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: 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.