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The smartphone will be available June 4

The HTC EVO 4G has been billed as the ultimate smartphone for 2010. The devices packs in tons of features, Google's popular Android operating system, and operates on Sprint's blazing fast WiMAX 4G data network.

Although we've known about the hardware specs for the EVO 4G for quite some time, what wasn't exactly clear was how much it would cost for the hardware itself, and how much Sprint would charge for the privilege of using the WiMAX data network. Well, Sprint today announced that the smartphone will cost $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and the requisite two-year service plan.

According to Engadget, the EVO 4G will also require an additional $10 charge (for uncapped WiMAX service) on top of the usual data fee that Sprint charges for regular smartphone data plans. Engadget also notes that at Sprint's press event, it was able to get 4Mbps download speeds and 1Mbps upload speeds with the smartphone -- peak downloads are listed at 10Mbps while uploads are capped at 1Mbps.

"HTC EVO 4G is a fantastic 3G device, but when you use it in our growing 4G coverage area, it becomes a multimedia powerhouse," said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. "The EVO 4G experience is much like going from TV to HDTV. But EVO has more than just an impressive list of features - it is also fun to use with remarkable gaming, video and web-browsing capabilities."

The swanky smartphone is features a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8650 processor, 512MB of RAM and a 1GB ROM, 4.3" display (480x800), Android 2.1with HTC Sense UI, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HDMI-out, mobile HDTV, 8.0mp camera, 1.3mp front-facing camera, digital compass, GPS, and a microSD slot.

The HTC EVO 4G will be available to purchase on June 4.  

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Liars, all of them...
By jharper12 on 5/12/2010 10:26:32 PM , Rating: 4
And I quote:

"It's like standard def versus high def, but with that analogy, you paid more for the better service. With 4G, we're giving you more for free."

Who said this? Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO, on March 24th, when discussing the HTC EVO 4G, and the 4G data connection.

Yeah, I guess it turns out Dan Hesse is a fan of the cable company pricing policy. He's a damned liar, and everyone on this comment board should e-mail him and call him out for it. $10 extra isn't free.

Here you go folks:

Give him hell...

RE: Liars, all of them...
By ksherman on 5/12/2010 10:54:41 PM , Rating: 2
No kidding... I thought they were trying to push people over to 4G to start migrating traffic to the newer standard... Charging more for it is not the way to move forward.

RE: Liars, all of them...
By acase on 5/13/2010 9:52:34 AM , Rating: 2
That, and some of us really want the phone but don't have 4G in our area. I would be willing (not happy, but willing) to pay the 10 dollars if I was actually going to be able to use the 4G, but to make it MANDATORY when there are so few places to actually use it is IMO ridiculous!

RE: Liars, all of them...
By Alexstarfire on 5/13/2010 4:55:57 PM , Rating: 2
Where does it say it's mandatory?

RE: Liars, all of them...
By liquidaim on 5/13/2010 11:08:28 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe there's a misunderstanding here.

I think, people will have the option to use 4G capability, but must pay $10 more.

So people who don't have 4G coverage in their area, don't have to pay the extra $10 unless they just feel like it.

RE: Liars, all of them...
By acase on 5/13/2010 11:13:53 AM , Rating: 2
From the announcement in my e-mail from Sprint:
plans starting at $59.99/month, plus a required $10/month Premium Data add-on for the HTC EVO 4G. An optional add-on turns your phone into a mobile hotspot connecting up to 8 devices at 4G speeds for $29.99/month.

RE: Liars, all of them...
By inperfectdarkness on 5/15/2010 12:27:34 AM , Rating: 2
well there goes that idea.

i WAS hoping that this was finally my opportunity to jump on board the smart phone bandwagon.

unfortunately, the $129.99 unlimited data plan + 20 mandatory 4G fee + $59.98 for tethering is way, way, WAY more than i'm willing to pay for 2 phones. though far from "inexpensive" the $69.99 + $10 for texting is going to stick around for a while longer.

