has already sold 1
million Galaxy S smartphones in the United States, with just the
variants on T-Mobile
(branded the "Vibrant") and AT&T
(branded the "Captivate"). Now as a launch of
Verizon's variant, the "Fascinate", appears to be just
weeks away, Sprint has become the third major U.S. carrier to
officially open sales of the device.Sprint's Galaxy S
variant, dubbed the Sprint
Epic 4G, is a bit different than the rest of the Galaxy S pack.
It's the Galaxy S Pro which means it has a half-width, slide-out
physical keyboard, which will delight some disappointed by the lack
of a keyboard in other variants. The phone also adds in some
features that were scrapped in the "Vibrant" and
"Captivate", namely a front-facing camera for video-calling
and a rear-facing LED flash.On top of those advantages over
its Galaxy S brethren, the new phone will be compatible with Sprint's
growing fourth generation (4G) wireless network, which employs
WiMAX. Many users are already enjoying this union of that
network and another Android smartphone, the HTC
EVO 4G. However, the Epic 4G sports a faster processor than
the EVO 4G, so it should offer an even more compelling
experience.The only disappointments initially appeared to be
a slightly fatter width due to the extra features and a slightly
higher price of $249.99 USD. Apparently some e-tailers are
remedying the latter issue, offering the phone for $199.99 USD.
Both Amazon.com and Wirefly are
offering the phone at this rate with free shipping.The phone
is already on sale in Sprint stores and will start shipping
immediately. For customers who want to see more specs, you can
visit Sprint's page for
the phone, but again beware, you probably don't want to buy it there
as Sprint is charging $249.99 USD with a new 2-year-contract.
quote: If you Reeeeeally don't like the $10 charge, the same phone minus the keyboard can be had elsewhere.
quote: He's not whining.
quote: And the fact is pretty straightforward for anyone who cares to analyze the fee without instantly blurting "It's still cheaper than so and so". That isn't the point.
quote: The point is this: the $10 "premium data" fee is nothing more than Sprint trying to make more money. You'll pay the fee regardless whether your area has 4G or not (more likely not because it's only in a few cities).
quote: How would Droid users or iPhone users feel if they're told they have to pay $10/month extra for their phones because "it's so awesome you're gonna use more data" even though their plans come with unlimited data?
quote: Uhh...yeah it is. He's complaining in essence that they're charging too much for their service. That calls into question what others are charging for their service. Turns out even with the $10 charge, its still lower than sprints nearest competitor without 4G. Did I mention unlimited data plus free tethering for five other devices? With the way he's complaining about a measely $10 I bet Viz-ey's tethering fees with the data cap would give this guy a heart attack!iPhone users would jump for joy. $10/mo for tethering five devices of their choice on an unlimited data plan would totally kick the crap out of what they get now. ($20/mo just for tethering + $30/mo data plan + 1 GB cap at the max). Droid users have verizon. So, their already feeling the pain. And sprints commited to unlimited, where verizon has stated openly not to expect it when their 4G rollout begins...
quote: WOW, you really are clueless, aren't you?
quote: And btw, Sprint isn't the cheapest
quote: If you're one of those people that will accept any fees and simply roll over, who are we to convince you otherwise?
quote: Yep. Said it before, I'll say it again. Quit whining.
quote: My complaint is the shady way Sprint is going about this. If they told consumers the fee was for their costs to roll out a 4G network (as you claim that's what it's for - and to be fair, it certainly seems like it is) then I would accept that. If they said it was a rental fee for the phone and that you didn't really own it, I would have a different set of complaints, but ok. If they said "Simply Everything" really isn't everything and it's "Simply Everything for our older phones", I'd be ok with it. Or if they said it was to subsidize the high cost of the phone and it would stop when your contract was up, ok. Or if they actually gave you some "premium data" like exclusive apps or prioritized network traffic, I'd be ok with it. Or if they gave you free WiFi tethering, and didn't charge you $30 more a month for that. Or if they only charged it to the highest volume data users (since they claim they think you'll be using more), then ok. But to tout the phone's features (which consumers will be paying a $200 premium for, mind you) as some kind of "premium data " that can't be found on any other phone with any other carrier, is absurd. The company is trying to hide behind the premium data label without being honest about why they're charging that fee.