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HTC EVO 4G from Sprint  (Source: Sprint)
Welcome to the future of smartphones

The next generation iPhone packs some pretty attractive hardware, but the HTC EVO 4G phone from Sprint packs virtually identical or superior stats in every category and will be available sooner.  Preorders for the phone just began exclusively at Best Buy -- with RadioShack and Wal-Mart soon to follow.  The phone itself will ship on June 4.

The EVO, like the iPhone fourth generation, features two cameras -- an 8 MP rear camera and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera for video conferencing.  The EVO, though offers something the iPhone can't -- 4G coverage in the handful of cities that Sprint has rolled out WiMAX services to.

Cities with 4G coverage include Georgia - Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii - Honolulu, Maui; Idaho - Boise; Illinois - Chicago; Maryland - Baltimore; Nevada - Las Vegas; North Carolina - Charlotte, Greensboro, (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon - Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania - Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Reading, York; Texas - Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Washington - Bellingham, Seattle.

Like the iPhone the EVO can simultaneously handle data and voice transmission -- something its fellow Android phones on Verizon can't offer.  Unlike the iPhone, though, it features fully upgradeable memory via a microSD slot and a larger screen, measuring an impressive 4.3 in.  The Phone can also take HD video.

The phone also features dual flash (compared to one on the fourth generation iPhone prototypes), FM radio, and a hands-free kickstand for watching movies.  And the icing on the cake is a mini-HDMI port that will allow you to pipe video to external monitors and wireless tethering which will let you use the phone's Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities to turn the phone into a mobile hotspot on the go.

Sprint announced yesterday that tethering for up to eight devices would be available for $29.99 a month.  A $10 premium is tacked onto the $69.99 Sprint charges for its unlimited everything plan to handle the extra expense of 4G.  The phone itself will retail for $199 after $100 rebate with 2-year contract.

In its announcement Sprint also extended a 30 day satisfaction guarantee.  Writes Sprint:

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 charges.

The EVO looks like a hot deal.  For around the price of an iPhone's service plan (and probably less for hardware) you will get 4G coverage, better hardware, and wireless tethering.  Or you can opt out of the tethering and get the other aforementioned perks at an even cheaper cost.  The EVO looks like it just may make Sprint's 4G investment finally pay off.


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RE: extra charges but still cheaper
By ksherman on 5/13/2010 3:16:34 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure how you calculated $110, unless you were including tethering... Otherwise, it's only $79.99 for all that you list, which is fantastic.

I'm tempted on the tethering option, but I'd rather see if there are Apps or the pending OS update that will negate the need for their service. I have no need to have more than one device (laptop) connected to the internet. But I do need to have my laptop connected to the internet, and event at $109.99 a month, it's cheaper than a separate plan for mobile broadband.


By robert5c on 5/13/2010 3:42:42 PM , Rating: 2
i was speaking of there simply everything plan that includes unlimited anytime minutes

the 69.99 unlimited mobile plan is the same however voice is only unlimited to any cellphone in the country, land lines would still charge minutes, of which you have 450.

however sprints nights and weekends start at 6pm unlike most people so for most everyone 450 is enough. so yes 79.99 or 109.99 a month still beats the other providers in service and features at that price.

i agree with above user though that the simply everything plan should stay at 99.99 a month and include the 4g coverage. we'll see what develops.


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