Since its initial rollout in Q4 of 2010, Verizon’s 4G LTE service has grown to now accommodate more than 500,000 subscribers. The number is split fairly evenly between those using one of Verizon’s LTE modems and owners of Big Red’s first 4G handset, the HTC Thunderbolt. Since its launch in March, the Thunderbolt has led to 260,000 subscribers.
For such a new service, the numbers are quite impressive. We already hear that the Thunderbolt has been outselling the iPhone 4, and expect the lure of 4G LTE to tempt even more smartphone buyers to go Android. The Samsung Droid Charge is prepped for launch next week and let’s not forget the Motorola XOOM will eventually receive an upgrade to house a 4G radio.