Sprint EVO 4G LTE

Sprint today announced that stores in a number of states will open at 8 a.m. local time for Friday's launch of the HTC EVO 4G LTE. Some stores will have special demonstrations set up. They include:

  • Plano, Texas: 1913 Preston Road, Suite 100.
  • Atlanta: 3400 Around Lenox Road, Atlanta, Ga., 30326, in the Around Lenox shopping center
  • Miami: 12540 SW 120th Street
  • Boston: 422 Boylston Street, at the corner of Boylston & Berkeley streets
  • ​Redmond, Wash.: Overlake Sprint Store, 148th Ave NE
  • South Denver: 9992 Commons Street, STE 100, Lone Tree, CO, just off E. Lincoln Avenue
  • Washington, D.C.: 1101 South Joyce Street, Suite B15, Arlington, VA 22202
  • San Francisco: 320 Gellert Boulevard, Daly City, CA, 94015 - cross street Hickey Blvd.
  • New York City: 175 Fifth Avenue
  • Los Angeles: 364 S La Cienega Blvd (between San Vicente and 3rd Street)

Sprint's announcing these locations one at a time, so we'll keep an eye out for any additions. We'd also recommend checking with your local store before showing up first thing Friday, just in case.

Source: Sprint PR; more: Sprint store locations
Also: EVO 4G LTE forums

 
There are 36 comments

Hmmm. How much you wanna bet that Sprint flips the switch on its LTE network in some areas on or just before Friday?

vhira82 says:

I really hope they do!

xorg says:

I've heard from someone who works at the Sprint HQ that they hoped to turn on initial markets on EVO launch but there were some hiccups in LTE testing and it may not turn on until June.

The good news is that Sprint is pushing out LTE in more markets than just the first 6. There will likely be more markets initially turned on than officially stated.

moises1204 says:

Hopefully Boston MA, YEY! waiting for gs3 though.

Duffin says:

That thought actually crossed my mind this week after thinking about it, too. If you really think about it, it makes no sense to release an LTE phone without an LTE network, even though it'll still work on 3G. It's obviously going to aggravate some people. While perhaps they maybe should have announced it, if it does end up happening, I think the surprise of it will be just as effective.

inuchan says:

Bur yet they released the Evo 4G without having a solid 4G setup. So it should be the same with this phone.

Galaxy nexus, lg viper...

weirdia says:

Not only will it aggravate some people, but most reviews I've seen from major media sites point out the lack of LTE deployment as not only a "con", but a reason to recommend not buying it.

snowglyder says:

That would be a refreshing change. If not, those looking to purchase this phone should make sure they're ok with slow 3G speeds. You might not get 4G for the length of that new contract. Just speaking from experience with the OG Evo 4G.

BTW, are they still charging that $10/mo smartphone tax?

xorg says:

No, they're charging $10 less for dumbphones. :)

FletchBerry says:

+1

zhecht says:

Some areas are already live (there are a few towers in Georgia that are allowing customers to connect), and there are 600 or so towers ready to go that are currently sending out LTE signals but not allowing phones to connect.

Why? They've already released two LTE phones with no actual LTE network yet.

hmmm says:

Can't wait. I can't preorder since I am doing the buy up program which apparently requires a trip to a corporate store now but I will definitely be in there Friday morning.

Duffin says:

I know, I can't wait either. I also didn't pre-order because I am using my GE discount to start service with them and I wanted to make sure it went through properly while in the store. Plus, I didn't want to wait for it to be delivered, so the Sprint guy told me he'd set one aside for me :)

mech1164 says:

As much as I want to get this considering my OG EVO is up next month. I want to see it first then see if I can get a deal. At 90+ a month i'm looking to cut costs. I have a Gnex on tmo prepaid for 30 right now and may just stick with it once my contract is over. Let the games begin.

OJMBrooklyn says:

Mech1164, How are you liking the GNex on the $30 Tmo plan as compared to Sprint? I have been with Sprint (since 1997!), but am sick of horrid data speeds in Metro NYC and have thought about making the switch to the GNex on TMo. Any feedback is appreciated!

sitruc#AC says:

For some reason South of Denver and Arlington, Virginia stand out to me on that list...

autoexec.bat says:

ON EDIT: This is actually the Pentagon Row store. Nevertheless, my disparaging comments about the network in Arlington still stand.

