Several Verizon Wireless customers are patiently waiting for the Thunderbolt release, some not so patiently. We’ve all been hearing about the 4G LTE smartphone’s that were on track to be released in the first half of 2011. We’ve also been hearing about the dates being pushed back for the devices to officially launch, the Thunderbolt being the first.

This article doesn’t give you any specific reasons as to what’s taking so long, but it does assure you they are working hard to get the device released so you can see what other 4G phones will be available next.

Tony Melone, Verizon’s chief technology officer, said 4G Long Term Evolution smartphone’s are still on track to be launched in the first half and that the company is working through the issues of launching devices on new technology. What’s taking so long!?! People you have to consider that Verizon is working with new technologies and they always seem to pose new problems, well most of the time. They didn’t say it would be an easy ride.

Below is what Tony Melone had to say:

I guess our expectations change, but we had said first half of this year at CES, quite frankly, we think that exceeded people’s expectations. A year ago, people didn’t believe that there would be LTE smartphones in 2011. First half of the year is what we promised; first half of the year is still on track. So we don’t believe there are any new or surprising issues. I think what we’re facing is what you would expect, and that is a new technology, you are working through issues. And we anticipated that, and we are pleased at how we are working through issues. And as I said, you are going to see LTE smartphones on the network as promised, before the first half — before the second half of the year, by the end of the second quarter.

Does this calm your nerves any? Are you one of the ones waiting and getting impatient? Let us know what you think may be the specific reasons for the delay. Please leave your comments in the box below.

Source: ZDnet