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The Sprint Epic 4G goes on sale today.  (Source: Sprint via Amazon.com)
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 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.



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RE: +$10 /month
By immortalsly on 8/31/2010 4:16:06 PM , Rating: 2
WOW, you really are clueless, aren't you?

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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...


You actually think that Sprint's $69.99 + $10 premium plan will give you tethering? Uh, no. Try another $29.99 for the privilege. http://shop.sprint.com/en/shop/why_sprint/4g/4g_pl...

No one is saying that building a 4G network is cheap. But to whack everyone with the $10 fee even if you're not in a 4G area? That's just wrong.

And btw, Sprint isn't the cheapest: http://pocketnow.com/android/how-much-does-it-cost...

If you're one of those people that will accept any fees and simply roll over, who are we to convince you otherwise?


RE: +$10 /month
By torpor on 8/31/2010 5:27:16 PM , Rating: 3
The epic 4g on my desk, right here, lets me tether one computer via USB.

If I want the Sprint-branded app that lets me broadcast as a WiFi access point, that gets installed when I approve the $30 charge.

So what happens when FroYo hits? What if I get the app somewhere else, like from the actual Android build? Can they stop me?

And yes, so far I'm using way more data than I did on my old smartphone. Based on the nature of what I'm doing, that will definitely continue.

We always talk about how the heaviest users should pay the steepest data fees...well, here I am.


RE: +$10 /month
By XSpeedracerX on 8/31/2010 6:51:57 PM , Rating: 2
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WOW, you really are clueless, aren't you?


Were you looking in the mirror when you said that? I had more to add, but the epic 4G owner pretty much hit it out of the park. You think they don't know about tethering apps and can't tell who's tethered and who's not? Think they can't totally clamp down the phone and make it impossible/expensive for people to tether their laptops and PCs to the phone? Because if you do, AT&T has some swamp water under the Brooklyn bridge to sell you...

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And btw, Sprint isn't the cheapest


Nope. That would be virgin mobile with their $25/mo plan. However nobody said they were, sooo....

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If you're one of those people that will accept any fees and simply roll over, who are we to convince you otherwise?


You're right. I need to join you and the others in the fight for mobile freedom! Guess its time for you to dust off that guy fawks mask and parade about sprint's headquarters holding up an oversized poorly drawn anti-fee slogan and stick it to the man!

Yeah, get real. Let me sum up for you...

AT&T: That will be an extra $30/mo for your iPhone.
You: No problem dude!

Verizon: That will be an extra $40/mo for your droid phone.
You: This isn't a droid. Actually its not even a smartphone, just a feature phone.
Verizon: Oh. Well, still, $40/mo extra.
You: Sweet! Thanks Verizon!

Sprint: That'll be $10/mo extra for your 4G smartphone sir.
You: OMG SPRINT STOP WITH THE EXTRA FEES ALREADY!!11!!!
Me: Quit your whining.


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