Sprint Says HTC EVO 4G LTE Pre-Orders will Arrive this Week

Great news for you folks who pre-ordered a new HTC EVO 4G LTE! Sprint has just announced that they expect to begin shipping the device really soon (like tomorrow soon). A Sprint representative took to the Sprint Blog to announce the following:

Customers who pre-ordered HTC EVO 4G LTE…Your wait is almost over! Sprint expects to begin shipping HTC EVO 4G LTE for arrival on or around Thursday, May 24 to customers who pre-ordered the device online from Sprint.

So there you have it. It looks like the wait is almost over and you will have your new EVO 4G LTE in your hot little hands this week. You should receive an email containing your tracking order the moment it ships but you can also check the status of your shipment by visiting http://www.sprint.com/myorder. For those people who didn’t place a pre-order, Sprint expects to “provide details on the full national launch as soon as possible.” Hit the source link below to see the Sprint blog announcement for yourself.

Cheers @CoffeeRoomNews!

Source: Sprint Blog

HTC Responds To Concerns Of One S And EVO 4G LTE Designs

The HTC One S is no doubt an impressive phone, especially with it’s innovative casing featuring HTC’s Micro Arc Oxidation. While the technology is impressive in theory, it hasn’t quite held up in reality. You may recall how we recently highlighted the technology is not only flawed, but highly susceptible to cosmetic wear. After some time, owners of various devices expect to have a chip or two as that’s part of life, but when you have a device touting HTC’s technology on top of owning it for just a few weeks, you have a serious problem at hand. That’s why owners have taken to the streets— err… web and unleashed a serious outcry highlighting how serious of a problem this is for HTC. We know that HTC is now aware of this and plans to take immediate action:

“HTC is committed to delivering a high quality product and great experience for all our customers. There have been a few, isolated reports of this issue. The finish on the One S was laboratory tested as being at a hardness similar to ceramic. While that’s hard, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible to damage. Regardless, HTC takes quality very seriously and are providing all customers with an immediate fix and we are implementing some small changes to ensure customers do not experience this issue in the future”.

HTC plans on making good the negative press it was received for the serious defect of the One S. The “immediate fix” apparently is allowing owners of the device to return the phone from where it was purchased. Moreover, HTC has responded to a handful of owners who may have reached out and express their displeasure. A prospective buyer for the upcoming HTC EVO 4G LTE smartphone expressed his concern of the phone’s back after what he’s seen on other One S devices. Check out this response from HTC for example:

“Dear (NAMED REMOVED),

Good afternoon, (Named Removed). First, we are very happy that you are apart of our HTC family. Like you, we also are very thrilled about the up and coming EVO 4G LTE device. This year HTC is really trying to focus on the quality of our devices, by the release of the One Series, the new flagship device for HTC. The EVO 4G LTE is Sprint’s version of this flagship device. I would like to thank you for your feedback concerning the aesthetic decisions pertaining to the back cover. Some of HTC’s design decisions in this regard were to produce a very durable and strong back cover, that allows for both a nice feel in your hand. I want you to know that your feedback is very valuable to us, and all of our emails are read by HTC, as well as our consumer satisfaction surveys as well. A really awesome way for us to have your feedback reiterated is by your participation in our feedback survey. This survey can be found at: [Only registered users can view links. ]

I don’t have any information at this time as to whether a matte option for the back cover will be available. However, I am very happy to provide you with the link to the published specifications of the device: [Only registered users can view links. ] . You will notice there is an active link on this page to sign up for information on the phone. I must say, it is a pleasure to read your delightful email today. If you would like any additional assistance, or ever need any technical help with your device, don’t hesitate to email us, or call us at 1-866-(NUMBER REMOVED) (6AM-1AM, 7 days a week).

Let me know if I have successfully answered your question, please click here to complete this.

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Sincerely,

Casey“

It may sound like a typical generic response, but here’s hoping HTC takes serious precautions and doesn’t allow what happened to the first One S owners to the next group of One S owners— including the EVO 4G LTE owners.

Source: The Verge | AC Forums

Signs For The Sprint Galaxy Nexus LTE On The Rise? Could Be Coming As Early As This Sunday

 

Well, if you’ve been thirsting for some G-Nex love on Sprint’s network, the wait might be shorter than you think.  Thanks to our friends over at Phandroid, they’ve spotted some signage at one of the Sprint store locations for the up and coming Google experience device.  Question is, will the device come with LTE?  If Sprint knows what’s best for their customers, it sure better.  The sign makes no mention of LTE, a feature you’d think a carrier would want to tout, if indeed it’s on board.  And even if it is on-board, not many of you will benefit much from it.  Unless you’re in the Atlanta, Houston, Kansas City, San Antonio or Baltimore area don’t count on it.  According to the signs, we should see a launch this Sunday, April 15th.  The other question is, does one get this device over the HTC Evo 4G LTE?  What makes the decision difficult is deciding whether to go with an LTE-less device but get timely updates from Google being a pure stock ICS device, or go with the high spec’d Evo 4G LTE which is LTE ready but could be left in the dust for while in the update dept, given HTC’s track record for not updating a device in a timely manner.  The only other device I could see making this decision even harder, would be if Sprint sprang the deadly trio by tossing the rumored Galaxy Note on their network.  Hot damn, wouldn’t that be something?  Feel free to toss your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source: Phandroid

