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    HTC Inspire 4g OTA update for sideloading apps

    Hi, Im from Costa Rica and just bought the great HTC Inspire 4g, love it!!

     

    I just know that AT&T released an OTA update for sideloading apps, I was wondering if I can recived this update, in my country there is not At&t network, I know, to bad!!, so I was wondering if there is a way to recived this OTA update outside USA, please If anyone can help me!!!  Smiley Sad

     

    P.D: I read son forums and people say to me to root the phone, but I don't want to do that!!

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    Yuuuuuuuupiiiiiiiiiiiii love HTC, Adroid 2.3.3 is now available for my inspire, and I can update ir even do I'm not in usa dowloading the rom, excelent!!!

     

    http://www.htc.com/us/support/inspire-att/downloads/

     

    P.D: Para todos los que tienen este teléfono en América, nada ingresan a ese link lo bajan y lo instalan Smiley Happy

     

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    Sideloading apps can get you in big trouble. Plus sideloading will put a $9.99 charge on your account per month. Also How did you get a ATT phone if there is no ATT in your area? ATT and their forums can not help you if you are not a customer.

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    Edited by dchacons on Aug 5, 2011 at 9:49:02 AM

    Thank you for your answer, as you should know you can buy unlocked, no plan phones from Amazon.com and many other stores, this phones are buying by people that lives outside USA, and want to enjoy this excelents phones, in my country doesn´t exists an AT&T network, but the local network provider works on the 850 band, the same as AT&T so all the At&t phones works great!

     

    That is why I ask this question, If you can provide me the OTA update, that by the way is an OTA update from your company so I don´t understand why you say that is dangerous.

     

    In this site I found that the OTA for non market applications was release by AT&T for the inspire http://phandroid.com/2011/05/20/att-now-allowing-inspire-4g-users-to-install-non-market-apps/

     

    So I come back to my original question, is there a way in which I can get that update outside USA, thanks, like the updates that I recive from other applications like skype, even do I'm no in USA, thanks!!

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    This is a user to user forum, as such, there will be no official responses from AT&T here.

     

    If the device is not on the AT&T network, the only way to get updates would be to root the device or possibly loading a custom ROM.

     

    Frankly, you would have been better off buying the non-AT&T branded version of the Inspire, if one exists.

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    Programmer56 wrote:

    Sideloading apps can get you in big trouble. Plus sideloading will put a $9.99 charge on your account per month. Also How did you get a ATT phone if there is no ATT in your area? ATT and their forums can not help you if you are not a customer.


    I just ordered the Inspire as well. Should be getting it today. This is my first Android phone and I've been only researching this for a couple of weeks. But this is the first time I've read any mention about an additional monthly charge for sideloading apps. Can you elaborate on this or point me to a page that details this. Thank you.

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    Thanks, no that version doesn´t exists, so there is no way to get this OTA outside of USA?? There is not a manual download of this??

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    There is no additional charge for sideloading apps. AT&T can push the update to your phone (maybe, if your phone will accept it) to allow you to load 3'rd party apps. They do not charge for this update. If you are not on the AT&T network, you will probably have to root to get that functionality. The pushed update is hit or miss anyhow. AT&T has been trying to get it to push to my Inspire now for over a month and a half, with no luck. My guess is this will be a moot point when they finally release Gingerbread (Android 2.3) later this month.

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    Hi, do you think this option will be include by default by the android 2.3 update? One question this OTA update from AT&T, for sideloading apps, can be obtain directly from HTC? I mean, can I ask HTC that push this update to my phone (I recive all HTC updates even do Im in other network)?

     

    By the way what is an OTA update, is some kind of file that is execute by the phone?, can I get this file in some place, I really no want to root the phone, but I need to install some non market applications from my country, thanks!

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    OTA = Over The Air

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    Edited by dchacons on Aug 8, 2011 at 5:58:55 AM

    Hi, thanks, I already knew that, but my question was if there is a way in which the update can be done on the earth Smiley Tongue I guess no.

     

    Ok now have two questions:

     

    1- Does the Android 2.3 will give the hability to install non market applications to the HTC Inspire?

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    2- Does the Android 2.3 for HTC Inspire can be obtain in an OTA update from HTC (I hope so) or only by an OTA update from AT&T?

    R-

     

    Thanks everybody

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    Edited by redpoint73 on Aug 8, 2011 at 9:05:46 AM

    Programmer56 wrote:

    Sideloading apps can get you in big trouble. Plus sideloading will put a $9.99 charge on your account per month. Also How did you get a ATT phone if there is no ATT in your area? ATT and their forums can not help you if you are not a customer.


