Sprint has rolled out a new software upgrade for its Mogul handset that will transform the device into a speed demon capable of achieving blistering broadband speeds on a par with DSL.
The free software release boosts the Mogul's average download speeds to the 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps range -- a significant improvement over the 400-700 Kbps rates previously achievable. Even better, the new software throttles up average handset upload speeds from just 50-70 Kbps to the 350-500 Kbps range.
"The Mogul by HTC now delivers the full power of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network from the convenience of a handset, giving our customers a speed and capacity advantage unavailable anywhere else in the marketplace," said Sprint Vice President Danny Bowman.
Lightning-Fast Data Transfers
Sprint's speed-boosting technology, called EVDO Revision A, sports several additions to the original communications protocol while remaining backward-compatible with an earlier iteration known as EVDO Revision 0. According to Sprint, the vast majority of its wireless-coverage zones across the USA have been upgraded to the pumped-up EVDO spec.
The download further boosts Mogul handset performance by delivering GPS functionality to enable Sprint Navigation -- a new service that provides audio and visual turn-by-turn directions and one-click traffic rerouting. Even better, the new software will enable the handset to function as a notebook modem capable of delivering lightning-fast data transfers to laptop subscribers.
Sprint's software release is the latest step in the wireless carrier's attempt to reverse recent declines in its subscriber base. Last month, Sprint revealed its subscriber count had declined by 108,000 customers in last year's fourth quarter. Company executives also said they expect to report additional subscriber churn for the current quarter.
To stem customer defections, Sprint is counting on its new "Simply Everything" plan, which offers subscribers unlimited voice and data for $99.99 a month. By promoting the combined use of the Mogul and its new pricing plan, Sprint is hoping for customer defections from Verizon Wireless, which has yet to introduce a handset with EVDO Revision A capabilities.
Replicating the PC Experience
Introduced by Sprint last June, the Mogul incorporates built-in CDMA EV-DO, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth radios, a slide-out Qwerty-style keyboard, and a large touch-sensitive screen. Moreover, the wireless PDA incorporates a two-megapixel camera featuring flash, auto-focus and camcorder capabilities.
To replicate the familiar Windows PC-based experience, the Mogul runs Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6 operating system, together with ActiveSync software for fast and accurate synching of Outlook Mobile applications such as e-mail, calendar, task lists and contacts.
"Besides accessing core capabilities like calendar management, contact lists, personal and corporate e-mail, and viewing documents, customers can use the benefits of SprintSpeed to stay connected, informed and entertained at any time," Bowman said.
The Mogul is available from Sprint for $199.99, inclusive of a $100 mail-in-rebate, when customers sign up for a two-year service agreement.