HTC no longer will bundle Beats headphones with future smartphones

 

In an attempt to separate itself from the many Android manufacturers, HTC’s latest partnership with Beats Electronics has developed the Beats Audio software making the music-listening experience much more enjoyable and customizable for a small amount of their current Android users. To help create awareness, HTC had decided to bundle Beats headphones with the purchase of certain HTC Android phones, such as the HTC Rezound. Now HTC’s Martin Fichter has stated to CNET that “an accessory like the headphone doesn’t factor in when someone is buying a smartphone. If they want a Beats headphone, they’ll buy it directly.” In other words, for the time being HTC is no longer planning on providing Dr. Dre earmuffs with future Android offerings. This move will indeed be saving the company heaps of money and let’s face it, the majority of serious music listeners will most likely have already purchased some fancy cans of their own. Let’s not forget that HTC will still continue to support Beats Audio technology and incorporate it in their future handsets. Anyone bummed about this news? Will this really keep some of you from buying awesome phones like the Evo 4G LTE? Let your thoughts be heard in the comments below.

Source: CNET

Was That a 3D version of the EVO 4G LTE in HTC’s ‘Making Of Video’?

 

Could there be a 3D version of the new HTC EVO 4G LTE in our future? If you look at this “Get to know the HTC EVO 4G LTE” video you can see a quick glimpse of a dual camera version of the final product. Clearly HTC isn’t trying to hide anything from us because you can see the device plain as day. This wouldn’t come as complete surprise if it did eventually hit store shelves because the EVO 3D needs a successor too. Who knows, though, this could just end up being another one of their prototypes that ends up in their “could’ve been” pile. Check out the video below to see what the device could potentially look like. It shows up right around the 23 second mark.

What do you guys think? Would HTC sneak an image of an unannounced device into this video?

HD Voice Coming To Sprint In Late 2012, HTC Evo 4G LTE Gets It First

 

During today’s unveiling of the HTC Evo 4G LTE, Sprint outed its upcoming HD voice service. HD voice is exactly what it sounds like… better audio quality during phone calls with background noise reduction. The technology has been available for years. It’s essentially what we get when we use VoIP services, and some European networks have been using it for a while.

In true Sprint fashion, they’re not waiting to roll this out with voice over LTE (VoLTE), but rather they are launching it later this year on its 3G network in areas that have already been upgraded to the newer 1X Advanced CDMA standard. Sprint has been in the process of upgrading their entire 3G network to this newer, faster standard as part of its Network Vision strategy.

The HTC Evo 4G LTE (see our hands-on video here) will be the first phone to support HD voice. But there’s a catch.

Sprint says HD voice will launch “late this year“. Well, we know the Evo 4G LTE is going on pre-order in May, so the phone will certainly be available before HD voice rolls out. This means users of the Evo won’t be able to take advantage of the service for a while. For HD voice to work its magic, both phones on a call need to support it, so it won’t be a big loss not having it when the Evo launches. Sprint expects their entire product range to support HD voice in two years time.

Is it starting to feel like the name “Evo” is synonymous with “Early Adopter”? The original Evo 4G launched with WiMax support before Sprint had any sort of comprehensive WiMax network. The Evo 3D is arguably an experimental piece of hardware supporting a cool 3D trick that hasn’t yet seen widespread adoption. And now the Evo 4G LTE will be launching before Sprint’s LTE network is even partially rolled out, and with HD voice capabilities that cannot be used. I guess that’s what it means to be bleeding edge. Personally, I’m excited about the new Evo, just as I was excited about my original Evo, and my 3D after that. Guess I’m a sucker for bleeding edge specs, even if I can’t take full advantage of all of them yet.

Source: theverge

Sprint Fires Up the Pre-Order Reminder Page for the HTC EVO 4G LTE

 

Hot on the heels of the exciting announcement of the new HTC EVO 4G LTE, Sprint wasted no time adding the device to their website’s “Shop” page. For those of you who are looking forward to snatching up this sweet device, May 7th is the date you are going to want to remember. That is the day Sprint begins presales and luckily the price is only a mere $199.99 on conract. In case some of you have a bad memory or don’t like using calandars, you can jump to Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE sign-up page through the link below. There you can sign up to recieve an email reminder when preorders begin. So what are you waiting for? Go sign up before you forget!