Ready for another twist in the he said/she said game of whether or not the HTC Inspire 4G on AT&T has HSUPA support? The technology, which provides faster upload speeds, was firmly denied to be included in the Inspire handset by AT&T sources, but now Engadget is claiming their insiders confirm HSUPA support is in fact supported by the phone, though AT&T has it disabled.
Engadget does make the valid observation that finding an HSPA+ chipset that doesn’t support HSUPA is rare, and that the ability could easily be enabled with a firmware update. Whether or not AT&T plans to release that update down the road is something no one could know at this point. Another point of speculation is that AT&T’s actual network may simply have HSUPA disabled in 4G areas rather than HSUPE actually being disabled in the Inspire.
So there you have it for now. The HTC Inspire won’t support HSUPA, but it definitely could if AT&T wanted it to.