Posts Tagged ‘t-mobile’

The HTC One X – So close yet so far

April 6, 2012

Well, I’ve been patient enough to wait for the HTC One X to come out and thought I’d go have a look at it seeing as my contract with T-Mobile is now up (has it really been 2 years since I started this blog?!).

I went to my local T-Mobile store to check it out and jesus – it’s huge!

The offer I had from T-Mobile retentions was to stick at my current £10/month tarrif (100 minutes, unlimited texts/Internet) and pay £260 for the handset – not a bad deal at all really considering how much the phone is worth.

Anyway, I went and checked it out in the O2 shop (where they had a non-dummy version) and it was a lovely device but just incredibly big compared to what I’m used to. I’m not saying I wouldn’t get used to the lovely 4.7″ screen but it is quite a big jump up from the Desire S.

I was all ready to buy the handset from T-Mobile and do a HTC One X Vs HTC Desire S comparison review and video but they didn’t have the handset in white sadly. If they had, I would have been writing a very different post.

I know white phones are a bit ‘ooh look at me’ but I felt like I wanted a change from the usual black colour of my Desire S. So anyway, I didn’t go for it in the end. I think I’m going to hold out and see what Samsung have to offer with the Samsung Galaxy S3 handset which will hopefully be officially announced on the 22nd May.

Patience hurts sometimes.

HTC Desire S USB-bricked? Only charges via USB

August 5, 2011

HTC USB Sync cableWell, I found out last night that the USB port on my HTC Desire S may be “bricked”. I think the term bricked means not working correctly which it most certainly isn’t.

The symptoms are that plugging in with a USB cable to a computer only charges the phone. I cannot connect it as a disk drive or use HTC Sync etc anymore.

The reason I only noticed this the other day was because like most people – I don’t ever need to connect my Desire to a computer. Everything syncing wirelessly means the days of cables have all but gone. The reason I was trying to was because I wanted to try and root the phone.

I have tried several suggestions to fix this: different USB cables, USB ports, computers (PC and Mac), turning “fast boot” off, taking the battery out, taking the memory card out, ticking the box to ask the phone to prompt what type of connection I want when plugged in to USB — and nothing has helped.

I contacted HTC who told me to install the drivers on my PC to get a connection…hmh….argghhhh! How stupid can they be?

Anyway, the main thing is the phone is still under warranty. The person I brought it from on eBay included the original receipt/delivery note with the handset to I should be OK to get it repaired. The only problem is the receipt being in someone else’s name. The T-Mobile shop I phoned said I’d have to get the phone transferred into my name. I phoned T-Mobile customer service and they said I could just take it into the shop and get it repaired. Who do I trust? I think I may just have to take it in tomorrow and see what they say.

Let’s hope I just don’t brick the whole phone when I try and root it at some point 😉

[Update 6th August]

Just an update:

The T-Mobile store were useless. They wouldn’t help at all. Contacted the original eBay seller to ask them to try and transfer the phone into my name but T-Mobile wouldn’t comply!

Out of desperation (after experiencing their awful e-mail support) I gave HTC a call on their Global Warranty Service hotline: (+44 1279 206906)

The service was outstanding. Asked a few questions, didn’t patronise me and they spoke English I could understand!! Less than 10 minutes on the phone to them and he’d already booked UPS to come and collect the phone to be repaired this Monday from 1pm (from my work address too).

T-Mobile: USELESS
HTC phone support: AMAZING.

Changes in the HTC Desire firmware v 1.21.110.4

June 9, 2010
HTC Desire Small

Finally updated, the HTC Desire!

Just thought I’d post a couple of things I’d noticed that have changed in the new firmware from HTC. Let me know if you find any more.

  1. The Messages application has been updated. New messages now appear in bold text. Each thread has a number (in brackets) next to it denoting how many messages are in the thread to that person/group of people. To be honest I’d probably rather not have this number in my list but there is no way to turn it off. I have noticed that Messaging tends to work a lot slower than it did before. Sending a text message which spans say 2 or 4 messages takes a lot longer to go to the outbox ready to be sent…
  2. The YouTube app has been updated. You can now watch videos in HQ mode (no HD yet 😦 ) and the YouTube widget has also been updated to show a ‘feed’ of any new videos in your YouTube subscriptions. A nice touch.
  3. There are some new widgets! Go to the Add widget screen and then press “Get more HTC widgets”. The widgets that you saw in all the demos before the phone launched seem to be available. They are as follows: Coin Flip, Dice, Notes, Tip Calculator and the old one: Today in History. There are also a couple of 1×1 widgets for changing your Profile and your Ringtone.
  4. No more Facebook-network contact bug in the Messages app. HTC have finally fixed that annoying bug!

I haven’t noticed any improvements in battery life or start-up time but I’m sure I’ll find some more things out over the next few days.

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New HTC Desire System/Firmware Update out today v 1.21.110.4

June 8, 2010

Thanks to Dale for the head’s-up, T-Mobile UK customers can now upgrade their Desires to the latest HTC firmware which happens to be version 1.21.110.4 and weighs in at 24.41MB. This is a different version to what I reported the other day – perhaps due to operator/network branded changes…

To check for and download the update, simply go to Settings -> About phone -> System software updates and then press “Check now”. If the update is showing then you get the choice to download it via your phone’s network or via WiFi-only. Best to do the Wifi-only if you’re not in a good 3G area (and if you want to save on bandwidth if you don’t have an unlimited data plan.

