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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 ebakke on 8/31/2010 4:21:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Yep. Said it before, I'll say it again. Quit whining.
You're missing the point entirely. Stop for 30 seconds and read what I have to say before jumping to conclusions and formulating your reply.

I'm not complaining that they're charging too much for their service. They're free to charge whatever they want to charge. (And frankly, I went to Verizon which is pretty much the most expensive carrier out there.)

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.

But it all reeks of Dan Hesse not wanting to go back on TV and say "I know I said 4G was cheaper for us per GB than 3G, and I know I said it wouldn't cost you any more.... but.... oops! It's gonna be $10/month please."

Now it's fine if you don't have any problem with the way Sprint's going about it, but I'm not. And that's perfectly fine too.


RE: +$10 /month
By XSpeedracerX on 8/31/2010 6:31:21 PM , Rating: 2
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.


'Shady'? Heh-heh. Thats pretty funny. You want shady? I'll give you shady. Over there at Vizey land (and AT&T world as well) you are all paying extra for their 4G roll outs with extra restrictions tacked on to boot and you will get zero access to the speeds their new networks offer 'til you fork out some more cash for a new phone or upgrade which will cost extra. Also, enjoy those 1GB/2GB data caps, which you'll be hitting more frequently at 4G speeds...

With sprint, you buy a 4G phone now, subsidize the rollout of their 4G network and you'll be among the first to get near-broadband speed out of your portable phone thingy. If you have the cash to consider the latest and the greatest, then it stands to reason that $10/mo is hardly a concern to you and, since you obviously want more wireless speed since your buying a 4G phone in the first place, why shouldn't you be made to pay for the network rollout? The alternative is to make everyone pay for something they can't use 'till they pay again. Kind of like what their doing at...uhh...verizon.


RE: +$10 /month
By ryedizzel on 8/31/2010 6:45:24 PM , Rating: 2
XSpeedracerX is retarded.
/end thread


RE: +$10 /month
By XSpeedracerX on 8/31/2010 6:56:25 PM , Rating: 2
Brilliant rebuttle there, genius. I see a physics professor in the making here! But really, why lay out your points in gross detail when just plain old name calling is so much more fun?

P.S. You mother is fat and ugly. And you smell.


RE: +$10 /month
By ebakke on 8/31/2010 6:50:57 PM , Rating: 2
And again, you missed the point entirely. We're done here.


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