$10-$15/ month for tethering would suck, but $30 is just laughable. tack on the extra $10 for 4g...and they can stick it where the sun doesn't shine.

i would rather roam around in my car searching for free wi-fi hotspots my laptop can use; than pony up $80/ month is bogus charges. sad thing is....sprint is actually more reasonable than at&t.

RE: Liars, all of them...
By namechamps on 5/13/2010 11:15:37 AM , Rating: 2
The point is it is a scam.

WiMax (and LTE) has far better spectrum efficiency than any 3G standard so the MORE people use 4G the better it is for Sprint.

Sprint charging extra for 4G would be like power company charging you extra because you reduced your peak time load and helped save the billions.

Tethering Option
By ksherman on 5/12/2010 10:53:44 PM , Rating: 2
It should also be noted that it is an additional $29.99 a month to enable to WiFi connection sharing (though I wonder if there'll be an app for that, from someone else).

My biggest question there is if it can share an EVDO (3G) connection too. I need internet on the go for uploading pictures on assignment, it's between this phone and a Clear plan On the Go 3G/4G for $55 a month. This one basically costs $39.99 and it is won't share the 3G connection for when I'm West of the Chicago coverage area, it might not be worth it for me.

RE: Tethering Option
By ksherman on 5/12/2010 11:39:37 PM , Rating: 2
Found more info in the press release:
Additionally, an optional pricing add-on will turn HTC EVO 4G into a mobile hotspot connecting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, gaming devices and digital cameras, simultaneously at 4G speeds where available and at 3G speeds anywhere on the Sprint 3G network for just $29.99 per month – half the monthly cost of the current Mobile Broadband plan (pricing excludes surcharges and taxes).

Makes more sense for me now.

Ugh! Tough choice between the next iPhone and this one.

RE: Tethering Option
By ksherman on 5/12/2010 11:42:16 PM , Rating: 5
With the Sprint Free Guarantee, customers can take advantage of HTC EVO 4G for 30 days and if not completely satisfied, may return the device within 30 days to get reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get both the early termination and restocking fees waived, and receive a full refund for the monthly service plan charges1.

Makes the decision even easier! Will be able to give it a try and see if Android is for me :)

Good Deal
By Ard on 5/12/2010 9:42:59 PM , Rating: 2
Really looking forward to reviews of this baby. It's definitely on my radar along with the Droid Incredible and iPhone HD (for lack of an official name). I would love to drop AT&T. Just need a good enough reason to do it.

RE: Good Deal
By really on 5/13/2010 1:07:49 PM , Rating: 2
You needed no other reason than it is AT&T to move to another service. That was my sole reasoning for not buying an iphone. I they had opened it up to other carriers they would have sold even more phones.

Currently I have the Samsung Moment from Sprint which is running Android 1.5. I can't wait for the 2.1 update which supposedly is coming out later this month but so far Android 1.5 has worked perfectly fine for me. Besides with Sprint you already get turn-by-turn gps navigation so that feature in 2.1 is a moot point for me.

RE: Good Deal
By Ard on 5/14/2010 12:23:37 AM , Rating: 2
Well, the issue I have is that my wife is on AT&T so we'd lose the M2M. That's why I said I need a really compelling reason to leave it. Sick hardware like the Droid Incredible or EVO would be enough for me to say to hell with the M2M and iPhone HD.

I love how mad everyone is
By eskimospy on 5/13/2010 12:03:59 AM , Rating: 4
That they are charging $10 extra for a vastly better data connection, a price that all included still makes them cheaper than what Verizon or AT&T charge for 3G service.

RE: I love how mad everyone is
By dubldwn on 5/14/2010 12:06:11 PM , Rating: 2
Sprint has already conceded that WiMax "4G" will not be in my city summer of 2011. So, next month they're going to be selling these in my city, with the $10 "4G" premium, and their "4G" won't be available for most, if not all, of the time people own the phone? This only makes sense if they only sell these where 4G is available. Which is dumb.

