How do you feel about the Evo 4G pricing? (Updated)

OK, now that the Sprint Evo 4G pricing is official and all, let's break it down, all official-like.

  • $199 for the phone, after the usual two-year contract.
  • $69.99 a month for the Everything Data plan.
  • $10 a month for the premium 4G WiMax service. That's optional. Update: OK, Sprint's backtracked and now says it is NOT optional. They apologize for the confusion.
  • $29 a month if you wan the WiFi hotspot service. And that will serve up to eight devices. This is optional, too.

The good news: No data caps, so far as Sprint knows at this point. (That's for 3G and 4G.)

So what say you guys? That about what you were expecting?

215 Comments
  • I think that pricing is pretty much fair and its good that 4G is optional for those that dont have 4G yet.
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  • The $10 premium is not optional, but in reality, I agree that it's a great price regardless. The chatter below that this will not pull people in, and that Sprint was lying, blah blah blah, is rubbish. Sprint likely never made promises, was mis-quoted by the press, and now people are all huffy about their fantasies. Get over it. It's $10 a month. Buy 1 less alcoholic drink out on a Saturday, and you've made that money back. SO! It's ashame I am getting the HTC Incredible for work for nothing... Time to drop my Sprint plan :-( Poor timing to save money!
  • So the $10 monthly fee is not optional but why should you care? There is no data cap now like all other carriers have and 4G service is included in that $10 monthly charge. That is still about $30 cheaper than ATT and Verizon's similar 3G plans so why so many complaints? Think about it, you're getting faster service, best phone on the market, cheaper plans, more plan features, unlimited data, and Sprint's 30 day guarantee or ALL your money back. You have to be pretty confident in your service to offer a 30 day guarantee or all your money back. ALL other major carriers don't have this. All I know is that I'm going to be enjoying the EVO in LESS THAN A MONTH! WooHoo!
  • Do you have a link detailing that there is in fact no cap on the 'unlimited' plan? I had thought there was a 5 GB limit. If so, this is awesome!!
  • mixed bag on pricing, here are my thoughts if you want to check it out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJmOg3Qz8ok
  • thank goodness you guys got clarification about the 10.00. Makes since that its optional since it is not available everywhere yet
  • is it me or every body is going crazy, din't the ceo said that 4g was going to be free, so why is it that nobody is asking that question? i thought the hole point was to get customer from other carrier, this will not accomplish that, it just going to go as a complete lie by sprint...
  • $10 for premium add-on. Doesn't technically mean 4G, but could be video chat ect.
  • Yeah thats what bothers me, shouldn't say one thing and then do another.
  • Yes! that was ridiculous that they would charge for a service that is barely available...
  • I look at it this way it's still cheaper then pricing for the iPhone so if they wanna charge and extra $10 bucks I'm ok with that.
  • the point is the ceo said that it was not going to cost extra for the 4g service and now that he sees people responding well to this phone hes going to break his word and try to squeeze as much money as he can, not taking in to consideration that he mite actually lose some potential customers, this so sprint business like, and then you wander why they keep on loosing customers left to right...
  • Stop crying man. People say things all the time and things change. It still will be cheaper and you will have 10x the speed. This "but he said" crap is getting annoying. I bet we can bring up several cases where carriers said one thing and did another. Get over it.
  • I agree this whole typical Sprint crap gets old people complain about all providers for one reason or another. Bottom line is this if you like this phone and want this phone you will have to deal with sprint's service and fee's just like if you want the iphone you deal with att if you want the incredible you deal with vz if you want the hd2 you deal with tmobile they all have there pro's and con's lets quit complaining about the little things and just enjoy life already.
  • it doesn't matter what other carriers do.fact is hesse said 4g would be free and now he's going to take advantage of his customers by going back on his word.even if it's still the cheapest and the best plan out there,it doesn't change the fact that hesse and sprint are a bunch of liars.how can you trust a bunch of liars?
  • amen to that.
  • Ten no problem but 30 for wifi (Hotspot) tether? 18 bucks (One time fee) for PDANET that works over USB or blue-tooth. Now that the 4G is designed to be a hot-spot I bet PDANET can and will add WIFI to the list of available options to tether. If all else fails.....root fixes everything. Seriously with all the interest in this phone Sprint shouldn't be surprised to see it rooted and running wifi for free within the first week. For me if they keep going crazy with add ons Ill just root and smile while I hook up to my wifi hotspot for free. Over charge me and I will find a workaround. Charge me reasonably and I'll pay. To me 30 a month for the hot-spot is ridiculous. At a minimum it should be teared and rated by the number of devices you want to attach, that would be fair.
