however, a catch. The internal memo also indicates that the “experience will not be one that is consistent with our brand.” We take that to mean it won’t work particularly well. Perhaps data speeds are greatly reduced, or there is voice drop out. As a result, Verizon is instructing employees to not discuss the feature with buyers. The document is dated today, so if real, the information is fresh. Do you buy it?