Will post any further noticeable updates as and when I spot them.

Happy updating! 🙂

[Edit] It seems that you must have a well-charged battery to install the update. I’ve got 18% left but it won’t let me upgrade until the battery is charged enough…

[Edit] With 27% battery it let me start the update. The updater automatically backs up your settings and data and then reboots to the update mode – your phone is not usable during this time. Funky green update screen though 😉

[Edit] After allowing the phone to update (the process took about 10 minutes in total and there were several restarts) I finally got to the Homescreen to restore my backed up data from the SD card. The restore took AGES to perform and the phone was pretty much unusable during this process. After leaving it for a good 25 minutes (it only took about a minute to back up my data initially) I decided it was time to pull the battery. Upon un-locking the screen I had a message saying “HTC Sense” was “not responding. Force close / Wait” !! Right well, case off and battery out. Waited 60 seconds and re-started the phone. So far, I don’t seem to have lost anything but it wasn’t quite the smooth experience I was hoping for. I’m sure it was just me but thought I’d make you aware!

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HTC Desire OTA firmware update: version 1.21.405.2

June 5, 2010

HTC have released a new software update for the HTC Desire (3rd June 2010) the firmware updates some bugs and also the following (as spotted by user “tuatha” on the XDA Developers forum)

Minor fixes. New radio image. New youtube app with HQ option (with a widget that doesn’t work if you’re logged in to your account). New bootloader. Fixed Facebook/unknown contact issue (haven’t verified this personally).

I flashed the rom from the dev forum a couple of days ago, but haven’t noticed any other changes yet.

The news widget still doesn’t update automatically.

So it looks like not all the bugs have been fixed yet but I’m sure we’ll get there slowly but surely.

The update is currently not available to T-Mobile customers (at time of writing) so let us know if you receive it on yours. Be sure to follow this thread on the XDA Developers forums for more info on the update.

Here is HTC’s description of the update:

Update – HTC Legend and Desire Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) update
In our commitment to providing you with the best user experience, we are pushing out a new firmware update to your phone.  Your phone will receive a notification of this update when it is made available.  Simply press OK to accept the update via a data connection such as Wi-Fi or GPRS/3G.  After installing the update, you can confirm a successful update by confirming the Software Number (From the Home Screen go to MENU> Settings> About Phone> Software information> Software number).  The new software number after the update will be 1.31.405.4 on HTC Legend and 1.21.405.2 on HTC Desire. NoteWe recommend using a free Wi-Fi hotspot or an unlimited data plan to apply this update. If not, standard data connection charges may apply. For any questions, please contact us via http://www.htc.com/www/CA_Hotline.aspx

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3 UK struggling to cope with demand for the HTC Desire

April 19, 2010

It seems that my old network 3 are having problems with the supply and demand for the HTC Desire.

I was previously a 3 customer until I saw the incredible deal that T-Mobile were offering so jumped ship and haven’t looked back since. However, if you’re still on 3 then you’ll be interested to know that you might not receive your HTC Desire tomorrow if you placed your upgrade order from 16th April.

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T-Mobile HTC Desire £10-a-month deal taken down

April 17, 2010

T-Mobile LogoIt seems that the £10-a-month HTC Desire deal from the T-Mobile website has been pulled down possibly due to high demand.

It was a bit of a no-brainer for sure, pay £164 for the handset and then £10 a month for 24 months (total of £404 over the 24 months, or £16.83 a month equivalent).

The next best deal is now £15 a month for 24 months and £157 for the handset bringing the total to £517.

I can only imagine that someone at T-Mobile suddenly realised that this deal was way too good to offer to people for the best mobile phone on the market.

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HTC Desire is a sell-out

April 13, 2010

It seems supply cannot meet demand as far as the HTC Desire is concerned. Both T-Mobile and Vodafone are struggling to supply the handsets both in-store and online.

Frustrated customers are venting their spleens online about the companies fobbing them off with different excuses.

Very glad I managed to get mine while there were some left! 🙂

The other networks are yet to even have the phone on their websites so it’ll be interesting to see how they get on over the next week or so. Anyone received a Desire from Virgin Mobile?

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New HTC Desire firmware next week – what does it fix?

April 10, 2010

Well I don’t know so I’m hoping one of you does instead!

T-Mobile are pushing out the update to fix the “software glitches” found on the HTC Desire. I have yet to find one in all honesty. Have you?

I welcome updates like the next person but am always fond of seeing what the update actually fixes before I apply it. I can’t be anything serious because I’m sure it would have been on the Interweb by now.

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HTC Desire software update next week for T-Mobile customers

April 8, 2010

T-Mobile have just confirmed that the recently released HTC Desire firmware update will be available to their customers as of next week.

There is still not a huge amount on what this update improves/fixes but T-Mobile are “working hard” to make sure the customers receive it without any problems:

HTC Desire OTA Update Information.
Posted: 26 minutes ago

T-Mobile recently launched the HTC Desire and the phone has been very well received by our customers. We are aware that HTC is planning to release a new software update and we are currently working with them to provide an ‘over the air’ update for customers with an earlier version. The update will happen in the coming week and we’ll keep you posted on any developments as and when we have them.

Thanks
T-Mobile Forum Team.

It’s nice to see T-Mobile actively supporting the phone. I’ve had way too many experiences of waiting months for a firmware/software update to be made available by my network.

Good on you T-Mobile!

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