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The HTC EVO comes with free video calling to compatible Android handsets via the Android video chat app from Qik.  (Source: Qik)
HTC moves at an impressive pace to fix a few flaws found in the new HTC EVO 4G at launch time

The Sprint HTC EVO 4G, powered by Google's Android OS (v2.1), is the hottest new smartphone on the market now.  You can get what might cost $100 from Verizon -- unlimited mobile calling, data, and text messages -- for only $80 via Sprint (and that's including 4G coverage in select areas).  Aside from the phone's industry leading hardware, another perk is the ability to turn your phone into a wireless hotspot for $29.99 a month.  The phone retails for $200 after $100 mail-in rebate.  It is backed by a complete satisfaction guarantee.

Amid all the launch excitement, though, the phone did have a couple of major issues in its launch form.  Fortunately, HTC appears to have jumped on them and has already issued fixes.

First and foremost, it appears that some of the 8 GB microSD cards that shipped with the phone were having issues being written to and would report "insufficient file permissions" when you tried to write to them.

Sprint is pushing a 13 MB over-the-air fix which solves that problem.  The fix bumps the phone to firmware version 1.32.651.6.  The only downside is the fix breaks the path to rooting the phone, which can allow you to install Android 2.2 on it long before HTC officially gets around to porting the update.

That might be a somewhat positive development, though.  According to Android hacker Matt Mastracci of, who authored the root hack, the version of Sense UI (HTC) shipping with the phone had some serious security holes.  He reports being alarmed by how easy it was to get root access on the phone.  

News of a patch that breaks that access is probably a good sign.  It means that while you temporarily will have to wait to get Android 2.2, the average malicious software writer won't be able to freely attack your phone.  And the more serious Android hackers will likely make short work of the beefier protections, allowing a safer path to root.

A final piece of good news is that the video chat program Qik is up and running.  Qik is free to all Sprint customers.  Premium services such as video mail, high resolution (> 640x480 pixels) video, and group video sharing will be free at launch, but will cost a monthly subscription fee of $4.99, starting July 15.

Qik is available in Android's App Marketplace for download.  It looks to provide the same kind of polished video chat experience that's going to land with the iPhone 4G.  Let's just hope that the Qik and Apple work out some sort of arrangement to allow EVO-iPhone chats, as there aren't exactly going to be a lot of chat-enabled smart phones out there for a while.

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By Sazabi19 on 6/4/2010 10:16:51 AM , Rating: 5
A company actually doing what it should? Bravo! That's good business:)

RE: wow!
By JasonMick on 6/4/2010 10:24:51 AM , Rating: 2
Yep, I'm pretty excited to pick up my EVO @ noon. I'm disappointed Sprint's 4G hasn't hit my local area yet, but I'm still looking forward to ditching my Crapberry Storm for a true smart phone.

I'm going to also probably ditch Comcast and jump to wireless tethering, seeing as Comcast is stupid enough to bump my rates from $30 to $45 a month for basic internet yet charge me no termination fees.

I'll try to writes some coverage of my thoughts on both transitions.

And while some may be disappointed about Froyo, again remember this is a GOOD thing. You don't want easy holes in your phone. True hackers will find work arounds still (look @ the iPhone, for example) that will be usable, but not accessible to malware writers/casual malicious users. I'd give it about 2 weeks before root access is restored and EVO owners can be enjoying Froyo JIT and Flash goodness.

RE: wow!
By Sazabi19 on 6/4/2010 10:44:39 AM , Rating: 2
I know what you mean about comcast. After several weeks of bad service i called their customer service and asekd them to contact Verizon for me and ask to get FIOS in my area, I'm not sure they thought it was funny but i was serious. Unfortunately for me comcast is the fastest thing in my area (hate it) so i will stick with it for now, as soon as something else rolls through though I will kick them to the curb.

RE: wow!
By Redwin on 6/4/2010 10:59:55 AM , Rating: 2
I couldn't resist ordering mine this morning either, even though San Diego is also missing WiMax, but not the WiMax fee.

I've only had my Touch Pro 2 for 6 months or so, but the touchscreen recently broke, transforming it into just a regular "screen".

I chose to take it as a sign that the powers that be wanted me to buy an EVO 4G. :)

RE: wow!
By Funksultan on 6/4/2010 3:38:25 PM , Rating: 2
Got mine at 6am (who woulda thought I'd ever visit Radio Shack again?).

Amazing phone. Every aspect of it seems to be a home run... although we ARE in Houston here, and our 4G coverage is possibly the best in the country ATM.

Either way, I'm more than satisfied.

RE: wow!
By XSpeedracerX on 6/5/2010 11:20:20 PM , Rating: 2
I really like the EVO, but the gouging of EVO adoptees by sprint is what I don't really care for. $10 more a month doesn't sound like a lot, but everyone not in one of sprints 4G service zones (like me) is paying extra for no reason. Sprint's not the worst offender anymore what with AT&T's $20 tethering fee though.

If I were to buy a smart phone right now, T-mobile is the only carrier I'd consider, but their version of the HTC superphone runs on winblows mobile :( Verizon's gobbled up the android phones, but I wouldn't even consider them, so I'll just have to sit this one out I guess.

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