After the patent infringements were recognized groundless, Sprint’s HTC Evo 4G LTE and AT&T’s HTC One X started re-entering the US market again. But this case prevented Sprint from shipping the pre-ordered devices in time. The carrier had made no exact announcement as to when the phones would find their owners, but Best Buy’s letter to its consumers reads the pre-ordered Evo 4G LTE smartphones will be in their hands on May 24. Now there are a number of consumers who have received their devices with a surprise out of the box.
Sprint’s variant of the One X supports Simultaneous Voice and Data. In case you are not aware, this technology enables CDMA2000 users to surf in the web, send emails, play games, view photos, watch videos and use data intensive GPS navigation while simultaneously on call. Previously, as the user received a call and answered it while using the data connection it would be suspended. Now that this novelty is being actively used, most dual-antenna EV-DO devices will support SVDO. Moreover, this feature is supported not only by high-end smartphones but low-end devices as well. For example, the LG Optimus Elite supports SVDO as well as one of the carrier’s LTE options, the LG Viper 4G LTE.
It’s pretty nice to know Sprint’s HTC Evo 4G LTE has started shipping, and it supports the SVDO feature. We have been waiting for a really long time for it.