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Leaked HTC EVO Screen from The Shack  (Source: Phandroid)
EVO will be the first 4G handset to hit the market

The 4G battle is brewing in the U.S. and while there are currently two competing technologies including WiMAX and LTE being used, most only expect LTE to survive the battle. Everyone but Sprint and Clearwire are backing LTE and Clearwire has cleared the way to move to LTE if it desires.

Despite the murky outlook for WiMAX, there are several markets around the country where WiMAX from Sprint and Clearwire is in use. One of the things missing from these areas so far has been a mobile phone that could operate on the 4G network. So far, only modems for computers have been offered.

screenshot has leaked from The Shack (formerly Radio Shack) that shows that pre-orders for the HTC EVO will start later this month. That is not a firm date, but the screenshot seems real enough and the time frame meets with rumors that have been circulating about the device. The screen shot reportedly came from the internal employee computer system at The Shack.

The image also lists some of the specs we already knew about the EVO. The device will run the Android 2.1 OS, use a 4.3-inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 480x800 and uses a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The handset also has 512MB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera for video conferencing. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, mobile HDTV, and HDMI output will be featured along with a microSD card slot for storage.

Phandroid reports that tipsters have claimed that training on the EVO will start on May 24 and the handset has a June 6 launch date. Pricing is still unknown, but one of the many rumors pegs the device at $199.99.



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EVO on Verizon?
By Red Storm on 5/6/2010 11:39:26 AM , Rating: 2
Is it possible to use an EVO on Verizon? By that I mean have Verizon activate it since they use the same network AFAIK.




RE: EVO on Verizon?
By ksherman on 5/6/2010 12:02:26 PM , Rating: 2
There wouldn't be a point to that for the most part. What separates the EVO 4G is the 4G, which isn't offered through Verizon.


RE: EVO on Verizon?
By JasonMick (blog) on 5/6/2010 12:27:23 PM , Rating: 1
Exactly. Plus on Sprint, assuming there's no additional 4G fees, you get EVERYTHING for $69.99.

I'm actually planning to buy this phone, both because I need an Android handset to develop on, and because I'm looking to replace my Verizon contract.

On Verizon, you'd pay at least $30 MORE a month for the contract. My BlackBerry was bumped from around $100 at the start of my contract a year and a half ago to $135 now. I vowed never again to buy a BlackBerry and to quit Verizon after that crap.

And as "great" as Verizon's coverage claims to be, I find a number of spots locally (in heavily populated suburban areas, mind you) that my Verizon handset perpetually drops calls in. I'd put my own drop call rate at around 6 percent.


RE: EVO on Verizon?
By theapparition on 5/6/2010 12:43:57 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
My BlackBerry was bumped from around $100 at the start of my contract a year and a half ago to $135 now. I vowed never again to buy a BlackBerry and to quit Verizon after that crap.

Why blame BlackBerry for Verizon's pricing?

Plus I doubt your claim that price was increased mid-contract. Any changes to your contract gives you the right to terminate service with no predjudice (in other words, no ETFs). People that allow thier contract to be modified by the carrier, and take it, deserve exactly what they get, the terms of the new contract.

Sorry Jason, but I feel it's your fault for being bent over and you saying, "Ok, let me get my pants off for you."

I agree that if you felt wronged, then vote with your wallet and chose another provider. But don't blame them for what you allowed them to do.


RE: EVO on Verizon?
By ksherman on 5/6/2010 12:44:11 PM , Rating: 2
I've heard that the 4G itself wont cost extra (makes sense, they really are pushing it hard, trying to get data traffic over to that network), but that the tethering option might be a little extra. If its $10 or $15 extra, I am SOLD so fast.

Nothing like getting a great new phone, super fast internet for my laptop and unlimited everything all the while saving $20 a month over my iPhone plan.


RE: EVO on Verizon?
By Mojo the Monkey on 5/6/2010 2:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
Jason, I'm also seriously considering this phone... it has everything I want except a physical keyboard. Do you have any insight into any new android phones with a respectable processor (snapdragon 1gz) coming out with a phys keyboard? All my searches show tired re-hashes of obsolete cpu/mem specs.


RE: EVO on Verizon?
By stuartw on 5/6/2010 6:18:42 PM , Rating: 2
The Samsung moment from Sprint is an Anrdoid phone with 1 ghz processor and a retractable physical qwerty keyboard. I haven't used one but the reviews are good. I played with one at a Sprint store for a minute. It looked good and felt solid.


RE: EVO on Verizon?
By Mojo the Monkey on 5/11/2010 4:04:50 PM , Rating: 2
apparently that one is 800mhz and doesnt have dedicated graphics. The new standard frees up the cpu even more than just those 200mhz.


RE: EVO on Verizon?
By bplewis24 on 5/6/2010 12:14:19 PM , Rating: 2
Even if you could, is it worth it if you lose the 4G aspect of it (since Verizon's network has no 4G and when it does, it will be LTE, not Wimax which this phone is compatible with)?

