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The Sprint Epic 4G goes on sale today.  (Source: Sprint via
Sprint customers can get their hands on a truly epic smart phone in every sense of the word

Samsung 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 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.

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RE: +$10 /month
By EasyC on 8/31/2010 2:35:08 PM , Rating: 1
Here's something to shut up the people who swallow the 10$.

Sprint's claim to this fee is that you're going to use more data on this phone on 3G (since this ISN'T for 4G *rolleyes*).

My friend picked this phone up today. So I had them do a little test. I got a couple friends (including this one) to download the app Since none of us are in a 4G area, here are the results.

Epic: 891 kbps (down) / 451 kbps (up)
Moment: 901 kbps (down) / 439 kbps (up)
Droid: 784 kbps (down) / 444 kbps (up)
Eris: 815 kbps (down) / 395 kbps (up)

So Sprint swallowers, how can you have such an awesome phone use more data if you can't download it faster than any other inferior phone?

I'm not anti-Sprint, I'm anti-fee. I have Sprint and am in the crusade against stupid fees.

RE: +$10 /month
By XSpeedracerX on 8/31/2010 3:37:19 PM , Rating: 2
Here's something to shut up the people who won't stop bitching PMS style about the $10

Sprint: Unlimited data, tethering for 8 devices, 4G speeds (now or later depending on where you live)

AT&T: 1GB cap, $20 just for tethering + $30 data

Verizon: 2GB tethering cap, $20 just for tethering + $30 data or 5GB tethering cap, tethering only to computer through USB, and 49.99 a month (Damn, my unlimited 10Mbit roadrunner is only $44!)

Lets see... extra $10 vs. extra $20 vs. extra $50 if you push it. Guess we know who wins this fight LOL.

RE: +$10 /month
By torpor on 8/31/2010 5:22:35 PM , Rating: 2
More use on the basis of use.

Not more use on the basis of speed - although that will happen, too. Convenience is a strong argument.

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