Arlington, VA probably stands out because that store is in Crystal City where a person standing *outside* gets around 64 kbps down. Not to mention the fact that the store is located underground where the only Sprint signal is actually roaming on Verizon. Hilarious if it wasn't so sad. LTE can't come fast enough...

rico college says:

Daly City? really, now that's funny. The Coldest place in the whole Bay Area at 8 am.

No thanks.

How about one of Your Corporate Stores that are really located in San Francisco, Sprint? Like the one at Mission st. Great breakfast burritos near bye.

kpeste99 says:

The pre-order folks better get their new EVOs before or on Friday. If we don't, then why pre-order?

a22matic says:

You're dead on! I pre-ordered my phone 10 minutes after it was available. They already have the phones, so I thought they would treat the pre-order ppl with special privileges (i.e. mail the darn phones EARLY)! Sprint already has our $, so mail us the phones!

cmandd says:

All VA stores will open at 8am. We won't have a special event, but will have refreshments.

NYBKPRE says:

No LTE service in my area No giving up my doe.

Mikey47 says:

So, are they only opening select stores at 8AM because they have so few phones to send out and they are picking and choosing which stores to send them to in order to open early?

I pre-ordered, so who knows when I will receive my phone, but happened to be by the local Sprint store this morning for my daughter's phone and asked when they were going to receive phones for Friday's launch and they said hopefully by Friday, but they had been told they might not even have any on Friday. I've never heard a store admit they might not have a phone on release day and when I questioned him about his all he did was shrug his shoulders and say "we will get them when we get them". Pretty sad situation if you asked me...

DWR_31 says:

And I shall wait for the ICS update for my Evo 3D. I will play with both and if LTE is as truly amazing as they say, an upgrade might be in my near future.

This ICS update will essentially turn my phone into the Evo V 4G, on Virgin Mobile. Which really pisses me off. If I only had waited a year and spent $100 more, I would have the same phone with a cheaper plan and no contract requirements for another year.

JahmeZZ says:

Add all Sprint Stores in New York City, Possibly NY State to the list of stores that are opening up at 8am. I called the Sprint Store on 34th Street in Manhattan and I got confirmation for 8am opening. Will be there at 7am. As per sprint http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=2280

TheDonJ77 says:

Im sticking it out with my GS2.....Until sprint flips the Lte switch in the DC area so I can truly test the speeds and reliability of the network. Then I can decide between holding on to my GS2 or getting the Gnex, Lte evo or GS3

dizzle16 says:

Who the hell wants a phone that doesn't allow you too use it's LTE feature. Sprint looks stupid for releasing this phone. I'm a HTC guy and I hate that I can't get this phone. I use my Wimax 4g everyday. Can't go back to their crappy 3g. I'm out of contract in February and if 4glte isn't in Cleveland I'm going to a provider that has it here aka T-Mobile, AT&T or Verizon

HeavyTRAFFIK says:

Seattle was among the first markets to get 4G Wimax. Hoping, just hoping, it'll be near the front of the line for LTE as well... *crosses fingers*

crxssi says:

It would be more fair if they were LAST, then. Allow us who have never had ANY WiMax to get LTE first.

crazace says:

Us here in Seattle are supposed to get LTE by the end of the year if not before!

j.wolfe77 says:

Lol you guys are complaining about not having LTE at launch? We still don't have wimax 4g here in Albuquerque New Mexico yet. I pre ordered the phone cuz I like the phone. LTE has nothing to do with my decision. God knows if I will ever even see that here.

datamike says:

Sing it, brother! I'm also from Albuquerque, and spent the last 2 years paying an extra $10 a month for 4G that never came. Now they want to start again with this BS? Fool me once........

Rydah805 says:

My local store is opening at 8 AM also. Oxnard, CA Corporate Store.

vhira82 says:

think they open now? Eff Apple!