T-Mobile USA HTC HD7 owners have claimed that their Windows Phone 7 handsets are unable to connect to802.11n Wi-Fi networks as expected and have launched complains of false advertising on the part of the Taiwanese manufacturer. Separate threads on T-Mobile’s and XDA’s forums detail users are either getting slower-than-expected Wi-Fi speeds, or is completely unable to connect to wireless-N networks at all, even if the router is configured for single band usage. N-routers must also be broadcasting in b/g for HD7 units to achieve connectivity.
Whereas HTC documentation has clearly mentioned that the HD7 is 802.11b/g/n-compatible. T-Mobile’s own very detailed spec sheet on the device simply lists “yes” in the “Wi-Fi” cell without elaborating on the particular standards supported. One commenter also speculated that since the HD7 and HD2 contain nearly identical hardware, this may be another instance of HTC it. The only difference is that HTC didn’t advertise the quicker Wi-Fi standard with the older Windows Mobile 6.5 handset.
This is not the first time that HTC has been accused of failing to provide advertised functionality. Few years ago the company saw a lot of heat after users discovered that the Qualcomm chipsets in their phones were not fully optimizing the 3D graphics hardware thanks to a lack of drivers. The development community was forced to step in — namely expert coder Chainfire — to provide third-party solutions. HTC bluntly refused to submit to customer demands and even continued the practice as recently as the HD2.
HTC Corporation, known as Hong-Ta Corporation, is a Taiwan-based manufacturer of Smartphone. The company initially used to make Smartphone based primarily on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile software, but in 2009 it began to shift its core focus away from Windows Mobile devices to devices based on the Android operating system.
HTC is also a member of the Open Handset Alliance, which is a group of handset manufacturers and mobile network operators dedicated to the advancement of the Android mobile device platform. The HTC Dream, marketed by T-Mobile in many countries as the T-Mobile G1, was the first phone launched in the market that used the Android mobile device platform.
When HTC was founded it was strictly an original design manufacturer which used to sell devices such as the HTC Wizard as the T-Mobile MDA and the Cingular 8125. The company focused only on telecom operators who were willing to pay a contract manufacturer for customized products. But today it has taken a much different role many HTC devices such as, Incredible, Evo 4G are marketed and sold under the HTC brand, though they have tried to make its main focus limited only to Smartphone.
In the year 2010, Fast Company ranked HTC as the 31st most innovative company in the world. Not only this even Bloomberg reports that HTC is studying whether to create its own mobile operating system to compete with Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7. Though there was no clear cut answer to this prediction but in future we may see HTC with its own mobile operating system.