HTC Evo 4G: Simultaneous Data and Voice Connectivity, Gingerbread Upgrade

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The HTC Evo 4G Android handset is the first phone to offer simultaneous voice and data connectivity, and is exclusive to Sprint’s 4G WiMAX mobile broadband network. Sprint’s new 4G platform delivers speeds up to 10 times faster than their reliable 3G system allowed for. In another first, Sprint was the first company to offer simultaneous voice and video access to smartphone shoppers.

In the past, if you were in the middle of a voice call and needed to access information from the World Wide Web or other data on your handset, you had to terminate the call, download or surf the web for the information you needed, then replace the call and deliver the information you found. With simultaneous voice and data access, you need not terminate a telephone call again to surf the web or access and download data.

The HTC Evo 4G is also the first Android handset to allow 3G/4G connectivity. When Sprint’s 4G network is out of reach, backwards compatibility to any 3G service is immediately accessed so you do not lose your connection. Peak download speeds of 10 MB per second have been reached, and peak upload speeds of 1 MB per second are consistently obtained. Google’s Android 2.2, the Froyo operating system, is present out-of-the-box, but in earlier in 2011, an over the air upgrade to the Gingerbread 2.3.4 version of the Android operating system was made available.

To see if your telephone has received the update over the air already, access the Menu on your HTC Evo 4G and then move to Settings and System Update. You will see a tab labeled HTC Software Update. Click on Check Now, OK, and then Yes to finish your download. Then merely click on Okay, Reboot and Done. Your handset should then the show a build number of 4.22.651.2 after the phone has rebooted to designate the Gingerbread upgrade.  Buy the HTC Evo 4G starting at just one penny!

The HTC Evo 4G is available exclusively on the Sprint 4G WiMAX network at a retail price of one penny with a two-year activation. The 4.3 inch capacitive touch screen display is protected by a layer of anti-scratch Corning Gorilla Glass over proximity and light sensors. Multitouch gestures for navigation are supported, and the HTC Evo 4G TFT display offers 480 x 800 pixel resolution. A single core Snapdragon 1.0 GHz processing chip is present, and is supported by 512 MB of RAM memory and 1.0 GB of ROM memory.  Learn more about the specs, features, and one penny price tag of this popular Sprint smartphone in our HTC Evo 4G Review.  For a 3D take on the Evo, check out our HTC Evo 3D 4G Review.

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