Evo 4G

Finally, we've got pricing and availability information for the Sprint Evo 4G,  dropped on us at the launch party tonight in New York City. The world's first WiMax phone will go on sale June 4 for $199 after contract. More as Dan Hesse gives it.

As we expected, the 4G mobile hot spot will cost extra, to the tune of $29 a month. Could be worse, we guess, and that's the price you pay to be on the cutting edge. Full presser after the break.

Oh, and how about this: Simultaneous voice and data. They just demoed it, and that's without even having 4G. (Update: OK, that's simultaneous voice-data with 4G or WiFi. Not 3G.) That's right, folks. Sprint. Voice. Data. All in one big love fest.

America's First 4G Phone, HTC EVOTM 4G, Debuts on June 4 Packed with Industry-Leading Features Including Access to Mobile Video Chat, Simultaneous Voice and Data and HD Video Capture

Sprint leads the 4G revolution with the highly anticipated, award-winning HTC EVO 4G priced at just $199.99; add mobile hotspot capability for up to eight devices for just $29.99

NEW YORK, May 12, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --If you were creating your dream wireless device what would it look like? Two cameras and video chat so you can say goodnight to your children when you are away on a business trip? Simultaneous voice and data, so you can call in your take-out order while you look at their menu on the Internet? The ability to plug your phone into your HDTV, so you can let your children finish the movie they started watching in the car's backseat when you get home? And a huge screen for watching the videos you download in seconds - not minutes - with the fastest wireless data speeds available in America today? Stop daydreaming and get ready for Sprint (NYSE: S) to make your dreams come true on June 4 when the highly anticipated HTC EVO 4G debuts.

The critics agree that HTC EVO 4G is this summer's must-have wireless experience as it continues to win their accolades and endorsements. CNET, LAPTOP and eWeek gave HTC EVO 4G awards for Best of Show when it was announced at CTIA this spring. Engadget said, "It's easily the best specced phone we've ever witnessed." The Financial Times cooed, "The first 4G phone in the U.S., the HTC EVO ... ticks just about all the boxes for my ideal phone."

"HTC EVO 4G is a fantastic 3G device, but when you use it in our growing 4G coverage area, it becomes a multimedia powerhouse," said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. "The EVO 4G experience is much like going from TV to HDTV. But EVO has more than just an impressive list of features - it is also fun to use with remarkable gaming, video and web-browsing capabilities."

With the launch of HTC EVO 4G, Sprint customers will be able to enjoy capabilities they have never experienced before with a new video chat service from Qik. The two-way voice and video capability will be available as an upgrade to the preloaded Qik app on HTC EVO 4G to enable conversational, interactive, real-time sharing between mobile devices or from mobile-to-desktop.

Amazing Features, Beautiful Design

HTC EVO 4G features the latest version of the increasingly popular Android platform, Android 2.1, offering more than 35,000 apps, as well as a mind-blowing list of features, including:

  • Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more while the conversation continues.
  • Offering a new way to search with pictures instead of words, Google Goggles(TM) works with everything from books, DVDs and barcodes to landmarks, logos, artwork and wine labels.
  • Superfast 1GHz Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) processor, ensuring a smooth and quick movement within phone menus.
  • Two cameras - an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera.
  • Built-in mobile hotspot functionality allowing up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or 4G experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device.
  • Integrated HD video capture with the ability to capture and share live video via the Qik Web site, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter(TM).
  • Ability to easily watch video with the device on an HDTV via an HDMI cable (sold separately).
  • Custom Web browser optimized for the 4.3 inch display and Sprint 4G speeds to deliver a full, no-compromise Internet experience.
  • A handy kickstand built into the back, making it easy to watch videos on-the-go.
  • Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen.
  • Pinch-to-zoom and automatic text reflowing provide easy Web page views.

HTC EVO 4G boasts the newest version of the highly acclaimed HTC Sense user experience. With HTC Sense, HTC EVO 4G users can use Friend Stream to aggregate multiple social communication channels, including Facebook and Twitter into one organized flow of updates; a "Leap" thumbnail view to easily switch between home screen "panels;" the ability to download new, interactive widgets; and a "polite" ringer, which quiets the ringing phone once lifted up.