  • I look at it this way it's still cheaper then pricing for the iPhone so if they wanna charge and extra $10 bucks I'm ok with that.
  • It's a perfect price!!! Sprint is going to sell this phone like crazyyyyy!! GO EVO GO! I hope to see a lot of adds on tv, radio, billboards... everywhere!
  • Fair enough for me. My area is getting 4G this summer. Maybe HTC/Sprint will have a 1.5GHz Android phone by then. ^_^ A man can dream, can't he?
  • I think $10 is reasonable and would pay it to have the phone even though I am not in a 4G area. However I also like the fact that they are making optional for those of us in non 4G areas.
  • It's reasonable but it is a bad business move. They should be trying to remove all barriers to entry and get as many Wimax devices into people's hands as they can. This will just make people think twice about getting it and will decrease demand for Wimax. I will still get it and pay $10 more for Wimax but having to bump up my plan every year for some new phone is getting old.
  • The way I see it is, it will bring more people to the device (thus more Wimax devices in people's hands). Why? 1) If they went with the extra $10 and 4G isn't available in most people's area, people will be turned off and pissed that Sprint had the balls to tell them to pay for something that isn't available. 2) Even without the 4G the phone is beastly and people will want it. Without the extra $10 charge being optional and the price being this great, I see plenty of people hoping on this. The fact is new tech = more cost. Its expected that things will go up when new tech is introduced, but at least Sprint was smart enough to not force it on the people. I think its a great move.
  • I second that. I understand the pricing, but I think most people will view it as just "rust-proof undercoating" for their phone. It's a way to save $10 a month. I'm surprised and glad to see that they didn't pull that AT&T I-phone bull and charge a premium for the "privilege" of having the device, Where your basically financing out a phone that's overpriced to begin with (hey, black turtlenecks don't come cheap!). I also don't think they will have sales reps push the service in areas that don't have it. What will be interesting is how they choose to market it. My guess is we'll see some sort of first-months-free type of package. People will get to experience the speed first hand, and realize it's worth that $10 a month.
  • Amazing price (its almost beyond belief lol). Come 4G in NY (hurry up lol)
  • Long Island Specifically!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NASSAU COUNTY :)
  • Hopefully the $10 4G thing can be turned off/on via the website. The mobile hotspot is fair but frankly, rooting it should allow unofficial tethering. Pricing looks good to me overall. Sprint has a winner. Now they need to hype the hell out of it with an intense TV ad blitz.
  • Where did they you get the information that it is optional? My email sent from Sprint doesn't say optional and neither does Sprint's release message. Did you get this from Sprint themselves? Sorry to question, but most of us really would like to know.
  • Well, the fact that they are actually there at the event should say that they got the information from Sprint directly. Let's all hope that the $10 a month is optional. :)
  • I'm sitting in a room with more Sprint PR people than you can shake a stick at. And I shook a stick. It didn't work. :p
  • That statement from the rep say, " If you buy the Sprint 4G EVO, you have to pay this $10 charge each month. This is specific to the device. It’s not related to whether you are using 3G or 4G. It is required if you have the phone. Because the phone has a faster processor, a huge 4.3 inch screen and an 8 megapixel camcorder/camera, we expect you will be using a lot more data than you would with our other devices. These features will give you capabilities that have previously never been available on a wireless device and we think they provide a premium experience. (Remember, this is the world’s first 3G/4G Android phone.)"
  • also i believe this is the first phone with a native youtube hq app. that will eat up a ton of data
  • I'll give you that it has a bigger screen, but the rest of that is marketing drivel. It has the exact same 1 ghz snapdragon cpu the N1/Incredible have.
  • Just read a post that said the $10 is NOT optional and that everyone buying the Evo will have to pay it. They are saying that it is not for the 4G service, but because people will be using more data. Go figure!
  • i love the $199 device price and the $10/month extra for 4g is ok but i think they will sell alot more if they do not charge the $10/month extra for 4g, even though its optional i am 150% getting the evo and paying that $10 month.
  • They had crazy restrictive plan requirements when the pre came out also. Give it time, as 4g rolls out in more places.
  • No they didn't. They just required one of the new plans with data included. That was a smart move to get people on the new plans if using a device that requires data to function properly.
  • The mandatory element is the $10 add-on for premium (4G) data. The premium data, is not mandatory, just the fee for premium data.
  • They did NOT have "crazy restrictive plan requirements" when the Pre came out. They did require the Everything Data plan but it wasn't any different that any other new smart phone. What was so "crazy" and "restrictive" about it?
