The HTC EVO 4G LTE was one of the eagerly-anticipated handsets to be added to Sprint’s lineup of Android-powered smartphones and the handset’s delay in finally making it to the shelves of the wireless provider only added to the anticipation. Looking back, the handset was officially announced back in April and was scheduled to make its debut in the shelves of Sprint last May 18 but that did not materialize because the handset got held up at US Customs.
The holdup at US Customs was caused by an ITC exclusion order that necessitated the International Trade Commission to review and investigate the HTC handset based on the complaints of Apple that the HTC handset infringed on several of its patents. The Taiwanese smartphone and tablet manufacturer however was able to work around this and got the approval to start shipping the HTC EVO 4G LTE after it rearranged the firmware of the handset and took off the infringing code.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE finally made it to the shelves of Sprint last weekend and as expected, a lot of our smartphone-crazed brethren have already gotten their hands on this bad boy. Most of the reviews about the handset were glowing but several users have come out and reported that the HTC EVO 4G LTE is plagued by signals-strength issues. What is more troubling however is that some of these users reported getting better signal strength with their previous HTC EVO 4G handsets.
After running a couple of tests, we were able to attribute the signal issues on the HTC EVO 4G LTE to a couple of different reasons. The first is concerned with the way the handset was designed. The aluminum design of the HTC EVO 4G LTE is said to be the culprit affecting the reception and holding the phone sometimes led to a 4 percent drop in its signal strength. Another reason for the poor signal strength of the handset is the fact that Sprint is no longer updating its 3G network. This could be because the carrier is already focused in getting its LTE network deployed and lit up.
There are certain steps that you could take to alleviate these signal issues on the HTC EVO 4G LTE. First, you need to ensure that the Preferred Roaming List (PRL) of the handset is up-to-date. The PRL of the handset should update automatically but you can also do a manual update by going to Settings > System updates > Update PRL. You also need to ensure that CDMA only is selected as your preferred network setting and not LTE / CDMA. Or if you are the adventurous type, you also have the option of rooting your HTC EVO 4G LTE and try flashing a new ROM onto the handset and see if this could somehow improve the handset’s signal strength.
If you are still being bothered by the signal strength issue on your HTC EVO 4G LTE, Sprint has announced that is already aware of the problem so hopefully, the wireless provider will release a software update in the future that will get this issue on the handset taken care of.