So you have a modern (read one that has or is going to get ICS) HTC Android phone, and want to restore the hyperlinked data option menu that Apple spent millions of dollars to take away from you? Hell, yeah, you do. We don't blame you one bit -- these phones were made for hackin' so hack them! You'll need to be rooted, and so far this is confirmed to be working on the EVO 3D, the EVO 4G LTE, and the One X, but it's easy to try on other devices as well. Big thanks to steal25 over at XDA for figuring out an easy method.
Back up your current system/build.prop, because we're going to edit it a little bit. You can either do this on the phone -- remember to mount /system as read/write -- or pull the file with adb and do it on your computer. If you choose the latter, be sure to use a text editor that has Unix line breaks and not Windows. Notepad++ will do the job just fine. What you'll need to edit:
- Find the line ro.da1.enable=true
- Change it to ro.da1.enable=false
- Directly under it add the line ro.da1.method=false
When your phone restarts, those links for phone numbers and Youtube videos and everything else in mail and messages should work like we're used to seeing them work, and all will be well with the world. The app associations in settings will also be gone, because you don't need them any longer. It's an easy way to make your phone work as designed, and a big stick in the eye of the goons in Cupertino.
If you're not sure what we're talking about here, or have any other questions, jump into the forums and ask a few questions. The fellas are there that know what you need to know and love talking about it.