Thursday night campout?
By larryw4csc on 5/12/2010 10:15:08 PM , Rating: 5
Let's get a few thousand crazy people across the country and just camp out at the Sprint stores Thursday night June 3rd and have a huge party even if we're not going to buy this phone. Huge long lines wrapping around the block with poptents, coolers, lounge chairs, wifi compliments of the Sprint store, online video streaming all night of the massive crowds....just to see if we can depress Apple's opening stock price on Friday morning from the press coverage....

When the store opens, we'll pack up and go home.

By really on 5/13/2010 1:04:11 PM , Rating: 2
I think it is perfectly fair to ask people to pay an extra $10 dollars for the 4G considering with the EVO you can setup a WiMax hotspot and allow I believe either 4 or 8 other devices to connect. That is a serious use of bandwidth that could potentially be used by 1 device with multiple clients connected.

RE: Fair
By fic2 on 5/13/2010 2:12:08 PM , Rating: 2
Do you think it is still fair if you live in an area that doesn't have 4G coverage and it isn't even on the road map? Because you have to pay this fee whether or not you actually have 4G coverage in your area.

WiMax hotspot is an additional $30.

Sprint drops the ball again....
By okcoolthnx on 5/13/2010 5:53:32 PM , Rating: 2
I sent an email to the CEO regarding this issue, and everyone else should as well.

It amazes me that Sprint never learns. They were the last to get cutting edge Windows based phones, they were the last to get cutting edge Blackberry phones, they were the last to get cutting edge Android-based phones, and when they finally had a shot at an awesome device exclusively available only with Sprint, they get greedy and add a surcharge. Unbelievable.

Android 2.1 simply blows any other mobile OS out of the water.

I have a Nexus One with T-mobile along with my Sprint HTC Touch with Android 1.6 installed on it. And let me say that, despite the lack of T-mo's overall coverage area, I never even use my Sprint phone in the city. The 3G screams on the N1 and I actually switch from an iPhone 3G and haven't regretted it once.

I was hoping to get the Nexus One for Sprint but that dreamed ended earlier this week. Now I hear there will be a surcharge for the EVO?! It's no surprise that Sprint is losing customers like crazy. Shame on them.

By inperfectdarkness on 5/15/2010 12:39:13 AM , Rating: 2
the ONLY and best way for sprint to win in this market is to do the unthinkable:

offer the same $129.99 2-line unlimited EVERYTHING family plan for use with the evo EVERYWHERE including 4g networks--and without any additional fees for tethering.

screw their bottom line, customers will be fighting with each other to get in the door first & lining up for miles to sign up for new contracts. better to make $5/month profit off of 10,000,000 subscribers than a $40/month profit off of 100,000 subscribers.

By Calindar on 5/12/2010 9:09:38 PM , Rating: 1

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By acase on 5/13/2010 9:53:53 AM , Rating: 3

What a joke!
By That Takes the Cake on 5/12/2010 9:50:21 PM , Rating: 3
Can you imagine the nerve: A PREMIUM over and above their so called "EVERYTHING" plans. - What a joke! - Do you know how you can tell if a politician or a marketer is lying? They are breathing!

By That Takes the Cake on 5/12/2010 11:28:38 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like, from the Sprint site, it can't even do ordinary PC Sync.

What about Android 2.2
By PAPutzback on 5/13/2010 9:08:26 AM , Rating: 2
Will it push out to the phone when it is released? I'll probably sit out through the summer and get on the band wagon later. But if you need a new phone and are on Sprint this thing is a no brainer. I think that 10 dollar charge for WiMax is a scam but it will get rolled into the everything plan eventually once they have 4g coverage available nationally. I don't even see it on the radar yet to be available in Indianapolis.

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