  • The ten spot is alright, you get what you pay for im just bummed that sprint was backing the same price for more stuff line a while back
  • I don't know where you're getting the optional part for the $10 fee. It's mandatory and a dealbreaker for many people I've talked to.
  • ummmm they're sitting down with Sprint PR group. Thats where they're getting their info from. I will trust actual people over e-mails any day.
  • It's STILL cheaper than Verizon and AT&T's 3g plans. You are getting 4G for CHEAPER than 3G on the competition. How on earth is it a dealbreaker?
  • also they need to put out bigger and better advertising than the droid so they can sell this thing
  • same here, IS the 10 dollar 4g optional or not? !!!! CLARIFY!!!!
  • the $10 charge sucks.the big boss at sprint promised that they would not charge extra for 4G.he lied.what else did he lie about?
  • The $10 charge is very good price point when you think Verizon is charging you $45 a month for limited data plans and if you go over then they charge overage fees. If you look at the Iphone it's $30 a month (for each Iphone) plus $10 a month for unlimited texting. Who can complain about that about the extra $10?You can share HD videos from your phone to youtube and facebook. HD videos uses a lot of data to upload and download and it's a bigger file. The first time ever a CDMA network has voice and data usage at the same time. This technology cost money, how much do you think At&t and Verizon is going to charge for their 4G network to get going? I'm giving up my Palm Pre for the Evo!!!
  • Just to clarify, Verizon charges $30 a month for the normal data plan. Also, you will not be able to do voice and data at the same time with wimax.
  • Let's really be clear. Verizon charges $30 ADDITIONAL for unlimited data service. Their unlimited talk is $69. Add you WILL be able to use voice and Wimax at the same time with Sprint! Says so in plain terms in the news release, as well as every rep saying so.
  • Another misinformed soul. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DO VOICE DATA LIKE YOU DO WITH CURRENT GSM 3G ON TMO OR ATT, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DO VOICE DATA 4G + WIFI. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DO THIS WITH 4G ALONE!.
  • Read the article again, it clearly states it. As far as Verizon goes, I was looking at their plans last month in hopes of getting an idea of what I'm looking at price wise if the Iphone was to turn up there and it says data plan per line $45 a month. Go to their website and look it up for yourself. With all the crying and complaining over $10 going, need to look it up for themselves and price it out. Afterwards, come back on here and tell people how wrong you were for crying over $10. If you have a wireless router, you don't need to spend the extra $30 on the mifi connectivity. If you still wanna spend $30 for mifi that's still cheap. Overall, you're going to save money
  • im not worried about what verizon charges or about what other carriers are doing,my only concern is about what sprint is doing and it looks like they're trying to pull a double take on us.everyone is so hyped up about the EVO4G that they're not calling hesse out on his "4G will be free" promise.
  • Perfect price.
    $10/month for 4G service is spot on. I mean, guys, it's still cheaper than ANY comparable plan on any other carrier. AND maybe more revenue for sprint = faster 4G rollout across the country? I'm a webOS user.. but I was wondering, aren't there hotspot apps out for the android already? Will they work on the Evo?
  • Are you absolutely sure $10 is optional? http://now.sprint.com/evo/?INTCID=AB:UPU:HERO:041110:EvoPL:960x320
    "Phone requires a two-year Agreement and activation on a select service plan AND Premium Data buy-up."
  • $10 is for sprint premium entertainment NOT 4g. hotspot is $30
  • I like how sprint is targeting all of the pre customers that got it on day one like me. If you are a sprint premier customer and got the pre on june 6 ( the day it was released) well then guess what, your one year will be the day the evo is released. So I can walk in and upgrade with out any problems. Sprint was smart for doing that.
  • I was worried for awhile. IT was "leaked" that all phones on a shared plan would have to be upgraded.
    Glad that's not the case as I could not justify the Evo for that much extra money per month.
  • I guess I don't understand the big fuss over the $10 additional charge for 4G. I'm willing to pay it even without 4G coverage (should be in Nashville, TN soon). Plus everything I've read says that the additional charge is to get the premium Evo service (video chat). IMO it's part of technology and if it helps keep Sprint, who I LOVE as a carrier, from going under, go ahead and sign me up. Even with the $10 charge the plan is still cheaper than most Verizon plans and cheaper than iPhone plans. I completely intend on making all my iPhone, Droid and Incredible friends jealous by whipping out this bad boy!!!
  • I'm cool w/ the pricing. The EVO will be my first Android. I have the Sprint Overdrive already so I'm not too concerned about the EVO's hotspot capability especially since you're connection will drop when you get a call in a 3G coverage area. Once 4G is more widespread then I may ditch the Overdrive, but not for now.
