One of the main issues that people have had with the HTC Inspire 4G on AT&T is the complete lack of HSUPA support, despite AT&T touting this as a ’4G’ phone. No HSUPA means UMTS/WCDMA (aka the original 3G) upload speeds. In a word: abysmal. Especially for a 2011 device, for a high-end device, and for a device that got that horrible ’4G’ suffixed to its name.
So after many Inspire 4G owners have complained, AT&T has said that they will enable HSUPA on these devices… at some point. And while we still have no idea when exactly that will happen, at least we’ve gotten a sign that things are moving (albeit slowly) in that direction.
Android and Me has uncovered an FCC Class II Permissive Change document for the HTC Inspire 4G. In it, HTC basically notifies the FCC that it’s going to turn on HSUPA support via a software update. Nothing will be changed in terms of hardware, this will all happen in software.
Now it remains to be seen when that update will reach eager Inspire 4G owners. Hopefully soon. As to why this wasn’t enabled from the beginning, your guess is as good as ours.
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