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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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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:
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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.


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