HTC Inspire 4G

We're all a little bummed that AT&T has blocked the Inspire 4G from having full HSPA capabilities by keeping the radio non-HSUPA capable.  To be honest, we expected this based on their track record with HSPA Android devices, and tricks that work with the iPhone, like limiting bandwidth for YouTube uploads, won't last very long once dedicated Android hackers get into the mix.  They have the right to regulate bandwidth in the best interests of all customers, and just because you or I don't happen to agree with what they're doing doesn't change that.  We'll leave that for the government to sort out.

Now for the fun part.  It's easy to re-enable your high speed uploads on the Inspire -- turn it into a Desire HD.  They are the same phone, just branded a bit differently, so it's not a difficult feat. The hardest part (read -- what you're going to be the least familiar with) is rooting the darn thing.  The method is straightforward, but involves tools and processes that are pretty intimidating to the layman.  We're trying to find just the right person to help out and offer advice in our Inspire 4G forums, and if that's you, please don't be shy.  In the meantime, attn1 at XDA has a complete Inspire 4G hack kit available for those who feel up to the task.

Once rooted, it's as simple as installing one of the Desire HD custom ROMs and flashing a compatible kernel over it.  Both are widely available, and Android Revolution HD from mike1986 over at XDA-Developers, with the Telus Desire HD kernel is a great way to start.  Of course, we have a whole forum to talk shop about hacking the Inspire 4G, and you should jump in the discussion if you have questions, or answers!

 
There are 17 comments

netposer says:

So it's root then install a custom ROM?

JayPhill89 says:

This will impact your battery life greatly. It does help your average latency but does use a lot more power when data is being used.

I found that disabling packet data in wireless settings when you aren't using the device will make your battery last just as long as before, if not longer.

Nice tip! Thanks

icebike says:

But you get that same data in much less time, something like one quarter or one fifth as much time, so it might be a wash in real world usage. Upload data usage is not that heavy anyway, other than for out going mail.

fone_fanatic says:

umm... why don't you just edit the build.prop so the networks thinks its a DesireHD rather than flashing a new rom?!

galfert says:

Root on an HTC Inspire 4G is just not a really good solution just yet. There are downsides to this.

For now rooting means:
* No stock AT&T ROM - so you miss out on an otherwise perfect ROM
* Rooted phone with alternative ROM has poor sound quality issues on this phone for now

See the thing is that the AT&T ROM image hasn't been rooted yet. The only thing that has been rooted is these alternative Desire HD ROMs that have sound quality issues on the Inspire 4G.

Once the AT&T ROM for the Inspire 4G gets rooted then the rooting process will be much easier and you won't have these limitations I've pointed out.

fone_fanatic says:

ok, so i don't have an inspire4g but just looked at the buil.prop from a system dump and it has ro.ril.hsxpa=1 which means only support HSDPA, if you change that to ro.ril.hsxpa=2, it should work on HSDPA/HSUPA

Why is someone downranking this guy's comments? This sounds like pretty useful information and a more convenient way of getting around the issue.

Because it's not confirmed that it works yet. Changing it to ro.ril.hsxpa=3 has worked on other phones though.

I've not been able to try anything, I don't have an Inspire of my own -- just a review unit that I'm not comfortable rooting/sim unlocking/s-off'ing :)

But I agree, that's no reason to rank the posts down. Have three stars from me.

mykpfsu says:

So if I understand the Inspire (not really)4G, isn't even fully up to the fake 4G standard without root? Thats some fraudulent BS right there AT&T.

icebike says:

Exactly.

Contrary to what AT&T said in this story:

The Inspire 4G is not HSUPA capable, according to AT&T. No conspiracy. No rumor. Just the answer, straight from the source.

It appears AT&T out and out LIED to whoever they talked to about this issue, and they were caught less than a day later.

Its capable, they just turned it off. Other web sites have been point this out for a couple days now. Sooner or later AT&T owes us the truth.

It might be that they need to push a release to fix this the proper way, but I'm not holding my breath for that to happen.

Hahahaha

robnaj says:

HSPA+ is not the same as HSDPA/HSUPA the HSPA+ will have the full abilities but when you drop to HSDP you will not get access to HSUPA.

mfriedman79 says:

Someone needs to put AT&T in check with false advertising. If the phone is software capped to not allow HSUPA speeds then it is not a "4G" capable phone. What makes it even worse is that it doesn't even qualify for the marketing version of the term let alone the real meaning of 4G.

raulmclariot says:

Remember, '4G' stands for 4th generation cell technology and has nothing to do with speed. People just assume that the higher the 'G' the faster the phone. This may be only partially true in some instances.

When I went in to buy my current phone the HTC Inspire "4g" the saleswoman informed me that AT&T didn't have 4g service available for the phone but that it would be coming within the next few months. Im PISSED. Luckily I still have a few weeks to return the phone.

kfrost35.1 says:

AT&T from what I can think of is that they will come out with 4g sometime this year, yes it may take longer then others it's just a wait an see situation.