Sprint Promises Significant Upgrade for the HTC Mogul

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Sprint is planning to introduce a system software update for the HTC Mogul that will bring new features to this smartphone, including faster wireless networking and new navigation capabilities.

In a post on the company’s customer support forum, a member of the Sprint Product Development group said that new system software to be released early next year will upgrade this device to EV-DO Rev. A. The Mogul can already connect to Sprint’s EV-DO network for high-speed wireless access, but Rev. A is faster than the version of EV-DO currently offered by this model.

In addition, this upgrade will fix an odd limitation in this smartphone. It ships with GPS hardware, but as it stands now there’s no software driver to allow users to take advantage of it. The new system will change this, and the Mogul will then offer full GPS capabilities.

The statement from Sprint doesn’t give an exact release date for the system software upgrade, only saying it will be available in "early 1Q 2008".

Problems with the Last Update

This upcoming upgrade won’t be the first software update introduced for the Mogul.  Sprint and HTC released an update last month. However, this has some bugs, and a needs t be replace.

Sprint and HTC regret any inconvenience customers have recently experienced with the Mogul. HTC is working on a new version of the software ROM for the Mogul which incorporates enhancements for Bluetooth performance and corrects issues that were unintentionally created by ROM version 2.16.651.0 (posted on HTC’s website on October 24). Both Sprint and HTC have begun testing the new software and are targeting to make it available for download by the end of November.

In the mean time, people who have already installed ROM version 2.16 and are having problems can downgrade to the previous version, which can be found on HTC’s web site.

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