Rogers caused a stir last month when it pulled the HTC Magic and the HTC Dream from its inventory due to a 911 software glitch. After not being available for several weeks, the Magic has finally made its re-appearance on Rogers website with a new name and a few new features. The new Magic has been re-branded as the Magic+ and, in addition to fixing the 911 problem, the software update has also added Sense UI to the handset. Good news for Magic owners as their aging device has just gotten a cell phone makeover courtesy of Rogers and HTC.
Rogers faces another setback with its Android handsets. Text messages are being sent to owners of the HTC Magic asking them to turn off GPS as the same 911 software glitch that affects the Dream is also present in the Magic. The nature of the glitch is unknown but owners are being instructed to keep the GPS off while HTC prepares a software update. Similar to the Dream, the HTC Magic has been pulled from all sales outlets until a fix can be applied. With both handsets currently not available for sale, Rogers has not commented on how this glitch will effect the limited time upgrade offer which allows HTC Dream owners to upgrade to the Magic for free. Hopefully, Rogers will extend the [...]
Just when you thought that the news regarding HTC’s Dream and Rogers had all been resolved comes this scary little glitch making it unable for users to dial 911 while having GPS activated on their phone. Rogers has pulled all HTC Dreams from online and retail locations until a software update is made available and has released this official statement regarding the issue:
I’m writing to share some urgent news with our Rogers HTC Dream customers. We have contacted all of our Dream customers by text message asking them to disable GPS location on their HTC Dream device to ensure all 911 calls complete.
HTC is expediting a software fix to the 1.5 [...]
It was reported a few days ago that Rogers would be allowing HTC Dream owners the chance to upgrade to an HTC Magic due to the fact that the Dream would not get an OS update past it’s current iteration of 1.5. This was great news but the details were scarce at the time and there was uncertainty in the terms. It is now being reported that the offer does include a free upgrade, but with a small catch. Customers who opt for the upgrade will automatically have their contract renewed for the Canadian standard of 3 years, which turns out to be about a 7 month extension for most Dream owners. Hit the jump for the complete terms and conditions of this offer as well as a look at the [...]
Word out of Canada is that Rogers feels for those early adopters of the HTC Dream. In the wake of the news that the device won’t be upgraded past Android 1.5, Rogers has unofficially announced that they will offer an upgrade to Dream users to switch to the HTC Magic, which will receive at least Android 2.1. No word yet on any details including whether or not users will have to succumb to a new multi-year contract or not.
The official statement from Rogers is this:
“It’s great to hear that everyone is pleased by HTC’s agreement to upgrade Magic to 2.1. We pushed hard on your behalf and are pleased with that part. When it comes to Dream, we share in your [...]
It appears as though EngadgetMobile has spotted a version of the HTC Hero with 850/1900MHz 3G support for AT&T’s network on the U.S. government’s FCC website. This does not necessarily mean that we will see that version of the device sold in this country, though. Often devices are approved by the FCC even when they don’t go on sale here.
So while this is certainly cause for hope, we had heard already that an 850/1900MHz UMTS version of the device was going to be available, so it could certainly just be a version headed to Rogers in Canada, for example. We simply don’t know at this point. Either way, we do [...]
Canadian carrier Rogers has just trotted out its own version of the HTC Dream / T-Mobile G1. This version of the Dream comes without the “with Google” on the back, and as such HTC was free to load its own build of Android 1.5 (Cupcake) on the phone that includes such goodies as a Microsoft Exchange client.
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