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Sprint's $199 HTC EVO 4G Gets Release Date of June 4 182

Posted by timothy
from the blanket-the-earth-with-signal dept.
Chameleon Man writes "The first 4G phone ever to be released, the HTC EVO 4G, announced back in March, has finally been given a release date of June 4. Along with the release date, Sprint has provided information on phone plans and pricing. From Engadget: 'Unfortunately, there's a downside to all this: customers will be paying a mandatory (as confirmed to us by Sprint reps) $10 per month "Premium Data add-on" on top of their plan — ostensibly for the privilege of enjoying WiMAX when they're in a Sprint 4G market — and the 8-device Wi-Fi hotspot feature runs an extra $29.99 a month, which Sprint is quick to point out is half what you'd pay for a dedicated mobile broadband account.' In 4G areas, it might be a formidable option for anyone who hates their ISP *ehem* Comcast *ehem.*"
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Sprint's $199 HTC EVO 4G Gets Release Date of June 4

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  • Re:No... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 13, 2010 @05:45PM (#32200648)

    Sprint has specificaly stated that paying your $10 surcharge for 4G gets you truly unlimited data (as in no cap).

  • by RightSaidFred99 (874576) on Thursday May 13, 2010 @05:50PM (#32200712)
    They only think they're charging for the wifi hotspot functionality. You can already do this with current Android phones with a little work, and someone will hack the Evo to do it natively for free within a reasonably short period.
  • Re:No... (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 13, 2010 @05:51PM (#32200718)

    So when I start pulling 1Tb down a month they'll still be cool with it? Fat chance.

  • A Sprint "Everything [google.com]" data plan, even with a $10 tariff for 4G, is still ridiculously cheaper than the crazy high prices that AT&T gouges from its Apple-dazed captive masses.

    If you decide to swing an employee referral plan [fatwallet.com] for the Evo then you are really coming out ahead.

  • The $50 question... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by mlts (1038732) * on Thursday May 13, 2010 @05:55PM (#32200768)

    When will someone get the Evo rooted and able to have custom ROMs. This is my biggest decision maker on what phone I select. If the phone has hidden obstacles (partitions that can't be mounted rw even with root, fastboot issues, etc.), or have other gotchas (such as the radio ROM upgrade on the Cliq), then I'll pass, even if it has a fast Internet connection.

    I can think of a lot of very useful things that could be useful with a device offering a fast connection and with a custom ROM. A quick and dirty failover connection on a LAN, to plugging into a server and running some firewall/VPN software on the Android level for a fast remote access ability, to load balancing (if someone has a slow, but low latency DSL connection, the packets for games go through that, while the video streaming and such will go through the high bandwidth, high latency 4g connection).

    Of course, I wonder how well this will perform if not on a Clear/4G network. How well will it failover to 3G gracefully if I'm in the sticks and able to get a "generic" CDMA signal?

  • Re:No... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by orcateers (883419) on Thursday May 13, 2010 @06:10PM (#32200948)
    I used to have Clearwire in Seattle, (which I believe was the same network this phone will use), the speed was good for streaming video, and they didn't have any cap on monthly usage, but they throttled me for bittorrent, ostensibly because of the upload quantity, but ftp uploading to my web host never caused any alarm. (I noticed that the sprint service for evo will cap uploads at 1 mbps). On an unrelated note, the wimax service varied greatly based on what window I put the antenna in, or what corner of the house I was in etc, so you'd have to test it out on-site before getting an idea of what it can really do for you.
  • Re:No... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Dishevel (1105119) * on Thursday May 13, 2010 @06:14PM (#32201004)
    Seriously though. If you have to extra on top of the data plan to get a "Truly Unlimited" data plan. Sprint would find it very difficult in court to justify any cap.
  • Re:No... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Beardydog (716221) on Thursday May 13, 2010 @07:30PM (#32201892)
    They throttled me too : ( And then their local storefronts disappeared, and then they changed their name from something recognizable and google-linked to several vitriolic websites to something that is difficult to search for effectively.
    On the bright side, my modem reached Texas before they forcefully renewed my two year "Please Throttle Me" plan.
  • Re:Not the first (Score:3, Interesting)

    by mlts (1038732) * on Thursday May 13, 2010 @07:46PM (#32202048)

    I wonder how "3.5G" networks such as T-Mobile's HSPA+ will compare to this. T-Mobile is supposed to have this rolled out at the end of this year, and because it isn't as big a hardware change, towers can be converted faster as compared to a completely new wireless technology.

    I've heard people in Philadelphia say that T-Mobile has the edge compared to Clear WiMax, but it has been stated that T-Mobile has a 5 GB limit per month, so that makes it useless for a primary Internet connection.

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