  • Wait, but isn't it cheaper to pay the $30 hotspot access for the Evo 4g instead of the what $60 for the overdrive and it does the same thing?
  • So for the full Evo 4G experience it's going to be basically $110 a month. That seems a bit high to me, but not out of range. I think if they took $10 off of the tethering plan so the total package was $99.99 a month, they would get a lot more takers.
  • I have heard that Sprint give a $100 rebate for new customers. Does anyone know if that is true since it would cover the $10 for the first 10 months? I also agree that Sprit said they would not charge extra for 4G. I am disappointed over the $30 hotspot charge since Verizone gives it away with the Pre and that is the phone my wife wants.
  • Verizon is only doing that (in my opinion) because they know that it can be done anyway for free. I think it was a smart move for them since users would do it anyway. Sprint knows that you can do it but they don't advertise it. I think (I could be wrong) when Sprint said that they wouldn't charge extra for 4G, they were refering to the mobile broadband packages which are $59.99 and they haven't increased the cost of it since launching 4G. Not only did they NOT charge extra for it, they made it UNLIMITED instead of 5gigs per month. Bottom line is, it cost Sprint a TON of money to put the network in place and at some point theh have to start MAKING money to expand and maintain it.
  • I spoke on the phone last night with a Sprint telesales rep and they said new customers get a $100 mail in rebate when you open a new account. So yes, it is true.
  • I think maybe 5 would be fine but ten is too high.
  • So, you're going to pay 20 more for AT&T or Verizon? Uh huh...
  • I was waiting to get the EVO and switch to Sprint from ATT. I only pay $70 on ATT b/c I use Google Voice so texts are free anyway. $10 extra mandatory is ridiculous (even though I am in a 4G covered area), especially in this closed test case if they only got 4 Mbps, where I can get 3.1 Mbps on ATT 3G for just $70.
  • I'm not very impressed with the pricing... right now I could care less about the $10 month extra to use 4G because I won't see it in my area in the life time of this phone. But I still think it's a bad move on Sprint to charge extra for this. The $30 for the Hotspot is ridiculous and in my opinion they have made this feature absolutely worthless at that price... it shouldn't even be listed as a feature!!
  • How is this any different from other phones which offer features which you have to pay extra for? When Verizon first released the Palm Pre+ there was an additional charge for the mobile hotspot. This is the latest and greatest in new technology PLUS it's optional. If you don't want it, don't pay for it.
  • The reason I'm with Sprint now is because I don't have to pay extra for all their features... if they are going to start charging for all this extra stuff why should I stay with Sprint then??
  • Fine. Don't stay with Sprint. Go to Verizon or AT&T and end up paying MORE than 10 dollars extra. Like it or not, not everything in life is free. If you can't accept that, go back to using a shitty Razr or something. Why not look at the other peoples prices before bitching that you're going to leave?
  • Well considering a month and a half ago Dan Hesse said that 4G is "giving you more for free" at CTIA 2010 (see http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/24/live-from-ctia-2010s-day-two-keynote-... ), the fact that they're now charging extra for 4G means that he pretty much lied. I've been a lifelong Verizon customer, but I was willing to jump ship to Sprint and trade off a superior network in favor of better prices and a better phone. Guess I'll just be upgrading to the Incredible instead.
  • i'm sick of everyone b*tching about the extra ten dollars for 4g... no matter how u slice it, you would still be coming out at least $20 cheaper than ATT and VZW and get at least 10x the speed. if you don't think you can afford $10, just skip fast food one day per month. As far as the extra $30 for the wireless hotspot... how about you go spend $60/mo for ATT's or VZW's Mobile broadband cards and get 10x less speed if it's that big of a deal to you... You are flat out retarded if you expected for sprint to give that away for free and you even more retarded if you don't think that someone will develop an app to make it free within the first couple of months. I've been using a wireless hotspot app with my droid since November, and haven't paid a cent... Anyways, the evo is CLEARLY the best phone on the market and here in KC, we already have 4g and i can't wait to fire this some b*tch up.
  • RIGHT ON!, and its not like the 32 markets right now are it, with the additional 10 dollars and 30 dollar plans, they can speed up the process and provide 4g to other markets. If you live in one horse town , USA and dont travel anywhere but the barnyard then yeah, they shouldnt even be looking at this phone, or be on the internet.
  • next thing you know they'll start charging for sprint TV,GPS and anything else they feel like charging extra for and people will still be saying "so what it's still cheaper than AT&T and verizon".they souldn't make false promises.they should have said from the beginning that they were going to charge extra for 4G.
