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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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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.

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