Telstra and Taiwanese phone vendor, HTC, have released a 150MB software fix for the Desire smartphone, one week after acknowledging the fault.
The problem with Telstra versions of the HTC Desire left users with broken GPS systems that would not show correct location data.
“A notification will appear on the Telstra variant HTC Desire smartphones advising the customer an update is available,” a spokesperson for HTC said in an email. “Customers can then choose to install this update over their mobile network or over Wi-Fi.
“Customers will receive step-by-step installation instructions with the notification.”
Although mobile phone users that choose to download and install the update ‘over the air’ using mobile broadband services, it will only be unmetered when the phone is within Telstra’s Next G network of coverage.
Users outside of Telstra’s network may be charged for roaming download costs.
An alternative download method contains the entire software package needed to run the device, but installing it will wipe all data stored on the unit.
The spokesperson recommended users back up data to removable memory cards, which will not be wiped by the installation.
Telstra currently has exclusive distribution rights for the phone in Australia. The HTC Desire smartphone uses Google’s Android operating system.