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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: Tethering Option
By ksherman on 5/12/2010 11:39:37 PM , Rating: 2
Found more info in the press release:
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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
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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 :)


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