  • The $10 is NOT OPTIONAL! This is John Taylor, the PR rep for Sprint... Please refer to his post about the charge. http://jbtaylor.posterous.com/more-detail-on-the-sprint-evo-4g-10month-prem
  • "If you buy the Sprint 4G EVO, you have to pay this $10 charge each month. This is specific to the device. It's not related to whether you are using 3G or 4G. It is required if you have the phone. Because the phone has a faster processor, a huge 4.3 inch screen and an 8 megapixel camcorder/camera, we expect you will be using a lot more data than you would with our other devices. These features will give you capabilities that have previously never been available on a wireless device and we think they provide a premium experience. (Remember, this is the world's first 3G/4G Android phone.)"
  • will the evo ever be upgrade to 2.2?
  • I LOVE IT, I will exclude all optional shiz, and keep my 69.,99 plan with a sick ass phone upgrade...thank you sprint. NOW I WILL BE ABLE TO WATCH E3 AT WORK WITH FLASH PLAYER!!!!!!
  • I am fine with the price of the phone but don't care to pay the $10 upcharge. I'm not paying for something I don't need/use/want. Hell, I don't even need 4g with having wifi at home. I'll be getting the Evo but, passing on the $10 upcharge and $30 hot spot. I'm in a 3G market with 4 lines total.
  • Everyone else including engadget are reporting that the $10 a month is mandatory. I think you may have your facts wrong.
  • Kinda lame.. but will pay it... DAN IS A LIAR THOUGH!! Also.. the $30 for hotspot access will be pointless once they root the phone right?? You can install the USB and WIFI tether apps and us them instead or am i wrong?
  • Delete.
  • Your asking me to delete my post??
  • Sorry, repeated what someone else had posted
  • not going to pay $120 a year to have this phone
  • No, you'd rather pay 360 dollars a year for an inferior phone and data package (Verizon or ATT). If you own an Iphone, STFU. You're STILL paying less. Why is it that people would rather pay 100 dollars for an Iphone/Droid but not pay 80 for an Evo? That makes no sense.
  • don't tell me what I'd rather do...I'm already on sprint, I don't need wimax and I don't want to pay 10$ more for something I don't need. I think its bush league to tack on an add on charge.
  • Fine then. Use a Palm Pre or HTC Hero or whatever. Enjoy using your inferior device because you don't wanna pay a measly 10 dollars more.
  • I was waiting to get the EVO and switch to Sprint from ATT. I only pay $70 on ATT b/c I use Google Voice so texts are free anyway. $10 extra mandatory is ridiculous (even though I am in a 4G covered area), especially in this closed test case if they only got 4 Mbps, where I can get 3.1 Mbps on ATT 3G for just $70.
  • If you're on an AT&T data plan (BBerry, Iphone, WM) you're paying at around 100 dollars for the minimum number of minutes, plus text and data. At 80 dollars, you're still saving. And I call massive BS on 3.1 Mbps. With 5 bars on my Iphone 3GS, I'm not getting that kinda speed. Seriously, quit your bitching.
  • Bush league?!? I guess ATT and VZW are bush league because they would charge an extra $30... not $10....... Dumbass
  • Why are people bitching about paying 10 dollars more for WiMax? You're STILL paying less than you would on AT&T (Iphone) data plan. And that's not even mentioning the fact that you get MORE. If you're on ATT or Verizon, you have no right to be bitching.
  • Because there are a LOT of people like me who won't be seeing 4G in their area for at least another 3 years!!!
  • Okay, so you're gonna stick to ATT/Verizon and pay even more? Yeah, you wont get 4G.. but you're STILL paying less in the long-run compared to anyone else (unless you get some other sprint handset which doesn't require the extra $10/mo)
  • I'm good. Thanks for keeping up updated on what was going on there. How was the Movie?
  • Rather it be optional but I can do $10. They better get 4G here in NY soon man.
  • I can understand people are upset on the principle of not being in a 4g area.If you compare Sprint to the other carriers you are still saving money. Unlimited text, free navigation, ..... They can't give it all away! It is clearly a premium phone with a "premium" charge.Hopefully there will be other devices for people not willing to spend the extra $10.If you save 40 and it cost you 10, don't you still save???
  • no, just for that 1 device
  • So my question is if I have 4 phones and I choose to get an EVO but no one else does, will I only have to pay $10 or is the $10 subject to every phone on that plan? I guess I could swing $10 extra for each EVO but don't want to force those on my plan to pay more if they don't want the phone.
  • Sprint can spec me to pay for 4G when it's not available here in cincy yet... it uses the same 3G data the my Tour has now so what's the deal???