    Misinformation, and it doesn't sound like this guy even knows what sideloading is.  There is no charge for sideloading.  Use common sense and don't install/sideload apps from untrusted sources, especially warez.  But sideloading includes software from any legit market aside from the Google-owned Android Market, such as Amazon, Getjar, AppBrain, Gameloft, and others.

    *The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.

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    AND, the people on this forum will help you even if you are not an AT&T customer.

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    Hi, just in case, I start the thread, but I don´t write that you have to pay for the OTA update.

     

    Ok thank you for all your help, but I think we are in a death point, so all the persons that have a HTC Inspire 4g phone  running in local networks in other countrys will no received all the updates from AT&T because AT&T only give this service to their network users, to bad! I really need to install non android market applications.

     

     

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    You can sideload without the OTA update.  Google for "Sideload Wonder Machine". 

     

    Better yet, root the phone, install a custom ROM, and ditch the AT&T branding and bloatware, in addition to removing AT&T limitation such as no sideloading.  Note that rooting the phone or installing unofficial firmwre has a small chance of damaging your phone.  But read up on the XDA Developers forum, understand the process before you start, and follow all instructions carefully, and you will be fine.

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    Thanks, yes some friends has done that, for some works great, others have some problems, no 3g, no calls, and so on, so I am asking if there is another way to do this, also if I do that the phone's warranty is lost, but what really sorprise me is that AT&T not even have a contact form for people that are no using their network, so strange, I even cant send they an email asking for an option because in the login form they ask for an USA zip code and an AT&T phone number.

     

    I also ask HTC and they tell me that they do not have this update because only AT&T have it, so I cant ask HTC that push this update to my phone... so sad...

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    After surf at&t website I found this contact form for non at&t network users, I will ask and let you know:

     

    http://www.corp.att.com/latin_america_es/contact/spanish_contact_other.html

     

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    Yuuuuuuuupiiiiiiiiiiiii love HTC, Adroid 2.3.3 is now available for my inspire, and I can update ir even do I'm not in usa dowloading the rom, excelent!!!

     

    http://www.htc.com/us/support/inspire-att/downloads/

     

    P.D: Para todos los que tienen este teléfono en América, nada ingresan a ese link lo bajan y lo instalan Smiley Happy

     

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    Edited by redpoint73 on Aug 10, 2011 at 8:08:05 AM

    dchacons wrote:

    Thanks, yes some friends has done that, for some works great, others have some problems, no 3g, no calls, and so on, so I am asking if there is another way to do this, also if I do that the phone's warranty is lost,


    Flashing any stable custom ROM should have all major functions fully functional.  For less stable, beta-type test ROMs, the developer will usually state if major functions are not working.  So its best (and highly recommended) to read up on a particular ROM, before you flash it.

     

    It might just be a case of (with your friends with issues) that they need to re-flash; or clear data, cache, and dalvik, and flash again.  Its also possible, they have just not setup the phone properly to work on their carrier's network after flashing the ROM.

     

    Rooting and flashing a custom ROM will only void the warranty, so long as the phone is kept in that state.  If the phone is returned to the factory firmware, and unrooted, it can then be sent in for warranty service.

     

    However, be aware that HTC will not honor a warranty repair for a US phone, shipped in from a non-US country.  Their devices are only intended  for use in the country in which they are officially sold.  You might be able to ship to a friend in the US, who can then send it to HTC.  Otherwise, you have no warranty.

    *The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.

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    Edited by dchacons on Aug 10, 2011 at 8:12:20 AM

    Thanks, but not need to flash it! Just yesterday HTC put the new Android 2.3.3 rom in their page for the HTC inspire 4g, not only that, when you make the update, the sideloading apps is available, so now I have 2.3.3 and can install non market apps, so happy with HTC people!!!!

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    Yes, I understand that you found your solution by flashing the official Gingerbread (2.3) update.  My comments to your previousl post were of a more general, academic nature.  For your understanding, or possibly to advise your friends which are having trouble.  Also for others here on the forums, not just you.

     

    It also does not mean that you will not have the desire to root and flash a custom ROM later.  For instance, people always complain about how slow the official updates are released.  Like the Inspire, the official GB update is just now coming out for my phone, the Desire Z.  But I've been on Gingerbread since January or February, thanks to custom ROMs.  Or as I mentioned before, you may someday want to ditch the AT&T branding and bloatware.

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    A ok now I understand your point Smiley Happy Thank you!!!

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