Mysterious HTC smartphone with Sprint frequencies appears at the FCC

Another day, another new phone shows up at the FCC. This time we have the HTC model 0PCV100 – a CDMA-based device with support for LTE bands 25, 26, and 41, as stated in the papers. In other words, the handset is compatible with Sprint's cellular network. This, however, does not necessarily mean that whatever phone we're dealing with will land on Sprint. How is that, you ask? Well, let's not forget that we have several MVNOs in the U.S. operating on Sprint's network, including Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile. Therefore, the HTC 0PCV100 could be destined for one of the two virtual network carriers, not for Sprint. 

Either way, this particular HTC phone is probably not a high-end model. Or at least that's the assumption we made after finding out that it had a removable back cover and a user-replaceable battery. As loyal followers have surely noticed, most of HTC's high-ends follow the principle of having a sealed unibody construction. Sadly, there's nothing more in terms of clues that we can deduct from the FCC documents. We have no specs, no dimensions, no software version numbers revealing what OS the phone is running. If you have any guesses, feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

source: FCC

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7 Comments

1. gd761

Posts: 211; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

You Never know with HTC on how they could Surprise us. HTC Has Surprised us in the Past and HTC could Still Surprise us again.

4. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Please, go back to school and learn proper grammar.

2. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Nick T, As a consumer advocate, a large group of fellow advocates like myself, have been trying to promote a balance in high quality coupled with simplistic accessibilty. While I can concur that this device may not be high end, many of us have written to HTC in attempts to reinstate the feature of removable batteries. It is our hope that this may be a step in that direction. We also are hoping that HTC and other manufacturers will acknowledge the realization that the modern day smartphones are essentially powered by almost three decade pld technology. We are also growing frustrated with editors and their respective sites trying to excuse the dirdction of sealing this old technology into devices. Every chance to dismiss a product as low end due to having removable battery, is somewhat conjectured. Samsung and LG have ackknowledged our requests for the most part and are hard at work to re-design their products with the consumer in mind. It shows as the construction is well built regardless of what you and these sites try to denounce as less than high end. With manufacturers constantly releasing products for different ways of charging devices, they are creating bandaids for an obvious problem inherent with sealing the weakest link into device where the consumer cannot remove to inspect ot replace in the event of issue. Our first step is to write to the manufacturers and sites such as Phone Arena. Our next step is to write to congress. The reason behind this is, because until batteries are far more stable, consumers deserve to have premium build AND battery accessibility. We ask that promotion of sealed batteries be attached to precautions and sacrifices that come with this practice. While we cannot force you to ascend to our wishes, we can execute our rights to protect the consumers. Even technology phone enthusiasts should agree that the balance be equal. Can Phone Arena view the same logic? John B.

3. gd761

Posts: 211; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Also one thing that I am Extremely in Favor of is; EXTENDED BATTERIES! With the New Phones having the Batteries Sealed, you can either be Ok with it or maybe have to Always carry around a Charger so your battery don't Die in the Middle of the day. Having a Nice Slim Sleek Phone is Nice, but at what cost it it worth?!

5. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

I bet it's a new EVO.

6. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

It would be great if it was a new EVO, as that is something sorely missed in sprint's product line, as it really was a great line with unique features and were always my favorite. That being said, I will say that the era of the exclusive phone deal is going the way of the Dodo, and that it severely limits the amount of accessories and device support that customers receive (especially years later) at least in comparison to flagship phones that are available at all carriers. The removable battery is something that is nice to have, but not as necessary anymore. I'm not saying that John B. is wrong, but all current phones that I know of have the ability to do a hard restart by holding a combination of physical keys (same as a battery pull) and although many of us would like to see battery life triple, most phones last a full day on average usage. So the only thing that having a removable battery does is allow us to replace it when it starts to go downhill as well as have a spare for long days. I don't know if HTC would want to cannibalize sales of the ONE m8, which might happen if it is an EVO... or if it is another phone that is also used by SoftBank in Japan that is being certified for sprint in the US. If that is the case, I would like to see something similar to the Aquos Crystal that was just announced, meaning it is available on both MVNO's & Sprint both for a reasonable price.

7. djlucy

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

A HTC Evo?? Return of the kickstand 3???? Yes please, love the red and black, love the kickstand, removable battery, and everything Evo. Still use my original Htc Evo 4g with "swagged-out" stock Rom.....(and so many roms till this day!!!)

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