  • I am not too happy about the extra $10 a month..MANDATORY per the PR guy. But will it stop me from getting this phone, no. That is why they are doing it. I had to upgrade my plan when I went to the PRE. But I was able to DOWNGRADE my plan when Sprint intro'd the any mobile any time feature. They did that without any preconditions..so I am still good with Sprint.
    Get me this phone ASAP!
    (BTW..I am writing this while on 4G from Clear...(same network as Sprint) and I can report that it's coverage is pretty spotty in Dallas. I have only one window in my house where I can get 4G connection. In my office it is the same...inside, connect only by mounting modem in a window 10 feet high) It is very fast with a good signal....6Mb down and 1MB up. I talked to somebody else using it outside all the time and they report they get solid connections pretty easily.
  • I dont agree with the 4G service. Its not a service that is offered anywhere near me. The whole state does not have a 4G coverage area.
  • When can I pre order?
  • this is what i want to know
  • At Best Buy, we will begin pre orders on the 16th
  • Doesn't bother me at all, even though my city doesn't have 4G yet many of the cities that I travel to that are near me will this summer. I can't wait for this phone! This will destroy my Hero!!
  • I have to say I am a little bummed out by this. I have a Simply Everything plan at $99 that covers voice and data unlimited. If I wanted to get the mobile hotspot, and this phone it would raise my total price to almost $140.00 a month. That is an extra $480 a year. I am assuming the cost would be closer to $150-160 thanks to Sprint's new "Sprint Surcharges." I know that Sprint talks about their $69.99 Simply Everything plan but that only covers calls to cell phones. Which is pretty deceptive to begin with in how it's advertised. Unfortunately I have a lot of land line calling I do. I think I might pass on the Evo now. Instead, I will just stay with my 3rd replacement Pre, which is a shame because I was ready to jump ship to Android the second this was released. Given Sprint's market position, keeping their same plans would have helped bring in more customers. The new pricing scheme is confusing, contradictory to everything Sprint has marketed for years, and flies in the face of what Hesse stated 4G would cost a few months ago.
  • i guess I'm not getting an evo after all sprint had to fxck it up with the $10 fee
  • THANK YOU! FINALLY A COMMENT THAT MAKES SENSE, EVERYBODY WHO IS TALKING ABOUT THE EXTRA 10$ DOLLARS IS A DEAL BREAKER THEN YER JUST A FUCKING MORON. PERIOD.
  • Even with the required $10 Premium data fee, the plans would still be cheaper than a comparable everything data 3G plan from VZ or AT&T!
  • OK, reality check! I am not a fan of the $10 extra fee, but lets look at ATT/Ver for a smartphone plan that includes unlimited text, voice, and data: Unlimited Voice - $69.99
    Unlimited Text - $20
    Unlimited Data (smartphone) - $30 That's $119.99 a month before taxes. I know Sprints any mobile any time plan is not unlimited voice, but it might as well be since you can call any mobile for free and night and weekends start at 7 PM. Let's see: 450 any mobile any time - $69.99
    extra data buy up - $10 Thats $79.99. The cheapest you can get into an iPhone plan with unlimited text is $89.99 which gives you only 450 anytime minutes with night and weekend starting at 9 PM and no unlimited to any mobile calling. Do the math!
  • I'm pretty sure most people like me, that are not going to get the phone because of the $10 are existing sprint customers that do not want to pay more. We don't care how much cheaper it is than Verizon and ATT, we are still paying more, which I do not want to do.
  • EXACTLY, everyone who is mad seems to want a handout, cmon look at all the places the 4g is coming to lare this year.. Maybe they wont buy it june 4th but by the end of the year it will expand and still no word of 4g from anyone else. They bitch about theres no 4g in my area, well then dont buy it and shut up and dont troll on this post. Maybe the 10 dollars and the other data plans will HELP getting 4g in their area? Before one post about the 10 dollar plan then just dont get it. Its not sprints fault. They are ONE person who is bitchen and sprint is a business trying to make profit so they can expand their 4g. Get real, if your pissed about the 10 dollars make an honest opinion that is not rude, shiit.! nice post nathan1
  • What's really outrageous about this is how WiMax is supposedly cheaper to run than 3G. So they're really charging $10 for...the sake of charging an extra $10. That's no way to get subscribers back, Sprint. Have fun continuing to hemorrhage them.
  • Even with the required $10 Premium data fee, the plans would still be cheaper than a comparable everything data 3G plan from VZ or AT&T! Have fun paying more money for less service with your ATT iPhone or VZ Droid!