While the performance of currently available Android applications will be enhanced by access to 4G data speeds, a Sprint 4G developer guide is available today from the Sprint ADP Web site at http://developer.sprint.com. The Sprint 4G developer guide provides details on developing for an Android 2.1 handset and how to take advantage of HTC EVO 4G's unique hardware and software capabilities and the Sprint 4G network. The Sprint Application Developer Program has been providing tools for third-party developers since Sprint first launched the Wireless Web on its phones in 2001.

Worry-Free Pricing

HTC EVO 4G will be available in all Sprint retail channels, including Sprint.com and national retail partners, RadioShack, Best Buy and Wal-Mart. Sprint will price the award-winning device at $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate (taxes excluded) with a new line activation or eligible upgrade. Pre-registration is available now at www.sprint.com/evo.

In order to provide the best experience, HTC EVO 4G will use Sprint's industry-leading Everything Data or Business Advantage Messaging and Data plans that include unlimited Web, texting and calling on the Sprint Network to every mobile in America with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM. Everything Data plans start at $69.99 per month. A $10 per month Premium Data add-on will apply allowing customers to take advantage of a richer data experience than ever before.

Additionally, an optional pricing add-on will turn HTC EVO 4G into a mobile hotspot connecting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, gaming devices and digital cameras, simultaneously at 4G speeds where available and at 3G speeds anywhere on the Sprint 3G network for just $29.99 per month - half the monthly cost of the current Mobile Broadband plan (pricing excludes surcharges and taxes).

With the Sprint Free Guarantee, customers can take advantage of HTC EVO 4G for 30 days and if not completely satisfied, may return the device within 30 days to get reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get both the early termination and restocking fees waived, and receive a full refund for the monthly service plan charges.1


 

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Sprint Evo 4G pricing, availability announced - $199 starting June 4

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What the Heck!! Voice and data simultaneously on CDMA? How? Crazy. So all of this is good news except for the hotspot feature price which is $30 and the $10 fee for just having the phone. :(
$10 more a month isn't really bad at all though compared to Verizon's and ATT's plans.On the fore mentioned carrier's family plans I would have to pay $40 extra per line added and on Sprint's it's only $20 extra per line so an extra $10 more is still better then the others. Well awesome!!! This is my next phone hands down!!!

It doesn't say $10 for 4G. It says $10 for "premium data." Nothing about 4G at all, and nothing that says it applies only in 4G areas. Buy this phone and you're paying an extra $10 a month even if you only have 3G coverage. That sucks.

What sucks even more, I'm willing to bet, is that if you're on a family plan you're going to pay that extra fee on ALL your lines, even if only 1 of them has an Evo.

The only thing keeping most people on Sprint is their cheap data plans. If they're not careful, they're going to lose even more customers. I can't get 4G in my area, and only 1 of the 4 phones on my account needs data. Why should I pay extra for services I don't get and can't use?

You're reading into it way too much. $10 extra for just the EVO. All the other phones on your account will not be charged $10 extra I guarantee it. Well, I guess I can't really gaurantee it but I'm pretty sure that's not the case cause if it is, then I won't get this phone and about half the people that were going to get this phone won't.

SIGN ME UP!! Voice & data on 3G, only $10 more for 4G, video chat AND the phone is sexy as hell?!?!?!

Sounds like some other fruity phone just got PWN'D!!!!

If you read the artical correctly then you would see that it can. I don't know how but I just the Jesus phone broke that chain.

dang now I wish sprint was bringing the N1, ohhh well. I am gonna get it and pay the xtra $40, who with me on this. I will be the 1st in line on june 4th. Yeeeesssssss!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't have to have the hotspot feature if you don't want so you won't have to pay $40 extra. Just $10 extra.