Brandon


RE: EVO on Verizon?
By nvalhalla on 5/6/2010 12:36:43 PM , Rating: 1
No.

Sprint and Verizon won't active each others phones. Period.


RE: EVO on Verizon?
By theapparition on 5/6/2010 12:37:11 PM , Rating: 2
Definitely No.

Verizon will not activate the ECN of a phone that is not supported on the Verizon network.

Doesn't matter if its CDMA or compatible, just not going to happen.

Plus as mentioned, you lose 4G, so what's the point? Otherwise, it's pretty similar to the Incredible, so might as well get that and be done.

I'm waiting for Verizon's LTE offerings, which should start later in the fall.


RE: EVO on Verizon?
By Omega215D on 5/6/2010 6:14:56 PM , Rating: 2
No, they do. If the phone has been unlocked by the other carrier Verizon can activate it if it is compatible. I remember doing it to an old Star Tac for fun and it worked out. The hard part is to get the other company to unlock your phone even the GSM types.


RE: EVO on Verizon?
By theapparition on 5/6/2010 8:45:01 PM , Rating: 2
Your experience with a 1997ish Star Tac doesn't translate into today's rules.

Verizon will not authorize the use of a phone that they don't already offer on thier network, and neither will Sprint.


RE: EVO on Verizon?
By Omega215D on 5/7/2010 2:33:30 AM , Rating: 2
This was done back in 2004 before the e911 mandate went into full effect. Although pretty rare Verizon can and most likely will activate an unlocked CDMA phone that is fully compatible with their service and MEID system. Just don't expect support for it.

http://cellphoneforums.net/alt-cellular-verizon/t2...

Just an example of people familiar with it.


RE: EVO on Verizon?
By Shin Messiah on 5/6/2010 10:54:12 PM , Rating: 2
yes you prolly could....people have been doing it for a while now with winmo 6 and up. Mostly from sprint to verizon or metropcs. Consult, ppcgeeks.com's or xda.com's respective android sections. the hardest thing about it would be getting verizon to add the esn of the phone you want to use into their databases, the rest is pretty much unlocking the phone's settings and programing the new VZW network settings, cake.

while some may say that well you lose the 4G if you use this phone on verizon, I say there are a very limited number of areas with 4G coverage, and the most of the people who purchase this phone prolly wont see any 4G speeds until very late this year or early next year at best (speculation).


iPhone 4th Gen
By ksherman on 5/6/2010 10:15:32 AM , Rating: 2
Seems like nearly the same launch date...

I'd like to see plan pricing details, particularly how much extra for the 4G tethering option. Need internet for my laptop (on the go) soon.




RE: iPhone 4th Gen
By jeff834 on 5/6/2010 1:01:07 PM , Rating: 2
As someone who worked for Sprint up until the end of last year I say good luck trying to get tethering. Not sure if they're going to change it with 4G phone plans but Sprint makes it near impossible to add phone as modem (aka tethering)to any of their smart phone plans. Love the service and pricing in general (and as a former employee I get a pretty good deal), but even with friends in the store I have to pull a trick to use PAM with my phone. Generally speaking any of the phones that require an everything plan - instincts, palm webOS, android phones - cannot do legitimate PAM.

On another note this is definitely going to be my next phone and it looks incredible.


RE: iPhone 4th Gen
By HighWing on 5/6/2010 1:29:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I say good luck trying to get tethering.


I'm gonna have to say it must have been your phone and/or market area. I'm only a Sprint Customer, but I've never had a problem with PAM. I've used WinMo phones which all come with a built in app for it. And all I had to do was call Sprint Customer Service and get that service activated for an additional $20/mo. Never had any trouble with the operators and I even turn off the service when I know I'm not going to be using it for a few months.


RE: iPhone 4th Gen
By ksherman on 5/6/2010 2:48:54 PM , Rating: 2
Except that is one of this phone's main features, turning it into a WiFi hotspot for 4G service.


By PresidentThomasJefferson on 5/6/2010 5:22:44 PM , Rating: 2
the 4g is free (cuz moving data on 4g is cheaper for Sprint) & it's $10-20/month extra for the ability to use the 4g phone as a portable wifi router for up to 8 devices/laptops


RE: iPhone 4th Gen
By Rugar on 5/7/2010 11:49:20 AM , Rating: 2
I'm going to have to disagree as well. Still running a SERO plan here and I've had an Apache (PPC-6700), a Mogul, and now a Touch Pro2. In all three cases, PAM was either installed with the default Sprint ROM or just a CAB file away.

When on the ferry or otherwise wasting time, I routinely use my TP2 to tether my laptop so I can play MMOs.


