Sprint HTC Arrive to get update for tethering soon?

Sprint Arrive

File this under odd and speculation, but possible.

The Sprint HTC Arrive has received some love in the in the form of updates--both Mango and a previous security-fix. But as of late, Sprint has bee quite silent on the device and overall not too keen on Windows Phone.

In the Sprint Arrive help forums, a moderator/Sprint tech named Tom Deaver has posted in the past that the HTC Arrive does not support tethering aka phone-as-modem and therefore will not be getting that enabled anytime soon. Obviously, this was false but it was posted way back in November.


Today, two curious things happened though:

  1. Tom Deaver edited his post today and crossed out the "does not support" section
  2. He wrote a new post which simply said "Re: ICS/Hotspot/Tethering? We appreciate your feedback.  Stay tuned to the Arrives' forum for any updates to a software maintenance release."

We agree with reader Todd M. who forwarded us the thread at Sprint--this does seem curious. Why would Tom both edit his post from November and add that note about a "software maintenance release"? Could the Sprint Arrive be on the verge of an update? Perhaps, but we're about 50/50 on the matter at this point. Tom could also just be revisiting old topics and giving the old company line. After all, he did leave in the part that says "Sprint will not offer a phone as modem option or tethering for this device." (We should also point out that Sprint TV & Movies app was just updated too.). Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Source: Sprint Community Forums; Thanks, Todd, for the heads up


Reader comments

Sprint HTC Arrive to get update for tethering soon?


Nothing many customers will really use, but it's a step in the right direction. Sprint acknowledging a non-Android phone.

What...that's it?! They have basically a micro-windows device in their collection and keep it in the closet like Harry Potter! Does HTC know they have an orphan smartphone??? =/

I also noticed this earlier today.  I have been on the forums and customer support with a few specific request.  1.  Sprint TV (Fixed!), 2.  Hotspot support  and 3.  Visual Voicemail.  Maybe the 1st two get fixed soon but hopefully VVM also gets some attention.  I am not leaving Sprint which gives me the best reception wher I live and work so I am stuck with the Arrive which is not such a bad thing.  I realy like the phone (really want the Nokia 900 though).  With that said I keep looking for reviews on the phone and mine has the most helpful votes on page 4 with 16 (Sort by most helpful)!  Kind of surprised but I really tried to give the average consumer some insight to what the phone could do.  Seems like its helping out.  Its amazing to see straight 5 stars for some time now other that the one review who posted about lack of ringtone custimization.  I know ratings mean less than sales but in this environment, high ratings mean everything and hopefully can win some customers over. 

HA taking this with a grain of salt seriously. I have the Arrive and waited to see when the mango update would appear I became impatient and forced it. Sprint doesn't realize us Arrive users exist

Mother in law picked up an arrive last week and Sprint gave get an Arrive with 7.0 on it. I have 7.10 on mine.

Was wondering where many of the features and settings were. Lame.

Its all academic really. Sprint's 3G is anemic and averages .3 Mbps for me. It would take about 10 Arrives to get speeds that were at least somewhat respectable.

I really wish they would update the HTC Arrive to allow you to send texts over 160 characters without having to start a new texts. How do you leave out this feature for the Arrive?

I called to complain about this exact thing the other day (as I've done every month since getting the phone, because seriously this is a stupid bug).
They told me it is supposed to be fixed in the next maintenance release Microsoft sends them.  That's what they said anyway, so we'll see.

*Yawn*.....In other news there's a 50/50 chance snow will fall in the Chicsgo area this month....stay tuned as details emrge....

Had my Arrive since day 1, am very pleased with it, this would be a welcomed feature. IMO, Sprint WP users - including myself, want more devices.

Honestly I would want the maintenance update of course but would prefer the Visual Voicemail over the tethering but that's just my personal preference.

Also had my Arrive since day 1.  My download speed seems very serviceable, for 3G, although I haven't measured it.  I can say my Arrive on Sprint 3G feels faster than my Blackberry Tour on VZW 3G did.
I would love to have the mobile hotspot option, especially as Sprint rolls out updates to their 3G network as part of their Sprint Network Vision project.  IF the project results in the kind of mobile 3G/4G network Sprint is expecting, and IF they turn around their stance on Windows Phone, I will stay with them for the foreseeable future.
Both big IFs but adding the mobile hotspot feature to my Arrive would go a long way to making the next year under my Arrive contract productive.

Before I switched to the Lumia 800 I had the UK version of this phone ( HTC 7 Pro ) and it had tethering but they called it 'internet sharing'

So if it works as well as mine did then your onto a winner.