The AT&T Unlocked HTC (Inspire 4G) name would suggest that the phone was compatible with 4G networks. This is not always the case, as we have learned from several previous device launches. The phone does not feature full 4 G HSPA+ compatibility as provided by the AT&T network. AT&T went ahead and announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that their network had been upgraded in the same way that T-Mobile made their announcement at the same show - by surprise.
Now it appears that the phone is not even as fast as some of the 3G phones on the network. Tests have shown that downloads are slowed, uploads are excruciatingly slow, and overall the device seems to run much more slowly than you would think that it would.
So now it appears that carriers are just placing the “4G” sticker on smart devices without even offering the full compatibility. This is not something that will make most consumers happy, and they should have guessed that it would be discovered at some point. Now it has to make you wonder if future phones with the 4G title will have similar issues with the company’s network. Perhaps the company disabled the 4G ability in the firmware.
AT&T has yet to comment on the reports about the phone not accessing the 4G network in the same way that was promised by the company during the Consumer Electronics Show. With their announcement of their upgraded network you would have thought that new phones with the “4G” label would be able to access the network, but that does not seem to be the case here. It will be interesting to see how they comment on the story over the course of the next few days, or if they let the reports fall by the wayside and ignore them.
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