RE: iPhone 4th Gen
By inperfectdarkness on 5/12/2010 3:05:29 PM , Rating: 2
i'm stoked about 4g wi-fi tethering as well. if a "lowly" droid does it easier than an evo; well...that would be retarded.

i really hope sprint doesn't charge extra for tethering. the $129 plan for 2 phones & unlimited data/web is perfect for me. if they toss in tethering for free, i will seriously consider going without home internet for the first time since 1998.

if not...well, i'll just use the phone as my "stop-gap" while on the road.


Lucky
By SavagePotato on 5/6/2010 12:27:25 PM , Rating: 2
Every time I see this phone I curse the Telus/Bell/Rogers triangle of mediocrity we have to live with in Canada.

You Americans are so lucky on cell phone choice. Which is all the more sad considering how awesome it is in Europe or for example Japan.




RE: Lucky
By LyricalGenius on 5/6/2010 12:57:56 PM , Rating: 2
I totally agree.... what crap we have to put up with... Rogers' featured phone is the Sony Xperia X10... don't get me wrong, it's a decent handset...but when people in the states get amazing phones like the Incredible, Desire, HD2, Evo, I just makes me kind of....sad....


RE: Lucky
By Alexstarfire on 5/6/2010 3:13:08 PM , Rating: 2
I'd rather have the X10 than most of the garbage we have here. IDK what you are talking about since the X10 is rather amazing, allbeit pricey.


RE: Lucky
By LyricalGenius on 5/6/2010 3:44:59 PM , Rating: 2
It's a powerful phone hardware-wise....but software-wise it's still quite buggy and at the moment still doesn't have 2.1 out of the box. Personally, I dislike their "stack-like" UI for the social networking ("TimeScape") but I do enjoy the MediaScape UI and the great 8MP camera....


RE: Lucky
By Mojo the Monkey on 5/6/2010 4:53:52 PM , Rating: 2
Any cell camera over 2-4 megapixels is just overkill and marketing hype. You need legitimate lenses to start taking advantage after that.

Sure, you might get more pixels in your photo, but they'll be garbage pixels and it wont look good unless you resize/compress down anyway.


RE: Lucky
By robinthakur on 5/7/2010 6:07:48 AM , Rating: 2
Agree, I used one the other day foor about an hour and whilst its way better that that crappy Xperia X1, found it baffling that after 3 years of the iPhone being on the market, se, Nokia and the rest STILL don't seem to get the importance of well developed and designed software as well as great hardware for the user experience. That floaty aggregating stream (Timescape)feed just seems completely broken in terms of what you can access! A real shame, as the build quality was solid, but it counts for zero without the software to make it useful.


RE: Lucky
By SavagePotato on 5/6/2010 5:55:02 PM , Rating: 2
The X10 is a nice phone, but the 4g and the incredible are just so much more awesome, and awesome looking.

That is only the tip of the iceberg though.

The plans we have to choose from here are attrocious for smartphones. 500mb data with like 200 minutes talk is like 55 bucks a month, AND you have to pay 15 bucks a month extra for a call display/voicemail/texting pack if you want your phone to be of any actual use.

The word unlimited does not exist in Canada, unless you count wind, and wind's "home zone" scheme is so useless.


Switch
By TheRequiem on 5/6/2010 10:30:44 AM , Rating: 2
Making the switch this June... can't wait to get off AT&T, also all the while reducing my monthly payment.




RE: Switch
By The0ne on 5/6/2010 1:34:39 PM , Rating: 2
Same here. Skipped the Palm pre and Incredible and decided finally to get this phone when it's release. It's looking pretty good.


Looks pretty
By superPC on 5/6/2010 12:03:10 PM , Rating: 2
It looks gorgeous! but seriously, it looks a lot like iphone. can't anyone make gorgeous CE without peeking at the apple design guide?

on other note: finally! a gorgeous phone with android in it and good tech behind it! call me exited!




RE: Looks pretty
By funkyd99 on 5/6/2010 3:57:37 PM , Rating: 2
...and how can any phone made up of 95% screen NOT look like an iPhone (or any other touch smartphone for that matter)?


EVO 4G on Clear?
By ksherman on 5/6/2010 12:04:19 PM , Rating: 2
Little tidbit to add, I have a feeling that Clear will be offering the EVO 4G as well.

Yesterday, @ClearInsider tweeted: "Did someone say, "CLEAR smartphones coming in 2010"?"

Could be interesting, maybe they will go the VoIP route?! Would make me super happy.




RE: EVO 4G on Clear?
By Alexstarfire on 5/6/2010 3:16:27 PM , Rating: 2
FYI, Clear is WiMax. It actually uses Sprint's WiMax as Sprint has a large marketshare in Clear. In short, they are basically one in the same.


All I can say is...
By Shatbot on 5/6/2010 10:23:25 AM , Rating: 2
Cool Beans




No 4G in California
By Seedillume on 5/8/2010 9:57:56 AM , Rating: 2
I am not in a rush to obtain a 4G device since currently there is no WiMax in California. Also, I worry about a 1 hour battery life. :)




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