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HTC Thunderbolt will be here March 17

Verizon displays the 4G HTC Thunderbolt at the Consumer Electronics Show Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) (Isaac Brekken/AP)

The phone has been hit with delay after delay. Verizon and HTC announced the handset at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. It was originally expected to launch in mid-February.

Now, instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day with a new 4G phone, Verizon customers can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day instead.

According to Verizon’s press release, the phone’s hotspot capabilities will be free through May 15. After that, customers can activate the service for $20 for 2 GB of data a month.

Here are the specs on the Thunderbolt, in case you forgot:

— 4.3 WVGA display

— 8 MP rear-facing camera with 720p video; 1.3 MP front-facing camera

— 1GHz Snapdragon processor

— Mobile hotspot capability

— 8 GB of onboard memory, 32 GB microSD card

— Built-in kickstand

Related stories:

HTC Thunderbolt pre-orders next week at Best Buy? (updated)

CES 2011: Verizon announces 4G smartphones, tablets, and hotspot

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