When talking about the LTE networks in US shores, Verizon still leads the competition with its LTE coverage. The carrier is then followed by AT&T at the second spot while Sprint is mere days away in getting its LTE network lit up. Despite this, Sprint already has a couple of LTE-supporting handsets in its lineup that its subscribers can use once its LTE network gets the green light to go online.
Buy the HTC Evo 4G LTE starting at $129.
One of the most recent additions to the LTE lineup of Sprint is the HTC EVO 4G LTE. Among the handsets being offered by the carrier, this HTC smartphone has the most torturous journey before it finally made its appearance in the shelves of the wireless provider. Initially planned to hit the shelves last May 18, the HTC EVO 4G LTE got held up at the US Customs because the International Trade Commission had to review and investigate the handset due to an injunction. This injunction was placed on the HTC EVO 4G LTE after Apple filed a lawsuit claiming that the handset infringed on some of its patents.
What HTC did was it revisited the firmware of the HTC EVO 4G LTE and took out the said infringing code. With this, the handset finally got the green light to continue on its journey until it made its debut in the shelves of Sprint. However, the woes associated with the handset did not end there.
Back when Sprint was still promoting the HTC EVO 4G LTE, the carrier boasted of the handset’s capability to make use of the NFC chip in its chassis thereby giving it access to the Google Wallet feature. However, back in June, the Google Wallet functionality of the handset stopped working and users trying to access the feature got an error message saying “Google Wallet has not yet been certified in your country or on your device / carrier”.
At that time, Google confirmed that it was already aware of the issue and has confirmed that it is already working on a fix to get Google Wallet working on the HTC EVO 4G LTE again. In fact, there were rumors a couple of weeks ago that the feature is already working again on the handset and users are already able to use Google Wallet to make purchases. Sad to say, those rumors did not pan out. Also, there were reports back in the early parts of July that a software update already took care of the Google Wallet issues on the handset but unfortunately, the update did not address the problem on the HTC EVO 4G LTE.
Reports are coming in that the fix has already arrived on the HTC Evo 4G LTE via an OTA update, and users are very pleased!! Please let us know if you’ve received it or are still waiting for the update to be available to you. However, for those waiting on the fix that will get the Google wallet feature working on the HTC EVO 4G LTE again, Google has already announced that the update will be made available before the end of July, and it looks like they may have already come through on their promise. The announcement was made via the landing page of Google Wallet on the Google Play Store where it mentioned that Google Wallet will be unavailable on the EVO 4G until an OTA update in July.
There you go folks, the official word from Google has just confirmed that it will still take some time for Google Wallet to work again on the HTC EVO 4G LTE. Buy the HTC Evo 4G LTE starting at $129.