Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Verizon XV6800 Gets EVDO Rev A Upgrade (And More!)

Verizon's XV6800 is a very nice smartphone with its cool slide-up design, nice touch screen, back-lit QWERTY keypad, and relatively compact size (2.3 in x 0.7 in x 4.3 in, 5.8 oz), but it was lacking in a couple areas. For one, internet access was limited to EVDO Rev 0, despite the fact that Sprint's version of the same phone is Rev A compatible; it also contains just 64MB of on-board installed memory. Either one of those oversights might have been a turnoff to potential users, so UTStarcom wised up and created an downloadable upgrade that will improve the functionality of the phone. It's available for FREE on their website, and the upgrades include:
  • VZ Navigator compatibility with built-in GPS
  • Support for memory cards up to 16GB
  • Threaded SMS client
  • Updated MMS client
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 OS
  • Most importantly: access to the EVDO Rev A network
With these new upgrades, Verizon has themselves another top of the line smartphone. The VX6800 now offers essentially all the same capabilities and features as PDAs like Blackberry and Treo, but with a unique design. We'll be testing out how the Rev A speeds on this phone compare to its old Rev 0 browsing speeds ASAP and will post our findings here and on!

Discuss the VX6800 updates on EVDOforums