  • how do you think they are going to expand? its TEN dollars! its like an ANGUS burger meal at mcdonals with an extra order of nuggets in ONE MONTH! If you live in a small town with a few people and never travel then dont get it, and dont post as if you speak for everyone. its 4g not a natural resource like water and EVERYONE should have it. It takes time.
  • There had better not be any data caps for $10 on top of $69. For $79 a month, I'd better be able to download all 3.9 billion web pages every day of my two-year contract. And if Sprint tries to shut me down, I will upload my fist at 4G speeds straight up their ass!
  • I think it is completely reasonable considering all of the thing that is giving you and compare that to what the other companies are charging. First of all if you look at at cost of the wireless broadband plans (including Sprint), they are all $59.99 for 5 gigs of usage per month (Sprints 3G is limited to 5 gigs but 4G is unlimited). So being able to do the same thing with the Evo for $29.99 AND have up to 8 devices using it....THAT'S 1/2 price! Now compare the plans: If you get Sprints Everything Data 450 plan with your EVO, you will pay $79.99 a month. ($69.99 / month, plus a $10 a month premium data charge.) That includes: •Unlimited calling in America to any wireless phone
    •Unlimited Text
    •Unlimited Web
    •450 Anytime minutes Verizon's Nationwide Unlimited and AT&T's Nationwide Unlimited include •Unlimited Talk for $69.99 If you want to add
    •Unlimited Text, it's $20/month
    •Unlimited Web, it's $29.99/month So look at it like this, if you want ALL of these features (Phone with unlimited data and text AND Mobile Broadband for your computer): AT&T and Verizon = $180 per month (add $10 if you want Navigation)
    Sprint = $110 per month. I know some of you are going to say "The Sprint plan only gives you unlimited calling to MOBILE phones, NOT landlines!!!" so I will go ahead and respond to that comment now by saying, "Who do you know that does NOT have a mobile phone and is it worth and extra $70 per month to call them?" I think this phone is going to do well for Sprint and FINALLY give the iPhone something to worry about.
  • thumbs up dude !
  • no matter how u slice it... sprint still comes out cheaper even, no matter which plan u pick.
  • In response to the Land Line question. Older family members. I could deal with the 450 a month however I also use the phone for work (no reimbursement). Hours and hours of time on conference calls into bridges of phone lines. I am sure I am not the only person doing this. If Sprint finally allows the corporate discount on the Simply Everything plan than I might be sold into doing it.
  • I can understand that and I understand that some users have that issue as well but Sprint has to consider ALL of the consumers and overall, I feel that Sprint still offers the best plan options for smartphone users. Granted, they don't have plans to meet everyones needs but what carrier does.
  • I have a question, can you use the hotspot while using the phone to make calls?
  • Simple: Price is great! never expected 199 for this phone! DONT LIKE!: THEY LIED TO US ABOUT Free 4G!!!
  • I would feel a little bit better about paying an extra $10 if they removed the 5GB cap on 3G for this plan, even though I never come close to that anyway. If I won't get 3G for some time I need to get something more from my service (not hardware, I'm already paying for that with my upgrade!!) from Sprint for the extra $10. I know $10 doesn't seem like a lot but in this economy every little bit makes a difference.
  • According to Phone Scoop, that $10 premium add-on has the benefit of no data cap for either WiMAX or 3G connections.
  • If thats true then I'll be watching streamed movies all day my friend. It would be good, and if they manage to throw a hack in to hotspot or make adjustments to make the hot spot free would be better. Just have to wait and see how it works out when released. I wanna see the upcoming cool stuff they have, like cases and other things.
  • This is said how people are crying over an extra $10. U ALSO get Voice and data at same time, video calls, faster speeds and calls more clearer. Theres alot there for that Extra $10. When I was on my girls plan 2 years ago we payed about $180 for a family plan with 700 mins, unlimited data and text. This is alot better then what we had. Were both getting a family any mobile plan a each getting a evo. Still my cus pays $120 for his iphone on At&T and thats without insurnce and extra features sprint has for the 4g. I think it sucks also but when you look at it, $10 gets you some great new features. Well all i can say is im excited cuz Here In Baltimore, MD where I live is where they 1st installed and tested there 4g service b4 any other city. So Im covered regardless. I remeber 1st hearing about them test 4g service with the WiMax wireless hub. But Im not a laptop person so I never got into the 4g scene. But I have seen it in action 1st hand b4 the evo was shown in March and the service is well worth the $10.
  • From what I've read in the past... the reason you can't use voice and data at the same time on Sprint is because of a limitation with CDMA. Since the EVO has two separate radios, one for CDMA and another for 4G, you can use the CDMA radio for voice and then at the same time you can use the 4G radio for data. BUT... if you live in an area that doesn't have 4G I'm willing to bet that you are going to be limited to only voice or data on CDMA.
