Sprint Evo 4G hotspot plans

The Sprint Evo 4G WiMax hotspot plans are starting to shape up internally, and it's not looking good if you were hoping Sprint would go the same route as Verizon and offer it up for free. (That said, we're talking WiMax and not just 3G EVDO, so ...) As you see above, "Special plans are being created for the Evo 4G because it is the first dual mode 3G/4G phone offered by Sprint." Also, the plans will have "a monthly recurring charge." That's really not that big a surprise, however unwelcome.

We're still unsure of an exact release date, though we're expecting it sooner rather than later. Let's just hope that the plans are reasonable (we've heard rumors of as much as $30 a month for hotspot access) and that WiMax lives up to its billing and that the rollout continues to smaller cities. One more shot of the info after the break.

Sprint Evo 4G Wimax hotspot information

billing info for the Sprint Evo 4G Wimax hotspot

 

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Sprint Evo 4G WiMax hotspot will definitely have a monthly charge

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I sure hope they don't expect us folks in 3G markets to pay for 4G service plans until they offer the service in our home locations. I however, can understand a monthly fee for the HotSpot app.

There will not be any 4G service plans, the only special plan there will be, is for the Hotspot.

Neither does what you're implying support a theory. Once again, there will be mobile Hotspot plans, Mr Hesse himself as well as other Sprint officials, said there will NOT be additional charges for 4G service when using the device itself.

oneAwake is right... 4G coverage is not even close to nationwide yet, compared to 3G. I happen to be in one of the select 30 cities/metros that has 4G coverage. Why would they charge an additional 4G service charge when, as on the go as people are these days, one is not promised 4G connectivity?! That would only promise that customers would be paying for something they are not necessarily going to get!

nickle and dimes. i wouldnt even get the service if it cost a penny more. i really dont need my info a fraction of a second faster. 3g is fine. the phone itself would be the reason i buy it. not 4g.

Hmmm.. I currently have two devices on CLEAR (shared network with Sprint 4G) ....I wonder if I could register this phone on that network as a device??

Sprint really shoulda answered competition with free (even if they limited it to "occasional-use") hotspot use. My experience with CLEAR indicates that even in a town that supposedly has the whole city covered, 4G is REALLLLLLLLLYYY really spotty.

how i figure: right now im paying $110 for AT&T iphone and $80 for my sprint 4g card... $190.00++ a month... with the new phone, it'll be less than 190 a month right? lol

depending on what services you have with att. Unlimited everything with sprint right now is 89.99 + (what we think might be) 30.00 for mobile hotspot, your looking at 119.99 (not including tax) per month?

4 phones at with unlimited everything 160 a month with sprint

i would be willing to pay 10 or 15 more a month for hotspot but nothing more

These monthly charges are stupid and artificial.

The hardware itself is capable of providing a WiFi hotspot -- it's crazy for the carrier to charge for this ability.

If they are concerned with bandwidth usage associated with the hotspot feature, then they should just charge for the bandwidth in general. What difference does it make to their network if the traffic initiated from the phone itself or from a laptop nearby the phone? This is ridiculous.

Serious question.

Android Central... why do you always takes pictures of computer monitors instead of just taking a screen cap of what is on the screen? I don't understand it.

Vista and Windows 7 come with a snipping tool, you can use print screen to capture whats on it. Why can't you save that image and post it online?

Am I missing something?

We don't. Most times those pics are from tipsters, who probably don't have the ability to grab actual screen shots from work computers. We aren't privy to anything (usually) more than you guys are.

Yep. And it's a lot safer (though much more blurry) to take a pic instead of doing a screen shot and transferring it (please, tipsters, don't e-mail from your work machine!) to another computer to send to us.

That said, I'll take it however I can get it. :p

Maybe those screens were part of a restricted kiosk? Maybe they needed to be discreet and just quickly snapped a photo with their cell phone camera?

I would love to have the Hotspot feature for the just in-case times when I need it but I will not pay anything extra than I'm paying now to use it. Almost every where I go I have access to a Wi-Fi connection so it would not be worth it at all for me to pay anything extra for this service and, besides the point, I'm already paying about $90 a month between my phone and DSL for internet access... there is no way in hell I'm going to give Sprint anymore money for internet access. And no I will not drop my 7MB DSL for crappy wireless serves, I don't care how good they claim 4G is! Oh and it'll be at least 3-5 years before I see 4G where I live! Leave it to Sprint to be greedy and ruin this great feature that they hyped up so much.

What I wonder is if paying the extra charge would remove the 5GB/month cap. Or if that's there at all on 4G.

I'd like to believe this is bogus--it doesn't seem consistent with their current business model. Maybe it's a plant to try to keep people from jumping ship from Verizon? That said, if Sprint starts throwing extra charges on everything, they will totally blow this launch. I've been getting ready to leave Verizon for the Evo, but if they start nickel & diming like vzw does, forget it. After all the buildup, this could turn out to be a total fail for Sprint. This launch is a prime opportunity for Sprint to finally gain some market share from other carriers, but awesome phone without Sprint's lower price structure will not end well for them or the Evo launch.

the way i understand it, and this is just from a couple of employees i happened to talk to at the sprint store one of which has been there for years, if you have the 99.00 simply everything plan the 4g WiMax will be included. if you have the 69 dollar plan you will have to pay extra, and also if you live in a 3g only area you will have to pay extra.

but i dont know. from the screen shot is does not say you will have to pay extra just have an plan to support it.

When I went to the Sprint Store I asked several times if there would be an extra $30 charge per month for using the Hotspot, they told me every time that there is only the $10 Premium data charge for using the phone including the Hotspot. If they start Charging $30 for the hotspot that would be called 'Bait and Switch'
I don't think they will if Verizon does not. That would be just 'Greedy' if they do.

I REALLY WANT SOME ANSWERS BECAUSE I HAVE THE EVERY THING ULIMITIED PLAN AND I WANNA NO WILL I HAVE TO PAY EXTRA FOR THE HOTSPOT BECAUSE I WAS PLANNING ON USiNG MY EVO TO CONNECT TO THE INTERNET ON MY PS3. I HOPE SPRINT IS NOT TRYN TO GIT OVER ON US LOYAL CUSTOMERS BECAUSE THAT WOULD NOT BE RIGHT AT ALL BUT I STILL PLAN ON PURCHASEING THE EVO FOR MY UPGRADE PHONE.