HTC ThunderBolt raining in on 17 March

The HTC ThunderBolt is landing in the States on 17 March, and will become the first smartphone to take advantage of Verizon's 4G LTE network.

The Froyo handset (no plans for Gingerbread just yet) was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month, and has a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a tasty 800x480 pixel resolution.

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 chipset clocked at 1GHz, with 768MB RAM, it also has a microSD card slot hiding under the back cover. You’ll be getting a 32GB microSD card in the box, expanding on the 8GB of internal memory.

The ThunderBolt is yours for $249.99, providing you take out a 2-year deal on one of Verizon's 4G plans, which start form $39.99 per month. You'll also need to take a Mobile Hotspot plan if you're planning on making use of the networking capacity - it can handle up to eight devices.

Make sure you first check out our HTC ThunderBolt hands-on