  • I have a very BIG feeling when the Evo is released that sprints forums is going to blow up due to all places without 4g. I can say that they need a better way to deal with the no 4g spots and not charge people for not having it in there cities yet. But if sprints wants to market the Evo as the next best phone this year they really should have the $10 as an option. I Can understand crying about not having 4g and have to pay but if you do have 4g then its a great price and people with 4g service need to look at what they are getting for $10. I didn't mean to confuse anybody but my post was only towards the area's with 4g service, so to those without 4g, I apologize for not stating the people i was aiming my post at.
  • That's cool I totally understand what your saying... I agree with you, I just want to get something from their service for the extra price... other than a shiny new phone :)
  • if you live in an area without 4g i think you can still use voice and data with wifi, not sure though,
  • Never use your personal phone for work without reimbursement.
  • For all of you who are wining about $10.00 a month, that's a very low price point for what you get. Consider this... $10.00 is slightly more than 1 fast food meal, 2 packs of cigarettes, or 1 movie ticket, all of which gives only a few hours of "pleasure". If you can't afford a measly $10.00, then stay with 3G. Sheesh... Last time I checked, 4G wasn't included in Obama's "bail-out" plans.
  • That's easy to say when you have (or will have soon) 4G in your area!! The $10 extra would be as big of a deal then.
  • What if there is no 4G in your area? Are you waived the $10 fee? Now that Sprint says it's not optional I mean is that a charge no matter what? My area, El Paso, TX has no coverage and not even on their list of cities to get updates on.
  • Exactly, If they're charging the extra ten spot a month with no 4G prospects even on the horizon then I'd tell then what they can do with their loser service. I think that takes some big brass ones to screw potential customers when you're already losing them hand over fist.
  • The big brass at Sprint are trying justifying the extra cost by saying that since you have the EVO you are going to use the data more than any other phone... regardless if you have access to 4G or not. I personally don't agree with this logic. Yeah in the beginning it's going to be new and fun and I'm going to use the hell out of it... but it won't take long and the newness will ware off and I won't use it more than the phone I have now.
  • I don't want this to sound rude but if you HONESTLY believe that then, when (if) it does, you can switch back to your old phone and you won't have to pay that extra cost. Sprint does allow you to change your plan and/or phone without changing your contract.
  • Yes I do HONESTLY believe that. It's the principal of paying more for 4G (which I believe is the real reason for the increased cost) when I can only get 3G. Right now the only thing I can hope for is the extra cost will help me get 4G sooner... but I'm not holding my breath!!
  • I'm good with the pricing. I just can't figure out what would possess a company to build a fantastic phone like this and only put 1GB of memory in the phone. I understand that it can accept up 32GB of memory card, but that 1GB can be used up in apps in no time flat! I just don't get it. Am I missing something? Can the apps be stored on the micro sd card?
  • They are throwing in an 8gb micro sd.
  • I live in an area that has 4G coverage and using it for an internet connection is spotty at best. If Sprint wants to charge a premium for it they better get it consistent!
  • i dont like it but IM STILL GETTING THAT BEAST!!!
  • i dont like it but IM STILL GETTING THAT BEAST!!!
  • If you need justification to pay for the extra 10$, just think that it's gonna be a investment to expand that 4g network(PERIOD). Their revenue is low, so they need more money to be able to invest in order to provide a better service. Stop thinking, from your selfish point of view.
  • HAHA selfish point of view? Its not OUR job to help them expand THEIR 4g network. They could collect A LOT more money by making that fee optional or totally removing it, by doing so they would get many more contracts. So many people now will think twice about getting this phone, myself included. Hey while youre in that NON selfish kind of mood how about you contribute $20 extra dollars a month to me so I can get a better education and expand our future. NOW that sounds like a good idea!
  • anyone that has any background on economics would know that it is a balance of price and quantity that they have to reach (equilibrium) not just making it as cheap and widely available as possible,( which would overflow their network anyways). Of course it's their job, but how are they gonna pay for it? they gotta have some source of revenue, And if you think about it ,it is an awesome investment. That's how capitalism works , you like it , you pay for it. and yes i like paying my taxes, i like public education, i like federal grands.
  • Yeah they do need a source of revenue for it...thats why they should charge people who USE the 4g. Are you going to pay for sprints everything plan while using a Motorola razor? I highly doubt it
  • Some posters want to point their fingures at the ones here that are "complaining" about the $10 charges. Well that is fine if you dont mind those at Sprint walking all over you. Sprint (Dan Hesse) said "F