At launch, we'll all be complaining about Android 2.2 release isn't available. :) I hope Sprint/HTC do OTA updates for OS releases.

dang now I wish sprint was bringing the N1, ohhh well. I am gonna get it and pay the xtra $40, who with me on this. I will be the 1st in line on june 4th. Yeeeesssssss!!!!!!!!!!!

seriously? an extra $10 and 4g isn't everywhere yet? they've lost their minds!! i thought the point of this was to get people to switch to sprint??!!?? and what about the crappy reception they have in major cities. i'm actually a pretty happy sprint customer but who are they kidding. i live in nyc. when i go away---oh so far, white plains & purchase (1/2 hour north of the city)--- i get no cell or data service. i thought i was just in bad spots but the other night i was roaming in nyc. my battery was dead within an hour and a half. speaking of battery life, how long is this $30 upgrade to wifi going to last. i would love to be able to get online w my laptop at the club's pool but how long will that last if the phone dies. the way i see it, right now, it's hit or miss if i get cell & 3g service, in a little known city like new york. to have this awesome phone they want me to pay $10/month more for 4g service that doesn't exist and at best will be spotty and another $30/month to deplete my battery faster. what's wrong with this scenario?? and btw....where's the freakn' hero update??? hmmm...should hero owners go w another sense device only to be forgotten about when the NEW christmas time phones are released??? the evo is eye candy & i want it bad, but i'm not ready to pay more for the same service which is starting to seem subpar. & what's the retail price wo contract?

Sorry, but the press release says

"Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more while the conversation continues."

Phone is $449.99 - just got an email from Sprint which includes the following -

Phone Offer: While supplies last. $449.99 - $150.00 (two-year activation) - $100.00 (mail-in rebate) = $199.99 (final price).

So.. correct me if i am wrong.. but this whole $30 extra a month to be a mobile hot spot will be pointless as soon as this phone gets rooted right?

I mean.. I have a MT3G on AT&T right now and technically, i am supposed to be charged extra to tether the device... but its rooted and i have USB and WIFI tether.... Anyone know if this will work the same on the EVO?

Can we get the story straight??? The press release sad simultaneous voice/data on 4G and wifi coverage area. The blog post reads.. "Oh, and how about this: Simultaneous voice and data. They just demoed it, and that's without even having 4G. That's right, folks. Sprint. Voice. Data. All in one big love fest."

Someone needs to make up their damn mind.

Phil,

You need to clarify this for me as soon as you can brother. Up there you mention that it will do voice and data without 4G...so I'm going to go ahead and assume you're implying 3G...

However..in the press release it only mentions voice and data with either 4G or Wi-Fi... please don't break my heart and tell me you're the one who is right and the press release is just forgetting the 3G part.

Thanks man!

Sam

My previous experience was absolutely horrible with Sprint. I said I would never go back. This phone actually made me second guess myself. I just don't think I can do it. The coverage was bad and the customer service was worse. I hope all that has changed for Sprint's sake.

Now my second question is how long until 2.2. arrives on this phone? Sprint and HTC have a good track record so far for updating their devices... :(

Phil,

Please get clarification from someone at Sprint. The PR states: "A $10 per month Premium Data add-on will apply allowing customers to take advantage of a richer data experience than ever before."

It does not specifically state $10 extra for 4G. This is going to be driving many people insane. Is it $10 extra for 4G, for unlimited 4G, for uncapped 3G, what is it? Please find out.

Thanks.

I think it's shrewdly worded to mean that if you're in an area without 4G, Sprint can charge you for an ethereal "Premium Data" service (the privilege of accessing 3G on the Evo) without actually delivering 4G.

Hello all, I'm a Palm Pre guy anxious to move to the EVO. I got the pre on June 6, 2009 and as a premier member get upgrades after 1 year instead of 2. Does anyone know if I will be eligible for that upgrade on June 4th rather than the 6th?

Check online under your account. They have supposedly moved all the June people to the 1st. They did mine!

That's wonderful, thank you. Just checked and they have me At June 1 as well...looks like I'll be there on launch day. Thanks a lot!

"Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen."

Um, that's FroYo, right?

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they making it seem that adobe flash is gonna b working right out of te box....boy wont that b nice???

$10 more for 4g sucks.dan hesse promised it would be free.he lied.i think im going to get the droid incredible instead.i don't like being lied to and dan hesse is a liar.